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Rosary: Monday-Friday: 10am, Saturday: 1pm
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Starts at 8.45am on Monday, Thursday – Friday; 6.45pm on Wednesday and 11.30am on Saturday.

Twitter: @OurLadyCrays

Clergy: Fr Cyriacus Okafor

St Philomena’s, Chelsfield Road, St Mary Cray BR5 4DR. Phone: 01689 826550. Head Teacher: Miss V Maher.

St Peter and St Paul, St Paul’s Wood Hill, BR5 2SR. Phone: 01689 828208. Head Teacher: Mrs J Seymour.

312 High Street, St Mary Cray, BR5 4AR. Phone: 01689 872495, Mob: 07983 660589. Manager: Anne Marie Glancy.

Please ring 01689 816502 / 821749 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SVP Emergency Line: 07833 776573

Sunday 19 March: 3rd Sunday in Lent

Jesus replied: ‘Whoever drinks this water will get thirsty again; but anyone who drinks the water that I shall give will never be thirsty again: the water that I shall give will turn into a spring inside him, welling up to eternal life” (John 4: 13-14)

The dominant image in today’s Scripture Readings is ‘Water’ and the Church encourages us to come to Christ the Eternal Living Water and place Him at the center of our lives. The first reading of today tells us of the ordeal of the Israelites in the wilderness; they craved for water to quench their thirst.

Thus, they grumbled against Moses, and consequently, against God. God instructed Moses to strike the rock and from it water came forth. Metaphorically, both the rock Moses struck, and the water that gushed out from it, prefigures Christ.

Even though St. Paul did not make explicit reference to water in the Second Reading, he however is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” Here, Paul implicitly mentions water by the use of the verb: “to pour.” He reminds us also of how helpless our life was and could still be without Christ, the Living Water.

In the Gospel, Jesus promised the unnamed Samaritan woman the living water that will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life, and the grace to recognise who he really is. In reality, Jesus was thirsting for this woman’s faith and wanted to awake the love of God in her heart.

Like this Samaritan woman, sometimes in life we have an unquenchable desire for meaning and fulfillment, and most of the times, we don’t know where to look for them. We often expend our resources in the pursuit of wealth, fame, power and affirmation from other people.

We equally find ourselves addicted to drugs, pornography and other sensual gratifications in our quest for happiness. The only water that will quench our thirst and give us lasting happiness is Jesus Christ. Having Jesus in the centre of our lives makes our whole life better, for everyday is better with Jesus in the centre; when we have Jesus where he belongs, our whole life just falls into place

Liturgy of the Word

First /Reading: Exodus 17:3-7
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 94(95):1-2,6-9
Second reading: A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans 5:1-2,5-8
Gospel: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 4:5-42

Parish information, faith news and mission

Thank you: We would like to thank all our parishioners for their kind and generous donations to last Sunday’s collection for CAFOD Lent Fast Day. You donated an incredible £1,194.14, many thanks to you all.

Lenten prayers: Lenten prayer request sheets are placed at the porch. Please take one for yourself and return the filled forms in the box placed at the porch. Lenten Alms Collection: During this Lenten period, Lenten Alms are collected throughout this season. You can put your Lenten alms in the box with the label 'Lenten Alms' placed near the baptistery.

Stations of the Cross: During this Lenten period, there will be Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7.30pm. The different groups in the Parish conducting Stations of the Cross are:

March 24: SVP
March 31: Rosary Prayer Group
April 7: Father Cyriacus

Confirmation Class: The next confirmation class will be held this Sunday 19th March at 6.00-7.30pm in the Church.

Birthday Celebration: The birthday celebrations for those born in March will be marked this Sunday 19th March. Cutting of birthday cake will take place immediately after 9am and 11am Masses in the Parish hall.

Outreach Group: The next Outreach Group will meet on Thursday 23rd March at 7.15pm.

Mothering Sunday: Next Sunday is Mothering Sunday and we will remember all the mothers in a special way at all the weekend Masses.

Parish Finance Committee: The next meeting will be held on Monday 27th March, 2017 at 7.30pm.

Bible Study Class: The next Bible Study will be on Thursday March 30th at 7.45pm. The theme for our discussion is: “The Mystery of the Cross: The Paradox of the ‘Crossless Christ’ and ‘Christless Cross’.

Coffee Morning: The next coffee morning will be held on Monday 3rd April after Mass.

Second Collection: Next week we will be having a second collection for CAFOD towards famine relief in East African Countries. Sadly, our Lenten Fast Day has only just passed and so it is with great heaviness of heart that we bring to your attention the situation of terrible need in East Africa, which you will no doubt have seen in the news. Severe drought, and several compounding problems - lack of food, and civil war - means that now over 16 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, northern Kenya and Ethiopia are facing starvation. We ask, once again, if you can donate next week to CAFOD to help ease the famine relief. Thanking you all in advance.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage: We still have some spaces remaining for our pilgrimage to Medjugorje which is taking place 24-31st May 2017. The price is £619pp sharing and includes return flights; return transfers from airport to Medjogorje, 7 nights half board guesthouse accommodation in Medjugorje close to St James’ Church, airport taxes and a full religious programme in Medjugorje. If you would like to join, please call the Parish secretary on 01689 821749 Wed-Fri only or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Church Cleaners: We are in need of volunteers to join our cleaning team, particularly to join Team 1 and Team 2 which provides cleaning to the Church on the first and second Saturday of each month. The timings are roughly 9.30-11am. If you feel you could help with this, please put your name down on the list provided in the porch.

200 Club Winner: Congratulations goes again to Sean Wickenden (no. 124) who was our February winner. A £50 cheque is on its way to Sean. It is the first time that the same number has been drawn in two consecutive months!

Youth Group Production: On 2nd April our youth group will be performing "Sacrifice": a short presentation of drama and singing based on the Passion of Christ. It will be at 11am Mass after the final blessing. Please come along to watch this production.

The Passion of the Christ: at 5pm on Sunday 2nd April in the Church Hall. This is a change to the previously advertised film. The film lasts 2 hours and depicts in graphic detail the horror of the torture and death of Jesus, and is a suitable reminder of the real events we recall in Holy Week. Because of the graphic content of this film it is rated for over 18s only.

Concert: The Sine Nomine Singers will be performing here at Our Lady of the Crays on Saturday 25th March at 8pm. Tickets are £10 per person (£5 unemployed or students) and will be available on the door or in advance from All proceeds are in aid of Woodlarks – Camping for the Disabled. Please do come along.

Parish Football Club: We are in the process of setting up a Parish Football Club. We are thinking of the club running on Mondays and would like to offer it free but we may have to see how the costs are. Times are likely to be 6-7pm or 6.30-7.30pm and we are still sourcing suitable outdoor venues. The club will have to be for players aged 16 years and over. The club will be set up just for parishioners to play some football together and get to know one another better. Please put your name down on the list in the porch if you are interested in joining this club.

A Retreat with a Difference: A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held at the new Retreat Centre in Walsingham, from Sunday 30 April (6pm) – Saturday 6 May (2pm). The theme is God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time, and the preacher will be Mgr. Keith Barltrop, with help from Foyer members and past retreatants. Foyer retreats are held mainly in silence, with three talks a day, and offer a holistic way of deepening our faith in the Church’s teaching and our life in Christ. For further information or to book a place, contact Mgr.Keith Barltrop This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07879 953953.

St Mary’s Alumni: St Mary’s Catholic High School in Croydon is, as a result of recent successes, establishing an association of former students. If you would like to know more please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 020 8688 3837.

Film Show: St. John Fisher in Bexley, will host a film evening on 19th April showing an inspirational movie on St Thomas More, the English chancellor, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage. The film will be shown in St John Fisher Bexley Church Hall, admission free, light refreshments served, bar open. Arrivals from 7 pm for 7.30pm start.

Rosary Group: Monday, Thursday and Friday at 10am & Saturday 13.00pm.
Mothers' Prayer Group 1: Holds every Friday at 8pm at Irene Williams’ house.
Mothers' Prayer Group 2: Holds every Friday at 8pm at Nneka Omo-Idahosa’s house.

Request for Prayer for the sick and the housebound: Please continue to pray for: Mario Angeli, Alice Welsh, Eleanor Smith, Alan Lavin, Joan Graham, Terry Burns, Maureen McMahon, Monica Gallagher, P J Connor, Mary Stanley, Anne Betts, Janet Sinclair, Peggy Colman, Frances Hill, John Cafferkey, Marya Misajat, Shelia Santos, Ian Park and all the Sick Clergy of the Diocese and the housebound of the Parish.

Book of Remembrance - names for March: We remember in our payers: John Kent, Pearl Wood, Pasquale Cappucio, Lawrence Abu, Ekata Kuyan, Vincent Dunleavy, Martin Geraghty, Jeremiah Crowley, Roy Hawker, Roy Sinclair, Irene Rudd, Charles Wickenden, Edward Sabage, Mary Daly, Eleanor Sullivan, Mary Wakefield, Alexander Goslitski, Maria Fernandes, Augustine Juwah, Sheila McNally, Marilena Donovan, Alan Sparrowhawk, Elsie Valins, Winifred Ferne, Michael Gray, Patrick King, Ronnie Byrne, Michael Walsh, Queenie Viliesid, Sunday-Lawrence Ksagmede, Elizabeth Duffy, Patrick McNally, Pauline Sheehan, George Clark, Esme Esterbrook, Margaret Forsythe, Carmela Said, Queenie Damerum, Michael Abu, Joana Ndango Anjorim, Frank Edmond, Rogers Knight, Jean Marrhant, Margaret Murrice, and Muriel Brenton.

Almsgiving: Almsgiving is one of the major requirements of this Lenten period. Christ calls us to set aside a portion of our earthly possession for the upkeep of the poor, the sick, the less privilege, the orphans and those who have nobody to care for them. This is one of the corporal works of mercy and the Scripture teaches us that there is more joy in giving than in receiving (Acts 20:35). St. Peter clearly underlined that one of the Spiritual fruits of Almsgiving is the forgiveness of sins: “Charity covers a multitude of sins” (1Peter 4:8). Pope Benedict beautifully presented the scriptural interpretation of Almsgiving thus: “Almsgiving is not mere philanthropy, rather it is a concrete expression of Charity, a theological virtue that demands interior conversion to love of God and neighbour, in imitation of Jesus Christ, who, dying on the Cross, gave His entire self for us”. Let us then be reminded that every time when, for the love of God, we share our goods with our neighbours in need or extend a helping hand to the sick, the orphan and the less privilege, we discover that the fullness of life comes from love and all is returned to us as a blessing in the form of peace, inner satisfaction and joy.

Ministries in the Church


Weekend of 18 & 19 March

Weekend of 25 & 26 March

Readers 6pm

J Tarrant

J Loveridge

AM Atlay

C St.John

Readers 9am

M Dunleavy

C Meaney


Readers 11am

P Temenior

M Alademerin

M Francis

S Moujalled

Euch. M. 6pm

N Abrook, H Cherry and R O’Shea

JP Gallagher, D Philip, and D Winter

Euch. M. 9am

I Floyd, T Meaney and M Armstrong

M Wingfield, M Lyons and M Fernandes


N Adewale, H Anseline, J Boamah, G Greenspan, P Greenidge, N Akosah and Tony Wickenden

F Adewale, M Alademerin, M Ehiosun, M McEveney, L Moscrop, E Williamsand Terry Wickenden


T Akagbosu

L Clarke


Team 3

T Fernandes

Team 4

D Byrne


Are you new to the parish? If you would like to become a member of our Parish and have not yet registered, please fill in a Registration Form which can be found in the back of the porch and hand it to Fr Cyriacus. You are most welcome to join us for somelight refreshments in the hall after all Masses on Sunday.

Parish events for 2017


4th & 11th: First Confession for Holy Communion Candidates

11th: Reconciliation for Confirmation Candidates

17th: St Patrick's Night Celebration at 7pm

25th: A Day with Jesus

26th: Mothers' Day


1st: Confirmation Mass at 6pm by Bishop Patrick Lynch

2nd: Youth drama production after 11am Mass


1st: Altar Servers' Rally

24th – 31st: Pilgrimage to Medjugorge:


10th: First Holy Communion at 2pm

18th: Corpus Christi Procession

25th: European Day Celebration

30th: Volunteers meal at 7.30pm


8th: Parish day trip to Brighton

16th: Afro-Caribbean

29th: Parish day trip to Winchester Cathedral


17th: Parish Celebration Day


15th: Asian Day

26th: Parish AGM

Diary for the week

Sun Mar 19: Third Sunday of Lent A

6.00pm: Mass: Pro Populo
9.00am: Mass: Catherine Smith, RIP
11.00am: Mass: David Withams, Michael Lachiffonniere & James Kong, BT

Mon Mar 20: St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church

9.30am Mass: Catherine Smith, RIP

Tues Mar 21

No Mass

Wed Mar.22: Feria

6.45pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
7.30pm: Mary McDonnell, BT

Thu Mar 23: Feria

9.30am: Tess Howard, SI
6.00pm-7.00pm: Parish Surgery
7.15pm: Outreach Group Meeting

Fri Mar 24: Feria

9.00: Novena to The Divine Mercy
9.30am: Sir Michael Abu & Gabriel Amire, RIP
7.30pm: Stations of the Cross led by the SVP

Sat Mar.25: The Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity

10.00am: A Day with Jesus
11.45am Mass: Dongo Joanna Anjorin, RIP
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Pro Populo

Sun Mar 26: Fourth Sunday of Lent A

9.00am Mass: Mary McNally, RIP
11.00am Mass: Joyce Vece, SR


SI means Special Intention
SR means Speedy Recovery
GB means God’s Blessings
WB means Well-Being
TG means Thanksgiving
PI means Private Intentions
BT means Birthday Thanksgiving
WA means Wedding Anniversary
Pro Populo: People of the Parish

Mon, Thursday – Friday at 10am, Saturday at 13.00pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: Starts at 8.45am on Monday,

Thursday – Friday; 6.45pm on Wednesday and 11.30am on Saturday.


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