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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.

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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.

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SVP Emergency Line: 07833 776573

Sunday 23 April: Divine Mercy Sunday

Then he spoke to Thomas, “Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe” (John 20:27).

The Easter joy continues this Sunday with the appearance of the resurrected Christ to His disciples who were gathered to celebrate their Sunday worship. Fortunately, Thomas who was yet to experience the risen Christ, was there this time around. This unique experience of seeing the risen Christ made his exclaim: “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). Unlike Thomas, may we always believe in the power of the risen Christ, and as we continually worship the Lord every day of our lives, may we grow in intimacy with Him, and may the blessings of Easter overflow in our lives and families.

Divine Mercy Sunday

This Sunday is popularly known as the Diving Mercy Sunday. Between 1930 and 1938, Christ appeared to Sister Faustina, a Sister of Mercy in Poland who initiated the Divine Mercy devotion. She was canonized on April 30, 2000, the Sunday after Easter, the Feast of Divine Mercy. On Good Friday 1937, Jesus requested that Blessed Faustina make a special novena before the Feast of Mercy, from Good Friday through the following Saturday. Jesus also asked that a picture be painted according to the vision of Himself as the fountain of mercy. He gave her a chaplet to be recited and said that it was appropriate to pray the chaplet at three o'clock each afternoon (the Hour of Great Mercy). "The Lord Himself moves me to write prayers and hymns about His mercy..." St Faustina (Diary 1593).

On this Sunday, we ask the Lord for His Divine Mercy on us, on our family, souls in purgatory and for those who live in a state of mortal sin. Divine Mercy Devotion starts at 2pm followed by Mass at 3pm.

Liturgy of the word

First reading: A reading from the book of Acts 2:42-47
Responsorial Psalm: 117:2-4. 13-15. 22-24
Second reading: A reading from the first letter of St Peter 1:3-9
Gospel: A reading from the holy Gospel according to John 20:19-31

Diary for the week

Sun April 23: Second Sunday of Easter A (Divine Mercy Sunday)

9.00am Mass: Pro Populo
11.00am Mass: Sylma Catherine Laurent,RIP
2pm: Divine Mercy Devotion
3.00pm Mass: Mary McNally, RIP

Mon April 24: St. George, Martyr & Patron of England

9.30am Mass: Marion Doble, RIP

Tues April 25

No Mass

Wed April 26: Feria

6.45pm: Exposition of the Bl. Sacrament
7.30pm Mass: Joanne Byrne, RIP

Thu April 27: Feria

9.30am: Uche Oligbo, RIP
6.00pm – 7.00pm:Parish Surgery
7.30pm: Meeting with Medjugorje Pilgrims

Fri April 28: Feria

9.30am: Patrick Farrell, RIP

Sat April 29: St. Catherine of Siena

11.30am: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
11.35am – 12.05pm: Confessions
12.05pm: Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour
12.30pm Mass: Antonio Dos Santos, RIP
5.15pm – 5.45pm: Confessions
6.00pm Mass: Mary McNally, RIP

Sun April 30: Third Sunday of Easter A

9.00am Mass: Pro Populo
11.00am Mass: Kurien Joseph, RIP

Notes

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

Rosary: 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.

Parish information, faith news and mission

Annual Leave: Fr. Cyriacus will be away on annual leave from 18-26th April. Fr. Anthony, a student priest from Poland, will be officiating in his absence, please make him welcome. The parish secretary will also be available Wed-Fri if in need.

Second Collection: There will be second collection next weekend for the maintenance of St. George’s Cathedral. This collection helps meet the cost of the upkeep of the Cathedral.

Charismatic Prayer Meeting: This group will be meeting this Sunday 23rd April immediately after the Divine Mercy Mass.

Medjugorje Pilgrimage: There will be a meeting on Thursday 27th April at 7.30pm in the church hall for all parishioners who are joining the Medjugorje Pilgrimage in May. We will be joined by an experienced pilgrim who has visited Medjugorje on many occasions and has recommended our tour company to us. He will be able to answer any questions you may have. Please make every effort to attend.

St. George’s Day: The Knights of St. Columba are celebrating St.George’s Day with a sing song of classic English songs on Saturday, 29th April from 7.30pm at St. James the Great RC Church, Petts Wood. Cost £5 per adult & £10 per family payable at the door on the night. Bring your own food but there is a licensed bar! All welcome.

Birthday celebration for April: Our celebration for all those born in April will be held on 30th of April. Please join us in cutting of the birthday cakes after both Masses on this date.

Healing Mass: The next Mass of the sick will be held next Sunday 30th April at 3pm.

Southwark Altar Servers’ Rally: Southwark Altar Servers’ Annual Mass is on Monday 1st May at The Friars, Aylesford. All our Altar Servers and their families are invited to this special occasion.

Confirmation Photo Discs: The photographs of the Confirmation Mass for all candidates are now available for collection. Please collect your disc from the parish secretary between Wed-Fri 10-3pm. A small donation for CAFOD would be appreciated.

Urgent Help Needed: Help is needed on the 4th Thursday of each month at 10am to clean the brasses in the Church. We also are in desperate need of volunteers to join our cleaning team. Please contact Chris Meaney on 01689 816502 if you can help or to get more information.

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.

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

Request for prayer for the sick and 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, Patricia O'Donoghue, Denis O'Donoghue and all the Sick Clergy of the Diocese and the housebound of the Parish.

Book of remembrance - names for April: We remember in our payers: Esther Obende, Vera Ekpiteta, Darren Phelps, Elizabeth Mary Cork, Christine Ann Robison, Frances Ellen Watson, Wilson Odibo, Anne Abbott, Geoffrey Plowman, Julie Beggan, Thomas O’Malley, Donato Iorio, Ayo Izugon, Patrick Francis Ryan, Margaret Christina Gardiner, Winifred Wingfield, Grace Aikhuele, Norman George Gibbs, Harry Beard, Charles Frederick Badger, James McNally, Eileen Mary Emmin, Thomas Gee, Janita Viliesid and Nell James.

Ministries in the Church

Weekend of 22 & 23 April

Cleaning rota

Team 4: D Byrne

Readers 6pm Mass

AM Atlay and C St.John

Readers 9am Mass

C Meaney and Chima

Readers 11am Mass

M Francis and W Chung

Eucharistic Ministers 6pm Mass

JP Gallagher, D Philip, and D Winter

Eucharistic Ministers 9am Mass

M Wingfield, M Lyons and M Fernandes

Eucharistic Ministers 11am Mass

Adewale, M Alademerin, M Ehiosun, M McEveney, L Moscrop, E Williams and Terry Wickenden

Linen

F Obende

Weekend of 29 & 30 April

Cleaning

Team 1: F Adewale

Readers 6pm Mass

N Antwi and N Abrook

Readers 9am Mass

M Dunleavey and C Meaney

Readers 11am Mass

J Smith and P Temenior

Eucharistic Ministers 6pm Mass

N Abrook, B Inglis and R O Shea

Eucharistic Ministers 9am Mass

T Meaney, A Clarke and E North

Eucharistic Ministers 11am Mass

N Adewale, C De Sousa, M McEveney, P Greenidge, H Anseline, R Anseline and L Moscrop

Linen

A Kane

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