Sunday, 9 February 2014

5th Sunday (Old Rite: V Sunday after Epiphany)

Our Need for Grace: God has not been content with creating us to His image and likeness.  He has endowed us with a gift which is so wonderful and so startling in it effects that theologians and the saints can never dwell upon it sufficiently.  For Divine grace is not only an additional gift; it is a gift which is equivalent to a new and fresh creation.  If God were to give a spiritual and immortal soul to a stone or a clod, the change would not be so complete as when He pours sanctifying grace upon the soul of man.  The rivers of Paradise flowed to every quarter of the Garden of Eden, bearing fertility to it and to the universe.  But the great stream of Calvary brings a higher and a more stupendous life and abundance.  For the reason and origin of the gift of grace lies in the Beatific Vision of God.  That vision means not merely the sight of God in the way that mortal faculties, however pure and unimpeded, may look upon Him.  It means, as Holy Scripture tells us, be seeing God face to face; it means that we shall see Him as He is.  Well do we profess to rely “solely on the hope of heavenly grace” in the Collect of this Sunday’s Mass.

APF – Mill Hill Mission Appeal: Fr Denis Treacy wishes to thank you for your warm welcome last weekend.  He managed to sign up 35 new members to the scheme.  If you did not become a member of APF – Mill Hill by taking a Red Box and you wish to do so, OR to find out more about APF – Mill Hill, please contact Dr Ann Holder, our local APF representative.
Polite Notice: We kindly ask that you do not allow your children to ride scooters or bikes on the grass areas outside the Church.  This is damaging the grass & dragging mud into the Church itself. 

Future Dates:- Check out the calendar for upcoming events.
Sat 15th: 10am - 5.30pm 'A Day with Mary' - Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen.
               4.30 - 6pm Confirmation Class followed by Mass.
Sun 16th: 10.30am - First Holy Communion Class.
Mass Time Changes this week: 
Tues 11th: No 9am Mass in Church.  There will be 9.30am Mass at St Bernadette's School.

Church Cleaners Rota - 14th / 15th February:  Michelle Murphy & Margaret Corcoran.

Accommodation Needed: A family who attend the Latin American Mass are looking for a house or flat to rent in the area.  If you are able to help, please speak to one of the priests for the contact details.

Upcoming Pilgrimages for 2014:

Lourdes & the Shrines of France: is being organised by the Knights of St Columba – 20th to 26th August – and parishioners are warmly welcome to join them on this eventful and exciting journey.  A poster is displayed on the Notice board.  If you would like a brochure with details of itinerary and hotel accommodation, please email George Isabella at or phone 020 8696 9714.

Southwark Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes – August 2014: A golden opportunity to come and join us in prayer.  Further details will be available soon, or you can contact the Diocesan Pilgrimage Director, Fr Edward Perera at Our Lady of Lourdes in Lee or Tangney Tours

Pilgrimage to holy places in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal: led by Fr Linus Clovis in partnership with Tangney Tours.  Shrines include La Salette & Lourdes in France;  Rome, Gennazzano, Orvieto, Viterbo, Assisi, Siena & Genoa in Italy; Burgos & Santiago de Compostella in Spain; Fatima & Santerem in Portugal.  18 Days: 28th July - 14th August, 2014 and costs £1,980.  Accommodation and meals included.

For more informtaion go to

Pilgrimages with 'A Day with Mary': There are three pilgrimages planned: 

  • Holy Land  4th -12th April 
  • Fatima 9th - 14th June
  • Italy 9th - 17th September  
For more information or to book, contact A Day with Mary, PO Box 432, Sutton, SM1 9LF; phone 020 8641 6418; email  There is a link to their website on our blog ( which has more details of each of these pilgrimages

The World Apostolate of Fatima National Pilgrimage to Fatima: 10th-17th July 2014 (led by Mike Daley/ Rev. Fr. Gerard Kelly).  Prices includes: Return flights from Heathrow, half board in Domus Pacis; Taxes and all coach tours. For itinerary and booking form contact: Oliver Abasolo (WAF Southwark Representative) 020 8274 8261 or 07782 661 922; or Email:  Poster at back of Church.

Current Vacancies:
For more information on all the vacancies, please see our 'Job Opportunties' page on the sidebar.

Coloma Girls Covent School - The Governors are looking to appoint a Part Time English Teacher and Full Time or Part Time Geography Teacher, starting either April or September.  Applications & further details are available from their website or by contacting Mrs S Dawson on 020 8654 6228 ext 229. Closing date: Application requested ASAP.

Catholic Education Service (CES) - are looking for a CES Religious Education Advisor (England & Wales) - Part Time. The role is based in the Eccleston Square office but may require travel to other areas within England and Wales. Closing date: Friday 14th February

The Diocese of Westminster has requested help in advertising for a new Headteacher at Larmenier & Sacred Heart Primary School (W6 8PB) starting September. Prospective candidates should contact the school office for further information or to apply;, the closing Date is Thursday 13th February.  

For the last 11 years, the Catholics Bishops Conference has organised Parliamentary & Public Policy Internships for recently graduated Catholics.  This year we are looking to offer 8 internships: four interns will be placed with Christian MPs at Westminster; one in a parliamentary support role within the Bishops’ Conference Secretariat; one in each of the Catholic Agencies (CAFOD & CSAN) in a public policy role; and one in a media internship in Archbishop’s House Westminster.  All internships  run Sept 14 - July 15 & include accommodation & subsistence allowances. The closing date is 5pm on Wednesday 26th February; the Assessment days will be 1st & 2nd April