Saturday, 31 March 2018

Easter Sunday

Changes to Masses this Week
Monday 2nd April - Easter Monday / Bank Holiday
Masses at 9am (Convent), 9.30 English and 10am Latin
(Thursday 5th April - No 8pm Mass)
(Friday 6th April - No Recollection or First Friday Polish Mass)

Easter Mediation: He is Risen. 
The Resurrection is not just a doctrine we try to prove or a problem we argue about; it is the life and action of Christ himself in us by his Holy Spirit.  A Christian bases his entire life on these truths.  His entire life is changed by the presence and the action of the Risen Christ, as Paul encountered him on the road of Damascus.  Such an encounter does not have to be dramatic, but it has to be personal and real.  Baptism is, of course, the seal and sign of this encounter.  But Baptism must be lived out in subsequent encounters with Christ: in the Eucharist, in the other sacraments, in reading and hearing the word of God and in realising that the word of God is preached to us personally.  True encounter with Christ in the word of God awakens something in the depth of our being; something we did not know was there.  True encounter with Christ liberates something in us, a power we did not know we had, a hope, a capacity for life, a resilience, an ability to bounce back when we thought we were completely defeated, a capacity to grow and change, a power of creative transformation.  In the Easter Sequence the Church sings of the duel of death and life in our heart.  This is a bitter, desperate fight, the combat of life and death in us, the battle of human despair against Christian hope.  The risen life is not easy; it is also a dying life.  The presence of the Resurrection in our lives means the presence of the Cross, for we do not rise with Christ unless we also first die with him.  It is by the Cross that we enter the dynamism of creative transformation, the dynamism of resurrection and renewal, the dynamism of love.  The teaching of St Paul is centred entirely on the Resurrection.  How many Christians really understand what St Paul is talking about when he tells us that we have “died to the Law” in order to rise with Christ?  How many Christians dare to believe that he who is risen with Christ enjoys the liberty of the children of God and is not bound by the restrictions and taboos of human prejudice?        --- a Cistercian Monk

Easter: The culmination of Lent and Holy Week is of course Easter but our celebration cannot be exhausted in one day. Therefore, Mother Church gives us a week’s Octave when we celebrate more solemnly, and then 50 days until Pentecost (20th May); so that we may truly savour and experience the implications of the Resurrection in our own lives. Happy Easter to you all.  Frs. Christopher, Przemek, Romany, Andrew, Gabriel & Mgr Leo.

Requiem Masses in April: 
  • Thursday 12th: 10am Patricia Reid.  
  • Wednesday 18th: 12pm Eileen McGinty.  
  • Friday 20th: 11.30am Nora Christine Egan.
New Readers Rota (April-June): The new rota begins next weekend so don’t forget to pick up your copy of the rota in the porch.

A Day with Mary - Our Lady & St Peter Church, Wimbledon Common on Saturday 7th April.  St Edmund of Canterbury, Beckenham on Saturday 14th April.  See posters for more details. 

They also have a 7 day pilgrimage to Fatima in June.  Costs £585 for twin-room en-suite or £685 for single room en-suite.  See poster for more details.

Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage: If you are celebrating your 1st /10th/ 25th/ 40th/ 50th/ 60th + wedding anniversary this year, please give your names as soon as possible. Please use the form provided at the back of Church and write very clearly so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop to the Mass in June.
Cleaners this week: Ellen Asafu-Agyei, Adiam Berhane & Pauline Ajuga.  

London SW Catholic Young Adults is a social group for young Catholics which meets every month. For further details visit our Facebook page or contact Miles on 07790 441242  Our next social evening is on Saturday, 7th April at 7.00pm at The Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Waterloo, SE1 8UL. 

Call for participants: My Health Story is a collaborative multi-media project aiming to capture powerful and personal stories of people living with several chronic health conditions in Lambeth and Southwark. We are looking for people who would like to share their story. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a free and enjoyable workshop in late April that will lead to the production of a simple multimedia story.   The project will inform a programme of work by the Charity which aims to improve the lives of people with multiple long term health conditions.  See poster for more information or click here 
SPUC PetitionThe Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister not to give any parliamentary support to moves to decriminalise abortion.  Decriminalising abortion will strip from unborn children any remaining effective legal protected from abortion.  So please support this petition.  Petition forms and fliers are available at the back of the Church.  Or you can sign online at

Vacancies: To find out more about these vacancies, see posters on the notice boards or CLICK HERE to be directed to our Job Opportunities page.
  • Part Time Teachers Required for September 2018 - Drama / Physics & Maths (The Laurels School)
  • Exam Invigilators Required (Bishop Thomas Grant): Immediate start.
  • Exam Invigilators Required (Ursuline High School): 14th May to 26th June. 
  • Exam Invigilators Required (St Philomena's):  Immediate start.
St Philomena's 125th Year Celebration Ball: Please join us to celebrate the 125th anniversary of St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls founded in 1893 by The Daughters of the Cross.  This will be a celebration evening of dining and dancing for parents, staff, Governors, past students and friends of St Philomena's School.  Saturday 7th July 6.30pm to 11pm.  Dress code will be formal.  See poster for more details.

Catholic History Walks: Please see poster for more details.  You can contact or Facebook or see  Cost £5, concessions available.  Please wear suitable footwear and plan for the weather.  Walks may take up to 2 hours.
  • For King and Country - Sunday 15th April 3pm. Starting at Westminster Cathedral
  • Lift up your heads, O Gates! - Tuesday 10th April 2pm; Monday 23rd April 6pm.  Starting at the Church of the Precious Blood, The Borough.
  • The King's Good Servant - Tuesday 1st May 6pm.  Starting at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Chelsea.