Saturday, 24 March 2018

Palm Sunday / (Old Rite) II Sunday of Passiontide

Changes to Masses this Week
Tuesday 27th March
No 9am Mass
11.30am Requiem for Antoinetta Galante

Holy Week: All of our Sacraments, like satellites around their sun, revolve around the Blessed Sacrament - the Holy Eucharist. In the Liturgy this week, this close dependence is clearly shown: the Easter Vigil is the traditional time for Baptism; on “Spy” Wednesday the Bishop consecrates the Chrism & blesses the Holy Oils which are used at Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination & the Anointing of the Sick. The Mass of the Lord’s Supper is intimately joined to Good Friday. We should all enter into the great 3 Days to understand better our own personal incorporation into Christ’s Paschal Mystery with all its implications! Don’t forget to make the most of this week of weeks. Put your blessed palm behind your crucifix as a sign of the victory of the Cross. Make every effort to come to the “Washing of the Feet” on Maundy Thursday; the “Kissing of the Cross” on Good Friday & the Solemn Easter Vigil with the fire on Holy Saturday night.  

Easter Offerings: In the porch & around the sides of the Church are the envelopes for your customary offering at Easter for the resident priests Frs. Chris, Przemek and Romany. The Easter offering – plus the one at Christmas – are the only collections that are specifically for the priests. Priests do not get salaries, and rely on the proceeds of the Christmas & Easter Offerings for their main source of income for the year. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
The Good Friday Collection for Holy Places is used to maintain 74 churches & shrines associated with the life of Jesus. It also helps the work of the Church in the Holy Land & neighbouring countries by the relief of poverty & suffering. Parishes, schools, orphanages & medical centres there rely very much on assistance from the Collection, especially at this difficult time. Gift Aid Donors are asked to place their contribution, in one of the spare green envelopes supplied (writing 'Holy Places' on front); thereby boosting their donation by 25% in tax relief.

Confirmation Candidates: are to be involved in this great week. On Spy Wednesday we go to the Chrism Mass at St George’s Cathedral where the oils which will be used in May will be consecrated.  On Maundy Thursday, they will sit behind the 12 Apostles & do the Offertory Procession. On Good Friday, they will sit in the front row. On Holy Saturday night, at the 9pm Vigil (the first Mass of Easter), they help with tapers to light the candles of the congregation.  

Welcome back to Fr Andrew: who has returned for Holy Week and Easter week.

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.

Readers for Easter Triduum: The list of readers for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil Masses are on display too.

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.

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

Cleaners this week: Vicki Sabatini, Fernanda Rodrigues & Welva Mendes.  

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 

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 (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.