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We are a Catholic Community where Christ’s love and forgiveness is at the centre of all that we say and do.
October is the Month of the Rosary
The month of October each year is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary. It was instituted to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary in gratitude for the protection that she gives the Church in answer to the praying of the Rosary by the faithful.
The liturgical feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is celebrated annually on 7th October.
Saturday 6.00 pm
Sunday 9.00 am
Tuesday 7.30 pm
Friday 9.15 am
Saturday from 5.15 pm to 5.45pm
September is the Month of Our Lady of Sorrows
The title, Our Lady of Sorrows, given to our Blessed Mother focuses on her intense suffering and grief during the passion and death of our Lord.
This suffering was not limited to the passion and death event; rather, it comprised the seven dolors or seven sorrows of Mary, which were foretold by the Priest Simeon who proclaimed to Mary, This child [Jesus] is destined to be the downfall and the rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed and you yourself shall be pierced with a sword so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare (Luke 2:34-35).
Altogether, there are seven traditional sorrows of Mary:
- The prophecy of Simeon (Luke 2:25-35)
- The flight into Egypt (Matthew 2:13-15)
- Loss of the Child Jesus for three days (Luke 2:41-50)
- Mary meets Jesus on his way to Calvary (Luke 23:27-31; John 19:17)
- Crucifixion and death of Jesus (John 19:25-30)
- The body of Jesus being taken from the Cross (Luke 23:50-54; John 19:31-37)
- The burial of Jesus (Luke 23:50-56; John 19:38-42; Mark 15:40-47)
This year the Feast is celebrated on Thursday, 15 September 2022.
Feast of The Exaltation of the Cross
The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross
The universal symbol of the Christian faith, the cross represents Christ’s victory over death. The feast celebrates the redemptive transformation of a barbaric instrument of torture into a divine “tree of life” that brings hope to humankind. In some traditions, a cross is oriented to the cardinal directions to represent the universal nature of Christ’s sacrifice and prayers are said for the salvation of all.
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross also commemorates the discovery of the True Cross. Legend holds that the relic was found by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, during her pilgrimage to the Holy Land about 326. The Chapel of St. Helena inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built by the Crusaders in her honour, and below it lies the Chapel of the Finding of the True Cross, in which the cross of Christ’s crucifixion was reportedly discovered.
The Feast of The Exaltation of the Cross is on Wednesday, 14 September 2022.
Excerpt from – https://www.britannica.com/topic/Exaltation-of-the-Holy-Cross
August, The Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart. Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.
This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honour of the Sacred Heart.
On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.
Excerpted from The Prayer Book by Reverend John P. O’Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A.
July, Month of the Most Precious Blood
The month of July traditionally honours the Most Precious Blood of Jesus.
It is a recognition of Jesus’ sacrifice and how he spilled his blood for the salvation of humanity (Matthew 26:28)
The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood, this Blood is made present through the gift of the Eucharist and is something we can consume at Mass, along with the body of Christ, under the appearance of bread and win.
Many saints had a devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus, especially St. Catherine of Siena
You can read Extracts from the Homily preached on the Most Precious Blood by Pope Benedict XVI at Westminster Cathedral on 18 September 2010 HERE
The Litany of the Most Precious Blood HERE
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul
Grant, we pray, O Lord our God, that we may be sustained by the intercession of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, that, as through them you gave your Church the foundations of her heavenly office, so through them you may help her to eternal salvation.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen
The two leading saints of the early Church are celebrated together in the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. This celebration is a liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul and is observed on 29 June.
St. Peter was one of the 12 apostles, as well as the first pope and founder of the Roman Church.
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16: 18)
St. Paul was born Saul, but converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus. Paul was also an apostle, responsible for much of the New Testament. Although he never met Jesus, he is widely acclaimed as one of the most important apostles who spread the word of Jesus and the nascent Christianity. 13 out of the 27 books of the bible are attributed to St. Paul.
Even though they were killed on the same day, their method of execution would have differed.
Saint Peter was martyred sometime around AD 64 in the circus of Nero. Since he was not a Roman citizen his death was crucifixion. It is said of Peter that he was crucified head downward as he didn’t feel worthy of being crucified in the same way as Jesus.
When the emperor Constantine converted to Christianity, he decided to build a church in the saint’s honour above his grave. We all know this church today as St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City.
During Nero’s persecution of the Christians, Paul was martyred as well. Since he was a Roman citizen his death was the more lenient beheading. According to tradition, his head bounced three times, creating a spring of water with each bounce. Today you can still visit a monastery and drink the water from these springs!
Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
This Sunday, 12 June 2022 is the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity.
On the first Sunday after Pentecost, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.
This feast reminds us that every Sunday is devoted to the honour of the Most Holy Trinity, that every Sunday is sanctified and consecrated to the triune God.
Every Sunday we remember in a spirit of gratitude the gifts which the Blessed Trinity is bestowing upon us. The Father created and predestined us; on the first day of the week He began the work of creation. The Son redeemed us by his resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Holy Spirit sanctified us, made us His temple; when he descended upon the disciples. Sunday, therefore, is the day of the Most Holy Trinity.
The whole of the Church’s life flows from the central belief that the one true God exists as three divine Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Since the very beginning of time, God has gradually revealed and communicated the truth of who he is as Trinitarian through what he has done in salvation history (see CCC 53-67).
The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, historically known by its Latin name, Corpus Christi. This feast honours Jesus Christ, Really, Truly and Substantially Present under the appearances of bread and wine. This Presence happens through the change which the Church calls transubstantiation (“change of substance”), when at the Consecration of the Mass, the priest says the words which Christ Himself pronounced over bread and wine, “This is My Body,” “This is the chalice of My Blood,” “Do this in remembrance of Me.”
This year Corpus Christi is on Sunday, 19 June 2022.
Congratulations to our Children
Who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 21st May 2022 and Saturday 28th May 2022
Pentecost Sunday 2022
This Sunday, 5 June 2022 we celebrate Pentecost.
Pentecost is a celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, Mary and other disciples following the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus Christ. It also marks a birthday — the birth of the Church.
Pentecost, one of the most important feast days of the year that concludes the Easter season and celebrates the beginning of the Church. Pentecost always occurs 50 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus, and ten days after his ascension into heaven.
When the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, they preached the Good News of Jesus Christ. Miraculously, people of many different languages and nations could understand the Apostles in their own languages. This miracle reflected God’s desire for the Gospel to be preached to all, and for all the peoples of the earth to be united in faith.
Pray for Our First Holy Communion Children
Pray for our First Holy Communion Children.
This year we have 49 Children making their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 21st May 2022 and on Saturday, 28th May 2022
Divine Mercy Sunday 2022
In a series of revelations to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s, our Lord called for a special feast day to be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. Today, we know that feast as Divine Mercy Sunday, named by Pope St. John Paul II at the canonization of St. Faustina on 30th April 2000.
The Lord expressed His will with regard to this feast in His very first revelation to St. Faustina. The most comprehensive revelation can be found in her Diary entry 699:
My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners.
Easter Sunday 2022
Easter, the Pascha, is the Principal Festival of the Christian Church, which celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion, fulfilling the Messiah prophecy foretold in the Old Testament (Isaiah 53)
The Paschal Candle used during the Easter Vigil is a central symbol of this divine light, which is Christ. It is kept near the ambo throughout Easter Time and lit for all liturgical celebrations.
Your can read Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing 2022 HERE
You can read Pope Francis’ Easter Vigil 2022 Homily HERE
You can read Archbishops John Smiths’ Easter Vigil 2022 Homily HERE
Palm Sunday 2022
Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week.
A week later, Christ will rise from the dead on the first day of Easter.
The first name comes from the fact that it commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when the crowd had palm branches (John 12:13).
The second name comes from the fact that the narrative of the Passion is read on this Sunday (it otherwise wouldn’t be read on a Sunday, since the next Sunday is about th
The Liturgical colours of the Palm Sunday Mass are red and white, symbolising the redemption in blood that Christ paid for the world.
Palm Sunday is on 10th April 2022
The season of Lent is a Catholic liturgical season consisting of 40 days of Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving beginning at Ash Wednesday and concluding at sundown on Holy Thursday.
It is a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms and we practice self-control through fasting. We are also called to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully.
This year Ash Wednesday is on 2 March 2022.
There will be mass at 9.15am and 7.30pm on the day.
There will be Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent at 7.00pm.
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales - January 2022
Guidance for Churches
Following the announcement by HM Government on 19th January 2022 that the measures put in place to mitigate against covid virus transmission as “Plan B” will be lifted in full on 27th January, the following guidance is offered to the dioceses of England and Wales. The material in this briefing has been agreed with Public Health officials and follows the regulations for England and concur with the regulations in place for Wales which take effect on 28th January 2022
Clergy Support Fund 2022
On Sunday 27th February 2022, all Parishes in the Archdiocese of Southwark will hold a Second Collection for the welfare of our sick and retired clergy, and would like to ask for your generous support.
The Clergy Support Fund of the Archdiocese of Southwark provides care for priests in their old age and retirement, and in their time of ill health. A gift to this worthy fund will ensure a dignified retirement for our priests, after they have dedicated a lifetime of service to Christ, His Church and His People.
In 2021, the Clergy Support Fund provided care to 71 retired priests, at a cost of £1.25 million. With the number of priests over the age of 65 steadily increasing, so too will the financial obligation to the Archdiocese.
Next weekend there will be a second collection for this. There are special envelopes to be used. Please take one today and return next weekend.
Pope Francis has asked the whole Catholic Church worldwide to engage in a process of discernment under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This process is called a synod. It involves everyone in the Church – clergy, religious, and lay Catholics, each participating according to the gifts and charisms of their vocation.
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