SEPTEMBER IS THE MONTH OF THE SORROWFUL MOTHER ‘THE SEVEN DOLOURS OF MARY’
THE TWENTY-SIXTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME
FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: CLIMATE CRISIS APPEAL
Message from our national Catholic Agency for Overseas Development.
Please join us on Friday 1 October to share a planet friendly meal in support of CAFOD’s Climate Crisis Appeal (in line with government guidance). By making a donation and eating a simple, planet friendly meal, we can show that the Catholic community in England and Wales are ready to step up and act as guardians of creation. We hope many parishes will be coming together around this date to share this special Family Fast Day meal in the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November.
Our local experts are helping people all over the world to adapt to climate change and protect our common home. By donating to CAFOD this Family Fast Day you can help communities affected by the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
Below is the link to CAFOD’S CLIMATE CRISIS APPEAL:
CAFOD Envelopes should also be available for those parishioners who still prefer to donate with cash or cheque, however, if there are none available, please just use your own envelope marked ‘CAFOD APPEAL’ with your Gift Aid details included (if you have them)
A NOTE ON FRIDAY ABSTINENCE
Whilst we’re on CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY, it is worth just noting the obvious that as a Catholic Charity, CAFOD always has Family Fast Day on a Friday. As Catholics, every Friday should be the day we remember the Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ and his great mercy for us. We are reminded by The Bishops of England and Wales to abstain from meat on Fridays as a penance for our sins and an offering to God by this small personal sacrifice. This is our common witness as Catholics to the greatest love of all shown by Jesus on the cross and the outpouring of his precious blood into the well of our salvation, the Church. In honour of this, all Catholics should abstain from meat on Fridays and the partaking of blood, unless a Friday happens to be a great solemnity or falls within the Octave of Christmas or Easter. (However, please note that no solemnity ever cancels out the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary)
Fridays do not have to mean fish. ‘Fish- Friday’ as it is sometimes called is something of a misnomer and rather misses the point, especially as a plate of good quality fish may cost more for us individually and to the environment than fried chicken or a pork chop. A Friday observance should mean abstaining from rich foods, including meat, and eating simply – that is in the true spirit of Friday abstinence. In the light of what we know of man’s destruction of the ocean environment, the traditional religious observance of the Friday abstinence may not quite enter the spirit of CAFOD’S appeal with a genuinely ‘planet friendly’ meal. Is that large plate of cod and chips really a sacrifice? Is fish nowadays really ‘planet friendly’ and ‘eating simply’? Perhaps we might consider making Friday every week the one day we observe the most ancient Christian form of fasting still observed by Eastern Churches, which is to abstain from all animal products and observe what we now call a ‘vegan’ diet. And if you are already vegan or vegetarian or for some reason cannot abstain from meat, the bishops advise us to ‘abstain from some other food of which you regularly partake’. (Southwark Directory p167)
Message from Tony Brooke about the parish Golf day last Saturday:
I am pleased to report that our Parish Golf day was a great success. 29 men and women battled the elements……..well sauntered in the sunshine really. The day could not have been better, but the golf probably could have been. As is usual a charity raffle was attached to the day. My thanks go out to all parishioners who donated prizes and bought tickets. Particular thanks go to Pedham Place Golf Club who donated at ‘four ball ticket to play their course and to Mulligan undertakers who donated a £50 M&S voucher. Total profit on the day was £705. Prize winners are listed in the church porch. That money will assist us to take sick and disabled people to Lourdes in 2022. Thanks again to all who supported the day,Tony.
And thank you Tony for again organising such a good day and for the amount you raised this year to help take the sick and disabled to Lourdes. All for Jesus, through Mary… with smiles.
Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2022 by coach, spending a couple of nights at the Pilgrim House in the village. Some of you have already expressed an interest. Please let me know if you would like to come too. Dates to follow and coach or mini -bus will be booked.
Church & Hall Redecoration
Some more will be done this week, but soon the money runs out. In order to complete the repair of the Wall Areas to the rear of the church (the entrance wall) we need nearly another £2,000, including the necessary hire of two men and a tower scaffold. If you can help with this, please make your donation online with reference to Church Redecoration or in an envelope marked the same.
ACC NO. 21361606
SORT CODE 517014
for the credit of: RCAS ST THOMAS MORE - BOSTALL PARK
Ref: church redecoration
Macmillan Coffee Morning 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. SUNDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2021. IN THE HALL. With Coffee, Tea, Cakes, sandwiches, hot snacks, bingo and live music. Come along and support the great work of Macmillan nurses for people with cancer.
Deaths For all our brothers and sisters who ate the Body of Christ, the bread of Life, that they may be raised up on the Last Day. (Drawn from the intercession of the Funeral Mass)
Please pray for the souls of:
Helen Gaskin. who died on Tuesday 24th August aged 69. The funeral was on Thursday 16th September.
Johannes Franciscus Gerritsen who died on 26th August 2021 aged 94. The Funeral was on Monday 20th September 2021 at 2.30 p.m.
Sandra Nourse who died on 3rd September 2021. The Funeral was on Wednesday 22nd September.
John Joe Corbett who died on 23rd September 2021, aged 73. Funeral arrangements to follow.
May the divine assistance remain with them always, and may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
MASSES AND INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK: THE TWENTY-SIXTH WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME
Psalter week 2 Ferial cycle 1 at mass.
Please note that this coming week there is NO PUBLIC MASS ON TUESDAY and there will be a sung mass, following the daily rosary, at 10.00 a.m. on WEDNESDAY for the FEAST OF THE HOLY ANGELS.
Saturday 25th September THE TWENTY- SIXTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B) with CAFOD CLIMATE CRISIS APPEAL AT ALL MASSES.
6.00 p.m. Confessions
+ 6.30 p.m. MASS [said] Saluzinho & Luiza Fernandes R.I.P.
Sunday 26th September
8.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary
+ 9.00 a.m. SUNG MASS. Mary Farrell & family W.B.
+ 11.00 a.m. SOLEMN LATIN MASS [with English Readings] The people of the parish.
6.00 p.m. Social Evening in The Hall with games and conversation. Bring your own refreshments.
Monday 27th September St. Vincent de Paul, priest, memorial.
9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary
+ 10.00 a.m. Goldwyn Rodrigues R.I.P. (first anniversary)
Tuesday 28st September St. Wenceslaus, martyr.
The Daily Rosary at home.
NO PUBLIC MASS TODAY
Wednesday 29th September FEAST OF ST MICHAEL, GABRIEL & RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS.
9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary.
10.00 a.m. SUNG MASS. Mary & John Kenny R.I.P.
Thursday 30th September St Jerome, priest & doctor of the church, memorial.
9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary
+ 10.00 a.m. Muriel D’Souza W.B.
2.00 p.m. Thursday Lunch Club Afternoon Tea.
Friday 1st October St. Therese of the Child Jesus, virgin & doctor of the church, memorial. CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY.
9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary
+ 10.00 a.m. Lawrence Sequeira R.I.P.
6.00 p.m. choir practice
Saturday 2nd October The Holy Guardian Angels, memorial.
9.30 a.m. The Daily Rosary
+ 10.00 a.m. [Latin] Mary Garvey and family W.B. & P.I.
[+ 6.30 p.m. THE TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME. Derek D’Souza T.G.)
SEPTEMBER PRAYER TO OUR LADY, THE SORROWFUL MOTHER: Our Lady is there listening to the words of her Son, united to him in his suffering, when he cried out ‘my God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’. What could she do? She united herself fully with the redemptive love of her Son and offered to the Father her immense sorrow, which pierced her pure heart like a sharp-edged sword. In this month of the Feast of Holy Cross on Tuesday 14th and the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows the next day, let us offer to our Sorrowful Mother the mortification of keeping quiet about our pains and discomforts unless necessary, and bearing the small inevitable daily inconveniences and disappointments of life with patience, uniting these with the torments of Mary as she stood by her crucified Son.
Let that offering to God, in union with our Sorrowful Mother, be our September prayer. (Adapted from ‘A Handbook of Prayers’ p 493, Midwest Theological Forum)
Mary of Walsingham, hear us we pray!