July is the month of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
The fourteenth week of ordinary time
Devotion to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
July is dedicated to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the devotion which naturally flows through and from the feasts of Corpus Christi and the Sacred Heart which precede it in June, but all have their source in the Last Supper of Maundy Thursday and the death of Jesus on Good Friday.
The blood which poured from the Body of Christ on the cross, as witnessed by St John, was the ultimate expression of God’s love for us: the outward visible expression of the interior Heart of Jesus. Through the outpouring of the Most Precious Blood the sacraments were born, for they too are outward visible forms of God’s grace within them, the grace which is the love, forgiveness and healing given to us from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. At every mass, and at every benediction of the Blessed Sacrament we are making our devotions to the Most Precious Blood. For at the Last Supper, the Lord took the cup and said ‘this is the chalice of my blood which will be poured out for you and for the many for the forgiveness of sins, do this in memory of me’. This promise of the Lord at the Last Supper was fulfilled on Calvary and is made present at the Sacrifice of the Mass. Our Lord’s Most Precious Blood which poured from Him on Calvary continues thus to flow as the channel of Divine love and mercy through the mass to us and onwards through our good works to the people we serve in our lives.
In the traditional calendar, The Feast of the Most Precious Blood is on July 1st. In the new calendar it has no specific feast day but has a ‘votive mass’ which means it can be said on any appropriate day.As a parish, we have been keeping this devotion in July, and this year the Mass of the Precious Blood will be said this coming Friday evening at 7.00 p.m.
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:
Des Leahy who died on Thursday 20th May, aged 92. His funeral was on Friday 11th June.
MESSAGE FROM KATHLEEN LEAHY: Kathleen, Tessa, Imelda and family would like to thank everyone who came to Des' Requiem Mass. Your sympathy cards and Mass cards are much appreciated. A special thank you to Fr. Jonathan for his great help and to Tom Breen for arranging the Knights' Farewell Mass for Des who was a faithful Knight for over 60 years.
Tom Brady, son of Nora Brady and brother of Cath and Teresa, who died on Thursday 20th May aged 60. His funeral was on Friday 11th June.
Albert D’Silva who died on Monday 31st May aged 77. His funeral is on Monday 28th June at 11.00 a.m. followed by committal at Hillview Cemetery.
Mark John Norris Paxton who died on Thursday 27th May aged 60. The Funeral Mass was on Thursday 17th June.
Arthur Whittle, aged 94, for many years a parishioner, who died in Liverpool where he moved with Norma a few weeks ago.
(Numbers permitted at Funeral Requiems are still limited due to current regulations. This is estimated on the size of the church building. The same rules applying to all public services in our church apply also for funeral requiems)
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.
PARISH GOLF DAY
Message from Tony Brook: The Parish Golf day on Saturday 18th September 2021 to be held at Pedham Place Golf Club, Swanley. Bacon Rolls from 11am with the first tee off 12noon 18 holes of golf followed by a two course meal with prizes for the winners. Cost with probably be about £47.00 per head. Any persons interested in taking part either as a team or individually will be welcome. Please contact Tony Brooke 07833707016. There will be the usual charity raffle attached to the day with raffle tickets being sold after Mass in the run up to the event.
MASSES AND INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK
Psalter week 2. Ferial cycle 1 at mass.
Please come to mass once a week only, on any day of your choosing, to help with numbers and social distancing.
Mass intentions booked for masses cancelled or replaced with a funeral will be moved to another day.
Saturday 3rd July THE FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (B)
+ 6.30 p.m. Mary & Sean Kenny R.I.P.
Sunday 4th July
+ 9.00 a.m. James & Family T.G.
+ 10.30 a.m. Wanda Kwiatkowska R.I.P.
Monday 5th July St. Anthony Zaccaria, priest.
+ 10.00 a.m. Maureen Kenny R.I.P.
Tuesday 6th July. St. Maria Goretti, virgin & martyr.
+ 10.00 a.m. John & Jane Kenny & Family W.B.
Wednesday 7th July feria.
NO PUBLIC MASS TODAY
Thursday 8th July feria
+ 10.00 a.m. Maureen Kenny R.I.P.
Friday 9th July The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (July votive mass)
+ 7.00 p.m. May McDaniel R.I.P.
Saturday 10th July Our Lady’s Saturday.
+ 10.00 a.m. Ferdie Rodrigues R.I.P.
[ + 6.30 p.m. FIFTEENTH SUNDAY Edin Garvey R.I.P.)
JULY PRAYER: ‘Viva, viva, Gestu’ trans. Edward Caswell.
Glory be to Jesus who in bitter pains, poured for me the lifeblood from his sacred veins.
Grace and life eternal in that blood I find: blest be his compassion, infinitely kind.
Blest, through endless ages, be the precious stream - which from endless torment did the world redeem.
There the fainting spirit drinks of life her fill; there, as in a fountain, laves herself at will.
Abel’s blood for vengeance pleaded to the skies, but the blood of Jesus for our pardon cries.
Oft as it is sprinkled on our guilty hearts, Satan in confusion terror-struck departs.
Oft as earth exulting wafts its praise on high, angel hosts rejoicing, make their glad reply.
Lift, then, all your voices, swell the mighty flood; louder still and louder, PRAISE THE PRECIOUS BLOOD!