Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ

Much of the Gospel of St Mark - which is being read at Mass these weeks - is concerned with the question of who Jesus is. In the particular Gospel of this Sunday, Jesus gives His disciples a lesson in how they are to govern. The word authority proceeds from the Latin word auctor, that is to say, the author or promotor, or source of something. It suggests the function of someone who has an oversight over a group or enterprise.  In the Church, authority has to be exercised according to the model Jesus gives us: as one who has come to serve and not be served. Therefore, all authority in the Church is at the service of the greater good of assisting us to reach Heaven. Primarily this is the duty of the Pope, Bishops and Priests who have been given this mandate by the Church and who rule and govern in the name of Christ.  This is why we should pray continually for those entrusted with this important but delicate charism.

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday 22

5.30pm Vigil Mary de Souza† Anniversary
6.30–7.30 Exposition & Confession

Sunday 23

8am Mass Intentions of the Nutman Family
9.30 Mass The People of the Parish 
11.30 Mass John & Pat Moon & Valerie Griggs†
5.30pm Vespers & Benediction

Our Lady of Walsingham

Monday 24

9am Mass Deceased relatives of Young & Hall Families


Tuesday 25

9am Mass Intentions of Rita Carolan

Saints Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

Wednesday 26

9am Mass Rebecca Clarke† Anniversary

Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest

Thursday 27

9am Mass Lorraine Kelly†

Saint Wenceslas, Martyr

Friday 28

12 noon Mass Marie Clare, Private Intentions

Saints Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels

Saturday 29

10am Mass Barbara Sheaf†
10.30-11.30 Exposition & Confession

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

5.30pm Vigil Intentions of the Isaacs Family
6.30-7.30 Exposition & Confession


8am Mass Hugh & Nancy McLaughlin† Anniversary
9.30 Mass The People of the Parish 
11.30 Mass James Bartle†
5.30pm Vespers & Benediction

The Sacrament of Penance is available on request

All Services from the church are live streamed

Let it be – done unto me – according to your word

Join the Deanery Stewards of the Gospel Group at Nazareth House for an inspiring television-quality exploration of Mary, past and present. Filmed on location in Walsingham, the Holy Land, Ephesus, Rome, Montserrat, Lourdes and Knock. 6 sessions starting on Monday 8 October at Nazareth House – 7:30pm start in the main hall.

  1. Chosen By God

  2. The First Disciple

  3. Mother Of All

  4. Queen of Heaven

  5. Help of christians

  6. Miracles

Each film is 25 minutes approximately long to be followed by a Q&A discussion. Input from experts such as Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, Mgr John Armitage, Dr Sarah Boss, Fr Jim McManus, Sr Catherine Droste and others… Entrance is free but a small donation towards the running costs of Nazareth House would be most welcome.

Charity Meal in aid of Nazareth House

The Knights of Saint Columba are organising a charity meal to support the exemplary work of the Sisters of Nazareth. The meal will take place at the East Asian Restaurant, 33 Alexandra Street, Southend SS1 1BW, on Tuesday, 25th September, 7pm for 7:30pm. Eat as much as you like buffet style Asian cuisine (some English dishes available) for £16 per person. Drinks extra, available from the bar. Spectacular raffle, tickets sold on the night. Please book your place by contacting: Liam Rand on 07952 954833 or, Mark Moulding on 01702 344965 or Sandy Rand on 07875 124159.

St Thomas More High School Open Days

Thursday 18th and Friday 19th October 2018 by appointment. For parents who have a son due to transfer to secondary school in September 2019— come and see the school during a normal school day, meet the staff and pupils. Telephone 01702 344933 to register.

Parents of boys who wish to apply to St Thomas More School for a place in September 2019 should complete the Local Education Authority single application form (SAF) and fill in the supplementary information form (SIF) that can be collected from the school or downloaded from the website

Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society

Children and families are now able to access direct therapeutic support in one of our clinics. Sessions take place after school or at an evening clinic at our counselling suites in Rayleigh. Our highly experienced counsellors provide support directly to the whole family or to children and adolescents on a 1:1 basis. If you are concerned that your child may need someone to talk to, please contact Catherine on There is a sessional charge, so please enquire.

Humanae Vitae 50 years on: A Jubilee Perspective

Our Speaker Edmund Adamus is an internationally-known speaker on marriage and family. He promotes authentic human sexuality in light of the catechesis of St. John Paul II on the Theology of the Body.

Date 1 October, 2018
Location St Patrick's Church, Soho Square, London W1D 4NR
Time 6:45pm for 7
Admission £5 at the door

After the lecture we will hold a question and answer session and serve refreshments.

School Admission Forms for Primary and Secondary Schools

Parents wishing to apply to Catholic Primary Schools for the next academic year are required to obtain a Letter of Catholic Practise from their Parish Priest. This must be requested from your Parish Priest in person and only one per child will be issued. Please come to the Parish Centre for these on

6-8pm Wednesday 10 October
6-7pm Wednesday 17 October

These are issued only to practising Catholics (those who attend weekly Mass). Furthermore, this practise of the Faith will be viewed over a period of time and not just the weeks prior to an application. Parish Priests may also look at the date of Baptism, noting those children who have been Baptised soon after birth as compared to those Baptised with proximity to school age. This is a matter of justice to all involved in applying for places in our Schools. Our schools are often oversubscribed and in order to be fair, preference will justly be given to those who live and practise the Faith as well as who contribute to the life of the Church through the various ways in which that support is given. If you are not a practising Catholic this Certificate will not be given; you may still apply to a Catholic School but your application will considered under another category for Admissions.

Serving the Homeless

Sincere and grateful thanks to all parishioners for your continued support. The Summer Raffle raised £869.32: a list of all prize winners is displayed in the church porch. The meal at Yak and Yeti raised a further £651.00. This month we have been able to give HARP £3,500 for their transitions work plus £500 to the YMCA. 

Our next fundraising event is My Kind of Music — popular songs across the years, featuring Elizabeth Upsher. This will be held in our parish centre on Saturday 27 October at 7.30pm. There will be cheese platters, biscuits and nibbles but you are requested to bring your own drinks. Tickets cost £12  and are available from Linda on 01702 558217, Jo on 474062, Marylisa on 07876 594951, Theresa on 335122 or Pat on 07940 654980.

St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) Awareness Month 2018

The SVP offers practical care by visiting people in need. This is one way we can put our Faith into action! Presently, we are particularly mindful of members of our parish living now in local care homes who may have lost touch with our local Catholic community. If you know of these — or indeed any others — who would benefit from and welcome a visit from a friendly face then please let us know and we will seek to assist if we can within the scope of the current Membership. We will be planning our Christmas Social soon for senior members of the parish community! If you are not already on our guest list and would like to be included, or if you know of someone who might be interested, please contact our President, Francis O’Brien, on 01702 552373.

We Pray for our Sick

Janet Weale, Mark Shepherd, Eileen Bines, Frank Bramley, Mark Hartley, Gillian Oldham, Basil Emmerson, Christine Robinson, Austin Butler, Rosemary Bragard, Mark Wilson, John Lavery, Paul Keane, Rose Craft, Maureen Gooding, Dympna Addecott, Pat Lynch, Christian Ryan, Mike Rubbert, Maureen Deekes,  Tina Doveaston, Addi Brady, Ben Wilson, Patricia Fleming, Nicky Wigmore, Brita Irons, Eileen Wilson, Patricia Spikin, Sandra Fagan, Edna Wallace, Beryl Dixon, Nan Carrit, Nick Evans, Vicky Jack, Lyn Gopee, Mary Boyce, Kristin Hallenga, Anne O’Neill, Cheryl Shallis, Anthony McEvoy, Justin Stark, Sheila Netherton, David Blyth, Janet Woods, Lynne Hilkene, June Moncaster, Laura & Anne Breen, Breda Lynch, Maria Clark, Roy Widdecombe, Johanna Lynch,  Sheila McBrearty, Anthony King, Chas Taylor, Norma McCleverty, Belinda Balazsi, Johnnie Pool, Edward Martin, Joanna Luciani, Pauline Wilsher, Simon Marshall, Kriston Barnes, Hugh Isaacs, Josephine Griggs, Colleen Worley, Dawn Deleigh, Lorraine Hart,Antonella McConalogue, Eddie McConalogue, Georgina Cornwell, Linda Dean, Wyn McCafferty, Annie Holland, Martha Braun, Jane Jowers, Ivor & Joanne Knight, Brian Beresford, Rebecca Peake, David Clark, Connor Bourke, Mattia Mollica, Sharon Levill, Bernadette Lane, David Kislingury, Maureen Ward, Irena Solecki, Lanto Bellis, Doreen Troughton, Marguerite Harris, Andrew Exley, Rosemary Arscott, Richard Collins, Niqui Denkmayer, Elizabeth McConalogue, Kean Smith, Mick Cordingley, Ernie Worsley and children Thomas Ball, Liam Davis, Albert Chambers, Fergus Grant, Mary Isherwood, Lucy Price, Connie Price & Frazer Gregory.

Please Pray for the Dead on their Anniversaries

Fr Gordon Godfrey, Pope John Paul I, Ethel Bubel, Kathleen Young, Mary de Souza, Robert Swainson, Douglas Hair, Fred Cornwell, Catherine Major, Alfred Gardener, Jane Lacey, John Houlihan, Andres Hinbest, Emily Bailey, Pat MacHaughton, Moira Stuart, Violet Shrimpton, Stephen McGough, Doreen Reynolds, Eileen Scott, Christopher James, Elizabeth Butler, Elizabeth Fresh, Patrick Quinlan, Rebecca Clarke, Marion McNamara, Theresa O’Riordan, Elizabeth Barker, Arthur Sanctuary, Mary Fletcher, Charles Bartley, Madeleine Beckett, Edith Riley, Vera Osborne, Mark Hillson, Peter Vella & James Gallacher.

May their Souls & the Souls of all the Faithful Departed rest in peace

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in christ

There are very many questions in this life that we can safely ignore without any consequences. There are other questions which are more fundamental because they touch on the meaning of our life and existence. The question that Jesus poses to His Apostles, asking them who He is, must always make us and stop and think. Jesus is the centre of everything, and our happiness on earth is in direct proportion to how much we have fallen in love with Him. All problems can be resolved if we are close to Him. No solution to anything in life can be found unless it is in reference to Him. That is why the testimony of St Peter can be an act of faith for us too: You are the Christ, the Son of the living God; and in another place: Lord, to whom else can we go, you alone have the message of eternal life.