Fifth Sunday of Lent Sunday - 18th March 2018

Fifth Sunday of Lent  Sunday - 18th March 2018

This weekend we enter the final two weeks of Lent: Passiontide. This is the part of Lent when we consider the last days of Our Lord before his saving Death and glorious Resurrection.  We try to enter into the mystery of the Passion by our reflecting on the various accounts we find in the Gospels; by following the Way of the Cross and by trying to unite all of our crosses with the sufferings that Jesus undertook for our sins. Every time we think about these scenes our predominant thought should be: Jesus suffered all of this for love of me. This itself fills us with great gratitude for all that we have been given and helps us to understand everything in the light of things eternal. Next week - Palm Sunday of the Passion - we will hear St Mark’s account of the Passion; this prepares us for what will follow in Holy Week: the three days, or Sacred Triduum, in which we recall the farewell Passover, His death on Calvary and His rising to life again on the third day.

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT - Sunday 18th March

Saturday 5.30pm    Vigil Mick & Sheila West (40th Wedding Anniv)
6.30pm–7.30pm    Exposition & Confession

8.00am        Mass Guy Bragard, RIP (Anniv) (RB)
9.30am        Mass The People of the Parish
11.30am        Mass Madelaine Sighe, RIP (MR)
5.30pm        Vespers & Benediction

9.00am            Mass Adrian Dann, RIP (T&RO’C)

Tuesday 20     Feria
9.00am           Mass Stewart Williams, RIP (A&ML)

Wednesday 21      Feria
9.00am                 Mass Tommy Byrnes, RIP (II)

Thursday 22    Feria
9.00am           Mass Michael O’Connor (I&MI)

Friday 23        Feria
6.30am           Mass Frank Baynes, RIP (LL)
12Noon           Mass Mary Somers, RIP (F&JO’B) 
8.00pm          Stations of the Cross & Benediction

Saturday 24    Feria
10.00am        mASS Peter Robinson, RIP (F&JO’B)

10.30am-11.30am    Exposition & Confession 


Saturday 5.30pm    Vigil The People of the Parish
6.30pm–7.30pm    Exposition & Confession

8.00am        Mass René Van Montfort (M&JMcC)
9.30am        Mass Bill Pearson, RIP (SP)
11.30am        Mass Kay Dodd, RIP (CC)
(preceded by Blessing & Procession of Palms)
5.30pm        Vespers & Benediction


We pray for our sick

Anne Currid, David Gurney, Maureen Gooding, Paul Keane, Mabel Addecott, Christian Ryan, Arthur Mills, Mike Rubbert, Teresa O’Brien, Maureen Deekes,  Noel Fagan, Patricia Abram, Tina Doveaston, Pat Lynch,Rose Craft, 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, Dympna Addecott, Janet Woods, Lynne Hilkene, June Moncaster, Laura & Anne Breen, Breda Lynch, Roy Widdecombe, Johanna Lynch,  Maria Clark, Sheila McBrearty, Anthony King, Norma McCleverty, Belinda Balazsi, Edward Martin, Johnnie Pool, Joanna Luciani, Pauline Wilsher, Simon Marshall, Kriston Barnes, Josephine Griggs, Noel Kolb, Colleen Worley, Antonella McConalogue, Fr Jean Laurent Marie, Dawn Deleigh, Eddie McConalogue, Georgina Cornwell, Lorraine Hart, Wyn McCafferty, Linda Dean, Annie Holland, Martin Buckley, Chas Taylor, Martha Braun, John Lavery, Ivor & Joanne Knight, Brian Beresford, Rebecca Peake, David Clark, David Askew, Connor Bourke, Mattia Mollica, Sharon Levill, Bernadette Lane, David Kislingury, Maureen Ward, Jane Jowers, Irena Solecki, Doreen Troughton, Marguerite Harris, Andrew Exley, Rosemary Arscott, Lanto Bellis, Richard Collins, Niqui Denkmayer, Elizabeth McConalogue, Kean Smith and children Thomas Ball, Liam Davis, Albert Chambers, Fergus Grant, Lucy Price, Connie Price, Mary Isherwood, Frazer Gregory, baby Talia Emery and Hattie Seymour.


Please Pray for the Dead on their Anniversaries

Fr Donal Donegan, Fr Sidney Williams, Canon Arthur Holmes, Fr Justin Dawson, Fr Henry Peace, John Moon, Guy Bragard, Doreen Wall, Margaret Foster, Mary Blundell, Dorothy Burke, Lesley Dorey, Edmund Esterby, Francis Spratt, Francis Foley, Edward Hance, Agnes Edward, Catherine Davis, Ann Whiteley, John Fowler, Denis Reid, Nora McLeod, Imelda Maguire, Bernard Cody,
Fred Hopkins, Ted Wheeler, Katerina Deyanovitch, John Archer, Paul Reid, Maud King, Marie Nichols, Peter Gough, John Rombaut, Coleslaw Bendkowski, Mary Hardy, Nancy Mallif, Ethel Bull, Sarah Armstrong, Marian Treston, Kathleen Robinson, John Head, Edmund Thompson, Maura Keenan & Jessie Carlyon
May their Souls & the Souls of all the Faithful Departed rest in peace.

Nazareth House Lenten Talks - Revised

Final talk Thursday 22 March Brian Holt -President of the Comitium for the Legion of Mary in our Diocese - ‘Devotion to Mary means Apostleship’.

Both talks begin at 7.30pm and the evenings conclude with devotions with priests available to hear confessions.

The Deanery Sacrament of Reconciliation at St Peter’s is therefore moved to Friday, 23rd March at 8.00 pm (as opposed to Thursday, 22nd March at 7.30 pm as previously advised). 


A Day with Mary - Saturday 7 April - Our Lady of Canvey & English Martyrs, Long Road, Canvey Island

A DAY WITH MARY is an open day of prayer held in a Catholic church or shrine. It emphasises worship of the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to Our Lady. You are welcome to join the event for a little while or for the whole day.

It includes the Mass, Scripture, Rosary, Meditations on the Passion, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, Processions of the Blessed Sacrament and of Our Lady, Act of Consecration, Theological Instructions, Hymns, a programme on the story of Fatima and periods of rest with refreshments. The Sacrament of Penance is readily available. There is a bookstall and the opportunity to enrol in the Brown Scapular (consecration to Our Lady) and Miraculous Medal if so wished. 



Person required for paid position of Admin Manager in the offices of Holy Family Parish, Benfleet. 20 hours p.w. timing of work can be negotiated.  If you – or any of your family/friends – are interested, please first contact Fr. Eduard Fartan on 01268 792082 or the office on 01268 799649 – or send an email to  for a job description and person specification.  You should then send in your CV, with a covering letter demonstrating how your experience and skills match the essential requirements and attributes of the role. Closing date for CVs/applications is Tuesday 3rd April.


Gift Aid Envelopes

New boxes of envelopes for those in the Gift Aid Scheme will be available for collection on 17th/18th March.  If you wish to gift aid your weekly offering by using envelopes, please complete a Gift Aid Form, available at the back of Church, and either hand it in to the Parish office or place it in the offertory collection.  You will then receive a box of envelopes for your weekly collection.


Spring Walk

Why not sign up for HARP’s Prittle Brook Spring Walk?  Taking place on Sunday 22rd April 2018 at 2pm, it’s a 3½ mile Sunday afternoon stroll along the Prittle Brook Greenway from Priory Park to Belfairs Park – raising vital funds for HARP.
Every step you take will show you’re supporting local homeless people.  What’s more, with each entry you will receive a FREE HARP Spring Walk T-shirt and also enjoy a well-earned cup of tea and slice of cake afterwards at the Woodlands Centre at Belfairs Park.  This is a great afternoon out and knowing you are helping Southend’s homeless community rebuild their lives and live independently makes it even better!


Coast to Coast Rosary

After similar events in Poland and Ireland, we plan to pray the rosary around the coast on Great Britain in April this year.

The event, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, will pray specifically for our country, for peace and for the upholding of the dignity of human life. This mass-rosary prayer will help combat the present threats to faith, the dignity of the human person and to peace, and encourage a re-flourishing of our Faith.   Our Parish will pray the Rosary on the waters-edge at The Crowstone  bottom of Imperial Avenue at 3pm that Sunday.  Visit the website for more details: