Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Sunday 22nd September

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

8.00am Mass Frank Maguire, RIP (MM)
9.30am Mass Jim McEvoy, RIP & Fran's Intentions 
11.30am Mass Eddie Morris, RIP (MJ)
5.30pm Vespers & Benediction

Monday 23 St Pius of Pietrelcina, Pr (Padre Pio) 
9.00am Mass Deceased Members of the Young, Hall & Bush Families (LY)

Tuesday 24 Our Lady of Walsingham
9.00am Mass John & Pat Moon & Valerie Griggs, RIP (SM)

Wednesday 25 Feria
9.00am Mass Vocations to the Priesthood (SC)

Thursday 26 Ss Cosmas & Damian, Mm
9.00am Mass Rebecca Clarke, RIP (Anniv) (BH)

Friday 27 St Vincent de Paul, Pr
11.00am Requiem Mass Denise Gianelli, RIP

Saturday 28 St Wenceslaus, m
NO 10am Mass or Confession

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Sunday 29th September

Saturday 5.30pm Vigil Eileen Pearson, RIP (SP)
6.30pm–7.30pm Exposition & Confession

8.00am Mass Christopher Camm, RIP (Anniv) (KC)
9.30am Mass The People of the Parish
11.30am Mass Basil Emmerson, RIP (AE) 
5.30pm Vespers & Benediction

The Sacrament of Penance is available on request
Services from the church are live streamed

Leigh Collection for HARP (World Homeless Day)

Southend’s Leading Homeless Charity HARP, have a street collection in conjunction with World Homeless Day on Saturday, 5th October 2019, 10am to 4pm, in Leigh-on-Sea at the junction of Broadway West and Elm Road. We would be very grateful for any help collecting for HARP. No experience required.   If you are available for a couple of hours or longer please contact Lisa Walton 01702 415834, lisa.walton@harpsouthend.org.uk 
(mail to: lisa.walton@harpsouthend.org.uk)

St Thomas More High School Open Days

Thursday 17th/Friday 18th October2019 by appointment. 

Telephone 01702 344933- for parents who have a son due to transfer to secondary school in September 2020 - come and see the school during a normal school day, meet the staff and pupils.

Parents of boys who wish to apply to St Thomas `More Schol for a place in September 2020 should complete the Local Education Authority single application form (SAF) and fill in the supplementary formation form (SIF) that can be collected from the school or downloaded from the website:

www.st-thomasmore.southend.sch.uk

Knights of St Columba

We are organising a Christmas Painting competition of an event occurring around the Nativity for school year groups 3-4 and 5-6.  Entries certified as to age group by a Catechist or teacher to Brian Dillon, ℅ Sacred Heart Church, 418 Southcurch Road,Southend, SS1 2QB by 31st January 2020.  Judges will be:  Fr Graham Smith, a teacher from Sacred Heart School and the Grand Knight of Council 192, Southend.

Pivotal Players - New from Bishop Barron

There will be a screening of the NEW instalment in Bishop Barron’s best-selling ‘Pivotal Players’ series, which is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilisation.   

Series 2 of this ground-breaking series will be shown on Monday evenings at 8pm in the Parish Centre with two incredible saints from the fourth and fifth centuries: 

St. Augustine of Hippo – 23rd September 2019 

St. Benedict of Nursia  - 30th September 2019 

You can watch the "The Pivotal Players - St. Augustine & St. Benedict" series trailer here: https://youtu.be/kUNogvef5lM

St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) 'Awareness Month' 2019

At the St Vincent de Paul Society we are aware that poverty exists beyond where we can see. Members of the SVP can be found helping others in prisons, care homes, hospitals or visiting people in their own homes.

In some of these instances, being a member of the SVP can be a challenge, but it is also rewarding work, seeking and finding those in need, giving our support with compassion, and responding where the need is greatest. As a member you always have the support and assistance of your Conference and the wider national Society.

This is our Annual Appeal weekend! Thank you for your continued financial support and generosity. SVP ‘Gift Aid’ envelopes are available at the back of the Church if you are able to increase the value of your donation in this way.

If you would like to know more about the SVP or if you are interested in joining the Society, please contact - Francis O’Brien Tel. 01702-552373.

School Admission Forms for Primary & Secondary Schools

Parents wishing to apply to Catholic 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.  We will provide the appropriate form.  Please come to the Parish Centre for these on Friday, 18th October between 6pm and 8pm or Sunday, 20th October between 3pm and 4pm. 

These are issued only to practising Catholics (i.e. 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.

Diocesan Workshop for Parents

Catholic Parenting - ‘Engaging and re-engaging your children in the Faith’
30th September 2019, 8pm @ St Peter’s Catholic Church, Eastwood

In this day and age, passing on our Catholic faith to our children comes with its challenges. How can we offer our children the best opportunity to understand and develop their relationship with God in a way that will sustain their practice of faith through to their adult life? How do we, as parents, navigate the aspects of our faith that are counter cultural and answer the difficult questions our children have about the teachings of our church?

The Diocesan Department for Marriage and Family Life have put together a workshop to support parents who are looking for ideas to raise their young children as faithful Catholics, or opportunities to re-engage older children and teenagers where there might be a struggle. This will be a chance to meet other parents facing the same challenges, to ask questions and hear some tried and tested ideas.

You can register for this event via the ww.eventbrite.co.uk, and searching ‘Catholic Parenting’ in Southend or by e-mailing anna.mccormick@dioceseofbrentwood.org

We Pray for our Sick

Ian Irwin, Sylvia Clancy, Patrick Walls, Lyn Gopee, Vita D’Souza, Patricia Vanner, Amy Louise Fox, Sarah Savage, Bill O’Connell, Sheena Reeves, Janet Weale, Charlotte O’Neil, Ella Williams, David Kislingbury, Mark Shepherd, Eileen Bines, Frank Bramley, Mark Hartley, Canon Daniel Harnett, Austin Butler, Christine Robinson, John Lavery, Paul Keane, Rosemary Bragard, Rose Craft, Maureen Gooding, Dympna Addecott, Pat Lynch, Christian Ryan, Mike Rubbert, Tina Doveaston, Addi Brady, Ben Wilson, Patricia Fleming, Nicky Wigmore, Nan Carrit, Eileen Wilson, Patricia Spikin, Sandra Fagan, Edna Wallace, Beryl Dixon, Nick Evans, Vicky Jack, 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, 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, Linda Dean, Wyn McCafferty, Antonella McConalogue, Eddie McConalogue, Sharon Levill, Georgina Cornwell, Annie Holland, Ivor & Joanne Knight, Brian Beresford, Rebecca Peake, Connor Bourke, Mattia Mollica, Bernadette Lane, Irena Solecki, Ianto Bellis, Doreen Troughton, Marguerite Harris, Andrew Exley, Richard Collins, Elizabeth McConalogue, Kean Smith, Mick Cordingley & children Thomas Ball, Liam Davis, Connie Price, Albert Chambers, Fergus Grant, Mary Isherwood, Lucy Price & Frazer Gregory.

Please Pray for the Dead on their Anniversaries

Fr John Ryan, Fr Gordon Godfrey, Pope John Paul I, Charles Osborne, Marie Hall, Mary Byrne, José Costan, Joyce Wright, James Perry, Henry Bennett, Ethel Bubel, Kathleen Young, Mary de Souza, Robert Swainson, Douglas Hair, Fred Cornwell, Catherine Major, Alfred Gardener, Jane Lacey, John Houlihan, Emily Bailey, Andres Louis Hinbest, Pat MacHaughtan, Moira Stuart, Violet Shrimpton, Stephen McGough, Doreen Reynolds, Eileen Scott, Christopher James, Elizabeth Butler, Elizabeth Fresh, Patrick Quinlan, Rebecca Clarke, Mary Fletcher,Marion McNamara, Theresa O’Riordan, Elizabeth Barker & Arthur Sanctuary. 

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 

The liturgy of this Sunday calls to mind once again the limitless mercy of God: a God who forgives and takes delight in finding and bringing home the lost sheep. We see in the First Reading how Moses interceded with God on behalf of the Chosen People. They had strayed from the Covenant even while Moses was conversing with God on the top of Mount Sinai. Moses makes no attempt to excuse the people’s sin. He relies instead on the ancient promise of God and His great mercy. Many centuries later St Paul was to experience this in his own life, which he describes to Timothy in the words of the Second Reading: I myself am the greatest of sinners: and if this mercy has been shown to me, it is because Jesus Christ meant to make me the greatest evidence of his inexhaustible patience for all the other people…