Second Sunday of Lent

Second Sunday of Lent

Dear Friends in christ 

The pilgrimage of Lent moves us in union with Jesus our Lord, towards the saving events that will take place in Jerusalem. To this end, and knowing how His suffering and death would affect His disciples, Jesus consoles them by giving a glimpse of His divinity whilst they are on Mount Tabor. This Gospel, read every Second Sunday of Lent reminds us too, that the Cross and suffering come before glory. Part of the Lenten pilgrimage entails going back to basics; learning the ABC of the Faith. 

Second Sunday of Lent

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT - Sunday 17th March

Saturday 5.30pm Vigil Guy Bragard, RIP (Anniv) (RB)
6.30pm–7.30pm Exposition & Confession
8.00am Mass Rev John O’Neill, RIP (FM)
9.30am Mass Gabrielle Haiser, RIP (Anniv)
11.30am Mass The People of the Parish
5.30pm Vespers & Benediction 

Monday 18 Feria
9.00am Mass Frank Maguire, RIP (SVP)

9.00am Mass Intentions of Roman Joseph Jonczyk, RIP (KJ)

Wednesday 20 Feria 
9.00am Mass Edith McCouat, RIP (SVP)

Thursday 21 Feria 
9.00am Mass Maureen Deekes, RIP (PP)

Friday 22 Feria
6.30am Mass Intentions of Eucilia Ramos (ER)
12Noon Mass Intentions of Ann Craig(AC)
8.00pm Way of the Cross & Benediction

Saturday 23 Feria 
10.00am Mass Alan Bush, RIP (MF)
10.30am-11.30am Exposition & Confession
11.30am First Confessions  

THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT - Sunday 24th March

Saturday 5.30pm Vigil Frank & Moira Keenan, RIP (Anniv) (FK)
6.30pm–7.30pm Exposition & Confession

8.00am Mass Sister Rosemary (MM)
9.30am Mass Francie McCrory, RIP (JB)
11.30am Mass The People of the Parish
5.30pm Vespers & Benediction

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

Gaudeamus Concert - Saturday, 23rd March 2019 at 7.30pm

Gaudeamus choir are once again performing at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. We are a chamber choir of 26 voices based in Leigh-on-Sea. We sing a wide range of music from the middle ages to the present day, unaccompanied and accompanied by piano, organ or orchestra, but are particularly noted for our unaccompanied a capella singing.  The main work to be performed is Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli, along with Gorecki's Totus Tuus and Motets by Bruckner, Poulenc, and Messaien. All are welcome and tickets will be available at the door (£10). For more information please contact Nigel Warwick-Brown (07402324626).

Flower Festival 2019 June 15th

We are holding a Flower Festival again this year on 15th June. There was such a lovely response last year that we wanted to repeat, and even outdo what was achieved last year.

This year the theme will be Hymns. We have drawn up a list of Hymns with a different focus, which you will be asked to choose from. Your display will then reflect the words of the Hymn, eg ‘Follow Me’  (Fishing nets beach) and ‘Bread for the World’ (corn).  As with last year, we do not expect you to be professional 

flower arrangers, just willing to have a go! If you would like to take part or get more information, phone Jo 474062, or Theresa 335122.

Lenten Service St. Thomas More High School

On Thursday 4th April at 7pm we welcome all parents, Governors, staff members and friends of the school to our annual Lenten Service.  This year, we will be presenting The Way of the Cross using an adaptation of a musical depiction of Our Lord’s journey to the cross, portrayed through the eyes of Jesus’ beloved disciple Peter.  The presentation is entitled, ‘Peter’s Passion’ and was written by Bernadette Egan.  This service is designed to bring us to prayer, deepening our Lenten observance and helping us to prepare our hearts for the commemoration of Jesus’ death and resurrection at Easter.  Please try to come along and join with others in our community as we journey together towards Easter.  A particular invitation to the parents of Year 7 to complete their induction into the liturgical life of our school.

Margueriteville Update

Since the last bulletin announcement, I am very pleased to announce that a club member will now take over as the Margueriteville secretary and organise events in a few months’ time. Funds raised from raffles and refreshments will continue to be donated to our Church.  Donations of raffle prizes are most welcome from parishioners for monthly events, to Bernadette Lane or Vita de Souza, both of whom will continue their roles at the club.  Darrell Binding, Secretary.

HARP’S Spring Walk - Sunday 28th April 2019 at 2pm

Join us for a gentle 3.5 mile stroll along the Prittle Brook Greenway, from Priory Park to Belfairs Park. Every step you take will show your solidarity with local homeless people and help HARP beat homelessness for good. Enjoy free tea and cake at the Belfairs Woodland Centre. The route is pushchair friendly, and dogs on leads are welcome.

Gift Aid Envelopes

New boxes of envelopes for those in the Gift Aid Scheme will be available for collection on 16th/17th, 23rd/24th and 30th/31st 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.

Journey of Faith (RCIA)

A series of informal talks, designed to give an insight into the teachings and traditions of the Catholic church, continues on Monday 18th March at 8pm in the Parish Centre with Journey of Faith (Morality & Social Justice - Matthew 25).  You are welcome to attend some or all of these talks; if you would like more information please speak to Fr Kevin.

Lenten Talks 2019

The schedule for this year’s Lenten Talks, which all take place in Nazareth House on Wednesdays at 7.30pm, is as follows:

27th March Mark Lambert ‘The Culture of Life vs The Culture of Death
3rd April Fr Andrew Forys ‘The healing power of Confession
10th April Fr Jeff Woolnough ‘Mary at the foot of the Cross