Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in christ

We are currently in Year C of the cycle of Readings for Sunday Mass, the year of Luke. St Luke was, according to tradition, a Physician and in addition to writing the third Gospel, wrote a history of the early Church: The Acts of the Apostles. Our Blessed Lady is said to have had a special affection for him, which was reciprocated by St Luke painting her. The picture of Mary, Salus Populi Romani, Health of the Roman People which is enshrined in the Basilica of Mary Major in Rome, is believed to be a very close copy of that original painting.

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Saturday 5.30pm Henry de Souza, RIP (Anniv) (LD’s)
6.30pm–7.30pm Exposition & Confession

8.00am Mass The People of the Parish
9.30am Mass Neil O’Keefe, RIP (Anniv) (UO’K)
11.30am Mass Alexander Lewis - Special Intentions (SH)
5.30pm Vespers & Benediction

Monday 18 Feria
9.00am Mass Diane Hayton, RIP (CR)

Tuesday 19 Feria
9.00am Mass Intentions of Tom & Isobel Kennedy (F&JO)

Wednesday 20 Feria
9.00am Mass Intentions of Bill & Pat O’Connell (F&JO)

Thursday 21 St Peter Damian Bp, D
9.00am Mass Alan Bush, RIP (FO’B)

12Noon Mass William Armstrong, RIP (Anniv)(MB)

Saturday 23 St Polycarp, Bp, M
10.00am Mass Frank Maguire, RIP (MC)
10.30am-11.30am Exposition & Confession


Saturday 5.30pm Vigil Intentions of David Holmshaw & Helen Cobb (EH)
6.30pm–7.30pm Exposition & Confession

8.00am Mass Intentions of Kristina Coeur de Lion (BT)
9.30am Mass Jim & Teena Rockell & Fred & Doreen Wall, RIP (Anniv) (K&LW)
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).

To all couples who married in St. Helen’s Church, Westcliff on Sea

St. Helen’s will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year and we are asking any couples who married in the church to please contact the Parish Office on 01702 342324 with date of marriage, full names and a wedding photo. These will be displayed and the couples invited to attend a mass for a special blessing. (Please advise if you do not wish for the photos to be added to the Parish Facebook page).

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.

Unwanted Gift Sale postponed to 3rd March

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far, but we need a few more of your generous  donations to proceed. So, if you have unwanted gifts lurking in the cupboards please consider donating them to our sale.  Proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the Parish Centre and the Church.  If you would like us to collect from you just give us a call, Sue Lawford 07816141492 or Angela Clements 07940183452.  Many thanks.

BCYS Summer Lourdes Pilgrimage 20th – 27th July 2019

Join the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service in Lourdes this Summer as we travel alongside the diocese, assisting the elderly and infirm on their annual pilgrimage.

Alongside this we also run a retreat, daily Masses and excursions for the young people, as well as experiencing the Lourdes Torchlight Procession and Blessed Sacrament Procession.  Places will be allocated to ensure as many parishes and schools as possible from the diocese are represented and applications will remain open until 31st January 2019.  Where we receive a large number from one school or parish, places will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. Please be aware, this event is always heavily oversubscribed.The pilgrimage is open to anyone currently in school year 10 and above and the cost will be around £570 (TBC). For all information and the chance to apply, please visit  or for any queries, please

Serving the Homeless

We would like to thank all parishioners for the very generous donation of £1475.65 from the collection on Homeless Sunday.  We very much appreciate the ongoing support of the people of our parish which enables us to continue to help HARP, the YMCA and Winter churches. If anyone would like to come to any of our meetings, or get involved, you would always be welcome on the first Monday of each month at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Lime Avenue.

Our next event is a Jazz Evening in the Parish Centre on Saturday 2nd March. Tickets are £10 and available from any Committee member or please ring Nina 472536 or Linda 558217. Refreshments of French bread, cheese, nibbles etc will be provided but please bring your own drinks.

Sacrament of Confirmation

Our Bishop, Alan Williams, will be making his Visitation of the Parish on the 19th May, 2019 and conferring the Sacrament for our young adults and anyone else wishing to be Confirmed. Candidates must have completed their fourteenth year by the end of August 2018. Please email if you wish to apply.  Preparation sessions will take place on Sunday evening starting in Lent.

Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Primary School

Class Teacher - Maternity Cover or 1 year NQT contract.  MPR/UPR, Full time, Required September 2019.  We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and highly-motivated class teacher in KS2 to join our friendly and dedicated team.  The post would suit an experienced or newly qualified teacher who is either a practising Catholic or willing to support the strong Catholic ethos of our school. This is a maternity contract and as such may not last for the whole academic year.  However if an NQT is appointed the School will honour a one year contract so that the successful applicant is able to complete his/her full NQT year.

The Governing Body is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The appointment is subject to satisfactory references, medical and enhanced DBS checks.  Visits to the school are welcomed and encouraged.  For more details please contact Mr. Parascandolo (Head Teacher) via the school office (01268 785741).  For an application form please visit the school website 

Closing date: Friday 8th March 2019 (4pm)


The National Novena to St Joseph will take place from 10th to 18th March.  The Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the Feast of St Joseph with a special Novena of Masses, to ask for God’s blessing on their society and the intentions of all who support their work.  You are invited to send in your petitions and/or request a Novena booklet to join in home prayer.  Please write to Fr Brain Oswald MHM St Joseph’s Missionary Society, 58 Cookham Road, Maidenhead SL6 7HT or email  Thank you.  Joan Caunce, Secretary.

Lenten Retreat 2019

The Vicariate for Evangelisation would like to invite you to join the LENT RETREAT 2019, 'Walking Together with Jesus' offered by the Jesuit's Mission Team via Pathways to God.   All you have to do is to register individually ON LINE and you will receive, free of charge, daily prayers and meditations that you can fit around your own schedule. There is however an option to meet weekly with a small group to reflect together at the end of each week. This is optional but if you decided to form a small group, Pathways to God will send you a leader's guide to follow on registration.  The Website details to sign up is:

We Pray for our Sick

Terence Larman, Colin Cheeseman, Bill O’Connell, Sheena Evans, Janet Weale, Charlotte O’Neil, Ella Williams,,David Kislingbury, Mark Shepherd, Eileen Bines, Frank Bramley, Mark Hartley, Gillian Oldham, Basil Emmerson, 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, 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, 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, David Clark, Georgina Cornwell, Annie Holland, Ivor & Joanne Knight, Brian Beresford, Rebecca Peake, David Clark, Connor Bourke, Mattia Mollica, Sharon Levill, Bernadette Lane, Maureen Ward, Irena Solecki, Lanto Bellis, Doreen Troughton, Marguerite Harris, Andrew Exley, Richard Collins, Niqui Denkmayer, Elizabeth McConalogue, Kean Smith, Mick Cordingley and children Thomas Ball, Liam Davis, Albert Chambers, Fergus Grant, Mary Isherwood, Lucy Price, Connie Price & Frazer Gregory.