• 26th September 2020
  • FR MALACHY’S THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK AND PARISH UPDATES

    Dear Sisters and Brothers,

    The holy Mass is the source and summit of our Christian lives. When the holy Mass really comes ‘alive’ for you, then your Christian life will come ‘alive’ too.

    There was a young woman of twenty-one years of age. On her twenty-first birthday, a party was organised for her. She was delighted! “I’ve never had a birthday celebration of my own, before” she said. She was an orphan. She had grown up in an orphanage. She had certainly had birthday parties before, of some sort but somehow they had never been personal to her. They had always been institutional things. They passed her by! This birthday party was different. It was hers.

    That is what the holy Mass can and must become for you, no longer the fulfilment of a Sunday obligation or an institutional event! When it does, you will want to celebrate holy Mass every day because each time you do, you will experience the loving tenderness of God. In every holy Mass you will receive hope, joy, strength, wisdom, peace, love and nourishment for your brief journey in this world.

    Fr Malachy
    Your brother, your friend, your priest

    THE FUTURE OF PARISHES:

    Please read the attached document It is a blue-print for how our parish and all Catholic parishes throughout the world will develop. This is the direction of travel for parish life. The Holy Spirit of God is calling us to renew and reform our parish structures and for every one of us to be filled with a new, missionary zeal to share the Lord’s love and truth. We are all asked by the Lord to be his Missionary Disciples. Please say ‘yes’, as did Our Lady who encourages us to follow her example.

    Please let me have any thoughts or comments you might have on the document and how we can apply it to our parish.

    Click here to read the document

  • Holy Mass is now available almost every day of the week in our parish. We have three Sunday holy Masses every weekend. Come to this sacred banquet in which the Lord gives himself to you in Holy Communion. Come especially on Sundays to one of our three holy Masses. Sunday is the Lord’s Day. There is plenty of room in the church, allowing us to maintain safe social distancing, monitored by our stewards. All hygiene precautions are in place. Movement around the church is controlled. We even comply with the Track and Trace system. Please use a mask while in church. The church is as safe as it could possibly be. Come to the Lord any and every day of the week but come especially to a Sunday holy Mass. Let us not lose this great Sunday commitment which has sustained countless generations before us and kept our forebears close to God and safe in his loving care.

    ✠ HOLY MASS INTENTIONS:

    26TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
    Saturday
    26th Sept: 6.00pm
    ✠ (Sunday Vigil holy Mass) Deceased Family and Friends (Ann Dennehy)
    Sunday
    27th Sept: 8.00am
    ✠ Simon and Rose Nunes and Delia (Stephen and Joyce Nunes)
    Sunday
    27th Sept: 10.30am
    ✠ Intentions of the Uberoi Family (Veronica Uberoi)
    Tuesday
    29th Sept: 7.00pm
    ✠ Repose of the Soul of Christine Hodgson
    Wednesday
    30th Sept: 9.30am
    ✠ Kathleen and Phil Poole (Bridget Saunders)
    Thursday
    1st Oct: 9.30am
    ✠ Pupils and Staff of the Good Shepherd school, New Addington (Mrs Day, Headteacher)
    Nb This holy Mass will be streamed live to Good Shepherd school, to all children and staff,
    from Reception to Year 6, approximately 210 children
    Friday
    2nd Oct: 9.30am
    ✠ Intention of Reina Vaz
    Saturday
    3rd Oct: 9.30am
    ✠ Christine Hodgson (Tony Charlton)
    27TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR
    Saturday
    3rd Oct: 6.00pm
    ✠ (Sunday Vigil holy Mass) Repose of the Soul of Joseph Phokeerdoss (Patrick Phokeerdoss)
    Sunday
    4th Oct: 8.00am
    ✠ Marie Johnson (Maggie Bailey)
    Sunday
    4th Oct: 10.30am
    ✠ People of the Parish

  • PARISH FINANCES:

    It is proving difficult for parishioners to drop their weekly contributions through the presbytery letter box because of the restrictions caused by the limited opportunities we have for being out of our homes. May I suggest a better way of ensuring that you can continue to support your parish.

    Please would you create a Banker’s Standing Order in favour of our parish. It is easy to arrange. You simply fill in a Banker’s Order form and return it completed to your bank.
    If you use NatWest bank, you can download the NatWest Banker’s Standing Order form and send to your bank, click here to download the Banker’s Standing Order form.

    If you use a different Bank, like Barclays for instance, please could you obtain a Standing Order form from your bank. Just complete it and send back to your bank. The information needed to fill in a Standing Order form is:

       ⊠ Name: NatWest Bank
       ⊠ Name of Account: RCAS - RE SANDERSTEAD PARISH
       ⊠ Account No: 34771271
       ⊠ Branch Sort Code: 55-70-30

    If you bank on line, you can simply arrange on line a Standing Order. Thank you everybody for considering our parish finances in such a difficult moment.

    If you already have a ‘Gift Aid’ arrangement in favour of our parish and are now arranging a Banker’s Order in favour of the parish, please give the bank your envelope number as a reference.