• 21st November 2020
  • FR MALACHY’S THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK AND PARISH UPDATES

    Dear Sisters and Brothers,

    One of my favourite paintings is by Caravaggio, ‘The Taking of Christ.’ The artist tells the truth of Jesus not so much through faces but even more through hands! The highest point in the painting is an aggressive hand and, significantly, a hand raised in blind fear comes just below it. In the middle is a hand of Judas, digging fiercely into the arm of Jesus and the overlaid hand, non-human in its steel protection, of the arresting soldier. This man dominates, almost faceless, destroying what it catches. At the bottom of the picture, strongly lit, are the linked hands of Jesus, resolute in non-resistance, tense but peaceful hands braced to receive whatever God the Father allows to happen. It is this painful but total obedience that is most integral to the meaning of who Jesus is. Caravaggio shows him not as consoled or indifferent. Rather he is a human person, as we are, knowing weakness and sorrow but he has absolute trust in God the Father whatever he may feel or endure.

    The turmoil of life is not something to be escaped but to be used! Caught in the net of malice, symbolised by the cloak that wraps Jesus and Judas together, Jesus waits in patience for his deliverance, not from disaster but through it!

    In Jesus, we too can be free, at that very moment when we feel entrapped. We can be empowered to make all our distress a holy purification. Only a willing surrender to Love can truly save us. Those who hurt us are, without realising it, instruments of that Love. Judas takes Jesus to that Death which becomes redemption for Judas and for me. Please take some time to view and reflect on this masterpiece by Caravaggio.

    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 INTENTIONS:

      CHURCH CLOSES FOR COMMUNAL CELEBRATIONS OF HOLY MASS
      DAILY STREAMED HOLY MASS WITHOUT A CONGREGATION IN CHURCH
      CHURCH OPEN FOR A PERIOD OF PRIVATE PRAYER, EACH DAY

    ☛ Holy Mass and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is streamed daily


    FEAST OF CHRIST THE UNIVERSAL KING
    Sun 22nd Nov: 9.30am ✠ STREAMED HOLY MASS - People of the Parish
    Sun 22nd Nov: 12.00 Midday - 1.00pm       ✞ STREAMED EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (church open for private prayer)
    Mon 23rd Nov: 9.30am ✠ STREAMED HOLY MASS - Deceased Family and Friends of the Chinkin and Farrell Families (Margaret and Martin Farrell)
    Mon 23rd Nov: 12.00 Midday - 1.00pm       ✞ STREAMED EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (church open for private prayer)
    Tue 24th Nov: 9.30am ✠ STREAMED HOLY MASS - Deceased Family and Friends (Mary and Margaret Fuller)
    Tue 24th Nov: 12.00 Midday - 12.30pm       ✞ STREAMED EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (church open for private prayer)
    Wed 25th Nov: 9.30am ✠ STREAMED HOLY MASS - Mary and Len George (Ann Dempsey)
    Wed 25th Nov: 12.00 Midday - 1.00pm       ✞ STREAMED EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (church open for private prayer)
    Thu 26th Nov: 9.30am ✠ STREAMED HOLY MASS - Deceased Relatives and Friends of the Kemp and Weir Families
    Thu 26th: 12.00 Midday - 1.00pm       ✞ STREAMED EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (church open for private prayer)
    Fri 27th Nov: 9.30am ✠ STREAMED HOLY MASS - Anthony Xavier Rebello (Rodrigues Family)
    Fri 27th Nov: 12.00 Midday - 1.00pm       ✞ STREAMED EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (church open for private prayer)
    Sat 28th Nov: 9.30am ✠ STREAMED HOLY MASS - The Holy Souls (Luisa Micali)
    Sat 28th Nov: 12.00 Midday - 1.00pm       ✞ STREAMED EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (church open for private prayer)
    FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
    Sun 29th Nov: 9.30am ✠ STREAMED HOLY MASS - People of the Parish
    Sun 29th Nov: 12.00 Midday - 1.00pm       ✞ STREAMED EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT (church open for private prayer)

  • 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.