Thank you for your offerings last week of £1,523.  Mass attendance 707.


19th May


(Saturday Vigil)



Pentecost Sunday


6pm           William & Nora Kirwan RIP (R&E Wright)


Sunday 20th May


9.15am      People of The Parish


11am         Sharon Fernandes RIP (Fernandes Family)


Monday 21st May


9.30am      Fausto Suzzara RIP (D Delf)


Tuesday 22nd May


(Please note change of time)



10.30am    Requiem Mass for Marjorie Mary Farrell RIP


Wednesday 23rd May


(Whole School Mass)



9.30am      Bridget & Paul Wiggins



10.45am    Eucharistic Adoration


Thursday 24th May



9.30am      Marjorie Ingledew RIP (M Ingledew)



Friday 25th May

Saint Bede the Venerable


9.30am      Mary & Jimmie O’Connor



26th May


(Saturday Vigil)


The Most Holy Trinity


6pm           Robert G H Powell RIP (McGinley Family)



Sunday 27th May

9.15am      People of The Parish


11am         Peggie & Mai Linehan


Confessions heard Saturday 5.00-5.45pm or by appointment.

Morning Prayer: Takes place Monday – Friday at 9.10am.  All are welcome to attend.

Pondering the Word (Lectio Divina)

A quiet reflective look at the following Sunday’s Gospel.  Mondays 11am - 12 noon, except for Bank Holidays, here in the church.  All welcome.


Every day after Mass there is rosary.  All are welcome.

Sunday Mornings in the Community Centre

Every Sunday coffee and tea are served after the 9.15am and 11am Masses.  Please join us for a while and get to know each other over a cuppa!

Second Collection

Next week’s second collection will be for the Maintenance Fund

Fr David writes…

There are times in life when we do feel stuck.  Sometimes tiredness or burnout does not allow us to function well or think rationally.  Negativity takes over our soul, and a cloud seems to clutter our vision.  We home in on the darkness of that particular moment which hinders us from seeing the bigger picture.  We all get off days.  As we grow older we start learning how to live with them.  The difficulty arises when the days become weeks, months and sometimes even years.  This could be triggered by an experience which crushes our mental harmony or also sometimes it seems that it is coming from a combination of reasons.  We find ourselves pushed into an existential vacuum.  Even our intimate relationships do not seem to satisfy our deepest longings any longer.  We experience ourselves enclosed in between locked doors.  We also experience panic attacks for the first time, which might frighten us as we feel we are losing complete control.  Nothing seems to give us relief.  For some time we seem to go on automatic drive.  Fortunately most of the time, we convince ourselves to seek help.  Either by an insistence of a loved one or else by self-referral.  To do this, we need to stop perceiving therapy or counselling as a taboo.  Stop thinking that therapy is for the weak.  For us who had access to therapy in our lives, know the benefits of exploring in a safe environment with someone what’s troubling us.  It is liberating to be yourself without feeling judged.  Most of the time, as we embark on this journey, we need to feel worse in order to start feeling better.  However at some point, we realise that something has shifted.  And we resume the harmony which we had lost and the feeling of inner peace.

A similar experience happened to the disciples on the Feast of Pentecost – today’s feast.  The reading for today’s gospel is the Easter night appearance of the risen Jesus before his ten disciples (Thomas is not present).  In the fourth gospel by John, Easter night is the Pentecost event.  Jesus appears to ten frightened disciples even though they are hiding behind locked doors and greets them with Peace.  As God breathed life into Adam in the Genesis story of creation, Jesus breathes the Holy Spirit upon his disciples giving life to the new creation of the church of the resurrection.  In the resurrection, the Spirit replaces their sense of self-centred fear and confusion with the peace of understanding, enthusiasm and joy and shatters all barriers among them to make of them a community of hope and forgiveness.  Pentecost was a very ancient Jewish holiday, celebrated fifty days after Easter.  It commemorated the arrival of the people of Israel at Mount Sinai.  Moses climbed the mountain; he encountered God and received the Law to be transmitted to his people.  The Israelites were very proud of this gift.  To thank God for this predilection, the Israelites had set up a feast: the Pentecost.  Saying that the Spirit descended upon the disciples on the day of Pentecost, Luke wants to teach us that the Spirit has replaced the old law and became the new law for the Christian.

Before receiving the outpouring of the Spirit, the world was like a big bramble.  God had given people great directions, a set of rules, precepts, many recommendations.  But the external rules and regulations did not change their hearts.  Their hearts were far away from God.  So he decided to change the hearts of his people.  With a new heart – he thought – they would no longer have need of any external law.  They would have done good things by following the impulses coming from within them.  Here’s what the law of the Spirit is – it is the new heart; it is God’s life.  When it enters a person, it transforms us, and we produce good fruit.  When a person is filled with the Spirit, something unheard of happens in us.  We love with the love of God himself.  From that moment, we do not need anyone to teach us.  We won’t require another law.

On Pentecost, once the spirit imbued the disciples, they got out and started proclaiming the good news to others.  All their fear dissipated.  The Spirit empowered them to live life in a freer way.  No more shackles.  No more locked doors.  They became people on fire for God and to share with others what God had done to them.  Pentecost is also the feast of the birthday of the Church.  They all started to understand each other beyond the diversity of languages.  The language was one – that of the heart.  It became an inclusive community of faith, encompassing all.  The requirement was Agape – Charity.  God works through people who can experience the freedom of the heart which the disciples experienced that day.  We need to be open to receive.  The movement of the spirit is not only concerned with insights, but the experience of Pentecost is one of the heart.  A realisation that we do not need to know it all.  That we are not in control, but the Spirit of God is leading our lives.  This realisation gives us the freedom to live our lives more focussed on what matters.  May we all risk to open ourselves especially during this time to the gift of the Holy Spirit in our life.  Let us risk to allow him in as individuals and as a parish.

Drop-In” Evening Surgeries

Please note that the next surgery will be on Wednesday the 30th May 2018.  Fr David will be available at 281A Crescent Drive from 5.00-7.00pm and no appointment is necessary.

Holy Baptism

This weekend we welcome, through Holy Baptism, Joseph Colonnese and his parents Paul & Louise; Enzo Agostini and his parents Max and Catherine; and also Julius Lin and his parents Eduardo and Xin

Pastoral Pillar

Service at St James the Great to mark Dementia Awareness Week.

On Sunday 20th May at 3pm you are warmly invited to a service here at St James’ to mark the start of Dementia Awareness Week which is from Monday 21st May to Sunday 27th May.  The service will be led by Fr David and take place in the Church.  It will be a time of singing, poetry and prayer followed by refreshments in the Community Centre.  We do hope you can join us.

Healing Mass

This will take place on Sunday 27th May at 2.30pm, followed by refreshments in the Community Centre.  Should you require a lift to and from the Healing Mass please contact the parish office giving your name, telephone number and address.  A member of the SVP will then contact you to make the necessary arrangements.

Helplines and Counselling Services

As part of our care for the community a list of helplines and counselling services has now been added to the parish website and placed in the porch.  The purpose of this is to give contact details of various organisations which can provide help in difficult times thereby enabling people to seek privately the information and support they may need.

Liturgy Pillar

Eucharist Adoration

This takes place for an hour each Wednesday shortly after the morning Mass starting at 10.45 am and finishing at 11.45 am.  This Devotion to the Eucharist is a time of silent prayer and quiet music.  Everyone is welcome for all or part of this time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

First Friday of Month - Eucharist Adoration also takes place on the 1st Friday of each month from 7.30–9.00pm and concludes with Benediction.  The next one will take place on 1st June.  Everyone is welcome for all or part of this time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

200 Club

£100      No 35         Mrs A Hawkins

£50        No 20         Mrs H Wright

£25        No 75         Mr P Sheary

£25        No 104       G Ford

Congratulations to our winners.  Thank you for all parishioners who renewed subscriptions.  So far, the 200 Club has raised £6,250 for church funds.  However, there are still vacancies available.  For any wishing to join please contact Ken Evans.

Justice & Peace

Please note there will be no Group meeting on Wednesday 23rd May.

Pots for sale

A number of used garden pots have been donated.  Have a look at the photos at the back of the church and if would like one contact the parish office to reserve it.  All donations will be going to the St Catherine’s in the Philippines.


The list of needs has changed and is now: tinned potatoes, tinned tomatoes, tinned soup, long life fruit juice, jam, rice, shampoo, toothbrushes, baby wipes, washing up liquid and washing powder.  Thank you for continuing to donate these much-needed supplies.

Diocesan Justice & Peace Commission

Spring Assembly 2018 entitled Laudato Si!

Responding to the call of Pope Francis, the Spring Assembly will be held at St Mary’s Church, 70 Wellesley Rd, Croydon CR0 2AR, on Saturday 2nd June from 10.30am to 4.00pm.  It will be preceded by Mass at 10.00am celebrated by Bishop Lynch.  The keynote speaker will be Ellen Teague.  This is a free event, and everyone is most welcome to attend.  Please bring a packed lunch, but tea and coffee will be provided.  See the poster on our church entrance notice board.

Catholic Women's League

Please note that this month's meeting will be held on 21st May at 7.30 in the Community Centre.  Members of the parish are welcome to join us at 8pm when we have a local solicitor coming to talk about the difference between the healthcare power of attorney and the lasting power of attorney and the importance of making a will.

A big thank you to everyone who came along and made our Military Whist Drive such an enjoyable evening. 

Social Pillar

Film Night

A big thank you to everyone who supported our first film night on 5 May.  Apart from being deeply moved by the film, “I, Daniel Blake”, you donated an amazing £122 for the St James’ Memory Café.  Thank you so much for your generosity!

Our next Film Night will be held on Saturday 9 June at 7.30pm.  We will be showing “La Vie en Rose”, an OSCAR/BAFTA, Golden Globe winning French film about the life of Édith Piaf.  The running time is 140 minutes.  There will be a 15-minute interval and on this occasion any donations raised will be for the Foodbank.  We look forward to seeing you!

Note for your diaries.  The subsequent Film Club will be held on Saturday, 14 July.  Details to follow in due course.

Senior Citizens’ Summer lunch

The SVP Senior citizens Summer lunch will be on Sunday June 10th at 1pm.

This was a very popular enjoyable and sociable event last year so keep this date free in your diary.  Signup sheets will be available next week.

Save The Date

St James’

Garden Party & Fun Run

8th July

After 11am Mass


Music, Drinks, Cakes – Fun for the whole family!

If you would like to get involved, please contact either

or Mary O’Mahony at

Parish Request

Sewing Machine

If you have an unwanted sewing machine, please contact the parish office on 01689 827100 to arrange for immediate delivery or collection.  Thank You.

Seeking Job

We have a parishioner who is an experienced domestic cleaner looking for work, housekeeping, ironing, cooking and cleaning.  She has references.  Please contact the parish office for more details.

Polite Reminder

The Parish disabled parking spaces are for Blue Badge holders only.

Seeing a Chaplain if You Are Admitted to Hospital

·         Protecting personal information (data protection) is really important when you become an inpatient in hospital.

·         So please specifically ask hospital staff to pass on your details to the hospital’s Roman Catholic chaplain as soon as you are admitted if you would like a Chaplain to visit you.

·        Fr David would always be very happy to visit you too, so please ask a relative or friend to let him know about your admission.  You, or they, can email Fr David on, or phone the parish office on 01689 827100.

Weekend Rotas: Thank you for helping.


Saturday 26th May 2018

Cleaning the Church

A Haylock, A Crosland, G MacManus, K Evans


Wednesday Coffee

23rd May

M Howell, S Barradell


27th May 2018


Saturday 6pm (Vigil)

Sunday 9.15am

Sunday 11am


J Callinan

L Samuels

J Samuels

G Whitley

M Ingledew



K Lams

L Rushmini

Children’s Mass

N D’Silva

R Morrison


Ministers of Holy Communion

P Crosland

C Wakefield

C Cosgrave

P Cosgrave

P Driscoll

M Smith

M Howell

S Cotta

A Ward

B Cotta

V Terry

N Longhurst

K Chan

K Evans

A Evans





A Barradell

M Horner



D Delf

F Curran

E Aletta


K walsh

L Moore

Altar Servers

R&F Norman-Brown

P Kukula

P Marshall


L Delamain

P Marshall


J Monaghan




P Cosgrave, P Dabrowski