Thank you for your offerings last week of £1,369.  Mass attendance 674.


21st April


(Saturday Vigil)


Fourth Sunday Of Easter


6pm           People of The Parish


Sunday 22nd April


9.15am      Bridget Donovan RIP (M Ramadan)


11am         Joel Parker RIP (Howell Family)



23rd April

St George


9.30am      Maggie Coppen (G Coughtrey)



24th April




9.30am      Marie Delamare RIP (Bridle Family)



25th April


St Mark


9.30am      Maria Ane Pontes (D Delf)



10.45am    Eucharistic Adoration



26th April



9.30am      Roy Hedge (B Bridle)



27th April



9.30am      Selma Cotta (Cotta Family)


28th April


(Saturday Vigil)


Fifth Sunday Of Easter


6pm           Kathleen McCabe RIP (McCabe Family)


Sunday 29th April

9.15am      People of The Parish


11am         David Hawkins RIP (The Hawkins Family)


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.

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

This week’s second collection is for Ecclesiastical Education.  Next week’s second collection is for St George’s Cathedral.

Fr David writes…

On Holy Thursday 2013, Pope Francis urged the Catholic bishops and priests to go out among their flocks and know the people they serve like “shepherds living with the smell of their sheep”.  “This I ask of you: you must be shepherds who smell like your sheep”.  Pope Francis was cautioning the bishops and priests not to hide behind our ceremonial rituals and funeral like faces, but to follow the model of Jesus as shepherd who was willing to live among his sheep and to offer his life in service for them.  The metaphor used by Pope Francis evokes images of immersion and not of separation.  Of equality and not one of distinction.  One of inclusion rather to exclusion.  The theology of priesthood for a long time has been one of “being set apart”.  To do so, even today some of the seminarians are usually taken from the “Mundane” world in order to be formed in a different way of setting.  They are usually put into a seminary for a number of years for their formation.  Nowadays, thankfully, during their time of formation they are obliged to spend some time within a parish set up for their pastoral experience.

The model of seminary I was formed into was one where the formation was given within a Seminary setup, but the academic studies were at University, and so I was blessed that the contact with my age group was never severed completely.  We continued our contact and relationships with “normal” young people.  The interaction in our lectures and on the campus with other young people had helped us to remain in touch with the struggles and the reality of people.  It also helped me to realise that my struggles were very much similar to every other young man of my age at the time.  In being forced to be isolated and formed in a secure and protected seminary, in my opinion does not help the future pastor to be prepared to be a shepherd in the world today.  For me it defeats the purpose. It’s like giving our future pastors a monastic model of training when they should be being trained to be serving in the real world – in parishes.  I don’t think it is healthy for seminaries in today’s world to have both their formation and academic training apart from “normal” life.

I remember quite distinctly that the best theologians in my class were the ones who were not studying for the priesthood.  Who had the courage to challenge us – future priests, by trying to reconcile their own realities with theology.  That is one of the reasons I always preferred pastoral theology.  As priests we need to remain grounded in our own reality as human beings first and foremost and also to keep our ears opened and ourselves opened to the reality of the current realities of life in our culture.  If our ears and eyes are not opened to the reality of life, we can become obsolete and irrelevant.  Granted it is far more difficult to be open to authentic living. It is much simpler and secure to be protected from others and live a life in an ivory castle. However, a life within an ivory castle has its own dangers and temptations.  The life in an ivory castle has the danger to live in an illusion, believing that you are better than the rest and also has the temptation to make you feel that you are above the law of ordinary people.  That’s where the abuse of one’s position has its roots in my opinion.

Pope Francis is challenging that model of priesthood and he, like Jesus is uncovering the sin of that particular model.  Without any shadow of doubt this is the reason why he is not popular with some members of the clergy and the Roman Curia.  He is challenging their status quo and trying to reform the Curia by upsetting their “ivory castle” mentality.  Contextually, Jesus is using the “good shepherd” in contrast to the “hired hand” to illustrate the difference between himself and the Pharisees and Scribes.  In a previous passage, Jesus got into an argument with the religious leaders who did not believe that he really cured a blind man.  Calling the religious leaders “blind hypocrites”, Jesus launched into the analogy of the “good shepherd and the hired hand”.  Using the metaphor of “wolf” as the threat for the sheep, Jesus implied that the religious leaders were like “hired hands” that would run away when they saw the wolf coming.  Jesus was not timid in his understanding or comparisons of the threat of wolves to sheep.

The fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally known as Good Shepherd Sunday. Using the deeply rooted metaphor of “shepherd” found in Hebrew Scriptures, Jesus is confident of his messianic identity.  However, with the identity comes the foreshadowing of his death and resurrection. The relationship of shepherd to sheep describes an intimacy depicting the unique identity Jesus shares with his Father.  The Shepherd, in not losing the connection with his/her reality, can enter healthy relationships with their sheep.  And their sheep would recognise the voice of their Shepherd. It goes both ways.  The invitation for all of us in leadership roles, bishops, priests, parents and teachers is to be like good shepherds.  To know one’s sheep is to move about the flock with humility, joy, gentleness and absolute integrity.  Certainly, there are enough portrayals of Jesus as the “Good Shepherd” found in art, but the metaphor of one shepherd willing to sacrifice his or her life to protect the flock is enduring.  A photo of Pope Francis carrying a lamb on his shoulders symbolically captured the persistent metaphor of the protective role of the shepherd.  The fact that the Pontiff’s pristine white cassock then smelled like the lamb gave credence to his invitation to all bishops to “smell like their flocks”.  The smile on Pope Francis’s face was indeed worth more than a 1,000 words.

Drop-In” Evening Surgeries

Please note that the next surgery will be on Wednesday the 25Th April 2018.  Fr David will be available at 281A Crescent Drive from 5.00-7.00pm and no appointment is necessary.

Pastoral Pillar

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 also, 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 6th April.  Everyone is welcome for all or part of this time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

Social Pillar

Community Centre

The St James’ Social Club is responsible for the running and licensing of the bar in the Community Centre.  The AGM will be held on Sunday 22 April next weekend at 12.30 pm after the 11.00 am Mass in the Community Centre.  The items on the agenda will be as follows:

1.  Minutes of the last AGM

2.  Election of Committee for 2018/2019

3.  Financial Report

4.  Any Other Business

All are welcome to attend.

Friends Meeting

The Friends of St James' will be holding a meeting on Monday 23rd April at 7pm in the community centre.  We are planning for our next event which is the St James’ garden party on Sunday 8th July.  Everyone in the Parish is invited to come along and share their ideas/vision for the event.  If you cannot attend but would like to be involved in any way please contact the parish office.  Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Parent and Toddler Group

The Parent & Toddler Group will be starting back up from Friday 27th April.  They will meet every Friday during term time in the Community Centre from 1.30 – 3.00pm.  Parents with babies from 0 up to age 5 are welcome to attend.  Do come along and enjoy the companionship and the fun.  Refreshments provided.

April CWL monthly meeting

The next meeting of the Petts Wood CWL will be on Monday 31st April in the Community Centre (in the Small Hall) at 8pm.  Non-members are very welcome to join us for the evening to learn more about the Catholic Women's League which is an organisation with sections in many different parts of the world, not just Petts Wood.

NEW “Film Club”

In exploring ways to encourage greater social interaction within the Parish, we have decided to introduce a periodic St James’ Film night to be held in the Community Centre.  This is aimed at age 18 & above.

Our aim is to run these once a month, starting on Saturday 5 May.  Our first film will be I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach.  This highly acclaimed, gritty drama won several major awards, including the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival & the 2017 BAFTA for Outstanding British Film.  It will be shown at 8.00pm, & runs for 100 minutes.  The bar will be open following the 6pm Mass & attendees are welcome to bring their own ready prepared food to eat before the lights go down.

The second Film Night is planned for Saturday 9 June, again at 8pm.  This time we will be showing La Vie en Rose, a 2007 French biographical, musical film about the life of French singer, Édith Piaf.  It too received several accolades including two OSCARs, two BAFTAs, & a Golden Globe.  Running time 140 minutes.

Whilst there will be no entrance charge to these events, there be an opportunity for attendees to make a donation at the door towards different causes which our Parish is supporting.  The first will be to raise funds for our St James’ Memory Café.

We look forward to seeing you!

CWL Military Whist

Our eagerly awaited annual Military Whist Drive will be held on Saturday 12th May in the Community Centre.  It is a fun evening for 10 - 100 year olds.  Light refreshments will be served, there will be a raffle and the bar will be open.  Tickets £6.  Come along at 7.30 if you would like to learn how to play whist, otherwise please arrive in time to buy your drinks ready for the 8 pm start.

Youth Pillar

St James’ Youth Group

The next Junior Youth Group will be held on Saturday 28th April in the Community Centre from Noon to 2pm.  £1.50 per session - which includes lunch.

St James The Great Primary School

St James' RC Primary School are looking for volunteers to read with the children.  If you are interested, please contact the school office on 020 8467 8167.  To facilitate this, the school will arrange for your DBS certificate which is a government requirement when working with young people.  Many thanks.

Job Vacancy – KS1 teacher from September 2018

St James’ RC Primary School are looking to appoint an outstanding KS1 teacher that wishes to make a difference and strives to ensure the children achieve excellence.  Please see more information on the School vacancy notice board at the back of the church.  Closing date for applications is 12noon Monday 23rd April 2018.


Some Gift Aid boxes have not yet been collected from the table at the back of the church.  If you haven’t already, please take yours this weekend, even if you have a Standing Order because the boxes contain special envelopes for Diocesan collections

Knights of St Columba

Message from Flavio

I will soon be taking part in a charity bike ride which is being organized by the Rotary Club of St Leonards-on-Sea.  This year the cycle challenge takes place on Sunday, 29th April 2018 and I will be following the shorter route of 25 miles, being totally unfit and not having used my bike for over two years now.

If you would like to sponsor me there will be a sponsorship form in the church entrance.  The monies donated by you will go to St Michaels Hospice (a care home for the terminally ill) and the Hastings Lifeboat (75%), as well as to the Knights of St Columba for good causes (25%).  God Bless.  Flavio.

Appeal from Knights of St Columba

Please continue to bring in your used postage stamps.  If they are on postcards, it is fine to donate the postcard as well.  Many thanks for your continued support.

Message from Matthew Delamain

This Summer (August 2018), I will be going on an expedition to Kenya with my Explorer group.  Whilst we are out there, we are going to be working with a charity called Harambee for Kenya.  This charity takes in young boys who are homeless off the street and gives them a better life including an education and friendships.  We will be spending a lot of time at one of the safehouses owned by the charity and doing things such as playing with the boys and building them new facilities.  Another way in which we will help is by bringing some donations with us from the UK.  If you can help by donating any of the following and leaving in the box at the back of the porch that would be much appreciated:

·         Black school shoes – Any size

·         Shorts and T-Shirts

·         Underwear and socks

·         Black or grey smart trousers

·         Waterproof lightweight jackets

·         Single bed sheets -Flat type

·         Towels

·         Footballs

·         Hand Tools

Many thanks, Matthew

Message from Stella Delf

I’m delighted to say that I completed the Brighton Marathon last Sunday and thanks to your generosity raised over £900 for Cancer Research UK!  It was a wonderful experience, though it took a lot longer than I had hoped due to a knee injury early on.  Myself and my boyfriend limped in after 8 hours ... but we still got our medals :)  Thank you to everyone who sponsored me - I was overwhelmed by how much support I received from our parish.  Thank you again Fr David, Suzanne, and the Brownies and Guides for all their help.

Justice & Peace

The Justice and Peace Group will meet at 7.45pm on Wednesday 25th April in the Parish Office meeting room (281A Crescent Drive).  All parishioners are assured of a warm welcome.


The current list of items needed is: tinned potatoes, tinned soup, long life milk and fruit juice, rice, pulses, shampoo and toothbrushes.  Thank you for continuing to donate these much needed supplies.

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 28th April 2018

Cleaning the Church

Uniformed Groups and Readers


Wednesday Coffee

25th April

Volunteers Needed


29th April 2018


Saturday 6pm (Vigil)

Sunday 9.15am

Sunday 11am


M Gallagher

D Hairs

C Hairs

S&J Ingle

S Kavanagh



J Wedderspoon

J Bajorek

A Coughlan

R Lim

R Morrison

P Lowe


Ministers of Holy Communion

P Driscoll

T Babb

B Babb

R Wright

A Guyton

M Smith

M Howell

S Cotta

A Ward

D Hairs

P May

S Ingle

R Del Guercio

Z Bajorek

T Troy





F Simon

B Fleeman

P Troy




G Brookes

D Brookes

M Harrington

S Paris

R Scott


Altar Servers

J Macfadyen

J McCabe

P Marshall

L Delamain

A Lynch

J Monaghan

V Marcolina



F Simon, J Cosgrave