Thank you for your offerings last week of £1,589.  Mass attendance 578.


9th June




(Saturday Vigil)



Tenth Sunday


11am         First Holy Communion


6pm           Fr Louis Fitzmaurice


Sunday 10th June


9.15am      Tom Hughes RIP (P Cantopher)


11am         John Mulvey RIP (M Mulvey)

                  Anthony Olivelle RIP (M Olivelle)

Monday 11th June

Saint Barnabas


9.30am      Welfare of Nanette & Family (L Filugelli)


Tuesday 12th June



9.30am      John Mulvey RIP (M Mulvey)


Wednesday 13th June


Saint Anthony Of Padua


9.30am      Mary Webb RIP



10.45am    Eucharistic Adoration


Thursday 14th June



9.30am      Judy Chadwick (M Mulvey)


Friday 15th June



9.30am      Martin O’Connor RIP


1.00pm      Requiem Mass for Michael Ingrams


16th June




(Saturday Vigil)


Eleventh Sunday


11am         First Holy Communion


6pm           People of The Parish


Sunday 17th June

9.15am      Derek Fry RIP (Fry & Bridle Family)


11am         Sharon Fernandes RIP (Fernandes 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.


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

This week’s second collection will be for the Catholic Trust for England and Wales

Fr David writes…

It demands courage sometimes to be true to oneself.  Most of us live our lives conforming to what our subculture values and dictates.  Apart from the main culture, we all belong to subcultures.  Our family would be considered as a subculture in sociological terms.  Families do have their own value system.  These are passed on inter-generationally that is from one generation to another.  What political affiliation a family adheres to could be one.  The religious tradition is another.  However there are other underlying subjects which although unspoken, you know as family, need not to be expressed.  Some members of the family who tend to conform, would follow the rules because they do not want to get into trouble.  For others who might be more rebellious in nature, they might be considered outrageous and a bit eccentric because they do not totally fit in the family.  They are looked at as embarrassments or as “black sheep of the family”.  Some members of a family would survive in the family by choosing to put on a mask.  The culture of their family is so strong on some subjects, that they prefer to hide their true identity instead of disappointing their parents for example.  They live in fear of being disowned.  They prefer to sacrifice themselves.  On the other hand, there are those who prefer to be true to themselves and be rejected even by their own biological families.  This demands courage.

What a blessing it is, if you are born into a family in which you feel encouraged to be yourself and feel loved for who you are.  Many times the question of bringing shame on the family lies beneath rejection.  We hear of so many young people who resort unfortunately to suicide because they feel not accepted by their own families because of their sexuality for example.  The place where they would expect unconditional love, would experience rejection, once they come out.  Living in shame and guilt drives people especially some young people to despair.  They still do not have the ego strength to survive.  On the other hand, others do find their own inner strength and fly the nest in order to live out their lives authentically.  These are those who live out of their own authentic selves without being hindered by the rules and regulations which society and family places upon them.

In today’s gospel, we are reminded that Jesus did not have it easy.  Mark tells us that Jesus’ own family think that he is demented.  No doubt they cannot understand why Jesus does the things he does, why he associates himself with so many undesirables.  Jesus brings home the kind of people that any normal parent might regard with undisguised horror.  The relatives make their disapproval known.  They want to take charge of him.  They do not yet understand that Jesus has his charge from someone else – God.  A second group arrives, lawyers from Jerusalem who oppose Jesus by claiming that he is possessed, that his miracles are performed through the power of the prince of devils.  Jesus in turn, registers his own complaint against his accusers, in ignoring the obvious good that he does, in twisting the truth to fit their own destructive prejudice, they sin against the Holy Spirit.  The scribes are sinning against the Holy Spirit because they are knowingly rejecting the light.  Finally Jesus’ mother and brothers arrive.  They stand “outside”.  Jesus is surrounded by a group listening to his teaching.  The family send in a message to Jesus.  They do not join the circle of those listening to him.  When Jesus receives the message he asks, “Who are my mother and brothers?”  Jesus makes it clear that his real family is determined not by blood relationships but by fidelity to the will of God.  Jesus is not disowning his family.  He is acknowledging a relationship that is higher than the physical biological bond.  He establishes a new family of relations, no doubt hoping that his relatives, like everyone else will come to accept him for who he is.  It is clear in this passage that his family was finding it difficult to accept the changes that Jesus has undergone – from a village carpenter to becoming a mighty prophet.

This gospel passage tells us something about the persecuted Markan Christian community of the late first century.  For that community especially, bonds of faith in Jesus were stronger than blood relationships.  Many of the early Christians left their families to join this band of believers.  Remaining family members may have looked down on Christians almost as we regard cult members today.  The early Christians were misunderstood by society in general, persecuted and even killed.  They must have found consolation with other Christians and their common faith in Jesus.  Jesus is the prime example of one misunderstood by his family, who thinks that he is out of his mind.  They come to bring him back home, perhaps believing he is an embarrassment.  Rather than conforming Jesus demonstrates that his believers have a stronger bond than blood.  Jesus was true to himself and true to his calling even at the expense of losing his family.  If any one of you has gone through a similar experience, you know how heart breaking it is to have the courage to live out of one’s truth knowing that this has a great price to pay.  However, the outcome is living in truth.

Drop-In” Evening Surgeries

Please note that the next surgery will be on Wednesday the 13th June 2018.  Fr David will be available at 281A Crescent Drive from 5.00-7.00pm and no appointment is necessary.

First Holy Communion

This weekend the following children will be receiving their First Holy Communion.  Please keep them and their families in your prayers.























The Parish Pastoral Council

The next meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will take place on Wednesday 13th June at 7.30pm in the Community Centre.  You may raise any relevant issue using the PPC mailbox which is or place a note in the suggestion box in the church porch.

Parish Annual General Meeting (the AGM)

This year’s AGM is scheduled to be held on Thursday 21st June at 8pm in the Community Centre.  The meeting will include information about, and from, the PPC and parish groups and activities.  The Parish Groups are invited to prepare a presentation giving us an overview of the year and their aims for the next.  All parishioners are very welcome to attend so please put this date in your diary now.  We will let you know more in the coming weeks.  Thank you.

Pastoral Pillar

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.

Service of Remembrance for Bereaved Families & Friends.

Losing a baby or a child of any age is one of the most painful experiences anyone may ever have to face.  On Sunday 1st July you are warmly invited to a Service of Remembrance for Bereaved Families & Friends.  It will take place at 4pm in St James' Community Centre.  The service will be a time of music, prayer, poetry and reflection.  We do hope you will be able to join us & to stay afterwards for refreshments.  Please pass this on to anyone you know who might benefit from this service.  All are most welcome.

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.

Justice & Peace

Foodbank request

The food and drink needs haven’t really altered much, but they still need tinned potatoes, tinned tomatoes, long life fruit juice and jam, plus squash, biscuits and cold meat.  However, they have run very short of toiletries and household goods.  So basically all toiletries, apart from feminine wear, are needed as are washing powder and washing up liquid.

Social Pillar

Film Night

Our next Film Night will be held on Saturday 9th 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, 14th July.  Details to follow in due course.

3rd Petts Wood Family Quiz

Please join us for the 3rd Petts Wood Scout Family Quiz on Friday 15th June, from 8pm onwards.  This will be held in the St James’ Community Centre and is open to all members of the parish.

Food can be purchased at the event and the bar will also be open.  We will be running a raffle throughout the evening which contributes to the funds raised.  Tickets cost: £5 for an adult, £3 for a child (under 18) and £15 for a family.  Tickets can be obtained by emailing Caroline, and will also be on sale after Parade Mass on Sunday 10th June.

All funds raised will be split equally between our two causes:

Joshua Towell is raising funds for his Humanitarian Aid Expedition to Borneo.  This Summer, Ravens Wood School will be returning to the village of ‘SK Laksian’, where we will construct a fresh water supply system for the village and the local school community.

This Summer, Matt Delamain will be going to Kenya with his Explorer group.  Whilst out there, he will 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 look forward to seeing you there!

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

Garden Party and Fun Run Meeting

Please join us in the Community Centre on Monday 11th June at 8pm to finalise details for the garden party and fun run.  All welcome.

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 16th June 2018

Cleaning the Church

S Lams, L Monsah, D Generowicz, K Salter


Wednesday Coffee

13th June

S Barradell, B D’Arcy


17th June 2018


Saturday 6pm (Vigil)

Sunday 9.15am

Sunday 11am


K Kirby

D Hairs

C Hairs

L McDonald

S May



I Stewart

P Dabrowski

R Lim

A Coughlan


Fernandes Family


Ministers of Holy Communion

C Wakefield

C Cosgrave

P Cosgrave

T Babb

B Babb

B D’Arcy

T Forde

M Howell

S Cotta

A Ward

Z Bajorek

N Longhurst

T Willard

R Mwansa

K Chan





Paul Cosgrave

R Monaghan




Denise Delf

Felicity Curran

Emilia Aletta


Christine D'Arcy

Teresa Lowe

Altar Servers

N Cracknell

R&F Norman-Brown

A&D Poulton

J MacFadyen

A Lynch

J David

P Marshall

F Ikenye




Liz Delamain, Mark Edwards