Thank you for your offerings last week of £1,404. Mass attendance 735.
Sixth Sunday Of Easter
6pm Edward Pereira RIP (N Pereira)
Sunday 6th May
9.15am People of The Parish
11am Sharon Fernandes RIP
(L&P Da Cunha)
Monday 7th May
9.30am Margaret &
Kenneth Jackson RIP
Tuesday 8th May
9.30am Elaine Slattery
Wednesday 9th May
9.30am Hugh & Mary
O’Donnell RIP (D Marshall)
10.45am Eucharistic Adoration
Thursday 10th May
The Ascension of The Lord
(Whole School Mass – Holy Day of Obligation)
9.30am Anthony Olivelle RIP (M Olivelle)
8.00pm Mass for Ascension Day
Friday 11th May
Conroy RIP (G&B Ford)
Seventh Sunday Of Easter
6pm Claire Draper RIP (Simon Family)
Sunday 13th May
9.15am People of The Parish
11am Mr Noel McDevitt RIP
Confessions heard Saturday
5.00-5.45pm or by appointment.
Morning Prayer: Takes place Monday –
Friday at 9.10am. All are welcome to
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!
The second collection
next weekend will be for the work of St Catherine's parish in the Philippines
our parish overseas project. The support
we give is to assist St Catherine's in providing technical education programmes
for the benefit of people in the area to enable them to obtain employment and
to support their families.
events over the past couple of months we have recently sent £3,254.52 to St
Catherine's made up of funds raised from the Filipino Fiesta, by the
Confirmandi candidates from their quiz night and by the Traidcraft stall
together with some donations.
Further support for St
Catherine's is needed and the parish priest Father Joe has expressed his great
appreciation and gratitude for the support St James has provided. More information on the work done by St
Catherine's can be seen on the notice board at the back of the Church and on
the Parish website.
you. Justice & Peace Group.
Fr David writes…
C.S Lewis, the author
of the book “The Four Loves”, which was based on a set of radio talks from
1958, takes us on a quest to discover and explore the various
types of love felt, given and received by us, humans. Lewis talks about love in terms of affection,
friendship, Eros and Charity. He calls
– empathy bond which is liking someone through the fondness of familiarity,
family members or people who relate in familiar ways that otherwise have found
themselves bonded by chance. An example
of Storge is the natural affection of a parent for
their child. Philia – friend bond is the love between friends as close as
siblings in strength and duration, Eros
– erotic bond is the love for Lewis in the sense of “being in love or “loving”
someone, as opposed to the raw sexuality of what he called Venus, and Agape – unconditional God Love, is the
love that exists regardless of changing circumstances. Lewis recognizes selfless love as the
greatest of the four loves and sees it as a specifically Christian virtue to
achieve. He goes into depth on each
subject, but his true message seems to be that the four are almost always
intertwined and that they are at their most intense and satisfying when they
are connected to a love for God, Agape. Charity,
according to Lewis, is the highest form of love. The three previous examples have been
“natural”, earthly, human types of love, but Agape is divine love itself, the
source of all the others. Affection,
friendship and Eros cannot remain themselves without the help of divine love. Rather than being in competition, the
presence of divine love, when it rules in the human heart, nurtures and
strengthens all the natural loves. He
says that “In God there is no hunger that needs to be filled, only
plenteousness that desires to give”. In
that case, people love without any personal attraction.
The Christian life,
modelled on Jesus, is about a freedom to love to the point of laying down one’s
life for the other. A relationship with
Jesus necessarily involves a relationship with his friends. And these friends are called to love not only
Jesus and the Father, but perhaps more importantly, one another. This kind of love is not simply a checklist
of good deeds, but a dying to self that puts the other
first. This love is self-sacrificial and
demands that we put our own wants, needs, desires and egos aside to serve and
love the other. In a world and culture,
where we are invited to take care of our needs first, this type of love is
looked upon as archaic and unhealthy. We
are constantly encouraged to put ourselves first and foremost. The Christian life, however, is one that
demands a kind of heroism of daily self-sacrifice, daily dying to one’s self. We would be able to do this because as John
says about the love of God in today’s readings, “this is the love I mean: not
our love for God but God’s love for us”.
The same message is underlined in the Gospel: “You did not choose me,
no, I chose you”. God’s love is first,
and it is only because of the primacy of God’s love that we have the power and
the freedom to choose God and love others selflessly. “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved
you. Remain in my love”. In everything that he did, Jesus kept on
choosing to love.
quality of divine love is one that can be seen in the lives of many people. Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation
Gaudete et Exultate (Rejoice and be Glad) is one long incisive effort to urge
us Christians on. Not to be satisfied
with mediocre spiritual lives, not to reduce the Gospel to mere living out of a
set of rules and regulations, not to despair of our own weakness, not to give
up on God and the joy and gladness that he alone can bring into our lives and
through us, into the world. Pope Francis
connects Agape with Holiness. We are all
called to be witnesses, but there are many actual ways of bearing witness he
says. Besides those saints and martyrs
whose lives were an exemplary imitation of Christ, Pope Francis also praises
the everyday sanctity of “those parents who raise their children with immense
love, in those men and women who work to support their families, in the sick,
in elderly religious who never lose their smile”.
That kind of self-giving and concentration on the
needs of another reflects something of the quality of God’s love in Jesus. Jesus invites us that we would choose to keep
on giving ourselves in love, even when the giving hurts, even when we feel we
have nothing left but our exhausted presence.
But it is that kind of love that mirrors God’s kind of love. As Jesus said himself, the love is the giving
of the self, the communication of the self, the handing over of the self. We must be honest and say that we cannot do
this on our own will only. We need God’s
imbued love in us to help us on. The
“ego” continually comes in the way of Agape.
The “Ego” continually wants to be assuaged. Living the Christian life as Jesus is
encouraging us to live in this week’s liturgy is counter-cultural in today’s
world. We would not be able to live it
out wholeheartedly without our intimate relationship with Him. The mystical experience of God in our life
that translates itself into our selfless love of others is the Agape, which C.S
Lewis was referring to. Let us ask the
Holy Spirit to help us live it out as best as we can in our daily lives.
Please note that the
next surgery will be on Wednesday the 9th May 2018. Fr David will be available at 281A Crescent
Drive from 5.00-7.00pm and no appointment is necessary.
This weekend we welcome Henry William Francis Foster
and his parents Mark and Lisa; and also Matylda Maria Brown and her parents Stephen and Malgorzata.
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.
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.
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.
CWL Military Whist
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.
Knights of St Columba
I managed to complete the 25 mile Cycle Challenge in
just under 3 hours. The sponsorship form
is still located in the church entrance for those who would still like to
donate. Thank you to all of those who
have sponsored me already. The monies
donated by you will go to St Michaels Hospice (a care home for the terminally
ill) & the Hastings Lifeboat (75%), as well as to the Knights of St Columba
for good causes (25%).
God Bless, Flavio.
Justice & Peace
Pots for sale
Several 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.
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
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 email@example.com, or phone the parish office on 01689
Weekend Rotas: Thank you for helping.
Saturday 12th May 2018
Cleaning the Church
S Barradell, B D’Arcy
13th May 2018
Saturday 6pm (Vigil)
Ministers of Holy Communion
Benson, N Longhurst