you for your offerings last week of £1,509.
Mass attendance 650.
Seventh Sunday Of
6pm Claire Draper RIP (Simon
Sunday 13th May
9.15am People of The Parish
11am Mr Noel
McDevitt RIP (Bunnage Family)
Monday 14th May
9.30am Canon John McNamara (H
Francesca M Sio (Mr & Mrs J Sio)
Tuesday 15th May
9.30am Victor Lobo RIP (G&E
7pm Confirmation Mass
Wednesday 16th May
Saint Simon Stock
9.30am Marie Fitzgerald RIP (Wharton
10.45am Eucharistic Adoration
9.30am Pat Mulroy
& Dorothy (G Mulroy)
Friday 18th May
9.30am Mary Casartelli
6pm William & Nora Kirwan RIP (R&E
Sunday 20th May
9.15am People Of The
11am Sharon Fernandes RIP (Fernandes
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
this 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
you. Justice & Peace Group.
Fr David writes…
We have all heard about
Jimmy Mizen. He was a 16-year-old school
boy who was murdered on the 10th May 2008 in Lee Green, London. The nightmare of any parent. A child going out from home and never to return. I remember how much his tragic and
unnecessary death shocked the nation and in a particular way,
the parish where I was working at the time, where gangs thrived, and postcodes
made one safe or unsafe to walk through.
I remember that it felt too much close to home. Parents felt very anxious in the parish as
they knew that their children were not safe or immune to being involved in
violence and prayer and education was the only recourse for their protection.
This week, I saw Barry
and Margaret Mizen, the parents of Jimmy on the BBC in the morning news, as
last Thursday happened to be the 10th anniversary of his death and
they celebrated a Thanksgiving Mass of his life at St George’s Cathedral. I was impressed by their dignity and focus on
their mission. The experience of losing
their son did not make them bitter and resentful. Through prayer and support, they turned their
tragedy into their life’s mission. In
2009, the parents set up the charity The Jimmy Mizen Foundation, now called For
Jimmy. The charity works with schools
all over the United Kingdom and through CAFOD in Kenya, Africa. Margaret and Barry’s mission is to share Jimmy’s story and help young people make their
local communities safer, so they can feel safe when walking home. The family has also opened diverse cafes in
south east London whose proceeds go towards the Jimmy Foundation.
Any parent’s deep
desire is to protect their child.
However, through stories like the one of the Mizen family, deep down we
know that we cannot control everything in life.
We know that life is fragile and that we cannot protect completely those
we love. There are two options we can
take when feeling overwhelmed. Either
live continuously in anxiety and fear and so we live our lives paralysed and
continually protecting those we love so much that we kill in the meantime their
full potential of growth. Or else live
in the knowledge of life’s potential danger but at the same time, allow
ourselves and those we love to live.
In today’s gospel we
encounter Jesus who is saying his goodbyes to his disciples. We all know how much it is difficult to say
our goodbyes. Relationships, friendships
and bonds of love enter a new phase when we say goodbye. We may never see our loved ones again or in
the same way. People will develop, grow
and change. And we give them the freedom
to do so. Jesus is giving the same
freedom to his disciples and us. He
knows that he is returning to the Father, leaving those who were entrusted to
him on their own. He will no longer be
with them. Jesus must have felt like any
other human being, the pain of letting go of them. He must have grieved for them. Sometimes we forget that the person who is
dying or leaving, is also grieving. We
tend to concentrate on the fact that the relatives and friends would be the
ones who would be grieving. The
terminally ill in the hospice had taught me that before their death, they were
grieving all those they loved including life itself. Jesus knew that he cannot physically protect
his disciples and friends now. The only
way he could help them now was by letting go of them and placing these
relationships in prayer.
In a way this could be
a healthy model for us. If we remain too
much in control of our children for example and protecting them in all aspects
of life, we are hindering them to learn how to live in this world. Over protectiveness is an ill service towards
those we love. How many times do I meet
people whose husbands or wives took care of everything in their lives. Whilst they were still alive, they felt
protected and very special. The problem
comes up when the protector dies. They
feel completely disabled and lost. They
don’t only have to grieve their loved ones but also what they had represented
to them. They usually suffer much more
as they must retrain and start learning how to be in the world. Jesus needed to leave his disciples for them
to be empowered. He promised not to
leave them abandoned. He promised them
the gift of the Holy Spirit.
We cannot allow our loved ones to rely completely on
us all the time. We need to remember
that we are mortals. And love demands of
us to let go and to be cruel at times in order to be
kind. At some point we need to turn over
to God, entrusting our loved ones and the relationship to his care. I know that this is not easy. Though the relationship may be buffeted by
storms, in the meantime it is Jesus’ prayer and our own that we will be safe and the relationships will be secure and last the test
of time that would keep us going. Giving
over this trust to God can be an exercise in humility, knowing that we are not
in control. When we turn over control
like this, it can seem that we are dying to our own wishes and desires. But in letting go, we are giving new life. God bless you all!
the following young people will be Confirmed on Tuesday 15th May at
7pm by Bishop Pat. Please keep them and
their families in your prayers.
Sinead Finnegan Robert
Parishioners are warmly invited to
attend and celebrate with them
Please note that the
next surgery will be on Wednesday the 16th May 2018. Fr David will be available at 281A Crescent
Drive from 5.00-7.00pm and no appointment is necessary.
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 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
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.
The Road to Emmaus and Beyond
McBride CssR, who has been described in the Tablet as
a “superb raconteur and thought-provoking scripture scholar”, will be speaking
about his new book “The Road to Emmaus and Beyond,” at St. Anthony of Padua, Anerley, on Thursday 17th
May at 7.30pm. A warm welcome is extended
to members of the Deanery and their congregations to join us to hear someone
whose “lectures and writing are designed to appeal to the heart as much as the
head” (The Tablet).
James’ Youth Group
next Junior Youth Group will be held on Saturday 19th May in the Community centre from Noon to 2pm.
£1.50 per session - which includes lunch.
Justice & Peace
Pots for sale
Several used garden pots have been donated. Have a look at the photos at the back of the
church, or on the website, 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.
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 8pm start.
Dad and Me
next meeting of Dad and Me will be held at the Community Centre on Saturday
19th May at 10.00-11.30am.
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
Senior Citizens Summer lunch
SVP Senior citizens Summer lunch will be on Sunday June 10th at 1pm.
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
Garden Party & Fun Run
After 11am Mass
Music, Drinks, Cakes – Fun for the whole
you would like to get involved, please contact either email@example.com
Mary O’Mahony at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 19th May
Cleaning the Church
20th May 2018
Saturday 6pm (Vigil)
R Del Guercio
Ministers of Holy
R Del Guercio
C Delf, M Troy