Thank you for your
offerings last week of £1,444. Mass
Sunday Of Easter
Gray RIP (Scott Family)
of The Parish
Quinlan RIP (E Quinlan)
Hilda Ghattak RIP (Sarah & Paul)
note change of time)
11.30am Requiem Mass for Mrs
Carmel Ann Turton
David Camilleri, Barbara
& Godwin (Hilary & J McNamara)
10.45am Eucharistic Adoration
Livingston RIP (Loma
Barrett & Family)
Sunday Of Easter
of The Parish
Donovan RIP (M
Parker RIP (Howell Family)
5.00-5.45pm or by appointment.
Morning Prayer: Takes place Monday – Friday at 9.10am. All are welcome to attend.
Word (Lectio Divina)
quiet reflective look at the following Sunday’s Gospel. Mondays 11am - 12 noon, except for Bank
Holidays, here in the church. All
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!
This week’s second collection is for the Maintenance Fund. Next week’s second collection is for
Easter Thank You
I would like to
thank those of you who helped make our Easter celebrations so meaning full. The flowers and the entire church looked beautiful. I would also like to thank the Servers, the choirs,
Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Welcomers and everyone who took part in the
Masses. In a special
way, I would like to thank the journey in faith catechists who have
prepared so well those who were received into the church on Easter Vigil. Finally, I would also like to thank you all for
all your cards, gifts and generous Easter Collection. God Bless You. Fr David.
Elliott in the Dry Salvages (1941) from The Four Quartets wrote “We had the
experience but missed the meaning”. It
seems that TS Elliott wants to remind us that sometimes, although we do go
through an experience in our lives, we do not always grasp at that particular time the meaning of it for us. And I dare say that sometimes we are not even
psychologically present either in that moment for one reason or another let
alone grasp the meaning. The mind is an
interesting and wonderful part of ourselves.
It has the capacity to block things to protect us from the full impact
of the experience in a trauma for example.
We have the ability to dissociate from seeing
reality. Our mind needs time to process
the situation and when the time arrives, when the psyche feels we are ready, we
are struck by the harsh reality. Although
this may be a painful period, it is also the beginning of healing and
understanding what the experience was all about.
Resurrection, the disciples are in a state of shock and trauma. They had gone through a traumatic experience
from feeling sheltered and protected by this great Rabbi whom they had looked
up to as a Messiah, and now they had seen him tortured and crucified on a cross. It must been a
devastating turn of events for them. It
truly reminds me of the trauma of seeing someone whom we had admired for
his/her strength of personality and then seeing them on their death bed looking
so vulnerable. For the actual disciples,
there is the added trauma of seeing him dying in such a brutal manner. Such an experience shocks you. Makes you encounter life’s raw fragility. The disciples also must have felt abandoned
by Jesus. There is no one to protect
them now. They must have felt so
vulnerable and fragile. To add to their
shock, they have been hearing all these stories about people who were actually encountering Jesus.
They must have been so confused. What
to believe? What a rollercoaster of an
experience that must have been for them! The two disciples of Emmaus have returned to
Jerusalem to be reunited with the assembly of Jesus’ followers. Luke tells us that the two disciples “told
the story of what had happened on the road and how they had recognised Jesus at
the breaking of bread”. The question
remains – can the disciples actually make sense of all
that has happened.
question is answered by Luke. While the
disciples are still talking, Jesus appears among them. Rather than rejoice in his presence, they are
alarmed and frightened. Rather than
recognising Jesus they think that they are seeing a ghost. They are unable to understand the meaning of
what is happening in their midst. By
itself the appearance of Jesus does not open the eyes of the disciples. Jesus appeals to the disciples’ sense of
touch. However, it is only when he tells
them what he meant when he was with them and opens their minds to understand
the scriptures that they come to believe in him. By interpreting what had happened, the risen
Christ draws the disciples out of their confusion and helps them to become
present to the reality in their midst. They
are awakened to the meaning of what was happening to them. In this understanding, the disciples become
witnesses to the meaning of all that has taken place. Our understanding today of what happened at
the time, is based on the unique experience of the first disciples. We will always be indebted to them for their
insight and courage. The first disciples
turned their new experience into a message of Good News for all peoples. Every generation must make the message of
Jesus its own and pass it on to others.
week, Pope Francis published his third Apostolic Exhortation called Gaudete et Exultate which translates
into Rejoice and Be Glad. Pope Francis is focussing us in how to live
the Good News in today’s world. He is
encouraging us not be satisfied with mediocre spiritual lives, not to reduce
the Gospel to a list 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. He reminds us of our Call for holiness. Speaking of the “great cloud of witnesses”,
Francis writes that the cloud “may include our own mothers, grandmothers or
other loved ones” and that “their lives may not always have been perfect, yet
even amid their faults and failings they kept moving forward and proved
pleasing to the Lord”.
Pope Francis is
reminding us that holiness means being yourself. Each person is meant to discern his or her
own path and bring out the very best of themselves”. The second important point
in the apostolic exhortation is that everyday life can lead us to holiness. He gives an example of a loving parent
raising a child as well as small gestures and sacrifices that one can make,
like deciding not to pass on gossip. If
you can see your life as a mission he says, then you soon realise that you can
simply be loving and kind to move towards holiness. Gaudete et Exultate is filled with Pope
Francis’ trademark practical advice for living a life of holiness. For example, don’t gossip, stop judging and
most important stop being cruel to others.
He gives us like Jesus, the Beatitudes as a road map for holiness. Pope Francis says mercy, one of the central
themes of his papacy, has two aspects: helping and serving others but also
forgiving and understanding. Pope
Francis’ overall summary of holiness is “Seeing and acting with mercy”. I am hoping that I have wetted your appetite
to take a look at this new Apostolic Exhortation which
once again conveys Pope Francis’ spirituality as he shares with us practical
hints of how we can live as Christians in today’s world.
“Drop-In” Evening Surgeries
Please note that the
next surgery will be on Wednesday the 18th April 2018. Fr David will be available at 281A Crescent
Drive from 5.00-7.00pm and no appointment is necessary.
This weekend we
welcome Orla Elizabeth Tegwen Clubbs
and her parents Simon and Kate.
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
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.
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.
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
1. Minutes of the last AGM
2. Election of Committee for 2018/2019
3. Financial Report
4. Any Other Business
All are welcome to
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
& 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.
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!
Careers Fair: Saturday 21st April 2018
As part of the
CYM programme for 2018, we will be holding a Careers Fair for young people on Saturday
21st April from 12.30-2.30pm (please note the change to original
times listed) at St James the Great Church, Petts Wood. The aim of this event is to assist and equip
young people in making decisions regarding their future and to provide
information and guidance on a range of opportunities available to them, such as
pathways into teaching, Metropolitan police, civil service, engineering, GAP
year opportunities and many more. We
will also be offering one-to-one career guidance, interview training and help
with writing CV’s. You can register for
your free ticket by visiting: https://cymcareerfair.eventbrite.co.uk,
for more details please visit: www.bromleydeanery.org. If you would like to become involved in this
event by sharing skills and experience, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We
look forward to seeing you there!
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
£100 No 43 L
£50 No 166 Mrs
£25 No 63 Mrs
£25 No 101 M
to our winners. There are still places
available for any new parishioners or late comers. Please contact Ken Evans for details
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 0208 467 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.
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:
school shoes – Any size
or grey smart trousers
bed sheets -Flat type
Many thanks, Matthew
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
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.
The Parish disabled parking spaces are for Blue Badge holders
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 827100.
Rotas: Thank you for helping.
21st April 2018
CWL & Altar Servers
I Garcia Finan
of Holy Communion
R&F Norman- Brown
L Delamain, M Edwards
PPC Meeting 09.04.18
The PPC held a
meeting on Monday 9th April and the following items were discussed:
were no items raised by parishioners
PPC are continuing to explore the possibility of streaming services live on the
internet for parishioners who are unable to get to mass. A representative from St Edmund’s church in
Beckenham came to the meeting and presented very positive feedback from his own
parish and that of the wider internet community about the quality and value of
the service. We will now seek further
information from the service providers before the next PPC meeting in June.
David had very good feedback from parishioners and visitors attending the
Easter services with some very positive comments about the parish.
current webmaster is retiring and we are seeking a
volunteer to take his place. Work is
continuing on redesigning the current website, but whilst this is going on the
current website will continue to be updated.
for the church steps will be in place very soon
are awaiting dates for the work on the Community Centre acoustics to be carried
out. It is hoped that this will be
completed by the end of May.