Newsletter 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. 12th September 2021.

Dear Parishioners,


                   This past week the events of 9/11 have featured prominently in the news, as a lead up to the 20th Anniversary. There have been stories of courage, of despair, of hope, stories of mans inhumanity to man which has touched and changed our society.  In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus foretells that the Christ must suffer in order to give meaning to all human suffering and death. By his             willing acceptance of death out of love for us Jesus is glorified by the Father, and gives meaning to all human suffering and death even of 9/11. Like St. Peter we must proclaim for ourselves that Jesus is “My Lord and my God” and, having done so, follow him.


In announcing last weekend the death of Fr. Colin Whatling, I forgot to    mention that he had been an assistant Priest in Poplar from 1978-79. Another    recent clergy death is that of Fr. Stephen Delany who was for a time at         Commercial Road and Mile End and was a member of the Neo-Catechumenate. May they both rest in peace.


With Prayers and Blessings.


Fr. Keith.


CHOIR at Poplar are looking for new members and instrumentalists. Please speak to Sr. Kathleen or Alex, or come to the practise in the church on Saturday morning at 10.00am. Anyone interested in starting a choir at Limehouse please see Fr. Keith, Cantors are also needed for the psalms.

 FIRST COMMUNION THANKSGIVING For all those who received their First Holy Communion this past June/July/August either at Poplar or Limehouse it is planned to have a celebratory Mass at Poplar next Sunday (19th) at 10.00am. Please put the date in your diary now and ensure that your First Communion suites and dresses are pressed, ironed and ready!  2020 group welcome.


R.C.I.A. COURSE Starts Monday 4th October 7.00pm in the Guild Room.      Application forms available in the porch for Adults seeking to become Roman Catholic or who missed out on Communion or Confirmation. For more             information please speak to Sister Christine.

FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION Courses will begin in        October, watch the newsletter for details.

CATECHISTS REQUIRED: As we prepare to begin a new academic year in September, Sister Christine is looking for volunteers to help with our First    Communion and RCIA programmes. If interested please speak to her after Mass or email her on 

BAPTISMS: Parents must attend a Baptism Preparation Course organised by the parish. Cost £10. Collect an application form from the porch and return it to Clergy House. Next course this coming Saturday 18th September at 10.00am in the Guild room at Poplar (Entrance in Canton Street) No need to book, just fill out a  Baptismal Form (available at the back of church) and come along.

WEDDINGS—The Church requires that six month’s notice of any intended wedding be given so that full preparation can be made. Current Covid19 Guidelines restrict what can be done.


Please find below last Sundays Offertory amounts received recently. These do not include Standing Orders as Fr. Keith does not have access to the system.
                                                                       Envelopes       Loose          Total
                                                POPLAR          £204.09         £317.50      £521.59
                                                LIMEHOUSE    £39.50           £16.90        £56.40

Thank you to all who continue to financially support our Parishes. Should you wish to set up a  Standing Order please collect a form from the back of the church.


 Please continue to wear face masks in church and on entering the church please sanitise your hands and use “Track and Trace” either scanning the QR Code or placing a Form in the Offertory Box. In respecting those who wish to remain a safe distance from others Cards saying “Please leave a Space” are available at the back of both churches and at Poplar you are encouraged to use the row of    benches nearest to Our Lady and St. Joseph’s Altars. Mass and Hymn books are once again available for use and please feel free to join in with the singing! We have organ accompaniment most Sundays at Limehouse and we welcome back the choir this weekend at Poplar. (see front page regarding new members) 


This popular group has restarted and welcomes new members (aged 60+) on  Tuesdays from 2.00pm to 4.00pm in the Guild Room. Beginners welcome. (Entrance in Canton Street)


Next Mass in Word and Sign will be this afternoon (Sunday, 12th) at 4.30pm in  Poplar. All are welcome. 


CLIMATE CHANGE Apsana Begum MP has agreed to meet with us on     Monday 11th October at 6:30pm in the Guild Room. This is in preparation for the World Leaders Meeting in Glasgow from 31st October – 12th November. We need to raise awareness of our need to be more proactive in our care of the Planet. We will be having a pre-meeting in the Guild room on Saturday 2nd after the 6.00pm Mass. Let’s get a plan of action which we can promote in Limehouse and Poplar. 

AFGHAN REFUGEES Teas and Cakes after Masses on Saturday 25th and    Sunday 26th. So far we have sent £670 to Doctors Without Borders. This         collection will be to support ‘Safe Passage’, an organisation working with        Refugees in Dover. We will get some posters to explain their work. There will be a Prayer Vigil in Dover on Saturday 25th, the eve of the 107th World Day for  Migrants and Refugees. If anyone would like to attend the Prayer between 11.30am and 1.00pm see the poster at the back of Church for details.

 ATTENTION DRIVERS WANTED for COVID Meal Delivery on   Wednesdays and Sundays from  11:30am – 12:30pm.  Come to St. Matthias Community Centre if you have an hour to spare please!  We need you!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED  Please see yellow card at the back of Church. It would be great to see more people involved in care and service of others. Now that Lockdown is easing, it will be easier for people to get involved again. Many thanks. 

COSTING FOR SOCIAL CARE : The Council is considering asking people in receipt of adult social care to pay more for their care. If you are aware of any older person in receipt of adult social care, perhaps you could help them fill in the Council’s questionnaire? There are copies on the table at the back of Church.

WANTED: One of NIP’s key workers is looking to rent a bedsit or studio flat. If you are aware of such a property please let Sr. Christine know..


The Bishops Conference of England and Wales website has numerous articles on Covid19 and many other subjects. Go to for the latest Catholic News.


FOR: Those of our parish who are sick: at home or in Hospital, and for all who care for them; Our Country: especially our NHS, and for all  frontline workers; All who are poor; All  Refugees:   especially from  Afghanistan; Peace in our  troubled world; Our  Parish Family:  Our Deanery: Millwall Parish;  For who have died recently and for all victims of the 9/11 attacks and all whose anniversaries  occur at this time.  

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A Spiritual Communion

During the difficult times that we are facing it may not always be possible to receive the Lord in Holy Communion. In these circumstances we can turn to a long held Catholic understanding that when conditions prevent us from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion.

Spiritual Communion is something that may not be familiar to some people. It was once defined by St Thomas Aquinas as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.”

So Spiritual Communion is a source of grace that acknowledges our great desire to receive our Lord at a time or in circumstances when we cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion.

The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion can help to strengthen us in times of trial and to remind us that whatever the circumstances we are held in the loving embrace of our beloved Lord.

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus,
I believe that you are present in the Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul
so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.

Based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori

Article published on St. Georges Cathedral, Southwark Diocese Website

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Mass on Radio and a poster

For those not on the internet RTE Radio are broadcasting Mass on 252 long wave. Please share this verbally with those who may not have access to the web. You might also print of the schedule for them. I understand that the full quota of Holy Week ceremonies will be broadcast on RTE. More detail is available from

An initiative has been launched (one of many!) to invite Christians to put a poster in their windows as a sign of faith and trust in the Lord in these troubled times. It is attractive and obtainable at this link: Perhaps print a poster and show it in the street window of your home. It could well encourage those who are downhearted

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Useful On Line Resources for this time of isolation

During this time of isolation, more than ever we are turning to modern technology to help us keep ourselves grounded in our Catholic faith.

If you Google: Universalis
You will find an app which is a combined Mass Book and Divine Office Book (the daily prayer of the church used by priests, religious and increasingly lay people alike.) There is a free 30 day trial and if you find this useful you can purchase the app for a one off subscription. It is certainly one of the most used apps on my iPad, especially when attending Mass in a foreign language!

Listed below are a number of links you may find useful.

Sycamore have generously offered Open Access to their resources for the next 6 months. Full details at this link:
Sycamore material will be particularly helpful with RCIA groups and Confirmation candidates

For family support, TenTen are also making freely available resources for families, called Prayers for Home, which include ‘Sunday Liturgy for Families’ and ‘Daily Prayers for Home’

Sunday Liturgy for Families

Daily Prayers for Home

Just a reminder, also of the CAFOD Children’s Liturgy session for this week. The link to register is:
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

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