This Week’s Newsletter

Church of the English Martyrs
Oblates of Mary Immaculate

30 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB Tel: 020 7488 4654
Email: towerhill@rcdow.org.uk www.parish.rcdow.org.uk/towerhill
Archdiocese of Westminster Registered Trustees 233699
Parish Priest: Fr Alex 020 7488 4654

Parish Newsletter 24th January 2021

third Sunday of the Year

Scripture Readings, Reflection & Prayer
The time is fulfilled, and
the kingdom of God has come near
First reading Jonah 3:1-5, 10 The book of Jonah was written when society tended to be closed to non-Israelites. This short story has a surprise: an unwilling Jewish prophet preaches with spectacular success to people out- side the faith. Two changes follow.
Second reading 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 This very short reading is provocative. If all we say about Jesus is true, if we really believe the alternative vision of the Gospel, what difference could it, or would it or should it make?
Gospel Mark 1:14-20 Every so often, we need to touch base with the important people and values in our lives. In today’s gospel we touch base with the founding proclamation of Jesus. All sorts of question arise. What did he mean by “believe”? by “good news”? And most important, by “repent”?
Thought for the day
The journey of life inevitably brings up the question what should I be, who should I become? Is life a maze or a labyrinth? Is it just round and round or is there a way out? How will I be as a spouse, a parent, a partner, a church member? Within the Christian project, do I feel myself called to “activate” my baptism is some particular ministry or contribution? Such discernment will take in the grateful acknowledgement of my gifts as well as an examination of my inner generosity of spirit. In reality, we are all called by the Lord to build up the body of Christ. It is not a question of if but rather of how.
Prayer
God of surprises, take me by surprise once more and let me see how my special gifts could be part of your project of the Kingdom in Jesus.
POINTERS FOR PRAYER
1. “The time is fulfilled”, this is a decisive moment in the life of Jesus. His public ministry is about to begin. Recall turning points in your own life when something new happened and with hindsight you can say the time was ripe for it to happen, “the time was fulfilled.”
2. “Repent and believe the good news”. Jesus called for a change of heart, as a response to the good news of the gospel message. A new level of faith in yourself leads to a new way of seeing yourself. A new way of understanding God leads to a conversion in how we relate to God, a change of heart. A growth in awareness of who we are can lead us to a new level of self-confidence, another change of heart. Can you recall times when “good news” led you to a change of heart?
3. The Spirit of God, who was at work in Jesus calling the disciples, continues to work in our day and in our lives. That is why the gospel message is one of good news. In the everyday events of our own lives we can see the grace of God at work. When have you had what you would consider a “call experience” that led you to a different style of life? Who was the “Jesus person” through whom the call came to you? To whom have you been a “Jesus person” in this way?
Reflection courtesy of Fr Kieran O’ Mahony, OSA – www.tarsus.ie

Contactless Giving
You can now make your offerings, donations and contributions to the upkeep of your parish and the Church using the contactless device now installed near the entrance. It’s easy and safe, reducing the need to handle cash while also helping with better accountability of our parish finances.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE
REGARDING CHURCH OPENING TIMES
and MASS TIMES

Saturday: Mass at 6:30pm opening at 6pm
Sunday: Mass at 11am opening at 10:30am
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday Closed to public. Live-streamed Mass at 1pm

Except for the Public Mass at 6:30pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday the Church will remain closed while the present health crisis prevails and until the situation improves. Please note all Masses and events are now live-streamed. Visit www.churchservices.tv/towerhill

Care for the Sick
Please let Fr Alex know of anyone who is ill or in hospital so that we can pray for them and visit when appropriate to do so. We pray for Danny Nolan and John Harding.

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“Year of St Joseph”
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.
Oblate Retreat Centre – De Mazenod House Tower Hill
www.orc-london.org
Please log on to see the Lenten schedule of events taking place online.

Racial Justice Sunday 31st January 2021 – “A Time to Act”
This year’s Racial Justice Sunday is more important than ever. The effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the killing of George Floyd, and the powerful message on fraternity and equality by Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti speak of the need to actively oppose racism and pursue racial justice with renewed vigour. The theme is ‘A Time to Act’. Racial issues and inequalities were identified nationally and internationally in 2020 generating awareness, emotion and outrage. In light of this Racial Justice Sunday 2021 is particularly significant. Action is needed to further the cause of racial justice but what can we do? See: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/racial-justice-sunday-2021/

Covid-19 Essential Regulations
Please abide by the rules applied for our individual protection. Masks are to be worn at all timed inside the Church. Use the hand sanitiser and Keep 2 meters distance. If you are having any symptoms you should stay at home and follow the health guidelines.
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Keep Essential Workers in our Prayer
There are a number of nurses and teaching staff and others from our parish serving on the ‘front line’. We continue to pray for them

 

 

Helpful Information for the local community: www.shadwellresponds.org
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Please contact us if you need to share any concerns or just want a listening ear.

Fr. Alex: 020 7488 4654
Fr Ray: 0746 834 2041
Email: towerhill@rcdow.org.uk

 

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Useful Online Material
The Pope’s Prayer Network addressing the mission of the Church
www.popespryer.va
El Camino del Corazón – The Way of the Heart

Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate
www.oblates.ie
www.omiworld.org

English Martyrs Primary School, Tower Hill
www.englishmartyrs.towerhamlets.sch.uk

Safeguarding Information
Parish Safeguarding Officer: Eileen McLaughlin 07852 372923
Diocesan Co-ordinator: Geraldine Allen geraldineallen@rcdow.org.uk 0207 798 9350