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

21st November 2021               Last Sunday of the Year

Jesus Christ Universal King

First reading Daniel 7:13-14 The book of Daniel was written at a time of intense religious persecution against Jews. The natural question is, “Where is God?” The prophet speaks of a future kingdom, which will never end.

Second reading Revelation 1:5-8 The book of Revelation is always a bit of a challenge; nevertheless, the teaching within it is deep and rich. In this reading, listen out for all the different things it says about Jesus and ask yourself which of these metaphors or affirmations speaks to you today.

Gospel John 18:33-37 “Kingdom” suggests to us splendour and glory, power and authority. Is this what the Bible has in mind when it speaks of the Kingdom of God and Jesus as king of the Jews? Absolutely not, the very contrary in fact, as we hear in this remarkable reading.

Sing-along Christmas Carols by Candlelight                                                                                  Friday 10th December 6:30pm

Get your tickets and let us come together to celebrate the Joy of Christmas.

Tickets £5 for Adults and children under 12 free

Three will be great raffle prizes, mulled wine, mince pies and lots more!

Funeral Arrangements for Eileen Glynn, RIP                                                           Funeral Mass Friday 26th November at 11am followed by burial

Candle Mass of Remembrance  – Friday 26th November at 6:30pm                                                                                                    Please write the names of your deceased family members and friends and place it with your offering in the envelope provided at the back of the Church take and envelope and place your offering and the

First Holy Communion Children’s Classes                                                             These classes begin at 10am every Sunday in the presbytery. Parents are asked to bring their children regularly for classes and Mass

Confirmation Classes 2022

Classes will begin in January 2022. Those who have not yet returned their application form, please do so now.

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November Month of the Holy Souls                                                                          Please write the names of your departed family members and friends and place them with your offering in the envelope provided on the table at the back of the church.

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 continue to pray for Chrissie Bills.

CHURCH OPENING TIMES and MASS TIMES

Saturday:                    Adoration 3pm Mass at 6:30pm

Sunday:                       Mass at 9am & 11am opening

Monday:                     Closed

Tuesday – Friday      Adoration at 12noon & Mass at 1pm

Please note all Masses and events are now live-streamed.

Visit www.churchservices.tv/towerhill

Thought for the day                                                                                                            It is possible to contrast the various philosophies and religions as systems of ideas and as ethical paradigms. What is distinctive of Christianity, however, is the centrality of the person of Jesus. In his own ministry, he pro- claimed the Good News of the reign of God. The Good News for Paul is Jesus’ death and resurrection. Christianity is different: we have not only a message but a person to proclaim.

Prayer                                                                                                                              O Christ, you stand at the very centre of our existence as believers. Show yourself to us and help us to know you, love and serve you. Amen.

Participating in the Synod                                                                               Pope Francis spoke these words on 20 March 2020:“We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing”, so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.”

The Holy Season of Advent

Here is a great way of Participating in the Synod! Next Sunday will commence a new year for the Church. This is the season of joyful hope as we await the coming of the Lord into our lives, and as we prepare for Christmas and the birth of the Saviour.

De Mazenod House is a place not well known among the local parish community. Situated behind the Church, you can come by and visit.

This advent Fr Ray is offering an evening for reflection. You can come in person of join online.

Advent Retreat Evenings at De Mazenod House

Tuesdays: 30th Nov & 7th, 14th, 21st Dec

Join in person or through Zoom every Tuesday during Advent for an hour of reflection and prayer. A lovely way to prepare for Christmas!

Zoom link: Meeting ID: 861 1108 2374 – Passcode: AdventDMH

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Reflection Evening with Art at De Mazenod House

Come and join us every Wednesday from 7pm – 8pmExpress yourself in a light-hearted way through various forms of creativity and reflection. No experience is required. All are welcome. Materials are provided but you can also use your own.

Join in person or join online via zoom: Meeting ID: 86700895443 – Passcode: ARTDMH

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Gamblers Anonymous at De Mazenod House

Meet Every Monday at 7pm

Helpful Information for the local community: www.shadwellresponds.org

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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