St Paul the Apostle Newsletter 19 September 2021

ST PAUL’S PARISH NEWSLETTER

19TH SEPTEMBER 2021                                                         25TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

MASS TIMES Monday to Friday –  Daily Mass 9:30am Saturday              –  Vigil Mass 5:30pm Sunday Masses – 8:30am, 10:30am & 12:30pmConfessions:  Saturday 11am – 12 noon Divine Mercy – Mon, Wed & Fri at 3pm        Zoom Dial in Code 847 8403 5523 Passcode 255646

LIVE-STREAMING –  To access our live stream visit https://www.churchservices.tv/woodgreen once the page is loaded click on the picture of the church to view the live stream. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you will be able to see the weekly schedule for all Masses, the link can also be found on the front page of our website.  As from Monday 12th July we have stopped recording Masses from St Paul’s. We will record Baptisms Weddings and Funerals as we are doing at present.

WELCOMING THE CHILD

In today’s gospel Jesus is instructing those who will follow on from him and carry on his work for future generations. He took a little child and said to the disciples, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’ As we continue our journey through the Season of Creation, we are reminded of Pope Francis’ words in Laudato Si – On Care for Our Common Home, where he challenges us to reflect: ‘What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?’ (Laudato Si, 160). In the context of the environmental crises our world is facing, how are we welcoming the generations to come? Pope Francis does not hold back when referring to the challenges: ‘We may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth’ (LS, 161). We know that climate change and the biodiversity crisis are driving so many problems in our world at present. ‘Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.’ (LS, 25). Yet our pace of consumption does not ease. Young people are standing up and calling governments and world leaders to account, rightly concerned about their future.     During this Season of Creation, we must pray for our world, and act. How can we restore our common home and ensure that our world is liveable for the generations who are coming after us? Can our parish explore becoming an Eco-Parish, setting up a care for creation team, turning church grounds in areas which promote biodiversity? There is so much we can do, and no action is too small. We must listen to the cry of the earth and the cry of our young people. ‘The one thing we need more than hope is action. Once we start to act, hope is everywhere. So instead of looking for hope, look for action. Then, and only then, hope will come.’

Dear Parishioners

Sunday Mass is at the heart of our lives as Catholics.  It is how we keep the Lord’s Day Holy.

During this time of Covid we have excused ourselves from this God-given obligation.  At present those with underlying health issues can still excuse themselves.  But what about the rest of us?  We are going to our places of work, using public transport, going to cafes & Restaurant’s, the supermarkets and other shops, the children are back in school and we meet with family and friends.   Bur we don’t come to Mass.

If we are able to do so many of the everyday things it is surely time to come back to Mass, time to let go of watching Mass on live-stream.  We need the great gift of Holy Communion in our lives, to gather once more as the parish community of St Paul the Apostle around the altar of the Lord.

All of us have a part to play in reaching out and encouraging those who have not returned to church.

It is time to get back to Sunday Mass.  We look forward to seeing you in church.

Fr Perry

CELEBRATIONS THIS WEEK

Monday 20th September         St Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang and Companions, Martyrs

Tuesday 21st September        St Matthew

Thursday 23rd September       St Pius of Pietrelcina

THANK YOU – for the last weekend’s collection of £949.40 (Envelopes £726; Loose £223.40). Standing Orders for August amounted to £5320.35.   Thank you for your continuing support.

WELCOME – to Deacon Mike Guthrie who will be with us here at St Paul’s this weekend.  This “weekly” placement at St Paul’s as a deacon is the final part of Deacon Mike’s training before ordination to the priesthood.  Please give him a great welcome after Mass

MASS INTENTIONS – Masses for October are fully booked.    We are able to send Mass Intentions to Fr Henry in Malawi.

BLESSED SACRAMENT CHAPEL – The Blessed Sacrament Chapel is open for private prayer from after morning Mass until 6pm (Monday to Wednesday) and until 2pm (Thursday & Friday).  Please sanitise your hands as you arrive and we ask that you use the wipes provided to clean the bench before you leave.

BAPTISMS –  Please contact Fr Perry to arrange dates for baptism.

WEDDINGS –  Please contact Fr Perry if you are planning to get married either in this church or elsewhere.

DIOCESAN MASS FOR ALTAR SERVERS – at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 2nd October 2021 at 2:30pm.  If you are interested, please add your name to the sign-up list in the Sacristy.

FR JONATHAN’S FAREWELL MASS & CELEBRATION – Will be on Friday 8th October beginning with Mass at 7pm; followed by a celebration.   There will be a meeting on Tuesday 21st September at 7:30pm to decide what kind of celebration we will have after Mass.   This weekend, for those who wish to give towards a leaving gift for Fr Jonathan, envelopes are available as you leave the church.  We will collect them next weekend 26th September.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – Sessions for the children continue on Saturday 25th September at 10am in the Parish centre.  There will be a meeting for parents on Saturday 2nd October at 10am in the Church.

HOLY COMMUNION FOR 2022 – We will not be registering the present Year 3 children until after half-term.  Please watch the newsletter for details.

YEAR 6 – SECONDARY TRANSFER – In the next couple of weeks we will give the time parents can come to get the Certificate of Catholic Practise signed.

CONFIRMATION – Session for the young people next Saturday 25th September at 4pm in the Parish Centre.

CAFOD FAST DAY – 1ST OCTOBER – Pope Francis says we are a single family living in a common home. Climate change is a crisis that will affect each one of us. A crisis that is damaging our world, God’s creation.

Family Fast Day is on 1st October and we’d really appreciate your help in supporting our appeal with your prayers and donations.   Fast Day envelopes will be given out at all Masses on the 25th/26th September Please return them the following weekend.  Any donations will be greatly accepted.

ST PAUL’S SCHOOL MEAL TIME SUPERVISOR REQUIRED –  It is 2 hours work from 11:55am- 1:25pm Monday – Friday.   Applicants will supervise the children while eating and help younger children with their food. They will also supervise play and help facilitate games. They will have an opportunity to talk with the children and lead small groups in art, dance, drama or games.

PETER O’SHANNESSY’S 2 MILE CHARITY SWIM – for the Alzheimers and Dementia Society on Saturday 18th September.   Pete (St Paul’s School Headteacher) would appreciate any donations, the names of people who have suffered with the conditions as he would like to make it concrete who he is swimming for and your prayers as it is a very long swim.

NEXT SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER – 26TH  SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

1st Reading Numbers 11:25-29; 2nd Reading James 5:1-6; Gospel Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

Parish Website: https://parish.rcdow.org.uk/woodgreen/     

Parish Office: woodgreen@rcdow.org.uk ;  tel: 020 8888 2390

Fr Perry Sykes:  perrysykes@rcdow.org.uk