6th Sunday of Year (C)
St Luke's version of the Beatitudes makes a similar point to the Beatitudes presented in the more familiar St Matthew’s version. We will be rewarded if we do good or have to suffer in this life. The reward is heavenly. However, there are some differences as to how the Beatitudes are presented in the two Gospels. St Matthew’s Gospel has Jesus teaching from the mountainside as part of the Sermon on the Mount. In St Luke’s Gospel, Jesus speaks to his disciples from a piece of level ground. Another difference in St Luke’s Gospel is that Jesus follows his beatitudes with a series of alases e.g. alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now. This helps us in our quest to make the right choices. So today we ask the Lord for the spirit of discernment to help us to recognise the choices we have to make if we are to be the people God wants us to be.
Racial Justice Sunday
Today is Racial Justice Sunday and there will be a second collection to raise funds to promote racial justice in England and Wales. We are asked to recognise the problems faced by people due to racism and ethnic discrimination in the workplace. The Gospel demands that we acknowledge the dignity of the human person and the necessity of building peace, prosperity and justice for all. Migrant communities and those suffering from racial abuse are particularly vulnerable to being drawn into unjust working conditions and labour exploitation.
Prayer for those facing exploitation O God, Gracious God, From your abundance all gifts and skills are bestowed, making us participants in your work of creation. By the word of your Son, confront our greed, challenge us when we treat people as means of profit, or discriminate unjustly against our fellow human beings. Amen.
90th Anniversary Booklet
The 90th anniversary booklet is now available in the Repository. Donations are welcome and money will be used to purchase two new chalices for the parish. We are very grateful to Alice O’Neill who compiled the booklet, to all those who contributed in any way and to Putnam’s for arranging the printing.
The confirmation candidates will be officially enrolled into the Confirmation programme during the 12 Noon Mass today. Please pray for these young parishioners as they progress towards the Sacrament of Confirmation on 7th June.
The next session for parents who wish to have their baby baptised will be on Sunday 24th March at 4pm in the Dominic Room.
Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland
06th May 2019. £649.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.
Monday Club Help Wanted
Drivers needed-we have two adults who need to be taken home from the Annunciation church hall at 9-pm one to Cricklewood, and one to Kilburn.
Looking ahead, we are also looking for additional volunteers to assist with running the club. This is with a view to eventually handing the reigns over to a volunteer or group of volunteers so that the Monday Club can continue.
The club has been running for over 40 years and has 23 members, most of whom come every week. If you can help in anyway please contact Sue Masterson on 07855038072.
Parish Annual General Meeting
This will take place on Sunday 03rd March at 2pm in the Canon Smyth Parish Centre. As in previous years, it will follow a shared lunch which will start at 1pm. For this we invite you to bring along a dish of food and we will provide the drink. Everyone is welcome to either or both of these events.
At the A.G.M., we will review what has happened during the past year, plan ahead for this year and elect a new Parish Council. If you would like to nominate somebody for the Parish Council, please give their name to Fr. Colin by 24th February.
This Occasion will be an opportunity to have a little parish celebration before Lent starts on 6th March.
Fr Pius and Fr Barry
Fr. Pius Pinto will be celebrating two of the Masses this weekend and also the 7.30am Mass on Monday.
Fr. Colin will be away on retreat from Tuesday to Saturday. Fr. Barry Clifford, Prior of the Augustinian Community in Hoxton, will be staying in the presbytery while Fr. Colin is away.
Please support a St David’s Day concert in aid of The Passage at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster on Friday 1 March 2019 at 7.30. Full details to book are on the website www.passage.org.uk or telephone 020 75921856 or email
Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony, Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 8 June 2019 at 3pm
The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2019. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).
National Novena to St Joseph – 10th-18th March
The National Novena to St Joseph takes place from 10th – 18th March at St Joseph’s Church Maidenhead and at Herbert House, Freshfield, Liverpool.
Each year the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the Feast of St Joseph, their patron, with a special novena of Masses and prayers to ask for God’s blessing on their Society and the missionary outreach of the church, as well as for all those who support their work. You are invited to send in your petitions and /or request a novena booklet to enable you to join in from home by praying the daily novena prayer. Please write to Fr. Brian Oswald MHM, St Joseph’s Missionary Society, 58 Cookham Road, Maidenhead SL6 7HT, or Email: email@example.com.
CAFOD prayer for the people suffering in Yemen
Giver of Life, who hears the cries from Yemen; of mothers choosing between medicine or food, of parents grieving children lost to starvation, of those who have given up everything in hunger. Hear our cries for hope, for change, for peace. In your mercy, break political deadlocks, soften hardened hearts, change closed minds, open unhearing ears. Let people come before power, let life be holy again. Let your justice and peace shape the nation of Yemen and the lives of all people Amen.