StFrancis

StGertrude

ST FRANCIS DE SALES

AND ST GERTRUDE

CHURCH

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21st June 2020:TWELFTH SUNDAY YEAR A

1st Reading Jer:20:10–13/ Psalm 68:8-10,14,17,33-35/2nd Reading Rom 5:12-15/ GOSPEL Mt 10:26–33

SECOND COLLECTION: NONE                                                                                                                     NEXT WEEK: NONE

   DAY

DATE

TIME

INTENTION

Sat

20th  

6.30p.m

 Mary Mulligan RIP

Sun

21st          

8.30a.m

People of the Parish

 

 

10:00 am

 

 

11.30 a.m

 

 

Mon

22nd     

9.30a.m

 

 

Tue

23rd      

No Mass

 

 

Wed

24th

9.30a.m

 

 

Thu

25th

9.30a.m

 

 

Fri

26th

9.30a.m

 

 

Sat

27th

6.30p.m

   

Sun

28th            

8.30a.m

Margaret Okonkwo RIP

 

 

10:00 am

 People of the Parish
 

11.30 a.m

 Gabriel Olaide Odumbo RIP  

CHURCH OPENS

The church opens for personal prayer. It is very difficult for us to meet the requirements for extended opening, so we will only open for TWO HOURS, 10 a.m. to 12 noon on SUNDAYS, beginning today 21/06/2020 We would be grateful if you could fill in your details below. If there were should be an outbreak of the virus your details will be used for Track and Trace.

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     PASTORAL TEAM

Fr Donatus U. Anosike, MSP: (Parish Priest)

Mr Charles Madden:(Parish Pastoral Council Chair)

Mrs Folasade Onile-Ere: (Catechist)

Tobias A. Riley-Smith QC: (Finance Team Member)

Mr Patrick Sanniez: (Sacristan)

Mrs Bridget Kelly: (Socials Team)

Mrs Olanike T. Onikosi: (Maintenance Team)

Mr Romuald Kouassi: (Acting Parish Assistant)

 

PARISH WEEKLY ACTIVITIES

 

CHOIR REHEARSAL – TBC

GOSPEL BAND – TBC

BENEDICTION & ROSARY GROUP - TBC

PRAYER GROUP – TBC

1ST COMMUNION CLASS – TBC

PORTUGUESE ROSARY GROUP - TBC

CONFIRMATION CLASS – TBC

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION (CONFESSION) – TBC

CHRISTIAN MOTHERS ASSOCIATION - TBC

GHANAIAN ASSOCIATION - TBC

STATION OF THE CROSS – TBC

 

 

 

LAST WEEK

First Collection(14/06): £140

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THIS TIME

           

 

ROOF FUND TOTAL:  £12,330.72

 

 

MAKE ANY OFFERING AS ONLINE PAYMENT TO:

RCAS St Francis De Sales  , SORT CODE: 60-20-31, ACCOUNT NO. 28975553; NatWest.

You can also mail in your offerings and donations or drop it through our letter box at the rectory door. God bless.

Volunteers to guide during the Personal Prayers Periods

21/6, 10am to 11am Charles & Delia Madden

         11am to 12 noon Mary Killoughery & a Volunteer needed

28/6, 10am to 11am Maria Chizoba & Daughter

         11am to 12 noon Nana Debra & Volunteer needed

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES are available in the foyer of the Church. You may pick yours up during the prayer session, Sunday 10am – 12 noon.

 

BAPTISM CLASSES 2020

DUE TO THE CURRENT PANDEMIC  MAY BAPTISM CLASS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE. 

11/07/2020

26/09/2020

14/11/2020

Baptism Classes are at 11:30 am

                 

BLESSINGS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY

22nd June: Jason Lartey 23rd June: Asmeret Ghebrejesus, Chanette Lartey 25th June: Nwachukwu Donatus Osakwe, Tony Randall 26th June: Theresa Gyasi, Stephanie Andrews, Michael Kosoma, Ivy Adjei, Michael McGrath 27th June: Gabrielle Knights, Sarah Oteng, Mary OppongAgyemang, Maurice Dogbey, Soraia De Jesus

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS

Jane Xiberras, Mary Walsh, Teresa Carroll, Crystal L, Andrew O’Neill, Mable French, Patrick Idama, Michelle Martin and for all our sick and housebound parishioners.

 

ANNIVERSARIES OF DEATH

Edward O’Keefe, Gerald Rooney, Richard Faulkner, Maureen Flood, William Buckley, Doreen Woods, Michael Joyce, Sarah Bates, John Carruthers, Shaun Cormack.

 

  TWELFTH SUNDAY YEAR A

Be Firm and God will Deliver

The first reading tells us of the experience of Jeremiah. His conviction and his dedication to the truths of God meant a lot of trouble for him. There was a gang-up against him, “I heard so many disparaging me, Terror on every side. Denounce him, let us denounce him! All those who were on good terms with me watched for my downfall.” Faced with this kind of adversity, Jeremiah remained confident because of the promise of God. It is noteworthy to recall that Jeremiah neither sought nor wanted the prophetic career to which he was called (Jer. 1:6ff). His protestation was loud and clear but the assurance of God’s presence and safeguarding convinced him to accept the call. That God’s assurance did not protect him from temporal suffering that he considered that God double spoke to him, seduced and duped him (Jer. 20:7). God discounts the comfort this beautiful he has created offers. The Travail of his experience was overcome by the assurance that God would tackle his enemies. His faith was not diminished. His pain only acted as a force multiplier in his pursuit of the will of God by preaching and advocating for the observance of the law of God. The terror on every side will be impotent because Yahweh is the bulwark for the oppressed, the poor, the anawims. By the time of Jeremiah, the poor represent more than a social category; they are those who have the accompanying internal dispositions of dependence and trust. The Psalmist tells us to have a sense of confidence in the midst of adversity because God is more powerful than our worries. He (the psalmist) speaks of the scorn and rejection suffered at the hand of his own relatives, how his concerns for God’s ways brought only destructive opposition. He then confidently requests God’s intervention, recalling his covenant fidelity and compassion. He continued that a return to God would ensure God’s continued love. Today’s gospel is taken from Mathew 10 (Mt 10: 26- 33), in Mt 10:17-25, the Lord Jesus tells his apostles to expect future opposition and persecution. So today he encourages them to remain strong and firm. Three times they are told to have no fear as God’s redemption is assured. Persecutors may bring the disciples to corporal death for their belief but may not do more; they cannot deprive eternal life. Where our earthly profession of faith merits heavenly commendation, earthly denial will result in heavenly condemnation. We must remain strong. God is attentive to our situations even if our frail nature fails to comprehend his actions. If heaven is our target, everything that happens here must serve that purpose. Take courage and be of good guard!

POPE FRANCIS' PRAYER IN TIME OF PANDEMIC

“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”. In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection. Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment. Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust. Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health. Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone. Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus. Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity. Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future. Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer. Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course. To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

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