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29th  March 2020: FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

1ST Reading Ezekiel 37:12-14/ Psalm 129/2ND Reading Romans 8:8-11 / GOSPEL John 11: 1 – 45

 

   DAY

DATE

TIME

INTENTION

Sat

28th  

6.30p.m

Gerrard & Monique Lautric Spiritual healing  

Sun

29th           

8.30a.m

Hawa Yakubu RIP

 

 

10:00 am

People of the parish

 

11.30 a.m

Chibueze Ezekwem – safe delivery

 

Mon

30th     

9.30a.m

Sean Green RIP

 

Tue

31st      

No Mass

 

 

Wed

1st

9.30a.m

 

 

 

Thu

2nd  

9.30a.m

 

 

Fri

3rd

9.30a.m

 

 

Sat

4th

6.30p.m

Paddy McMonagle RIP

 

Sun

5th            

8.30a.m

Peace in the World

 

 

10:00 am

People of the Parish

 

11.30 a.m

 

            

     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 (22/03): £388.69

           

 

ROOF FUND TOTAL:  £12,120.72

It’s hard to say but it remains the fact, our Church bills will have to be paid. Please mail in your offerings and donations or make your offering directly to our account: RCAS St Francis CA, Sort Code 60-20-31, Acct# 28975553; NatWest. If you can, drop it through our letter hole at the rectory door. God bless.

 

Baptism classes 2020

09/05/2020

11/07/2020

26/09/2020

14/11/2020

Baptism Classes are at 11:30 am

                 

BLESSINGS ON YOUR BIRTHDAY

 

29th Mar: Mary-Axelle Koffi, Tigidankay Catherine Conteh, Guido Santi, Michelle McCarthy, Bruce Bobsoi

31stMar: Thelma Nutakor

1st Apr: Justice Biney   

3rd  Apr: Maria Mendez

4th  Apr: Madeleine E.L. Riley Smith

 

PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR PRAYERS

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

 

ANNIVERSARIES OF DEATH

Ellen Peckham, Patrick Doherty, William Doherty, Timothy O’Sullivan, Enrichetta Maggi, Francis Browne, Alfredo Toni, Matthew Whelan, Jose Manez-Serra, Joanna Fiddes, Jim Larkin, John Donohue, Patrick O’Sullivan

 

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC MASSES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE VISIT THE PARISH WEBSITE: www.stfrancis-stockwell.org.uk

       

  HOMILY 5TH SUNDAY IN LENT

 

GOD HAS A PLAN

We just heard the psalmist scream “Out of the depths I cry to you O’Lord.’  We can easily repeat after him Out of the depths we cry to you O’Lord! What a world we are living in right now. Our world currently subsists in a real depth of morass of difficulty and pain. Can you feel it, do you feel safe breathing the air around you? Moving around? Coronavirus is our depth from which we are screaming at God.

                Coronavirus is like the end time. It’s a quagmire of desperation and suffering. Everyday we live in apprehension, live a life completely determined by forces of evil outside our control. An invisible enemy, determined to kill, strikes at will. The first reading, which created the circumstances that depressed the psalmist, was written at a time of monumental oppression of the people of Israel; at a time the people of God were being controlled and exerted on by a foreign oppressive power. Their Coronavirus, you may say. Starting from 597 BC, Babylon started deporting the citizens of Israel from the homeland to Babylon. By 586 BC, they had almost the whole populace of Juda enslaved in Babylon. They lost all privileges and power and seemed in their own eyes and that of God as dead and lying in the grave. And although prophecy had told them that it would last 70 years, that was still no comfort. V9 of Psalm 74 says, “We see no signs, no prophet anymore, and none of us knows how long it will last.” This surely will come to pass.

                The gospel is a very familiar one. Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. This story is very interesting for many reasons. The reaction of Jesus at the initial hearing of Lazarus’ sickness is instructive. When it was reported to him that Lazarus was sick, he did not react with panic. He stayed two more days at the place where he was. But Mary and Martha stewed in their pain and sorrow. Jesus has his plan. The reading tells us, “On receiving the message, Jesus said, ‘This sickness will end not in death but in God’s glory…”. Jesus has plan, God has plan. Jeremiah 29:11, says, “Yes, I know what plans I have in mind for you, Yahweh declares, plans for peace, not for disaster, to give you a future and hope…..I shall restore your fortune…” So the death of Lazarus like the dry bones in the first reading are in the plans of God’s planned goodness for us. 

The Israelites were in Babylon for seventy years before God responded to their cries of pain and gave them back their freedom. Lazarus was in the tomb for four days before Jesus brought him back to life. This means that sometimes, difficult circumstances can last for a while before God responds to our prayers as desired. Sometimes he responds fire-service style. This means that we must always keep our hope high and persevere in prayer during difficult interlude since Jesus has said in Mathew 24:13, “The one who perseveres to the end will be saved.”

                Living in faith is a different way of living. Faith and life have to correspond. Our faith tells us that God hears us. Let us reassure ourselves that the present catastrophe of coronavirus will go and leave us stronger in God. Though it is more than four days now but it is not yet 70 years. May God have mercy on the world soonest through Christ Our Lord. Amen

 

Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
Vatican publishes guidelines for Easter celebrations during coronavirus


       The Vatican department for liturgy published guidelines on Friday for bishops and priests on the  celebration of Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter liturgies during the coronavirus pandemic.
       The document recommends that bishops postpone those liturgies which may be postponed. It also indicates how priests and bishops can offer those celebrations which cannot be moved, such as Easter, in places where public liturgies are suspended.
      The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published the “general indications” after receiving inquiries from several bishops.
      The decree was signed by the congregation’s prefect Cardinal Robert Sarah and Secretary Archbishop Arthur Roche and authorized “by mandate of the Supreme Pontiff, for the year 2020 only,” meaning that the recommendations cannot be used in future years.
      “Easter is the heart of the entire liturgical year and is not simply one feast among others,” the document states, and that the Easter Triduum “cannot be transferred to another time.”
      The congregation’s document also says that the bishop has faculties to postpone the Chrism Mass of Holy Week.
      The Paschal Triduum is the three days leading up to and including Easter Sunday. It begins at sunset on Holy Thursday and ends at sunset on Easter Sunday.
      The decree orders that, in the places where there are restrictions from civil and Church authorities, the bishop, in agreement with the bishops’ conference, may offer the liturgies of the Easter Triduum in the cathedral, and priests of the diocese may offer the liturgies in their parishes, without the physical presence of the faithful.
       Dioceses and bishops’ conferences should provide resources to support families and individuals in personal prayer, it adds.
       The document also provides several suggestions for the offering of the particular liturgies by priests and bishops.
       All priests may offer Holy Thursday’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a suitable place, without the public, it says, but the washing of the feet, which is already optional, should be omitted.
       The procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the place of repose at the end of Mass should also be omitted and the Blessed Sacrament should remain in the tabernacle.
       Good Friday’s service of the Passion of the Lord may be celebrated in cathedrals and parish churches, the congregation said, and the universal prayers should include an intention for the sick, the dead, and those who feel lost and dismayed.
       The guidelines indicate that the Easter Vigil may only be offered in cathedrals and parish churches, “where, and in the measure that there is a real possibility of doing so, established by the one responsible.”

       The preparing and lighting of the fire during the “Solemn Beginning of the Vigil or Lucenarium” is omitted, it says. The Paschal Candle is lit, the procession is omitted, and the Easter Proclamation (Exsultet) follows.
         The Mass proceeds as usual, apart from the “Baptismal Liturgy,” where “the renewal of baptismal promises alone is necessary,” it explains.
                   Processions and other devotions of popular piety that usually take place during Holy Week and the Easter Triduum can be transferred by the diocesan bishop to other days during the year, such as September 14 and 15, it states.

               

If the local authorities say anything different, we will make it known. So far, all is fine.