Lenten Prayer 
Every Wednesday 7:30pm

Stations of the Cross
Every Sunday in Lent after 5pm mass
Lenten Reconciliation
25 March 7:30pm
Key Times
Mass times:
Sat: 6:00pm (Vigil)
Sun: 8:00am, 10:00am, 5:00pm
Mon: 9:00am
Tue: 7:30pm (followed by Adoration, Divine Mercy & Benediction)

Wed, Thu & Fri: 9:00am (followed by Adoration on First Friday)


Rosary:

20mins before all weekday masses

Reconciliation:
Tue 7:00pm,  Sat 5:15pm

 

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Saturday
Feb282015

Parish Newsletter, 2nd Sunday of Lent - B, 1st March 2015

Testing leads to trusting

“The destination of our Lenten journey is clearly to be seen in today’s readings: the mystery of the Cross, in which the father ‘did not spare his own Son’, and the glory which was to be the Risen Christ’s in his final triumph, glimpsed on the mountain.

“The testing of Abraham is one of the masterpieces of the Old Testament. The story echoes a brutal age in which the sacrifice of children was not uncommon – in fact, the people of the old Israel were taught to sacrifice an animal in place of their offspring, to turn them away from this horrendous temptation.

“But the real point of the story, made so wonderfully, is the absolute trust that is asked of Abraham, making him the model of all true believers. To the people of Abraham’s world there was nothing more important in life than descendants who would remember and honour them. Long after the age when he could expect a child, God gave Abraham a son. If he gives up Isaac, he has nothing left but his trust in God. That trust is rewarded – those who will call him their father will be countless; all the peoples of the earth will be blessed in his name – through the salvation brought by the Cross of Christ.

“This heart-rending story of the testing of a father’s love is linked in today’s liturgy with the basic truth of our Christian faith, proclaimed by St Paul, in the second reading. The eternal Father, who for our sake ‘did not spare his own Son’, will not refuse anything to his people in their need.”

--   This is part of a reflection on the Gospel by Sr Veronica Lawson rsm

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 1st March 2015>

Wednesday
Feb252015

FR ARNOLD’S GOLDEN JUBILEE MASS

Sunday 1 March 2015 at 10am

Fr Arnold’s Golden Jubilee was on 24 January. We welcome him back to Bayswater and thank him for wanting to share his very special day with us next Sunday. Join us for Mass and thereafter for refreshments in the Narthex. As we are expecting visitors from other parishes, it would be appreciated if you could assist by bringing a plate to share.

Wednesday
Feb252015

Liturgy Roster (1 Mar 2015 - 17 May 2015)

The new liturgy roster is available for Proclaimers of the Word (Readers) and Extraordinary Eucharistic Ministers.

If you cannot be present for your rostered mass, please arrange directly with another person.

<Click here for Liturgy Roster (1 March 2015 - 17 May 2015)>

Saturday
Feb212015

Parish Newsletter, 1st Sunday of Lent - B, 22nd February 2015

Embracing those rejected is the first step towards healing them

The gospel reading invites us to reflect on Jesus’ 40-day experience in ‘the wilderness’. Jesus is said to be ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ and, like so many human beings before and since, is ‘led by the Spirit’ into the wilderness of life to be ‘tested’ there. [‘Tested’ is a more accurate translation of the original Greek term than is ‘tempted’]. 40 is a symbolic number in Israel’s story: the great flood lasts 40 days and 40 nights; Moses spends 40 days and 40 nights on the mountain of God; Israel wanders for 40 years in the wilderness; King David reigns for 40 years; the prophet Elijah travels 40 days and 40 nights in the wilderness on his way to the mountain of God. The wilderness is ever so real and at the same time symbolic. In Israel’s story, it is the place of testing for God’s people: ‘Remember the long way that your God has led you these 40 years in the wilderness… testing you to know what was in your heart’ (Deut 8:2). Jesus now passes the tests that Israel failed.

Jesus is ‘with the wild beasts’. This terse statement recalls the prophet Isaiah’s vision of a future time of reconciliation and harmony when ‘the wolf will lie down with the lamb’ (Isa 11:6-9). Jesus is presented as the one who ushers in that age of peace and healing of division. God’s agents care for him in his time of testing: ‘angels minister to him’. In this context, Jesus announces the coming of God’s empire or reign. His message is to ‘repent’ or to ‘think beyond’ in a way that might turn lives around in God’s direction, and to “believe the good news” that he is set to proclaim in word and action. At a time of growing divide between the mega-rich and the desperately poor, we might look back to our symbolic tradition and forward to ways of bringing good news to those mostly deeply affected by the inequities in our world.”

--   This is part of a reflection on the Gospel by Sr Veronica Lawson rsm

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 22nd February 2015>

Saturday
Feb142015

Parish Newsletter, 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 15th February 2015

Embracing those rejected is the first step towards healing them

“To touch the unclean made one unclean. As John J. Pilch noted in his book, The Cultural World of Jesus (pp. 35), ancient Jews concerned themselves with the notion of pollution, not of infection. They made little distinction between a cultural and a natural source of the pollution, as long as they kept the source of the pollution at a distance. 

“In a culture that had a firm mistrust of change, they had an obligation to reject anything that changed what they believed was a God-given lifestyle. When Jesus touched the diseased man, he ‘took’ the disease upon himself. He changed the status of the ‘unclean’ to ‘clean’ and became polluted. He made himself rejected, so the leper could become accepted. And he did it willingly. In this sense, Mark foreshadowed Jesus' ultimate act of accepting pollution from nature and society. He took death upon himself, so all might have eternal life with God.”

--   From a reflection on the Gospel by Larry Broding

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 15th February 2015>

Saturday
Feb072015

Parish Newsletter, 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time - B, 8th February 2015

Jesus demonstrates he is both a man of action and reflection

“Given Mark’s style, the fact of including this small incident shows the importance he places on the fact that Jesus is not only someone who does things ‘at once’ and ‘straight-away’ but is also someone who takes time out of the busy-ness. He knows the needs of those who are sick and disturbed - but He also knows the absolute necessity of silence and communion with God.

“It is following this time of prayer that Jesus discerns that His mission is not to be confined in one place - but that the Good News is to be proclaimed throughout Galilee. They leave the village - and Jesus spreads the news of the Kingdom - by preaching and by healing - particularly healing those who are held bound by evil.

“This balance in Jesus’ life was to be an example to His first disciples - and may be even more important in our day where so much emphasis is placed on what people do - what people achieve. Often, this means that people lose sight of the importance of ‘being’ - of spending time with the God who created them. 

“Jesus offers an example of what it means to be a whole person - who gives His time and energy generously and lovingly to those around Him - but who also gives time and space generously and lovingly to God.”

--    http://www.wellsprings.org.uk

 <click here for Parish Newsletter 8th February 2015>

Tuesday
Feb032015

Altar Servers Roster for February 2015

Dear Altar Servers,

The roster for February 2015 is now available. 

As usual, please organise directly with another altar server to fill in for you if you are unable to serve. 

God Bless,

Danny