StFrancis

StGertrude

ST FRANCIS DE SALES

AND ST GERTRUDE

CHURCH

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31st May 2020:PENTECOST SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR A

1st Reading Act 2:1-11/ Psalm 103:1,24,29-31,34/2nd Reading 1Cor 12:3-7,12-13/ GOSPEL John 20:19–23

SECOND COLLECTION: NONE                                                                                                                     NEXT WEEK: NONE

   DAY

DATE

TIME

INTENTION

Sat

30th  

6.30p.m

 

Sun

31st          

8.30a.m

People of the Parish

 

 

10:00 am

 

 

11.30 a.m

 Jean Patricia Thoms RIP

 

Mon

1st     

9.30a.m

 

 

Tue

2nd      

No Mass

 

 

Wed

3rd

9.30a.m

 Chukumah Opene RIP

 

Thu

4th

9.30a.m

 

 

Fri

5th

9.30a.m

 

 

Sat

6th

6.30p.m

   

Sun

7th            

8.30a.m

 People of the Parish

 

 

10:00 am

 Jean Patricia Thomas RIP
 

11.30 a.m

Louise Marie Ly RIP  

            

     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 (24-26/05): £258

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THIS TIME

           

 

ROOF FUND TOTAL:  £12,320.72

 

 

MAKE ANY OFFERING AS ONLINE PAYMENT TO:

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

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES, HOLY WATER AND BLESSED PALM are available but the Church still remains closed. The instruction is complete isolation and not opening the Church for any visitation. So let us keep the instructions and wait until when the lockdown is lifted for us to have access to these things in the church. However, I still appeal that parishioners make efforts to make direct payment into our account, if you can. Please Keep Safe!

 

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

31st May: Edward Diegbe, Andrea I. Oduro, Paul Lester, Patricia Ribeiro Chaniac 1st June: Tina Osei, Afua Badu, Daniel S. Rodrigues, Giovanni Lombi 2nd June: Laura Teles, William George 3rd June: Marta Silva, Dalia Castelo, Ines R. Chaniac 4th June: Phoebe Quartey, Jayden G.R. Micallef 5th June: Titus Mafu Lu, Loretta Nwanze 6th June: Natasha Abrafi-Boakye-Mensah, Solomon Bediako

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

Peter Mangnion, Ann Duffy, Patrick Kerr, Gladstone Ricketts, Christopher O’Neill, Alice Benson, Gwendoline Henderson, May Shaw

 

       

PENTECOST SUNDAY YEAR A

THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH

Pentecost is a major feast in the socio-cultural life of the Jewish people. It was a feast celebrated in honour of the fertility of the soil. It was the celebration of the beginning of the early weeks of harvest, fifty days after the Passover (Ex 23:16). Eventually it expanded to include the establishment of the law, Moses’ reception of the law on Sinai. Its prominence accounts for the presence of many foreign-languagespeaking people in Jerusalem this day as Jews everywhere were encouraged to come home for the celebration. And as witnessed, some had lost their original Hebrew language. The descent of the Holy Spirit ratifies the establishment of the replacing law. The new law of the Spirit supplanting the old law of mosaic Sinaitic legalism. The first sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit is the gift of tongues, the word of God, the message of salvation being proclaimed and communicated in foreign languages. “Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, and each one was bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language” Acts 2:5 During the sinful episode of Tower of Babel, when people defying the plan of God contrived a scheme to achieve their devious end, language difficulty became the divine mechanism to closed out the misadventure (Gen 11-9). The Holy Spirit in the era of grace shows that diversity of language is no barrier to comprehending divine plan and the Good News of salvation in Christ. The Spirit moves the Apostles at once to preview the program of outreach to the nations, the broad geographical sweep clearly points to the universal character of the church. The second reading from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians underscores the diversity connected with the Spirit’s presence in outlining its work among the faithful. Weary of pseudo spirit, he stated the criteria for determining the authentic spirit. He taught that the spirit cannot label truth as false or vice versa. To proclaim Jesus as Lord is fundamentally inspired by the spirit. Our service of one another and the Lord in varied ways is the gift of the Spirit. He lists them as faith, healing, mighty deeds (miracles), prophecy, discernment of spirits, variety of tongues, teaching, discipleship, etc (1Cor. 12:9-10). Whatever that proceeds from the Spirit is the action of God, totally gratuitous and ordained for the good of the whole. It is not for the individual but for the common good. The gospel says that the glorified Jesus to ensure the continued strengthening of the church wishes the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. This conferral of the Holy Spirit is central to St John’s resurrection narrative. The Spirit conveys peace and power to forgive sin. The peace that the Spirit confers is the restoration of harmony between God and creation (Col 1:20). The original vesting of power to loose and to bind on the Apostles (Mt 16:19; 18:18) is here elaborated to include the power to forgive or to retain sins, “those whose sins you forgive are forgiven them; those whose sins you retain, are retrained” (Jn 20:23). Without Pentecost Christ’s would have been incomplete, His death would have proved his love for us, but it would not of itself improved our lot. We would have been able to admire him from afar but there would be no effective following of him nor the right to call him ‘brother’ or God ‘Abba Father.’ It is the Spirit of Pentecost that makes all that possible. Today the church was launched on its mission and individual member invested with special character to belong. Today is birth of the church and the anointment to witness. Through the unction of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to wake up and rise. May we be able to throw off the works of darkness. May we be freed from where we are locked in for fear of coronavirus and hear the gospel of hope for health and safety. May the light of Christ shine on us that we may fan into flame the gifts God has given to us. May the gifts bear lasting fruits. Amen.

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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