God chose us.

Before the world was made, God our Father chose us in Christ to praise the glory of his grace, his free gift to us in the Beloved.
We do not need to worry about material things, because the Lord has sent us free and given us the richness of his grace.
Like Amos, we may feel unworthy, but we called to bring God’s message to all people. The Lord will always be near to help us.

Christ the giver of life.

Christ came that we might have life and have it to the full. Death came through the power of evil, and it is to rescue us from this that Christ gave his life for us.
He tells us to wake from our sleep and turn to him that we may find life. If we have faith, then it is life, not death, which will conquer.

Sr. Agnes O’Shea RIP

Sr. Agnes passed away on Friday 22nd June. Her funeral Mass will be at 11 am, Friday 6th July at St. Joseph’s Convent, Layhams Road, West Wickham, BR4 9QJ. Her funeral will be held at 2.30pm at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 10 Chelsham Road, Warlingham CR6 9EQ, to join her other sisters of the Daughters of Mary & Joseph. 

If you would like to send flowers please ensure they reach the funeral directors by 3 pm on Thursday 5th July – J&R Killick Ltd, 112 High Street, West Wickham, BR4 0ND, or if you prefer to make a donation, please put it in a envelope marked “Sr. Agnes’ Charity” and pop it into the presbytery, and it will go to a charity supported by Sr. Agnes. 

Please let Steve Pearce (0208 778 9460) know you would like to attend the funeral by Wednesday 4th July, as St. Joseph’s convent would like an idea of the numbers attending. 

We, as a Church, will be having a Memorial Mass for Sr. Agnes at 11 am on Sunday 8th July. This will be followed by refreshments in the Hall. 

Why are you so frightened?

Fear plays too large a part in our lives. Love casts out fear, and God’s love endures for ever. Fear may be due to a lack of faith that God really cares for us.
Christ may seem to be asleep, but he is with us always, and has the power to calm even the stormiest troubles of our lives.

The Mustard Seed

The mustard seed is tiny, yet when it grows in good soil it becomes a large shrub, to which birds can come to find shelter to build their nests. The kingdom of God is like a tiny seed within us, yet if we allow it to grow by doing things that are pleasing to God, then people will see that we are truly witnesses to Christ. It is God who gives the increase, for which we give thanks.

Mother of Christ. 

 We are constantly being tempted to put other people and things before God. Our Lady gives us the example to follow, and encourages us not to weaken. 

She is not only the physical mother of Jesus, but is also his mother because she hears the will of God and keeps it. 

Christ our high priest.

Christ is our high priest who constantly makes intercession for us. He offers himself to his Father as an atonement for our sins and establishes a new covenant with God in his own Body and Blood. This is far greater than the old Jewish sacrifice of goats and bull calves. It wins for us the eternal inheritance that we have been promised.

God is Love.

True love is from God. The Holy Spirit lives not only in us but in many people who may seem to be outside the community of faith that is the Church.
We show we are Christians by the generous love we show to one another and to all people, irrespective of race, colour or creed.

Jesus is king!

The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem gives way to his passion and death.
Yet within a few days Jesus will rise triumphant from the dead.
He is the firm ground of our hope that all sufferings in this life are overcome in the power of his resurrection.