Marie Monaghan RIP
The Parish community extends its prayerful condolences
to her family. Requiem Mass Friday 1st May at 10.00am
May she rest in peace
Diocesan Pilgrimage To Walsingham
Saturday 23rd May 2015 coach will leave St Anne Line Church, Grove Crescent, South Woodford, E18 2JR at 8.30am.
To book a place on the coach (£20) 020 8989 5242
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Befriending those coming out of prison
Basic Caring Communities. Following the talk from Pact a few weeks ago about befriending those coming out of prison: You are invited to a taster session to find out more. Wednesday 27th May, in Camberwell SE London, from 18.00 - 20.00.
RSVP to BaCC@prisonadvice.org.uk or call 0207 735 9535
The Catholic Fellowship Society
(care for people with special needs and their carers in the Diocese of Brentwood) Dance, The Guildhall, Ilford Catholic Club, Saturday 2nd May, contact Brendan Burke on 01708 732930.
The Annual Mass for Migrants
In honour of St Joseph the Worker
Monday, 4th May at St George’s Cathedral,
Lambeth Road, Southwark, London SE1 6HR.
Pope Francis teaches...…
In his address to seminarians preparing for the priesthood, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of forming “a climate of prayer and fraternity.” This atmosphere, he said, allows seminarians to grow closer to “the sentiments of Jesus Christ, His love for the Father and for the Church,” and His dedication to the people of God. He warned them that they are not preparing to be functionaries, but true shepherds in the image of Jesus the Good Shepherd.
Being a “good shepherd” in His image is something no one can achieve on his own – but Pope Francis reminded them that “it is not our work… It is the work of the Holy Spirit.” Only by allowing oneself to be shaped – as clay is shaped by the potter — will seminarians be able “to shepherd the people of God and guide them “along the Way that is Jesus.”
This, the Holy Father said, “means meditating every day on the Gospel… experiencing the mercy of God in the Sacrament of Reconciliation… eating the Eucharist with faith and with love… being men of prayer. If you are not disposed to follow along this street, it would be better for you to have the courage to seek another path. Take seriously the words of the Prophets: “Woe to the wicked Shepherds who pasture themselves and not their flocks. May this ‘woe,’ make you reflect seriously on your future.”
A Word of Scripture
He made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns the dusk to dawn and day to darkest night.
He summons the waters of the sea and pours them over the land.
‘The Lord’ is his name.
He has built his high dwelling place in the heavens and supported his vault on the earth; he summons the waters of the sea and pours them over the land.
‘The Lord’ is his name.
A Thought for Today
Often, I pray with great difficulty because I am distracted;
I have so much on my mind …
At other times, I really enjoy that loving glance, that contemplative experience that prompts me to respond in loving ways to God.
A new way of prayer is prayer through peacefulness.
Sr Margaret Ormond OP
The Dominican Way
ed. Lucette Verboven