The Parish of S Michael and All Angels
SUNDAY 10 May 2020
THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
You have a room in God’s House!
Dear friends as you will have heard we cannot have any public services at S. Michaels during the current emergency. Mass and the Daily Office will continue to offered every day, but in the Vicarage. Even if you can’t be with us you will be in our prayers.
We are producing this sheet each week instead of our usual notice sheet, to keep everyone in touch and to provide some things to help you as you pray.. Please pass sheets or information on to those for whom we don’t have an email address.
THIS WEEKS GOSPEL READING.
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life
Jesus said to his disciples:
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God still, and trust in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house;
if there were not, I should have told you.
I am going now to prepare a place for you,
and after I have gone and prepared you a place,
I shall return to take you with me;
so that where I am
you may be too.
You know the way to the place where I am going.’
Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus said:
‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one can come to the Father except through me.
If you know me, you know my Father too.
From this moment you know him and have seen him.’
Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ said Jesus to him ‘and you still do not know me?
‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father,
so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”?
Do you not believe
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself:
it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work.
You must believe me when I say
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;
believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason.
I tell you most solemnly,
whoever believes in me
will perform the same works as I do myself,
he will perform even greater works,
because I am going to the Father.’
MAKING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.
Even if we cannot be at mass and receive Holy Communion, we can always make a Spiritual Communion. God will always fill our hearts with his grace if we ask.
A prayer for VE Day
Lord God our Father,
If you want us to bring someone or something to our Lord in prayer, please let Fr David know. Prayer is one of the most important things that we can do at this time.
Please remember these people in your prayers
MAY the month of MARY.
Mary offers a calm vision and a reassuring word to modern man, torn as he often is between anguish and hope, defeated by the sense of his own limitations and assailed by limitless aspirations, troubled in his mind and divided in his heart, uncertain before the riddle of death, oppressed by loneliness while yearning for fellowship, a prey to boredom and disgust, She sows forth the victory of hope over anguish, of fellowship over solitude, of peace over anxiety, of joy and beauty over boredom and disgust, of eternal visions over earthly ones, of life over death.
S Paul VI
This time of lockdown gives us a lot of opportunity to pray. But it is also a time that makes us realise how difficult prayer is. Sometimes as Christians we talk about it too glibly ‘Pray and have hope and everything will be alright’.
But some of the greatest Saints like Mother Teresa have found prayer difficult; they have sometimes found even a dark experience. Because in prayer we enter into the depths of God and into the reality of ourselves. The depth of God is beyond our imagining and mind, and we all know what is in the depths of ourselves.
But if prayer is difficult it is not complex, it simply being with God, running into his hands and because of that it is something that all of us can do,
So let’s try to make use of the opportunity of this time, to grow in our lives of prayer. To make sure that we set aside a time and place to do it every day. Perhaps to be open to different ways of praying or just perhaps more trustingly to put ourselves into our Fathers – when we do so he does the rest.
© Fr D Sherratt April 2020. Fr David exerts his right as author of this piece and to its Intellectual Property
The Bishop of Southwark has now given permission for clergy to enter church buildings to pray and to say mass. So this week on Monday and Tuesday Fr David will do the necessary work in church and he hopes that by Wednesday at the latest he will be able to say the mass daily in church.
Strict provision however remain in place and no one should enter the church building without Fr David’s permission and knowledge. The government guidelines on hygiene etc. should be followed at all times.
Now that we are able to have mass in church, we will consider the possibility of live steaming at least the Sunday masses. If anyone to able to help with this please email Fr David.
Should Fr David have to isolate or if at any point he considers it the appropriate option, mass will of course have to be said in the Vicarage.
OUR PARIS H LIFE
Our worship this week
Mon 11 Tuesday of the 5th week of Eastertide
Tue 12 Saint Pancras, Martyr
Wed 13 Our Lady of Fátima
Thu 14 SAINT MATTHIAS, APOSTLE Feast
Fri 15 Friday of the 5th week of Eastertide
Sat 16 S. Simon Stock
FUNERALS. If you know of anyone who has to arrange a Funeral over the coming weeks, please advise them that if they want a member of the clergy to take the service, they will have to tell this to the undertaker, otherwise they will be given a Civil Celebrant. If you would like Fr David to conduct a funeral please give the undertakers the contact details on this sheet.
THIS WEEKS SAINTS This week we celebrate S. Pancras, whose only connection with the station, is that it is in the Parish of Old S Pancras, which is perhaps one of the oldest churches in London and suggests that S. Pancras has been venerated in London for a very long time. He was probably a young Roman soldier who was killed for his Christian Faith. On Wednesday we remember the Virgin Mary under the tile of her shrine in Portugal at Fatima. On this day in 1917 three children began to have visions of her calling the world to repentance. It was of course in the middle of horrors the Great War. On Thursday we remember the Apostle Matthias, who was chosen by the casting of Lots to replace Judas. He is buried in the Abbey Church at Trier in Germany.
On Saturday we remember S. Simon Stock, who was a hermit in Kent who joined the Carmelites at Aylesford just after the time that they came from Mount Carmel in the Holy Land to Europe. He became their superior and was instrumental them becoming an order of friars. the Priory at Aylesford has a shrine with some of his relics.
PASTORAL WORK If you need him for something or just want a chat, please phone or email Fr David, he is here for you. During the current situation either email him on email@example.com or phone him on 07796 432357
If you are self-isolating and need help getting shopping etc., please let him know and he will do his best to find someone to help you. A kind person has donated a quantity of food etc. for a family or persons who may need it. Please contact Fr David if we could help you or someone you know of.
PARISH PRIEST. Fr David Sherratt. Tel. 0779432357
Assistant Priest Fr Derek Robinson
Churchwardens Mr Peter Ludlow, Mr Christopher Harper
Safeguarding Officer Mrs Susan Robinson
WEEKLY OFFERINGS. We know that this will be a time of financial hardship for many. But if those who are able can keep up their regular giving to our Parish, it will enable us to keep operating as normally as we can. We cannot have collections, but there are still bills to pay. The best way to do this will by Internet banking. The details are Sort Code 30-99-88, Account No 00160771, Account Name is PCC Saint Michael and All Angels Abbey Wood. In the reference section please put your name followed by; ‘Offering’.
PARISH MAGAZINE. We are unable to print and deliver this at the moment, but we have placed some of the articles from the May Magazine on the Parish Website.