The Parish of S Michael and All Angels

 Abbey Wood.

SUNDAY 22 March 2020

THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

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 in the Vicarage. Even if you can’t be with us you will be in our prayers.

We hope to produce 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. Currently the only way for us to do this is to send it with an email. Please pass sheets or information on to those for whom we don’t have an email address.

THIS WEEKS GOSPEL READING.

John 9:1-41

As Jesus went along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, for him to have been born blind?’ ‘Neither he nor his parents sinned,’ Jesus answered ‘he was born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

‘As long as the day lasts

I must carry out the work of the one who sent me;

the night will soon be here when no one can work.

As long as I am in the world

I am the light of the world.’

Having said this, he spat on the ground, made a paste with the spittle, put this over the eyes of the blind man, and said to him, ‘Go and wash in the Pool of Siloam’ (a name that means ‘sent’).  So the blind man went off and washed himself, and came away with his sight restored.

His neighbours and people who earlier had seen him begging said, ‘Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?’  Some said, ‘Yes, it is the same one.’ Others said, ‘No, he only looks like him.’ The man himself said, ‘I am the man.’ So they said to him, ‘Then how do your eyes come to be open?’ ‘The man called Jesus’ he answered ‘made a paste, daubed my eyes with it and said to me, “Go and wash at Siloam”; so I went, and when I washed I could see.’  They asked, ‘Where is he?’ ‘I don’t know’ he answered.

They brought the man who had been blind to the Pharisees.  It had been a sabbath day when Jesus made the paste and opened the man’s eyes, so when the Pharisees asked him how he had come to see, he said, ‘He put a paste on my eyes, and I washed, and I can see.’  Then some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man cannot be from God: he does not keep the sabbath.’  Others said, ‘How could a sinner produce signs like this?’  And there was disagreement among them.  So they spoke to the blind man again, ‘What have you to say about him yourself, now that he has opened your eyes?’  ‘He is a prophet’ replied the man.  However, the Jews would not believe that the man had been blind and had gained his sight, without first sending for his parents and asking them, ‘Is this man really your son who you say was born blind?  If so, how is it that he is now able to see?’  His parents answered, ‘We know he is our son and we know he was born blind, but we do not know how it is that he can see now, or who opened his eyes.  He is old enough: let him speak for himself.’ His parents spoke like this out of fear of the Jews, who had already agreed to expel from the synagogue anyone who should acknowledge Jesus as the Christ.  This was why his parents said, ‘He is old enough; ask him.’

 

So the Jews again sent for the man and said to him, ‘Give glory to God! For our part, we know that this man is a sinner.’  The man answered, ‘I don’t know if he is a sinner; I only know that I was blind and now I can see.’  They said to him, ‘What did he do to you?  How did he open your eyes?’ He replied, ‘I have told you once and you wouldn’t listen.  Why do you want to hear it all again?  Do you want to become his disciples too?’  At this they hurled abuse at him: ‘You can be his disciple,’ they said ‘we are disciples of Moses: we know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.’  The man replied, ‘Now here is an astonishing thing! He has opened my eyes, and you don’t know where he comes from!  We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but God does listen to men who are devout and do his will.  Ever since the world began it is unheard of for anyone to open the eyes of a man who was born blind; if this man were not from God, he couldn’t do a thing.’ ‘Are you trying to teach us,’ they replied ‘and you a sinner through and through, since you were born!  And they drove him away.

Jesus heard they had driven him away, and when he found him he said to him, ‘Do you believe in the Son of Man?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied ‘tell me who he is so that I may believe in him.’ Jesus said, ‘You are looking at him; he is speaking to you.’  The man said, ‘Lord, I believe’, and worshipped him.

Jesus said:

‘It is for judgement

that I have come into this world,

so that those without sight may see

and those with sight turn blind.’

Hearing this, some Pharisees who were present said to him, ‘We are not blind, surely?’ Jesus replied:

‘Blind? If you were,

you would not be guilty,

but since you say, “We see,”

your guilt remains.’

 

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.

My Jesus, 
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 
I love You above all things, 
and I desire to receive You into my soul. 
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE THIS SHEET BY EMAIL OR YOU KNOW SOMEONE ELSE WHO WOULD PLEASE TELL FR DAVID ON dasherratt@aol.com

 

 

A THOUGHT FOR THIS WEEK.

Some thoughts for Wednesday the Feast of the Annunciation.

MARY

She is the selfless space

where God became man;

she is the silence in which God’s Word

can be heard.

She is the free woman, subject to none,

not even to the powers of evil,

She is the image of the Church.

Her self-effacing service will guide you to the Lord.

Her faith and fidelity

are a model for your life.

She has trodden all the paths

of human existence;

she has one through darkness and suffering.

through the abyss of loneliness and pain.

She is the little creature

through whom God’s greatness

shines out;

she is the poor one

filled with divine riches.

She is wholly grace

and grace for you.

Fr David

© Fr D Sherratt March 2020. Fr David exerts his right as author of this piece and to its Intellectual Property

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

 

A PRAYER FOR MOTHERING SUNDAY

As Christ showed his love on the cross,

in his compassion for his mother

and his sacrifice for us all,

 may we know what it is to love and be loved, i

n words and in actions.

May we reflect God's love in our families,

 our church and our community;

so that the world can see t

hat we are followers of Christ

and children of the most High God,

and draw others into his loving care. Amen.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL MUMS

OUR PARISH LIFE

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS.  We will start Preparation once we have resumed Sunday Services etc.,  If you are interested please email Fr David with names.

WALSINGHAM YOUTH PILGRIMAGE 2020.  If you are aged 11‑18 and would like to come this year email Fr David for a form.

RESTORATION WORK.  The work on restoring our church is starting on 20th April.

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 dasherratt@aol.com or phone him on 0779432357

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 INFORMATION.

PARISH PRIEST. Fr David Sherratt. Tel.  0779432357

email dasherratt@aol.com

Baptisms, Weddings, forms etc. Please email Fr David.

Assistant Priest  Fr Derek Robinson

Churchwardens Mr Peter Ludlow,  Mr Christopher Harper