The Parish of S Michael and All Angels

 Abbey Wood.

SUNDAY 24 May 2020

THE SEVENTH SUNDAY
 OF EASTER

At this time we are not allowed to offer public worship in church.  However, Mass is offered for you ever day, as is the Daily Office.  Even if you cannot 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 to join us in prayer.  Please pass sheets or information on to those for whom we don’t have an email address.

THIS WEEKS GOSPEL READING.

John 17:1-11

Father, it is time for you to glorify me

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Father, the hour has come:

glorify your Son

so that your Son may glorify you;

and, through the power over all mankind that you have given him,

let him give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.

And eternal life is this:

to know you,

the only true God,

and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

I have glorified you on earth

and finished the work that you gave me to do.

Now, Father, it is time for you to glorify me

with that glory I had with you

before ever the world was.

I have made your name known

to the men you took from the world to give me.

They were yours and you gave them to me,

and they have kept your word.

Now at last they know

that all you have given me comes indeed from you;

for I have given them the teaching you gave to me,

and they have truly accepted this, that I came from you,

and have believed that it was you who sent me.

I pray for them;

I am not praying for the world

but for those you have given me,

because they belong to you:

all I have is yours

and all you have is mine,

and in them I am glorified.

I am not in the world any longer,

but they are in the world,

and I am coming to you.’

MAY the month of MARY.

O Mary, recall the solemn moment when Jesus, your divine son, dying on the cross, confided us to your maternal care.  You are our mother, we desire ever to remain your devout children.  Let us therefore feel the effects of your powerful intercession with Jesus Christ. make your name again glorious in the shrine once renowned throughout England by your visits, favours, and many miracles.

Pray, O holy mother of God, for the conversion of England, restoration of the sick, consolation for the afflicted, repentance of sinners, peace to the departed.

O blessed Mary, mother of God, our Lady of Walsingham, intercede for us.

Amen.

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.

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.

Please remember these people in your prayers

 

In the greatness of your mercy you chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of your only Son, In her obedience the day of our redemption dawned when by the overshadowing of your Holy Spirit he took our flesh and dwelt in the darkness of her womb. In her your glory shines as in the burning bush, and so we call her blessed with every generation. With her we rejoice in your salvation and ponder in our hearts the mystery of your love.

 

May we bear with her the piercing sword of sorrow, in hope that we like her may share the joy of heaven.

 

As now we join our praise with hers, blessed among all women, create in us a heart of love obedient to your will, for you are Lord and you are our God for ever. Amen

Taken up with God.

You might think that the Ascension is about gazing into heaven.  But that is what the disciples were told by the angel, not to do.  That it is about the spiritual over the material, but instead it shows the importance of the material, the created world.

Christ is taken from the disciple’s sight into heaven, not as a Sprit, but as a body.  The physical body that was born at Bethlehem.  In the Ascension we see the taking up of the material into God, the taking up of our humanity into God.

There are some brands of ‘Christianity’, which see faith as primarily a spiritual thing.  One of the most prevailing heresies, that rears it head in various guises in Church history, is the view that the material world is evil. That we don’t find God in the physical.  Such beliefs are contacted by the truth of the Ascension.

That is why Christianity is a very physical religion.  It uses the physical for its sacraments, water, Olive Oil, bread, wine and touch.  It values the sense of place and sacred place.  It uses worship that is visual and physical, all the senses are used in worship, all of the body’s postures.

 

It is no accident that those ‘Christians’, who see our faith only in spiritual terms often have little sense of the wonder of worship and often little sense of the social witness of the gospel.

The Ascension rooted the disciples in the world and in the place where they were.  But as rooted as they were, from that moment they were not of the world.  As John writes we don’t belong to the world.  The world is already taken up into God, it is to that greater reality that we really belong.  That fact gives us the vision, the hope, the purpose to see creation and world with all of its imperfection and needs as being transformed.  To work as those first disciples did until humanity and the whole of creation comes to the fullness of its destiny in God.

Fr David

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

OUR PARIS H LIFE

Our worship this week

Mon 25    Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest, Doctor

Tue 26     Saint Philip Neri, Priest

Wed 27    Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop

Thu 28     Thursday of the 7th week of Eastertide

Fri 29       Saint RPaul VI, Pope

Sat 30      Saturday of the 7th week of Eastertide

Sun 31     PENTECOST

ENTERING CHURCH.  Just a reminder that we can now able to use the church buildings for very limited activities but including the celebration of mass without a congregation  If you have permission to go into the church building you must follow the appropriate guidance on hygiene and distancing.  There is a notice by the door with further information that must be followed.  You must inform Fr David whenever you have been in church, as we are required to keep an accurate record of this.

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 June Magazine on the Parish Website.

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  Among the saints that we remember this week are: S’ Bede.  S. Bede was an English monk in the 8th Century who lived at Wearmouth and Jarrow, he was one of the first people to translate the scriptures into English and also write a very important book chronicling the early history of the Church in England.  S. Augustine of Canterbury, was sent by S. Gregory to bring the Gospel to the Southern part of England, he founded the Cathedral Church at Canterbury.  (We know about him partly because of S. Bede’s book).  Please pray for our sister Parish of S. Augustines on Wednesday.

S. Philip Neri was the founder of the Oratorians and was noted for his ministry in the time of Pestilence!

A SPIRITUAL PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM.  The National Pilgrimage to Walsingham would have taken place tomorrow.  You can however still share in the pilgrimage as a live mass will be broadcast from the Shrine.at 11:45 on Monday.  If you click here there is a short video which explains about the shrine, shows what the National Pilgrimage is like and invites you to join this years ;Virtual’ Pilgrimage.  If you click here there are the details of how to watch it on Monday, it can be accessed through Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo.  The Mass will be followed by the Sermon, which this year will be preached by Fr Tim Pike, who many of us know from S. Michaels Croydon.  Please take part either by watching, or just joining spiritually in prayer.

May be a Pilgrimage to Walsingham could be part of the Re-Formation of our Parish life which we pray God will grant very soon.

Our Mass in S. Michels on Monday will be offered in union with the intention of the Pilgrimage.

CHILDREN.  There a competition for children of Primary school age to design a Mantle for the Virgin Mary.  It is being organised by the Shrine at Walsingham click here and see what it is all about.  There are Prizes!

OUR NOVENA OF PRAYER. We started this on Ascension Day to pray that as a Parish we will renewed by the Holy Spirit. Please continue to pray.  The Prayer leaflet was sent out with this sheet, and is also available here.

THIS SHEET.  If you don’t receive this sheet for some reason one week please email Fr David and he will send it to you again, sometime there can be difficulties sending out a lot of emails, especially given the rather inadequate IT resource that we are trying to run the Parish on.  If you know people who would like to receive it, please send Fr David their emails or pass it on.

PARISH INFORMATION.

PARISH PRIEST. Fr David Sherratt. Tel.  0779432357

email dasherratt@aol.com

Assistant Priest  Fr Derek Robinson

Churchwardens  Mr Peter Ludlow,  Mr Christopher Harper

Safeguarding  Officer  Mrs Susan Robinson

Web site:  ……..michaels.church