The Parish of S Michael and All Angels

 Abbey Wood.

SUNDAY 31 May 2020


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.

Pentecost - Davao Catholic Herald


Acts 2:1-11

They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak

When Pentecost day came round, they had all met in one room, when suddenly they heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven, the noise of which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and something appeared to them that seemed like tongues of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them.  They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak foreign languages as the Spirit gave them the gift of speech.

Now there were devout men living in Jerusalem from every nation under heaven, and at this sound they all assembled, each one bewildered to hear these men speaking his own language.  They were amazed and astonished.  ‘Surely’ they said ‘all these men speaking are Galileans?  How does it happen that each of us hears them in his own native language?  Parthians, Medes and Elamites; people from Mesopotamia, Judaea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya round Cyrene; as well as visitors from Rome – Jews and proselytes alike – Cretans and Arabs; we hear them preaching in our own language about the marvels of God.

‘As the Father sent me,

so am I sending you.’

After saying this he breathed on them and said:

‘Receive the Holy Spirit.

For those whose sins you forgive,

they are forgiven;

for those whose sins you retain,

they are retained.’

MAY the month of MARY.
The Walsingham Prayer

Today the Church commemorates the Visitaion – visit of Mary to Elizabeth.  It was the time that Mary sang her great Song of Joy – of ‘God at war with Human Wrong’.

My soul glorifies the Lord,

my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour.

He looks on his servant in her lowliness;

henceforth all ages will call me blessed.

The Almighty works marvels for me.

Holy his name!

His mercy is from age to age,

on those who fear him.

He puts forth his arm in strength

and scatters the proud-hearted.

He casts the mighty from their thrones

and raises the lowly.

He fills the starving with good things,

sends the rich away empty.

He protects Israel, his servant,

remembering his mercy,

the mercy promised to our fathers,

to Abraham and his sons for ever.


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.

Our worship this week

Mon 1      Mry, Mother of the Church

Tue 2       Saints Marceillus and Peter, Martyrs

Wed 3      Saints Charles Lwanga and his Companions

Thu 4       Thursday of the 9th in Ordinary Time

Fri 5         Saint Boniface, Bishop, Martyr

Sat 6        Saint Norbet, Bishop


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




Pentecost is a new beginning, a new creation.

The Holy Spirit was in the World from the beginning of Creation.  The Book of genesis describes it hovering over the waters.  It was the Spirit that filled the Patriarchs and the Prophets and formed the people of Israel.  It was the Spirit that moved unseen in all human history.

But at Pentecost it begins anew, from the people of Israel a new people is formed, a universal people for God.  The Church is born.

God takes the weakness, the failure of the disciples, tales their inadequacy and desperateness and transforms it, makes of it something new.

God always gives us the opportunity to begin again, to be new again.  Through history he has continually renewed his Church.  Often it is at the moments when people thought it was most corrupt, or most lacking life that he has done something afresh and new and filled it again with life.

Perhaps the Church today is at another Pentecost moment, when it is has been so marginalised from Society, thought by even some of its own member to be irrelevant or just limited to the personal space.  When our World is so in need, so questioning. Perhaps if we pray like Mary and the Disciples, God will take us like them and fill us with his Spirit and make us new.

Fr David

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


PENTECOST MESSAGE,  The Bishop of Southwark has recorded an excellent message for Pentecost. You can hear it on YouTube if you click here

USING CHURCH. Just a reminder that we can happily  now able to use the church buildings for  limited activities, 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.

Fr David hopes to email PCC members shortly regarding some of the probable measures which we will have to put in place, if we are to use the church buildings once permission for public prayer etc. is granted.

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’.


THIS WEEKS SAINTS  Among the saints that we remember this week are: S’ Charles Lwamga and his Companions. Who were Christians from Uganda who were put to death in the 19th Century for their faith.

S. Boniface, an Anglo-Saxon monk from Devon, who became a missionary to Germany and brought there Christian Faith. S. Norbert who founded the .Premostatian Order.

SORRY NO BINGO. The Bingo session on 6 June is sadly cancelled. We will get our eyes down soon.

TAIZE PENTECOST 2020  The Community at Taize have announced that as they cannot have meetings of young People at the moment, they are holding a special weekend for Pentecost online.  This includes online discussions for Young People aged 18-30.  To take part or find our more visit here


Come, Thou holy Spirit,
And from Thy celestial seat
Send Thy light and brilliancy:
Father of the poor, draw near;
Giver of all gifts, be here;

Come, the soul’s true radiancy.
Come, of comforters the best,
Of the soul the sweetest guest,
Come in toil refreshingly:
Thou in labour rest most sweet,

Thou art shadow from the heat,
Comfort in adversity.
O Thou Light, most pure and blest,
Shine within the inmost breast
Of Thy faithful company.

Where Thou art not, man hath nought;
Every holy deed and thought
Comes from Thy divinity.
What is soilèd, make Thou pure;
What is wounded, work its cure;

What is parchèd, fructify;
What is rigid, gently bend;
What is frozen, warmly tend;
Strengthen what goes erringly.
Fill Thy faithful, who confide

In Thy power to guard and guide,
With Thy sevenfold mystery.
Here Thy grace and virtue send:
Grant salvation to the end,
And in Heav’n felicity.

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.


PARISH PRIEST. Fr David Sherratt. Tel.  0779432357


Assistant Priest  Fr Derek Robinson

Churchwardens  Mr Peter Ludlow,  Mr Christopher Harper

Safeguarding  Officer  Mrs Susan Robinson

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