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Today's Bible Reflection


Jesus said before Pilate: ‘Mine is not a kingdom of this world’ (Jn 18:36) The kingdom of God seems to look very different from the kingdoms we have come to know until today. This Sunday Jesus gives us a hint. ‘It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’ (Mk 4:30+)


All throughout the Bible there is plenty of evidence that all that is small and insignificant in the eyes of the world could be chosen by God to unfold the coming of his kingdom. God seems to hide his power in what is apparently powerless to most people: A mustard seed – an old/barren couple (Abraham and Sara) – the weak brother (Jacob) – a stammering leader (Moses) – an unnoticeable accident of nature (the breeze of Elijah) – a young boy with a sling (David) – a young virgin (Mary) – a stone rejected by the architects – a lamb and not a lion – a crucified and powerless man.


‘God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are’ (1 Cor 1:28) ‘For it is written…the foolishness of God is wiser than men’s intelligence, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.’ (1 Cor 1:19+) God is keen in convincing us of his unstoppable plan of goodness and that regardless some people think He is asleep (does not exist) and some that He is awake (He exists and acts) yet ‘the seed sprouts and grows.’ How? We ‘do not know how’ entirely. However, God in is infinite and wonderful plan of Salvation is bringing the history of the universe and our own history to a good end in his kingdom by planting us in the garden of his words and deeds.


Fr Juan

Quick Links


Times of Mass and Devotions for the week beginning Sunday 16th June 24

 

Saturday                                          9.30 am Mass

feria - of the BV Mary 6.00pm Mass

        followed by Confessions

                                                                        

Sunday 16th June                           8.30 am Mass

11th Sunday of the Year                 10.00 am Family Mass    

                                                         11.30 am Solemn Mass

                                                                   followed by Confessions

                                                         6.30 pm Mass


Monday                                          6.00pm Mass

feria  

                                 

Tuesday                                                

feria                                      6.00 pm Mass followed by Rosary

 

Wednesday                                     6.00 pm Mass 

St Romuald          

 

Thursday                                         9.00 am Mass followed by Rosary

St Alban

                               

Friday                                               9.00 am Mass  

St Aloysius Gonzaga followed by Divine Mercy Prayers

             

 

Saturday                                           9.30 am Mass

SS John Fisher & 6.00pm Mass

Thomas More followed by Confessions

                                                                        

Sunday 23rd June                            8.30 am Mass

12th Sunday of the Year                  10.00 am Family Mass    

                                                          11.30 am Solemn Mass

                                                                   followed by Confessions

                                                           6.30 pm Mass



 


Announcements This Week


 

Today is the Day for Life, the day in the Church's year dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. A debate on end-of-life issues has been in the headlines in recent months with calls for assisted suicide being expressed, especially by celebrities, a view that opposes the Catholic view that life is a gift and that we are called to care for others at the end of their lives.

 


Foodbank Collection today. Thank you to all those who have brought non perishable foodstuffs for the Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank. Any further gifts can be left in the church porch by 6.30 pm on Sunday. The Foodbank will collect them all first thing Monday morning.

 

 

On Tuesday 25th June there will be a seminar on ‘Praying with Icons’ given by Fr Juan at 7pm in the church. All are welcome.



Mary’s Meals would like to thank everyone in the parish for their wonderful generosity in response to our Foreign Currency initiative. It raised a terrific £1681.55, which means Mary’s Meals will be able to feed 87 children one good meal every school day for a whole year because of your support.  Please continue to pray for the work of Mary’s Meals. God bless you all. 



General Election Hustings: Our Lady of Fatima, White City, Monday 17th June, 6.45 for 7.00pm

In response to Cardinal Vincent’s call for us to engage actively in the general election, this public meeting is being held, with the opportunity to ask questions of the candidates standing in the Hammersmith and Chiswick constituency. OLOF Parish Centre, Commonwealth Avenue W12 7QR. Contact Hilda McCafferty hildamccafferty@msn.com for more info.



'The Nunnery at Hammersmith' - Historical Evening, 7.00-9.00 pm on Wednesday 26th June 2024. £10 per ticket. Sacred Heart High School, 212 Hammersmith Road London W6 7DG. Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite. Any queries to Alex Dijkhuis comms@sacredh.lbhf.sch.uk / 0208 748 7600 x219. Ticket sales from this event are being used to contribute towards their Cloister Painting Restoration Fund. The large paintings are a series on the life of Christ, and may be viewed at the meeting.



The Bi-Annual Concelebrated Requiem Mass at St. Mary’s Cemetery NW10 5NU, Kensal Green will be on Monday 17th June 2024 at 11.30am.



Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

We are walking the Portuguese Camino towards Compostela, with the young people of the parish. There are still vacancies for over 15s who may want to come. Please contact Fr Juan if you are interested. Thank you to all benefactors who have contributed so far to help reduce the cost.



All catechists are invited to the Retreat Day at Sacred Heart Hammersmith Saturday 6th July 10.00am-3.30pm. Tea & coffee provided. Bring a packed lunch.

To register email:  catadmin@rcdow.org.uk

Suggested donation £10



Holy Trinity Cine Club: for children in Year 7 to Year 9, and  Year 10 to 12 on a Friday evening once a month. Quality ‘surprise’ movie followed by discussion and pizza. All are welcome, suggested donation of £5 towards running costs. Contact cineclubbg@gmail.com. See poster in the church porch.





Summer Parish Thanksgiving Concert

         7.0 0 pm on Monday 1st July

 

    Given by our Family Mass Choir,

         directed by Laurence Carroll

 

Free entry – retiring collection for Friends of the Holy Land

Gaza relief followed by light refreshments in the Parish Centre

 





SACRAMENTS


Preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism: If you have a child for Baptism under 5 years old please email us for an application form. You will be contacted once the form has been received. A copy of one of the Catholic parents’ baptism certificate will be required.  Baptisms can only take place on Saturdays at 11am. The next baptism preparation course is on 22nd June.


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