A parishioner writes: SUNDAY REFLECTION ST ANSELM’S CHURCH Speaking through Jeremiah the prophet, God promised the coming of 9 Tooting Bec Road, London SW17 8BS Telephone: 020 8672 2179 www.st-anselms-tooting-bec.org.uk shepherds who will shepherd the people so that they need no longer fear or tremble. More so a king will arise who will do what is just and right in the land. In the gospel Jesus is seen as the fulfilment of this prophecy, the teacher of those who were like 16th Sunday of the Year 19th July 2009 sheep – sheep without a shepherd. The image of the shepherd presents a problem for Page 41 some people who resent being compared to sheep; those docile animals that follow the shepherd on instinct. But in the bible the image of the shepherd is not docility of Parish Team: the sheep but on the care that the shepherd provides. Fr William Hebborn, The shepherds of Israel were being castigated by Jeremiah because they did Fr Oliver Antao & Thelma Lewis not care for the people; Jesus on the other hand felt for the people and eventually gave Parish Sisters: The Little Company of Mary his life for them. Psalm 23 is a great tribute to God as shepherd who watches over us Mass Times: Saturday evening 6.15 pm, so that there is nothing we shall want. Jesus is to us in the words of Jeremiah’s Sunday 8.30, 10.00, 11.15 am & 6.15 pm. prophecy – The Lord our justice and it is he who is our peace: he is our justice and Mass times during the week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8.00 am & 6.15 pm. our peace through the cross and his blood so there is nothing sheepish about Jesus the Wednesday & Saturday 10.00 am & 6.15 pm. (No 8.00 am.) shepherd or about his followers the apostles who carry the church to this day. God has Holydays: 8.00, 10.00 am & 6.15 pm & 8.00 pm appointed all of us to care for his people we are the shepherds of today. The church is Confessions: Saturday 11.30 – 12.30 pm & 7.00 pm a sheepfold whose door is Christ, she is the flock of which God foretold the he would WEEKDAY READINGS shepherd although guided by human shepherds the sheep nevertheless are ceaselessly led and nourished by Christ himself the Good Shepherd who gave his life for the Monday: Ex 14:5-18; Cant.Ex 15: 1-6; Mt 12:38-42 sheep. Tuesday: Ex 14:21-15; Ex 15: 8-10.12; Mt 12: 46-50 Wednesday: Song 3:1-4 (or Cor 5: 14-17); Ps 62; Mt 20:1-2.11-18 Thursday: Gal 2: 19-20; Ps 33; Jn 15:1-8 Friday: Ex 20:1-17; Ps 18; Mt 13:18-23 Saturday: 2 Cor 4:7-15; Ps 125; Mt 20:20-28 MASSES FOR THE WEEK Sunday: 2 Kings 4: 42-44; Ps 144; Eph 4:1-6; Jn 6:1-15 Sunday 8.30 am Pro Pop Thursday 8.00 am George Jhugroo RIP 10.00 am Claire Murphy RIP 6.15 pm Teresa McCafferty RIP PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND OF THE PARISH 11.30 am Andrew Jhugroo RIP Friday 8.00 am Steven Hoanet RIP Saturday: Acts 9:31-42; Ps 115; Jn 6:60-69 all our housebound parishioners, including those in the six nursing We pray for Acts 2:14.36-41; Ps 22; 1 Pt 2:20-25; Jn 10:1-10 Sunday: 6.15 pm Josephine Cummins Int 3.00 pm Holy Souls (Hospital) homes and Springfield Hospital. Recently ill: Rev. Deacon Michael Choppen, Monday 8.00 am Sheila Cross Int. 6.15 pm Holy Souls in Purgatory Rebecca Hebborn, Bryony Medor, Helen Bellman, Chris Day, Eddie McQuaid, 6.15 pm A Saverimuttu RIP & Saturday 10.00 am Monsignor L White Int A Tilekeratne RIP 6.15 pm Jackie Smith RIP Thomas Rainbow, Grace Saverimuttu, Godfried Sunny Anedume, Marie Tuesday 8.00 am Foundation Mass Sunday 8.30 am Pro Pop Sangeeleemootoo, Clement Yagapen, Soledad Sanglay and Nora O’Connor. 6.15 pm Josephine Burns Int 10.00 am Jack Konsein RIP Wednesday 10.00 am Holy Souls 11.15 am Marie Murtagh RIP TODAY’S READINGS 6.15 pm John Martyn Int 6.15 pm Jerome, Agnes First Reading Jeremiah 23: 1-6 & Christy Lobo RIP Jeremiah rails against the leaders of Israel and prophesies that the Lord will bring new shepherds for his flock and a new king from David’s line. OFFERTORY COLLECTION Second Reading Ephesians 2:13-18 Last week’s collection was £1689.00. Thank you. Jesus is the peace between us. He killed hostility and brought news of peace. All SECOND COLLECTION next week: Day for Life those who believe in him have one way, through the Spirit, to come to God. Gospel Mark 6: 30-34 Jesus and his exhausted apostles try to get to a lonely place to rest, but a large crowd meets them there. Jesus takes pity on them and teaches them. PARISH MEETINGS DURING THE WEEK MASS OF HEALING AND ANOINTING Saturday 25th July Monday: Union of Catholic Mothers 2nd and 4th Monday [Mother Teresa] In the school hall (Louisville Road entrance) at 3pm. ‘The first gift of grace of this at 2.00 pm in lower hall. sacrament is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that Legion of Mary at 7.00 pm. go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age’. We hope as many of Tuesday: Intercessory Prayer Group 7.30 – 8.30pm in lower new hall. you as possible will take advantage of the opportunity to receive the Sacrament. St Vincent de Paul at 7.00 pm (2nd & 4th Monday of month). Refreshments will be provided. Wednesday: Exposition and Benediction after 10.00 am Mass. CAN YOU HELP Drivers are needed to transport the housebound to and from the Friendship Club 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm. Mass of healing. Are you able to assist? It would be most helpful. Please contact Life in Spirit Prayer Group 8.00 – 9.00 pm in the old hall (Termtime) Thelma at the priest’s house. Thank you. Thursday: St Philomena Prayer Group held after 6.15pm Mass in our Lady’s chapel 7.00pm – 8.00pm. WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Louis and Mary Furlong will celebrate their 55th anniversary this Monday (20 July). Please join them with your prayer and joy. KNIGHTS OF ST COLOMBA Today, during the 11.15am Mass there will be an Initiation Ceremony for new members of the order. Refreshments will be available BAPTISMS Congratulations to Faye Marie Spencer who will be baptised today. after Mass in the upper new hall – all welcome. ST ANSELM’S PARISH CENTENARY BALL ‘MOONLIGHT & MUSIC’ MASS OF THANKSGIVING DVD ORDERS As part of our ongoing celebrations this year, we invite you to join us at The Parish Should you wish to order a copy of the Thanksgiving Mass & Celebration, order forms Centenary Ball on Saturday 17th October at the White Eagle Polish Club. Take a will be available tonight and also from the parish office. Each copy will cost £10.00 sentimental journey with us – you are promised an evening of extravaganza of fruitful frivolity and delirious dancing in the company of your fellow parishioners and their FINANCE MEETING Tuesday 28th July 8pm guests. Dine in the sumptuous surroundings of the white Eagle Polish Club with toe tapping music by ‘Calibre’. Relive the ‘Decades of Dance’ from the ‘Quickstep’ to the HOUSE GROUP Beechcroft Rd on Tuesday at 7.30 pm. ‘Twist’ via the ‘Charleston’ and beyond! Can you remember the ‘Mashed Potato’? We can promise a few surprises as well as a wonderful assortment of Spot Prizes and APF “RED BOX COLLECTION” We shall be collecting the money from Red Box the ubiquitous raffle! Ticket application forms available from the parish office holders after today’s Masses. Letters will be sent out to all Red Box holders this week Tues/Wed/Fri. with more details. This money helps to fund missionary work around the world. If you are interested in finding out more about this charity or would like your own NEW CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL IN WANDSWORTH collection box, please contact Alison Hosking on 020 8767 1734. Wandsworth Council has agreed to the opening of a new Catholic Secondary School, St John Bosco School, to be situated in Battersea (on the site of the present Salesian ST ANSELM’S SHOP Items of a religious nature spanning the Centenary will be on College). Pupils joining John Paul II School or Salesian College in 2009 and 2010 will sale – do pop in following Mass and be pleasantly surprised. Rota for next weekend: be guaranteed a place in the new school when it opens in September 2011. Sunday 19th July: Annie R, Paul M and Fatima. The shop will then be closed from Sunday 26th July for stocktaking and reopen on Sunday 6th September. THANK YOU! Many thanks to everyone that contributed and participated in the Centenary Mass and celebration last Saturday evening. I particularly wish to express PILGRIMAGE TO CANTERBURY my thanks to those who organised and co-ordinated the festivities with such minute In our Centenary Year and on the 900th Anniversary of St Anselm we are planning a care and considerable aplomb. The Church was beautifully decorated, the musicians pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday 30th September where there will be and choir splendid, the servers exemplary and the congregation reverent. I would a guided tour and we will celebrate Mass. We invite parishioners to join us on this further wish to thank those who worked with much diligence and dedication in the pilgrimage. Please contact the parish office 020 8672 2179 Tues/Wed/Fri to book a creation of the mosaic. My thanks to Fr. Gary and Fr. Oliver and the entire parish team place of £15 per person. Further details to follow shortly. for all their support.