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Parish newsletter, 30 July 2022

Saturday PMB Page 114 (year C volume2)

6.30: Louise Burger Rec Dec

Sunday 17' of Year

8.30am: Parish

10 am: George Henry Smith RIP

11.30am: Maria RIP

Monday 10 am : Stephen Bowling RIP

Tuesday 12 noon Requiem Mass: Valerie Ellison

Wednesday No Mass

Thursday No Mass

Friday No Mass

Saturday

6.30: Sr Leo (welfare)

Sunday 18* Sunday of the Year PMB 117

8.30am: Parish

10am: Julia Joan Owens RIP

11.30am: Carra and Arthur Biles RIP


ASK Jesus says to us what he said to his disciples: "Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you." In this way he is urging us to have recourse to God with confidence and persistence in all our needs. Let us turn to God now during our mass and our daily lives confident that he will support us with his saving grace, and that he will forgive us our trespasses. We are invited to live in the spirit of the great prayer which Jesus taught us. We pray that God will help us as we continue to seek Him joyfully. Ultimately, prayer is not about words but about communion with God. Prayer is a resting in the presence of God. It's more a question of staying quiet in his presence than of saying prayers.


First Reading Abraham asks God to forgive the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah. It sounds a bit like an oriental market and bargaining, asking for a good deal. The implication is that God will spare the people even if just one of them is innocent. Thin how much Christ is willing to forgive us. This reading is about intercessory prayer and the mercy of God. It is seriously good news for us. The Archbishop of New York said recently. "The modern world permits everything and forgives nothing."


Second Reading Paul is on the ball. He reminds us that baptism is our integration into Christ's death and resurrection. Through baptism a Christian dies to the old way of life and rises to the new life of the Risen Lord. It's possible to avoid sin - through the sanctifying grace of Jesus.


The Gospel We are urged to persevere. Jesus urges us to ask, seek, and knock. This means our faith must be an active one. But sometimes we are too proud to ask and so we don't receive. We are too lazy to seek and so we do not find and we are too timid to knock and so the door doesn't open for us. Lord, grant that we may not wait for things to happen. Help us rather to be bold and energetic, yet humble and trustful, so that we may receive the good things our Heavenly Father wants us to have.


Ukraine- What is needed? Sleeping bags, power banks, jogging bottoms for men, energy bars, bikes much needed, men's clothing generally.


There are families looking for accommodation in our area. The war in Ukraine has created internally displaced families from Mariupol and Kharkiv, who are now in Cherksay Oblast, settling into the start of the new academic year. 46 girls and 26 boys between 6 and 17 years of age. They need equipment and clothing rucksacks, stationery, winter jackets, trainers, hoodies, tracksuits, jumpers. PLEASE SEE POSTERS.


Food Shortage. Some of the families over here are finding it very hard to buy enough food to feed their children, especially teenage boys. Can we help?


Ukranian refugees learning English. We need some volunteers from amongst our parishioners


Cafod Summer Campaign. "Each of us has a role to play in transforming food systems for the benefit of people and the planet." For more information visit www.cafod.org.uk/food


Too Good to Go App is a free app which allows you to purchase and collect at a great price, unsold food from shops, cafes, restaurants and hotels to prevent it from being thrown away. It is called a magic bag. You won't know what is in your bag until you collect it.

Food waste is a worldwide issue and each year more than one third of food produced in the world goes to waste.


Purley Food Hub - needs tinned chicken/ham, tinned hotdogs/meatballs, small/medium tins of potatoes, jars of fish paste, small bottles of squash, tinned desert fruit, packets of dried instant custard, packets of sweet potatoes, unisex deodorant and unisex shower gel.

Thank you for your generosity.


Gardening Group Our small gardening group has been trying to clear the weeds and brambles at the back of our church hall, for future use of the parishioners. It is a challenge as it is like a builder's yard. Yes, we need your help. Are you a gardener, can you share

some of your knowledge and ideas? We also need some muscle to help us dig- do you have an hour or two you could spare on a Saturday morning? As part of our LiveSimply journey we would like to cultivate this area and make it more productive and enjoyable for the parish. If you can help please contact: Peter Elfer 07955196539. Denise Miller 07747691826 or Mary Piper 07884333612.

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