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Parish Forest Walk, 28th April 2019

Dear Friends,

We would like to invite you, your family, friends (and pets!) to join us for a short informal walk through the forest on 28th April (please see map of the route below). Starting after 11:00 mass at St Edmund’s and with an secondary meeting point on the green on the junction of Staples Road and York Hill where others who did not go to mass may choose to join us.

The walk through the forest will take approximately one hour covering a distance of about a mile and a half and will conclude at “the Stubbles” near Nursery Road (with an option to continue the socialising at the nearby Victoria Tavern!)

We hope to see many of you there,

God Bless,

St Edmund’s PET

 

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This is Holy Week 2019

Dear Friends in Christ, 

PALM SUNDAY 2019 (1)

Our Holy Week Journey has begun! This is the most sacred time in the Church’s liturgical year. We retrace the final days of Jesus’ journey that will lead to Calvary and Resurrection on Easter Day! INRIIt is a personal journey of faith also. I encourage all of our parish community to enter into the full spirit of this Holy & Most Sacred Week. It can be a real moment of grace for you and your families. This weeks’s Newsletter lays out clearly all the ceremonies and masses to help us enter into this incredible drama of Salvation history. (Also on the website & Facebook) The ultimate sacrifice that Our Lord made on Good Friday was for our Salvation, to free us from the slavery of sin, and allow us to enter into the new life of grace!

I make an impassioned plea to all of you to share in the Sacred Triduum: Holy Thursday & the Mass of the Lord’s Supper; The Good Friday Passion of Our Lord, and the Easter Vigil. This is one continuous celebration with three different facets to it. Obviously the high point is the celebration of the Easter Vgil commencing at 8.00pm on 21st April 2019. This year I will be receiving Bibi Aghedo into full communion in the Roman Catholic Faith. Please pray for her. There will be a reception immediately after the Easter Vigil in the Parish Hall. If anyone would like to contribute some food for a finger buffett this would be very helpful, just drop it off at the parish hall before the Vigil commences. I really look forward to celebrating this Holy Week with you this year!

CANDLEIf you have never participated in the Triduum, this really is a wonderful time in the Church’s Liturgical Calandar. Or if you have not entered into the full–spirit of the Lenten Season, why not make a very special effort to join us for these three wonderful ceremonies. When we think of what Our Lord did for us, the least we can do is make a special effort to join with Him as he enters His Passion & Death, but also to rejoice with Him & in Him on his Day of Resurrection. I cannot stress enough the untold graces you will receive from God in participating in these sacred liturgies.

Preparing for Holy Week 2019

Dear Friends in Christ: 

As Holy Week rapidly approaches, this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to ponder on the great mystery of our Salvation gained for us through Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. Please read St. John’s Gospel Chapter 13 onwards this week.

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Next Sunday is Palm Sunday of the Passion; we recall in a very vivid way the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, and the cries of “Hosanna to the Son of David” greet Our Lord as the people lay their palm branches before him. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of this most ‘Holy Week’; please come and join us!

THE TRIDUUM OF THE LORD is the most powerful liturgy that we experience during the church’s liturgical year. washfeetI earnestly encourage you all to participate fully in these most wonderful celebrations of the Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. As we begin our Holy Thursday celebration with the sign of the Cross it is important to remember that the next time we cross ourselves will be at the end of the Easter Vigil; the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Good Friday Liturgy, and the Easter Vigil, are one continuous celebration of Salvation History.

Please make every effort to enter into the spirit of this Holy Week, attend the Masses and Services organised here at St. Edmund’s. This is a truly wonderful time for parents to teach children about these most sacred events in Our Lord’s life; bring your children with you and let them experience these most wonderful events of our Salvation.

There will be a Parish Reconciliation Service on Tuesday 16th April 2019 at 8.00 p.m. There will be several visiting Priests to help with the Sacrament of Confession. Please make every effort to be there and, avail yourselves of the Sacrament of God’s forgiving Love. There will also be other opportunities for Confession throughout Holy Week, please see your Parish Newsletter.

God Bless You All,

Fr John Sig


SCHEDULE OF SERVICES FOR HOLY WEEK 2019

PALM SUNDAY OF THE PASSION: 13th / 14th April 2019

6.00 p.m. St. Edmund’s. Blessing of Palms (Sat. 13th April)

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s. Blessing of Palms and Procession

11.00 am St. Edmund’s. Blessing of Palms and Procession

5.00 p.m. St. Edmund’s. Stations of Cross and Benediction

MONDAY 15th April

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s.

TUESDAY 16th April

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s preceded by Morning Prayer at 8.45am

8.00 p.m. Parish Penitential Service (St. Edmund’s) with visiting

Priests. Please make a special effort to be there!

WEDNESDAY 17th April

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s (Confessions after Mass, visiting priest)

7.00 p.m. MASS OF THE CHRISM (Brentwood Cathedral)

THE TRIDUUM

MAUNDY THURSDAY 18th April 2019

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Morning Prayer, Tenebrae /Confessions

8.00 p.m. MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER St. Edmund’s

There will be watching until Midnight at the Altar of Repose. Please join us in prayer. Night Prayer 11.50pm.

GOOD FRIDAY 19th April Day of Fasting and Abstinence

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Morning Prayer. Tenebrae

10.00 a.m. Children’s Service with Veneration of the Cross

3.00 p.m. THE PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

7.00 p.m. St. Edmund’s. Stations of the Cross. Veneration

HOLY SATURDAY: 20th April 2019

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s Morning Prayer, Tenebrae, Confessions.

12.30 p.m. Swieconka: Polish Blessing for Easter Food Baskets

8.00p.m. St. Edmund’s. THE EASTER VIGIL

EASTER SUNDAY 21stApril THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS

9.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Parish Mass

11.00 a.m. St. Edmund’s, Parish Family Mass


Lenten Parish Penitential Service

16th April 2019

At 8.00pm

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During Lent we should seek the opportunity of making our peace with God through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. As we enter Holy Week, please make every effort possible to come to our Parish Penitential Service on Tuesday, 16th April, at 8.00pm. There will be several visiting Priests to help with the Celebration of the Sacrament.

Canon Pat Sammon PP Wanstead

Canon John McGrath Epping

Fr. Bogden Kot MS PP Harlow

Canon John Harvey PP. Loughton

St. Edmund of Canterbury

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St. Thomas More

HOLY WEEK 2019

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Fifth Sunday of Lent 2019

Dear Friends in Christ 

5th Sunday of Lent 2019

CASTTHEFIRSTSTONEMoral theologians speak of ‘sins of omission’, by which they mean the failure to act or speak out in a situation, causing those guilty of this offence to fall short of the goodness of God. Our Gospel today provides us with an example. In most modern translations of the Bible this passage is either dropped into the footnotes or placed in brackets to indicate that it did not form part of the original text. It is also missing from the oldest and best manuscripts for the Gospel of John. It is hard to figure out why and we can only speculate – perhaps a patriarchal culture and worldview rendered this beautiful incident in Jesus’ life too shocking and scandalous, revealing a depth of mercy and forgiveness which was unpalatable. We are grateful that this story, which was probably passed down by means of oral tradition, found its way into the can of Scripture.

Just as it takes two to tango, it takes two to commit adultery. This is a point worth making because what is interesting if not striking about the case or adultery before us is that the Pharisees haul the poor woman before the Lord to be judged, but her co-adulterer is nowhere to be found. The man’s absence from the drama would seem to suggest foul play.

In any event, the scheming Pharisees are looking to catch Jesus out. They have their facts wrong, however, because the law only stipulated stoning if a woman was betrothed and it required, in fact, the stoning of both parties. Their aim is to back Jesus into a corner. If he sanctioned the stoning, he would be in conflict with the Romans who did not allow the Jews to carry out capital punishment. On the other hand, if he came out against the stoning, her would be seen to condone adultery and unsupportive of the law. He permits the stoning to go ahead but only on the basis that he who is without sin throw the first stone! Ashamed, humiliated, exposed, the accusers’ leave the scene. Full of mercy and kindness, the Lord tells the woman. Neither do I condemn you…’

THIS IS HOLY WEEK 2019

MONDAY 15th April 2019

9.00 am. St. Edmund’s, preceded by Morning Prayer.

TUESDAY 16th April

9.00 am. St. Edmund’s, preceded by Morning Prayer.

8.00 pm. PARISH PENITENTIAL SERVICE (St. Edmund’s)

with 6 visiting Priests. (See insert in Newsletter)

WEDNESDAY 17th April

9.00 am. St. Edmund’s (Confessions after Mass)

7.00 pm. MASS OF THE CHRISM (Brentwood Cathedral)

THE TRIDUUM

MAUNDY THURSDAY 18th April 2019

9.00 am. St. Edmund’s, Morning Prayer, Tenebrae/Confessions

8.00 pm. MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER St. Edmund’s

There will be watching until Midnight at the Altar of Repose.

Please join us in prayer. Night Prayer 11.50pm.

GOOD FRIDAY 19th April Day of Fasting and Abstinence

9.00 am. St. Edmund’s, Morning Prayer. Tenebrae

10.00 am. Children’s Service with Veneration of the Cross

3.00 pm. THE PASSION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

7.00 pm. St. Edmund’s. Stations of the Cross.

HOLY SATURDAY: 20th April 2019

9.00 am. St. Edmund’s, Morning Prayer, Tenebrae

12.30 pm. Swieconka: Polish Blessing for Easter Food Baskets

8.00pm. St. Edmund’s. THE EASTER VIGIL

EASTER SUNDAY 21stApril 2018

THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS

9.00 am. St. Edmund’s, Parish Mass

11.00 am. St. Edmund’s, Parish Family Mass

Fourth Sunday of Lent 2019

Dear Friends in Christ ,

4th Sunday of Lent 2019

Jesus attracted those on the outside of society – the socially unacceptable and scorned. Tax collectors, prostitutes and other public sinners clearly enjoyed his company. They were drawn by his acceptance of them, which made them open to hearing what he had to say. The Pharisees, on the other hand, were scandalised by the company he kept. They harshly judged those they saw as morally bankrupt or spiritually inferior.

Typically, Jesus seizes the moment to teach about the Father. So often, like the Pharisees, our image of God is tainted or distorted. We can fall into one of two extremes: we either imagine God as a tyrannical judge who is angry much of the time, or we settle for the notion that God is indulgent and avuncular, his teaching and commands having little or no bearing on our lives.

Jesus’ parable brings us right into the heart of his Father. Firstly, God has given each of us free will – we are at liberty to follow or reject him. However, this immense gift of freedom carries with it a profound responsibility. The prodigal son exercised his freedom and chose to leave the safety of his father’s house. At the dawn of creation, we freely chose the path leading away from God. Removed from the love, security and protection of the Father’s house we lost our way. Sin, death and corruption robbed us of the dignity we once possessed. Like the prodigal son we became slaves of our passions and drives.

The image of the chastened son returning to his father’s house is deeply moving. We do well to meditate upon this picture of profound human need satisfied by divine mercy. Jesus’ teaching about his Father exposes us to a love so divine and compelling that it has the power to melt the hardest hearts. We too can experience the warm embrace of our heavenly Father. His prayer and cry for the returning son comes from his divein heart and speaks to each of us: ‘Bring quickly the best robe and put it on him, put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; for this son of mine was dead , and is alive, again; he was lost, and is found.’

Third Sunday of Lent 2019

Dear Friends in Christ ,

3rd Sunday of Lent 2019

In today’s Gospel Jesus comments on two hot topics of discussion – two tragic incidents that had recently occurred. The first of these concerned the killing of some Galileans while there were offering sacrifice, probably in the Jerusalem temple at Passover. Pilate was notorious for his brutal attitude towards the Jewish people and the practice of their faith. The second incident was probably a construction accident at the Siloam reservoir at Jerusalem, resulting in the death of eighteen people.

Sadly, then as now, such random and tragic events were interpreted as divine retribution. People of a religious fundamentalist persuasion often claim God’s judgement in a way that is cold, callous and erroneous – be it the terrible outbreak of AIDs in the early 1980’s or the attack on the World Trade Centre Towers in New York in 2011. Terrible human tragedies are interpreted to suit people’s poor theology.

This all has its roots in the Old Testament. In the book of Job for example, Eliphaz, in a wonderful spirit or self-righteous condemnation, says to poor Job: ‘Consider now: Who, being innocent, has ever perished? Where were the upright ever destroyed? As I have observed, those who plough evil and those who sow trouble reap it. At the breath of God they perish…’

Jesus rejected this teaching and sought to correct it. On one occasion, on encountering a blind man he was asked by his disciples, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? But he immediately corrected this heresy: ‘It was not that this man sinned, or his parents…’ Jesus taught that good fortune or disaster, blessing or curse, success or failure is no indication or our spiritual state before God because God causes the sun to shine on all of us, the righteous and the unrighteous. Today isn’t the time to cast aspersions or to accuse or make assumptions about how God thinks or acts because today is the time for repentance. God’s mercy and kindness gives us time to repent and change, but one day we will be required to give an account of our lives to the living God.

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