A very warm welcome to all parishioners and visitors of Our Lady Help of Christians to our parish website. Fr Mario
Please find Mass Sheet for 29 May 2022 here.
Our Sunday Obligation
As Catholics we acknowledge our duty to worship Almighty God. One of the precepts of the Church (Church laws binding on Catholics) is that we attend Mass on Sundays and other holy days of obligation and refrain from work and activities which could impede the sanctification of those days. During the heights of the pandemic, the Bishops of England & Wales released the faithful from the requirement to attend Mass on Sundays and other holy days of obligation. From Pentecost Sunday (5 June) the general requirement to attend Holy Mass in person is restored; in the words of the Bishops of England & Wales, “the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.”
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Church demonstrates her spiritual closeness to those directly affected by the conflict in Ukraine by consecrating Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Here is the prayer of consecration so that all of us can recite it throughout the day in fraternal union.
Clergy Support Fund
The Clergy Support Fund of the Archdiocese of Southwark provides care for priests in their retirement and time of ill health. Donations to this fund will ensure a dignified retirement for our clergy, after they have dedicated a lifetime of service to Christ, His Church and His People.
In 2021, the Clergy Support Fund provided care to 71 retired priests, at a cost of £1.25 million. With the number of priests over the age of 65 steadily increasing, so too will the financial obligation to the Archdiocese. Please donate to the Clergy Support Fund and continue to keep our priests in your prayers. To donate online: https://rcaos.org.uk/donate/csf
Your Legacy of Faith – Remember the Church with a gift in your will.
As Catholics, we believe in the sanctity of life; life is a precious gift from God. We strive to live life joyfully and faithfully, in the hope we will return to our Creator after a natural death, to enjoy eternal life with Him. When you move onto the next life, you can make your lifetime of faith live on through a gift in your Will.
We all desire to leave a legacy, to make a mark, to make a difference in the lives of our families and friends, and within our communities. A gift in your Will to the Church, no matter how big or small, is a wonderful way to support your Catholic community. For further information, please click on the following link: Leave a Legacy: Archdiocese of Southwark (rcaos.org.uk)
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The final chapter of Jesus’s sayings at the Last supper is a prayer which both gives meaning to the sacrifice which Jesus is about to make and at the same time is a meditation on the Lord’s Prayer. In today’s portion Jesus speaks to his Father (also ‘Our Father’) with that perfect love which he will express most fully in his acceptance of torture and death on the cross. The story of the Crucifixion is not a story of rejection, but is the story of the most perfect union of Father and Son in love and willing obedience. It will make the Name, that is the love, of the Father fully known (‘Hallowed be thy Name’). It will also grant Jesus that ‘glory which he had before the foundation of the world’ (Thy Kingdom come’). But the kingdom is not complete without those who believe in Jesus and belong to him. The completion of the Kingdom is the work of the Spirit which is to come upon the Church at Pentecost. The story of its completion is, with all its twist and turns, its failures, its chastisements and its recoveries, the history of the Church. Which petition of the Lord’s Prayer is most important to you?