Welcome

A very warm welcome to all parishioners and visitors of Our Lady Help of Christians to our parish website. Fr Mario

We are pleased to announce that the church is open for Mass. Please see guidelines below.

Please see Message from the Metropolitan Archbishop’s of the Catholic Church in England here.

 

Please find Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Mission Day – 18 October 2020 here.

Please find  Southwark Parishes Live Mass Streaming here.

 

Please pray for the the repose of the soul of Fr John O’Callaghan who passed away peacefully on Friday morning. May he rest in peace.

A message of condolence can be left at the following link https://rip.ie/cb.php?dn=436395

 

 

October – Month of the Holy Rosary

Those who recite five decades of the Rosary in church, or as a family, a religious community, or as a group of the faithful, may gain a plenary indulgence daily; in other circumstances a partial indulgence. Please follow the Holy Rosary tab for devotions.

 

The Legion of Mary Daily Prayers

Please join our daily 3pm prayers for those affected by Covid19 and the eradication of the virus, saying the following prayers –  Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be to the Father,  Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us, St Patrick, pray for us.

 

Gospel Reflections Download newsletter   [Matthew 22:15-21]

They must really have thought they had their victim sewn up! If Jesus said he paid the Roman taxes, he recognised the Emperor, not God, as his Lord. If he said he didn’t pay, he was a traitor to Rome. Jesus turns the question back on them. First he makes them admit that they themselves recognise Rome as overlord by carrying a Roman coin, for the coin would carry the Emperor’s head. Next he puts them a question: what do they consider is due to Caesar? Finally he goes beyond their question, to interrogate their ultimate loyalty: in the last analysis, just what is due to God? At a superficial level this seems a little verbal tussle, in which Jesus outwits his opponents. But the story was remembered and passed on in the Christian community not because of Jesus’ cleverness, but because at a deeper level it is a question which Jesus puts to each of us: just where do our loyalties and priorities lie? Money? Respect? Sex? Fame? A good holiday? Comfort? Power? Jesus is not a dictator who imposes his will. He just asks the question and leaves us to give our own answer. To those who question him he gives no easy response, but always replies with another question.
What takes priority in my life? Does God get a look-in? In what way?

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