A very warm welcome to all parishioners and visitors of Our Lady Help of Christians to our parish website. Fr Mario
Covid 19 Step 4 Guidance gives us an opportunity to return to normal practice, with some restrictions. Please view the recommendations to mitigate virus transmission in Churches below. Thank you for your co-operation.
Please read Bishop’s Statement: Honouring Sunday.
Please find Mass Sheet for 16 January 2022 here.
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 Legion of Mary Daily Prayers
Please join our daily 3pm prayers for those affected by Covid-19 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.
Year C is the year of Luke’s gospel, but we start with this reading from John which recounts the symbolic beginning of Jesus’ ministry. It is full of riches. After the first reading from Isaiah it is impossible not to see this ‘sign’ (as John calls it) as a sign of that final wedding-feast of God and his people. Furthermore, in Jewish thought, water represents the Law: in an arid land water is the sign of life and is precious – just so, the Law of God is precious and gives life. Jesus transforms this water of the Law into the wine of the New Covenant – and in such generous quantities: over one hundred gallons of wine! Then there is Mary’s part: Jesus says his Hour has not yet come (and the reader knows that the Hour of Jesus will be the moment of his exaltation at the Cross and Resurrection), but Mary’s confident plea is a reminder to us of the power of her intercession. She will be mentioned no more in this gospel till she is present at the Cross, sharing the passion of her Son and joined to the Beloved Disciple to form the first Christian community. Why did Jesus choose to do this as his first miracle?