Welcome

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

CORONAVIRUS – SUSPENSION OF MASSES

Following national guidance from the Catholic Church in England and Wales, there will be no public celebrations of Mass in the church until further notice.

Please find Southwark Parishes Live Mass Streaming here.

Please find Weekly Mass Sheet here.

Please find Younger Children’s Activity Sheet here.

Please find Older Children’s Mass Sheet here.

Please find Sick and NHS Frontline Masses here.

Please find letter from the Metropolitan Archbishops of England and Wales here.

Please find World Communications Day letter from Pope Francis here.

 

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   [John 17:1-11]

The discourse of Jesus given by John after the Last Supper is of a special literary genre. It was a convention that the final instructions of a great leader for his future community should be gathered together in the context of a final meal. Jesus’ life and purpose is summed up in this great prayer. The discourse is shot through with the warmth of the relationship of Jesus to his Father and with the fact that Jesus came to do the will of the Father. But most striking of all is the stress on the glorification of Jesus. The earliest kerygma about the Resurrection, as we have it in Paul’s writings, is not about the empty tomb, but is about the glory of the risen Christ, that Christ is lifted up to his full participation in the divine glory of the Father. The hymn in Colossians puts him as first-born in creation and now first-born from the dead, so that he can be first in every way. Philippians declares that he must receive the homage of bending the knee in the worship due only to God. This is not blasphemy, for it is ‘to the glory of the Father’ that the Risen Christ should share in this glory. In a way this gospel reading is a meditation on the effects of the culmination of the Ascension for the Risen Christ. What do we mean by ‘the Glory of Christ’?

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