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 26 June 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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As Jesus embarks on his great journey to his death at Jerusalem, the latter half of Luke’s gospel is marked by Jesus’ teaching on the difficulties and challenges of discipleship. Right at the beginning of this section Jesus teaches the little lesson that the disciples must not be surprised or take vengeance when they are rejected. Then three lessons follow on the uncompromising demands of discipleship. These are not ‘counsels of perfection’, but demanded of every disciple of Jesus. First, the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. The disciple has no right to creature comforts. Second (perhaps the most counter-cultural of all Jesus’ demands), burying a dead father was regarded as a sacred duty, and yet not even this may stand in the way of a response to the call of Jesus. Third (a more rigorous condition than even Elijah demanded of Elisha), there must be no backward glance even to bid the family farewell. Not even the most sacred of natural ties may stand in the way of the demands of following Jesus. Jesus expresses his teaching with maximum vigour; these conditions may seem unfeeling and unacceptably harsh. This is partly the nature of the Semitic language (the Aramaic which Jesus spoke), which rarely uses a comparative, ‘more than…’ It is either day or night, no dusk! There are no half measures. We must beware of softening what remains hard. Where does following Jesus currently fit on your list of priorities? Do any of your goals, activities, interests or desires for material comforts keep you from following Christ more closely? Is there anything that you wouldn’t give up for Christ?