Parish of Saint Charles Borromeo
Archdiocese of Westminster
Priest in charge Fr Bryan Jones
In residence Fr Gary J Walsh, Chaplain to the Albanian community
Parish Sister Sr Pauline Forde
The Presbytery, 8 Ogle Street. W1W 6HS | 020 7636 2883 | oglestreetblog.wordpress.com | email@example.com
SUNDAY OF DIVINE MERCY 8th April 2018
|First mass of Sunday
with the neocatechumenal communities
|Second Sunday of Easter|
|Monday||12.30 pm||The Annunciation of The Lord (transferred)|
|Tuesday||12.30 pm||Easter feria|
|Wednesday||12.30 pm||St Stanislaus, Bishop & Martyr|
|Thursday||6.00 pm||Easter feria|
|Friday||6.00 pm||St Martin I, Pope & Martyr|
Mass in UCH chapel: Sunday at 9.45 am // Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 1.30 pm // Friday at 12.15 pm
If you are admitted to hospital, in the light of data protection, please ask for your details to be passed on to the RC chaplain and state you would like for him to visit you
Tea and Coffee after the 11 am mass every last Sunday of the month
TODAY’S LITURGY // First reading Acts 4:32-35 § United, heart and soul // Psalm Psalm 117:2-4,15-18,22-24 § Response: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end // Second reading 1 John 5:1-6 § Anyone who has been begotten by God has already overcome the world // Gospel John 20:19-31 § Eight days later Jesus came
Cycle of Prayer for Eastertide. We are asked to pray for: New Members of the Church – The Right Use of the Media – Vocations – the Church – Human Work
Holy Father’s prayer intention for April: That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths
Fr Bryan writes …
We see in this Sunday’s gospel how Thomas the Twin had to put his hand into the holes of Jesus Christ’s side before he would believe that it was Jesus Christ risen. Do we believe only when circumstances are favourable to us or do we believe no matter what the circumstances may be. Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of faith is to see what we believe.
BAPTISMS: Congratulations to Matthew Joseph Anderson, Pablo Maldonado Martinez, Alva Melichia, Łucja Maria Sekula and Maria Róża Zjawiona, baptised during last Sunday’s Easter Vigil in the Holy Night. May the grace and blessings they have received sustain and guide them throughout their lives.
Inspired by the joy of Eastertide, the neocatechumenal communities in Ogle Street undertake a mission to go out to speak to people on the streets of our parish and tell them about what God has done in their lives, sharing what they know about the love of God with other people, many of whom may be far away from the Church or living lives full of tragedy or loneliness. It is a chance to be light, salt and leaven.
Everyone is invited to join and be part of the mission in whatever way they can. Children welcome.
When and where? Five Sundays beginning 15th April, 2.00 pm (prompt) – 3.00 pm, in the square on the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Tottenham Street (opposite Heal’s). Contact Fr Bryan and/or see poster on the noticeboard in the porch for more details.
Emergency exit: In the event of an emergency, as well as the main entrance at the back of the church there is a door into the street just through the door to the right of the high altar (as you face it)
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY (excerpt from a Homily by Pope Francis, 12th April 2015)
Saint John, who was in the Upper Room with the other disciples on the evening of the first day after the Sabbath, tells us that Jesus came and stood among them, and said, “Peace be with you!” and he showed them his hands and his side (John 20:19-20); he showed them his wounds. And in this way they realized that it was not an apparition: it was truly him, the Lord, and they were filled with joy. On the eighth day Jesus came once again into the Upper Room and showed his wounds to Thomas, so that he could touch them as he had wished to, in order to believe and thus become himself a witness to the Resurrection.
To us also, on this Sunday which Saint John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, the Lord shows us, through the Gospel, his wounds. They are wounds of mercy. It is true: the wounds of Jesus are wounds of mercy. Jesus invites us to behold these wounds, to touch them as Thomas did, to heal our lack of belief. Above all, he invites us to enter into the mystery of these wounds, which is the mystery of his merciful love.
Through these wounds, as in a light-filled opening, we can see the entire mystery of Christ and of God: his Passion, his earthly life – filled with compassion for the weak and the sick – his incarnation in the womb of Mary. And we can retrace the whole history of salvation: the prophecies – especially about the Servant of the Lord, the Psalms, the Law and the Covenant; to the liberation from Egypt, to the first Passover and to the blood of the slaughtered lambs; and again from the Patriarchs to Abraham, and then all the way back to Abel, whose blood cried out from the earth. All of this we can see in the wounds of Jesus, crucified and risen; with Mary, in her Magnificat, we can perceive that “His mercy extends from generation to generation” (cf. Luke 1:50).
Faced with the tragic events of human history we can feel crushed at times, asking ourselves, “Why?” Humanity’s evil can appear in the world like an abyss, a great void: empty of love, empty of goodness, empty of life. And so we ask: how can we fill this abyss? For us it is impossible; only God can fill this emptiness that evil brings to our hearts and to human history. It is Jesus, God made man, who died on the Cross and who fills the abyss of sin with the depth of his mercy.
Brothers and sisters, behold the way which God has opened for us to finally go out from our slavery to sin and death, and thus enter into the land of life and peace. Jesus, crucified and risen, is the way and his wounds are especially full of mercy. Keeping our gaze on the wounds of the Risen Jesus, we can sing with the Church: “His love endures forever” (Psalm 117:2); eternal is his mercy. And with these words impressed on our hearts, let us go forth along the paths of history, led by the hand of our Lord and Saviour, our life and our hope.
On Monday this week we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, transferred from 25th March (as this fell in Holy Week). This feast was first celebrated in the fourth or fifth century. Its central focus is the Incarnation: God has become one of us. From all eternity God had decided that the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity should become human. The God-Man embraces all humanity, indeed all creation, to bring it to God in one great act of love.
From all eternity, God destined Mary to be the mother of Jesus and closely related to him in the creation and redemption of the world. We could say that God’s decrees of creation and redemption are joined in the decree of Incarnation. Because Mary is God’s instrument in the Incarnation, she has a role to play with Jesus in creation and redemption. It is a God-given role. It is God’s grace from beginning to end. She is the empty space where God could act. Everything she is she owes to the Trinity. Mary is the virgin-mother who fulfills Isaiah 7:14 in a way that Isaiah could not have imagined. She is united with her son in carrying out the will of God (Psalm 40:8-9; Hebrews 10:7-9; Luke 1:38).
Together with Jesus, the privileged and graced Mary is the link between heaven and earth. She is the human being who best, after Jesus, exemplifies the possibilities of human existence. She received into her lowliness the infinite love of God. She shows how an ordinary human being can reflect God in the ordinary circumstances of life. She exemplifies what the Church and every member of the Church is meant to become. She is the ultimate product of the creative and redemptive power of God. She manifests what the Incarnation is meant to accomplish for all of us. Source – excerpted / adapted from: http://www.franciscanmedia.org/annunciation-of-the-lord
Rachel, at nearby Honey & Co. (25a Warren Street), welcomes the local elderly to an afternoon of free tea, cakes and socializing on the 3rd Sunday of each month, from 3pm-5pm. No booking necessary – just come along. Next date: Sunday 15th April – see noticeboard in the porch for details / directions.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY: April 2018 (see noticeboard in the porch for a variety of other events)
Monday 16th, 7.30-9.15 pm Guardian Angels Parish Hall, E3 ‘Saints facing critical challenges in the life of the Church’. First of a series of six Monday evening talks. For further information see poster / leaflets in the porch
Saturday 21st, 2.00-4.00 pm Westminster Cathedral The Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be at the Cathedral. There will be two talks, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and veneration of the relics of Saints Jacinta and Francisco. See noticeboard in the porch for full details.