FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)
2nd May 2021
Today's Scripture selections emphasize the need for Christians to abide in Christ as a condition for producing
fruits of kindness, mercy, charity, and holiness.
The first reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, testifies to the abundance of spiritual fruits yielded by the
apostles because of their close bond with the risen Lord. The reading tells us how the Lord pruned the former Pharisee,
Saul of Tarsus, a fanatic who had persecuted the Church, to produce a fruit-bearing branch called Paul, the zealous Apostle
to the Gentiles, entirely dedicated to the proclamation of the Gospel.
In today's second reading, John, in his first letter to the Church, explains that only if we remain united to Christ
by putting our Faith in him and drawing our spiritual strength from him, will we be able to obey God's commandments.
Especially the commandment of love, loving one another as Jesus commanded us.
In the Gospel, taken from the Last Supper discourse, Jesus uses his favourite image of the vine and branches to help his
disciples understand the closeness of their relationship with him and the necessity of their maintaining it. They are not
simply rabbi and disciples. Their lives are mutually dependent - as close as a vine and its branches. In fact, in using
this image, Jesus is explaining to them and to us what our relationship with him should be like.
So let us happily take up the needed pruning in our Christian life and abide in Christ and let Christ abide in us.
SEND O LORD, HOLY APOSTLES INTO YOUR CHURCH.
Fr. Sabu Pariyadan RCJ
THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION FOR THOSE AGED 14+ Bishop Alan Williams will be visiting our parish on
Sunday 26th September 2021. If you wish to join a programme of Confirmation preparation and will be aged 14 on the date
of Confirmation, please write a letter/email to Father Sabu explaining why you would like to make this next step on
your faith journey. Letters/emails should be sent to Father by Sunday 25th April at the Presbytery or click
here to Email. Programme of 12 sessions (starting online) commences in May, Saturdays from 10.30am - 12 noon.
TRUSTEES FOR BRENTWOOD CATHOLIC CHILDREN'S SOCIETY (bccs) We are seeking to appoint new members to
our Board of Trustees. Please see full Advert and Role Description at https://www.bccs.org.uk/who-we-are/trustees and
contact our Director, Bernadette Fisher click here to Email for more information.
VIRTUAL LONDON MARATHON bccs has places available for this event taking place over 24 hours on 3rd
October 2021. This can be run anywhere and on completion, runners will receive the official London Marathon
Finisher's medal and New Balance T shirt. They will also have access to the London Marathon App allowing them to
plot their run on the official London Marathon course. If you would like one of our places and think you could raise a
fundraising total of £300, please click here to Email Julie for registration
POPE FRANCIS AND THE CULTURE OF ENCOUNTER: On Saturday 15th May 11am - 12.30 pm, Dr Austen Ivereigh,
biographer of Pope Francis, will lead a Gidea Park live stream study day on the theme 'The Culture of Encounter:
Can Pope Francis' vision of fraternity counter the politicization of faith?' Dr Ivereigh will explore the
importance of the Abu Dhabi declaration, the Amazon Synod, the recent encyclical on fraternity Fratelli Tutti,
and the March 2021 visit of Pope Francis to Iraq. To access this free live stream event simply go to www.whatgoodnews.org and follow the instructions found there.
- 200 CLUB Please see Chris Thompson if you would like to sign up / re-subscribe.
ONLINE MASS BOOKINGS:
Go to Ticket Tailor: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/saintaugustineofcanterbury
Full details on parish website under Essentials / Online Booking System http://staugustine-springfield.com/massbooking.html
CHAPLAINCY WORKER IN COLCHESTER for St Benedict's Catholic College. Full details at https://www.stbenedicts.essex.sch.uk/recruitment/vacancies/chaplaincy-worker/ Closing date midday on Mon 7
June, interviews w/c 21 June.
ASSISTANT MANAGER, WALSINGHAM HOUSE AT ABBOTSWICK Full info at: https://bcys.net/assistantmanager Closing date for applications
is midday on Monday 10th May 2021.
- From Fr Sabu: Special thanks to all those who are being very generous in this special time, with
your regular Sunday collections, special donations and secret offerings for charity. This will help our Church and bring
a smile on some faces. God bless you all for your generosity.
Please remember to pray for:
Daily for the sick clergy of our Diocese
The sick and housebound
Those who have recently died
Sunday: Fr John Kennedy
Tuesday: Canon Thomas Norris, Fr Feargus Saurin, Fr Andrew Dorricott
Wednesday: Canon Patrick Palmer, Canon Basil Booker, Fr John O'Callaghan
Saturday: Margaret Logan
Sunday: Canon Brian Grady, Canon John Duckett
NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)
First Reading: Acts 10:25-26,34-35,44-48
The Holy spirit has been poured out on the pagans too.
Second Reading: 1 John 4:7-10
God is love.
Gospel: John 15:9-17
A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.