THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST (B)
6th June 2021
Corpus Christi is the celebration of the abiding presence of a loving God as Emmanuel - God with us -
in order to give collective thanks to our Lord for his living with us in the Eucharist. The feast also gives us an occasion
to learn more about the importance and value of the "Real Presence" so that we may appreciate the Sacrament
better and receive maximum benefit from the Eucharist.
We believe in the "Real Presence" of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist because 1) Jesus promised it after
miraculously feeding the 5000. 2) Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist during his Last Supper. 3) Jesus commanded his
disciples to repeat it in his memory.
We explain the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist by: "transubstantiation" which means that the
substance of the consecrated bread and wine is changed to the substance of the risen Jesus' glorified
Body and Blood by the action of the Holy Spirit, and its accidents (like colour, shape, taste etc.), remain the
Today's Gospel details how Jesus converted the ancient ritual into a Sacrament and sacrifice. Instead of the
lamb's blood, Jesus offered his own Divine/human Body and Blood, and instead of sprinkling us with blood, Jesus put it
into our hands as food and drink.
Let us offer our lives on the altar along with Jesus' sacrifice, asking pardon for our sins, expressing gratitude
for the blessings we have received and presenting our needs and petitions on the altar.
SEND O LORD, HOLY APOSTLES INTO YOUR CHURCH.
Fr. Sabu Pariyadan RCJ
- ORDINATION OF MICHAEL BARWICK We are blessed to be able to welcome one of our parishioners as a
Priest into the Diocese of Brentwood. Many of you will remember Michael from before his (many!) days as a faithful altar
server - it has been a joy to follow his progress. This is a great cause for celebration in our parish and we plan to
recognise it with an ordination gift from our community. If you would like to contribute, you can do so online to
Catholic Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury Springfield, account no. 91082884, Sort Code 40-13-22 using Michael
Barwick as your payment reference (apologies for error in last week's Newsletter) or please put your donation in an
envelope marked Michael Barwick and showing your Gift Aid no. if you are part of the scheme. Please put it in the
collection, hand it to Kevin, Cath or Fr Sabu or post it through the Presbytery door. Many thanks.
- MARY WHELTON RIP You will be sorry to hear that Mary died on Wednesday 2 June. Mary had been a
longstanding parishioner at St Augustine's and an active member of the SVP.
- JOAN NEWMAN RIP You will be sorry to hear that Joan died on Tuesday 1 June. Joan and her late
husband, Paul, were stalwart parishioners and part of our community for many years, until Joan moved to be nearer her
daughter, Sarah, nearly 3 years ago.
- Please pray for Mary and Joan, the repose of their souls, for their families and all who mourn their
loss. May they rest in peace.
PILGRIMAGE TO THE FRIARS AYLESFORD In anticipation of, and prayer for Reverend Michael Barwick's
priestly ordination this July, parishioners are planning to make a pilgrimage to The Friars at Aylesford www.thefriars.org.uk on Saturday 19th June. We would travel by car
to arrive at Aylesford for 10am. There will be an opportunity to pray the rosary in the beautiful surroundings of the
Rosary Way, attend Mass at 12 noon, enjoy a picnic lunch and be together in the prayerful atmosphere of this ancient
Carmelite shrine. Michael will be joining the pilgrimage as we pray for him and his priestly ministry. Please let me
know if you are planning to come and then I can let The Friars know anticipated numbers. If you would like to come but
do not have transport, please let me know and we will try and organise car sharing accordingly. If you plan to come and
have space in your vehicle, please let Christine Webb know - click here to Email. We
will adhere to any Covid restrictions and much of the day will be in the open air.
UPCOMING BCYS EVENTS: We are happy to say that as restrictions continue to ease BCYS are able to start
running events. Here are some 'save the dates' for your diaries, with updates at www.bcys.net nearer the events:
- Monthly Youth Mass - 7th July. Hopefully our last virtual Youth Mass and preparation for our
Lourdes at your Local week. Restrictions permitting Youth Mass at Brentwood Cathedral will resume on the 1st Thursday
of the month from September.
Lourdes at your Local - 26th - 30th July. During what would have been our annual pilgrimage to
Lourdes we will be hosting Mass at different parishes around the diocese each day that week. Mass will be at 11am,
which will include the Anointing of the Sick and concluding with the Angelus. Refreshments afterwards. Full info at
- Lourdes on the lawn - 31st July. Young leaders aged 18+ (School Year 13 and above) are invited
to gather together at Walsingham House at Abbotswick, with Mass celebrated by Bishop Alan and followed by a picnic in
the beautiful grounds of our retreat centre (12pm - 4pm).
- Youth Gather for Year 9+ 23rd October. One day Youth Gather at Walsingham House at Abbotswick.
There will be input from John Pridmore and Leila Bousbaa.
- Catechists Training and Resource Day - 6th November at Sacred Heart of Mary School - an
opportunity for Catechists to come together and receive input from different organisations including Caritas
Brentwood and the BCYS.
- NATIONAL MASS FOR ALTAR SERVERS. This year's National Mass for Altar Servers will be held at St
Mary & St John's Church in Wolverhampton on Saturday 25th September at 12 noon. This is in line
with Cardinal Vincent Nichols request that the National Mass should be held in another part of the country every other
year alternating with London.
PARISH ADMINISTRATOR VACANCY, ONGAR: Closing date: Friday 18th June. See https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/diocese/working-for-us/ and click here to Email
the Parish Office for full description and application form.
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
- 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: Mark Delphin, Joan Newman, Mary Whelton
Tuesday: Fr Edmund Tyler
Thursday: Fr Gerard Butcher
Friday: Fr Thomas Crowe
Saturday: Fr John Gallagher, Fr Robert Mortimer-Anderson
Sunday: Fr Thomas Carlin
NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - ELEVENTH SUNDAY YEAR B
First Reading: Ezekiel 17:22-24
I make low trees grow.
Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:6-10
Whether we are living in the body or exiled from it, we are intent on pleasing the Lord.
Gospel: Mark 4:26-34
It is the smallest of seeds; yet it grows into biggest shrub of them all.