SIXTEENTH SUNDAY OF YEAR B
18th July 2021
Every page of the Gospel shows that Jesus cares about people. He cares about us too. He makes us into one people, the
people of God, the community of his disciples. Therefore, let us approach in a spirit of trust and love.
Jeremiah indicts the official leaders for neglecting their duties toward the people. (Jeremiah 23: 1 - 6). They must
shoulder the blame for the misfortune that has befallen the people. But God will not let his people languish. He himself
will assume the mantle of leadership, and entrust the flock to good and faithful shepherds.
In the Gospel from Mark (6: 30 - 34) Christ takes pity on the great crowd and begins to teach them at length. The
motivating factor here is one of mercy. The lesson he teaches his disciples in all of this, is one of tenderness and love
for his people. He is the model pastor the good shepherd who never leaves his flock unattended. He is moved by love and
fatherly concern. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
God bless you all,
- DISCONTINUING SUNDAY MASSES AT NEW HALL? As we are emerging out of the Pandemic, it is yet another
difficult decision that we have to make as a parish community. The school authorities have expressed their uneasiness
about mixing the school community with outsiders as we move through this Pandemic. Thus the Bishop has suggested us not
to restart the Sunday morning masses at New Hall. It will be a sad decision for some of us. However, let us move on as
one community at St Augustine's. A very special thanks to all the volunteers who helped us in running the Mass a New
Hall School. Fr Sabu.
- ROBERT COULTER RIP You will be sorry to hear that Robert Coulter of Chelmer Village, died recently.
Please pray for the repose of his soul, for his wife, Sheila, his family and all who mourn his loss. May he rest in
THE GOSPEL OF MARK On most Sundays of 2021 we shall be reading from the Gospel according to Mark. In
two new video presentations, Fr Adrian Graffy, parish priest and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission,
demonstrates the skill with which Mark put his gospel together, and how Mark's material was used by later
evangelists. The talks are accessible free of charge from the home page of www.whatgoodnews.org and also on the page entitled 'Faith Talks'. Fr Adrian Graffy
ATTENTION ALL ALTAR SERVERS We look forward to welcoming our faithful altar servers back to the altar.
Could all those who would like to resume, please contact Simon Cook on 01245 260503 or click here to Email.
Many thanks. Fr Sabu.
"LOURDES AT YOUR LOCAL", 26th - 30th July Live at at Leigh-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Canning
Town, Wanstead and Brentwood, Mass each day at 11am. Mass, Daily Rosary, Torchlight Procession and Talent Show to be
streamed live. Masses, Full info at www.bcys.net/events or
here to Email.
"LOURDES ON THE LAWN", 31st July 2021 Open to anyone in school Year 13 or above (approx. age
18-28) 12pm - 4pm, Saturday 31st July. More info at www.bcys.net/events or click
here to Email.
MARY'S MEALS NEW JOB OPPORTUNITY in the London/SE England region. The role of 'Supporter
Engagement Officer' is an exciting and varied one which will suit someone with good organisational and people
skills. The closing date is 19th July. Job details are here https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/useful-links/work-for-us/supporter-engagement-officer-london
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME 2021/2022
As you can appreciate forward planning is underway towards our Sacramental preparation for the First Holy Communion
Programme in the autumn. So if you meet the following criteria, you may apply to be part of the programme.
- That you are a practising Catholic (attending Mass on a weekly basis). We are aware that this can be difficult at
the moment because of the Pandemic.
- That your child has been attending the Springfield Parish for some time in the past years.
- That your child is eligible (8/9 years of age going into year 3 and year 4 in September).
- If you have been attending another parish, that you obtain a letter of reference from the Parish Priest.
- This is a serious commitment by parents and children. If these guidelines have been observed please pick up an
enrolment form from the church/Presbytery. Please return all forms by 29th July 2021.
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: Robert Coulter RIP
Monday: Fr Edmund Dobson
Wednesday: Fr Patrick Taylor
Thursday: Deacon David Balmer
Sunday: Fr John Boardman Jones, Fr Michael Hannan, Fr Dermot Moore, Fr James Cooney
NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS - SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY YEAR B
First Reading: 2 Kings 4:42-44
They will eat and have some left over.
Second Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6
One Body, one Lord, one faith, one baptism.
Gospel: John 6:1-15
Jesus gave out as much as was wanted to all who were sitting ready.