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A national awards scheme that seeks to acknowledge and reward acts of Love, Service & Leadership made by Young People kicks off next month.
Due to an urgent need in the Diocese, Fr Mark Wharton has accepted the appointment of Chaplain to the University of Kent in Canterbury, where he will also assist in the Parish. The Masses this past weekend (19/20 November) were Fr Mark’s last weekend in the Parish.
SS Joseph & Swithun is hosting an online session for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic or who would like to know more about becoming a Catholic.
Join us for a Youth Day for young people aged 10-18 ay St Joseph’s RC Church Hall on Saturday 19 November. The day will be full of fun and games, quizzes, arts and crafts, song, prayers and food, followed by a Youth Mass at 6pm. For more information, visit the CYM Bromley Deanery website.
By FATHER MARK WHARTON
There are very few words to describe my Ordination into the Priesthood on 1 October. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for your love and support and joy.
By DEACON BARRY MELLISH Deacon Aidan and I are privileged to be part-time Honorary Chaplains working at the PRUH. What does a Hospital Chaplain do? The chaplain is there to provide a listening ear, emotional support and spiritual support to patients, relatives and friends, and hospital staff. We provide support during a crisis, as well…
By DEACON BARRY MELLISH The Forty Days of Lent have a great biblical precedent, not least in the forty years the people of Israel wondered the desert in search of the Promised Land. The example for our own practice of “Quadragesima” lies in the forty days Jesus was in the wilderness before he undertook his…
By DEACON BARRY MELLISH
There are people who talk all the time – or perhaps it just seems that way! We could be one of them and not realise it. Perhaps it is our personality or we are so full of ideas that we cannot wait to explain them all. Or perhaps it is our ego: what we say must be more important than whatever anyone else has to say so they never get a word in edgeways. It takes all sorts to make the world! But there is a lesson to be learned from this and it affects us all.
By DEACON BARRY MELLISH
Time spent at home during lockdown seems an excellent opportunity to catch up with some modern or contemporary spiritual authors and their books. The problem is how to get hold of these if all the local libraries are shut.
The Open Library seems to offer a way forward, if you are happy to read or browse text on a computer, tablet or maybe even mobile phone.