Joseph D’Lima, Alfred Dellow, David Anthony

Eric Errington, Frank Chard, Anne Geary

Ray Horan, Bill Croft, Vincy D’Souza

Matthew Spooner, Joseph Hutton, Michael Hanley

Iris Kiernan, Joseph Linale, Gerrard Coffey

Emilio Carvalho, Veronica McCaffrey, Jack Judge

Barbara Ivers, Lee Jones, Katherine Hayes

John Driscoll, Patrick McAleese, Bridget Carolan

Stephen Bullard, Frank McGowan

Mary Gertrude, Josephine Merrigan

May They Rest in Peace


Jesus warned his listeners against a persistent lack of conscience, or even worse, against a good conscience which is too accommodating of vagueness. Using the parable of the Fig Tree, he teaches that, while the sap of life remains in any of us, it is never too late to change, to be converted.

Exodus 3:1-8,13-15

The third important stage in the History of Salvation: Moses is encircled by God just as one might be surrounded by the flames of a forest fire. God sends him back to his brothers who are held in slavery by Pharaoh. This God who sends is a God who acts: he will free his people and lead them to The Promised Land.

1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12

The theme of Exodus is again recalled – it is a symbol of deliverance from slavery  and journeying on the path to freedom. Temptation is part of that journey: the Hebrew people gave way to temptation and became lost again. The Christian is also  exposed to temptation and to becoming lost in the distractions of life.

Luke 13:1-9

God is just and patient – he holds out  for his people to convert and conform their lives to the covenant – in the imagery of the parable of the Fig Tree –  he patiently waits for us to produce our proper fruit.

Please remember in Prayer the following who are ill

Salvina Barber, Mary May

Ann O’Connor, Rosanna Joseph, Richard Lamb

Connie Hall, Jonathan Eley, Annie Childs

Kevin Abedi, Joan Clements, Wesley Leachman

Kim Nichol, Matt Butler, Rachel Rizzo

Enzo Antonella Rizzo, Michael Clements

Leslie Sebastian, Gloria Soar

In Neighbouring Parishes

5.00pm - St. John Vianney, Clayhall

6.00pm - Ss. Peter & Paul, High Road, Ilford

6.30pm - St. Thomas More, Longbridge Road, Barking

6.30pm - St. Cedd, Blythswood Road, Goodmayes

6.30pm - Our Lady of Lourdes, Cambridge Park, Wanstead

7.00pm - Our Lady of Compassion, Green Street, Upton Park

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Brian & Kathleen Coffey RIP

Emma Dadzie RIP


Mary Jasintha RIP

Joe Linale RIP

Margaret Burke RIP

Requiem Mass

Terry McCarthy RIP

Maxwell Stanley RIP

Stephen Bullard RIP










Readings for Mass

Exodus 3:1-8,13-15

'I AM has sent me to you'. Moses was looking after the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law priest of Midian. He led his flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the shape of a flame of fire, coming from the middle of a bush. Moses looked; there was the bush blazing but it was not being burnt up. ‘I must go and look at this strange sight,’ Moses said, ‘and see why the bush is not burnt.’ Now the Lord saw him go forward to look, and God called to him from the middle of the bush. ‘Moses, Moses!’ he said. ‘Here I am,’ Moses answered. ‘Come no nearer,’ he said. ‘Take off your shoes, for the place on which you stand is holy ground. I am the God of your fathers,’ he said, ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’ At this Moses covered his face, afraid to look at God.   And the Lord said, ‘I have seen the miserable state of my people in Egypt. I have heard their appeal to be free of their slave-drivers. Yes, I am well aware of their sufferings. I mean to deliver them out of the hands of the Egyptians and bring them up out of that land to a land rich and broad, a land where milk and honey flow, the home of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites.’   Then Moses said to God, ‘I am to go, then, to the sons of Israel and say to them, “The God of your fathers has sent me to you.” But if they ask me what his name is, what am I to tell them?’ And God said to Moses, ‘I Am who I Am. This’ he added ‘is what you must say to the sons of Israel: “I Am has sent me to you.”’ And God also said to Moses, ‘You are to say to the sons of Israel: “The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.” This is my name for all time; by this name I shall be invoked for all generations to come.’

1 Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12

The life of the people under Moses in the desert was written down to be a lesson for us. I want to remind you, brothers, how our fathers were all guided by a cloud above them and how they all passed through the sea. They were all baptised into Moses in this cloud and in this sea; all ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spiritual drink, since they all drank from the spiritual rock that followed them as they went, and that rock was Christ. In spite of this, most of them failed to please God and their corpses littered the desert.   These things all happened as warnings for us, not to have the wicked lusts for forbidden things that they had. You must never complain: some of them did, and they were killed by the Destroyer.   All this happened to them as a warning, and it was written down to be a lesson for us who are living at the end of the age. The man who thinks he is safe must be careful that he does not fall.

Luke 13:1-9

'Leave the fig tree one more year'. Some people arrived and told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, ‘Do you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that were greater sinners than any other Galileans? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.’   He told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?” “Sir,” the man replied “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.”’

Third Sunday of Lent

Sunday 24th March

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