This Week's Messenger


Sunday 25th June 2017

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time





Kenneth John Ponting, Geoffrey Rowell (bishop)



[25] Agnes Florence Gibbens, Albert Tokeley;  [28] Eleanor (Nellie) Parkhouse; [29] Norah Mantell, David John Bishop; [30] Clive Beresford (priest), Alan Goodall, Janet Ricketts; [1st July] Ronald James Sherman;

Flowers are given to the greater glory of God and in memory of Nellie Parkhouse (SS) and for the Anyakorah family (SM)



The parish of S. Peter’s, Penhill, celebrates its Patronal Festival on Thursday at 7.30pm with a Sung Mass followed by a reception.   All are welcome to join the people of Penhill for this occasion.


Readings for this Sunday


First reading        Jeremiah 20.10-13

A reading from the prophet Jeremiah

I hear so many disparaging me, “’Terror from every side!’ Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” All those who used to be my friends watched for my downfall, “Perhaps he will be seduced into error.  Then we will master him and take our revenge!”  But the Lord is at my side, a mighty hero; my opponents will stumble, mastered, confounded by their failure; everlasting, unforgettable disgrace will be theirs.  But you, Lord of Hosts, you who prove with justice, who scrutinise the loins and heart, let me see the vengeance you will take on them, for I have committed my cause to you.  Sing to the Lord, praise the Lord, for he has delivered the soul of the needy from the hands of evil men.



Psalm                  Psalm 69.7-9,13-14,33-35

For thy sake have I suffered reproof : shame hath covered my face.

I am become a stranger unto my brethren : even an alien unto my mother’s children.

For the zeal of thine house hath even eaten me : and the rebukes of them that rebuked thee are fallen upon me.

But, Lord, I make my prayer unto thee : in an acceptable time.

Hear me, O God, in the multitude of thy mercy : even in the truth of thy salvation.

Hear me, O Lord, for thy loving-kindness is comfortable : turn thee unto me according to the multitude of thy mercies.

The humble shall consider this, and be glad : seek ye after God, and your soul shall live.

For the Lord heareth the poor : and despiseth not his prisoners.

Let heaven and earth praise him : the sea, and all that moveth therein.



Second reading    Romans 5.12-15

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Romans

Sin entered the world through one man, and through sin death, and thus death has spread through the whole human race because everyone has sinned.  Sin existed in the world long before the Law was given. 

There was no law and so no one could be accused of the sin of “law-breaking”, yet death reigned over all from Adam to Moses, even though their sin, unlike that of Adam, was not that of breaking a law.  Adam prefigured the One to come, but the gift itself considerably outweighed the fall.  If it is certain that through one man’s fall so many died, it is even more certain that divine grace, coming through the one man, Jesus Christ, came to so many as an abundant free gift.


Gospel                  Matthew 10.26-33

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Jesus instructed the Twelve as follows:  “Do not be afraid.  For everything that is now covered will be uncovered, and everything now hidden will be made clear.  What I say to you in the dark, tell in the daylight; what you hear in whispers, proclaim fro the housetops.  Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; fear him rather who can destroy both body and soul in hell.  Can you not buy two sparrows for a penny?  And yet not one falls to the ground without your Father knowing.  Why, every hair on your head has been counted.  So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows.  So if anyone declares himself for me in the presence of men, I will declare myself for him in the presence of my Father in heaven.  But the one who disowns me in the presence of men, I will disown in the presence of my Father in heaven.”



MONDAY - Feria

S. Mark - 6.00 pm Mass

TUESDAY - S. Cyril of Alexandria S. Aldhelm - 10.45am Mass
WEDNESDAY - S. Irenius S. Saviour - 9.30am Mass
THURSDAY - Ss Peter & Paul

S. Luke - 9.00 am Morning Prayer
9.30 am Mass

S. Peter's, Penhill - 7.30 pm Sung Mass

FRIDAY - Feria S. Saviour - 7.30pm Sung Mass
SATURDAY - Immaculate Heart of Mary S. Mark - 9.30 am Mass
SUNDAY - Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Mass as usual in all three churches





This takes place this Tuesday, tickets £5.00.  Please sign the list at the back of Church if you would like to come.  Please bring your own Drinks.   



The next issue of Crossfire is delayed due to the lack of a parish administrator.  We hope to publish the next issue soon.



We will be running our bottle stall at the Old Town Festival on Sunday 9th July.  Please bring in as many bottles as you can and leave at the back of church.  NO two-litre bottles of fizzy drinks please!



Fr Dexter’s last Sunday in the parish will be 16 July. Following the Mass at S. Mark’s that day, there will be an opportunity to say farewell to him and to Amy.  The day will end with Evensong and Benediction at 6.00pm

Fr Dexter will be collated, inducted and installed as Rector of S. John’s, Coventry on Wednesday 26 July at 7.00pm.  We are hoping to arrange transport to this service.  Please sign the list at the back of church by Sunday 2nd July if you wish to go; cost approx. £20.



An outing has been planned for Saturday 16th September leaving S. Mark’s at 8.30am.  Notices and booking forms can be found at the back of each Church.  For more information please contact Andrew King on 01793 541504.


  S. Aldhelm's Church Centre
Edgeware Road, Swindon
01793 538220


Vacancy for a Parish Administrator

Part-time, two x 4 hour morning sessions per week

We are seeking an enthusiastic and conscientious administrator to work in our parish office dealing with correspondence, bookings, managing diaries and producing parish publications (including our social media) and, when necessary, supporting the administration associated with our parish outreach and successful bookshop. 

You will be comfortable with liaising between the clergy, public and the parish management team and will be sympathetic to our Christian ethos.

Please apply by letter/email to the above address, including a current CV.

Please note:  We are an equal opportunities employer. 

Applications to be submitted by 7th July 2017..



Please pray for those being ordained priest by Bishop Jonathan:

ORAZIO CAMIONI in Wantage Parish Church on 24 June
GILES ORTON in Derby Cathedral on 1 July
ADAM BURNHAM in Wells Cathedral on 2 July

And for ADAM EDWARDS and RICHARD HUME to be ordained deacon (by the Bishop of Lichfield), in Lichfield Cathedral on 1 and 2 July respectively, to serve in Ebbsfleet parishes.

Please pray also for NATHAN MULCOCK, originally from Swindon, who will be ordained deacon by the Bishop of St Albans on 2 July.



desperately needs:  Coffee, sugar, long-life fruit juice, meat (corned beef, hot dogs, stewed steak, mince, etc), meals (fray bentos pies, tinned curry, spaghetti, macaroni cheese, etc), puddings, tinned fruit. 


From Bishop Jonathan … To all the lay faithful

After last year’s tremendous success, when 500 people came together, there is another opportunity – before the summer ends – for us to share a festival day at the


Last year’s Congress was a great success. Coventry Cathedral full of people from across the Ebbsfleet area. The Congress is a key event for all churchwardens and PCC members – new and old; and for all active lay people — young and old; and of course the clergy: to help all our parishes think and pray together about our  future.

Last year—with Bishop Rowan Williams and Archdeacon Morris Rodham—we thought about what makes a parish healthy and how Catholic communities grow. This year the theme looks outward. Any parish that has the Eucharist at its heart—as all Ebbsfleet parishes do—should overflow in mission. The clue is in the word: the Mass – ‘Go in peace, glorifying God’. Our title is a word of encouragement from Pope Francis in The Joy of the Gospel: 


This year’s main speakers will be  Bishop Philip North and Fr Damian Feeney

Saturday 2 September 10.30 am – 4.00 pm

Please organise your parish group soon, and let Catherine Williamson in the Bishop’s Office know – 0118 948 1038 – before





Norma Allum, Elaine Baker, Muriel Avenell, John Vittles, Revd Canon Brian Fessey, Tiffany Stephen


Peter Dance, Tamsin Davis, Shirley Driver, Jane Shrimpton, Robin Langton


Constance Groves, John Glass, Jean Holley, Helen Robinson, Gail Royle, Sheila Maslin, Evelyn Hart


Gordon Clack, Betty Mitchell, Barbara Tomkins, Doris Rumming


Preston, Donald Thompson, Fr Robert Pitt


Terry Venn-Adams, Clive Viner, Sam Slade.



Next Sunday's Readings

Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalm 69; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew: 10:26-33



Our Regular Weekly Services

The Parish Church of St Mark

Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Mondays at 6.00 pm (Mass)


Saturdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


1st Monday of the month at 6.30 pm​ (Prayer of the Rosary)



The District Church of St Saviour


Sundays at 9.00 am (Sung Mass)

Wednesdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The District Church of St Luke


Sundays at 10.30 am (Sung Mass)

Thursdays at 9.00 am (Morning Prayer)


Thursdays at 9.30 am (Mass)


The Chapel of St Aldhelm


Tuesdays at 10.45 am (Mass)


And special services by announcement