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UPCOMING EVENTS 

MINISTRIES RETREAT: Will be on the 13th July 2019, 10am till 3:30pm. At the Sisters of St Andrew 99 Belmont Hill Lewisham London SE13 5DY.  Please all serving in ministries in the parish are encouraged to attend

PASTORAL COMMITTEE MEETING:  Postponed till September  2019

ECOLOGICAL CRISIS: There will be a follow up on 21st July with a video session after Mass. Would you love to be part of this? Please register.  

DOROTHEA BALL R.I.P: The funeral mass is on Friday, 26th July 2019 at 12 noon in our Church. Parishioners are encouraged to attend. May she rest in peace.

1ST HOLY COMMUNION: Three Children of Our Travellers' Community will receive their 1st Holy Communion on 3rd August 2019 at the 10am Mass. Keep them in your prayers

ST LAWRENCE DAY & BBQ:  On the 11th August 2019.  Mass at 10am in the church, then the BBQ in the parish garden from 12noon. Come along with your families and friends and Celebrate our Patron saint with us. There will be lots of fun and togetherness in celebrating St Lawrence the Martyr.

WEEKLY PRAYER:                          

Help us Lord, to be good neighbours to all. AMEN

Pilgrimage to Rome  April 2018

From Karen Bennett. 

When I saw Father Ben was organising a pilgrimage to Rome I was overjoyed.

I have visited The Eternal City before, including St Peter's Basilica and the Vatican Museums, as a tourist. However, even though I had been greatly moved by their beauty and grandeur on that occasion, I felt the need for a more spiritual visit so I could feel the presence of God more strongly in this most special city.

There were many occasions during our pilgrimage when I felt close to The Lord. Father Ben and Father Francis celebrating mass in one of the wonderful chapels within St Peter's before it was opened up to the general tourists, was one such moment. Another was the Papal Audience; sharing the joy and exhilaration of seeing The Holy Father along with thousands of pilgrims from across the globe.

It was during our mass at The Basilica of St Lawrence Outside the Walls, celebrated at the high altar above the crypt containing the tombs of our patronal saint and Saint Stephen, though that I truly felt most blessed.

I would like to thank Father Ben for organising this deeply spiritual experience and Father Francis for being our spiritual guide, as well as my fellow pilgrims for their company, Iove and support.



FROM MARY WATSON

As this was my first trip to Rome, I was very excited.... We celebrated mass before we left Edenbridge, and there met our group of fellow pilgrims.

We stayed in a simply and very friendly convent 10 minutes walk from the Vatican. The pace of our days were Ďfull oní, we packed so much in, and with the help and guidance of Fr. Francis and Fr. Ben (at the churches and public transport!) we travelled around with ease.

St. Paulís Basilica, St. Peterís tomb and papal audience were highlights for me, although it is hard t pick because there was so much to take in and at times quite overwhelming.

I have so much still to process, it felt a very blessed experience and even in the busyness, I was able to experience calm and stillness.

I had a great sense of joy throughout the trip, it was wonderful to step out of the everyday journey and share with others in this wonderful way.

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