Notices

This Sunday’s SOLEMNITY of PENTECOST marks the conclusion of the Easter season, and the Paschal Candle is removed from the sanctuary to be lit at baptisms and funerals. Next Sunday (7th June)  is the feast of the HOLY TRINITY  when we draw together all the insights provided by Christ into the nature of the Godhead, and this is followed by CORPUS CHRISTI  on Sunday 14th June. Sadly, this year there cannot be a Procession through the streets but from Midday-5pm the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in one of the upper windows of the rectory so that those who are able to do so can at least say a prayer in the Eucharistic Presence.

 

Do keep up to date with the Catholic Church’s dialogue with Government about the return to normal life – information will be found on the Bishops Conference website: ccn@cbcew.org

 

Although the usual bike ride to raise funds for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul cannot go ahead as in past years, two people have volunteered to cycle through South London along the Wandile Valley to Colley Hill on the North Downs on Sunday 14th June. More details from wmetcalfemail@gmail.com or 07768 315 097. Sponsorship is needed – donations can be left through the rectory door:  please mark them “SVP 2020 Ride”.

 

 

We will continue to stream the Sunday 10.30am Mass for as long as it is needed. Look at the parish website for more details. The link is:-

   

      https://www.youtube.com/c/StJamessSpanishPlace

 

              Note that we now have our own YouTube site.

 

 

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who are supporting so generously at this time. If you are not yet giving regularly to Spanish Place, and would like to do so, our bank details are:-

 

HSBC 69 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5EY

Sort code: 40-05-20    Account No: 91094394

                                Wrc Spansh S/Jm1 (Note new account name)

 

     Saint Bonaventure prays for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit

 

Lord Jesus, as God’s Spirit came down and rested upon you, may the same Spirit rest upon us, bestowing his sevenfold gifts. First, grant us the gift of understanding, by which your precepts may enlighten our minds. Second, grant us counsel, by which we may follow in your footsteps on the path of righteousness. Third, grant us courage, by which we may ward off the Enemy’s attacks. Fourth, grant us knowledge, by which we can distinguish good from evil. Fifth, grant us piety, by which we may acquire compassionate hearts. Sixth grant us holy fear, by which we may draw back from evil and submit to what is good. Seventh, grant us wisdom, that we may taste fully the life-giving sweetness of your love”

 

 

                  Dom Hugh Gilbert OSB reflects on Pentecost

 

What is it that makes the human being a complete human being? Not  body and soul alone. Body and soul alone cannot inherit the kingdom of God. But if body and soul are filled with the Holy Spirit, we are as God intended us to be. ‘For the kingdom of God does not mean food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Romans 14:17). The holy Spirit is not an option, but our deepest need. ‘In the humility of the flesh and of faith’, as the Catechism beautifully says, the Spirit is ours. In the humility of our worries and our irritations, in the humility of our limited energies, in the humility even of suffering, the Spirit is ours. Our Friend, Helper, Advocate, Counsellor, Comforter. Glory be to the Holy Spirit! He enables us to live Christ-like lives, to see as Christ sees. He takes us back, day after day, to the death and resurrection of Christ. He takes us back to his own source, the Father and the Son. In  the humility of the flesh and of faith, he opens up the path of patient love. He sends us to one another as comforters ourselves. He gives us our share, humble but real, in the mission of Christ and his Church”.