Showing posts from October, 2015

Sunday 1st November & All Souls Monday 2nd November

Solemnity of All Saints Ordinariate Mass - 11am St. John Fisher Catholic Church Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission
Celebrant Fr Jeff Woolnough -Preacher Deacon Richard Cerson

We feebly struggle, they in glory shine!

November 2nd ALL SOULS Mass at St John Fisher 7.30pm Celebrant Fr. Lee Bennett

Fr Jeff Celebrates masses at St. Peter's Eastwood 7.30am 9.30am & 19.30pm

Pilgrimage to Poland

To mark the year of mercy I am on behalf of the Catholic American based pilgrimage tour company 206 , leading a pilgrimage to Poland in April 12-19, 2016: do get in touch if you'd like to join me?
Fr. Jeff

Sunday 25th October

30th in Ordinary Time 11am. Solemn Mass at St John Fisher Home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant Fr. Bob White

Seeing the Son of David: Scott Hahn Reflects  on the Thirtieth Sunday Ordinary TimePlease visit
Download Audio File Readings: Jeremiah 31:7-9 Psalm 126:1-6 Hebrews 5:1-6 Mark 10:46-52 Today’s Gospel turns on an irony--it is a blind man, Bartimaeus, who becomes the first besides the apostles to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. And His healing is the last miracle Jesus performs before entering the holy city of Jerusalem for His last week on earth. The scene on the road to Jerusalem evokes the joyful procession prophesied by Jeremiah in today’s First Reading. In Jesus this prophecy is fulfilled. God, through the Messiah, is delivering His people from exile, bringing them back from the ends of the earth, with the blind and lame in their midst. Jesus, as Bartimaeus proclaims, is the long-awaited Son promised to David (see 2 Samuel 7:12-16Isaiah 11:9Jeremi…

Sunday 18th October

29th in Ordinary Time 11am. Solemn Mass at St John Fisher RC Church  home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant Fr. Jeff Woolnough
Fr Jeff with Kimberly and Dr. Scott Hahn, Jerusalem 2013
My friend and colleague Dr Scott Hahn offers this wonderful reflection on Sunday's texts. Please do visit the website: Readings:
Isaiah 53:10-11
Psalm 33:4-5,18-20,22
Hebrews 4:14-16
Mark 10:35-45
The sons of Zebedee hardly know what they’re asking in today’s Gospel. They are thinking in terms of how the Gentiles rule, of royal privileges and honors.
But the road to Christ’s kingdom is by way of His cross. To share in His glory, we must be willing to drink the cup that He drinks.
The cup is an Old Testament image for God’s judgment. The wicked would be made to drink this cup in punishment for their sins (see Psalm 75:9; Jeremiah 25:15, 28; Isaiah 51:17). But Jesus has come to drink this cup on behalf of all humanity. He has come to be baptized—which means plunged or immersed—i…

Sunday 11 October 2015

28th in Ordinary Time (19th after Trinity). 11am. Solemn Mass at St John Fisher Catholic Church home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission
Celebrant: Fr. Bob White

Today's Gospel-Mark 10:17-30

In Christianityeternal life traditionally refers to continued life after death, as outlined in Christian eschatology. The Apostles' Creed testifies: "I believe... the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting." In this view, eternal life commences after the second coming of Jesus and the resurrection of the dead.  After death but before the Second Coming, the saved live with God in an intermediate state, but after the Second Coming, experience the physical resurrection of the dead and the physical recreation of a New Earth. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "By death the soul is separated from the body, but in the resurrection God will give incorruptible life to our body, transformed by reunion with our soul. Just as Christ is risen and lives for ever, so all…

Sunday 4th October 2015

27th in Ordinary Time 11am Solemn Mass in Thanksgiving for the Harvest St John Fisher RC Church -home to the Southend Ordinariate Mission Celebrant: Fr. Lee Bennett
Fr. Jeff writes… Dear friends, Wednesday’s Ordination Mass was indeed a splendid and emotional evening for everybody concerned! A packed church witnessed Michael make his promises to be obedient to our Ordinary as he was ordained Deacon and Bishop Alan presided in a warm and welcoming manner that put all at their ease! We sang our hearts out and hopefully made many new friends by making them aware of our presence here at St John Fisher. Many thanks to our serving Team, for our dedicated catering team, and to Peter Abbey for the wonderful photographs!
The Eucharistic prayer with the Altar beautifully adorned with our new set of Cross and candlesticks! Litany of the Saints! Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy! Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us…
Our New Deacon Rev. Michael Halsall with our Ordinary Mgr Newton (lef…