The National Pilgrim Virgin Statue and the Relics of St. Francisco and St Jacinta will be at Our Lady of the Assumption, 282 Links Road, Tooting on Sunday July 3rd. For full programme check parish website.
Anointing of the Sick & Adoration
If you have ever been sick, then you know what it is like to want to recover and feel better. If you have ever been so sick that recovery might not be possible, then you know what it is like to want to be at peace. Every moment in the span between both of these situations and conditions is taken into consideration as the Roman Catholic Church offers the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to those who are ill or suffering.
Sickness is a fact of human life and experience. Like death itself, it makes no distinction among persons confronted by its grasp. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Lord Jesus Christ reached out to those who were sick in his day and offered them courage, healing, strength and peace. We read many such occasions in the pages of the Gospels. He likewise invited and directed his Apostles to do the same, a practice that continues in the Roman Catholic Church to the present day. The ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ and his Apostles to the sick and suffering is the foundation and origin of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. Just as the Sacrament of Penance is intended for the healing and peace of the soul, this sacrament is intended for the healing and peace of the body and mind.
There is a connection between both of these sacraments of “healing.” In Mark’s Gospel we read that Jesus sent his apostles out among the people:
Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits … They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them (Mark 6: 6-13).
This passage does not represent the institution of either sacrament as we have come to know and experience them in the Roman Catholic Church. Rather, the scriptures here demonstrate the intention of the Lord Jesus Christ that people repent for their sins and be healed of their sicknesses through apostolic ministry.
The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick finds its most specific exposition in the Letter of James:
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven (James 5: 14-15).
In recognition of Margaret O’Donovan’s dedication and service to the parish and people of Saint Teresa’s for over 30 years, she was invited to plant rose bushes in her honour. A wonderful occasion for a wonderful person. The parish are grateful for everything she has done and contributed to the parish family of Saint Teresa’s.
I have been asked on behalf of Ravensbury Safer Neighbourhoods Team to make contact with you all in an effort to increase Ravensbury’s ability to be in contact with as many residents on the ward as possible.
During these difficult times the neighbourhood officers have had to change many of their normal working practices and community engagement. A halt in community events, visiting school fairs, church events etc has highlighted a need to increase their online presence to still be able to reach as many residents as possible. Each ward holds a mailing list in which your details are held for the purpose of ward officers being able to contact residents directly for an array of reasons. The most prominent reason is to send crime prevention advice, event information and contact session dates (predominantly online at the moment) and their quarterly newsletter. But they also send emails warning about a crime that has happened in your street, targeted appeals for information about suspicious activity, appeals for volunteers for community workshops, clean up days, speed check days and many other reasons specifically related to Ravensbury.
If you would like to be added to Ravensbury SNT mailing list please email the team Ravensbury.firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be in contact with you.
Ravensbury Safer neighbourhood team are:
PC Stephan Gomeze
PCSO Tracy Whayman
The contact number for the ward is 0208 721 2725 and the email as above. You can also follow the ward on twitter @MPSRavensbury.
Thank you all, I really hope we can reach many more people this way.
PCSO Tracy Whayman 7230SW
Mitcham Police Station
Telephone: 020 8721 2725
Non emergency: 101
In any Emergency requiring immediate Police assistance, always dial 999.