The Clergy Support Fund
The Clergy Support Fund enables the Archdiocese of Southwark to care for clergy in their retirement, old age, and at their time of ill health, after a lifetime of service and devotion to Christ, His Church and His People.
Why is your help so critical? With your help the Clergy Support Fund cares for over 100 elderly or unwell priests each year. Over the next ten years, the Archdiocese expects a further 120 priests to retire from active ministry. With the average age of our priests rising, combined with the high cost of care homes, the financial cost of caring for our clergy in their retirement is rising year on year. Your donations ensure a dignified retirement for all of our priests.
For further information on how to support and donate to the Clergy Support Fund, please click on the following link:- www.rcaos.org.uk/donate/CSF You can also donate via telephone, Monday-Friday on 020 7960 2504 or by using the Clergy Support Fund envelopes available today at the back of Church. Please continue to keep our Priests in your prayers.
The Archbishop’s Appeal provides Southwark parishioners the opportunity to support the wider needs of the community in which we live and worship. By focusing our efforts as an Archdiocese, we can serve people in ways beyond which any one parish could accomplish alone.
The Appeal funds:
- Youth and Evangelisation: To strengthen the formation of people in the faith within our schools and parishes and for Southwark to become a missionary Archdiocese.
- Our Faith in Action: To show compassionate and active service in the world around us through love for all people.
- Clergy Care and Formation: To care for sick and retired priests in their old age and ill health and supporting the ongoing formation of our priests and deacons.
For further information and to donate online, please call 020 7960 2504 or visit www.rcaos.org.uk/archbishops-appeal
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Church demonstrates her spiritual closeness to those directly affected by the conflict in Ukraine by consecrating Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Here is the prayer of consecration so that all of us can recite it throughout the day in fraternal union.
Your Legacy of Faith – Remember the Church with a gift in your will.
As Catholics, we believe in the sanctity of life; life is a precious gift from God. We strive to live life joyfully and faithfully, in the hope we will return to our Creator after a natural death, to enjoy eternal life with Him. When you move onto the next life, you can make your lifetime of faith live on through a gift in your Will.
We all desire to leave a legacy, to make a mark, to make a difference in the lives of our families and friends, and within our communities. A gift in your Will to the Church, no matter how big or small, is a wonderful way to support your Catholic community. For further information, please click on the following link: Leave a Legacy: Archdiocese of Southwark (rcaos.org.uk)
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Gospel Reflections (Mark 1:12-15)
Mark’s emphasis is distinctly different from that of Matthew and Luke. No details of the testing are given. Rather Jesus’ sojourn in the desert seems almost a return to the peace of the Garden of Eden. The desert of Judea, between Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, is a noble and dignified solitude of smooth, sandstone hills. Nothing grows, of course, but wild camels and the occasional leopard prowl around. There Jesus was ‘with the wild animals’ as, led by the Spirit, he made his preparation for his mission. In what way was he tested? We may presume that in solitude and prayer he was working out the implications of the Voice from Heaven at his Baptism. How was he to run his course as the beloved Servant of the Lord? Precisely how was he to bring the presence of the Kingship of God into people’s lives? The ‘forty’ is often used in biblical accounts for a period of preparation, as Israel’s forty years in the desert, or the forty days between Easter and Ascension which prepared the Apostles for Jesus’ leaving them and then for the coming of the Spirit at Pentecost. We may use our forty days of Lent to reflect on how we may bring God’s presence to bear in and through our lives. How will you make best use of this time of preparation in Lent?
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