29th September 2013 Newsletter

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St Bartholomew †       St Alban                                                                                     


Sunday29th September2013


Confirmation 2013

Ubi Caritas… Deus ibi est)


Today in the Parish of St Paul’s, East Ham, the Sacrament of Confirmation is being administered to a number of young Christians. Two of these candidates are from our Parish: José Carlos and Somachi Junior Onuoha. We pray fervently for them and for all the other candidates.


Some Churches consider Confirmation as the second of the three Sacraments of Initiation; Baptism being the first and Communion the third. In the Churches of the West, Confirmation is usually received as a kind of Christian teenage rite of passage. It is conferred several years after First Communion.


While these traditions may vary from church to church all Christian traditions agreed on the essential character of the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Confirmation is regarded as the ultimate consummation and perfection of Baptism. This is clearly stated in the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation:

“by the sacrament of Confirmation, the baptized are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed”.


The gift of the Holy Spirit is the ultimate fulfilment of the promises of Jesus to the Church and to all believers.  These transforming gifts or charismas are Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Knowledge, Piety and Reverence.

 Receiving these gifts from God bears the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

I am sure you can recognize or feel some of these fruits in your own life or in the lives of other Christians. We pray:

Come, O Holy Spirit. Fill the hearts of Thy Faithful…….Amen         

                                                                                                            Fr Fred


St Bart’s: Celebrant & Preacher: Revd Canon Ann Easter

St Mary’s: Celebrant & Preacher: Revd Quintin Peppiatt

Revd Rob Marshall is guest preacher at High Street South Methodist Church


In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen and +David our bishops, our clergy and our mission to

East Ham; Older People: Golden Oldies; Genesis Housing Association – residents and staff; Lunch Club: Friday Games

The sick and suffering: Les Page, Clarice, Win Jones, Maude Smith,

 Martin & Yvonne Gammon, Geneva Grimes, Alice Singh & Doris Goodchild.

Preparing for Confirmation:     Somachi Junior Onuoha & Jose Carlos

Those who have died: Mary Jenkins, Norah Gardner & Jacqueline Fell.

 May they rest in peace and rise in glory


Readings for 29th September 2013   

Genesis 28: 10-17        Revelation 12: 7-12       John 1: 47-end

Readings for 6th October 2013

St Mary’s:     2 Timothy 1: 1-14

St Bart’s: Deuteronomy 26: 1-11   Revelations 14: 14-18   John 6: 25-35

St Mary’s Birthday’s                   HAPPY BIRTHDAY to  

Jean McCluskey & Dennis (D.J)

Confirmation TODAY

Today  Bishop David will be confirming two candidates from our parish

 - their names are printed above.

Canon Edward Carter   Our thanks to Edward for leading our parish quiet day yesterday at Haggerston. It proved to be a very enjoyable day and it was good to see folk from right across the parish present.

HARVEST FESTIVAL - next weekend.


Next week is our Harvest Festival 2013. We will be supporting the Renewal Programme and their work with refugees and you are asked to bring non -perishable foods as harvest gifts which will then be collected and delivered to them. Harvest is the time of the year when we thank God for his gift to us of creation - for what has been safely gathered in and for the hungry in the world: for the changing seasons and the  colour, light and glory of God's world. Please do join us.

PCC The next meeting is at St Bart's on Wednesday 23rd October at 7.45pm

allowing those who want to attend the Mass at St Mary's at 6.30pm to do so.


Next month the parish book club will be discussing the poetry of

 Ted Hughes on Monday 14th October.

Here is a poem called The Harvest Moon:


The Harvest Moon


The flame-red moon, the harvest moon,

Rolls along the hills, gently bouncing,

A vast balloon,

Till it takes off, and sinks upward

To lie on the bottom of the sky, like a gold doubloon. 

The harvest moon has come,

Booming softly through heaven, like a bassoon.

And the earth replies all night, like a deep drum. 


So people can't sleep,

So they go out where elms and oak trees keep

A kneeling vigil, in a religious hush.

The harvest moon has come! 


And all the moonlit cows and all the sheep

Stare up at her petrified, while she swells

Filling heaven, as if red hot, and sailing

Closer and closer like the end of the world. 


Till the gold fields of stiff wheat

Cry `We are ripe, reap us!' and the rivers

Sweat from the melting hills. 

Next year   From Bishop Stephen


In 2014 the Diocese of Chelmsford will celebrate 100 years of faithful service to Essex and East London.

2014 will be a great time to celebrate the hope which our churches have shared in the living Christ over our first 100 years and to commit to our next 100 years together.

If you are looking to find out about the Christian faith, our parishes will be holding local celebrations near you where you will be welcome.

You can also discover how the Christian faith has been lived out over the last 100 years and how you can experience this living faith for yourself.

And if you are hoping to organise a local celebration, do come to one of my training events for some ideas.   (The Newham Deanery event is on

14th November at St Paul's East Ham at 7.15pm)

Whenever I have any news I would like to send you an update.

 To be among the first to receive my updates, look on the Diocesan website.         +Stephen


  is cancelled this year. Watch this space

Newham Free Training courses for Christians


Leaflets are available for the next ‘On the Way’ course, from which we have had several graduates and the more recent ‘Time to Share’ course. 

Both courses rely heavily on sharing experiences together rather than reading and writing and start in the New year.


On the Way:               Is focused on developing your faith and becoming a more confident Christian.  It also encourages people to discover their talents.

There is a week end residential for which a contribution of £15 is requested.


Time to Share:        This is a  course for building confidence in those who wish to share their faith in an appropriate way with others. It includes a placement and projects and would be ideal for those interested in any form of outreach.

St Bart's DCC   Discussions continue about the future of Bart's Centre and an important meeting of the Bart's DCC will now take place on Wednesday 16th October at Bart's at 7.30pm.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land  16th-23rd June 2014.  Led by Rob. Departs London for Tel Aviv and take in the Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem over 8 days. We will stay in excellent hotels and enjoy Palestinian Christian guides who will show us the land of Jesus. Please speak to Rob for more information. A deposit now secures your place.

Bart's Café  We continue to give thanks for the progress which Sue has made

and it was great to see her back this week for a few hours!

We are also grateful to Rebecca for holding the fort for this period.

We are seeking additional professional help to ensure that the café

 is able to cover its basic costs until Sue returns full time before Christmas.


Midweek Services St Mary Magdalene 6.30pm Wednesday

and St Bart’s 1230 Thursday.

In addition Morning Prayer is said at St Bart’s at 9am on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

and at St Mary Magdalene on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Evening Prayer is currently said at Bart’s at 5pm Monday-Thursday.

The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm

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