Reflections for the Month of July

Wow! It’s like getting a birthday package a month early and marked: ‘Don’t open until…’ Finally, you take it out of the box after waiting so long and find the gift wrapped in beautiful paper and tied with a really nice ribbon, and marked ‘fragile’. Mum wants the ribbon so you must carefully untie it, then she wants the paper too so you have to patiently unseal and fold the wrapping paper. It all takes time and you just want to get it open and see what’s inside.

Here we are, nearly 3 months since the churches were locked, revealing, very slowly, the wonderful gift we’ve missed so much. We cannot yet have all we had before and might lose it as quickly as before. We must be patient and careful in how everything proceeds. Even as the 2-metre advice is relaxed we all remain vulnerable. So, be vigilant with hygiene and use PPE, stay shielded if you’re told to, not just for ourselves but for others too. Now is not the time to be careless. The prize is too great to let it slip away from our grasp.

I don’t expect we’ll ever have things as they were, like sharing the Precious Blood from the one chalice (only a very recent permission: VAT II on Concelebration and Communion under Both Kinds First Decreed for use 16 April 1965, extended faculty 29 June 1970) but we pray for the day we can communicate as Jesus intended as a community.

Opened Churches in the Deanery

Bexley: Mon, Wed, Fri 10-11am

Bexleyheath: Sunday and Tues 11am-12pm, Thurs 3-4pm

Bostall Park: daily 10-11am, plus Sat 6.30-7.30pm; Sunday 9-10 and 10.30-11.30am

Blackfen: Sun, Tues, Thurs, Sat 10.30am-12.30pm; Wed, Fri 5.30-7.30pm

Crayford: Wed and Fri 9-11am and 1-3pm

Erith:  daily 10.30am-12.30pm except Sunday 2pm-6pm

Sidcup: daily 10.30am-12.30pm

Welling: Tues 10.30-11.30am, Sat 11-12, Sun 10-11.30am

Calendar for July   Ordinary Time, Yr A

1st      St Oliver Plunket  Martyr National Calendar

3rd     St Thomas  Apostle

6th     St Maria Goretti  Virgin Martyr

11th   St Benedict  Patron of Europe National Calendar

13th   St Mildred  Diocesan Calendar

15th   St Bonaventure

16th   Our Lady of Mt Carmel  Feast

20th   St Apollinaris  Bishop Martyr

21st    St Lawrence of Brindisi

22nd  St Mary Magdalen

23rd   St Bridget  Patron of Europe

24th   St Sharbel Machlūf

25th   St James  Apostle

29th   St Martha

30th   St Peter Chrysologus

31st    St Ignatius Loyola

Rev Michael Baldry