Message from Fr Paul Cracknell (Ord.)

Image of Fr. Paul Cracknell, Parish Priest
Fr Paul Cracknell (Ord.)
Parish Priest

A very warm welcome to the Catholic parish of The Blessed Sacrament in the City of Chelmsford Essex. Our parish is part of the Mid-Essex Deanery in the Diocese of Brentwood.

I hope that you find our website informative and I look forward to welcoming you to our parish very soon.

We will regularly keep the website updated so please do check back regularly.

Take care of yourselves and take care of each other.

God bless.

Fr Paul


The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday 25th October 2020
Matthew 22:34-40: The Greatest Commandment

When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to disconcert
him, one of them put a question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus said,
‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second resembles it: you must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang the whole Law, and the Prophets also.’

After spending a few minutes considering this Gospel, continue by reading Fr Henry Wansbrough’s reflection.

Familiarity with Jesus’ answer to the question about the greatest commandment blunts our awareness of its startling directness. Many answers could be given, perhaps singling out any one of the ten commandments as the greatest, the most important basis of society. A frequent answer to the question was and is the Golden Rule which exists in many cultures: ‘Do not do to another what you would not have done to you’. This is basically a selfish answer, protecting one’s own interests. By contrast, Jesus’ answer hits home, turning us away from self to God. ‘Love’ (not ‘obey’ or ‘adore’ or ‘fear’ or ‘reverence’) is the command. Love is not simply the warmth of companionship or of sex, but is the willing generosity of mother to helpless young child or daughter to helpless old parent, of wife to alcoholic husband or husband to paralysed wife, seeking no reward but the happiness of the receiver. Paul gives a useful check-list about love in chapter 13 of his first letter to the Corinthians.
John’s first letter provides a useful summary: ‘No one who fails to love the brother or sister whom he can see, can love God whom he has not seen’.

How do we put into practice this commandment to love?

The Wednesday Word – Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB


Friday 23rd October
9.15 am – Barbara Cracknell RIP (Fr Paul & Family)

Saturday 24th October
Vigil Mass – First Mass of Sunday
6pm – Ann Lamont RIP & John Hurrell RIP (Greene Family)

Sunday 25th October
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
Missio Appeal Collection
9.30am People of the Parish
11.30am Edna Solomon’s Intentions

Monday 26th October

Tuesday 27th October
No Mass

Wednesday 28th October
No Mass

Thursday 29th October
No Mass

Friday 30th October
No Mass

Saturday 31st October
Vigil Mass – First Mass of Sunday
6 pm – People of the Parish

Sunday 1st November
Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)
All Saints
9.30 am – Fr Paul Dynan RIP (A & J Donachie)

11.30 am – Carol & Rob Brandon’s Intentions (Parker Family)

The Parish Office has re-opened. All enquiries are to be made by either telephone (01245 354256) or email ( Visits by prior appointment only, with social distancing measures.

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Chelmsford Food Bank are in need of the following items.

FOOD ITEMS:  Tinned potatoes, jams/preserves/spreads, instant mash packets, instant custard sachets, tinned custard and tinned rice pudding.

TOILETRIES: Ladies deodorants and shampoo, washing powder or liquid.

They thank you for your encouragement and continued generosity though the last five months.

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