Message from Fr Paul Cracknell (Ord.)

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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


THIS WEEK’S MASS INTENTIONS

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

Sunday 1st August
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)
9.30 am – Helen Clark RIP (Marian & Family)
11.30 am – Stanley Ridley RIP (Family)

Monday 2nd August
NO MASS

Tuesday 3rd August – Divine Worship Mass & Adoration –
6.30 pm – Doris Taylor RIP (B. & S. Mayo)

Wednesday 4th August – St John Vianney, Pr
9.15 am –Vocations to the Priesthood

(N. Clifford-Shah)

Thursday 5th August
9.15 am –Wellbeing of

William Graham, aged 2 (M. Radice)

Friday 6th August – TRANSFGURATION OF THE LORD, Feast
9.15 am – Elaine Bullock’s Intentions

(E. Bullock)

Saturday 7th August
Vigil – First Mass of Sunday
6pm – Tony Greene RIP (Greene Family)

Sunday 8th August
NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARTY TIME (B)
9.30 am – People of the Parish
11.30 am – Una Dowling RIP (E. Solomon)


Taken from the Gospel for 1st August 2021 (John 6:24-35): The Bread of Life

When the people saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into boats and crossed to Capernaum to look for Jesus. When they found him on the other side, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” Jesus answered, “I tell you most solemnly, you are not looking for me because you have seen the signs but because you had all the bread you wanted to eat. Do not work for food that cannot last, but work for food that endures to eternal life, the kind of food the Son of Man is offering you, for on him the Father, God himself, has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do if we are to do the works that God wants?” Jesus gave them this answer, “This is working for God: you must believe in the one he has sent.” So they said, “What sign will you give to show us that we should believe in you? What work will you do? Our fathers had manna to eat in the desert; as scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” Jesus answered, “I tell you most solemnly, it was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven, it is my Father who gives you the bread from heaven, the true bread; for the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread always.” Jesus answered, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst.”


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

After the account of the miraculous feeding of the five thousand, Jesus explains the significance of the event. First he stresses that its importance lies not in the material food that goes bad, but in that of which the food is a sign. The people must understand the sign-value of the food, its ultimate fulfilment in Jesus of the manna in the desert: we do not live by bread alone but by every word which comes from the mouth of God. The whole explanation is built on a contrast between Moses and Jesus, between the food given by Moses and that given by Jesus. Jesus is the bread of life as the eucharistic bread, and also as revelation. We often concentrate exclusively on the eucharistic meaning of this chapter. This introduction to the Bread of Life discourse, however, emphasises that it is belief and understanding which is first required, and only then does Jesus begin to explain the deeper meaning of the bread. Jesus gives the explanation of what he has done in the synagogue at Capernaum, and – after the manner of Jewish sermons of the time – each phrase of the scriptural quotation from the Book of Exodus is commented on in turn: Bread from heaven / he gave them / to eat.

If this miraculous feeding is a sign, what is it a sign of?

Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB


Pilgrimage to Walsingham

All are welcome

Please join the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Saturday 4th September 2021

Daily live streamed Mass, up to date news and a special message from Monsignor Keith Newton can be found on the website of The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham https://www.ordinariate.org.uk/

Chelmsford Foodbank Logo

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.