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 8th May
Vigil – First Mass of Sunday
6 pm – People of the Parish

Sunday 9th May
SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)
9.30 am – Michael Doolan RIP
(L. Doolan & S. Garvey)

11.30 am – Lawrence Pule RIP & Margaret & Family’s Intentions (M. Pule)

Monday 10th May
NO MASS

Tuesday 11th May
6.30 pm – Laurie Wade’s Intentions (J. Parker)

Wednesday 12th May
VIGIL MASS – ASCENSION OF THE LORD (B)
8 pm – John Logue RIP (A. Cavanagh)

Thursday 13th May
THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD (B)
9.15 am – People of the Parish

Friday 14th May – St. Matthias, Ap
9.15 am – Helen Solomon’s Intentions
(E. Solomon)

Saturday 15th May
Vigil – First Mass of Sunday
6 pm – Frank Cracknell RIP (Fr. Paul & Family)

Sunday 16th May
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (B)
World Communications Day
9.30 am – Lane Family Intentions (E. Bullock)
11.30 am – People of the Parish


Taken from the Gospel for 9th May 2021 (John 15:9-17): Loving like God

Jesus said to his disciples, “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my own joy may be in you and your joy be complete. This is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you. A man can have no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do what I command you. I shall not call you servants anymore, because a servant does not know his master’s business; I call you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have learnt from my Father. You did not choose me; no, I chose you; and I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit, fruit that will last; and then the Father will give you anything you ask him in my name. What I command you is to love one another.”


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

Like so many of the great discourses of Jesus in the gospel of John, today’s reading is not a shorthand record of Jesus’ words, but will have been written up after the event. Most probably there were several slightly different versions of what Jesus said at the Last Supper. In any case, one can see that the author has in mind two different contexts: Jesus’ own historical situation at the Last Supper and the situation of the early Church, where the disciples are being tested hard in their mission. They need encouraging by Jesus’ own example of his sacrifice and by his promise of real friendship; they are friends, not servants, specially chosen by Jesus to bear fruit that will last. So we too are welcomed as friends, chosen and commissioned by Jesus to go out and bear fruit, but reminded that we must be prepared to pay the price. There is no fruit without pruning. Jesus had just given the example of service by washing the feet of his disciples. If we are to share the joy of Jesus we must be ready to join him also in laying down our lives for our friends.

Do we ever have to make hard choices for Christ?


Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB


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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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