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


Saturday 27th February
First Mass of Sunday
6.00 pm – Sr. Pauline RIP (A. Kurian & Family)

Sunday 28th February
9.30 am – People of the Parish
11.30 am – Dr. Edmund Patrick Solomon RIP

(E. Solomon)

Monday 1st March

Tuesday 2nd March – DIVINE WORSHIP MASS
6.30 pm – Fr. Ivor Morris RIP

Wednesday 3rd March
9.15 am – Peggy Randles RIP (A. Pleasant)

Thursday 4th March
9.15 am – Elizabeth Nyirenda RIP (V. Ako)

Friday 5th March
Women’s World Day of Prayer
9.15 am – Mike Toolan RIP (M. Smyth)

Saturday 6th March
First Mass of Sunday
6.00 pm – People of the Parish

Sunday 7th March
9.30 am – Sr. Madeleine Keegan SP RIP

(Sr. Jean)
11.30 am – Sr. Fiona Vallance SP – Golden Jubilee
(Sr. Jean)

Taken from the Gospel for Sunday 28th February 2021 (Mark 9:2-10): The Transfiguration
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain where they could be alone by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became dazzingly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. “Rabbi,” he said, “it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and there came a voice from the cloud, “This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.” Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus. As they came down
the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what ‘rising from the dead’ could mean.

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

As the time of the Passion approaches, the foreboding of the disciples grows. Jesus sustains them with this vivid manifestation of himself in glory. On the holy mountain of revelation they see him transformed. It was a real visual experience, though described in symbols familiar from the Bible – brilliant white clothes, and so on. Moses and Elijah are seen there because they also had experienced the vision of God on the holy mountain: Moses when he had received the Law from God on Mount Sinai; Elijah when he encountered God in the cave on Mount Horeb. The disciples were frightened, confused and overcome at the awesome experience, and yet, at the same time, comforted in such a way that Peter wanted to prolong it. Their reaction to the presence of the Lord will later be reflected by that of Christian mystics – both a reassuring terror and a frightening homeliness, the awareness of a presence which is awesome yet comforting – an experience which cannot fully be put into words. The Voice from Heaven is an echo of the Voice heard at Jesus’ Baptism. There, however, the Voice was addressed to Jesus, whereas here it is spoken to the disciples, proclaiming Jesus as authorized teacher, the one who speaks with the authority of the Beloved Son.
When and how do you meet Jesus? How do you respond to God? Are you frightened of God, or is God a comfort to you?
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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