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West Green
4 Vincent Road, London N15 3QH
Parish Office Tel No: 020-8888-5518 E-mail: westgreen@rcdow.org.uk
Facebook: West Green - St John Vianney Church
Our website: http://stjohnvianneywestgreen.co.uk/
(SJV Parish Centre 020-8888-5518)


Dear Parishioners,

I did not want to be a priest. I thought I couldnt be happy as a

priest. This Good Shepherd Sunday reassures me that priesthood
is the path by which Jesus, the Good Shepherd, leads me to the fresh and green pastures of
his forgiveness and love. These fresh and green pastures do not involve a life of pure
relaxation as much as that might seem! These fresh and green pastures involve the
mission to lead others to these pastures of merciful love.

We are all promised the fresh and green pastures of Gods merciful love through friendship
with Jesus. Jesus leads some to these pastures via marriage, some religious life (e.g., the
Verbum Dei missionary community here), some through a life as a consecrated virgin in the
world, some young men through priesthood.

Committing to priesthood is not easy. Priests must give up many things, including the
possibility of marriage. Part of my discernment involved coming to realise that, despite my
attraction to marriage, Jesus has made my heart to be for everyone, not just for one other
person. Pope St. John Paul II said that a priest is a man for others. Because of this,
priesthood, not marriage, completes me. This may also be true for some young men here.

Mission is the essence of my understanding of priesthood and of the Catholic Christian life.
Ive never felt so alive as I do now in giving my life to make missionary disciples of Jesus
Christ, the Good Shepherd, as a priest. This was an important factor in discerning whether,
or not, to pursue a career as a football or swim coaching. My desire to make intentional
missionary disciples inspired me more than making great footballers and swimmers.

Priests help make missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. You too are a missionary disciple
who makes missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. I was furious to read recently that, the
Churchs activity is 40% missionary. The Catholic Churchs activity is 100% missionary,
however small it may seem. Former president of the U.S.A, Richard Nixon, asked a cleaner
working at Nasa what his role was. The cleaner stopped mopping, stood up proudly, and
said, Im helping to put man on the moon, sir! We experience Jesus, the Good Shepherd,
leading us to fresh and green pastures through a mission to make missionary disciples,
whether through marriage, religious life, consecrated single life, or priesthood.

We have a Mission Week here from Saturday 10th June to Sunday 18th June. Please, put those
dates in your diary, and pray for more labourers to lead the Mission to bring people to the
Good Shepherd who leads everyone to the fresh and green pastures of his merciful love.

God bless, Fr Damian

Join us either on Tuesdays (7.30-9.00pm)
CATECHETICAL PROGRAMMES or Wednesdays (10.00-11.30am) in the
All the activities take place in the Parish Jubilee Hall. Next Sessions: Protestors and
Hall. Any enquiries please contact Defenders (Part II)
Sr. Devy on 07403 784463 on 9th and 10th May 2017.
The Celebration of First Holy
Following our Youth Alpha sessions, we
Communion will take place
would like to invite all young people aged
on Sunday 7 and 14th May at 2pm.
13-18 to join us in this space where we will
We ask parents to ensure their children are
explore more about life and faith.
on time.
Time: 7 - 8:30 pm
Next Session Theme Nine Sat 20th May Place: St. John Vianney Hall
10am in the Hume Hall Dates: Mondays: 8th May, 15th May,
Sending Out Mass Sun. 21st May at 2pm 22nd May, 5th June, 12th June
Half term special camp: Mon 29th May -
INSTRUCTION Cost: Free - suggested donation 2
The Celebration of the Sacrament of
First Holy Communion will take place on PARISH MISSION
Sunday 7 and 14th May at 2pm. As part of our celebration of our 90years
We ask parents to ensure their children are as a parish, from 10th 18th June, we will
on time. have a Parish Mission. We will follow the
pattern of having a 6.30am Mass followed
Next Session Sat. 20th May 10am
by Breakfast, Mass as usual at 9.15am
Sending Out Mass Sun. 21st May at 2pm
and a Mission Service at 7.30pm
CHANGE IN THE PROGRAMME: Our theme will be based in the story of the
The Religious Instruction programme two disciples on the Road to Emmaus.
for 2017-2018 will be held on Please keep those dates in mind.
SUNDAYS 9.30am - 10.45am.
Next session on Sat 13th May from 3.30pm In the Parish Hall after (Sun.) 9am and
in the Parish Hall, followed by Mass at 6pm. 11am Masses


will take place on Friday 19th May at 7pm The next film night showing
in Church. Quo Vadis will take place on
All Candidates and their Sponsors are Sunday 21st May in the parish Hall at 5pm.
asked to be on time. Watch this space!
THE CELEBRATION OF BAPTISM Will take place on Wednesday 10th May
If you would like to have your child baptised at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.
on the 13th May 17 or later, the next
sessions will be on Monday, 8th & 22nd 17. PARISH OUTREACH
Please contact the Parish Office to book SOUP RUN: the next Soup Run on Sat. 13th
your place on the course. May Group B
Todays second collection is for the annual SPECIAL MINISTERS MEETING/TRAINING
Priest Training Fund. will take place in the Parish Hall on the 13th
The Fund helps pay for the training of May from 10 am - 12 noon. Parishioners
seminarians (we currently have 39), the who would like to join our Ministry are
education of priests for special ministries, invited to attend. All Special Ministers
and ongoing enrichment to strengthen should attend. Thank you
priests. Your gift helps ensure we can
provide training for these men responding THY KINGDOM COME
to Christs call to dedicate their lives serving The Diocese of Westminster is supporting
the Church. Please be as generous as you the global prayer movement for
can. Please also pray for vocations; please evangelisation Thy Kingdom Come which
take home a prayer card for vocations. If takes place from Ascension to Pentecost.
you do not have a donation leaflet, plenty Thy Kingdom Come invites Christians
are still available at the back of the church. around the world to pray between
You can donate online anytime at Ascension and Pentecost for more people to
www.rcdow.org.uk/donations come to know Jesus Christ. What started out
as an invitation from the Archbishops of
SURGERY HOURS DROP-IN TIMES Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church
As a parish team, we want to be available to of England has grown into an international
meet the pastoral needs of all parishioners and ecumenical call to prayer. To have a
in St John Vianney Church as much as we week of prayer for Christian mission is just
can. Complementing the existing office a wonderful thing. Please do join in before
hours and our general availability, we Pentecost, this drive to pray together for the
would like to offer the following drop-in gift of Gods spirit for our mission. We know
times how rich Pentecost is in the life of the Church
Tue 3.30-4.30pm Fr Joe 4 Vincent from its very beginning. That richness can be
ours too - if we ask God for it.
6.30-7.30pm Road
Wed 10.30am- Fr 4 Vincent FAMILIAS FRIENDS EVENTS 2017
11.30pm Damian Road THE JOY OF LOVE
3.30pm Sr Devy 4aVincent Fr Chris Thomas will offer and introduction to
4.30pm Road Amoris Laetitia Pope Francis Apostolic
Thu 11.30am- Exhortation on marriage and family as an aid
12.30pm Sr Devy 4a to reflection, dialogue and pastoral practice
Vincent through the lens of the home, parish and
6.30pm Sr school partnership. Event takes place on Wed.
7.30pm Catherine Road
24 May at Vaughan House, 46 Francis
Street SW1P 1QN. Entry: 10 for FAMILIAS
PILGRIMAGE TO FATIMA members, Associate, Friends; 20 for all
Fr Damian will be leading St. Peters others. To book, contact Charlotte
Catholic Church, Hatfield, Herts on a McNerlin T: 0207 931 6064; email
Pilgrimage to Fatima family@rcdow.org.uk
From Saturday 21st October to Thursday
26th October. Price: 699 per person. DANCE CLASSES:
Deposit of 200.00. "Following the success of the Dance Concert,
If you would like to come, please speak to Fr Candy will run a Free Dance Class on
Damian for an itinerary and a booking form Wednesday the 16th May at 10.00am. After
ASAP. Places are limited and on a first-come, that there will be a charge of 10.00 for 4
first-served basis. weeks and so on. .
If anyone missed the Concert, there will be a repeat
performance in the near future."
Entrance Antiphon
The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; THIS WEEK WE PRAY FOR
by the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
alleluia. The repose of the soul:
James Ingram (son-in-law of Christina
First reading Sheehan
Acts 2:14, 36-41 Concheta Berdeday Roncesvelles (Nikki
Lewiss mother)
Psalm 22: 1-6 LanFranco Gaglione
The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall
want. RIP

Second reading RIP Anniversary:

1 Peter 2:20-25 Angela Phillips

Gospel Acclamation Special Intentions:

Alleluia, alleluia! Jenny Smith (successful operation-speedy
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; recovery)
I know my own sheep and my own know me. Simon Pierre
Alleluia! Christine Hall
Christy Guerin
Gospel Joe Breen
John 10:1-10 Marilyn Martin

Communion Antiphon For the sick and those in our parish

The Good Shepherd has risen, Ann Commins, Anna Breen, Anne OBrien,
who laid down his life for his sheep Bridget Mitchell, Don & Nora OSullivan,
and willingly died for his flock, alleluia. Frank Fox, Gerry Tomnays parents,
Grace Couthino,
MASS & SERVICE TIMES Jim McGeoghegan, John & Kathy ORouke,
Marie Dorson, Nelda & Angelo Catani,
Mass 9:15am Nellie OShea, Pauline & John Mooney,
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Pippa Da Cruz, Pantaleone Mansi,
Friday, Saturday Rita Mongelard, Sarah Namagambe,
Sheila Courtney, Sherry Arul, Val Eaves,
(Sat.) 6pm; Yvonne Joseph,
Sunday: 9:00am and 11:00am
Sacrament of Reconciliation: IN OUR BOOK OF INTENTIONS.
Saturday: from 9:45 am 10:15am


PARISH TEAM Tues to Fri 10am-12noon, 1pm-4pm
Fr. Joe Ryan, Parish Priest
Fr Damian Ryan, Assistant Priest To make an appointment
Sr. Devy Pranadjaja, Parish Sister Phone: 0208 888 5518 or email
Germaine Ng Ying, Parish Adm/Secretary westgreen@rcdow.org.uk
We cannot guarantee to have anyone available outside
of these hours.