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St Mary’s & St Michael’s Church Newsletter
Commercial Road, Contact 0207 790 5911
Priest in the Community: Fr. Willie Skehan, Fr. Aidan Sharrett
Email: commercialroad@rcdow.org.uk
Website:http://parish.rcdow.org.uk/Commercialroad
Parish Safeguarding Representative: Ana Cardoso (Contact 07766302792)
We seek to be a community witnessing to God’s inclusive love, welcoming and affirming all people of every race, age, gender, sexual orientation, place of national origin and economic status.

This Month we pray for the Deanery Religious Communities, Bishop Challoner Chaplaincy & 9 Catholic Primary Schools in our Deanery

Fourth Sunday after Easter
World Day of Prayer for Vocations

May 11th Sat 6:00pm Ann Wells. Rip. Jim Callan, Betty & Alec Hughes. Anniv
May 12th Sun 9:00am Hannah Robinson, Rogelio Cayabyab. Rip Margaret Clarke. 1st Anniv
Sun 11:00am Int of Kathleen O Brien.
May 13th Mon 9:30am Kath Donovan. ( nee Leak) Rip
Mon 12:00 Noon Funeral Service for the late Mary Heath. Rip
May 14th Tue 9:30am Betty & Alec Hughes. Anniv
May 15th Wed 9:30am People of the Parish.
May 16th Thu 9:30am (Convent) Celebrants Intention.
May 17th Fri 9:30am Teresa Holt. Anniv
May 18th Sat 9:30am (Convent) Int of Sisters of Mercy
Sat 12:00 Noon First Holy Communion Day
5th Sunday of Easter  Collection for Priest Training fund
Sat 6:00pm Int of Agnes Chadwick. Derek Hodgkinson. Rip. Betty & Alec Hughes. Anniv
May 19th Sun 9:00am People of the Parish.
Sun 11:00am Kath Donovan. Rip. Dinah, Jack, Catherine Jeffrey. Anniv

For those who have asked for prayer: Fr Tom, Mgr. Warren Wall.

BANK STATEMENT at end of April 2019 has a total of £83,446.85. No Bills or debts to pay.
Sunday Collections 7th April came to £956.10: Envelopes: £525.30. Loose: £430.80.
Sunday Collection 14th April came to £844.72: Envelopes £378.50. Loose: £466.22.
Sunday Collection 21st April came to £1633.99: Envelopes £660.50. Loose: £973.49. (Easter Sunday.)
Sunday Collection 28th April came to £598.45: Envelopes £338.50. Loose £259.95. (Marathon Sunday.)
Sunday Collection 5th May came to £760.19: Envelopes £344.40. Loose £415.79. (Bank Holiday)

Our Diocesan Assessment is now £1,171.93 a month. £500 each Month comes via ‘Standing Orders’

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION  Day is next Saturday May 18th at 12noon.

Confirmation preparation 10 young people are part of the programme.
Confirmation date is 30th June 2019.

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY – Collection for Priest Training fund Next Week
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, the Day we pray for Priests and for Vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life. The annual collection for the Priest Training Fund will take place next weekend. This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic Priesthood. There are currently 45 men studying at Allen Hall seminary, 27 of who are for our own Diocese, and last year eight men were ordained to the priesthood to serve as future priests. The fund also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our Ordained priests. Your generous donation helps ensure we can support these men who are called to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Donation leaflets are available at the back of the Church. Please take one home, read the information and bring it back next weekend with your donation. Please continue to pray for Vocations and for our priests.

Collections for the Coming Year 2019
May 18th & 19th Priests Training Fund.
June 22nd & 23rd St Mary & St Michaels Maintenance Collection.
October 5th & 6th Cafod Harvest Collection
November 9th & 10th Sick & Retired Priests of the Diocese.

Irish Mammy.
Young Patrick invited his mother for dinner, during the course of the meal his mother couldn’t help but notice how lovely Patricks flatmate, Joanne was. She had long been suspicious a relationship between the two and this only made her more curious. Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact she started to wonder if there was more between young Patrick and his flatmate than met the eye.

Reading his mums thoughts, young Patrick volunteered, ‘I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Joanne and I are just flatmates.

About a week later, Joanne came to young Patrick saying, ‘Ever since your mother came for dinner, I’ve been unable to find the frying pan, do you suppose she took it, do you?????

‘Well I doubt it but I’ll e-mail her just to be sure’ said Patrick. So he sat down and he wrote:

DEAR MOTHER, I’M NOT SAYING THAT YOU ‘DID’ TAKE THE FRYING PAN FROM MY HOUSE, I’M NOT SAYING THAT YOU ‘DID NOT’ TAKE THE FRYING PAN, BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT IT HAS BEEN MISSING EVER SINCE YOU WERE HERE FOR DINNER.? Love Patrick

Several days late, Patrick received an email from his mother which read.

DEAR SON, I’M NOT SAYING THAT YOU ‘DO’ SLEEP WITH JOANNE, AND I’M NOT SAYING THAT YOU ‘DO NOT’, BUT THE FACT REMAINS THAT IF SHE WAS SLEEPING IN HER OWN BED, SHE WOULD HAVE FOUND THE FRYING PAN BY NOW! Love Mam

DAY Trip to Eastbourne on Monday 24th or Tuesday 25th June.
Departing at 9.30am.
Mass in Church at 12noon at Our Lady of Ransom Eastbourne BN21 4E
Free time to enjoy, self-catering Lunch and entertainment.
Bus departs at 4.30pm for a 6.30pm arrival back to Commercial road.
£5 deposit per person, which will be refunded to you during the journey to Eastbourne.                     Westminster Deaf Community will join us for the day

Chessington World of Adventure on Sunday 21st July
Coach departs after 9am Mass for journey to Chessington. Ticket for the coach is £5 per person which will be returned to you during the journey to the Park. Entrance to Chessington World of Adventure is your responsibility. I advise you book online, as on the day is more expensive.

 Parish BBQ on Saturday 14th September 2019.

Youth Summit organised by the Diocese of Westminster Youth Service on Friday 27th September 7pm to 9pm for the Young people of our Deanery. Prayer, Adoration and Personal Faith witness.