RECENT NEWS: 24 October, 2021
Sunday Mass Times: 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
World Mission Sunday: is being celebrated in Catholic parishes around the world today. It’s a day when we extend our prayerful support to missionaries who work alongside communities that are poor or in need, bringing the hope of the Gospel.
Monday, 25th October, 2.00-3.00pm: Amal Visits Westminster Cathedral – Little Amal, a 3.5m puppet of a refugee girl, is walking from the border of Turkey / Syria to Manchester, 8000km, in search of her mother. On her journey she will visit Westminster Cathedral, where she will be welcomed by Cardinal Vincent. You are invited to join Cardinal Vincent for this Welcome Liturgy and to learn more about migrants and refugees. It is during half term week, an opportunity for families to come together. Further information about Little Amal’s journey is available at https://www.walkwithamal.org/ Please be seated by 1.45pm.
So much to pray for: Migrants and refugees (see above); COP26 (see below); the Synod process in our diocese (see below); respect for life from conception to natural death (Assisted Dying Bill in House of Lords); the end of the pandemic; conversion of heart for us and for all … You may wish to join a worldwide initiative of 40 days of Perpetual Adoration from 2nd November to 11th December by committing to an hour a week of Adoration for these and other intentions. For details go to effatha.live.
Prayers for the Dead: We pray all the recently deceased, and those whose anniversaries occur around this time. May they rest in peace and rise in glory.
Prayers for the Sick: We pray for all our sick and housebound parishioners, especially Robin Hradsky, Sharon McDonnell, Felicia Tawiah. and Phuong Quach.
Real Advent Calendars: As our society moves further away from the real meaning of Advent and Christmas, we are told that no supermarkets this year are selling these calendars. If you want us to order them for you, let Sister Miriam know by the 5th of November. This year the cost is £4.50. It includes a booklet of the Christmas story and activities and much more. For more information: https://meaningfulchocolate.co.uk/pages/real-advent-calendar and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHSDpC2XYOQ&t=2s
First Holy Communion: To register for first Holy Communion you will be invited to make an appointment with Sister Miriam after half-term and to bring with you a copy of your child’s Baptism Certificate. If you have not yet indicated your desire to prepare your child at this time, please do so by contacting Sister.
Events in Preparation for COP26 (COP26 is the next annual UN climate change conference. COP stands for Conference of the Parties, and the summit will be attended by the countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a treaty that came into force in 1994.)
Monday, 1st November, 6.00pm (after 5.30pm Mass): Candle-lit Procession from Westminster Cathedral to Farm Street Church to pray for the success of COP26 – Join us in the Cathedral for the 5.30pm Mass with a blessing for the procession at the end or gather on the piazza in front of Westminster Cathedral at 6.00pm. Finishing with refreshments at Farm Street. Organised by London Jesuit Centre, Jesuit Missions and Westminster Justice & Peace. Bring a candle you can carry safely or led tea-lights provided. Come on the day or sign up to help us gauge numbers at: https://londonjesuitcentre.org/cop-26-candle-lit-procession
Saturday, 6th November, 11.00am – 4.00pm: London Rally on Global Day of Action for the Climate. Meet at St Mary Moorfields Church, 4-5 Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS, where we will gather with CAFOD before we join the main march outside the Bank of England. Wear a CAFOD T-shirt or something green! Bring a banner. Register to receive updates: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Events/COP26-Day-of-Action-2021
Synod: In his homily last Saturday to open the synod process in the diocese, Cardinal Vincent described the three steps of the diocesan / parish conversations:
- Our conversations are to be based on our experience of living the faith. Recent months, the long months of the pandemic, have thrown fresh light on that experience. So, we begin by listening to how we have lived our faith during this time, what has helped, what was missing, who was left out. We ask ‘How did God touch my life in those long and difficult months?’
- to broaden out those reflections to the wider themes of this process: communion, participation and mission. Communion: What do we learn about the strengths and weaknesses of our life as a Church? Participation: How easy is it to make a contribution, to participate? What is the way of participation that you would most appreciate? And mission: our call to serve the world, working alongside all brothers and sisters.
- to gather the fruits of this reflection and to offer that fruit to the wider diocese so that an overall picture of our life and faith, our dreams and hopes, our desires and insights might emerge.
Prayer from Bishops for COP26:
Loving God, we praise your name with all you have created.
You are present in the whole universe, and in the smallest of creatures.
We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us as stewards of your creation.
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they seek to embrace the
changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.
Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions for the poorest and most vulnerable, and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son. Amen
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