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St. Augustine’s Primary School Summer Fair

Saturday 26th June 2021 from 12 noon to 4 pm.  Disbrowe Road, London, W6 8QE.  Entry via gates at Fulham Pools. Free Admission. 

Vocation Music Award – Song Writing Competition

Calling all young adults aged 18-35 to participate in a song-writing competition on the them of vocation.

Key Dates:

31st July 2021 – Final date for submission of songs.

22nd August 2021 – Professional judging.

11th September 2021 – Winners announced via Live Stream.

For further information:

Web: www.vocation-music-award.com

Facebook: https://bit.ly/2Ywe6OS

Marriage Care Counselling Services

Marriage Care offers support from trained counsellors to couples and families who need help in coping with the pressures of lockdown. Find out more at https://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/marriage-andfamily-life/news/marriage-care-at-75—we-are-here-for-you/.

Stress in Your Marriage? 

Retrouvaille is a programme for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage.  Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship.  Most do not know how to change the situation, or even communicate with their spouse about it.  This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year.  There is no group therapy or group work.  For confidential information about “Retrouvaille” or to register for the programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 1st – 4th July 2021.  Visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk or call or text +44 7887 296 983 or +44 7973-380-443 or email: retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com 

Asylum Seekers in Hotels

Caritas Westminster has been informed that asylum seekers have been housed by the Home Office in 35 hotels across London, but have not been linked up with Local Authorities, schools, GPs, and other support to which they are entitled. If you want more information or are aware of a hotel in the area and you wish to support, please contact caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk for a fact sheet.

Settlement Scheme for European citizens

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens who were living in the UK by 31st December 2020 have until 30th June 2021 to apply for the Settlement Scheme. Those who do not apply are at risk of losing their rights to live and work here or access important services such as healthcare. There is a need to continue drawing this to people’s attention as we approach the deadline. Older and vulnerable people may require assistance with the online application or not even know that their status is at risk. In many cases their main point of contact with society will be through the Church. Relevant information can be found on the official government website (www.gov.uk/settled-statuseu-citizens-families), from the European Commission (www.eurights.uk/what-you-need-to-know) or from the charity Settled (www.settled.org.uk). Please note, Irish citizens do not need to apply.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

The annual diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led this year by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Fr John Farrell OP, will take place from 22nd to 30th November. In addition to walking in the footsteps of Christ, it is a pilgrimage of solidarity and an opportunity to return ready for mission. The cost is £1,590 per person, with a single room supplement of £455 per person. For further information and booking forms, please contact Gill Didino of Tangney Tours at 01732 886 666.

Landings ‘Catholic Listeners’

Reaching out to those who have become isolated during the pandemic and are looking at how to reconnect with the Church, Landings is setting up a telephone helpline service. For those who would like to find out more and training as a ‘Catholic Listener’, please contact Ruby Almeida, Project Manager at landingssouth@gmail.com or phone Landings UK on 020 7529 4802.

Sycamore Holy Spirit Pathway Course Sycamore has developed a new faith formation course to be used in the weeks of Eastertide or any time after Pentecost as this is the traditional time of Mystagogy when we enter more deeply into the sacraments and the implications of Christian faith in the word. Find out more at https://www.sycamore.fm/pathways/b-formation-pathways/holy-spirit-pathway-6-weeks/.

Clothes and Toiletry Donations for Homeless

The Companions of the Order of Malta have requested donations for their Help the Homeless donation hub at the Brompton Oratory. Items required include men and women’s clothes and shoes (not children’s clothes), new toiletries, entertainment items e.g. books/crosswords/puzzles/art and craft items. Dropping off times are Tuesday (1.30pm-4pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm by arrangement), Wednesday (2pm-4pm) and Saturday (10am-11am). Please contact Kate MacKenzie at companions.london@orderofmalta.org.uk if you would like to deliver donations.

Catholic Spirituality Network Conference 2021

This year’s annual CSN conference will explore embracing inter-religious encounter and expanding our response to the God who awaits. It runs online from 7th to 9th June and features guest speakers including Michael Barnes SJ and Bernadette Farrell. The conference costs £70 for members and £75 for non-members. Please email catholicspiritualitynetwork@gmail.com to book your place.

Beda College Discernment Weekend

For men between the ages of 30 and 55, the Beda College in Rome is running a discernment weekend from 3rd to 5th September 2021. It will take place at St Beuno’s Spirituality Centre in North Wales and is aimed at reaching those not already in touch with their diocese to explore the possibility of priestly vocation. Information and registration forms can be found at https://www.pathwaystogod.org/courses-events-retreats/discernment-weekend-older-men-1.