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St. Mary’s Parish News

PARISH ROSARY SUNDAY 19 MAY 2019 11.10AM
In this month of May, traditionally the month of Mary, we will pray the Rosary at 11.10am for the intentions of our parish. Please join us.
You can bring your rosary or buy one from Catholic bookshops such as St Paul’s Bookshop in Victoria or online, for example from Aid to the Church in Need that helps persecuted Christians (https://acnuk.org/products/holy-land-rosary/). They sell handcrafted olive wood rosaries made by Christian families from the Holy Land. Alternatively one can say the rosary by using one’s fingers to count! The St Mary’s Parish app has details of the rosary prayer. Search for “myParish” in your app store (or click: AndroidiOS)

DR ROBERT DICK RIP
Dr Robert Dick’s Requiem Mass is at 11am on 21 May 2019. May his soul rest in peace. We offer our support and prayers to Dr Diana Dick and family.

CATHOLICISM : A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE FAITH SUNDAY, 2 JUNE
A wonderful opportunity for you to deepen your knowledge, experience and understanding of yourself, God and your place in God’s world. Bishop Robert Barron’s engaging, informative and interesting teaching will be screened in the Parish Rooms. Session 4 is at 4.30pm with time for discussion afterwards with refreshments. Bishop Barron has spoken at Facebook and Google headquarters and around the world. He was the keynote speaker at the National Eucharistic conference. All welcome.

PHYSICS AND MATHS UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME
The Cardinal Vaughan School four-week Physics and Maths internship programme over the summer term offers undergraduate university students the opportunity to be placed in a number for schools in West, East and North London. Participants will receive a £300 a week bursary. For further information and to apply go to BIT.LY/CVMSINTERNSHIP2019.

DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE 2019 SATURDAY – 15TH JUNE 2019 10:45AM – 6:00PM
Church of Our Lady, Mother of the Church, 2 Windsor Road, Ealing Broadway
London W5 5PD (2 minutes walk from Ealing Broadway Station)
Entrance by ticket only – Registration: donation £12 per person. To secure your place, please send the cheque/ P.O. payable to MARIAN FATHERS with your address we will send your ticket by return post. Web: www.divinemercyapostolate.co.uk
Programme includes Mass, Talks by Sr Briege McKenna, OSC, Holy Hour & Exposition of Blessed Sacrament, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Healing Service, Benediction, Veneration of Image of Merciful Jesus & Relics of St Faustina. Please take own lunch to the day
For more details please contact Marian Fathers, Divine Mercy Apostolate, 1 Courtfield Gardens, London W13 0EY Tel: 020 8998 0925 E-mail: info@divinemercy.org.uk

BOOK CLUB, 19 MAY 2019, 5-6PM
We will discuss Gerard Hughes’ ‘God of Surprises’ as our second book on Sunday, 19 May from 5-6pm. It would be good if you could read the book beforehand but if not, come along anyway. Jesus said, ’The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.’ This book has only one purpose: to suggest ways of finding the treasure in what we may consider a most unlikely field – ourselves.

“WHO ARE YOU LORD?” ENCOUNTERING JESUS CHRIST IN THE GOSPELS
SATURDAY 18 MAY 2019 11AM – 4PM
Mount Street Jesuit Centre,114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH 11:00am – 4:00pm
Speaker: Brian Purfield
The gospels are filled with stories of people encountering Jesus. In these encounters, Jesus became identified and known in different ways, and those who came into contact with Him were transformed in that meeting. In this workshop we will look at each evangelist’s view of who Jesus is and what that means for disciples and would-be disciples today. Suggested donation: £30
Register at https://www.pathwaystogod.org/mount-street-jesuit-centre .

CATHOLIC VOICES PRESENTS: ‘THE POWER OF STORYTELLING’ WORKSHOP
SATURDAY 18 MAY 2019 11AM-3PM
Our Lady of Victories Parish Hall, 235a Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6SA.
Ever wanted to get better at storytelling? Catholic Voices invites you to ‘’The Power of Storytelling” – a workshop day with Catholic speaker and author David Wells. David will share insights into effective storytelling and communication gleaned from years of public speaking all around the world. Free admission, but places are limited; to attend please register by emailing: info@catholicvoices.org.uk or visit our Eventbrite page (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-power-of-storytelling-tickets-61250996379) and for more information on the speaker David Wells here is an online bio (https://www.pathwaystogod.org/resources/profiles/david-wells).

COME AWAY AWHILE….
Retreat Day for Parish Lay Ministers of Holy Communion and of the Word with Sister Karen Marguerite OP and Sister Anne Walsh OP.
Saturday, 8th June 2019 Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath, WD23 4EE.
Saturday 15th June 2019 Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN.
10.00am – 3.00pm (refreshments from 9.30am). Suggested donation £15 per person. Please bring a packed lunch. Coffees/Teas are available.
Register with livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or leave a voicemail 020 7931 6078. Please indicate which venue you are registering.

DISCERNMENT & VOCATION WEEKEND FOR YOUNG WOMEN 24-26 MAY
The weekend in Liverpool is organised by the sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ). If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along? You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day. There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them. For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ at lynnefcj@hotmail.com or visit our wesite: www.fcjsisters.org

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 14-19 SEPTEMBER 2019
Would you like to travel with the Oblate Fathers on their annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes from 14th – 19th September? The cost is £569.00. (single room supplements will apply). This includes flights, transfers and full board in a 4 star hotel. For more information or to obtain a booking form, please call the Parish Office at Sacred Heart Church, Quex Road, Kilburn on 020 7624 1701.

EMERGENCY APPEAL AND PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA
Bishops and other Church leaders contacted by Aid to the Church in Need have asked for “prayers that peace and harmony may be restored” following Easter Sunday’s atrocities. The charity, Aid to the Church in Need, has launched an emergency appeal for Sri Lanka. To donate, please visit https://acnuk.org/our-campaigns/sri-lanka-emergency-appeal/

BISHOP OF TRURO’S INDEPENDENT REVIEW FOR THE FOREIGN SECRETARY OF FCO SUPPORT FOR PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
The interim report is already available online – https://christianpersecutionreview.org.uk/interim-report/. The full report is due to be presented to Jeremy Hunt by the end of June. It seeks to catalogue and quantify the extent of persecution faced by Christians across the globe and makes policy recommendations. The figures do not include the horrific attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday as they were compiled before the atrocity. The key findings in the review include evidence from the Pew Research Centre which found that in 2016 Christians were targeted in 144 countries, up from 125 in 2015, and concluded: “Christians have been harassed in more countries than any other religious group and have suffered harassment in many of the heavily Muslim countries of the Middle East and North Africa.” The charity, Open Doors, produces an annual ranking of the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. Its latest figures show that “approximately 245 million Christians in those countries are suffering high levels of persecution or worse”, 30 million up on the previous year. The worst countries for this are (in order) North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, India and Syria. According to Persecution Relief, 736 attacks were recorded in India in 2017, up from 348 in 2016. Reports in China show an upsurge of persecution of Christians between 2014 and 2016. Visit https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/11654/christians-among-most-persecuted-

JEAN VANIER RIP
“Community is not an ideal; it is people. It is you and I. In community we are called to love people just as they are with their wounds and their gifts, not as we want them to be.” (JV)

Pope Francis paid heartfelt tribute to the man who, he said, was able to read and interpret the Christian gaze on “the mystery of death, of the cross, of suffering,” on “the mystery of those who are discarded by the world.” Jean Vanier gave up a Naval career to set up two international organizations for people with learning disabilities: L’Arche’ and ‘Faith and Light’. Pope Francis said that Jean Vanier worked “not only for the least but also for those who, even before being born,” risk being condemned to death. “He spent his life in this way” the Pope concluded: “Thank you to him and thank you God for having given us a man of such great witness.”

CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019 AT 3PM, WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL
Cardinal Vincent invites to the Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th+ wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2019.

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES
Please collect your planned giving envelopes this Sunday. The Parish Accountant, Tony Brophy, will be in the pastoral office handing them out. If you are not in the scheme but want to be, talk to Tony about signing up. Planned Giving is hugely beneficial for our Parish especially when gift-aided. Thank you in advance.

JOB VACANCY
The Irish Chaplaincy is looking for a Chair for its Board of Trustees. For more information go to www.irishchaplaincy.org.uk and click on News and scroll down.

THANK YOU
Mgr Phelim thanks all our parishioners who generously contributed to the Easter offerings. I am more than grateful and of course we all benefitted from wonderful Easter ceremonies and the huge numbers of people who attended Mass on Easter Sunday. God bless Mgr Phelim.

EMERGENCY APPEAL AND PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA
Bishops and other Church leaders contacted by Aid to the Church in Need have asked for “prayers that peace and harmony may be restored” following Easter Sunday’s atrocities. The charity, Aid to the Church in Need, has launched an emergency appeal for Sri Lanka. To donate, please visit https://acnuk.org/our-campaigns/sri-lanka-emergency-appeal/
As an expression of our solidarity with the victims of the Sri Lanka bombing, to those who are injured and those who died, their families, and the community of Sri Lankans, let us pray:
We pray for the victims of the violent attacks in Sri Lanka.
For those who lost their lives, may they find eternal peace in the arms of our heavenly Father.
For those injured, those who lost their loved ones, or lost their sense of security, may they draw strength and peace from their faith in the risen Lord as they work to rebuild their lives.
Help them to remain faithful, knowing that nothing can separate them from Your love.
Amen.

CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY SATURDAY 8 JUNE 2019 AT 3PM, WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL
Cardinal Vincent invites to the Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th and 60th+ wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2019.
Parishioners who qualify should supply the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email) to Mary Stanier, Parish Administrator (hampstead@rcdow.org.uk). Closing date 29th April.

BOOK CLUB MAY 2019 DATE TBC 5-6PM
We will read Gerard Hughes’ ‘God of Surprises’ as our second book and plan to meet on a Sunday in May. Date to be confirmed. It would be good if you could read the book beforehand but if not, come along anyway. Jesus said, ’The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.’ This book has only one purpose: to suggest ways of finding the treasure in what we may consider a most unlikely field – ourselves.

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES
Please collect your planned giving envelopes this Sunday. The Parish Accountant, Tony Brophy, will be in the pastoral office handing them out. If you are not in the scheme but want to be, talk to Tony about signing up. Planned Giving is hugely beneficial for our Parish especially when gift-aided. Thank you in advance.

JOB VACANCY
The Irish Chaplaincy is looking for a Chair for its Board of Trustees. For more information go to www.irishchaplaincy.org.uk and click on News and scroll down.

THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE
Thank you to all who supported the bake sale in support of the Jesuit Refugee Service. Special thanks to the Confirmation candidates who baked delicious treats. A total of £697.65 was raised which will help the lives of people in real need on the fringes of our society.

CAFOD CYCLONE IDAI APPEAL
Thank you for the donations of £1,084.43 to CAFOD’s Cyclone Idai appeal. CAFOD is the Catholic charity that supports projects all over the world to alleviate poverty and hunger.

SEEKERS’ GROUP FOR VOCATIONS TO PRIESTHOOD
This group of men meets regularly at Allen Hall for prayer and reflection, and a chance to talk to and get to know other men discerning a call to the priesthood. It usually meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 6pm for Mass, supper and a meeting. It ends by 9pm. The dates so far for 2019 are: 26th March and 28th May. To be kept up-to-date with Westminster Vocations events, please ‘like’ the Westminster Vocations Facebook page or follow on Twitter @WestminsterVoca
Location: Allen Hall Seminary, 28 Beaufort Street, London SW3 5AA
Contact: Canon Stuart Wilson at vocationspromoter@rcdow.org.uk or on 020 7349 5620

THANK YOU
Thank you to all who supported the Fairtrade Event last weekend and to the Confirmation candidates who baked delicious treats. A total of £324.55 has been raised which will help bring about positive change in the lives of producers in the developing world. The Traidcraft stall made a separate profit of £35. Thank you.

POPE FRANCIS ANNIVERSARY
Six years ago Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected 265th successor of St. Peter and 266th Vicar of Christ. Love, mercy and courage are key to his pontificate. Please pray for him.

WOMEN’S VOCATION GROUP
A group for women discerning their vocation meets on Fridays at 7pm (arrive from 6.30pm).Location: Hinsley Room, Morpeth Terrace, Westminster, London SW1 beside Westminster Cathedral). Contact: VGW, c/o Cathedral Clergy House, 42 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QW, or call: Cathy: 0421 095386, Camilla: 07931 795769, Sian: 07880 560799.

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR THANK YOU
The Little Sisters of the Poor have sent their thanks for the generosity shown by St Mary’s. A great sum of £2,246.22 has been raised for their valuable work!!

YEAR OF THANKSGIVING—THE SISTERS OF ST DOROTHY
The year 2019 marks 210th anniversary of the birth of St Paula Frassinetti and the 35th anniversary of her canonization. The Sisters dedicate themselves to educating the poorest pupils in the poorest countries. We thank God for their work.“We are in God’s hands, we certainly could not be better anywhere else.” Sr Paula Frassinetti.

Safeguarding Conference in Rome
The Pope summoned all the Chairs of Bishop’s Conferences throughout the world to Rome last weekend to look at the safeguarding of children, and vulnerable adults in our Parishes. I would highly recommend that you look at Cardinal Vincent’s reflections available on the Diocesan website or CBCEW.

SUMMARY OF FINANCES FOR ST MARY’S HAMPSTEAD 2018
Thank you to everyone who gave generously to our planned giving appeal which considerably strengthened our finances. Overall income was up 23% (reversing the 15% fall in 2017) and spending was up 10% largely reflecting an increase in the Diocesan assessment. Please see detailed summary at the back of the church.

LIVING THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL: ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI AND POPE FRANCIS
A series of 4 talks by Fr Paul Rout OFM on the following themes:-14 Feb ‘Praised be you, my Lord, for all that you have made’: Caring for our common home28 FebLooking to Christ7-8.30pm Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P Book at living faith@rcdow.org.uk or leave a voicemail at 020 7931 6078. Donation £5.

POPE FRANCIS’ VISIT TO UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Read the full text of Pope Francis and the Grand Imam’s historic declaration of peace, freedom and women’s rights at https://www.indcatholicnews.com/news/36475.

A MESSAGE ABOUT A REFUGEE FAMILY AT HEATH STREET BAPTIST
Wilf Merttens writes:Ali, Leyla (40s) and Elias (14) are a family of Iranian refugees who go to Heath St Baptist. They are some of the kindest, gentlest people I have ever met, and they have given up everything —money, family, jobs, house —to be able to be Christian. Now they have won asylum they may be moved out of London, and we are fighting to keep them here. We want to support them and they want to stay. We are looking for somewhere to rent that is not too distant from Camden. Heath St Baptist will be fundraising to cover any shortfall from their housing benefit.Please contact Wilf Merttens: stanleywilfridmerttens@gmail.com

FARM STREET CHURCH 20TH MARCH 17:45 to 20:15 THE ROLE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE MODERN WORLD
Another Tablet event. Speaker: Melanie McDonagh is an Irish journalist based in London and a senior leader-writer for the Evening Standard.Followed by Q & As –Drinks and canapés -Book sales Tickets as above.

REMEDIES FOR SADNESS
Having recently celebrated the feast day of St Thomas Aquinas, did you know he proposed five surprisingly effective remedies for sadness?

  1. Grant yourself a pleasure. We know that Jesus willingly participated in banquets and parties, and enjoyed the beautiful things in life.
  2. Weeping. Pope Francis said that “certain realities of life are only eyes that have been cleansed by tears. I invite each of you to ask: Have I learned to mourn?”
  3. The compassion of friends
  4. The contemplation of truth
  5. Sleeping and bathing

These five remedies show the human and divine promise of Jesus: “You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy.”

LIVING THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL: ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI AND POPE FRANCIS
A series of 4 talks by Fr Paul Rout OFM on the following themes:
07 Feb‘Francis, rebuild my Church’: Being Church in the 21st Century
14 Feb ‘Praised be you, my Lord, for all that you have made’: Caring for our common home
28 Feb Looking to Christ
7-8.30pm Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P Book at living faith@rcdow.org.uk or leave a voicemail at 020 7931 6078. Donation £5.

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP
Transforming conversations between Jews and Christians. A new volume of essays, the fruit of several years of learning and dialogue between a group of Christians and Jews, is the inspiration for an eight week course supported by The Liberal Jewish Synagogue & The London Society of Jews and Christians. Venue: The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, 28 St John’s Wood Road, NW8 7HA Time: Tuesday evenings 5-26 March & 30 April –21 May, 8.00-9.30 pm

Camden Winter Night Shelter DONATION
St Mary’s has donated £500 to Camden Winter Night Shelter (C4WS) for their work over the Christmas period with homeless people.

REQUEST FROM SVP
If you have any marmalade-size unwanted jars, could you please bring them to church asap? We need them for homemade preserves ready for the next bazaar. Many thanks from the SVP.

GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE
The Apostolic Exhortation ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’ of Pope Francis on the call to holiness in today’s world can be found online at w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20180319_gaudete-et-exsultate.htmlThe Latin translation means ‘Rejoice and be Glad’ and is taken from the Gospel of St Matthew (5:12). It is well worth a read.

SVP BAZAAR
A spectacular total of £1,600 has been raised for the work of the SVP. Thank you.

AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB FOR CHILDREN AGED 5 -9 YEARS
Sister Paula is starting an after-school club for children aged 5-9 years on weekdays 3.30pm to 6pm at St Dorothy’s convent.

MGR PHELIM WRITES:
I understand that the Volunteers’ Fair last Saturday was a great success. I am truly delighted and hope and pray that this is a pivotal moment in the life of our Parish. Whatever we do in this Parish is done because of Christ’s command to “make disciples of all the nations”. I am so grateful to all who planned, set up and ran the event. “May God who has begun this good work, bring it to completion.”

CONTACT CLUB APPEAL!
Rough sleepers and people in need who visit the Contact Club, run jointly by Heath Street Baptist Church and St. Mary’s, urgently need men’s clothes in GOOD condition, especially large: winter coats, jeans, boots and shoes, NEW socks and underwear. The Contact Club would also welcome any new volunteers (commitment: ca. 1 hour on a Sunday evening per month). Please bring donations to the Parish Rooms and/or contact the parish at hampstead@rcdow.org.uk.

JOBS IN THE DIOCESE OF WESTMINSTER
If you are interested in a new opportunity, please visit our rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs.

MUSIC GROUP REQUEST –ACOUSTIC GUITARIST FOR 10AM MASS
The music group at the 10am Sunday Mass would love to welcome another acoustic guitarist to the group. If you play (knowledge of all the common guitar chords including barre chords is needed) please call Emma on 07812 018068 or say hello after Mass

CONFIRMATION –SUNDAY 9 JUNE, 2019
Confirmation 2019 will be on Sunday 9 June at St Mary’s. Please email Mary Stanier at marystanier@rcdow.org.ukif you want your child to be added to the list of candidates.

WAYS TO PRAY
It can be hard to find time to speak to God when your day is full of work, family and the pressures of daily life. Praying the Our Father, Hail Mary, the Rosary or saying Grace before meals and praying the Divine Office of the Church are some ways. The following websites show some more ways to pray and contemplate the Word of God and to encounter Our Lord perhaps on the way to work, school, etc.:
www.sacredspace.ie/daily-prayer
www.ibreviary.org/en/tools/ibreviary-web.html
Lectio Divina is a dynamic way of reading the Scriptures that has been around since AD 300. It follows a four-step approach of: Reading, Meditation, Prayer and Contemplation. Lectio Divina invites you to savour and mull over God’s words quietly, slowly and intently. It gives you the space to respond to what you feel God is saying and helps you build a vital bridge between your encounters with God and everyday life with its joys, monotony and challenges.We also have an app with readings of the day, a whole host of prayers and other helpful resources to look up. Search for “myParish” in your app store (or click: AndroidiOS.)

THANK YOU!
Thank you to all who supported the Interchurch Justice and Peace Commission for Colombia. A total of £276.90 was raised by St Mary’s for the work of Father Alberto, providing legal representation and accompaniment services to victims of human rights abuses, including forced land displacement, primarily working with campesinos (peasant farmers), Afro-Colombian communities and indigenous groups.

CAFOD APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS
CAFOD is looking for Catholics in this area to share their faith with their MP. Write 3–4 times a year on a topical issue to support those living in poverty around the world. No experience needed as information will be provided. Online or by post. See www.cafod.org.uk/mpcor contact Tony Sheen on 020 8449 6970 or westminster@cafod.org.ukfor more info.

NEW DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Our ‘Dates for your Diary’ section at the back of the newsletter has been updated with upcoming dates and will be updated as space permits. Keep an eye on it!

THE RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION
Please remember to receive Holy Communion either in the palm of the hand or on the tongue. The sacred Host should be consumed at the altar before returning to your place.

THANK YOU FROM MRS CONNOR-EARL
Huge congratulations to Mrs Connor-Earl for completing the 106KM Isle of Wight Challenge in a very impressive 22 hours and 36 minutes!“I found this challenge extremely tough, but the incredible donations from St Mary’s pupils, parents and the parish buoyed my resilience and helped to keep me going through the night. Thank you so much to everyone for their support and generosity. I was inspired to complete the walk when I was told by Little Village, the School charity, that their free accommodation in Camden was no longer going to be available. They now have new premises which increases their outgoings, while also continuing to support 70 families across North London who are living below the poverty line. I’m absolutely overjoyed that we’ve raised well over £2,000 for the children in our community who need our help.”If you would still like to support the charity, please donate through our JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harriet-connor-earl2.

THANK YOU BAKE SALE BY THE CONFIRMANDI
An impressive sum of £451.22 was raised for the Sister Mura Foundation which Fr Vincent Docherty helps with, a charity in South Africa which assists children with HIV/AIDS.

PRIESTS TRAINING FUND ANNUAL COLLECTION
On behalf of the Diocese, I want to thank you for the incredible collection for the Priest Training Fund last week. £2,033.55 is an amazing sum of money.Now all we need are the vocations!! –Mgr Phelim

PLANNED GIVING–THANK YOU
“For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.”1 Chronicles 29: 14–16
Thank you for taking part in our ‘Planned Giving’ appeal last weekend.If you took away a promise card and/or standing order form last weekend, once completed please hand it to Monsignor Phelim or the Finance Committee member at the back of church after Mass, or alternatively post it to St Mary’s Church, 4 Holly Place, London, NW3 6QU, for the attention of Tony Brophy. If you are new to the parish, or missed signing a promise card last weekend, and would like a box of donation envelopes, to donate to the parish by standing order (bankers order) or wish toGift Aid, please email Tony at tonybrophy@rcdow.org.uk.Once again, thank you for all that you do. Please keep our parish in your prayers.

FAIR TRADE EVENT THANK YOU
A big THANK YOU to the Confirmation Candidates who baked such delicious cakes and ran the stall. Thank you also to all who supported the Fairtrade event. A great sum of£322.20 has been raised and sent for the work of Traidcraft helping thousands of producers worldwide make a living and improve their future.

CAFOD LENT FAST DAY
Thank you for your donations of £150.65 for the work of CAFOD

A CALL TO YOUNG ADULTS –YOUR BISHOPS WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU
Cardinal Vincent and the auxiliary bishops of the diocese are inviting Catholic young adults, aged 18 to 30, to meet with them to discuss the theme of the next Synod of Bishops –‘Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment’. In particular, they would like to hear about how you see your place in the world, how faith impacts your life and how the Church can best accompany you as you work out God’s plan for your life. The Cardinal is hosting two meetings at Archbishop’s House in Victoria and the auxiliary bishops are hosting meetings across the diocese. You are invited to attend one of these meetings. They will involve discussion of the synod theme, an opportunity to questions your bishops, and light refreshments. Please do consider making your voice heard and playing your part in the shaping of the Church’s approach to young people in the future. If you would like to attend, please register at dowym.com/events, where you can find details of all events.

AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED
A great sum of £1,524 has been raised for the work of Aid to the Church in Need. Thank you.

MISSION AND STRATEGY CORE GROUP
Please pick up a sheet with a message about the Mission and Strategy Core Group.

THANK YOU –PANCAKE SALE FOR THE ROSARY SCHOOL
A huge thank you to all those who helped make last Sunday’s pancake sale for the Rosary School playground an enormous success. £1,090.24 was raised. The school Governors are extremely grateful for your generosity. We still have a long way to go to raise £100,000. If anyone who has not yet had the opportunity to make a donation is interested in doing so, please contact Anne at anneblayney@hotmail.co.uk. The school is our local state Catholic school providing a solid, Catholic education to children from a wide variety of backgrounds, including a large population of disadvantaged pupils.

CATHOLIC PRACTICE –THE PRACTICALITIES OF OUR FAITH
On entering a Church, we make the Sign of the Cross with Holy water from the Holy water bowl to remind us of our Baptism. We next genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle to remind us of the Real and True presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.

CATHOLIC SINGLES
Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information, visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or call 0161 941 3498.

KEEP THE TYBURN NUNS WARM!
The archaic and very costly electric heating system in the Infirmary and Community needs to be changed to keep our Sisters and especially our old and sick Mothers warm.The temperatures are already dropping, and we hear that this will be a very cold winter.We wish to install gas boilers and a heating system which is more cost effective and eco-friendly and at the same time renew the old hot water system. Tyburn Convent is situated on the site where 105 canonised martyrs died during the English Reformation. We have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please help us in our Eucharistic mission. We keep you all in our prayers. Any donation gratefully accepted! Donations can be made through our website, www.tyburnconvent.org.uk/fundraising, by cheque payable to ‘Tyburn Convent’ or by cash! TYBURN CONVENT: 8 Hyde Park Place, London, W2 2LJ. Phone: 020 77 723 7262. Email: convent@tyburnconvent.org.uk.

THE TABLET
Learn more about your faith and world events by buying and reading The Tablet.We have two copies available here every week, and you can also subscribe online.

CATHOLIC PRACTICE –THE PRACTICALITIES OF OUR FAITH
We are required to fast from food for one hour before we receive Holy Communion at Mass. Until 50 years ago, you would have been required to fast from midnight the night before!

VOLUNTEERING IN THE JUSTICE AND PEACE OFFICE
A chance to help with the nuts and bolts! Justice and Peace needs help with:regular bookkeeping, filing, compiling the e-bulletin, Fairtrade follow-up and campaigning. Details of duties and commitments on the parish noticeboard.If you are interested, please email the office at justice@rcdow.org.uk.