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St. Mary’s Parish News

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.

DOWNSIDE SCHOOL EVENT 17 MARCH 2019
Downside School Vocal Octet will perform at the 11:30 Mass. At 13:00 there will be a presentation of 6 top treasures from their archive at St Anthony’s School. Please come and meet Mr Andrew Hobbs, the Head, and enjoy some refreshments. Please register at ihartnell@downside.co.uk

TAIZE FILM PRESENTATION AND TALK 17 MARCH, 4PM
You are invited to a special talk and film presentation about Taize at 4pm on Sunday 17 March in the Church with a brother from the Taize community. There will be time for prayer in the unique Taizé style.

CAFOD LENT FAMILY FAST DAY
Please remember to return your CAFOD Family Fast Day envelopes with your donation (gift aid preferred for UK taxpayers). CAFOD is the Catholic charity that supports projects all over the world to alleviate poverty and hunger.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
During Lent, every Friday at 7pm we will have Stations of the Cross in the Church. It is a Lenten devotion marking the path of Christ from Condemnation to Crucifixion. If you have never been put it down as a Lenten devotion!

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.

LENT RETREAT 2019: WALKING TOGETHER WITH JESUS
There are some materials including scripture passages, reflection and ways to pray with scripture to help you journey with each other this Lent.The website below https://www.pathwaystogod.org/resources/walking-together-jesus-lent-retreat-2019 has daily and weekly materials to download for use during Lent.

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) .

LENTEN FAITH SHARING PRAYER GROUP SATURDAY 16 MARCH, 4PM
We shall meet on Saturday 16 March at 5pm in the Parish Room. “Rejoice and be Glad” is the title of this season’s diocesan booklet. It invites those who share in its themes through listening, discussion and prayer, to re-discover a profound and personal sense of being loved and called to love, as joyful disciples of Jesus Christ. All welcome.

BOOK CLUB MARCH 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 March. 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.

THINGS TO DO IN LENT

  • Cut down on food and/or give up a meal once a week.
  • Put something in the CAFOD box every week.
  • If you have received a bonus from work, give a small portion to CAFOD or the poor.
  • Pray on the tube going to or from work.
  • Turn the TV off 5 minutes earlier and pause and pray about the day.
  • Say grace before and after meals.
  • Say your morning and night prayers.
  • Pray or attend the Stations of the Cross at Church.
  • Use the Lenten daily prayer and meditation books.
  • Go to Confession.

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 @WestminsterVocaLocation:Allen Hall Seminary, 28 Beaufort Street, London SW3 5AA Contact: Canon Stuart Wilson at vocationspromoter@rcdow.org.ukoron 020 7349 5620 .

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.

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER DURING THE SECOND WEEK OF LENT
Live Simply Pause in the garden or on a walk with a view and focus on one thing you see possibly a flower, insect or tree. Reflect on the wonder of God’s creation.Live Sustainably 22 March is World Water Day. Clean water is a vital resource and conservation of water is essential. Be mindful of your water use either direct or indirect eg: cotton uses huge amounts of water. Reject “fast fashion”. Reflect on those without clean water and plan better use yourself.Live in Solidarity How could you help people who are suffering . Could you give alms or join an organisation such as CAFOD in order to help in some way?

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!!

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
During Lent, every Friday at 7pm we will have Stations of the Cross in the Church. It is a Lenten devotion marking the path of Christ from Condemnation to Crucifixion. If you have never been put it down as a Lenten devotion!

DOWNSIDE SCHOOL EVENT 17 MARCH 2019
Downside School Vocal Octet will perform at the 11:30 Mass. At 13:00 there will be a presentation of 6 top treasures from their archive at St Anthony’s School. Please come and meet Mr Andrew Hobbs, the Head, and enjoy some refreshments. Please register at ihartnell@downside.co.uk

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.

BOOK CLUB MARCH 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 March. 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.

FARM STREET CHURCH TALKS ON 14TH & 20TH MARCH 17:45 to 20:15
Weird Science & the Search for God: G. M. Hopkins, A. Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien.
Speaker: Dr Michael D. Hurley. Followed by Q&As –Drinks and canapés –Book sales and signings.
The Role of Catholic Education in the Modern World.
Speaker: Melanie McDonagh. Followed by Q&As –Drinks and canapés -Book sales Standard tickets : £47

SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH A JOURNEY THROUGH LENT WITH THE GOSPEL OF ST LUKE
Sessions explore the Sunday Readings of Lent, inviting us to open our hearts to God’s Word in preparation for Easter. Thursdays, 14& 28 March; 11 April (19:30-21:00 refreshments from 19:00). Suggested donation £5/session. Niland Conference Centre at Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, WD23 4EE (www.nilandconferencecentre.co.uk/programme-of-events or nilandcentre@gmail.com for details).

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF LENT
Live Simply Take time to count your blessings even the smallest of these. There are so many and so much we take for granted. Reflect at the end of each day on the good you have encountered. In giving thanks think about how you might pray more often in Lent at home, alone or together as a family. (Take a risk!). Could you attend Church more often?
Live Sustainably Think about your carbon footprint this week. How much you are going to drive, could you plan your travelling in a better way? What holiday are you planning that involves flying? Could you change your life to lessen your carbon footprint.
Live in Solidarity Is there someone that you know of that you could help? Have you met your neighbours?

MGR PHELIM WRITES
Lent begins on Wednesday 6th March. It is a day of fasting and abstinence when the Church asks us to have only 1 proper meal and 2 light collations. We are asked to abstain from meat that day. Masses will be at 7.30am, 10.00am ( St Anthony’s School Mass) and 7.30pm at which Ashes will be blessed and distributed.

Little Sisters of the Poor
The Little Sisters of the Poor run care homes all over the world. We welcome Sr Monica from the Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Anne’s Care Home in Manor Road Stoke Newington. She will speak after all Masses this weekend and make an appeal for their vital work.

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.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS
This Lenten prayer reflection in front of the fourteen Stations of the Cross takes place every Friday during Lent at 7pm.

FARM STREET CHURCH TALKS ON 14TH & 20TH MARCH 17:45 to 20:15
Weird Science & the Search for God: G. M. Hopkins, A. Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien.
Speaker: Dr Michael D. Hurley. Followed by Q&As –Drinks and canapés –Book sales and signings. The Role of Catholic Education in the Modern World. Speaker: Melanie McDonagh. Followed by Q&As –Drinks and canapés -Book sales.
Standard tickets : £47
Student discounts and other concessionary tickets are also available. Tel: 020 8748 8484

ST MARY’S SCHOOL HAMPSTEAD OPEN MORNING
15 MARCH 2019
St Mary’s School provides an outstanding and inspirational Catholic education to girls from 3-11 years and boys from 3-7 years. Mrs Connor-Earl is delighted to invite new parents from the Parish to visit the School at our next Open Morning on Friday 15th March 9:30am-11:00am. If you would like to attend, please email: admissions@stmh.co.uk

SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH A JOURNEY THROUGH LENT WITH THE GOSPEL OF ST LUKE
With Sr Anne Walsh OP. Five sessions explore the Sunday Readings of Lent, inviting us to open our hearts to God’s Word in preparation for Easter. Thursdays, 14 & 28 March; 11 April (19:30-21:00 refreshments from 19:00). Suggested donation £5/session. Niland Conference Centre at Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, WD23 4EE (www.nilandconferencecentre.co.uk/programme-of-events or nilandcentre@gmail.com for details).

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 14TH MARCH 17:45 to 20:15 WEIRD SCIENCE AND THE SEARCH FOR GOD :
G. M. Hopkins, A. Conan Doyle, J.R.R. Tolkien. A Tablet event in conjunction with Stonyhurst College (part of the Stonyhurst 425 Lenten lectures series) Speaker: Dr Michael D. Hurley.Followed by Q&As –Drinks and canapés –Book sales and signings Dr Michael D. Hurley teaches English Literature at the University of Cambridge, he has been a Visiting Scholar in the English Department at Harvard, and he has also lived and worked in Savannah, Cluj-Napoca, and Hiroshima. His books include, “Faith in Poetry: Verse Style as a Mode of Religious Belief”, a study of G. K. Chesterton.

  • Tablet subscriber tickets before 7 February: £37.50 (£42 thereafter)
  • Standard tickets before 7 February: £42 (£47 thereafter)Student discounts and other concessionary tickets are also available.

Please call 020 8748 8484

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.

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

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

SCRIPTURE FROM SCRATCH A JOURNEY THROUGH LENT WITH THE GOSPEL OF ST LUKE
With Sr Anne Walsh OP. Five sessions explore the Sunday Readings of Lent, inviting us to open our hearts to God’s Word in preparation for Easter. Thursdays, 14 & 28 February; 14& 28 March; 11 April (7.30-9.00 pm refreshments from 7.00). Suggested donation £5/session. Niland Conference Centre at Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, WD23 4EE (www.nilandconferencecentre.co.uk/programme-of-events or nilandcentre@gmail.com for details).

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.

SPIRITUAL NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
Have you already made your New Year’s resolutions? Here are a few spiritual resolutions to consider for the coming year:

  1. Increase your prayer life, download the ‘Pray as You Go’ App https://pray-asyou-go.org/home/ or iBreviary App http://www.ibreviary.com/m/breviario.php
  2. Make more time for spiritual reading
  3. Read Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’ (Rejoice and be Glad)
  4. Share your Catholic faith with others
  5. Attend the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  6. Attend Mass on a weekday or Saturday as well as on Sunday
  7. Pray the Rosary
  8. Find out about a saint whose virtues you would like to emulate
  9. Attend a parish event in January such as the film screening, DVD teaching etc
  10. Give some time volunteering for a charity

JOB VACANCY
The St Vincent de Paul Society currently has a vacancy –‘Head of Digital and IT London’.
The SVP Society is an international Christian charity providing practical help to those in need through local community projects and a network of 10,000 volunteer members. Salary: £52K + London weighting + Benefits package. See notice board for details. For an application pack: E-mail: matthews@svp.org.uk. Closing date for completed applications: 28th Jan 2019 Interviews: 7th Feb 2019

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.

DEEP CALLS TO DEEP— Transforming conversations between Jews and Christians.
A new volume of essays, edited by Rabbi Tony Bayfield, the fruit of several years of inter-religious learning and dialogue between a group of Christians and Jews, is the inspiration for an eight week course with its contributors. An invitation by The Liberal Jewish Synagogue & The London Society of Jews and Christians
Venue: The Liberal Jewish Synagogue, 28 St John’s Wood Road, London NW8 7HA
Time: Tuesday evenings 5-26 March & 30 April –21 May, 8.00-9.30 pm
FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND
Thank you. A wonderful sum of £1,031.26 was raised.

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.

WORLD YOUTH DAY 2019
World Youth Day is an international event with the Pope, and Catholics from across the world. The next WYD will be in Panama, Central America, in January 2019. The Diocese of Westminster Youth Ministry are organising a pilgrimage for young adults to attend this life changing event. Scholarships for 50% are also available to support young adults wishing to go. More information: dowym.com/events/wyd-panama-2019/ or email: youth@rcdow.org.uk .

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.