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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

ST MARY’S FILM SCREENING
SATURDAY, 19 JANUARY 4PM
The first movie to be screened will be ‘Pope Francis, A Man of His Word’. This film was on general release in the summer of 2018 and was well received. Mgr Phelim recommends this film greatly. Come and join us for the inaugural movie screening on 19 Jan from 4-6pm. The film will be followed by a discussion and refreshments. All welcome.

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.

THE SPIRITUALITY OF ST PAUL: A MODEL FOR OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE?
SATURDAY 19 JANUARY 2019 11AM-4PM
All through his letters, Paul encourages his converts to imitate him; for in him they have a model of what it was to follow Christ. As we enter Christian Unity Week and prepare to celebrate the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, we will look at the model of the Christian life that Paul presents and what grounds his spirituality. The way Paul lived his life in Christ can provide us, even today, with a model for growing in the spiritual life.Venue : Mount Street Jesuit Centre, 114 Mount Street, W1K 3AH London Suggested : £30

SAVE THE DATE PARISH DINNER
1 MARCH 2019
The Parish Dinner at Highgate Golf Club will be on Friday 1 March 2019. Details to follow.

CATHOLICISM : A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE FAITH
13 JANUARY, 4.30PM
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 1 is today at 4.30pm with time for discussion afterwards. Bishop Barron has spoken at Facebook and Google headquarters and around the world. He was the keynote speaker last year at the National Eucharistic Conference in Liverpool. All welcome.

BOOK CLUB SUNDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 5-6PM
We will read GK Chesterton’s ‘Orthodoxy’ as our first book and plan to meet on Sunday 3 February at 5pm to discuss. It would be good if you could read the book beforehand but if not, do come along anyway. Chesterton was an English writer, philosopher, satirist, Christian apologist and social critic. He wrote books, poems, short stories and essays which continue to interest a wide range of people and remains relevant today.All welcome.

SAINT CHRISTINA’S SCHOOL OPEN MORNING
24 JANUARY 2019
Saint Christina’s is an Independent Catholic School in St John’s Wood for girls and boys aged 3 –11. We warmly invite you to our Open Morning on Thursday 24th January 2019 from 9.15am -11.30am, where you can meet our children and see our school in action. Please email us at office@saintchristinas.org.uk or phone 0207 722 8784 to book your place.

FORGIVE US 24 JANUARY 2019
10AM-12.30PM
Forgive us as we forgive others (Matthew 6.12). Do these words challenge us every time we pray the Lord’s Prayer? A morning of reflection. Suggested donation £6. Coffee and Tea are available from 10.00 am To register, please contact the Office on 020 8950 4000 Venue: Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey Heath, WD23 4EE

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.

IRISH CONCERT
30 JANUARY 2019, 7PM
‘A Celebration of Irish music, theatre, poetry and dancing in the week of St Brigid’ hosted by the Irish Chaplaincy at St James’ Church Piccadilly. Tickets £10 online www.thecraic.co.uk At the door £12, Concessions £5 U18 free.

ANNUAL MASS IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES
SATURDAY 9 FEB WESTMINSTER CATHEDRAL
The Annual Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes takes place on 9 February at 2pm. The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered during Mass. All are welcome to attend. A special invitation is extended to all who are sick or infirm, all hospital chaplains, doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and all who work in healthcare.

CAFOD’S VOLUNTEER MEETING, WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY, 2.30PM-4PM
Volunteer Centre, Catholic Church of Christ the King, 1st Floor,
29 Bramley Road, Oakwood, N14 4HE
This volunteer meeting will include an opportunity to hear a first-hand account of our work in the Amazon in Brazil. Please contact Tony Sheen by email: tsheen@cafod.org.uk for further details or to book a place.

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

HEADTEACHER VACANCY ROSARY PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Rosary Primary School in Camden is looking for a new Headteacher from January 2019 (or nearest possible time). This is a great opportunity to work in a superb school with an excellent group of staff and wonderful children. Interested? Or do you know someone who may be interested? To obtain an application pack or arrange a visit contact Mrs Meschini at admin@rosary.camden.sch.ukor telephone the school office on 020 7794 6292. Closing date: Thursday 11 October, 2018.

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.