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One of our parishioners, Farah Thompson, will be fundraising for The Garden House Hospice, Letchworth, by embarking on their Cambodia Trek and Community Project Challenge in October 2020. She will be training to take on the 88km trek across Cambodia as well as assist in a Community Project whilst there.She would be very grateful for your kind donations, towards this important local charity and the overseas community project.For more information on this and to donate online, please visit : https://www.justgiving.com/Farah-Thompson
Ann-Marie Warren did the Race for Life. Ann-Marie is from Our Lady’s and is a teacher in Cambridgeshire. She comes back regularly to serve at our Masses, particularly at the Easter Triduum.
She ran with some girls from her dance group as one of them is attempting to do 10 Race for Life runs this year to raise money as much money as possible for Cancer research. They had a lot of fun and did the course in just over an hour, and Ann-Marie uses the term ‘run’ very loosely as she says the other girls were far better at it than she was!
Also a big thank you to everyone else from the parish who sponsored Ann-Marie, she is very grateful for the donations.
Congratulations on her achievement
Just before the start of Lent, Cardinal Vincent launched his annual Lenten Appeal, which this year focuses on the problem of food poverty and food insecurity. At the same time, he announced the launch of a new food relief initiative across the Diocese of Westminster.
Our parish supports this through the Foodbank and Feed up Warm up
For all the details click on the link below
The lost property last displayed here was recycled at the Sue Ryder Shop on 18th May.
There are still items of lost property in the basket under the table in the church porch.
On Good Friday, the Wintershall players performed their acclaimed portrayal of the final days of Jesus to a packed crowd in London’s Trafalgar Square.
You can find more information and photos from the event on their website, or you can watch a video of the performance below.
Cardinal Vincent is attending a Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences in Rome, called by Pope Francis to address the protection of minors within the worldwide Church. He has sent a letter to the parishes asking that we unite in prayer for all those attending this meeting. The letter is copied here, you can open the original letter using the link below.
WESTMINSTER, LONDON, SW1P 1QJ
19 February 2019
Tomorrow, Wednesday, I travel to Rome to take part in the meeting called by Pope Francis to address the protection of minors within the Catholic Church worldwide in the light of the abuse suffered by them within the communities of the Church. I write to ask for your prayers and those of your people, for the positive outcome of this meeting and for all survivors of such abuse who will find these days particularly difficult as so much public attention is given to this reality.
The broad themes of the meeting are those of responsibility – knowing what is to be done; accountability – the ways in which we are responsible to each other; and transparency – the determination that there are no hiding places in these matters. These are the virtues, the qualities of our life together, that need to be renewed and strengthened.
An excellent website provides detailed information about this event: www.pbc2019.org.
On Saturday evening there will be a Penitential Liturgy. I ask that at Mass on Saturday evening, you add a prayer or a comment uniting your parish to Pope Francis and all taking part in that liturgy so that together we ask the Lord’s pardon for our failings. On Sunday morning, at 8.30 UK time, we will gather in Rome for the celebration of Holy Mass, seeking the Lord’s blessings on the work accomplished and for the challenges ahead. Please do unite your parish celebration of Mass with this intention.
I am sure you will know the best ways in which to respond to these requests.
Finally, at a very personal level, please do keep me in your own prayers. These will be difficult and painful days and I need your prayers.
With my best wishes and prayers,
Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Archbishop of Westminster
All three families are well and the children are enjoying school. Parents are making progress at college and 4 of them have had exams recently. Three of them took speaking exams and one man has advanced to a written exam. They were all looking forward to a half term respite when we met last week!
The following letter has been received by the parish.
The Catholic Church in England and Wales stands in solidarity with all EU citizens who have made their home here. As the majority are themselves Catholic this is a special pastoral concern for us.
The Church has experienced first-hand the extensive contribution that people from across Europe have made to our society. They are an integral and valued part of our parishes, schools and communities.
We also recognise the evidence that immigration from Europe has not undermined opportunities for UK citizens, but rather brought considerable economic and social benefits.
It is clear that since the 2016 referendum many people living here have faced profound uncertainty and insecurity about their future.
Although the reassurances offered by senior politicians are important, people have been given far too little information or binding commitments about their right to stay.
For some this has been worsened by the appalling rise in hate crime, which has left them feeling unwelcome or even threatened in the country that has become their home.
The government will soon launch a Settlement Scheme, offering EU citizens living here a legal route to remain.
While this is an important step we understand that, especially for people who have contributed to our society over many years, it may feel unjust and divisive that they are now required to apply for permission to stay.
We also expect that some people, particularly those who are already vulnerable, may face difficulties in practically accessing the scheme, leaving their immigration status at risk.
We strongly oppose the decision to charge people for securing the rights they already have. This is not only unprincipled but will also create a barrier for larger families or people facing financial difficulties.
The Bishops’ Conference has made representations on these issues to ministers and through the Home Office working groups set up to discuss the Settlement Scheme. We will continue to do so as it is implemented.
Notwithstanding our concerns about these principles and practicalities, it remains a fact that EU citizens must apply if they are to protect their existing rights and their place in our society.
We therefore ask Catholic parishes, schools and organisations to bring the Settlement Scheme to the attention of all who need to avail of it and to be aware of vulnerable people who may face barriers to applying or not realise that they need to apply.
In particular we encourage you to signpost people towards the official information on the Settlement Scheme: gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families
And to make use of the various information resources available: gov.uk/government/publications/eu-settlement-scheme-community-leaders-toolkit
Finally we urge the whole Catholic community to take up Pope Francis’ call to welcome, protect, promote and help to integrate everyone who has made their home here – with particular concern at present for our European brothers and sisters.
Bishop Paul McAleenan
Lead Bishop for Migration and Asylum
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
The full statement is also in the attached PDF: Statement on the Settlement Scheme for EU citizens