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MONDAYS IN LENT: each week for five weeks we shall watch a DVD on talks given at The National Eucharistic Congress last September in Liverpool. Mondays — 11th, 18th & 25th March and 1st & 8th April at 6:45pm in the Parish Room, concluding at 8:00pm. All Welcome

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: Please pray for our children preparing for their First Holy Communion: the Mass is on Saturday 22nd June at 11am.

OUR SICK AND HOUSEBOUND: Please keep our sick & housebound in your prayers, and if you know anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion please tell Fr David.

Helpful booklets are available from the Repository at weekends, or from the Sacristy after any weekday Mass. “Eucharistic Reflections” (by Walk with me), at £1.50. The Watchful Hour — a Scriptural Companion to Eucharistic Adoration, Fr Florian Racine, at £3.50. Eucharistic Adoration — Prayers, Meditations and Devotions (CTS), at £3.50. Meeting Christ in the Eucharist, by Fr Stephen Wang at £3.50. Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament — by Timothy Menezes at £4.99. For those regularly at weekday Mass, I very much recommend “Magnificat” which has texts for daily Mass, morning and evening prayer, articles on the saints and the spiritual life.

Caritas SEIDs (Social Enterprise Ideas Development) – is the social innovation and enterprise strategy of Caritas Westminster: recently launched its Property Services department. The aim is to train apprentices and help them on their way to dignified work in property services. SEIDs can offer  painting, decorating and maintenance services to a high standard and at affordable prices. For details, contact pawelszkolnik@rcdow.org.uk.

PROCLAIM SPRING GATHERINGS 2019 FORMING MISSIONARY DISCIPLES, BUILDING MISSIONARY PARISHES: Saturday 23rd February, with Bishop Nicholas Hudson, at St Mary and St Michael, (Commercial Road), Parish Centre, 2 Lukin Street E1 0AA. 9.30am to 3.00pm. Proclaim Spring Gatherings are for laity and clergy from Parishes, Schools, Youth and other chaplaincies who are involved or interested in local evangelisation. The events are free, coffee & tea etc. provided.Bring own lunch. To register for a Proclaim Spring Gathering, and for more information please e-mail Warren Brown at catadmin@rcdow.org.uk , contact is 0207 798 9152

CAFOD: are inviting everyone to pray for the people of Yemen and the desperate situation in that country. In a message asking for prayers, Chris Bain writes: ‘As you may have seen in the news, the suffering in Yemen is one of the gravest humanitarian crises in the world today. After nearly four years of war, more than 14 million people are facing starvation and 85,000 children may have already died from extreme hunger since 2015. ‘There is some hope in Yemen, with a ceasefire brokered in December, promising to restore the Hodeida port and allow food and medicine into the country.CAFOD has worked through partners in Yemen since 2016, and while we welcomed the UK government’s announcement last week that it will uplift funding to the UN Peace process in Yemen by £2.5 million, we know that the situation is so desperate that more needs to be done. ‘Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for the people suffering in Yemen.’

A PRAYER FOR YEMEN: Giver of Life, Who hears the cries from Yemen; of mothers choosing between medicine or food, of parents grieving children lost to starvation, of those who have given up everything in hunger. Hear our cries for hope, for change, for peace. In your mercy, Break political deadlocks, Soften hardened hearts, Change closed minds. Open unhearing ears. Let people come before power. Let life be holy again. Let your justice and peace. Shape the nation of Yemen And the lives of all people. Amen

CARDINALS MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY: Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 8 June 2019 at 3pm. The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th 10th 25th 30th 40th 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic Marriage in 2019. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy the following details: Husband and wife names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone if no email).

CONSECRATION OF OUR ALTAR: many have asked about the relics placed in our altar by the Cardinal during the consecration. The relics are of: St Stephen of Hungary, St Thomas of Canterbury, St Martin de Porres, St Joseph Cottolengo. We venerate them and ask their prayers for our parish.

ANNUAL DIOCESAN Lourdes Pilgrimage 2019: takes place from Sat 20th to Fri 26th July 2019. Tangney Tours have posted info & booking forms to parishes. Pilgrims who might wish to go please contact Elizabeth Uwalaka at the Pilgrimage Office at Vaughan House on 020 7798 9173 or lourdes@rcdow.org.uk. If you know of anyone who might wish to be included do let us know. The sooner names are received the better medical needs can be assessed.

THE PASSAGE: please support a St David’s Day concert in aid of The Passage at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster on Thursday 1st March 2018 at 7.30.Full details to book are on the websitewww.passage.org.uk or telephone 020 75921856 or email info@passage.org.uk

40 DAYS FOR LIFE LONDON LAUNCH EVENT: By offering love and support to women and babies, 750,000 volunteers for 40 Days for Life have saved the lives of over 15,000 babies from abortion in 56 countries. Come and see how you can help save lives in London, hear Alina’s remarkable story and join us for a buffet and beverages at, 7.30pm-9pm Wednesday 20th February St Patrick’s Church, Soho Square, London, W1D 4NR, UK (nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road) Sarah 07776 256838 or email London40daysforlife@hotmail.comwww.40daysforlife.com/London

FLAME CONGRESS: the biggest Catholic youth event in the UK, takes place on 2nd March 2019 at Wembley Arena. It is a great celebration of Catholic faith, in a vibrant atmosphere, full of joy, with content presented in a way which resonates for young people. Video input from Jean Vanier, a reflection on the Synod on Young People from Archbishop Eamon Martin, speakers addressing the issue of mental health & wellbeing, & Adoration which will be introduced by Rise Theatre’s drama ‘Jesus is here’ along with a homily by Cardinal Vincent. Bishop Nicholas Hudson invites you to join him at Flame with the young of people of your parish. Tickets available from Westminster Youth Ministry at the reduced price of £20, which includes a t-shirt for each participant. For more info or to book tickets, please contact dominiccunliffe@rcdow.org.uk. 

PROCLAIM SPRING GATHERING 2019 WITH BISHOP NICHOLAS HUDSON: Sat 23rd February 2019 at St Mary & St Michael (Commercial Road) 2 Lukin Street E1 0AA, will help all who are interested in sharing their Faith to respond to Pope Francis’ call to grow ‘Missionary Parishes’ and form ‘Missionary Disciples’. You are invited to hear talks and presentations, and join in discussion with participants from other parishes, looking at practical ways to enrich and grow our parishes, and to reach out to others through local evangelisation.The events which are free to attend run from 9.30am to 3.00pm and are open to all.Refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.To register for Proclaim Spring Gathering e-mail Warren Brown at catadmin@rcdow.org.uk Telephone contact is 0207 798 9152

DEAR PARISHIONERS: Where do I begin to thank you for your generous gifts, good wishes and prayers. The only way I can begin is by prayer and placing you all into God’s Holy Hands. This I have done by arranging a novena of Masses for everyone from 11th Feb to 26th Feb 2019.
It was great that my sister Brenda came to meet everyone and see for herself the beautiful people I have been working with.
If you are ever near Loughborough the address is: Rosmini House, 19 Garton Road, Loughborough, LE11 2DY
Tel: 01509631050.  God Bless, Sister Mary Lucina

EVER THOUGHT OF BEING A DIOCESAN PRIEST? Contact Canon Stuart Wilson, Vocations Promoter. Email: vocationspromoter@rcdow.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)20 7349 5620   Facebook: facebook.com/WestminsterVocations/ Twitter: @WestminsterVoca

ADOREMUS: NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS: Talk links can be accessed using the following links:
https://rcdow.org.uk/faith/let-us-adore/www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage   As a follow on there are some wonderful booklets to help us grow in love of the Mass and Adoration. They are available from the Repository, and at other times from the Sacristy.

SECONDARY SCHOOL FORM SIGNING: Please contact the office by email to arrange to meet with Fr David to sign any school forms, giving 2 possible dates and times avoiding Thursdays and Sundays. The email address is: lif@rcdow.org.uk

CHURCH CLEANING: Volunteers needed to clean the church on Saturday mornings. If you are interested in being a member of one of the church cleaning teams then see Stephen Ogilbie after Mass.

GIFT AID: The Parish is grateful to all Mass-goers who take the trouble to use the individual Gift Aid envelopes for the Mass collection and other offerings, e.g. Mass Stipends, candles, etc. The Diocese has recently re-designed the envelopes to comply with new legal requirements and personal details are now written on a tear-off slip which is placed inside the envelope along with the cash or cheque offering. There is otherwise no increase in the amount of information required. After a delay in delivery, the envelopes are now available at the back of the Church, the main change being that being stiffer than the previous design, they need to be folded firmly before being pushed into a coin slot or collection pouch.

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OUR LADY UNTIER OF KNOTS PRAYER GROUP: All are welcome. The prayer group meets in our Parish on the 3rd Wednesday of the Month following the 6pm Mass until 8.45pm.
All are welcome to attend for all or part of this. First hour is the Marian Hour with the Rosary and the second hour is the Eucharistic Hour with led Adoration. The times we live in a very serious and there is much suffering. This time of prayer invoking Our Lady Untier of Knots is to pray for the Church and the needs of the World. How we need to pray!
Contact Antonia antonia4161@gmail.com

LIVE STREAMING: All our Masses can be viewed on-line: www.churchservices.tv/lincolnsinnfields
Stay in touch, even when away.

HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION FOR ENGLAND & WALES 2018: Rome approved the Bishops’ Conference’s request that the Epiphany be henceforth celebrated on January 6th, unless this falls on a Saturday or Monday, in which case it is celebrated on the Sunday. The Ascension of the Lord will henceforth be celebrated on Thursday in Week 6 of Eastertide. For 2018, the dates are:
Epiphany of the Lord Sunday 7th January
Ascension of the Lord Thursday 10th May
Corpus Christi Sunday 3rd June
Ss Peter and Paul Friday 29th June
Assumption BVM Wednesday 15th August
All Saints Thursday 1st November
Christmas Tuesday 25th December

THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN: has launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister not to give any parliamentary support to moves to decriminalise abortion.
Decriminalising abortion will strip from unborn children any remaining effective legal protection from abortion. So please support this petition.
You can sign online at: www.spuc.org.uk. You can order petition forms to collect signatures and more fliers by calling SPUC on 020 7091 7091. Thank you.

PARISH DONATING: A new, convenient option for donating to our parish has arrived! TEXT GIVING THOUGH YOUR MOBILE PHONE! By using your mobile phone, you can now text £5 as an offering to help support the running costs, ministries and programmes, or the cost of maintenance and repairs to our buildings.
Simply type: Parish (then space) then SASCO.
Send it to 70800.
Click send. And £5 will be added to your mobile phone bill, as a donation which will come directly to our parish. Thank you!

THANK YOU: to all those who took away with them recently a Red Box for your donations to support Missio’s APF and Mill Hill Missionaries. In addition to supporting parishes and priests, with your help Missio’s APF and Mill Hill are able to bring hope to communities through funding: The training of missionaries, building churches, schools and hospitals in impoverished areas, supporting Religious and lay people to work in these communities. By joining the Red Box family, you will be held in prayer at Mass each day by the Mill Hill community, and at Missio’s office in London. If you would like a Red Box please contact Gemma Osborne: 020 7837 4114. A date for you to return your box for counting will be announced in the parish bulletin.

HELP YOUR PARISH THROUGH GIFT AID : Gift Aid enables members of our congregation and visitors to the church to increase the value of their donations by 25% at no extra cost to themselves. If you pay Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax, some of this can be returned to the Church by the tax authorities if evidence of your donation is registered. There are many ways to do this, including use of numbered envelopes allocated to a named parishioner, Standing Orders paid directly from a bank account, and using special Gift Aid envelopes found in the containers at the back of the church. Please consider whether you can join the many parishioners and visitors who already increase the effectiveness of their generous donations in this way.

MAGNIFICAT MAGAZINE: Every issue of Magnificat Magazine offers you for each day: The readings and Prayers for Mass, The order of Mass, A meditation from a great spiritual writer, Selected Morning and Evening Prayers from the Divine Office, An article on the life of a Saint. Available from the Repository, or from the Sacristy after any Mass – price £4.

FOUNDATION GOVERNORS are needed for our Catholic Schools, ensuring that the Church’s mission and practice are up held. If you are interested, please contact Fr David, or write to The Education Service, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P1QN. Visit the website: www.rcdow.org.uk/education/governors or call 020 7718 9189.

GOD BLESS OUR HOMES: If you would like Fr David to visit and bless your home you have only to ask!

“STEPPING FORWARD”: Please respond if you are able to help to clean the church and the Parish Room. We need helpers!

THE LEGION OF MARY: meet every Thursday at 6.45pm in the Parish Room. All welcome.

THE REPOSITORY is open Saturday 5pm-7pm and Sunday 9.30am-1.30pm & 5pm-7pm.
We have a large selection of cards, calendars & diaries, engaging religious booklets and religious articles, all reasonably priced.
There are a number of very good booklets for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

SPEC: “Are you over 18 and planning a gap year? Join us for a year at the Westminster Youth Ministry retreat centre as a volunteer missionary supporting schools and parishes of our  diocese, where you can develop skills to help you with your future and deepen and grow in your Catholic faith. We provide wonderful accommodation in glorious surroundings, all meals and a monthly allowance. To see how our past volunteer missionaries have used this experience to build their future and to find out more, visit www.dowym.com.spec

(Romans 15:7) Pope Francis asks that we be a Church that does not just welcome and receive by keeping doors open, but one that finds new ways; that is able to step outside itself and go out to welcome the stranger. Powered by the living word within us, audacious and courageous we can go to the refugees and exiles, the homeless and hungry, the unemployed and those who have lost hope, those who have left our communities or are indifferent and invite them to find that peace and life that comes from knowing you are truly welcome. Now it is the author of the letter to the Hebrews who encourages us further when he writes:
Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13:1-2)
The following links can help us explore Scripture more deeply
catholic-bible-school.org
cbcew.org.uk/sacred-scripture-links
liturgyoffice.org.uk/

SCHOLA CÆCILIANA: The junior choir of SS Anselm & Cæcilia is looking for NEW singers. Please contact Ian Coleman, Tel: 020 8361 3026 Mob : 0790 3944102 Email: iancoleman@operamail.com

GUILD OF ST STEPHEN: If anyone is interested in becoming an altar server then please see Michael O’Leary after any of the Sunday Masses or contact him on 07914420290 or by email at mikeoleary@blueyonder.co.uk Altar servers must be committed to serving every Sunday and major feast days plus other services when requested. Michael O’Leary Parish M.C.

YOUNG READERS REQUIRED FOR 10AM MASS: more readers are required for the 10am Mass on a Sunday. As it is a family Mass and we are looking for readers from among the younger members of the congregation. The main criteria is to speak clearly and confidently. Training will be provided. If you would like to become a reader at this Mass please see Michael O’Leary or Sr. M. Lucina.

IN CASE YOU ARE ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL: In the light of data protection please indicate on entering hospital that your details are to be passed on to the RC Chaplain. Also state that you would like the Chaplain to visit you.

SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF WALSINGHAM: Thank you for your generous gift offering to our National Shrine in Walsingham. Your gift came to £443.79 For nearly one thousand years, pilgrims have been finding their way to England’s national shrine of Our Lady. In 1061 in the small Norfolk village of Walsingham, the Saxon Lady of the Manor, Richeldis, received an instruction from the Virgin Mary that she was to build a copy of the Holy House of Nazareth. Here a venerable image of Our Lady was enshrined, and began to attract pilgrims from all over Christendom. By the time of the Reformation, Walsingham was one of the four major places of pilgrimage in Europe. It is known today as “England’s Nazareth”.

REBUILDING ENGLAND’S NAZARETH: We are looking to upgrade existing buildings and build new facilities, to help us to serve the increasing numbers of pilgrims, who continue to walk in the Walsingham way, since the shrine was established in 1061. Our aims are to update our facilities, and to make provision for the sick and disabled pilgrims and to have facilities for young people to come on Pilgrimage. Full details are given on our website.
www.walsingham.org.uk
Thank you for your generosity.
Mgr. John Armitage, Rector.

VOLUNTEERS FOR FELTHAM COMMUNITY CHAPLAINCY TRUST (FCCT), which supports ex-offenders to make a transition to a place of worship after their time in prison, is looking for Catholic
volunteers to mentor young men in prison. It is possible for this ministry to fit in with your existing commitments. No experience is required, just a passion for Christ and his teachings. Full training is provided.
Contact FCCT directly for more information on 0208 844 5585 or ccfeltham@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

PROCLAIM WESTMINSTER: Pope Francis is encouraging us to be “missionary parishes”, and our bishops have asked us to develop three initiatives. At our last Parish Assembly we decided ours would be:
1. Developing our Welcome Ministry at Sunday and weekday Masses.
2. Talks on the Catholic Faith for both non-Catholics and others
interested (aimed especially at Catholics no longer going to church).
3. Work with young parents on family life (a spin-off from First Holy Communion Preparation).

FREE DROP IN TRANSLATION AND INFORMATION SERVICE
Every Friday from 11-12:30pm at Austin Forum, Augustinian Centre, 55 Fulham Palace Road, W6 8AU.We offer support in CV writing, job searches, translating documents and assisting with telephone calls. For more information email gabriella@austin-forum.org

HOLBORN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
If you live, work or the area and could help, now is the time to let us know. Please contact: contact@holbornforum.org.uk
Visit our website: http://www.holbornforum.org.uk/to find out more.

CARITAS: VOLUNTEERING WITH REFUGEES
Getting involved in existing projects. Many groups working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are struggling to cope with demand, and always need more volunteers and resources. Please go to rcdow.org.uk/caritas/migrant-drop-in-centres to find information on groups in your area. Donating: At Caritas Westminster, we rely on the generosity of Catholic communities to be able to continue to support refugees and other vulnerable people in the Diocese. You can donate on our website at rcdow.org.uk/donations or send us a cheque payable to ‘WRCDT – Caritas’.

POPE FRANCIS recently encouraged us all to carry a copy of the Gospels in our pocket or bag, and at spare moments to read a few verses. How quickly we would get to know the Gospel if we did so, and how much we could hear Our Lord speak to us. Copies of the Gospel on sale after all Sunday Masses from the repository and from the Sacristy after all weekday Masses £1.95 each.

The LGBT Catholics Younger Adults Group (LGBTYAG) aims to provide support and fellowship for Catholics in their twenties, 30s, and 40s who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and their families. We meet regularly for Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, as well as organising monthly spiritual and social events. If you would like to know more, please contact us at lgbtcatholicsyag@gmail.com or see our website: www.lgbtcatholicsyag.org.uk

CATHOLIC EDUCATION NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: You can make a positive difference. Please help ensure local children receive the best possible education by volunteering as a school governor. Call 020 7288 9531 or visit www.becomeagovernor.com

CATHOLIC STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY For student activities in Westminster Diocese, come and visit NEWMAN HOUSE CATHOLIC CENTRE, 111 Gower Street, London WCIE 6AR (opposite UCL and just up from Waterstone’s Bookshop) Tel:020-7387-6370. For info re. events at Newman House and catholic societies/activities at your college, visit: universitycatholic.net, and the ‘Newman House’ Facebook Page.