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DEREK RICHES RIP: Please pray for the repose of Derek’s soul, and for his family in their grief. Derek’s Funeral Mass was held here last Friday 2nd August at 12:30pm.

BETTY DRINKWATER RIP: Please pray for the repose of Betty’s soul, and for her family in their grief. Betty’s Funeral Mass will be held here last Monday 5th August at 12:30pm and then onto Hampstead Cemetery for 2:30pm.

BEWARE!!!!!!! – THIEVES ARE STEALING FROM BAGS IN CHURCH. PLEASE KEEP YOUR BAG IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES.

SECONDARY SCHOOL FORMS: If you would like any secondary school forms (Certificate of Catholic Practice) signed please make an appointment to see Fr David.

PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: Saturday 5th October, 2019. Depart Lincoln’s Inn Fields at 7.30am SHARP and depart Walsingham at 5pm. Tickets £16.00. Seats only guaranteed on receipt of payment. Contact: Martina Cullen07802728110 or e-mail mcullen32@hotmail.co.uk.

CONGRATULATONS TO BISHOP JOHN WILSON: who last week became the Archbishop of Southwark. His dedicated service to our Diocese will be much missed indeed, not least in his work in the west of the Diocese, and in education. Please remember him in your prayers.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL: The next meeting is on Wednesday 7th August 2019 in the Parish Room from 6:45pm. All Welcome.

SECONDARY SCHOOL FORMS: If you would like any secondary school forms (Certificate of Catholic Practice) signed please make an appointment to see Fr David.

BEWARE!!!!!!! – THIEVES ARE STEALING FROM BAGS IN CHURCH. PLEASE KEEP YOUR BAG IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES.

ANDRZEJ MALITOWSKI: Our resident Organist,  is shortly returning to Poland. He is getting married at the end of August and believes it unlikely he will be returning to England. He has therefore submitted his resignation, which Fr David has reluctantly accepted. Let us thank Andrzej for all he has given us, for developing our sense of the wonders of the organ and for the way he has worked with us all in such an admirable way.  Let us keep Andrzej and his fiancée in our prayers as they prepare for their wedding day. 

NEW DAWN IN THE CHURCH: a Catholic Family Pilgrimage Conference in its 33rd year organised annually by the Prince of Peace community. It includes daily talks by English and international speakers, choice of workshop sessions each afternoon with celebration of Mass as the central focus of each day. The conference takes place from Monday 5th to Friday 9th August at Walsingham, Norfolk. Separate sessions organised for children and young people. For more information visit www.newdawn.org.uk, email registration@newdawn.org.uk or call 0151 228 0724.

THANK YOU: For your recent generous donations to the retirement collections (updated totals)
CAFOD Lent Fast Day: £604.96
Cardinals Lenten Alms Appeal: £569.94
HOLY PLACES: £361.34
CAFOD cyclone Idai: £1420.47
MISSIO Red Boxes Appeal: £2829.93
MISSIONARIES OF AFRICA (The White Father’s) £1193.69
DIOCESAN PRIEST TRAINING FUND (PTF): £561.12.
CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS: £264.04
DAY FOR LIFE: £243.31
PETER’S PENCE: £378.55
FEAST OF THE SACRED HEART (during the short Novena to the Sacred Heart): £117.12
APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA: £598.73.

VOLUNTEER YEAR AT SPEC, THE DIOCESAN YOUTH RETREAT CENTRE SPEC: the diocesan youth retreat centre, offers the possibility of a volunteer year for young adults. The volunteer missionary would live on site in Pinner in the residential community,formation and accompaniment in their faith and serve as a retreat facilitator, working with the employed retreat leaders. In particular, any sixth formers who may like to find out more are welcome to attend a day retreat to see what goes on and meet the community. For more information please see www.dowym.com/spec/volunteer/ or contact spec@rcdow.org.uk

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

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES: Please collect your new set of Planned giving Envelopes for 2019/2020, from the Sacristy corridor. If you would like to sign up for Planned Giving there are forms in the Sacristy corridor to sign up. Please hand in to the Parish Office.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

CARITAS: has a service to support and develop volunteering in the diocese. The aim is to make volunteering as easy as possible for everyone. Please visit the website www.caritaswestminster.org.uk/volunteer where you can find role for you. Alternatively contact us directly by emailing caritasvol@rcdow.org.uk or by telephone 0207 798 9063 or 077 3818 3833.

NEW PILGRIM PATH WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: The Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time counts the time between Christmas Season and Lent, and between Easter Season and Advent. Ordinary Time readings, liturgy and prayer can be a rich time to reflect upon our relationship with God, our relationships with each other and to grow in depth on many levels. Creighton University Online Ministries has a huge variety of helpful resources for prayer in Ordinary Time, which you can access at www.NewPilgrimPath.ie

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

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.

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.

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.

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.
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. 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.

CATHOLIC SINGLES: Single, separated, widowed or divorced?
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* Supports Catholic Parishes and Charities, donating thousands of pounds from members’ fees.
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* Sends members a monthly bulletin called Catholic Networking.
* Publicises social events free of charge.
£10 annual membership plus an initial donation. Free information, with no obligation, CATHOLIC SINGLES, 1 BURLESCOMBE CLOSE, ALTRINCHAM. WA14 4UX.Tel. 0161 941 3498.
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HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION FOR ENGLAND & WALES: 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 2019, the dates are:
Epiphany of the Lord Sunday 6th January
Ascension of the Lord Thursday 23rd May
Corpus Christi Sunday 23rd June
Ss Peter and Paul 30th June
Assumption BVM Thursday 15th August
All Saints Thursday 1st November
Christmas Tuesday 25th December

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!

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.

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/

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.