FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: the means and timing for the preparation for First Holy Communion has not yet been decided, as there are so many unknowns as yet. When we have clarity we shall make it well-known.
CONGRATULATIONS: to Eddie Game on making his First Holy Communion this Sunday at the 10:00am Mass. Eddie was prepared through his school but was not able to celebrate his First Communion until now.
BOOKLETS AVAILIBLE TO BUY: These booklets can be purchased from either the Repository or the Sacristy. The monthly Edition of the Magnificat: Jan & Feb 2020: £4.99
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY: have assembled nearly 12,000 packs for the homeless and have distributed them throughout England and Wales. Each Vinnie Pack contains a thermal hat, thermal gloves two pairs of thermal socks, toothpaste, toothbrush, wet wipes, Pavement magazine, pen and information sheet and 5,000 of the packs have a reusable face mask included. The contents of each Vinnie Pack cost around £3.50 and donations to sponsor packs would be most welcome. Donations can be transferred to SVP Vinnie Packs, a/c 46088237 sort code 60-60-04 or cheques made out to SVP can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ . Any assistance is really appreciated.
DIOCESE COVID-19 UPDATE: In the church, please do not interact with anyone you do not live with. Friends should sit apart. Families from the same household can sit together.
2019 ANNUAL REPORT & ACCOUNTS FOR THE DIOCESE OF WESTMINSTER: Are available on www.redow.org.uk/about-us Please visit for the download.
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED: Please pray for all those who suffer religious persecution. We pray, too, for the thousands of people who carry out the work of ACN around the world. We also ask God to bless all those who give their time, prayers and donations to ensure that struggling Christian communities the world over receive the spiritual and material gifts they need to believe that they, too, may hope for a bright future in which they can live out their faith without fear. For more information visit: https://acnuk.org/our-campaigns/redwednesday/
FACEMASKS FOR THE HOMELESS: Each year the SVP provide Vinnie packs which go to the homeless during the winter months. This year, face masks will be included in the pack. Caritas Westminster are inviting volunteers to sew them at home and send them in by the 30th November to Caritas SEIDs Hub, Empire Way, Wembley, HA9 0RJ. For details and a suggested pattern visit https://www.caritaswestminster.org.uk/how-tomake-facemasks-for-the-homeless-1100.php
CAFOD: LIGHT A CANDLE ON THEIR ONLINE VOTIVE STAND: When lighting your candle you can share the name of the person you’re praying for and add a little message or prayer to appear with your candle. Your candle will stay on the votive stand so you can come back and visit it at any time. Each candle is accompanied by a small donation towards CAFOD’s lifesaving work with poor and vulnerable communities. We hope you will take comfort in knowing that your candle is shining a light of hope around the world. Visit: https://lightacandle.cafod.org.uk
CARDINAL VINCENT NICHOLS ASKS US TO PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS: Today we pray especially for all who have suffered abuse, as children or as vulnerable adults, and carry its scars throughout their lives. Many of their stories are told in the IICSA Report. We pray for them in the pain they bear.
We pray too for courage and guidance for our bishops and religious leaders, and for those who work in Safeguarding, that the responses we give will be just and healing. We ask pardon for those past responses that now are seen to have been so inadequate.
We place before the Lord this brokenness which marks so many lives and the life of the Church.’
These are certainly difficult days for us, but more so for all who have suffered this terrible abuse.
Please pray for us bishops as we consider these matters during out meeting next week. And pray for me too: I need those prayers. If these are difficult days for me, I know they are for you too. Please stay steady and be sure of my prayers for you.
MISSIO (APF/MILL HILL) RED BOX COLLECTION: 12 boxes were handed in for counting over the past few weeks – the amount donated came to £857-91. Thank you very much to all those who support the Mill Hill Missionaries in this way. The retiring collection last weekend also raised £212.72 for Missio. Your prayers and contributions will help missionaries work alongside communities throughout the world that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. Please pray for the work of Missio and all those working to offer the love of Jesus, that we may remain strong in our witness to Christ’s love for all peoples. To continue supporting mission throughout the year, please go to missio.org.uk or call 020 7821 9755 (office hours).
SAFE SPACES: Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with the Church. It is delivered by a team of support advocates with specialist training in supporting survivors of sexual abuse. It is available to people aged 18 or over who have suffered abuse. Enclosed is a document outlining the service and providing contact details. Please make your parishioners aware of this service.
NHS TRACK AND TRACE APP: Please use the NHS Track & Trace app if you have a smart phone to check in when you attend Mass. This will save you time on your way in. Please download in the app store of Google Play Store. The QR posters are around the church. Thank you.
BECOMING A CATHOLIC: Please contact the parish priest, Fr David Barnes.
PLEASE JOIN US: in praying and fasting for the end of abortion in this country for Post Abortion help and to support Pro-Life counselling see: www.GoodCounselNetwork.com Please invite your friends and Family to join us via this Facebook event; https://www.facebook.com/events/2739924072936969
JOURNEYING WITH THE BIBLE: – now online, the continuing series of talks presented by Fr Javier Ruiz-Ortiz PhD and Sr Monica Cardona STL. To register for any of the talks please contact Catadmin@rcdow.org.uk. All Talks are from 7.00-8.30pm, Programme details, see website: https://rcdow.org.uk/faith/evangelisation/the-god-who-speaks/journeying-with-the-bible/
LONDON CHARTERHOUSE CATENIANS: is a fellowship of Catholic business and professional men. Meetings: 1st Tuesdays at 19:00, Dinner at 20:00 > 22:00 at: Kingsley Hotel by Thistle, Bloomsbury, London WC1A but now on Zoom. web: catenians.org.uk / email: firstname.lastname@example.org
STRESS IN YOUR MARRIAGE? – THIS HAS BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT YEAR FOR MANY COUPLES: Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year alone. There is no group therapy or group workFor confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the next programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 12th -15th Nov 2020, call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 – or email email@example.com or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
THE TELEPHONE SUNDAY MASS! You can listen in to the recorded Mass from Middlesbrough Cathedral at any time, 24 hours a day. Just phone 01642 130120. There is no charge beyond that of a local call.
POPE APPEALS FOR LAUDATO SI’ YEAR, RELEASES SPECIAL PRAYER: After praying the Regina Coeli on Sunday, Pope Francis recalled the fifth anniversary of his encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ On the Care for our Common Home.’ He said the document sought to “call attention to the cry of the Earth and of the poor.”
The Pope then invited everyone to take part in the Laudato Si’ Year, which is promoted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development and runs from 24 May 2020 until 24 May 2021.
“I invite all people of goodwill to take part, to care for our common home and our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis also announced a special prayer dedicated to the Laudato Si’ Year, and encouraged everyone to pray it:
Creator of Heaven, Earth, and all therein contained.
Open our minds and touch our hearts,
so that we can be part of Creation, your gift.
Be present to those in need in these difficult times,
especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
Help us to show creative solidarity
as we confront the consequences of the global pandemic.
Make us courageous in embracing
the changes required to seek the common good.
Now more than ever, may we all feel interconnected and interdependent.
Enable us to succeed in listening and responding
to the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.
May their current sufferings become the birth-pangs
of a more fraternal and sustainable world.
We pray through Christ our Lord,
under the loving gaze of Mary Help of Christians,
May 24th, 2020: Vatican News
DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, we have put as many UK Catholic Diocesan newspapers on one website (www.ChurchPaper.co.uk) so parishioners can stay in contact with their Church and their community.www.ChurchPaper.co.uk
THE SYCAMORE FILMS ARE NOW ON OPEN ACCESS FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS: It’s a difficult time for everyone with the Coronavirus emergency – but also an important time to support one another in faith and to reach out to others beyond our communities.
In many places it has become impossible for group meetings to take place. Many Sycamore parishes have been asking us how we can make the Sycamore videos available for parishioners to watch at home and to participate in remote groups.
In an effort to support parishes and Catholic communities in every way possible, we have made all of the Sycamore films OPEN ACCESS so that they can be viewed online at home by anyone who wishes, without a subscription or log-in.
You can access the Film Pages here: https://www.sycamore.fm/videos/
GOD BLESS OUR HOMES: If you would like Fr David to visit and bless your home you have only to ask!
PLEASE PRAY: for all of the children preparing for First Holy Communion and for those preparing for Confirmation.
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 and we can also add to the weekly prayers for the sick.
BOOKLETS AVAILABLE TO BUY FROM THE SACRISTY: The following booklets can be purchased from either the Repository or the Sacristy.
• The monthly Edition of the Magnificat: £4.99 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.
• Christmas Cards at various prices.
• Matthew’s Gospel: £1.50
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.
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.
SVP VINNIE PACKS FOR THE HOMELESS: The SVP are distributing 11,500 Vinnie Packs containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. Would you be willing to help? To donate (£3.50 per pack is suggested), please send cheques payable to SVP to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ, or to donate by bank transfer to Natwest sort code 60-60-04, account number 4608 8237.
BEWARE!!!!!!! – THIEVES ARE STEALING FROM BAGS IN CHURCH. PLEASE KEEP YOUR BAG IN VIEW AT ALL TIMES.
THANK YOU: For your recent generous donations to the retirement collections (updated totals)
CATHOLIC EDUCATION: £268.70
CARDINAL’S Lenten Alms Appeal: £569.94
HOLY PLACES: £361.34
CAFOD cyclone Idai: £1420.47
MISSIO: Red Boxes Appeal: £857-91.
MISSIO: retiring collection £212.72.
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
HOME MISSION SUNDAY: £245.70
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY (MISSIO): £314.83.
CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S SOCIETY: £910.00 (this includes the Carol singing money)
AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED: £841.39
SOCIETY OF AFRICAN MISSIONS (SMA): £1000
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: £262.69
PETER’S PENCE: £97.00.
CAFOD CORONAVIRUS APPEAL: £252.01
APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA COLLECTION: £121.03
Thank you as always for your generous donations.
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.
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. Meetings are cancelled for the present due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 0207 798 9063 or 077 3818 3833.
YOU CAN HELP YOUR MARRIAGE – Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi with a long i) helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. There is no group therapy or group work. For confidential information about Retrouvaille’, or to register for the next programme. Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 or Email – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
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
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.
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?
* Helps practising Catholics meet other Catholics.
* Supports Catholic Parishes and Charities, donating thousands of pounds from members’ fees.
* Provides a strictly confidential service.
* 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.
email: email@example.com website: www.catholicsingles.org.uk
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
HOLBORN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
If you live, work or the area and could help, now is the time to let us know. Please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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.