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20th July 2014 Sixteenth Sunday

Forthcoming Dates (Events and Activities):
PPC Meeting – 21st July
PPC and Finance Committee AGM – 27th July
Day Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 6th August
Centenary Celebration Mass – 14th September
A Day of Reflection – 27th September
Parish Celebration Lunch – 19th October
Parish Centenary Quiz Evening, auction and supper –  (in November)
Advent Retreat – 6th December

In case you are admitted to hospital
In light of Data Protection please indicate on entering hospital that your details are to be passed to the RC Chaplain. Also state that you would like the RC Chaplain to visit you.

Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham on Wednesday 6th August.
If you wish to make this pilgrimage, please put your name and telephone number on the list at the back of the church. The cost of the coach is £10 per person. Departure time 8am from Church Lane. Further details to follow.If you have any queries please contact Alan Bruce on 351506.

Day for Life 27th July 2014 – the day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating the dignity of life – this year calls upon young people in particular to protect and cherish life from conception to natural death. Visit www.dayforlife.org for more information.

Calling all Gift Aid Donors . We will soon be submitting our claim for the 2013-14 tax year. We recently distributed a leaflet asking if you had not paid tax in 2013-14. If you did not pay tax or stopped paying tax in that year can you please return the completed form to the Parish office as soon as possible.

Parish AGMDue to an unforeseen clash with another event it has been decided to move the Parish AGM to July 27th. It will start after the 11.00am Mass. The PPC and Finance Committee look forward to seeing you there

SVP
Next meeting in the Old Town Presbytery at 7.30pm on Tuesday 29th July.

Centenary Events:
Quiz Night
Saturday 15 November at Symonds Green Community Hall.

Parish Photographs
For our Parish Centenary Souvenir Book, we would like to include group photographs showing the ‘People of our Parish in 2014’. This means taking photographs of the assembled congregations at both weekend Masses sometime in the near future.
There will, of course, be an ‘opt out’ option!
If you are good at taking such photographs and would like to take on the task please contact Alan Bruce (351506) or Trish in the parish office.

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13th July 2014 Fifteenth Sunday

Forthcoming Dates(Events and Activities):
PPC Meeting – 21st July
PPC and Finance Committee AGM – 27th July
Day Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 6th August
Centenary Celebration Mass – 14th September
A Day of Reflection – 27th September
Parish Celebration Lunch – 19th October
Parish Centenary Quiz Evening, auction and supper –  (in November)
Advent Retreat – 6th December

Day for Life 27th July 2014 – the day in the Church’s year dedicated to celebrating the dignity of life – this year calls upon young people in particular to protect and cherish life from conception to natural death. Visit www.dayforlife.org for more information.

Parish AGMDue to an unforeseen clash with another event it has been decided to move the Parish AGM to July 27th. It will start after the 11.00am Mass. The PPC and Finance Committee look forward to seeing you there

Please notethat there will be no 09.30 Mass on Friday 18th July, instead, a Liturgy of the Word with Holy Communion will be conducted.

Irish Network Stevenage are holding their next monthly social event on Wednesday 16th July at 1pm until 3pm at Bedwell Community Centre. They will be taking names for the annual summer trip to Southend in August. These social events are always great fun, with dancing, a raffle and tea and biscuits. Everyone welcome! Entry £2 for members, £3 for non-members. For more information contact Elaine on 01438 725400.

Children’s Liturgy during 11am Mass will resume in September.

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6th July 2014 Fourteenth Sunday

Forthcoming Dates(Events and Activities):
1st Sunday of the month after Mass, tea, coffee and soft drinks will be served. Please join us. All invited.
PPC Meeting – 21st July
Day Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 6th August
Centenary Celebration Mass – 14th September
A Day of Reflection – 27th September
Parish Celebration Lunch – 19th October
Parish Centenary Quiz Evening, auction and supper –  (in November)
Advent Retreat – 6th December

SVP – Next meetings in the Old Town presbytery at 7.30pm on Tuesday 15th July and Tuesday 29th July.

Fr. Fred – will be celebrating his 35th OrdinationAnniversary on 14th July.
His address, should you like to contact him is:
Nazareth House
344 London Road
Charlton Kings
Cheltenham
GL52 6YJ
I am sure he would be delighted to hear from you.

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29th June 2014 Sts Peter and Paul

Forthcoming Dates(Events and Activities):
1st Sunday of the month after Mass, tea, coffee and soft drinks will be served. Please join us. All invited.
PPC Meeting – 21st July
Day Pilgrimage to Walsingham – 6th August
Centenary Celebration Mass – 14th September
A Day of Reflection – 27th September
Parish Celebration Lunch – 19th October
Parish Centenary Quiz Evening, auction and supper –  (in November)
Advent Retreat – 6th December

Parish AGM – Due to an unforeseen clash with another event it has been decided to move the Parish AGM to July 27th. It will start after the 11.00am Mass. The PPC and Finance Committee look forward to seeing you there

100th  Anniversary – We will be holding a 2nd collection to help fund our 100th anniversary activities; in particular the Celebratory Mass on September 14th. Collection date 12th & 13th July. We hope everyone will give generously.

Sacrament of Confirmation -We congratulate our young people from our parish who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop John Sherrington last Sunday. We thank and congratulate Hannah and Anne for working with our young people over these last few months.

A New Priest from Stevenage! – Stevenage parishioner, Nicholas Crowe, will be ordained a Priest in the Dominican Order on 5th July.  His journey to the priesthood was described in the December edition of our ‘Three Parishes Magazine’. We extend our warmest congratulations to Nicholas and to his parents, Marisa and Michael.

SCIMP Concert – The many who attended this concert will have enjoyed an afternoon of exceptional talent. We thank the performers and all those who supported us. Over £600 was raised for our project in the Philippines.

Three Parishes Magazine – Children’s ‘Spring Time’ Art Competition – Well done and thank you to all those who entered. Congratulations to the winners in each age group:- Cerys Kinsella (6), Niamh Hogan (8) and Rachel Connolly (13). Please collect your £10 prize from your parish office.

St Vincent de Paul School’s Summer Fair                                     4th of July from 3:15 – 5 pm. Raffle tickets will be on sale after Mass this Sunday 22nd of June and next week 29th of June. Please see Steve Hogan.

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22nd June 2014 The Body and Blood of Christ

Baptism Course on 28th June at 10.30am
Please complete a baptism form, available in the porch, and post back to the parish office before Monday 23rdJune.

SVP
next meeting in the Old Town presbytery at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th June.

Barrio Fiesta in Hertfordshire on 28th of June
Fairlands Ground Valley Park (in front of Stevenage Football Club). Grand Parade will start at 9:30. Shows and program until 6pm. For more info please contact Joseph or Myla Arceno on 07534711757.

John Henry Newman School Summer Fete
29th June 12-3.30pm. Lots of fun for all the family. See the noticeboard for more info.

SCIMP Variety Show
SCIMP is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. To mark this, a Variety Show is to be presented on Sunday 22nd June at 4pm in the Oval Community Centre. All proceeds go to our Philippines Disaster Project.

St Vincent de Paul school’s Summer Fair
4th of July from 3:15 – 5 pm. Raffle tickets will be on sale after mass this Sunday 22nd of June and next week 29th of June. Please see Steve Hogan.

Prayer Meeting
On Friday 27th June at 2.30pm in the Presbytery. Everyone welcome. Please call Colleen on 01438 359402 if you would like more details.

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15th June 2014 The Most Holy Trinity

John Henry Newman School Summer Fete
29th June 12-3.30pm. Lots of fun for all the family. See the noticeboard for more info.

Gift Aid
We will soon be collating our Gift Aid claim for the 2013-14 Tax Year. It is important that we do not make a claim based on your donations if you ceased to be a UK taxpayer between April 2013 and end of March 2014. If you ceased to be a UK taxpayer for whatever reason can you complete the simple form which is being distributed this weekend and return to either the Parish Office in the Presbytery, Fr Auson or Simon Williams.  We will then not claim for you in 2013-14 and will also remove you from both our list of Gift Aid donors and that held at Westminster.

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8th June 2014 Pentecost Sunday

Forthcoming Dates:
First Holy Communion –14th & 21st June
Confirmation – 22nd June
PPC Meeting – 19th June
Centenary Celebration Mass – 14th September
Thanksgiving Mass for the First Holy Communion children on Sunday 13th July at 11am.
1st Sunday of the month after Mass, tea, coffee and soft drinks will be served. Please join us. All invited.

There will no weekday Masses from Monday 9th June until Friday 13th as Fr. Auson will be on retreat. Any Mass offerings which were arranged will be offered the following week.

Baptism Course on 28th June at 10.30am
Please complete a baptism form, available in the porch, and post back to the parish office before Monday 23rd June.

Ascent Group
There will be no meeting next week.

Peace Walk of June 28th
Which marks the centenary of events leading up to the First World War.  We start at Tavistock Square and finish at the Imperial War Museum Peace Garden. See the notice board for more details.

Congratulations
To the children from our parish who will be making their First Holy Communion over the next two weekends.

Proposed Pilgrimage To Walsingham
Wednesday 6th August
As part of our Centenary celebrations, we plan to make apilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine at Walsingham on the Feastof The Transfiguration, Wednesday 6th August. Further details onthe noticeboards. Or phone Alan Bruce 351506

SVP
Next meetings in the Old Town presbytery at 7.30pm on Tuesday 10th June and Tuesday 24th June.

FoodBank
Your continuing generous donations to the Food Bank are much appreciated. Be assured that it all goes to feed the poor and hungry in Stevenage. We will continue to operate through the summer months.

SCIMP Variety Show
SCIMP is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. To mark this, a Variety Show is to be presented on Sunday 22nd June at 4pm in the Oval Community Centre. Entrance is by Programme at £5 for adults, £3 for a child or £10 for a family, including light refreshments. Programmes are on sale after all Mass today. All proceeds go to our Philippines Disaster Project.

Event for Young Adults
The Climate is Changing. If you are aged 18-30 you are invited to this special campaign evening for Young Adults on Wednesday 2nd July. http://www.cafod.org.uk/Events/youngadultclimateevent or call 0207 095 5324.

Spirit in the City (11-14 June 2014) is the biggest Catholic festival in London, which gathers people of all cultures for a joyful and dynamic Catholic celebration of faith in the West End of London.  Saturday 14th June: workshops, prayer and reconciliation services. www.spiritinthecity.org

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1st June 2014 The Ascension of the Lord

Forthcoming Dates:
First Holy Communion – 14th & 21st June
Confirmation – 22nd June
PPC Meeting – 19th June
Centenary Celebration Mass – 14th September
Baptism Course on 28th June at 10.30am
Please complete a baptism form, available in the porch, and post back to the parish office before Monday 23rd June.

Weekend of Discernment
Single Catholic women in their 30s,40s or 50s are invited to come for a weekend of discernment from 13th -15th June to explore their Vocation to Religious Life. We are looking for women with enthusiasm, energy and love for God, and for whom prayer is a priority, to continue and develop the ministry of Retreats and Spirituality in our small Congregation.  For more information please contact the Sisters on 0208941 2313 or email info@christian-retreat.org

First Holy Communion
Please pray for the children from the Parish who are making their First Holy Communion next month.

Fr. Fred
Sends his sincere thanks for the cards and gifts which were taken to him last weekend.
He is looking very well and has settled in comfortably at Nazareth House.

FoodBank
Your continuing generous donations to the Food Bank are much appreciated. Be assured that it all goes to feed the poor and hungry in Stevenage. We
will continue to operate through the summer months.

SCIMP Variety Show
SCIMP is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. To mark this, a Variety Show is to be presented on Sunday 22 June at 4pm in the Oval Community Centre. Entrance is by Programme at £5 for adults, £3 for a child or £10 for a family, including light refreshments. Programmes are on sale after all Masses today and for the next 3 weeks. All proceeds go to our Philippines Disaster Project.

Ascent Group
Please note that there will be not be any meetings for the next 2 weeks.

New Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster
Mgr Nicholas Hudson will be ordained as an Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster next Wednesday, 4th June at Westminster Cathedral.  The Mass begins at 11:00am and parishioners from all around the Diocese are most welcome.  Please keep our new Bishop on your prayers.
Spirit in the City (11-14 June 2014) is the biggest Catholic festival in London, which gathers people of all cultures for a joyful and dynamic Catholic celebration of faith in the West End of London.  Saturday 14th June: outdoor celebration in Leicester Square with live music on stage, workshops, prayer and reconciliation services. www.spiritinthecity.org

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25th May 2014 Sixth Sunday of Easter

Forthcoming Dates:
First Holy Communion – 14th & 21st June
Confirmation – 22nd June
PPC Meeting – 19th June
Centenary Celebration Mass – 14th September

CAFOD visitors from Ethiopia Tuesday, 3 June, 6pm to 8:30pm. You are invited to hear a first-hand account of how your donations to CAFOD are enabling communities in Ethiopia improve access to clean water.  Talk will take place at CAFOD’s office in Lambeth, SE1 7JB. To book for this event, contact CAFOD Westminster on 0208 449 6970 or email westminster@cafod.org.uk

SVP
Next meeting in the Old Town presbytery at 7.30pm on Tuesday 27th May.

Prayer Meeting
On Friday 30th May at 2.30pm in the Presbytery. Everyone welcome. Please call Colleen on 01438 359402 if you would like more details

SCIMP Variety Show
SCIMP is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year. To mark this, a Variety Show is to be presented on Sunday 22 June at 4pm in the Oval Community Centre. Entrance is by Programme at £5 for adults, £3 for a child or £10 for a family, including light refreshments. Programmes are on sale after all masses today and for the next 3 weeks. All proceeds go to our Philippines Disaster Project.

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