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Mass for Migrants, Saturday 1st May

The Mass for Migrants takes place at 11.30am on Saturday 1st May, with gathering time online from 11.15am. It will be celebrated at St William of York Catholic Church, Forest Hill, 4 Brockley Park, Greater, Forest Hill, London SE23 1PS. Bishop Paul McAleenan is the celebrant.

This year’s Migrants Mass will be hosted by the Archdiocese of Southwark at St William of York Catholic Church, Lewisham. Owing to coronavirus restrictions, sadly only a small number of invited guests will be able to attend in person, but the Mass will be live-streamed online so that all can participate from their homes.

The Mass is an annual celebration of the contribution made in the UK by all our migrant communities, held jointly by the Dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster, with support from London Citizens.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/migrants-mass

There will be short video greetings screened from 11.20am before the start of the Mass at 11.30am.

Details can also be found on the Diocesan and Justice & Peace websites:

https://westminsterjusticeandpeace.org/2021/04/19/annual-mass-for-migrants-saturday-1st-may-2021-11-20am-for-11-30am/

We hope that many of you will be able to attend online and join us in prayer on that day, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker.

(NB The Migrants Mass next year will be hosted by the Diocese of Westminster and return to the Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May 2022. The Cathedral has been booked!)

Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel and 53 years of abortion

“Tuesday 27th April, is the 53rd anniversary of the abortion act coming in to effect. Since then, over 9 million babies have been aborted in the United Kingdom. Please join us that day in praying and fasting for the end of abortion in this Country. [As we are in the Easter Season please limit your fasting to some small sacrifice] www.GoodCounselNetwork.com

Monday 26th April is the Feast of Our Lady, Mother of Good Counsel, which is the 53rd anniversary of the last day in Britain when it was illegal to perform abortions. Please say the prayer to Our Lady, Mother of Good Counsel, on this her Feast day: http://www.goodcounselnet.co.uk/Our-Patron-Saints.html

Prayer to Our Lady, Mother of Good Counsel:

O, Holy Virgin, to whose feet we are led by our anxious uncertainty in our search for and attainment of what is true and good, invoking thee by the sweet title of Mother of Good Counsel we beseech thee to come to our assistance, when along the road of this life, the darkness of error and of evil conspires towards our ruin by leading our minds and our hearts astray.

Do Thou, O Seat of Wisdom and Star of the Sea, Enlighten the doubtful and the erring, that they be not seduced by the false appearances of good, render them steadfast in the face of the hostile and corrupting influences of passion and of sin.

O Mother of Good Counsel, obtain for us from Thy Divine Son a great love of Virtue and, in the hour of uncertainty and trial, the strength to embrace the way that leads to our salvation. If Thy hand sustains us, we shall walk unmolested long the path indicated to us by the life and words of Jesus our Redeemer; and having followed freely and securely, even in the midst of this world’s strife, the sun of truth and justice under Thy Maternal Star, we shall come to the enjoyment of full and eternal peace with Thee in the Haven of Salvation. Amen.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

The annual diocesan pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led this year by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Fr John Farrell OP, will take place from 22nd to 30th November.

In addition to walking in the footsteps of Christ, it is a pilgrimage of solidarity and an opportunity to return ready for mission. The cost is £1,590 per person, with a single room supplement of £455 per person. For further information and booking forms, please contact Gill Didino of Tangney Tours at 01732 886 666.

Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony

Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, via live-stream from Westminster Cathedral, on Saturday 15th May 2021 at 3.00pm

The Cardinal will be celebrating a live-streamed Mass for 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 2021. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy/parish office the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number if no email), and these details will be sent to those organizing this celebration. An Order of Service can be downloaded from the Cathedral website before the event – www.westminstercathedral.org.uk.

Catholic Voices

Catholic Voices will be hosting an online conference titled “Sharing the Church’s Story” on April 17th 2021. You will hear a variety of speakers share simple, powerful tips and workshops so that everyone can share the Church’s story with charity, clarity, and confidence. Email info@catholicvoices.org.uk for more info or to sign up.

Visit www.catholicvoices.org.uk for more information.

Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) provides parish leaders with knowledge and understanding of theology and the Catholic faith.

 

You can learn the course in person, by distance learning or online – details below:

Centres (in person learning)
http://brs-ccrs.org.uk/index.php/course-centres 

Life-Light Home Study Courses (distance learning)
info@studylifelight.com
01844 351 514

CCRS Online (online learning)
ccrsonline@hope.ac.uk
0151 291 3055CCRS Parish Poster

Priest Training Fund

An appeal on behalf of the future priests of our diocese

This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood. There are currently 42 men studying at Allen Hall seminary, 18 of whom are for our own Diocese, and two men are studying in Rome, also for our Diocese. Last year two men who studied at Allen Hall and one who studied in Rome ordained to the priesthood to serve as our future priests. This fund also supports the ongoing enrichment and formation of our ordained priests. Your generous donation helps ensure we can support these men who are called to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Donation leaflets are available in the back of the church. Please take one home, read the information, and bring it back next weekend with your donation. Please continue to pray for vocations and for our priests. You can donate online anytime at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations