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**UKRAINE EMERGENCY APPEAL*

** EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR UKRAINE**#HELPUKRAINE

Caritas Ukraine and Caritas Poland are working on the ground along with the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the UK and Ukrainian Cultural organizations to help raise funds for this appeal.
As a parish community, we are united in supporting the people of Ukraine, firstly, by saying the Rosary every day and secondly, we are also sending £1,000 from parish funds to help provide blankets and medical supplies.
If you would like to make your own donation then please use one of these methods.

Take an envelope from the Hall Lobby at the Church and put your donation in it and return to the Parish Office.

Use GoFundMe page https://rb.gy/dcqgcc

Direct to the Central Appeal Fund AUGB Ltd, 80038237, 20-65-89 using reference #ukraineappeal.

If paying by cheque please make cheque payable to AUGB LTD-Central Fund

Send directly to

Ukranian Catholic Eparchy of The Holy Family of London, Chancery Office, 21022 Binney St, London W1K 5 BQ

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SYNOD 2021 / 2022

SYNOD GATHERINGS AT ST HELEN’S

Pope Francis is inviting all of us to listen again to each other, hearing our experiences of faith with all its joys and disappointments, and to find new ways of strengthening each other. It is an opportunity for us to show our care for the family of the Church. 

SYNOD 2021 PART 1

In November, we invited parishioners to attend one of 3 sessions on the 3rd, 10th & 24th to discuss and share their journey through the pandemic. Our Synod Representative Jeff, then collated the information from the sessions and this is now available to download here just click on the link.

SYNOD 2022 PART 2

The second phase of the process has moved from “reflection” and will focus on “who we would like to be as a parish?” Three session were held on the 12th, 13th & 16th January 2022 and all of the findings have been collated and are available to download here – just click on the link.

The second phase of the Synod is happening now and will move from “reflection” and will focus on “who we would like to be as a parish?” There will be three sessions for parishioners to come and share their ideas and suggestions as follows. Please try and come and support this:

Synod Prayer

We stand before You, Holy Spirit,

as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us,

make Yourself at home in our hearts;

Teach us the way we must go

and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;

do not let us promote disorder.

Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity

so that we may journey together

to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.

All this we ask of You,

who are at work in every place and time,

in the communion of the

Father and the Son,

forever and ever. Amen.

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VINNIE PACK APPEAL

ST VINCENT DE PAUL “VINNIE PACK APPEAL”

Begins Sunday 18th October and will run till the end of November.

This is our 4th year to run it and each year we have had a very generous response from the parish. A Vinnie Pack contains essential items for cold weather including a warm hat, gloves and socks. These packs are handed out to those living on the streets in the very cold winter months. Each pack costs £3.50 and you can help cover some or all of the cost of one by making a donation—no matter how small it is appreciated. Please use the BLACK BOX located on the wall at the back of the Church to put donations.

For more information please contact the Parish Office 01923 223175

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Watford Catenians

The Catenian Association started in UK just over 100 years ago in 1908 and has spread to several other countries including Ireland, Australia, India, Malta, South Africa, Zimbabwe and The Holy Land. The Association is organised into Circles of Catholic men that meet monthly across the country. It currently has about ten thousand members.

The Association provides an opportunity for Catholic men to meet socially and to provide support for members and their families.

If you would like to know more about how to join etc then please download the following article.

Watford Catenians article

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Missio Red Boxes

These are collected in and emptied during the month of May & October each year.
Boxes are left at the back of the Church in a special A.P.F box.
When the boxes have been emptied they are put back in the Hall Lobby for parishioners to collect.

If you would like to keep a mission box in your house then please contact:
Parish Office
01923 223175

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St Helen’s 50 – 50 Fund – 2021

The final draw of the current year will take place after Mass on 31/01/21.

Enrolling for the new year has now started and Application Forms  (plus envelopes) are now available from the Parish Hall Lobby or you can download it from here:

50-50 Application-2021 Page 1-2

Each member is allocated an individual number and this is put into the draw monthly. There are usually 3 prizes of £50, £30, £20 – this can vary depending on the number of members.

50% of membership fees is kept in reserve and paid out to nominated charities at the end of the year.

MEMBERSHIP FEES
£26 for a full year (our 1st preferred option)

£13 for half a year or (our 2nd preferred option)

50p (if either of the previous options are not possible)

Most members pay the full year at the time of joining.

Cheques should be made payable to St Helen’s Church.

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