Sunday, 10 November 2019

Changes to Mass times this week

Week commencing 10th November 

No 7am Latin Mass


12.30pm Latin Mass is subject to be availability of a priest to come and say this Mass.  An announcement should be made during the weekend Masses.

Other important changes:

Exposition in Our Lady's Chapel
Weekdays 7.40 - 8.15am

Thursday evening Mass - changed to 7.30pm (at least for the winter - may be permanent depending on how popular)

Saturday, 9 November 2019

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time / (Old Rite) Remembrance Sunday

Changes to this week's Masses
See post above for details

Parish Surgeries
Mondays 9.40am - 10.40am                                    Fridays 6 - 7pm

Bazaar 29th & 30th November (under 3 weeks. to go!): 
Your Parish Needs You!!  
Please sign up to help (lists are on the little table in the porch).
Volunteers needed:  
  • Sort through the donations - bring up to the presbytery and sort into the various categories. 
  • Set up the club on Thursday 28th (7pm)
  • Set up the school on Friday 29th (1.30-4.30pm) 
  • Move all the tables & chairs back to their usual places on Sunday 1st December (10.30am).  
Our Needs:  
  • Make cakes for the cake stall
  • Donate gifts and items for the Bazaar (drop off before or after Masses in the porch or at the presbytery during the week 11am – 5pm).  We need quality new or good-as-new items bric-a-brac, jewellery & toys- no jumble please or electrical.   Donations of bottles for the stall, Groceries (tea bags /coffee/sugar etc. are useful too), Plants, Raffle prizes for the Grand Draw & Christmas Dinner.
  • ·         If you haven’t already done so, please pick up some books of tickets and sell them.   Bring back the counterfoils as soon as possible with money in an envelope to the presbytery (or place in the collection).  Tickets are £1 each or £5 for a book of 5.  
Bistro: v  in the club.  Menus are out now – pick yours up, and return with the money by no later than Monday 25th November.  We need to know numbers to ensure we have sufficient food for everyone so pre-booking is essential.
Bazaar: Friday 29th 6-9pm: in the school hall.
Christmas Dinner - Saturday 30th 7pm: in the club.  Menus are now available and included with the newsletters this week.  Please book your place as soon as possible with the priests – cost is £25 per person and money should be paid by Sunday 24th November.  There will be a vegetarian option available – please let us know when booking so that we can inform Stefano.  Please place in an envelope with your name and contact number.  It is very important that we know numbers by the week before for catering purposes. 
Grand Draw: Sunday 1st Dec 1pm: in the club.
Latin American Bingo - Saturday 23rd - 8.30pm: in the Club. Everyone is welcome if you let Catalina Snowdon or Nora know if you will be attending, Catalina will reserve special tables for the non-Spanish speakers. 

Special Sunday – Today: Starting with our remembrance Mass at 11am Polyphonic Sung Latin Mass with Cantores Missæ; 12.30pm Shared lunch in the club (bring food along); 1.30pm Catechesis for Adults: ‘Introduction to St Thomas Aquinas’ with Brian Roxburgh. Catechesis for the children with the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate.  Apologetics for the older children & young adults with the priests.  3pm Tea & Coffee.  3.45pm Rosary & Benediction.

Thinking of becoming a Catholic? Our programme to prepare adults for the Sacraments of Baptism and/or Confirmation next Easter will be commencing in December after the 6 pm Sunday Mass. The course will continue every Sunday evening through to April 2020. If you or someone you know would like to become Catholic then please speak with one of our priests after Mass or email Fr Paul at

The Bible Timeline: begins this Friday at 7.15pm and is a journey through the entire Bible.  There is an optional course book available for those who are interested at £25 each.

First Communion & Confirmation Programmes 2020: The forms are now available for applications to the First Holy Communion programme (Year 3 and above) and the Confirmation Programme.  This year we will have two groups – Year 8 will be in our pre-confirmation group and Year 9 and above will start the full programme. So pick up your form this weekend and return as soon as possible.  There will be a meeting arranged for the candidates and parents around December time.  

Message from Fr Marcus:  Dear Parishioners, Thank you for your generous response to the recent appeal for Time, Talent and Treasure. From next week you will be contacted if you have volunteered to help the parish in one way or other.
This week the new standing orders have begun and this will help us to reach a financial stability (a level above £2000 per week). Thank you for your generosity and please continue in your committed stewardship.
There have been are a few items of spending over the last few weeks for which we need some sponsorship beyond our usual income. The bills have come in. If you would like to support any of these causes please just label an envelope accordingly and hand it in (all donations can be gift aided too):

  • The decorating and refurbishing of the church toilet (with rain cover added) £1,400
  • The purchasing of a new parish laptop for all presentations and Catechises in the club with relevant software £400 
  • The purchasing of the materials and resources for new course on the Bible £180 
  • The fixing of the roof and guttering above the sacristy to prevent dangerous water penetration (and securing of the fire escape route from the choir loft) along with pairing and external uplift £3,600 
Many thanks, Fr Marcus.
Blessing of the Graves at Streatham Park Cemetery: Please come dressed appropriately for cold & wet weather. From the car park, proceed along the central path which runs either side of the office. At the end of that path, turn left, where we shall meet by the tombs along that stretch. Please look out for passing cars. After a short service for the dead, the priests present will bless individual graves. The cemetery closes at 4pm. Please have consideration for our priests, who may need to get back to say Mass.

Do you have a Red ‘Mill Hill’ Box at home? If so, please bring it with you and hand to one of the priests at a weekend Mass.  In order to meet the year-end account deadline we would appreciate if you could do so no later than 17th November.  Thank you.