Sunday, 11 March 2012

3rd Sunday of Lent

PREACHERS CANCELLED. Deacon James Bradley from the Ordinariate and Fr Stephen Boyle from New Addington have had to be cancelled sadly. This is because there is a letter to all parishes from our Archbishop Peter Smith and Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster. This is about the Government's proposal to redefine natural marriage which is the foundation of all society; neither Church nor State can alter nature. Marriage is the natural union of a man and a woman for life and which has as its fruits the bearing and raising of children. The union of the people of same sex is not and can never be the equivalent of natural marriage.
On the other hand as the Catechism of the Catholic Church says "They do not choose their homosexual condition; for most of them it is a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided." Next week - we will welcome Fr Tim Finigan of Blackfen nr Sidcup; he is perhaps the most famous priest blogger in England!

FIRST CONFESSIONS: congratulations to all the children who made their First Confession yesterday.

AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION: meeting today after 9.30am Mass

FUTURE DATES: See calendar for upcoming events
Tues 13th - 12.30pm Requiem of Christopher Gill

HOLY LAND TRIP- 21st- 28th NOVEMBER: organised by Fr Adrian McKenna—Whyte of St Simon & Jude, Streatham Hill. Fr Christopher Ehidiamhen is also hoping to accompany the group. The cost of the tour is £1,345 fullboard based on twin-bedded room, single supplement £230, travel insurance £59, & £35pp towards the group gratuity fund. To request a booking form, please contact Fr Adrian. Address: The Priest's House, 5 Hillside Road, Streatham, SW2 3HL. Tel 020 8678 9051, email See poster for more details.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 4th - 9th JUNE (Half-Term) led by Fr Philip de Freitas. Leaving from Our Lady & St Peter Church, Wimbledon Common. Tour Price £360 - deposit required to secure your place £50. If you are interested, please contact Liana on 07726 446900 or see poster at back of church.

CHURCH CLEANERS ROTA 16th - 17th MARCH: Rosemary Jones & Family and Tricia Johnson & Family.

WELCOME TO OUR TWO NEW SISTERS: Sister Emmanuela Kuukiy & Sister Hiltrudis Fola who have joined our convent. They are originally from Cameroon.

LA RETRAITE RC GIRLS' SCHOOL ALUMNI SOCIETY (LARAS) - 15th June from 4-6pm beginning in the school chapel. If you are an old girl of La Retraite this is a great opportunity to come and see the school as it is today and reminisce with friends about the good old days. If you would like to attend this event please register your interest via website

HELP OFFERED - Barbara is offering help with homework, reading, writing, mathematics and science in weekends & evenings for children aged 6-12 years. Her rates are £7 -£10 per hour. Contact No 07704 567685.