Sunday, 22 April 2012

3rd Sunday of Easter (Old Rite: II Sunday after Easter)

REGINA CAELI (Easter Anthem to Our Lady)
Regina Caeli Laetare Alleluia!
Quia quem meruisti portare Alleluia!
Resurrexit Sicut dixit Alleluia!
Ora pro nobis Deum Alleluia!

O Queen of Heaven, rejoice Alleluia!
For he whom you did merit to bear Alleluia!
Has risen as he said Alleluia!
Pray for us to God Alleluia!
(V. Rejoice and be glad O Virgin Mary Alleluia)
(R. For the Lord has risen indeed Alleluia)

UPCOMING PILGRIMAGES: If you are interested in any of these pilgrimages please see posters at back of Church for further info and booking details.
Lourdes (incl. Paris) 4th - 9th June - led by Fr Philip de Freitas. Price £360 - deposit £50.
Diocesan Pilgrimages to Lourdes 24th - 31st August. Prices from: By air £754; by rail £695; by coach £525. Southwark 5-day Option 27th - 31st August. Price (by air only) from £505. Contact Deacon Michael Kennedy.
Holy Land 21st - 28th November - led by Fr Adrian McKenna-Whyte and accompanied by Fr Christopher Ehidiamhen. Cost from £1345.

GIFT AID - THIS SUNDAY: Maria Chang, our Gift Aid Co-Ordinator is at the back of the Church with the new boxes of envelopes. If you are not yet a participant, please consider joining the scheme as it greatly helps the parish finances - at no cost to you! If you are a tax payer, the Church can claim back the tax that you paid, increasing any donation that you make by 25% (or more if you are a higher rate tax payer). This includes your Mass intention offerings as well - so don't forget to put your gift aid number on these too! We would like to thank all parishioners who already participate in the scheme. Please let the Gift Aid organiser know if you stop paying Income Tax.

FR ANDREW: As national Chaplain to the L.M.S. Fr Andrew is conducting a wedding in Wales this Sunday.

FUTURE DATES: See calendar for upcoming events

BIBLE PROGRAMME continues next Sunday (29th April) at 7pm in the social club. Please read the Gospel according to Luke before the session. New participants are always welcome.

AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN ASSOCIATION: Upcoming Masses will be on 13th May, 8th July and the Annual Thanksgiving Mass will be held on 14th October.

CONGRATULATIONS TO RAY & BUNTY BROOKS who celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary last Thursday.

LA RETRAITE HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF '79: Did you take your O levels at La Retraite in 1979? The old girls are organising a reunion and would like you to get in touch. Please email: for more details.

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

SCHOOL BACK TOMORROW: we hope our staff and pupils have had a good and restful Easter holiday. First Holy Communion candidates should have finished their first book so we can start on the second!

CHURCH CLEANERS' ROTA: 27th/28th APRIL: Saba Tekle, Nebiyat Zereome and Alem Araya Zemichael.