Sunday, 29 April 2012

4th Sunday of Easter (Old Rite: III 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)

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY (this week in New Rite; last week in Old Rite) celebrates the vocation of shepherding especially in the priesthood.  Pray for Tom Lynch, our seminarian and Carol Cardenas, our postulant.  Tom was at Wimbledon College and Carol at La Retraite.  Pray for more vocations!

WELCOME TO FR MICHAL MATYSIK of Katowice, Poland.  He was ordained in 2001 and spent the summer with us back in 2008 before going off to Zambia where he has been for the last four years.

FR MAREK KALETA is helping out at the Polish Church (Christ the King) in Balham this weekend.

CONGRATULATIONS to Louis & Austin Linton who today are making their First Holy Communion at the Traditional Latin Mass.

Lourdes (incl. Paris) 4th - 9th June - led by Fr Philip de Freitas. Price £360 - deposit £50.  Contact Liana 07726 446 900
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.

BIBLE PROGRAMME continues tonight 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.

FUTURE DATES: See calendar for upcoming events

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: tomorrow at 7.15pm in the Presbytery.

FIRST FRIDAY HOLY HOUR: 4th May 7.30-8.30pm.

WELCOME BACK: George Tyldesley from Afghanistan!

They made £480.70 from selling raffle tickets for their summer fair over Palm Sunday weekend.

The Catholic Church is not against homosexual people or indeed anybody at all.  We welcome everybody in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ who calls us to grow in Holiness and true freedom.  Civil partnership legislation has already given "same-sex couples" all the legal and practical benefits of marriage.  For this reason there is no need to redefine marriage which is seen by every society and religion as a natural union of man and woman bringing forth children.  Please take the provided handouts and write to your MP this week!

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

CHURCH CLEANERS' ROTA: 4th/5th May: Caroline Marris, Margaret Corcoran and Michelle Murphy.