Sunday, 15 May 2016

Pentecost Sunday (Old Rite: Whit Sunday)

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Rosary during May: 4.30pm (1st / 8th / 15th) 2pm (22nd) and 5pm (29th)

Pentecost is the culmination of the whole paschal mystery. If Christmas is “God with us”; if Good Friday & Easter is “God for us” then Pentecost is “God in us”. The first Pentecost was the beginning of the Church but Pentecost is always happening; the grace of God is always on offer. However we must make ourselves open to receive His Gifts. Mother Mary, spouse of the Holy Spirit obtain for us this grace!

Last Vespers at 5pm today: we will have Rosary at 4.30pm and at 5pm we will have our last Easter Vespers.  This week they will be sung by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate.  

Our May Processions: On Tuesday 17th at 10am, we will have our May procession at St Bernadette School at which we say the Hail Mary in many different languages. Next Sunday (22nd May) we have our Marian procession starting at 2pm with Rosary, Benediction, Litany and Crowning of Our Blessed Lady.  

Special Sunday – 11am Mass: Sung by Cantores Missae under the direction of Mr Charles Finch and kindly sponsored by LMS. The next ‘Special Sunday’ will be 12th June  
  • Ordinary: ‘Missa Aeterna Christi munera’ (Palestrina); 
  • Offertory: ‘Veni creator’ (Victoria); 
  • Communion: ‘O sacrum convivium’ (Croce) 
  • after Gospel: ‘Regina caeli’ (Lassus); 
Fr Pawel has gone on the Chartres Pilgrimage with two different Windsor families, Paul Mills, Victor Jones and many others. They should be back on Tuesday evening.  

Mission Appeal from Comboni Fathers (Verona Fathers): Next week at all Masses. Fr CB lived with them for a short while at their Arabian Institute in Cairo.  Please be generous!

The Laurels Spring Fete: 
in a few weeks, they will be having their annual Spring Fête, 21st May from 12-3pm.  It was a great success last year, enjoyed by everyone and raised funds for school resources.  This year the proceeds of the fête will go towards funding resources for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme of which our first expedition will be this Years 9 and 10. We have new stalls this year, international food, a bake-off, sumo wrestling and much more so come along for a great day out.

Gift Aid: Marie Chang, our Gift Aid co-ordinator will be handing out the remaining boxes of gift aid envelopes after the Masses this weekend. If you are not yet a participant of the Scheme, please consider joining as it greatly helps the parish finances – at absolutely no extra cost!! (Mass intention stipends & Diocesan Collections are gift-aided too.) You can donate weekly via the envelopes – or for ease why not think about making your contributions via a Standing Order (forms can be found at the back of the Church all through the year & HERE!). If you are a basic tax payer, we can claim back the tax, increasing any donation that you make by 25% (more if you are a higher rate tax payer).  

New Hymn books: We have purchased some more hymn books recently.  Please treat these books with the respect as you would expect your possessions to be treated – please do not allow your children to draw on or pull the books apart.  Thank you for your understanding.  

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima celebration: Sunday 29th May 5pm at St Matthew’s in West Norwood. All are welcome – please see poster for more information.

Church Cleaners this week: Yorusaliam Zekristos and Sara Tuccu.

Retirement of Louis Desa, Headteacher at Bishop Thomas Grant School since 2001, a former student 1967-1972, and Head of Maths 1992-1997.  To celebrate Mr Desa's long service to the school the Parent Teacher Association are organising a Cheese and Wine Evening in the school Main Hall on Friday 15th July from 7pm-10pm. All parents, staff, and governors both past and present are warmly invited. Former pupils may also request a ticket for this function. Admission will be by ticket only, on a first-come, first-served basis – Please RSVP to Ann Caluori by email:

Easyfundraising: Don’t forget to use our Easyfundraising page when you are shopping online.  Your support of our parish through this and the Gift Aid scheme is greatly appreciated.   

Works of Mercy: The next Rosary Procession Vigil, led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, will be held on Saturday 21st  May 2016,  at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church 557/559 High Road, Woodford Green IG8 0RB.  We begin with 9am  Mass, followed by our Procession at 9.45am to Marie Stopes abortion centre, 88 Russell Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex IG9 5QB, where we pray 15 decades of the Rosary and sing hymns, returning  at approx. 12.30pm  to the church for refreshments.  Full details on poster in church porch.

Mothers Help Wanted: Around 10 hours per week, 8.30-10.30 Mon-Fri. Responsibilities to include childcare, some housework and meal prep. Some childcare experience necessary. If you are interested please contact Mary Hunt (contact details are available from the printed newsletter or noticeboard).

Volunteer Mentors Needed: One of the ways our Holy Father, Pope Francis is urging us as Catholics in the Year of Mercy to manifest mercy practically is through practising the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. The corporal works include visiting the imprisoned, and the spiritual works include converting sinners and comforting the sorrowful.  Isis Prison in Thamesmead is urgently looking for volunteer mentors to help young imprisoned men returning to the Catholic faith to set spiritual and practical goals for their lives and prepare them for their release.  No experience is required, just a passion for Christ and His teachings. If you would like more information please contact Feltham Community Chaplaincy Trust who are running this mentoring programme on 020 8445 5585 or or see Philip Jones after Mass.

Evenings of Faith: Tuesday 17th May.  Full details at: . The new venue is St Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, London, W2 5DJ except for talks on 19th April and 17th May which are at The Oratory, Brompton Road, London, SW7 2RP.