Sunday, 28 May 2017

The Ascension of the Lord / (Old Rite) Sunday after the Ascension of Our Lord

Last May Rosary - today at 4.30pm
Solemn Easter Vespers - Sundays at 5pm
Bank Holiday Monday: 9am Convent - 10am - 10.30am Latin

GK Chesterton: GK Chesterton was born on 29th May 1874. As we approach his Birthday would you please consider printing the following prayer as part of you newsletter;

God Our Father, Thou didst fill the life of Thy servant Gilbert Keith Chesterton with a sense of wonder and joy, and gave him a faith which was the foundation of his ceaseless work, a charity towards all men, particularly his opponents, and a hope which sprang from his lifelong gratitude for the gift of human life. May his innocence and his laughter, his constancy in fighting for the Christian faith in a world losing belief, his lifelong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and his love for all men, especially for the poor, bring cheerfulness to those in despair, conviction and warmth to lukewarm believers and the knowledge of God to those without faith. We beg Thee to grant the favours we ask through his intercession, the end of abortion in this Country [and especially for……] so that his holiness may be recognized by all and the Church may proclaim him Blessed. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen. 

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Please also pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs Rita McCarrick RIP, as her first anniversary will be on 29th May. She was one of the four Pilgrims to attend the first Annual GK Chesterton Pilgrimage.

Fr Christopher: is visiting his father's sister and sister in law this week.  Back Saturday night.
FHC DVD orders: Don’t forget to place your order soon – the order forms and money can be left with one of the priests or the Parish Secretary.

Monthly Prayer meeting for Vocations:  Next Saturday 5pm at the convent.

African & Caribbean Meeting: after the 9.30 Mass today to practise the hymns for next week.

Memorial Mass for Canon Charles Walker (1924-2017): Next Sunday at 12.30pm the Caribbean Chaplaincy will celebrate a Mass for Canon Charles who died in January.  He was the first Caribbean Chaplain.  The celebrant for this Mass will be Canon Anthony Charlton.  All are welcome. 

Cleaners this week: Angela Ilo & Teresa Ablett.  
Annual Procession in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes: Today at 5pm – Orione House, 12 Station Road, Hampton Wick, KT1 4HG.  There will be Mass at Orione House after the procession, followed by refreshments in the grounds.  Enquiries to: 07921 125 283.

St Augustine Week - Ramsgate 26th May – 4th June: on Monday 29th at 2.30pm there will be the Blessing of the Sea at Ramsgate Royal Harbour (meet by the Obelisk, next to the building covered in scaffolding). This will be celebrated by Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett, Bishop Emeritus of Lismore, Australia. On 3rd June at 5pm, Archbishop Peter Smith will be re-opening the church & Visitor Centre, following the major restoration, with sung Vespers. On 4th June at 3pm (there will be sung Mass at 12 noon) there will be the annual procession to St Augustine’s Cross – the procession begins at the Viking Ship at Pegwell Bay, and travels about a mile to the Cross. At the Cross, there will be the annual Augustine Sermon, this year preached by Fr Paul Coleman OFM Cap., who is Provincial of the Capuchin Franciscans. Following this, the sisters of Minster Abbey invite everyone for refreshments at Minster.

Vacancy - The Centre for Catholic Formation (CCF) based in Tooting Bec, is looking for a new formation adviser (Kent Area). The ideal candidate will be a practising Catholic with previous experience in catechesis and/or adult formation.  This is a full time role which will include some evenings & weekends.  Salary: £30 to £35K depending on skills and experience. For more info see  To apply please contact: by the closing date of Friday 2 June.  Interviews will be held on 13 June. Candidates are welcome to visit the Centre ahead of application.
The St John Bosco Childrens (SVP) Summer Camp at Aldham Essex. This is a  activities camp with a Catholic ethos that runs as follows :-

·         Week One Saturday 22th July to 29th July for Boys
·         Week Two Saturday 29th July  to 5th August for Boys
·         Week Three Saturday 5th August to 12th August for Girls

It is for children aged 8 to 13 and costs £145 per week. Should you require an application form or more information then please contact (between 6pm and 9pm) the boys camp on 07534 065347 or the girls camp on 07491 811167. More information can be found on the website  or on the poster at the back of the church.