Saturday, 17 March 2018

5th Sunday of Lent / (Old Rite) Passion Sunday - I Sunday of Passiontide

No changes to Masses this week

Passiontide: The statues are all veiled as we approach Holy Week. Let us pray that we can have one last effort at our Lenten resolutions before the joy of Easter. We prepare now to contemplate the Holy Cross and all that that means in our daily lives. St John Vianney, the Parish Priest of Ars said, “all of our troubles come from not loving the Cross!” There is no crown without the Cross, there is no victory without the battle; there is no dawn without the night. We ask Our Blessed Lady of Sorrows to obtain for us the grace and courage to pick up our Cross and to win its’ promised grace!

Preacher this week: is our very own Fr Przemek.  We look forward to welcoming Fr Andrew Southwell for Holy Week and Easter week. Don’t forget to make the most of Confession during any Mass.  Have you been to any extra daily Masses for Lent?  What about Stations of the Cross and Thursday Adoration?  Make the most of these opportunities now as in two weeks Lent will be all over. 

Parish Catechises: The third series with Fr Robert Barron led by Fr Przemek will be this Friday at 8pm in the club.  

Please Pray for Fr Romany's Visa to Lourdes: The Schengen/French Authorities have refused this application.  Since that time we have appealed in French with the help of Odile Groves and Martine Hale (Merci beaucoup).  Now they have put him on a three-month waiting list and Lourdes is only three weeks away.  So the only answer is pray.  

Altar Servers: Saturday 24th March at 10am.  This is very important as we are preparing for the three great days of Holy Week.       

Congratulations to the Latin American Community: who raised £800 at a recent bingo night which has been sent to Fr Peter Waters of the ‘Let the Children Live’ charity in Colombia.

Parish Council – Tomorrow 7.30pm (Cancelled from 5th March):  If you have anything you would like to be raised by the Parish Council, the members are:  
  • Marcia Marshall
  • Phyllis Cort
  • Ann Holder
  • John Reddin
  • Marie Chang
  • Maggie Keane
  • Catalina Snowdon 
  • Susana Nwaiwu
  • Fr Christopher 
  • Fr Przemek.
Mass in Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage: If you are celebrating your 1st /10th/ 25th/ 40th/ 50th/ 60th + wedding anniversary this year, please give your names as soon as possible. Please use the form provided at the back of Church and write very clearly so you can receive an invitation from the Archbishop to the Mass in June.

SPUC Petition: The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister not to give any parliamentary support to moves to decriminalise abortion.  Decriminalising abortion will strip from unborn children any remaining effective legal protected from abortion.  So please support this petition.  Petition forms and fliers are available at the back of the Church.  Or you can sign online at

Gift Aid Envelopes: Marie Chang will be handing out the new set of gift aid envelope for the tax year April 18-March 19 at the Masses this weekend, so make sure you pick yours up on your way out.

Cleaners this week: Annie Nongo, Biannie Bilwala, Mamie Bazakana & Chinwe Uwalaka.

Vacancies: To find out more about these vacancies, see posters on the notice boards or CLICK HERE to be directed to our Job Opportunities page.
  • Part Time Teachers Required for September 2018 - Drama / Physics & Maths (The Laurels School)
  • Exam Invigilators Required (Ursuline High School): 14th May to 26th June. 
St Philomena's 125th Year Celebration Ball: Please join us to celebrate the 125th anniversary of St Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls founded in 1893 by The Daughters of the Cross.  This will be a celebration evening of dining and dancing for parents, staff, Governors, past students and friends of St Philomena's School.  Saturday 7th July 6.30pm to 11pm.  Dress code will be formal.  See poster for more details.

Catholic History Walks: Please see poster for more details.  You can contact or Facebook or see  Cost £5, concessions available.  Please wear suitable footwear and plan for the weather.  Walks may take up to 2 hours.
  • For King and Country - Sunday 15th April 3pm. Starting at Westminster Cathedral
  • Lift up your heads, O Gates! - Tuesday 10th April 2pm; Monday 23rd April 6pm.  Starting at the Church of the Precious Blood, The Borough.
  • The King's Good Servant - Sunday 18th March 3pm; Tuesday 1st May 6pm.  Starting at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Chelsea.
  • The West End - Friday 23rd March 2pm.  Starting at St Patrick's Soho Square.