Saturday, 29 December 2018

Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph / (Old Rite) Sunday in the Octave of the Nativity

Changes to this week's Masses
Monday 31st December
No morning Exposition or Benediction; 
10.30pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; 11.30pm Solemn Te Deum & Benediction; 12midnight Latin Mass 
Tuesday 1st January 
9am Convent; 9am English; 12.30pm Latin

No Parish Surgeries until Monday 14th January:  

Thank You: Frs. Marcus, Romany, Andrew and Gabriel would like to say thank you to everyone for their Christmas offerings, presents and cards. They are all much appreciated in a very busy time which is an onslaught for most of us. 

Happy New Year: Can you believe it – it is 2019!  Our Blessed Lord said, “I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly!”  Most of us admit that we do not enjoy abundant life.  Of course we live in a vale of tears; however, there is so much pressure in the modern world that so often all the possibilities for living life to the full are squeezed out. 

Tomorrow (New Year's Eve):  Fr Gabriel will offer the Midnight Mass to see in the New Year 2019 after the “Te Deum” and Benediction.

Feast of the Epiphany: After the 9am Mass on Saturday morning, Fr Gabriel will bless the Epiphany waters and chalk ahead of the Feast of the Epiphany on Sunday.

Lunches / Cook needed for January & February: We need volunteers to cook for the priests for two months Mondays to Fridays starting the week of 7th January whilst Madeleine goes to visit her family in Seychelles.  You can bring to the presbytery up to 1pm on the day or cook here in the kitchen – whichever you prefer.  We would be grateful if you could commit to one day a week if possible – but if you are only able to do a few, that’s fine too!  There is a sheet at the back of the Church with the days on it or contact the office (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10.30-5.30pm).

Crib Offerings:  This year nominated charity for crib offerings is the ‘Mary’s Meals’. They are a no-frills charity with a simple idea that works: by providing one good meal in a place of learning, children are drawn into the classroom where they can receive an education that could one day free them from poverty.  Mary’s Meals is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, who brought up her own child in poverty. We consist of, respect and reach out to people of all faiths and of none. Their vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education. Working together, we believe that can be achieved in this world of plenty.

Bazaar Profits: We have now finalised the totals from this year’s bazaar and the usual list of stall takings are now available at the back of Church.  We managed to make £8,500 towards our payment to the Diocesan Development Fund.  Thank you to the Latin American community who raised £1,500 from their Bingo and Latin American supper.  

Readers Rota - January to March: Now available at the back of Church – please pick up your copy today.

Confirmation Applications 2019: If you are in Year 8 or above, you can apply for the Confirmation programme.  Application forms now available from Fr Marcus & Fr Romany.

2019 Diocesan Directories & Diaries for sale: Diaries cost £1 each and the Diocesan Directories cost £3 for standard bound and £3.50 for the spiral bound version – these have the liturgical calendar for whole year, Mass times for every parish in the Diocese and lists of every Priest, Bishop, Deacon, School, Convent and Catholic institution within our large Diocese, and also all the statistics and guidelines. Buy one today! 

Congratulations to: William Wilde and Hayley Smedley who got married last Saturday and Germain Burton and Mirian Clovis who were married yesterday by Miriam's uncle Fr Linus Clovis.

Welcome to God's Church: Elena Cozzani, daughter of Alessandro & Chiara; Hannah Kealey Lopez, daughter of Luis and Amparo and Mouzaya Harvey Ikenna Mouzaya Taylor, son of Ikenna and Wardieh all baptised in December.

Cleaners this week: Yorusalim Zekristos, Sara Tuccu, Senayit Halefom & Aster Emhazen.  

Travel Cot for sale: a very nice travel cot was donated to the bazaar but wasn’t sold on the night.  If you are interested, please see one of the priests today.

Calx Mariae: is a quarterly magazine, published by Voice of the Family, and providing essential coverage and analysis in the areas of life, family and culture. It is produced quarterly and we have given 100 copies for free of the December 2018 edition – so pick up your copy today!!  Readers are invited to support this apostolate by donating directly to Voice of the Family as proposed in the magazine.