A TALK ON THE SUDAN – will be given by Fr Paul Annis, a Comboni Missionary, after the 6 pm Mass on Saturday 12th September at 7 pm in St Teresa’s Parish Centre. Fr Paul, a native of Borehamwood, and who was ordained in St Teresa’s Church, has worked in the Sudan for many years and would like to share his experiences. He looks forward to seeing as many as possible. All welcome!
HEALING MASS WITH THE SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK – will take place on Sunday afternoon the 13th September at 2 pm at St Teresa’s Church. If you are sick in body, or unwell in soul or spirit then please come along. Illness and disability isn’t always about what can be seen with the eyes. If you are sick or housebound and require a lift to this Mass please contact Sr Mary on 0208 953 0715. Also, if there are any volunteers with a car who would be happy to help a sick or elderly get to this Mass and then return them home please contact Sr Mary. There will be refreshments in the Parish Centre to follow. Attending this Mass will fulfil the Sunday obligation.
RELICS OF ST THERESE OF LISIEUX – Dates for your diary - The relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux, the patroness of one of our Churches in Borehamwood, will be in Westminster Cathedral from 12-15 October 2009. Whilst they are here, it will be possible for pilgrims to come and venerate the relics in their casket. There is no need to book in advance, and whilst groups are welcome, coaches are discouraged. It has been recommended that people make their way to the Cathedral by other means.
SWINE FLU PRECAUTIONS – Apparently, a second wave of swine flu is to be expected. Because of the pandemic, the diocesan authorities have suggested that for the time being, parishes should refrain from sharing the Precious Blood from the Chalice. Until further notice only the Sacred Host will be distributed at all the Masses on Sunday and weekdays. The Holy Water stoops will be emptied and the sign of peace can be offered by a bow, smile or other gesture that does not involve hand touching. All these precautions, although unfortunate, are in place to lessen the risk of transmission.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION – Application forms for parents of children eligible for First Holy Communion in 2010 (Year 3) are now available at the back of both Churches. Please return them to Fr Michael or Sr Margaret by no later than Monday 7th September.
‘NEW STYLE’ NEWS SHEET – The Jerusalem Mass Sheet or Missalette as it may be more commonly known, which has been in use for many years at St Teresa’s Church, will no longer be available after the weekend of the 19th and 20th September. It will be replaced by a new style of newsletter called ‘Sunday Message’ which is an A3 size full-colour leaflet that will combine the Sunday readings with an in-depth commentary on the Gospel or liturgical season. The inside of the leaflet will contain the newsletter and parish notices. ‘Sunday Message’ will also be distributed at SS John Fisher and Thomas More Church.
REFURBISHMENT – Over the next few weeks all the lower panels on the outside of St Teresa’s Church will be replaced and the Lady Chapel will also be refurbished. Refurbishment work at SS John Fisher and Thomas More also continues. If you feel able to make a contribution towards the upkeep and ongoing improvement of our two Churches, all donations would be very gratefully received.
RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults – The process by which those seeking full communion within the Catholic Church receive instruction starts on Monday the 28th September in the More Room at SS John Fisher and Thomas More Church, Rossington Avenue at 8 pm. Those already attending the Enquirers group should be at this meeting. If you are a non Catholic and are interested in wanting to know more about becoming a full member of the Catholic Church, please complete one of the green forms at the back of both Churches and hand it to Fr Michael or Sr Margaret as soon as possible.
READERS at St Teresa’s Church – the new rota is now available at the back of the Church and on the notice board.
JOINT PARISHES FINANCE COMMITTEE – the next full meeting will be at 8 pm on Thursday 24th September in St Teresa’s Parish Centre. This is an important meeting and it is hoped that all members will be able to attend.
ELSTREE AND BOREHAMWOOD CHRISTIAN COUNCIL – the next meeting of the EBCC will take place in St Teresa’s Parish Centre on Tuesday evening, the 8th September at 8 pm. If you are interested in promoting the cause for closer cooperation between all the Christian Churches in our locality, then please come along.