MARGARET CONNEELY R.I.P. Margaret, mother of our own Mgr John Conneely, died peacefully last Thursday evening. As a parish we assure Mgr John of our prayers for the repose of her soul, and prayers for him and all his family. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her: may she rest in peace. Amen.
WEDNESDAY 19th JUNE 2013: 6.45PM CONCERT OF BARQUE MUSIC Corina Marti-Flute, Ian Coleman organ. Works by Bach, Corelli, Bassano and Frescobaldi. Admission free.
PARISH ASSEMBLY MEETING: Tuesday 2nd July 6.45pm in the Parish Room.... All are welcome!
PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH: Lord, let me see your face, know your heart and experience love in my life. Strengthen in me the precious gift of faith. I believe Lord; Help my unbelief. Amen
YOU WILL FIND THE KNIGHTS OF ST. COLUMBA: When our faith is attacked, when our Church and Clergy need our support, when there is a need for Charity In this Year of Faith, the Knights of St Columba are offering an Opportunity to Serve. At this time of attacks on our faith, values and morals, Britain's largest Order of Catholic Laymen is inviting all men over the age of 16 to join us in the fight for the Sanctity of Life From conception to a Natural death. Why not join us on this journey? It starts here. Website: www.ksc.org.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 0141 883 5700
ALTAR SERVERS AND CHOIR: DAY OUT TO THORPE PARK SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2013: Please note because of tbe cbange of date all parents will have to sign New Permission Forms. Any remaining tickets will go on sale on Sunday 26th May. Under 12s £21. Over 12s £26. Pricc includes transport and cntry to Thorpe Park. Tickets available from the rcpository after 10am Mass. Rounders match will now take place on Sunday 7th July 2013
MORE ALTAR SERVERS REQUIRED: Would YOU like to become an altar server? I am looking to recruit more altar servers. The main requirements are that those interested must have made or shortly be making their First Holy Communion and be prepared to serve whenever they are asked. I am particularly looking for servers for the 12.00 noon Mass on Sundays. Michael O'Leary, MC
"MATRIMONY: the next generation" Would you like to become involved in preparing engaged couples for Catholic marriage? A chance to meet and share knowledge and enthusiasm for this urgent ministry. Speakers: Francine and Byron Pirola Founders of Marriage Resource Centre, Australia marriageresourcecentre.org Venue: Westminster Cathedral Hall: Date and Time: Saturday 20 July 1pm - 4.00pm. Lunch provided. FREE ADMISSION. Registration is essential: contact Catherine McGillivray on 020 7931 6064 email@example.com
"Explore" an educational charity promoting matrimony in schools. We need married couples to consider volunteering to work with this innovative charity to help inspire our young people to view marriage and lifelong commitment with hope and trust. The Diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life will be hosting information evenings on Monday 24 June 2013. For further details visit www.theexploreexperience.co.uk or call Edmund Adamus on 020 7798 9363 firstname.lastname@example.org
WEEKLY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: New boxes of envelopes for use from the weekend 6/7th April onwards are available for collection from the Sacristy. Anyone not using them yet, but interested in doing so in order to help the Parish reclaim Gift Aid tax relief should leave their contact details so that arrangements can be made. UK taxpayers from other parishes attending weekday or Sunday Masses in this Church on a less regular basis are encouraged to use the white envelopes available at the back of the church.
CATHOLIC SINGLES is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please telephone: 0161 941 3498 visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email: email@example.com
A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP VINCENT NICHOLS: As you know, Growing in Faith is an extraordinary initiative that will secure our Church for the future. It is thanks to your ongoing enthusiasm and efforts that we will be able to grow - our parishes, our priests and our ministry to the poor. Each week I am updated on the successes you are all having in your parishes. I would like to thank and congratulate those who have just finished the campaign. Your role as volunteers was pivotal to the success of Growing in Faith in your parishes and will provide those about to embark on the campaign with confidence to undertake it themselves. I encourage those of you who are in the final weeks of Growing in Faith to continue on and follow the example set by those before you to ensure a strong finish in your parish. You will see that the end point is very rewarding and worthwhile. In writing to you all. I am also very conscious of the leadership given by your parish priest. Thank you for supporting him in this difficult endeavour. The cooperation between you is a sign of the Church at its best. I wish you all a very happy and blessed Easter. Yours sincerely +Archbishop Vincent Nichols
PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH Lord, let me see your face, know your heart and experience your love in my life. Strengthen in me the precious gift of faith. I believe Lord: Help my unbelief.
YEAR OF FAITH booklets price £1 only. Which helps unlock the mystery of faith by journeying through the Catechism of the Church. Available after all Sunday Masses from the repository at the back of the church, and from the sacristy before or after any Mass during the week.
CHURCH CLEANING: more cleaners needed for Saturday mornings, to prepare the church for Sunday. Please help: phone Siobhan, 07805087903.
DAYS FOR LIFE LONDON So far we know of over 20 women who have reconsidered their abortion and decided to choose life for their babies in London alone! TO GOD BE THE GLORY. It is not too late to get involved and join in the vigil for this cause. Just click the website of the London vigil you hope to attend: http://vigilcalendar.com/london/login/login/page (Bedford Square, near Near Tottenham Court Road and Googe Street Stations)
ALPHA CONFERENCE: St George's, Holborn If you wish to participate Please contact Coral Olson Tel: 020 7240 5920 Mobile: 07790030106 or email: coralolson@.hotmail.com
GROWING IN FAITH UPDATE: When we began last year, eight parishes led the way. Since then a further 55 have joined and thirty more are expected to join after Easter. It is anticipated that all parishes will participate fully and on a set schedule by summer 2014. As a parish you responded with an open mind and heart and with a generosity that surpassed all expectations. As you know, Growing in Faith aims to support:
3. Catholic Social Outreach
Already more than 500 volunteers from across the Diocese have given generously of their time and talents, 5,000 parishioners have pledged their support (with many of those being from your own parish) and we hope that tens of thousands are praying for Growing in Faith's success.
Parishes - are set to be the single largest beneficiary. They have seized the opportunity to undertake transformational projects. They have included employing Catechists. pastoral workers to work with the elderly or young families and even major capital projects which could not have been undertaken through regular parish income. A number of pilot parishes have already seen the first of their funds returned and have started their projects.
Our sick and retired clergy - the Diocese is currently looking after 101 sick and retired clergy and this number is rising steadily. Some are playing an active role in their parishes, while others are being supported as their health needs demand. Your pledge to Growing in Faith means we can fully care for our clergy. This is only right and just and we thank you sincerely for supporting this responsibility that we all share.
Vocations - we have been praying for vocations - now that we have them it is crucial we support them appropriately. We currently have 40 Seminarians in training and this June will see 8 men ordained, a record in recent years. Other projects include:
Catholic Social Outreach
A food bank / Catholic Churches of Borehamwood this foodbank supports 900 people with 21 volunteers.
Befriending the elderly and isolated
Healthy breakfasts: 250 eligible primary school children benefit from this project. Thank you for your generous support either in prayer, volunteering or financially making all this possible. We could not do it without you. Further details on noticeboard at the back of the church.
YEAR OF FAITH: As part of the Year of Faith which the Holy Father opened last October and will close on November 24th 2013, it was established that the faithful may gain a Plenary Indulgence by making a pilgrimage to a particular church in the Diocese designated by the local Bishop or by attending Mass at any Church on designated dates. PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH. Please remember that our Parish Church is one of the church's where plenary indulgence can be gained. Please see notice in foyer for further details.
WHAT IS A PLENARY INDULGENCE?
It is a very special way of experiencing the abundance of God's mercy and is also applicable to the souls of the deceased. It is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has been forgiven. (Paul VI Apostolic Constitution Indulgentarium Doctrina 19(7). The Church's doctrine and practice of indulgences has to be placed in the context of the Sacrament of Penance. Sin has a double conscquence:
When we commit mortal sin we break our communion with God and that deprives us of eternal life with Him. When we make our Confession and our sin is forgiven this eternal punishment is remitted and our relationship with God is restored.
When we commit mortal or venial sin there is also a consequence called temporal punishment. This is the temporal distancing of the soul from God under undue attachment to the things of earth. This punishment is removed by works of mercy and love, through prayer and penance. After death it is purified by the process we call purgatory.
In all this the Church calls us to personal conversion of mind and heart and of life.
HOW DO WE OBTAIN THE YEAR OF FAITH PLENARY INDULGENCE? First, in order to receive the gift of a Plenary Indulgence a person must be truly repentant of sin, have received the Sacrament of Penance and Holy Communion and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. Having fulfilled these conditions the Year of Faith indulgence is obtained:
By making a pilgrimage to one of the designated churches in the Diocese. During the pilgrimage the pilgrim should attend a Sacred Celebration or spend some time in prayer. The pilgrim should conclude the Visit by saying the Our Father, the Profession of Faith and the Hail Mary or another prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Designated churches are Westminster Cathedral and St Anselm & Cęcilia's. Please find the full list of other designated churches at the back of the church together with a list of specific feastdays. For those unable to make either of these pilgrimages for reasons of age or infirmity may gain the Plenary Indulgence at home. First, in order to receive the gift of a Plenary Indulgence a person must be truly repentant of sin, have received the Sacrament of Penance and Holy Communion and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. They should conclude by saying the Our Father, the Profession of Faith and the Hail Mary or another prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Full details will be listed on the diocesan website which will be updated throughout the Year of Faith.
WESTMINSTER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: under the leadership of Archbishop Vincent Nichols 21st-27th July 2013 "Lourdes: a Doorway to Faith" Theme for Lourdes, 2013 If you are able to join the pilgrimage, please reply to: Pilgrimage Office, Vaughan House, 46, Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN Telephone: 020 7798 9173 Fax: 020 7798 9011 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
HELP US TO FIND CONOR: Conor O' Donoghue aged 17 went missing at 3.30am on Saturday morning, 8th December 2012 . Last seen on Kew Bridge . Wearing a red coat, grey hoody, black jeans and boots. If you have seen him or have any information then please contact the police Tel: 101 Missing Persons Reference: 12MIS 039812 Please see the notice at the back of the church.
STATEMENT BY ARCHBISHOP VINCENT NICHOLS AND ARCHBISHOP PETER SMITH ON THE GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE SAME SEX MARRIAGE CONSULTATION
The meaning or marriage matters. It derives that meaning from its function as the foundation or the family. The union of one man and one woman for love and mutual support and open to procreation has over the centuries formed a stable unit we call the family. Marriage is the enduring public recognition of this commitment and has been rightly recognised as unique and worthy of legal protection.
The government has chosen to ignore the views of over 600,000 people who signed a petition calling for the current definition of marriage to stay, and we are told legislation to change the definition of marriage will now come to Parliament.
We strongly oppose such a Bill. Furthermore, the process hy which this has happened can only be described as shambolic. There was no electoral mandate in any manifesto; no mention in the Queen's speech; no serious thorough consultation through a Green or white paper, and a constant shifting of policy even before Government response to the consultation was published today.
We urge everyone who cares about upholding the meaning of marriage in Civil law to make their views known to their MPs clearly, calmly and forcefully, and without impugning the motives of others. We urge all parties to ensure their Members have a free vote. It is not too late to stop this Bill.
CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS: The Catholic Herald and the Universe will be on sale for the next three weeks to see what demand there is. You can buy them from the Repository at the weekends, and from the Sacristy before or after any Mass during the week.
THE REPOSITORY: is now open before and after Mass on Saturday and Sunday. We intend to open the repository at the 12noon and 6pm Mass until Christmas. Christmas cards, Calendars and diaries are now on sale. (Copies of 'Porta Fidei', the Popes letter introducing the Year of Faith are available, or, visit the Vaticans Year of Faith website: www.annusfidei.va
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to join the Parish team to help with church cleaning, if you are able to help please contact the Parish Office 020 7405 0376.
GIFT AID if you are a UK taxpayer, you can make your contribution to the parish by GIFT AID. This enables the parish to claim the tax you would have paid on that amount - at NO extra cost to you. We are about to claim £8,000 pounds for the last financial year. Please do Gift Aid your contribution. You can do so using the yellow envelopes at the back of the church.
WEEKLY OFFERING ENVELOPES: New boxes of envelopes for use from Easter onwards are available from the Sacristy. Anyone not using them yet, but interested in doing so in order to help the parish reelaim Gift Aid tax relief should leave their contact details so that arrangements can be made. UK taxpayers from other parishes attending weekday or Sunday Masses in this church on a less regular basis arc encouraged to use the yellow offertory envelopes available at the back of the church.
PARISH FINANCIAL RETURN: a summary is available on our notice boards. The full version is available also, please contact the Rectory (020 7405 0376).
OUR JUNIOR CHOIR: THE SCHOLA CAECILIANA, is looking for new members. If your child is between 7 and 14 years old and would like to join, please contact Ian Coleman on 07903944102 or by email iancoleman@opcra mail.com
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Monday-Friday 9am - 6pm Saturday 4pm-5.45pm "Come, let us adore Him." Monday 6th August to Friday 7th September weekday Mass will be at 6pm only. Saturday and Sunday Mass will be at the usual time. Please come often to spend time with Our Lord: He is calling you.....waiting for you.
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL
For all willing to work in a spirit of justice and peace with people in need.
Meetings are held in the Parish Room, usually once a month, on a Wednesday at 6.45 p.m. A notice showing the date of the next meeting is displayed by the entrance to the church. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend. Contact: Martina Cullen telephone: 020 7691 2626 email: email@example.com
THE LEGION OF MARY is a lay organisation of Catholic men and women. The object of the Legion is the glory of God through the spiritual development of its members through prayer and active work visiting people in their homes, in hospitals and any other work approved by the parish priest, such as catechesis. We meet every Thursday at 6.45 in the parish room of St Anselm and St Cęcilia, and always welcome new members. Auxiliary membership is open to priests, religious and lay people who wish to support the Legion with their daily prayers. For more information please call Pat McGuigan on 07412 097 448
GIFT AID: In these times of rising costs, parish finances can be helped considerably by tax refunds obtained from HMRC through the Gift Aid scheme, by which anyone in the UK Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax can have their contributions to the Church enhanced by over 20%. Anyone using bank Standing Order or the Weekly Collection Envelopes is already likely to be registered for Gift Aid, but those putting cash into the collection at Mass can also help by using the special yellow envelopes at the back of the Church for even the smallest sum, thus adding value to any offering. Then using the envelopes it is essential to complete the name and address details on the front as requested. A big thank you to all our parishioners, those working locally and occasional visitors who have already been able to help in this way.
FROM THE PARISH FINANCE COMMITTEE: As many parishioners will be aware, we are planning a major refurbishment of the Church interior, concentrating primarily on the Sanctuary. As the focus of our Mass celebrations and other liturgies, the Altar will be raised and enlarged, the Ambo (lectern), the seating in the Sanctuary as well as the Sanctuary floor will be replaced in stone compatible with the existing architecture of the Church. We will hopefully also be able to improve the appearance of the nave by removal of the carpets and restoration of the wooden areas of floor beneath them. There is no intention to make any other alterations to the appearance of the historic artwork or other aspects of the architecture of the Church. This will be the first major work within the Church itself since the repairs after the fire, and obviously requires significant amounts of financial support. Very roughly, the project is likely to cost some £150,000 if carried out soon, which is considerably more than the Parish has available in its reserves at present. To this end we intend to launch an appeal among both our local parishioners and our visitors and regular weekday congregations. Information and appeal leaflets will be available later in the Autumn, explaining the work and how it can be supported. To increase the value of direct financial contributions, we welcome the use of Gift Aid by those donors liable to pay UK Income and Capital Gains Tax, as well as fundraising ideas, if you are able to help, whether by direct donations or with fundraising, please contact Fr. David Barnes or members of the Parish Finance Committee.
NEWS AROUND THE DIOCESE
SPLENDOURS OF VENICE: Music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli and Croce including Monteverdi's Beatus vir and Gabrieli's Jubilate Deo. Westminster Cathedral's Choir. Wednesday 3 July, 7.30pm Westmjnster Cathedral. Tickets priced: £10, £20, and £30 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or, in person, from Westminster Cathedral bookshop.
THE ECUMENICAL SOCIETY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 2013 LECTURE: "MARY, SIGN OF UNITY". Speaker The Rt Revd. Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester on Saturday 22 June 2013 at 11.30am. To be chaired by H.E. Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor in the Refectory Hall at the Carmelite Priory 41, Kensington Church Street, London W8 41313 free admission. All welcome. Please feel free to bring a packed lunch for a follow on lunch break from 12.45pm until 13.30. Tea and coffee provided by ESBVM. The Annual General Meeting follows at 13.45 until 15.30 all welcome to attend to learn more about the society.
YOU WILL FIND THE KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA When our faith is attacked. When our Church and Clergy need our support. When there is need for Charity. In this Year of Faith the Knights of St Columba are offering an Opportunity to Serve. At this time of attacks on our faith, values and morals, Britain's largest Order of Catholic Laymen is inviting all men over the age of 16 to join us in the fight for Sanctity of Life from Conception to a Natural death. Why not join us in this journey? It starts here. Website: www.ksc.org.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 0141 8835700
EXPLORE MARRIAGE PROJECT. Please consider volunteering to help us to support the work of inspiring young people in our schools to aspire to lifelong marriage. Volunteer married couples, with appropriate support are invited into the schools to respond directly to questions from pupils about their life together. Volunteers are also needed for other roles www.theexploreexperience.co.uk Contact Edmund Adamus email@example.com 020 7798 9363
MATRIMONY THE NEXT GENERATION. A free in-service event in Westminster Cathedral Hall, SWIP 1QH to enthuse and encourage everyone already involved (or aspiring to be) in preparing engaged couples for marriage. Saturday 20 July, 1 pm-4pm. Lunch provided. Registration essential, contact Catherine MacGillivray firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7798 9363
THE 3RD ANNUAL GRANDPARENTS PILGRIMAGE Saturday 13 July 11.00am-4.30pm The Friars, Aylesford Kent, ME20 7BX. Faith and fun for all the family.
FOUNDATION DEGREE IN HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY: This part-time two year course provides priests, Religious and lay people with a recognised NHS qualification to be appointed as a Roman Catholic Hospital Chaplain. Supported by the Diocese of Westminster. For more details to enrol, please email Fr Peter Scott at email@example.com. Or call 01932 563116
ST. MUNGO'S ACTION WEEK APPEAL: so we can tackle rough sleeping. Below is a list of fundraising activities that hopefully will inspire you!
Hold a picnic for pounds' BBQ during your Church weekend away; Organise a dedicated St. Mungo's coffee morning / cake sale; Include 'Grow for change' activities (our schools initiative) when organising summer holiday clubs; Hold a music evening and invite the local community; Organise a sleep over for the children at your church; Hold a collection during our Action Week (24-30 June); Coordinate a bucket collection at your local train station; Use your existing summer events programme, including fairs, fetes and sports days. For more information or to request any resources please contact the Communityand Events Fundraising Team on 0208 762 5582/ firstname.lastname@example.org
SPLENDOURS OF VENICE: music by Monteverdi, Gabrieli and Croce including Monteverdi's Beatus vir and Gabrieli 's Jubilate Deo. Westminster Cathedral's Choir, Wednesday 3rd July, 7.30pm Westminster Cathedral. Tickets priced: £10. £20, and £30 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk or in person from Westminster Cathedral Gift Shop.
3rd DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND 18th - 26th November Galilee - Bethlehem - Jerusalem. Led by Bishop Alan Hopes and guided by Fr John Farrell OP. Contact Gerald Daly: 020-7798-9173; email@example.com or Gill at Tangney Tours: 01732-886666.
CAFOD Pedal against poverty - Sunday June 23rd: Our parish has been invited to send representatives as part of the annual CAFOD family friendly sponsored bike ride. This will take place in the beautiful Lee Valley Country Park in North London, Hertfordshire on Sunday 23rd June. Contact CAFOD for a registration form for either a 10 or 18 Mile Ride by phoning 020 8449 6970 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CATHOLIC GRANDPARENTS ASSOCIATION PILGRIMAGES 2013 Aylesford Priory Saturday 13 July 2013 Walsingham, Saturday 28 July A day for grandparents to gather with their families for a day of faith and fun. The programme includes, Holy Mass, Rosary and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and workshops for grandparents as well as games and activities for children. Make your own way to the Shrines. Enquiries to the Office for Marriage and Family Life. Tel: 020 7931 6064 or email:email@example.com
CATHOLIC INTERNET RADIO broadcasting 24/7 for more information visit www.hguh.co.uk Heart Gives Unto Heart Catholic Digital Radio CIC St John's Seminary Wonersh, Guildford Surrey GUS OQX or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CITY PREGNANCY COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY (CPCP) Have you any unwanted baby items such as prams, cots, baby clothes or toiletries? Please donate to City Pregnancy Counselling & Psychotherapy for poor clients struggling to obtain these things. We can collect. Contact Agnes Rees Tel: 0207 6385440. Text 07904 87059 or emaiI: email@example.com
VOLUNTEER MISSIONARIES AT SPEC Interested in a mission year with the SPEC community? The community would like to offer this as an opportunity for young adults interested in a mission year to come and spend time with us to see whether our life of ministry, prayer and formation is something they are called to. So, if the idea of a mission year at SPEC, particularly in the 2013-14 academic year is something you are seriously considering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Or call 01727 829228 to register your interest. More information can be found at www.spec.org.uk/ missionyear
THE SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL: SVP is distributing cold-weather 'Vinnie packs' to rough sleepers; these will contain a hat, gloves, socks, a thermal blanket and toiletries, together with a list of night shelters and day centres. Your support by way of a donation to cover the £3 cost per pack would be much appreciated. If you are a UK tax payer, and would like to gift aid your donation, please do so. Your name address and postcode Please post to the SVP. c/o 46, Brunswick Court, Regency Street, London SWIP 4AE.
PRAYER FOR THE YEAR OF FAITH 11 October 2012 - 24 November 2013
Lord, let me see your face, know your heart and experience your love in my life. Strengthen in me the precious gift of faith. I believe Lord; Help my unbelief. Amen
SAMUEL GROUPS: A new series of Samuel Groups will begin in London in Advent 2012. These discernment groups are for young adults (18-30s) who are open to listening to the Word of God and putting it into practice in their lives. Groups will meet in Central, North, East and West London, and will last from Advent to Pentecost. For more information or to request an application form visit www.ukvocation.org/Samuel, email email@example.com or telephone: 07503241127
CALIX IN LONDON: The Calix society was founded in 1947 by recovering alcoholics who saw their Catholic Faith as a sure path to serenity without alcohol. The objectives of the Society are helping members remain sober and drug free; giving an opportunity to participate in Mass and group discussions; helping each member become the person God wants them to be. With the permission of Archbishop Nichols, Calix meetings are held at St Pius X, St Charles Sq. W10; Our Lady's, St John's Wood NW8 and Westminster Cathedral. Visitors from all 12 step programmes are most welcome, especially Alcoholics Anonymous & AlAnon Fellowships. For further information email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 0776 2570361.
CATHOLIC SINGLES is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please telephone 01619412498, or visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email email@example.com
CATHOLIC UNDER 35'S LONDON: The purpose of Catholic under 35's London is to help young Catholics to get to know other young Catholics in London. It's aimed at (but not exclusive to) under 35's. Being a Catholic is great but sometimes can be difficult - it is important to have people you can share your faith with as well as deal with the struggles and encourage you to. We will be running some exciting, fun events for everyone to get to know each other and help build your Catholic people network. Visit www.catholicunder35s.com and 'you eill be directed to our Facebook group where you can join.
www.catholicschoolshow.co.uk For more information about the Catholic Independent School Show, 2012 please contact Sue McCann Tel: 07598 331065 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PRIEST'S TRAINING FUND: Thank you for helping. This parish raised £1,292.37 and all of this money will be used to encourage vocations and to fund the training of men for the priesthood. More men are now training for the priesthood in our diocese than at any time for ten years and one of the key reasons is that we have used some of the money that you give us to increase the size and scope of the vocations team. This is the team that reaches out to those who believe God is calling them and it is now led by a full time priest, it has also produced a DVD, set up a website and developed new materials for parishes and schools... all of which is having a growing impact. Last year 12 men began their training for the priesthood at our seminary. But we can't relax as half our priests will retire over the next 20 years and expanding our work in this way has only been possible because of your help. So please go on supporting us - by giving as much as you can afford and with your prayers. http://www.rcdow.org.uk/donations
ST MARY'S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, TWICKENHAM, is recruiting students to begin its successful Foundation Degree in Healthcare Chaplaincy. This part-time two year course provides Priests, Religious and lay people with a recognised NHS qualification to be appointed as a Roman Catholic Hospital chaplain. Fot more details or to enrol for October, please email Fr Peter Scott at email@example.com or call 01932 563116.
WANTED! People motivated by their Christian faith to support a prisoner on release into the community. Basic Caring Communities (BaCC) A project of the Prison Advice and Care Trust - aims to provide genuine support to ex-offenders on release from prison. Volunteers, motivated by their Christian faith, give weekly support, both meeting as a group and 1:1, for an agreed length of time to help the prisoner resettle effectively in the community and not re-offend. Full training is provided. If you enjoy working as part of a group, please contact (Basic Caring Communities for an invitation to one of our Saturday morning taster sessions which give full information about the project and form the first part of our selection process. Call 07976 284 355 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CARITAS, the new diocesan agency established to address the challenges of social exclusion and poverty is looking for volunteers to assist with mapping the good works going on already in our parishes and schools and to identify other areas of need in the Diocese, that CARITAS could help with. To find out about volunteering with CARlTAS, please contact the Director, Patricia Chale, email: email@example.com or write to her at CARITAS, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SWIP IQN.
VOCATIONS DISCERNMENT GROUP: For further information contact Sr Gabi at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fr Richard at email@example.com
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS BY POPE JOHN PAUL II: Lord Jesus, once you called the first disciples in order to make them fishers of men. Continue to let resound today Your Sweet invitation: "Come and follow me." Grant to young men and women the grace to respond to your voice. Sustain our bishops, priests and consecrated souls in their apostolic work. Give perseverance to our seminarians and to all those living a life of total consecration to Your service. Enkindle in our communities a missionary zeal. Send Lord, workers into Your fields and do not let mankind be lost because of lack of pastors, missionaries and people dedicated to the cause of the Gospel. Mary, Mother of the Church, Model of vocations, help us to say "yes" to the Lord who calls each one of us to play our part in His plan of Salvation. Amen
CATHOLIC MEN: The London Charterhouse Catenians is a fellowship Catholic men in business and/or the professions meetings are held on the first Tuesdays at 7.00pm with dinner at 8.00pm. Venue: The Kingsley Hotel, Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.catenians.org.uk
ASSOCIATION OF SEPARATED AND DIVORCED CATHOLICS: All divorced or separated Catholics, whatever their situation, are welcome. For further information please contact Frank or Christine on 020 8422 1591.
WORLD YOUTH DAY: The next World Youth Day will take plaee in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil between 23-28 July, 2013. The Diocese hopes to organise a young adult pilgrimage for those berween 18 and 35. If you would like to be part of the pilgrimage and would be interested in representing our parish please speak with Fr David Barnes PP. The cost of the pilgrimage is yet to be finalised, but is likely to be between £2000 and £2,500 . It may be that some of the cost could be found from sponsorship. At this stage however, it would be helpful to know who would be interested.
RIGHT TO LIFE CHARITABLE TRUST requests your support. To find out more Tel; 01732 460911 or www.righttolifetrust.org.uk.
THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH (CDF) has improved the accessibility of its documents. A new domain (www.doctrinetfidei.ve) has now been added to the Vatican's website (www.vatican.va) to facilitate consultation of these documents.
We received recently a letter from Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Peter Smith on behalf of the Bishop's Conference of England and Wales. It is a statement of our Catholic faith about marriage and issued in the light of the forthcoming consultation by the Government on changing the legal definition of marriage. In the light of this letter, you are asked to consider signing the Coalition for marriage's online petition which can be found at www.C4M.org.uk It reads:
"I support the legal definition of marriage which is the voluntary union for life of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. I oppose any attempt to redefine it."
The Archbishops also say that after Easter there will be a more detailed leaflet on the Government's consultation itself, for distribution in parishes, to assist Catholics in making their own response to the consultation.
CATHOLIC SINGLES is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please telephone: 0161 941 3498, visit our website: email@example.com
JOURNEY INTO THE DEPTHS OF GOD AND THE HEARTS OF OUR WORLD PRAYER - Alone and with others, leads us into the heart of God and transforms our own hearts with compassion and love for our world.
COMMUNITY- Our experience of the joy in living and celebrating together creates energy within us for building community among ourselves and others.
REFLECTION ON LIFE - In prayer we come to God with all that touches our lives with the sufferings and hopes for humanity.
SERVICE WITH THE HEART OF AN EDUCATOR - Our starting point is the Gospel with all that demands of us-love, forgiveness, justice and solidarity with the poor and rejected INTERNATONALITY- As an international community in 44 countries, we are enriched and challenged by our different cultures and mentalities. IS THIS THE MORE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR? More details on www.societyofthesacredheartvocations.co.uk Telephone Barbara Sweeney rscj 0191 272 3000
COME AND SEE Catholic Charismatic prayer group for young adults. Every Thursday 7 - 9pm. S1. Charles Borromeo Church, 8, Ogle Street, London WIW 6HS Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PRAYER IN THE CITY "Explore different prayer methods in a small group with a trained prayer guide" Mondays and Wednesdays at 6.30pm for 30-40 minutes (after the 6.00pm Mass) 114, Mount Street, London W1K 3AH Tel: 020 74951673 www.mountstreet.info
VOLUNTEERS needed for the Charity City Pregnancy Counselling and Psychotherapy. full Counselling Training given and we begin training soon. We begin with Basic Counselling Skills, please come and help us in our counselling and Psychotherapy Centre'. Also if you have finished with your baby items or small children's items, or could buy any baby toiletries etc., please donate them for someone who has no money for these things. We can collect. Phone Agnes Rees Therapy Manager for CPCP 020 7638 5440 OR 07904 870595 OR email: email@example.com
SPIRITUAL AND PASTORAL SUPPORT for those affected by HIV. Compassionate and sympathetic support is available for those seeking to deepen and understand their faith in the light of this issue. For further information in complete confidence, email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7798 9363 or 020 7931 6064 or write to Faith and HIV, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SWI P 1QN.
YOUTH MINISTRY VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT the Youth Support Team in Westminster are offering a series of workshops for those people working with, or interested in working with young people in parishes. Please contact Sr. Emma Nolan on 020 7798 9360 or email@example.com for more details or to book a place please reply to: The Agency For Evangelisation. Vaughan House, 46. Francis Street, London Tel: 020 77989152 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WANTED: People motivated by their Christian faith to support a prisoner on release from prison. Basic caring communities aim to provide genuine support to ex-prisoners on release from prison. Volunteers motivated by their Christian faith give weekly support, both meeting as a group and 1:1, for an agreed length of time to help the prisoner resettle effectively in the community and not reoffend. Full training is provided. If you enjoy working as part of a group, please contact BaCC and find out more. To explain exactly what is involved, Taster Mornings are being held on Saturdays in Vauxhall, London. Call 07976 284 355 or email: email@example.com