Newsletter for September 2017
I joined 700 pilgrims on the annual Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes in July, and to my delight and surprise I came across people working amongst the sick whom I recognised from Holy Redeemer. (A number of our parishioners join the Knights of Malta pilgrimage that goes out in the weeks after Easter each year). You really should consider coming one year. Highlights include joining the processions of the Blessed Sacrament each late afternoon, the torchlight procession in the evening, the International Mass in the Underground Basilica, the special Diocesan service of penance and confession, the anointing of the sick, open air Mass in the Cathedral of the Trees outside the town, and many others. There is even an opportunity one afternoon for an excursion into the Pyrenees. Go to the Diocesan website to get a feel of this year’s pilgrimage that was led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols (http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/lourdes/lourdes-pilgrimage-2017/).
A former parishioner, Velleran Meaby, son of Alix and Lendon Meaby, who, having completed a year of postulancy and two years of noviceship, took first vows last July with the Cistercians of the Strict Observance at the Abbey of Notre Dame de Sept Fons not far from Moulins in central France. I called in to the Abbey on the way back to England and spent some time with him. The Abbey has a community of over ninety monks. They keep a wonderful balance between prayer, work and study, and there is plenty of all three! The work entails running of a large wheat farm, but they also make preserves, honey, cheese and other things. Having been sacked at the French Revolution, it was brought back to life and completely rebuilt. There is a wonderful sense of prayer, contentment and peace. It is a very young community, with most of the monks in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. I only counted about 16 of my vintage. There seems to be a resurgence of monasticism in France generally. Google Abbaye de Sept Fons, and if it doesn’t appear immediately go to the ‘videos’ and find ‘Presence a Dieu’ or ‘Presence to God’.
Laus Deo Semper.
START UP DATES FOR SEPTEMBER
Registration for the First Holy Communion Class will take place on Tuesday 5th September at 5pm in the Monckton Room. This information was also given in the June and July-August newsletters. Registrations for the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) will take place on Monday 25 September at 7pm in the Monckton Room. This is the usual vehicle by which adults seeking to come into the Catholic Church are prepared. Any adult Catholics who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to have a word with me either after Sunday Mass or by ringing the parish office.
I’ve heard from GLASSDOOR. This is the successor to the West London Churches’ Homeless Concern. They are making plans for the winter. You may have read of the rising numbers of homeless people. During last winter 13,424 bed spaces were occupied, 420 guests stayed in the shelters and/or daytime support provided by 22 churches’ properties, donations and volunteers. The latter numbered 900 volunteers, who helped serve, cook and sit with guests. The shelters operated across 3 London Boroughs. Go to: www.glassdoor.org.uk.
PLANS FOR 2017/18
GLASSDOOR plans to open shelters for 22 weeks from 6th November until 8th April next year. By maximising existing shelter space it is hoped that overall capacity will rise to 100 guests a night. They want to keep a full casework team in place all year round. Finally, they want to provide support to those moving on from homelessness.
NEW £1 COIN
You will be aware that the old pound coins cease to be legal tender after 15 October 2017, but can be exchanged at Post Offices and Banks before that date, and at your personal bank after that date. The Parish at the present time is required as part of its’ paying in procedures to segregate old and new pound coins when paying in collections, but from 15 October will no longer be able to accept and process old pound coins. I would therefore ask that offertory and other collections include only new pound coins from 1 October this year, as the Parish will shortly afterwards have no facility for disposing of the old ones.
PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
On Saturday 7th October 2017 the Cardinal will be leading a Diocesan day pilgrimage to Walsingham in Norfolk. If you would be interested in going please sign up on the list on the centre table of the porch. We might be able to share a coach with St Mary’s Parish, Chelsea.
PAULA MAJELLA COYLE RIP
The Requiem Mass for the late Paula Majella Coyle took place at the Holy Redeemer on 24th July. She died on 7th July at the age of 54. We offer condolences to her family. Lux aeterna luceat ea.
ALEXANDER GRANT RIP
The Requiem Mass for the late Alexander Grant took place at the Holy Redeemer on 14th August. He died on 22nd July at the age of 87. We offer condolences to his family. Lux aeterna luceat ei.
Congratulations and our best wishes for their future happiness go to Martin Chamberlain and Fotini Brooks who were married at Holy Redeemer in July.
Congratulations to the parents and sponsors of Otis Williams who was baptised here in July, and Katherine Nintas and Sebastian Fernandez who were baptised here in August.