Newsletter for December 2017

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ADVENT

The First Sunday of Advent falls on 3 rd December. The season has a two-fold character:as a season to prepare for Christmas, when Christ’s first coming is remembered, and as a season when that remembrance directs the mind and heart to await Christ’s coming at the end of time. Advent is thus a period for devout and joyful expectation.

You will notice in church that the liturgical colour is purple, the Advent wreath is lit at all Masses, and the Parish Mass Books change also.

THANK YOU

I am so grateful for the many messages and cards I received for my 75th birthday that I kept at the end of October. Thank you all very much indeed.

VISIT TO ROME

The English College has invited all jubilarians in England and Wales celebrating 40, 50and 60 years of priesthood this year to a week as guests, and so to enable us to give thanks to Almighty God. I shall be joining the group travelling to the Eternal City.

The Pope will be away from Rome on a pastoral visit, but doubtless the English College will be able to think up something useful for us to do.

NEW WEBSITE

I am delighted to announce the redesign and launch of our new parish website on 1st December. I have been working with Caitriona Fleming, our parish website administrator, Sebastian Mowbray from SquareGlu website design and Dominic Mowbray photographer to bring this to fruition. Please have a look online at our new address www.holyredeemerchelsea.com since it provides useful information on our church and parish, and on the vibrancy of our community.

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THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHRISTMAS

These will be published separately but it might a good time to note here that Christmas occurs on Monday 25th December. There will be no Vigil Mass at 6.30pm, as that will be incorporated into the Mass at Midnight with a Vigil of Carols commencing at 11.30pm.

Masses on Christmas Day will be the same as for Sunday morning. There will be no evening Mass on Christmas Day.

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS 7th – 9th SEPTEMBER 2018

This is a major initiative of the Bishops’ Conference and will be held in Liverpool, mainly at a special venue in the City and in the Cathedral. The special venue will house talks by well-known speakers, including the well-known teacher of the Faith from America, Bishop Robert Barron.

There will be other events too. A lot of preparation is going into it. This parish will have six tickets allotted to it.

I would like to hear from interested parties who would be prepared to travel by train to Liverpool for any or all of the three days.

WHAT IS A EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS?

It is a gathering of clergy, religious and laity to give witness to the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist which is a central doctrine of Catholic belief. Hence the Liverpool Congress will be characterised by Eucharistic Adoration, Confession and Masses, as well as lectures and workshops for the young.

IAN COLEMAN

Ian has been appointed to succeed David Bevan as Organist and Director of Music at Holy Redeemer. You will see a fuller biography on the new website but suffice it to say here that he comes with impeccable credentials. He is a Catholic with a grown up family.

He read music at Cambridge and in London, and has had wide experience playing the organ and piano, directing choirs and teaching.

He is much looking forward to starting with us on the First Sunday of Advent and he will be very welcome.

CATHOLIC EDUCATION

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it.

Now we need to tell them not to do a u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk.

GAS MAINS REPLACEMENT – CHELSEA EMBANKMENT

The new start date for the beginning of the works on the gas mains replacement on Chelsea Embankment is Sunday 26th November 2017. The scope of this phase of the works is between Chelsea Bridge Road and Battersea Bridge. Plans involve the closure of 170 bus stops on Royal Hospital Road (on the Hospital side) and also those next to Albert and Battersea bridges.

There will be signed diversions for all traffic, temporary 170 bus route westbound, and other restrictions. Allow more time for your journey for Mass on Sundays.

CONFIRMATION CLASSES

This is a call for applicants for the classes for teenagers in preparation for the Deanery Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. The first (registration) evening will be held in the Monckton Room on Thursday 25th January 2018 at 7.00pm. Application forms available in the porch.

The ceremony of Confirmation in 2018 will be shared with St Mary’s, Cadogan Street on Friday 8th June at 7pm and will take place at that church.

JANUARY START UPS

The start-up dates for our regular classes are as follows:-

  • Our little persons on Tuesday evenings from 9th January 2018 at 5.00pm.
  • The RCIA (adult religious education) on Monday 15th January 2018 at 7.00pm.

WARNING INVOLVING YOUTHS ON MOTORBIKES

We have been alerted to incidents involving motorbikes in the area. With the dark evenings and narrow lanes surrounding the church we would like to remind all parents and guardians to be vigilant, be mindful of their surroundings, keep careful watch of the children making sure they do not run into the street, and to take care when using mobile telephones.

BAPTISMS

Congratulations to the parents and sponsors of Alexander Henry McCauley, Stella Donata Lavatelli, Josephine Faye Strepp and Nicolas Platon Silcher who were baptised in November.

Caitriona Fleming