Weekly Newsletter 21st October 2018

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A MESSAGE FROM CANON MICHAEL BROCKIE

“I would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to my farewell presentation. I was really overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity.

May I also thank all those who sent cards and best wishes. Thank you! Thank you! I am also extremely grateful to everyone who contributed in any way to my farewell Mass as parish priest. It was a very moving Mass for me as you will understand.

I shall remember you always in my prayers as I hope you will me, in yours. May God continue to bless this wonderful parish and its new pastor Canon Paschal, whom I commend to your encouragement and support.”


JOCELYN KEELING RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs Jocelyn Keeling. Her Funeral Mass will be at 12 noon on Monday 22nd October. Please pray also for her family and those who mourn her.


CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY: Friday 5th October

Thank you very much for your donations to CAFOD. The total collected was £914.38.


ST MARY’S CADOGAN STREET CHURCH RESTORATION APPEAL

On Thursday 8th November at 7.00pm the author and art historian Fr Michael Collins will give a talk on Catholic Culture as seen through the art of the Papal Palaces.

This event begins a series of initiatives at St Mary’s to raise funds to clean the stonework, redecorate the church, restore the High Altar and make provision for continuing faith education. The talk will be followed by drinks and canapés. The cost of a ticket is £20 payable at the door. To reserve your seat please follow the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/church-restoration-appeal-tickets-50778680400 .


TEXT GIVING TO THIS PARISH

Parishioners and visitors may be interested to know that it is possible to make a donation to this parish by texting “PARISH CHELS” to 70800. Each such text will result in a £5 donation. At present it is not possible to apply Gift Aid to such donations.


PRAYER GROUP

This coming Advent the Parish Small Faith Sharing Communities programme will focus upon the family, exploring themes from the Holy Fathers teaching in Amoris Laetita. There will be six weekly sessions, each held on a Tuesday evening commencing 6th November and finishing on 11th December. Anyone wishing to register should please contact the Parish Office on 020 7352 0777.


PRE-COMMUNION CLASS

There is still room in the Pre-First Communion Class, 5.00pm - 6.00pm on Tuesdays. Suitable for children age 4 to 7, this provides a good preparation for the sacramental programme. Please contact the Parish Office for details.


CHILDREN’S LITURGY

Usually in the Monckton Room during the first part of the 10am Family Mass. Parents are welcome to leave their children or stay with them. The children come up at the offertory, bringing their work.


COFFEE ROTA

Refreshments are available in the Monckton Room after the Sunday 10.00am and 11.00am Masses. Volunteers are needed to give a hand preparing and serving coffee etc.


NIGHT UNDER THE STARS

This year the annual concert in aid of The Passage, a charity which aids homeless people in Central London, is entitled Northern Lights and features music by Grieg and Sibelius. It will be in the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 6th November at 7.30pm.

For details and booking see www.southbankcentre.co.uk or phone 020 3879 9555.


DIOCESAN 2017 ANNUAL REPORT

In his desire to ensure transparency and accountability with regards to the finances of this diocese, Cardinal Vincent Nichols wishes it to be known that the Annual Report and Accounts of the Diocese of Westminster are available at rcdow.org.uk/publications.

The Diocesan Finance Office will host a conference on 24th November in which they explain in more detail the finances of the Diocese of Westminster.  Besides a walk through and explanation of the 2017 Accounts, they will summarise the overall financial health of the parishes and present some case studies.

This conference will be held at Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Avenue, beginning at 10.00am with tea and coffee starting at 9:30am.  It should be over by 1.00pm.  After the meeting there will be an opportunity for any questions to be answered on a one to one basis. 

If any parishioners would like to attend, would they kindly inform Rosslyn Okumu, our Parish Administrator.


THE LAURELS SCHOOL

Relocating to Chelsea Embankment in 2019, The Laurels School provides an independent education with a Catholic ethos for girls aged 11 to 18. For further information please contact enquiries@thelaurelsschool.org.uk.


CATHOLIC SINGLES

Bringing together single Catholics, Catholic Singles has for several years enabled thousands of people to find new friendships, in some cases leading to marriage. For more information visit www.catholic singles.org.uk.


CATHOLIC HISTORY WALK:

In the footsteps of St Thomas More Sunday 21 st October. Meet at 4.00pm at Holy Redeemer Church, Cheyne Row.

The walk lasts about one and a half hours. Suggested donation £5. Wear comfortable shoes and suitable clothes.

For information: www.catholichistorywalks.com .


A DAY WITH MARY

On Saturday 3 rd November, 9.45am to 5.30pm at St Vincent de Paul Church, Osterley, TW7 4AJ. Procession, Mass, Rosary, Sermon on Our Lady, Silent Adoration. Preachers: Fr Mark Leenane and Fr Carlo Mazzotta FDP.


VACANCY: FINANCE MANAGER

Are you or someone you know a qualified and experienced Financial Reporting Manager? Would you like to use your skills in the Church and be based at offices in Victoria? Please see the Diocese of Westminster website for details: rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs.


THANK YOU!

Many thanks to all who help keep the church clean an tidy. If you would like to offer to join this wonderful band of volunteers, please sign up on the list at the back of the church.

*** Items for our Sunday Newsletter, by the Tuesday evening before, please.***

Caitriona Fleming