Weekly Newsletter 28th October 2018

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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.


There is still room in the Pre-First Communion Class, 5.00pm - 6.00pm on Tuesdays.

Suitable for children age 5 to 7, this provides a good preparation for the sacramental programme. Please contact the Parish Office for details.


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.


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.


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.


On Thursday 8 th 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 book a ticket please follow the link below.

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

CALLING CATHOLIC TEACHERS: 26th November, 7.00pm to 8.30pm

The Diocese of Westminster Education Service is hosting an evening for Catholic teachers who are currently working outside Catholic education. Information will be given on how best to prepare for a role in a Catholic school. There also will be an opportunity to meet current Catholic school leaders, and to register for a mentoring programme for those senior leaders who wish to be accompanied and supported on their journey into Catholic education.

Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street SW1P 1QN (near Victoria Station)

For further details and RSVP, please see https://courses.rcdow.org.uk/


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


What is the Church’s response to the challenge of Human Trafficking? How can we recognize the signs of modern slavery in our community?

If you would like to know more, there will be an evening to focus on these issues: Thursday 22nd November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, at the Church of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street), W1K 3AH.

Please RSVP to 020 7798 9030 or email caritaswestminster@rcdow.org.uk.


Available from the table at the back of the church, credit card sized cards for your wallet or purse. These indicate that, if admitted to hospital, you wish to be visited by a Catholic chaplain.

Please remember that hospitals may no longer inform the chaplain of your being a Catholic unless you request them to do so.

THANK YOU! Many thanks to all who help keep the church clean and 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