Newsletter for February 2018

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ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENT

It seems strange to be starting the holy and penitential season of Lent so soon after putting the Christmas crib away. The season begins everywhere with mass together with the blessing and imposition of ashes. On Ash Wednesday itself there will be two Masses at Holy Redeemer, at 8am and 6.30pm. Ash Wednesday is a Day of Fasting and Abstinence for all adult Catholics in good health.

LENTEN EXERCISES

Here are some suggestions you might consider:

  • Daily Mass (Additional Mass Friday evenings 6.30pm during Lent)
  • Confessions - Saturday 10.30am and 5.30pm
  • Morning & Evening Prayer of the Church (see back page)
  • Contributing to Lenten Alms (see below)
  • Praying The Rosary
  • Stations of the Cross - Fridays at 6.50pm (following Mass)
  • General fasting & abstinence on other days
  • Becoming reconciled with someone
  • Joining the Faith Sharing Group

LENTEN ALMS

Money for the poor can be donated by using the Lenten Alms box in the second bay on the north side (left) of the church.

SMALL FAITH GROUP

The Lenten Small Faith Prayer Group will commence on the evening of Tuesday 20th February at 7pm locally and run for a further five sessions thereafter. The theme of this year’s Lenten reflection is ‘The Gift of the Eucharist’. Here are the weekly themes:

  1. “I will be with you always”: Encounter with the Lord
  2. The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist
  3. The Holy Sacrifice of Mass
  4. Sacred Banquet, Spiritual Food: Graces in Holy Communion
  5. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  6. “Love one another as I have loved you”: Mass for Mission

If you would like to follow this prayer group please contact the parish office on 020
7352 0777
or email chelsea2@rcdow.org.uk.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

On the second Sunday of Lent, i.e. 25 th February, there will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in church from after the 12.15pm Mass until the evening Mass. Pope Francis describes our personal adoration in this way: “to speak to Him, to listen to Him in silence, and to peacefully entrust ourselves to Him”.

THE PASSAGE

Founded by the late Cardinal Hume this is a charity set up to meet the needs of the homeless in London. As well as meeting their immediate feeding, clothing and health needs, it endeavours to offer training and advice on welfare rights and housing. There will be a St David’s Day Concert in aid of the work of The Passage at the Methodist Central Hall on Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm. Tel: 020 7592 1856 or email: info@passage.org.uk.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR LOURDES PILGRIMAGE

The Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes this year is being held from Saturday 21 st July to Friday 27th July. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper. Some of the sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay in a hospital-like building called Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes. It is well-equipped for their care and they are looked after by a team of doctors, nurses and volunteer St Frai Helpers. St Frai Helpers don’t need a medical qualification but are needed to help pilgrims get up in the morning, making large amounts of tea, take pilgrims to various pilgrimage events; go shopping and socialise with them and other Helpers, and put them to bed at night. The timetable is shared across two shifts so there is enough time to rest, make your own pilgrimage and make new friends. Contact westminsterstfrai@gmail.com.

NEW WEBSITE

I hope you are liking the new website. The tour of the church has now been completed. The music selected for each month for the 11am Sunday Mass can now also be found there. See www.holyredeemerchelsea.com.

TEACHING IN A CATHOLIC SCHOOL

On Tuesday 6 th February at 6.30pm in Vaughan House, Francis Street, London SW1 (behind Westminster Cathedral) the Westminster Education Service is hosting another evening to engage with Catholic teachers and leaders currently working outside of Catholic education. This occasion is designed to inform, encourage and identify those who are interested in working within our Catholic schools.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2nd MARCH

Advance notice of this annual event which this year is being held at the Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square on Friday 2nd March from 11am to 12 noon followed by refreshments. All are welcome. The service this year has been written by the women of Suriname in South America and has the theme: “All God’s Creation is Very Good”. This is not simply a day of prayer for women but for everyone who cares about our world and those who live in it.

BAPTISMS

Congratulations to the parents and sponsors of Daphne Brenninkmeijer- Bishop, James Hirst, George Marcelin-Rice, Lara Marcelin-Rice and Emily Scrope who were baptised at Holy Redeemer in January.

Canon Michael Brockie

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