Newsletter for April 2018
May I thank you for your cards and gifts for Easter. You are very kind. There are so many to thank especially all those who came to clean and prepare the church for the Easter celebration. An enormous amount of work goes on behind the scenes, the liturgical books to be perused, and all the utensils and various items that only see the light of day during the Triduum and Feast. A big vote of thanks to Patti Fordyce, who takes it upon herself to do a large part of this preparation, including all the necessary church laundry.
It was a joy to receive into the full communion of the Catholic Church two Romanian Orthodox Christians: Marius Ovidiu Nintas and Elena Ramona Nintas who, following the Orthodox custom, had already been baptised, confirmed and made their First Communion as infants in arms. It remained for them, after a suitable period of reflection and prayer, to be received during the Easter Vigil, renew a profession of faith with us, and to join us at the Eucharist in full communion.
The diocese is still open to applications for those celebrating significant wedding anniversaries this year. Couples with young families are most welcome to bring the children along. Please by all means advise the office of any guests requiring mobility assistance and anyone who will need to be accompanied for medical needs. As always a St John Ambulance Team will be in attendance. The Mass in the Cathedral will be celebrated on Saturday 19th May at 3pm 2018.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
This is due to take place in Dublin, Ireland, from 21st – 26th August. Pope Francis will be attending. This gathering brings together couples, families and individuals from all over the world to celebrate, pray and reflect on the joys and challenges of marriage and family life. To find out how to join a Westminster Diocese Group please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website can be found at www.worldmeeting2018.ie.
The Catholic Fund for Overseas Development is a branch of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. It works with communities in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America supporting people to find their own solutions to poverty. The agency works with all people regardless of race, gender, religion or nationality. Its campaigning tackles the causes of poverty and injustice not just the symptoms. If you would like to become a volunteer and help enable and inspire others to take action as part of CAFOD’s campaigns email Tony at email@example.com
BEGINNING EXPERIENCE WEEKEND
There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again after separation, divorce or the death of a partner, from 20th – 22nd April at the Domus Maria Centre, Chigwell, Essex. Tel: Freda on 01322 838 415 or Sandra on 01293 783 965, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
START UP DATES
The start-up dates for our regular classes are as follows:-
Our little persons on Tuesday evenings from 24th April at 5.00pm.
Thursday evening classes resume for teenagers in preparation for Confirmation on Thursday 26th April at 7.00pm.
NB. The Deanery Celebration of Confirmation takes place on Friday 8th June at St Mary’s, Cadogan Street at 7.00pm.
SACRED HEART SCHOOL HAMMERSMITH
The School has issued a Determined Admission Arrangements Notice 2019/2020. Girls from the parish sometimes make an application to go on to this Sacred Heart High School. To view the new admissions requirements go to www.sacredhearthigh.org.uk/admissions/determined-admission-arrangements-2019-20/
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CHINA
As many of you may know, the Church in China is still suffering persecution. News has reached the West that churches are being destroyed and the activities of Christians severely disrupted, so frightened are the authorities at the rise in number of new Christians in that troubled land. The Communist Party seems terrified that it will lose its grip on power and its absolute authority in China. It will brook no opposition, and all the Christian Churches are suffering. The Day of Prayer will take place on Sunday 20th May.
CULTURAL EXCHANGE WITH CHINA
In spite of outbreaks of anti-Christian hostility the work goes on both in China and in Britain. This is an organisation trying to build bridges between Catholic Churches of Britain and China. It is approved by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The anchor group is the Columban Fathers and Sisters, a Missionary Order in the Church. But other missionary orders are involved as well. Here is an example of work going on within the Chinese community in London. A Chinese Chaplain in our Diocese is working well with the Cantonese community in London which is the principal basis of his work. He has a regular Sunday Mass, catechism classes leading to 18 children and 9 adult baptisms recently; bi-annual retreats; monthly gatherings for people who cannot attend the Masses; pilgrimages; family visitation; visiting Chinese in detention centres. Pray for this important work. Go to www.cecchina.co.uk
THE POPE’S MESSAGE
“Let us accept the grace of Christ’s Resurrection! Let us be renewed by God’s mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too, and let us become channels of his mercy; channels through which God waters the earth, protects all creation and makes justice and peace flourish.”
JOHN CLIBBORN RIP
A memorial mass for the late John Clibborn took place at the Holy Redeemer on 2nd March. We offer condolences to his family. Lux aeterna luceat ei.
I wish everyone all the graces and blessings of Easter.