Newsletter for June 2018

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June brings with it a number of beautiful feasts. First the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, or as it is more correctly called The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. It is being observed in England and Wales on Sunday 3rdJune. The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus falls on Friday 8th June. Our Diocese was consecrated to the Sacred Heart on 17th June 1873. Most Catholic churches will have a statue of the Sacred Heart as a focus of prayer and devotion. Ours can be found in the third bay on the North side (left side as you enter). The Feast of St John Fisher and St Thomas More falls on Friday 22nd June.

In this parish we shall also observe his obit. day (the day of his martyrdom) on Sunday 8th July, when visitors from France belonging to a society under the patronage of St Thomas More have asked to be present at the 11am Sung Mass which shall be a Votive Mass of our Patron St Thomas More. Finally on June 29th we celebrate the Feast of the apostles Peter and Paul.


As a Lenten project the children of the Tuesday evening classes in religious instruction raised £350 for Mary’s Meals, which as you know aims to provide chronically hungry children with one meal every school day, encouraging education that can lift them out of poverty in later life.


There has been a sudden rise in targeted attacks against Christians in north India from Hindu extremists. Reports have reached the West of Christians being forcibly converted to Hinduism, churches set ablaze, priests and religious beaten, and Christian women including nuns being raped. More than 60 per cent of Christians in the country are Dalits.

Aid to the Church in Need is helping them and other tribal communities who are considered as the lowest of the low in society. We had a collection for this important work not too long ago. Do please pray for the Christians of India and their persecutors.


General Data Protection Regulations came into effect on the 25thMay and apply to all organisations, including charities like our own, and voluntary organisations that process personal data.  I shall spell out in due course what steps we have taken to fulfil the requirements of this legislation.


Caritas Social Action Network is the official domestic social action of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The network of Caritas dioceses and charities is committed to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, provides support for some of the most vulnerable people in our society, families and children, the elderly, homeless, refugees, the disabled and prisoners. You will hear of it from time to time.

It has co-ordinated all the separate charities working in and on behalf of the Catholic Church in this country to conduct policy and advocacy work and to use its voice at national level. Go to


Registration for next year’s First Holy Communion class will be on Tuesday 4th September at 5pm in the Monckton Room.  Classes are open to children of parishioners registered with Holy Redeemer and part of our parish community.  They should be in year 3 (7 years old). For younger children we offer a pre-Holy Communion Class which takes place at the same time.  Classes take place on Tuesday evenings from 5pm to 6pm during term time. 

We follow the programme ‘Jesus Comes to Me’ by Dora Nash, which includes preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and Canon Brockie gives a talk to parents once a term.  Next year's First Holy Communion Mass will take place on Saturday 8th June 2019 at 12 noon. Parents wanting more details and wishing to register an interest are invited to email Sarah at


This is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) to meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. In the 17 years since it was founded over six thousand Catholics have joined making new friendships, in some cases leading to marriage. This organisation also supports charities and parishes through the raising of money. 

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London is steeped in Catholic history and the SVP have secured the services of Joanna Bogle, historian, author and EWTN presenter to lead this walk. The 

next one is to be held on Thursday 14th June 2018 at 13:45 for a 14:00 departure from outside the front of Westminster Cathedral. There is no fee for the walk, but if you want to join the group for dinner afterwards please contact young Comfortable shoes and waterproofs are recommended. 


This is to take place on Saturday 22nd September 2018 and will be led by Cardinal Vincent Nichols and other Bishops. The theme of the pilgrimage will centre on the World Meeting of Families in Dublin and the forthcoming Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool. If there is anyone who would like to join this pilgrimage please register your interest with the parish office so that a Deanery coach might be organised.


Congratulations and our best wishes for their future happiness go to Henry Ryder and Emily Arnold, who celebrated their marriage at Holy Redeemer on 4th May. 


The funeral mass for the late Timothy Henry Meyer took place at the Holy Redeemer on 3rd May. He was 75 years old. We offer condolences to his family. Lux aeterna luceat ei.


Congratulations to the parents and sponsors of Coco Ferguson, Maximilian Harle and Ruby Soyoye who were baptised in May.

Caitriona Fleming