Weekly Newsletter 30th September 2018

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Dear Parishioners,

As you know Canon Brockie retired on Sunday 2nd September 2018. Many of our priests do not have a great deal to live off and, as is customary in all parishes, a collection will be made in gratitude for the Canon’s 17 years dedicated work here which apart from regular parish life has included many important restoration projects as we all know.

There will be a 'retiring' collection on Sunday 30th September for this purpose and a farewell party on Sunday 7th October after the 11am Mass at which a presentation of gifts will be made to the Canon.

Any parishioners wishing to make other personal donations to the Canon may of course do so at any time either addressed to him at the Rectory or his new address both of which are as below:

c/o The Rectory, 7 Cheyne Row, London SW3 5HS


7 St Joseph’s Cottages, 38 Cadogan Street, London SW3 2QU

Donations may also be made at HSBC, Please ask for further details.

The parish extends its gratitude to the Canon for all his hard work over the years and wishes him a happy retirement.

The Parish Council

***SUNDAY 7th October. Please note the third Mass will start at 12.30pm.***


At Westminster Cathedral on 3rd October starting at 7.30pm the choristers of Westminster Cathedral will join The Bach Choir, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Staats und Domchor Berlin to perform Benjamin Britten’s spine-tingling War Requiem. Tickets are priced £12 to £50 and are available in person from the Cathedral Gift Shop, on the Bach Choir website (www.thebachchoir.org.uk/shop/) and from Ticketmaster 0844 844 0444. A twentieth century masterpiece, the War Requiem was dedicated by Britten to four friends, three of whom were killed during the Second World War. The performance will be interspersed with monologues based on wartime reportage and letters to loved ones.


Duke of York Square, Friday 5th October

GLASSDOOR invites you to join hundreds of others in raising funds to help their church-based shelters in London. Participants must be at least 11 years old (11 to 15 year olds must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).To find out more see the Sleep Out section on the Glassdoor.org.uk website. If you have any questions, please contact info@glassdoor.org.uk.

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


“I call you friends” (John 15.15)

Bishop John Wilson invites all parish catechists in this pastoral area to a day of catechesis, reflection and sharing on

Saturday 6th October from 9.30am to 2.30pm at the Parish Hall, Most Sacred Heart Church, 73 Pembroke Road, Ruislip HA4 8NN. Refreshments provided. Please bring a packed lunch. Please register your attendance in advance at catadmin@rcdow.org.uk

or 020 7798 9150.


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.


Saturday 20 October, 9.45am to 5.30pm

Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street SW1. Procession, Mass, Rosary, Sermon on Our Lady, Silent Adoration.


“Southwark and the Borough”

Sunday 7th October. Meet at 4.00pm at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, O’Meara Street, SE1. The walk lasts about 1.5 hours. Suggested donation £5. Wear comfortable shoes and suitable clothes. For more information: www.catholichistorywalks.com.


Sr Maria Macpherson FMSJ would like to thank you very much for your generous donations in response to her appeal last weekend in aid of the Sisters Missions Appeal. The total given was £1,663.88. If you missed this collection and would like to contribute, please hand your gift into the parish office and it will be forwarded on to the Sisters.


This coming Advent the Parish Small Faith Sharing Communities programme will focus upon the family, exploring themes from the Holy Father's 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.


Friday 5 October

On Family Fast Day, CAFOD invites us to share in the abundance that God has given us. CAFOD invites us to eat simply – perhaps having a bowl of soup instead of a meal – and give the money we save to help people who need our help to produce or buy their food.

CAFOD Collection on 13/14October.


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.


In the Monckton Room during the first part of the 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.

Caitriona Fleming