Newsletter: 29th/30th September 2018 - 26th Sunday of the Year
Sunday Readings: Year 2(B); Weekdays: Year II; Liturgy of the Hours: Week II

Newsletter - 26th Sunday of the Year

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Fr. George Roth:The Salvation of Souls is the Highest Law

Today’s scriptures relate to the primary business of God which is the salvation of souls. When Jesus was lost in the temple for three days, He answered His Mother “How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father's business?” Lk. 2:49 The Father’s business is the salvation of souls.

New Book on Fatima by Fr. Serafino Lanzetta

Father Serafino’s latest book, Fatima at the Heart of the Church: God’s Vision of History and Oblative Spirituality, is now available to buy from A Kindle edition is also available for download. All parishioners are warmly invited to the official book launch, which will be held in St Mary’s Hall on Friday 26th October at 7pm.

Pro-Life Apostolate

Sunday 7th October is the Annual Parish Pro-Life Pilgrimage to Walsingham, which, as usual, will depart at 6am from outside St Mary’s Hall.

New Painting in St. Mary's Hall

Our parish is blessed to have among its members a very gifted artist in Clare Fox, who has recently produced a truly magnificent painting of Our Lady with the Child Jesus. The image, entitled ‘Mary, Mother of the Infant Saviour’, which Clare has so kindly donated to the parish, is now on display in St Mary’s Hall. Parishioners are warmly invited to come and view it for themselves, and it is hoped that all who see it will be inspired to a greater love for and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We are very grateful to Clare for this beautiful gift.

International Rosary Campaign

The organisers of International Rosary initiative, ‘Rosary Coast to Coast’, are inviting Catholics across the world to join them in the ongoing 54-day novena which began on the Feast of the Assumption (15th August) and will continue till the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary (7th October), praying five decades of the Rosary daily for the protection of life, marriage, family and religious liberty worldwide. The 54-day Rosary novena is to be prayed in our homes, with our families. But on the last day, October 7th, the faithful will gather together at 3pm in churches and chosen venues, and together with Our Blessed Mother under the Cross, will pray the Rosary for Faith, Life and Peace. Click the button below to sign up and receive, directly to your inbox, daily reflections for the 54-day novena.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

On Thursdays, in St. Mary's Church, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed from 8:00am and will continue for the whole day, concluding with the Pro-Life Holy Hour at 7:00pm. Also, in St. Columba's Church, every Thursday, there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament after the 10:00am Mass until 12 noon.  

You can also tune in live to Radio Immaculata and participate in the Pro-Life Holy Hour live from St. Mary's Church at 7:00pm.

In addition, Adoration now takes place at St. Mary's every weekday morning, from 9am until 12 noon in the Chapel of the Crucifix., for the needs of Holy Mother Church in these times of great turbulence.

Table Top Sale

Thank you to everyone who took part in last Saturday’s Table Top Sale, which raised a very respectable £926 in spite of the bad weather. With this contribution, the St Mary’s Beautification Fund now stands at just under £22,000. Thanks are due in particular to Tammy and Jim, who organised the event. Visit our Facebook page to view some of the pictures taken during the event

Adoration Outreach

Every Thursday, between 1pm and 3pm, a group of parishioners go out onto the High Street to invite passers-by into St Mary’s to light a candle and spend some time in the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. This has proven to be a very successful outreach, and a highly rewarding ministry for those involved. If you are available on Thursday afternoons, if only for half an hour or so, why not come along and take part?

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) programme takes place every Friday, from 6.30-8pm in the Upper Room of St Mary’s Hall. The purpose of these weekly classes is to educate those interested in learning about the Faith, to catechise new candidates for reception into the Church, and to re-catechise the faithful of the parish who would like to explore the Faith more deeply. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to attend, please contact Friar Philomeno or the parish office.

Parish Film Night

October 04, 2018

The next parish film will be Je M'appelle Bernadette (“My Name Is Bernadette”), a French biopic about St Bernadette Soubirous, the seer of Lourdes. The screening will take place in St Mary’s Hall on Friday 5th October at 7.30pm.

Children's Catechism

  • Monday 8th October, 7pm                                 Meeting for Catechists

  • Saturday 13th October, 9am                             Catechism for All Children

  • Saturday 20th October, 9am                             First Communion & Confirmation Catechism

It is not too late to register your child for these classes. If you wish to do so, please visit the parish office to complete a parental consent form.

A Day With Mary

A Day With Mary is coming to St John’s Cathedral, led by Fr. Serafino and Fr. Pio, on Saturday 13th October, from 9.45am to 5.15pm. A Day With Mary emphasises worship of the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to Our Lady. It includes Mass, the Rosary, Adoration and Benediction, Acts of Consecration, Confession, Enrolments in the Brown Scapular and the Miraculous Medal, and much more.

Spiritual Retreat

October 19, 2018

Father Serafino will lead another spiritual retreat day at St Columba’s on Saturday 20th October. The day begins with the Holy Rosary at 9am, and concludes at around 4.30pm. Please bring your own packed lunch. To book your place, please call the parish office, or register on the parish website.

Safegaurding Courses

Everyone in the parish who works with children and/or vulnerable adults, including all Eucharistic Ministers and Children’s Catechists, must take the full Child Protection Course and/or the Vulnerable Adults Course every five years. These courses will be delivered in St Mary’s Hall, from 7pm to 9pm, on Thursday 8th November (Child Protection) and Thursday 15th November (Vulnerable Adults). If you work with children and/or vulnerable adults, please call Barbara Davies on 02392 521686 to register your attendance at one or both of these training sessions.

Flame 2019

March 02, 2019

Booking for Flame, which takes place on 2nd March 2019, is now open. This is a highlight national event for Catholic youth (ages 18-25) in Wembley Arena, featuring inspirational speakers and award-winning music. Last year 350 young people attended from the Diocese of Portsmouth, joining more than 8,000 others from across the United Kingdom. To book, please call Tom Sellars on 01329 318869.

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