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Parish Newsletter 13th August 2017

Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time


Claretian Family Day

This popular annual event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August at Buckden Towers, an opportunity to join those from other Claretian parishes round the country.  A coach has been booked leaving from here at 10.15am and at 6.00pm from Buckden for the return journey. The seat price is £12.00 per adult—£6.00 per child. There will be a bar-b-que lunch with refreshments and a programme of entertainment, fun and games throughout the afternoon with Mass before departing for home.

If you would like to take part and travel by coach to the Family Day, please add your details to the coach list in the Parish Office.

There are a few seats remaining, book now to avoid disappointment.

Children with Learning Disabilities
We are looking for some catechist/volunteers who could help children with learning disabilities in this year’s First Holy Communion Programme. If you feel you can spare time for this service, please text or email our Parish Pastoral Assistant. -
or 07494 2480867.
Parish Training Days
For Catechists
Mrs Mary Crowley, the Catechetical Adviser from The Agency for Evangelisation, will visit our parish on Saturday 9th September to lead a training morning for Catechists from 10.00am to 1.00pm .
Please make sure you keep this date in your dairy, and text or email our Parish Pastoral Assistant to book yourself a place for the day.  
For Eucharistic Ministers
Fr. Paul is arranging a second Training Day on Saturday 9th September from 10.00am to 4.00pm. for any member of the congregation who is interested in becoming a Eucharistic Minister.
An excellent opportunity for all ages to discover what is involved and if they wish to share in this great ministry, please come and find out.
Mass for the Sick and Housebound
We are looking for names of people who would like to help with driving  or take part in the Service for the sick and housebound on Sunday 10th September at 3.00pm.
If you know of people who are housebound and would need help to attend please contact the Parish Office with their details.
Knights of St Columba
The next Council meeting will be on Monday 11th September, there will not be a meeting in August.
Holy Day of Obligation
On Tuesday 15th August we celebrate The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin May and it is a Holy Day of Obligation. 
Masses will be Monday 7.30pm (Vigil Mass); Tuesday 12.15 & 7.30pm. (A change to scheduled times).
Eucharistic Ministers
The monthly meetings will recommence on Monday 18th September at 8.00pm in the Upper Room. We are arranging a special Eucharistic Ministers Mass for that evening at 7.30pm in the Church, we invite all trained ministers to please attend.  All newly trained Ministers will be commissioned at the Mass.  We will then have a social gathering so as we can all meet and greet and also have the opportunity to meet the new priests in the parish.
Altar Servers
Rotas for August and September are available for collection from the Sacristy.
Friends of the Homeless -
An appeal for Drivers
Is there anyone who would be willing, on an occasional basis, to drive the Minibus to London to take food to the Homeless?  We leave at 7.00pm each Friday returning about 9.30pm.  If you are able to help, please leave your name and details in the Parish office. Thank you.


The Douay Martyrs School
Open Evening
Thursday 28th September 2017 from 5.00pm.
(Head teachers presentations at 5.15pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm)
Open Mornings
Wednesday 27th September 8.45am—11.00am.
Monday - 2nd October 8.45 am—11.00 am.
Come along and talk to our students, visit our lessons,
meet our teachers and become
part of a highly successful school.
For more information contact
Mrs M Hayden at the school:
Tel: 01895 679403 or email to

Anniversaries for this week

· Caetano Fernandes
· James Doherty
· Joe Reynolds
· Cecilia Connolly
· Bridie McInerney
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest in PeaceAmen.