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Parish Newsletter 18th February 2018

First Sunday Of Lent


Holy Week Services
25th March—1st April 2018
Sunday 25th March—Palm Sunday
Procession from main hall 12 noon.
Monday 26th March: - 
Mass at 8.15 am & 12.15pm.
Reconciliation Service at 7.30pm.
Tuesday 27th March:-
Mass at 7.00am (with breakfast) and 12.15 pm
Wednesday: 28th March:-
Mass at 12.15 and 7.30pm
Holy Thursday 29th March:-
Mass of The Lord’s Supper at 8.00pm. followed by adoration until midnight in the Main Hall.
Good Friday 30th March:-
Stations of Cross at 10.00am
Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ at 3.00pm.
Sorrowful Mother Devotions at 7.00pm.
Holy Saturday 31st March-
Morning prayer in the Community Centre at  9.30am.
We then enter into a period of waiting as we join Christ in the tomb, awaiting resurrection. 
To symbolise this the church will be locked until the Easter Vigil at 9.00pm which begins outside the main hall before going to the church.

Easter Sunday 1st April
Masses at 8.30 & 10.00am,  12 noon & 8.30 pm
Family Fast Day Appeal
CAFOD traditionally holds an Appeal early in Lent, this year it is next Friday 23rd February.  Please take a Fast Day envelope this weekend and return it with your donation next weekend. 
If you are a UK taxpayer, please Gift Aid your donation so that CAFOD can claim an extra 25% at no extra cost to yourself.        Thank you.
Morning Prayer
Monday to Friday during Lent, there will be meditative music playing in the Church between 8.00 and 9.15 each morning (except during Mass).
Workers’ Mass
On Tuesdays during Lent there will be an early morning Mass at 7.00am, followed by breakfast before you go to work.   
Stations of the Cross
On Friday evenings with Mass at 7.30pm  also on Saturday mornings at 11.30am.    
Lenten Lunches
Soup with bread/roll and tea/coffee, in aid of HCPT, will be served in the foyer of the Social Hall between 12.00—2.00pm from Wednesday 21st February to Wednesday 21st March. 
If you would like to donate some home-made soup please leave your details in the Parish Office on the soup list.  Many thanks for your support.
Love in Action
Out of the ‘Love in Action’ reflections the need to do things for people who are older or lonely was identified. After Easter we intend to begin to organise a monthly afternoon tea. 
To prepare for this we are appealing for pieces of tea sets, serving plates etc.  All contributions would be most welcome and should be left in the Parish Office.
In Memoriam
The funeral of Yvonne Alexander RIP will take place on Monday 19th February 2018 at 12.15pm.  Please remember Yvonne and her family in your prayers.
Eucharistic Ministers
The next meeting for Eucharistic  Ministers will be on Monday 19th February 2018 commencing at 7.00pm in the Upper Room.  All ministers are requested to attend.     Thank you. 
Knights of St Columba
The February Council meeting will be held on Monday 19th February at 8.00pm in the Claret Room.  This is a change from the scheduled date.
Rite of Election
This Sunday, 18th February, two  prospective members of our parish community are attending the Rite of Election at Westminster Cathedral, please remember them in your prayers.
With heartfelt thanks . . .
Eddie Beatty’s wife Helen and his children, Cora and Aidan would like to   offer their heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported them during their sad loss.  A special mention to Fr Paul who visited us at home and celebrated Eddie’s funeral Mass alongside Eddie's uncle Fr Liam who was made very welcome.  The large numbers who attended the funeral, the beautiful music, all who sent flowers and messages of sympathy. 
All these things have helped us immeasurably.  A Mass will be offered for your intentions.
Flowers in Church
Just a reminder that there are to be no flowers left in the Church during the season of Lent.
Lenten Alms
There will be a retiring collection this weekend for Lenten Alms.  This is a mandatory Diocesan collection, please be as generous as you can. Thank you.
  Altar Servers
Rotas for February and March are available for collection from the Sacristy.
Parish Readers
New rotas are available for collection from the Sacristy.
Thank you to all those parishioners who returned their palms for recycling into ash.  Any more will be gratefully accepted.
Archbishop’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony
Saturday 19th May 2018
at 3.00pm.
The Archbishop  is inviting to this Mass, which will be held in the Cathedral, all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th, 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2018.
If you qualify and would like to attend, please leave the following details in the Parish Office: -
· Husband and wife’s names.
· Wedding date.
· Full postal address.
· Email if you have one, if not a telephone number.
(Details to be submitted by Monday 12th March 2018)

Anniversaries for this week

 · James Fitzpatrick
· Ronald Pearce
· Derick Alexis
· Bill Smythe
· Mariyamalar Thiyagarajah

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest in PeaceAmen.