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Parish Newsletter 12th August 2018

Nineteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time


Claretian Family Day
This popular annual event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August at Buckden Towers, an opportunity to join those from other Claretian parishes.
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 and please pay for your ticket/s at the time of booking and book early to avoid disappointment.      
 The Claretian Missionaries were given the site by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Northampton in 1956. Initially it was used as a Junior Seminary carrying out the preliminary training of 11 to 18-year-olds aspiring to become Claretian Missionary priests or brothers. The Junior Seminary closed in July 1965. Since then the Towers complex has been developed by the Claretians as a Retreat and Conference Centre. Also located on the site is the Catholic Parish Church of St Hugh of Lincoln
It is a scheduled monument and a Grade I listed building.

Holy Hour for Vocations
The next Holy Hour for Vocations will take place in the Church on Monday 13th August commencing at 7.30pm.  All are welcome.
Holy Day of Obligation
On Wednesday 15th August we celebrate The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Masses will be on Tuesday 7.30pm (Vigil Mass); Wednesday 12.15 and 7.30pm. 
Activities Sunday
Each group in the parish is requested to create a display as part of the activities weekend which will take place on the Saturday/Sunday 1st/2nd September.
We have identified 31 groups within the parish so do not miss out on this opportunity to ‘sell’ your group to the wider parish community. Is your group on the list displayed in the church?  Confirm your taking part by leaving your details in the Parish Office.  Please respond and support this community event.
Flower Festival
Arrangements are underway for our Flower Festival on 6th—8th September.
If anyone would like to sponsor an arrangement at this event, maybe a special celebration, a memorial or any other special occasion, please contact Loretta Turner or call into the Parish Office to make your donation. 
Maybe a parish group would like to sponsor a floral arrangement, again, please contact Loretta with the details.
Maintenance Committee
The Maintenance Committee is one of about eight parish groups that constitute the Parish Council. Each group committee is made up of about five or six people that are involved in the functioning of the group’s activities. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Botwell or Botwell Church constitutes three individual buildings:-
· The Church
· The Parochial House, including The Upper and Claret Rooms and Community Centre
· The Social Centre
All these buildings are now aging and in need of improvements and ongoing maintenance which involves a considerable amount of management. We are looking for assistance from persons familiar with electrical, plumbing and general building work or associated skills. In particular we are seeking persons with knowledge of the procurement and management of small contracts
The Social Centre is in need of considerable internal refurbishment for which there are medium and long term plans being considered.
To progress these plans to fruition, we are hoping that there are individuals within the parish community with the experience or ‘know-how’ to assist in the formation and development of the aspirations of the
Botwell Community.
If you can be of assistance please contact Fr Paul or add your name to the lists displayed in the church.         
In Memoriam
The funeral of Sally Fox RIP will take place on Friday 17th August at 12.15pm.  Please remember Sally and her family in your prayers.
Knights of St Columba
The next Council meeting will be on Monday 10th September, there will not be a meeting in August.
Marriage Preparation Course
All couples planning to get married, be it on the UK or overseas, are invited to take part in a one-day Marriage Preparation Course on Saturday 15th September from 9.30am—4.00pm in the Upper Room of Botwell House, lunch will be provided.
If you are interested, please leave your name and contact details in the Parish Office. Thank you.
Parish Repository
A good selection of Rosaries, Prayer books and Baptism gifts and cards are available to buy from the repository in the Parish Office or at the front of the Church.
Tea & Coffee
Tea & Coffee are served in the foyer of the Main Hall every Sunday from 9.00am to 12 noon.
An opportunity to meet friends and catch up on the week’s events.
Anniversaries for this week:
· Mary Philomena Mulqueeny
· Martin McInerney
· Rosa A Gomes
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace.  Amen.