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Parish Newsletter 20th January 2019

Second Sunday In Ordinary Time


New Parish Minibus
A big thank you to Olivia & Sean Fitzpatrick for their generous donation of a minibus for the parish. It will be blessed   after  the  8.30am  Mass today Sunday 20th January after which it will go out to pick up the elderly for the midday Mass.
We are looking for more people to drive the minibus to bring people to Mass on a Sunday and other parish activities. Please give your name and contact details into the Parish Office if you would be interested in helping with this.
Money Matters
A recent audit by the Diocese of Westminster showed up several deficiencies in our money handling processes.  There will be a meeting on Monday 21st January at 7.00 pm in the Upper Room to explain in more detail and begin to organise rotas etc. 
This meeting is for those who signed up last Sunday, those involved already and those who would still like to be involved. Please consider helping in this area in the life of the parish. 
Parish Keyholders
All holders of any parish keys are asked to return them to the Parish Office or one of the priests in an envelope with their name on by Monday 21st January so that an up-to-date key holder list can be drawn up according to Diocesan policy.  If all keys cannot be accounted for it may mean changing all the locks at a cost of c. £8,000.00.      Thank you.
Fr Joseph’s First Mass
A big thank you to all the volunteers that helped and contributed towards Fr Joseph’s ‘First Mass Reception.’  Cleaners, party decorators, cooks, musicians and happy helpers - they all did a wonderful job!
First Holy Communion
Once again we would like to thank all the First Holy Communion children for the donations which helped us to prepare several Christmas hampers which were  given to some families in our parish community.                    
Junior Readers
If your child is a good reader and would like to read at Mass, pleased get in touch with Sheila Vedanayagam on 07432 047717.  Training and guidance will be provided.
Children’s Liturgy
Numbers are growing and thriving!  There is a real demand from the children to have a liturgy tailored to them however, we are still struggling with volunteers.
The existing group of volunteers are wonderful, however, they are unable to commit every week.
Please contact Sheila on 07432 047717 if you are interested in joining the group. 
Minimum requirements:
Must submit a completed DBS form to the parish office and also commit to a Sunday 12.00 noon Mass once a month.  Full training will be provided.
In Memoriam
The funeral of Vicky Zuasola RIP will take place on Wednesday 23rd January and the funeral of Naomi George RIP on Thursday 24th January both at 12.15pm. Please  remember Vicky and Naomi and  their families in your prayers.
  Senior Parishioners Party
The SVP and the Parish Pastoral Committee invite you to the Senior Parishioners Party to be held on Saturday 2nd February 2019.
· Reception at 1.00 pm.
·    Dinner at 1.45pm.
This  invitation is open to all our wonderful Senior Parishioners. Tickets are available for collection from the Parish Office from Monday 21st January. Let us know of anyone who would like to attend but is unable to collect a ticket. Transport for the party will be available. Please advise if this is required.
We would be grateful for any help on 
· Friday 1st February from 10.00am for food preparation and set up of the hall.
·     Saturday 2nd February from
         11.00 am.
Please   leave   your   name   and approximate time you are available to help.  Any help is greatly appreciated to make this an enjoyable day.  
Thank you.
Friends of the Homeless
A special thank you to the Knights of St Columba for their donation of £500.00 from the result of their Sponsored Walk in May 2018.
Please continue with your donations of food etc. for the London run on a Friday evening as without your support we would find it difficult to continue. Thank you.
Safeguarding - Message to parents:
Please take your child to the toilet instead of letting them run in on their own.  Children should not be left unattended when they use the toilet facilities in public spaces.
Parish Repository
A good selection of Rosaries, Prayer books and Baptism gifts and cards are available to purchase from the Repository in the Parish Office and at the front of the Church.
 Mobile Phones
Please remember to switch off your mobile phone whilst in the church and refrain from making calls during Mass. Thank you.

Before Mass talk to God.
During Mass listen to God
After Mass talk to each other

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 weeks events. 

 Anniversaries for this week:

· Mary Herity

· Patrick Herity

· Angela Hammond

· Edward Moran

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