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Parish Newsletter 17th March 2019

Second Sunday Of Lent


Season of Lent

Monday through Friday during Lent there will be meditative music playing in the church between 8.00am and 12.15pm each day except during Mass.  Parents are invited to pop in for a few minutes between or after dropping their children off at school.  

Soup lunches will be served every Wednesday from 12noon in the Botwell Social Centre.

Stations of the Cross.  On Friday evenings with Mass at 7.30pm and on Saturday mornings at 11.30am.

Marriage Preparation Course
We invite all couples with plans to get married, whether here in the UK or abroad, to take part in a ‘One Day Marriage Preparation Course’. 
This is one of the requirements for the completion of the paperwork. 
The upcoming dates are either next Saturday 23rd March 2019 or Saturday 27th July 2019.  Will those interested please leave your names and contact details in the Parish Office. 
IT Support
Do you have experience with Apple and/or Microsoft computer systems?  If you have and you would be prepared to share your experience, please speak to Fr Paul for more information.
Altar Servers
New rotas are available for collection from the sacristy.
Cardinal’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony
Westminster Cathedral,
Saturday 8th June 2019 at 3.00pm.
The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass 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 2019.
If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish the following details:  husband’s and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).  A list for these details is available in the Parish Office.
Names must be in by today Sunday 17th March.
Parish Gift Aid & Planned Giving
From April 6th a new system of recording Gift Aid and Planned Giving donations is being introduced. Any Blue or Green envelopes which have not been used in the current financial year up to 17th March will be deleted from the system. All donors will be re-numbered and envelopes issued accordingly for the new financial year.
Lenten Lunches
Soup with bread/roll and tea/coffee will be served in the foyer of the Social Hall between 12.00-2.00pm from Wednesday 13th March to Wednesday 10th April. 
If you would like to donate some homemade soup please leave your details in the Parish Office on the soup list.  Many thanks for your support.
Family Fast Day Appeal
There will be a retiring collection this weekend for the CAFOD Family Fast Day which was on Friday 15th March.
CAFOD’s Family Fast Day this Lent is an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters around the world.
Drought, floods and storms are having a devastating impact on our global family. Like Mahinur from Bangladesh. She makes a living from fishing but a drought last year killed all the fish, and she’s struggling to support her disabled husband and son.
On Friday 15th March, can you eat a simple meal in solidarity and give what you save to help people like Mahinur?
Through CAFOD’s global Church network - one of the largest aid networks in the world – your support can reach to the ends of the earth.
Please use your Fast Day envelope and complete the details if you arfe a taxpayer.
With grateful thanks. . .
Tim McCarthy would like to thank those of the Parish family who sent Mass and Sympathy cards and offered their condolences on the recent demise of his brother Patrick.
Prayers for the Sick
The sick list is displayed in the Church porches. Names are included for four weeks, if you have a name for the list or someone who needs taking off the list please let us know through the Parish Office.         Thank you.
The Passage
The Passage is raising funds through the Big Give from 12 noon Tues 19th March – 12 noon Tues 26th March to support its work with homeless people moving from Street to Home. Double your Donation, Double your impact.  This is a matched giving scheme for online donations.  If someone (can be company, individual or trust) gave £10 online matched giving of £10 would bring the Gift up to £20 (and for individuals to £22.50 with Gift Aid with higher rate tax relief it may cost the donor less than £10).
For more information ring Andrew Hollingsworth 020 7592 1856 or at
The maximum is £25,000 from any one donation. It is not a limit per person.
 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:

· Rosa Fernandes

· Wasyl & Italia Dupelycz

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