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Parish Newsletter 2nd September 2018

Twenty-Second Sunday In Ordinary Time


Activities Sunday
Please come along to the Parish Hall after  Mass today and see the exhibits and displays portraying the various activities of the many groups present in the parish.
 Flower Festival
Our Parish Flower Festival takes place next weekend 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.
We are still looking for volunteers who can help with refreshments and volunteers who can act as guides for the festival.  Please add your name to the list in the church if you can help.
In Memoriam
The funeral of Kath Tippen RIP will take place on Monday 3rd September 2018 at 12.15pm.  Please remember Kath and her family in your prayers.
Anointing of the Sick
Mass of the Anointing of the Sick will take place next Sunday 9th September, 2018 at 3.00pm in the Social Hall. The Mass will coincide with the conclusion of the Flower Festival and will be a fitting tribute to all those who have supported the parish over many years in this and many other events
Parish Readers
Please remember to collect your new rotas which are available from the Sacristy.
Society of St Vincent de Paul
There will be a retiring collection this weekend by the Society of St Vincent de Paul.
Eucharistic Ministers
There will be a meeting for Eucharistic Ministers on Monday 3rd September at 7.30pm in the Upper Room.  All Ministers are requested to attend.
Children’s Liturgy
Children’s liturgy will be held every Sunday from 9th September to 25th November at the 12 noon Mass.
Junior Branch   Initial sessions to be held every Sunday from 9th September to 11th November from 1.00—3.00pm. If you would like to sign-up your child, please contact Sheila on 07432047717 or make your way to the Main Hall after Mass on Sunday 2nd September.   Thank you
Knights of St Columba
The next monthly meeting will take place on Monday 10th September at  8.00pm in the Claret Room.  New members always welcome. Please visit our table at the  Parish Activities exhibition in the main hall this weekend. 
Marriage Preparation Course
All couples planning to get married, be it in 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.
Deacon Joseph’s Ordination
Food:   We will be catering for 1,500 guests and we will be relying on the goodwill of our parishioners to cook, serve, donate etc. As you can imagine, this is no small task and we need all the help we can get. If you would like to help, please contact Jessie on 07828681360 and she will provide you with more details.      Thank you.
Entertainment:  If you are happy to sing, dance, choreograph or play instruments on the stage in the main hall during the ordination party, please contact Sheila on 07432047717.
 Altar Servers
Rotas for September and October are available for collection from the Sacristy.
Parish Maintenance
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 Room and the 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
If you can be of assistance please contact Fr Paul or add your name to the lists displayed in the church.
Men Only Retreat
Our parish is organising a retreat for “Men Only” at The Claret Centre, Buckden, Cambridgeshire. This retreat is intended to be an opportunity, in a relaxed atmosphere, to pray together, share our faith, talk about some challenges that we, Christian men, face today, and to celebrate the Mass together. The retreat is planned to involve a two-night stay from about 8.00 pm on the Friday 14th September 2018 to lunchtime (around 2.00pm) on Sunday 16th September 2018.  We hope that you will be able to join us.
If interested, please contact me as soon as you can. 
Daniel Ortiz
Parish Pastoral Assistant. 
07494 280867    (MSN text only)
CAFOD Supporters Morning  Saturday 8th September
“CAFOD will be hosting a supporter’s information morning with a guest speaker who has first-hand knowledge of our work in Uganda. Uganda is the country we are focusing on this Harvest Fast Day. The meeting will take place from 10am – 1.00pm at CAFOD’s Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB”
Bookings taken on 0208 449 6970 or e mail

Anniversaries for this week:

 · Alice & John Egan
· George Graham
· Nicola Owens
· John Turner
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace.  Amen.