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Parish Newsletter 24th March 2019

Third Sunday Of Lent


Season of Lent
Monday through Friday during Lent there will be meditative music playing in the church between 8.00am and 9.15pm 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’ on Saturday 27th July 2019
This is one of the requirements for the completion of the paperwork. 
If you are interested please leave your names and contact details in the Parish Office. 
Lenten Lunches
Soup with bread/roll and tea/coffee will be served in the foyer of the Social Hall between 12.00-2.00pm each Wednesday up to 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.
Altar Servers
New rotas are available for collection from the sacristy.
Parish Gift Aid & Planned Giving
From April 6th a new system of recording Gift Aid and Planned Giving donations is being introduced.
New boxes of envelopes are available from the main porch at this Mass. Please take a box, complete the enclosed slip carefully and leave with the person on duty.  The boxes are for Gift Aid and Planned Giving (no green envelopes this year).
If you pay tax on your income of salary, pension or savings why not consider Gift Aid for your weekly offering? 
Simply complete a Gift Aid Declaration form and receive a box of  envelopes for your weekly offering, alternatively, offerings can be made by Bankers Order.
Donating through Gift Aid means that the church can claim an extra 25p for every £1.00 of offering you give at no extra cost to yourself.
Thank you to all parishioners who do Gift Aid their weekly/monthly offerings to the Parish. 
Year 7 Youth Group
The next session will be on Friday 5th April, 6.45—7.45pm.  Come and join us for an ‘Easter Egg Hunt’.  All welcome!
Easter Flowers
There will be a retiring collection next weekend for flowers for the Church at Easter.
In Memoriam
There are two funerals taking place in the church this week.
The funeral of Mr McGlynn RIP will take place on Monday 25th March and the funeral of Ferdinand Minin RIP will take place on Tuesday 26th March both funerals will be at 12.15pm.  Please remember McGlynn & Ferdinand and his family in your prayers.
This week we welcome Mrs Jackie Morris to the parish as our new Parish Administrator. Her responsibilities involve ensuring that we have ‘the right people doing the right jobs’ to making sure that we are fulfilling our legal and diocesan obligations. As a community we need to utilize the gifts of all the members of our community.
We say goodbye to Mr. Mike Bagness who has served us in this capacity for over 20 years. Later in the year on the Parish Feast day which this year we will celebrate at the 12.15 mass on the 29th June there will be an opportunity for the members of the parish to express their gratitude for his 20 years of faithful service.
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.
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 back of the Church.
Also from the Parish Office, there is a selection of good quality bibles available for sale, an ideal gift for Confirmation.  Prices vary.
 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:

· Minto Family

· Eddie McCarthy

· Anthony Moran

· John Dobson

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