Thought for the Week. “Inoculate yourself against further bouts of anger by preparing for them and forgiving your transgressors in advance. The Stoic Emperor Marcus Aurelius advised that every morning on arising, we should remind ourselves that we are going to encounter ‘the busybody, the thankless, the overbearing, the treacherous, the envious, the unneighbourly,’ and this rings as true in our day as it did in the second century. Aurelius elaborated that some people act in this way because they do not truly understand good and evil, and that our souls cannot be debased by their actions. Further, is we do understand the good, we will understand that they share with us the same humanity and reason, and that we cannot hate them, but must value them as kinsmen, placed in the world for cooperation, and not for resentment and aversion. These are good Stoic suggestions that good Christians who wish to avoid [the deadly sin of] wrath should endorse and practise daily! (Kevin Vost, The Seven Deadly Sins)
During the summer the Portuguese Mass at 11am is cancelled, and we have one Sunday morning Mass at 11am, with no 9.30am or 12.30pm Masses. This arrangement will apply from 6 August to 3 Sept. inclusive. The 6pm Masses on Saturday evenings are unaffected, except on Carnival weekend, when there is no Sunday evening Mass (Aug. 27). Sat. Aug. 26 is the annual Carnival Mass at 6pm.
There will be a fund raising cake sale on Sunday July 16th and Sunday 23rd July after 9.30 and 12.30 masses to help raise funds for our annual Carnival Mass and street party event which is held on August 26th at 6.00. Donations of home-made and shop brought cakes would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to donate cakes or help sell cakes after 9.30 or 12.30 Mass please can you ring Margaret on 07890 725983
We welcome some visitors this coming week: children from Poland living here while they attend a soccer camp organised by Fr. Matthew; and Fr. Diego Meza from Colombia who was with us last year and is returning to improve his English. He will be celebrating some Masses over the summer in our Church.
Pilgrimage to Veneto, Italy Autumn 2017 – A 5 day pilgrimage to Veneto, Italy is being organised by Pax Travel from 30 September – 5 October this year. This will be based in the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Love in Schio which began in 1985 following reported apparitions of Our Lady there, and will also be visiting the convent and shrine of St Josephine Bakhita, the Sudanese saint rescued from slavery who died in 1947, and also going to the Basilica of St Anthony in Padua. Price is £599 which includes most meals. The pilgrimage is being led by Fr Martin Plunkett from Westminster Cathedral. Contact Pax Travel www.paxtravel.co.uk Tel 0207 485 3003.
Crosslight Advice is an independent charity that operates in collaboration with local churches in west London, helping people deal with immediate financial difficulties, equip them with the tools they need to stay out of debt and support them in addressing the issues that caused the debt in the first place. They offer free face-to-face debt advice, financial education, practical assistance and ongoing support to anyone who needs it regardless of background, faith or circumstance. Appointments can be booked on 020 7052 0318 or via their website: www.crosslightadvice.org
In the next few weeks, the following Catholic History Walks are running in London and Southwark: For King and Country Wednesday 19th July, 6pm. Catholics and politics: St Thomas More, Guy Fawkes, Pugin, Parliament and the Abbey. Meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria. The King’s Good Servant Tuesday 25th July, 6pm. The story of the heroic St Thomas More. Meet at the Church of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Chelsea. Nearest Tube: Sloane Square or South Kensington.
Pilgrimage of Prayer of Intercession for the Release of the Holy Souls in Purgatory & for all who have died in war or tragic circumstances. Saturday July 22nd 2017 – 2pm to 4pm. St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery Chapel, Kensal Green, North London NW10 5NU
Mary’s Meals London Open Day: Sunday 10th September, 2-4pm. Our inspiring founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, will be speaking. London Irish Centre, 50-52 Camden Square. London NW1 9XB. Mary’s Meals report that the first 6 months of this year have been amazing – the clothes/bedding collected plus £ donations we have received has enabled us to feed 4,654 children one good meal every school day for a whole year. The continued success of this work does put a strain on our resources. We are now eagerly looking for (i) a second van to help with our Sunday collections; (ii) additional storage space e.g. warehouse/large garage/shipping container
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Weds 26 July Parish Finance Committee
FROM 6 AUG. – 3 SEPT INCLUSIVE, WE HAVE ONLY ONE MORNING MASS ON SUNDAYS, AT 11AM
Sat. 26 Aug. 6pm Carnival Mass
Sun. 27 Aug. No evening Mass
Sat. 2 Sept. Day with Mary in St. Mary of the Angels