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Thought for the Week. “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God. But when we pray, do we speak from the height of our pride and will, or out of the depths of a humble and contrite heart? He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer. Only when we humbly acknowledge that we do not know how to pray as we ought, are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. Man is a beggar before God.” Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 2559

There will be a fund raising cake sale after 11.00 mass on Sunday to help raise funds for our annual Carnival Mass and Street Party (August 26th at 6pm). Donations of homemade and shop brought cakes would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to donate cakes please bring on Sunday.

Next Saturday is our annual Carnival Mass at 6pm, with special music and a street party afterwards. All are welcome. Please note there will be no evening Mass next Sunday (27 Aug.) and the Church will be shut on Sunday and Monday after the morning Mass.

We welcome Fr. Diego Miranda, Fr. Ruben Moreno and Fr. Diego Meza from South America who are staying with us over the summer to improve their English. They are be celebrating Mass each weekday, Monday to Friday, at 7.30am.We also welcome Bishop Elias Sleman and Fr George Fares from Lebanon. Bishop Sleman will be celebrating Mass at 7pm most weekdays.

On Sat. 2 Sept. a Day with Mary will be held in our parish, beginning with Mass at 10am and continuing through the afternoon. All are welcome.

The parish will be screening a special film for children about the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima. The film is called The Day the Sun Danced and will be shown in the Back Room on Saturday August 19th at 3 pm. Children will also have a chance to pray for a successful new school year. Contact stmarysfirstholycommunion@gmail.com for more information

Last year your Gift Aid Tax refunds raised £4721, 40p

 

OTHER EVENTS

On Sunday 17 Sept., Bishop Robert Byrne will lead the annual Pilgrimage for the Sanctity of Life to Walsingham. All welcome – please see details on the noticeboard.

Saturday September 16th 2017 – Divine Mercy Day of Prayer in Westminster Cathedral invoking the intercession of Our Lady of Walsingham. 9.30am to 4.30pm. Mass at 10.30am. Speakers Mgr. Keith Barltrop & Fr. Derek Hyett. A day of Prayer for the Peace of All Nations, praying in solidarity with the persecuted Church. Contact Antonia Moffat antonia@walsingham.org.uk for full programme details and flyer.

There will be a Divine Mercy Retreat led by the Marian Fathers at Sacred Heart, Quex Road, Kilburn NW6 4PS on Saturday 26 August from 11am – 4pm. Details are on  a poster in the Church porch.

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.

Starting in October, St Mary’s University Twickenham is pleased to offer a new foundation degree in Healthcare Ethics, Theology and Care. This is a part time two year programme for those seeking to be hospital chaplains and for people working in healthcare settings, from care homes, to hospices and hospitals. Lectures and seminars take place at St Mary’s one evening a week and additional lectures and resources are available online. If you are interested in applying or finding out more please contact matthew.james@stmarys.ac.uk

Are you 18-40, do you want to deepen your knowledge of the Catholic faith, learn its devotions and meet like-minded people? Young Catholic Adults are organizing a weekend at Douai Abbey in Berkshire) 20th -22nd Oct. with Lawrence Lew O.P., and Canon Poucin ICKSP. You’ll be able to hear catechetical talks, learn how to sing Gregorian Chant, say the Rosary, socialize and have fun. Book soon as places are limited: https://v1.bookwhen.com/youngcatholicadults-douai2017

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

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

FROM 6 AUG. – 3 SEPT INCLUSIVE, WE HAVE ONLY ONE MORNING MASS ON SUNDAYS, AT 11AM

Sat. 19 Aug. 3pm Film showing: ‘The Day the Sun danced.”

Sat. 26 Aug. Divine Mercy Retreat at Kilburn; 6pm Carnival Mass and street party St. Mary of the Angels

Sun. 27 Aug. No evening Mass

Sat. 2 Sept. Day with Mary in St. Mary of the Angels

Sun. 10 Sept. Normal Mass schedule resumes on Sundays; Mary’s Meals Open Day.

Sat. 16 Sept. Divine Mercy Day in Westminster Cathedral

 

 

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