Thought for the Week.
“Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still.”
T.S. Eliot: Ash Wednesday
We are now offering tea and coffee after the 9.30am Mass: all are welcome to join us in the Back Room of the parish house, next to the Church. If you attend this Mass and would like to help roughly once a month, please email Fr. Keith or speak to Richard Pearson.
The Season of Lent begins this Weds. 14 Feb., Ash Wednesday. There will be Mass with distribution of ashes that day at 10am and at 7pm, with a Portuguese Mass at 8pm. During Lent we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each Friday from 5.30pm till 7.30pm, with Stations of the Cross at 7pm. Our Lenten Alms this year will be devoted to the Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal which supports a variety of projects in Family Life, Youth and Civic Society: more details will be given soon, and leaflets and donation envelopes will be available from the First Sunday of Lent. Please note that Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence, even though it is also Valentine’s Day!
Drawings of the Stations of the Cross will be displayed beneath the existing Stations from 5.30pm on Fridays during Lent. These are the work of our parishioner, Michael Thorne
Every year our parish plays host to 15 refugees each Sunday night who stay over for a night in warmth and comfort and also receive a hot meal and breakfast. This year, our First Communion Children will be collecting money to help pay for the Night Shelter food and other related expenses. This charity project helps the First Communion children develop an understanding of the needs of those who are less fortunate in society. It also teaches them to be charitable and to give of their time. Children will be collecting money at the finish of all the Masses on Sunday 25th February. Please give generously.
Children can come along to the parish back room on Friday 16th February between 2 and 4 pm to enjoy a special viewing of the ‘Ten Commandments’, a wonderful animated cartoon telling the story of Moses. Children can be dropped off and left as the event will supervised by catechists. See posters around the Church for more information.
Can you sing? Would you be willing to sing a solo at our parish First Communion Mass on Saturday May 12 at 10 am? If you would like to help make the First Communion day really special by sharing your beautiful singing voice, please contact John Cassidy by email: email@example.com
One of our parishioners, Justina Polydore offers her Physiotherapy services to parishioners at a discounted rate. Physiotherapy is not always financially accessible for those who really need it to help with mobility and general function. Justina currently runs a clinic at the Hybrid Wellbeing Centre, St Charles’ Hospital on Fridays and I already do quite a few home visits in the West and Northwest London area. Please see the notice in the Church porch for contact details.
We have rooms available for rent in the parish house on a short-term basis. If you know anyone who wants to stay in London, either for a few days, or for up to three months while they find permanent accommodation, please contact the parish office for details.
Are you new to the Parish? Please let us know by filling in one of the Registration forms at the back of Church and handing it in.
If someone you know becomes unable to get to Mass, please let us know so we can arrange for them to receive Holy Communion at home. If they are taken to hospital, please ensure that nurses ask the Catholic chaplain to visit them: if this proves difficult, contact us so we can arrange this. We now have a monthly newsletter for the sick and housebound of the parish.
The Westminster Foodbank, situated just off the Harrow Road, is receiving many more requests for help. If you are able to bring donations of non-perishable foods, please hand them in to the sacristy after Mass or the parish office during the week.
We need some more volunteers to count the Sunday collection, preferably on a Monday morning. If you can spare an hour or even less every week or every two weeks, please let us know. If you would like to help but Monday morning doesn’t suit, please still contact us.
The Fr. Michael Hollings Centre, which cares for homeless men and women, is in need of men’s shoes. If you have any to spare, please contact Keong Lim firstname.lastname@example.org; 07798 940 840 or the parish office.
From 7-9 September this year, there is going to be a National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool, a great opportunity to deepen our devotion to the Mass and to Eucharistic Adoration, and to learn more about the significance of the Eucharist for ourselves and our world. The highlight of the event will be the gathering of 10,000 pilgrims in the Echo Arena on Sat. 8 Sept., when the Cardinal will lead us in Adoration, and he and Bishop Robert Barron from the United States will speak. We have four places allocated to our parish, and we are all invited to consider how best to prepare for this event, including some public form of Eucharistic worship which the Cardinal would like us to hold on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (3 June). If you would like to attend the Congress and help us prepare for it and follow up after it, please speak to Fr. Keith.
The LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council invites you to monthly reflections on Fr. James Martin SJ’s recent book Building a Bridge – how the Catholic Church and the LGBT community can enter into a relationship of respect, compassion, and sensitivity, in The Parish Hall, 114 Mount Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3AH, 18.30 – 20.30, THURSDAYS, 22 February, 22 March, 26 April, 24 May, 21 June, 26 July, 20 September, 25 October, 22 November, 20 December, & 24 January 2019. Light refreshments available from 18.30, sessions start promptly at 19.00. Building A Bridge is available at the discount price £10.00 (from £15.99) Further details: – email@example.com / 020 8986 0807
Magnificat is a monthly magazine published by the Catholic Herald giving the Mass readings, morning and evening prayer for each day, and some short reflections. There is a special introductory offer – see the poster at the back of Church.
SPEC are looking for young people enthusiastic about their faith and willing to share it with others, to spend a year living in community with other people their age; in return they receive formation in the faith, training in youth work, experience living in community. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0203 757 2503.
The annual Mass for bereaved parents will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday 10th of March at Westminster Cathedral. Parents will be invited to write the names of their deceased children on a card which will be taken up with the offertory. All are welcome
All are welcome to a series of talks on the theme ‘The spirit of Vatican II‘ at 7:00pm on alternate Tuesdays from 13 February (subsequent talks are 27 February & 13 March). Talks are held in The Challoner Room, Basement, 24 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JR (Tube: Piccadilly). Cheese & wine/ juice served. Full dates and details are available at www.faith.org.uk/events/evenings-of-faith
A series of 4 talks on A Biblical Journey through the Mass by Brian Purfield. The Mass is the centre of our faith. We celebrate it every day. We know all the responses and all the gestures. But do we know what it all means? In this short course we will take a tour of the liturgy and explore the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in the liturgy and reflect on their profound significance. It is hoped that this will help to renew our faith and deepen our love for and devotion to the Eucharist. Dates: 20th Feb, 28th Feb, 24th Apr, 21st May. Time: 7:00-8:00pm. Venue: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, SW1P 1QN. Suggested donation: £4.00. Registration is required. Email: email@example.com Alternatively, please leave a message at 020 7931 6078.
The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes (21st – 27th July) is once again looking to recruit volunteers to help on this summer’s pilgrimage. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper. Some of our sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay in a hospital-like building called the Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes. The role of a St Frai helper is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. This includes helping the pilgrims get up and ready in the morning; making large amounts of tea; taking the pilgrims to various pilgrimage events; shopping and socialising with them and other helpers; and putting them to bed at night. The timetable is shared across two shifts so there is enough time to rest, make your own pilgrimage, spend time with your groups and make new friends. Helping in the St Frai is an extremely moving and rewarding experience. Working in the St Frai is an opportunity to give our care and company to our pilgrims and make a huge difference in their lives. If you’re interested, please email chief helper Nick Leonard and team at firstname.lastname@example.org