Thought for the Week “We may think that we give glory to God only by our worship and prayer, or simply by following certain ethical norms. It is true that the primacy belongs to our relationship with God, but we cannot forget that the ultimate criterion on which our lives will be judged is what we have done for others. Prayer is mot precious, for it nourishes a daily commitment to love. Our worship becomes pleasing to God when we devote ourselves to living generously, and allow God’s gift, granted in prayer, to be shown in out concern for our brothers and sisters.” Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate 104
FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS
Our Christmas Bazaar this year will be held next Sat. Nov. 24 from 11am-3pm. We do hope that all parishioners will attend this, even if only for a few minutes, as it is one of the events in which we all come together socially as a parish. All donations for the bazaar are most welcome. Please take bottles, wines, chocolates, biscuits, perfumes, raffles prizes and good condition clothes, books and unwanted gifts to the parish office on Moorhouse Road from Mon-Fri, 9.30pm-1.30pm. All volunteers welcome to help with setting up on Friday 23rd November, from 1.30pm, in the backroom.
First Holy Communion – late registration is still possible until the end of November – come to the back room after 9.30 on Sunday Mornings to meet John Cassidy.
Pope Francis has asked the entire Catholic community to mark World Day of the Poor this Sunday 18th November. The theme for this year is ‘this poor man cried, and the Lord heard him’. This year Caritas Westminster is asking that you not only remember those in poverty in your prayers and but reach out in practical ways. More information, as well as a specially designed prayer card can be found at the back of Church.
Last Sunday’s Collection was: Loose £883.29; Envelopes £669.31; Total £1,552.60. Please let us know if you would like to order a set of envelopes for your weekly donation to the Church. Please also let us know if you no longer use them, and also if you Gift Aid your donation but are no longer paying income tax.
Next Sunday Nov. 25 we will be selling some olive wood items made in the Holy Land – very suitable Christmas presents!
We have been asked to help trace a Sara Catherine Nunan, aged about 50 – 60, who was living at 6 Colville Terrace in 2006 – 2007. If anyone knows anything of her, please inform Fr. Keith.
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.
Countering Consumerism – Lessons from Gaudete Et Exsultate. Have you ever felt a conflict between putting your faith into practice and the demands of leading a busy, modern life? Have you ever thought about what it would mean to live more simply and meditatively: to live in ways which approach closer to holiness? Pope Francis offers some ideas. Join CAFOD for a day of reflection on either Saturday 24th Nov in Lambeth or Saturday 1st Dec in Oakwood, North London. For further details contact Westminster@cafod.org.uk or 0208-449-6970 or register at https://cafod.org.uk/News/Events/Westminster-Retreat
“All are born with their own originality but many end up as photocopies” – Calling London Catholic Teenagers who want to deepen their Faith! Saint John Paul’s message to young people “don’t be afraid to be holy”. Spiritual and physical fitness every Saturday afternoon based at Tyburn Convent. Exciting new mission, starts Saturday December 1st @ 2 pm – don’t forget your walking shoes! Talk to John Cassidy for more info or see poster @ church entrance or firstname.lastname@example.org – Passing on the faith to the next generation!
‘Slaves in our City’. Caritas Westminster is hosting an evening raising awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery in our communities, the response of the church, and practical actions you can take as a parish community. The event will take place on Thursday 22nd November, from 6.30pm-8.30pm, at Church of the Immaculate Conception (Farm Street), London, W1K 3AH. Refreshments will be available from 6.00pm. Please RSVP to email@example.com, or call on 0207 798 9030 for your free ticket.
Stand up for faith and freedom this #RedWednesday, 28th November, to defend religious freedom and shine a light on persecuted Christians the world over. Be visible by wearing something red, light your parish or local landmark red. For information, prayer resources, lighting instructions and to add your event to ACN’s #RedWednesday map, visit www.acnuk.org/redwednesday.
Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information visit www.catholicsingles.org.uk or tel. 0161 941 3498
OUR CONTACT DETAILS AND MASS TIMES
Parish Office: Mariella Khoury 020 7229 0487 or 020 7229 5842; firstname.lastname@example.org Office open Mon.-Fri. 9.30am-1.30pm
Finance: Elke Springett; 020 7229 6094 email@example.com
Sacristan and Caretaker: Gleisson Pinheiro: 07748 091284; firstname.lastname@example.org
First Holy Communion: John Cassidy 07718 150125; email@example.com
Fr. Michael Hollings Centre: Keong Lim 07798 940 840 firstname.lastname@example.org
Evangelisation: John Stayne: email@example.com
Safeguarding: Jennifer Ellis 07814 790659
Flowers: Flavia Vaz 07941 166668
Our Mass times are Sunday 9.30am, 12.30pm and 6pm, with a Vigil Mass on Saturdays at 6pm. During the week Mass is at 10am every day, with Morning Prayer at 9.40am. At present we also have a 7.30am Mass Mon-Fri. We say the Divine Mercy together every Friday before Benediction and Mass at approx. 9.40am
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
18 Nov. World Day of the Poor
22 Nov. Slaves in Our City
24 Nov. Christmas Bazaar
25 Nov. Sale of Olive Wood items
28 Nov. Red Wednesday (Aid to the Church in Need)
1 Dec. London Catholic Teenagers at Tyburn Convent