15 September 2019
Thought for the Week “We must always remember that God wants us to be saints, but we can only do so by carrying the Cross, the weight of which can only be borne by a growing love: as St. Augustine said, ‘my love is my weight.’ If this wonderful phrase is able to lift and carry such a weight, it is only because love is itself like a divine heaviness, which not only balances all other burdens, but reigns and triumphs over them even as it gradually develops and grows. This makes the Lord’s yoke – so heavy for the eyes of flesh – light, and envelopes it in inexpressible sweetness: as Jesus said, ‘my yoke is easy and my burden light.’” Fr. Peter Dehall, OP.
FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS
This Sunday we change back to our normal schedule of Masses: Sunday morning Masses at 9.30am and 12.30pm with a Portuguese Mass at 11am
We will shortly be starting a series of sessions for those who are interested in exploring the possibility of becoming a Catholic, or who would like to be confirmed as adults. Our first session will be this Thursday 19th September at 7pm in the Newman Room. If you know of anyone who would like to come, please let them know or speak to Fr. Keith after Mass.
First Holy Communion next year will be celebrated on Saturday 13 June at 11am, with first confessions on Saturday 29 Feb. at 10.30am. The first class will be on Wednesday 30 Oct. at 6pm, and parents should attend a registration meeting on Weds. 9 Oct. at 6pm in the Newman Room. Please also let us know if you are interested in helping with the children’s preparation sessions, whether or not you have done it before.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on Thursday Sept. 26 at 7pm. Please let us know if you have any items for discussion.
Those who would like to arrange for the baptism of their child should speak to Fr. Keith after one of the Sunday Masses. If it is your first child, you will be invited to take part in our baptism preparation programme, which consists in a home visit by Fr. Keith followed by one session of preparation at the Church.
If you have School forms for Fr. Keith to sign, please do not leave it till the last minute. Bring the form along to Sunday Mass and give it to Fr. Keith for him to sign during the week. You can pick it up the following Sunday after Mass.
Children’s Liturgy will take place during 9.30am Mass on Sundays again following the break for the summer holidays. The children are taken from Mass after the Introductory Rites and returned to the service for the Offertory Procession. We are still looking for volunteers to help out so please approach any of the teachers if you are interested.
Saint Mary of the Angels Homeless Night Shelter is Back this October! This October and November Saint Mary of the Angels Church will provide 15 homeless people and refugees with a hot evening meal and overnight accommodation on Sunday nights. Grace Wong and Richard Pearson will be coordinating, and they can be contacted at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to help.
Beginning Thursday 19 Sept., at 7pm, in the Newman Room, we invite you to take part in a Catholic video series called ‘The Bible Timeline,’ which goes through the entire narrative story found in Scripture, from creation of the world in Genesis to the early church in Acts. It’s an excellent programme for anyone who wants to learn more about Scripture, and how the different figures of Noah, Moses, King David and (ultimately) Jesus all fit together.
Thank you very much for your generous donations to Missio through out the year. Every penny counts. It is time for our collection. Please return the Missio Red Box to the sacristy from 15 September to 22 September (two consecutive weekends) and collect them a week afterwards from the sacristy.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham. Westminster Youth Ministry (WYM) invites young people aged 16 and above to join us on the diocesan pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday 21st September.
Caritas Westminster invites anyone interested in volunteering to a free session covering the basic need-to-knows about becoming a volunteer. 25th September 2019, 6.30-8.30pm, Refreshments from 6 pm, at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN. Please RSVP by calling 020 7931 6077, emailing email@example.com or search the title “Volunteering in the Community: Getting Started” on Eventbrite.
Caritas are putting on a Concert to Support the Victims of Modern Slavery at St. Mary’s, Cadogan Street at 6pm on Weds. 25 Sept. Details in the Church porch.
Divine Mercy Day of Prayer in Westminster Cathedral, Sat. 28 Sept., led by Bishop John Keenan. “Healing the Wounded Body of Christ: Prayer & Reparation for the sins of sexual abuse in the Church.”
Canonization of John Henry Newman. Join Westminster Youth Ministry for a once in a lifetime trip to witness the first canonization of an English saint for almost fifty years. Travelling 11th to 14th October, highlights will include the canonization Mass with Pope Francis, the opportunity to visit historic sites and churches in Rome, and Mass in the Venerable English College with Bishop Nicholas Hudson. Cost is £480, which includes flights, accommodation, breakfast and public transport around Rome and to and from the airport. To register visit dowym.com
All young people of the diocese are invited to ‘The Summit’ at Westminster Cathedral on Friday 18th October 2019, 6.30pm to 8pm, for an evening of inspiring reflections, contemporary worship music and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Cardinal Nichols and Brenden Thompson from Catholic Voices will be leading the reflections and the evening promises to be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our faith together. More information at https://dowym.com/events/the-summit-westminster-cathedral/
OUR CONTACT DETAILS AND MASS TIMES
Parish Priest: Mgr. Keith Barltrop, 07879 953953; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Parish Office: Mariella Khoury 020 7229 0487; email@example.com Office open Mon.-Fri. 9.30am-1.30pm;
Sacristan and Caretaker: Gleisson Pinheiro: 07748 091284; firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr. Michael Hollings Centre: Keong Lim 07798 940 840 email@example.com
Evangelisation: John Stayne: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Safeguarding: Jennifer Ellis 07814 790659; Flowers: Flavia Vaz 07941 166668;
Organist: Alastair Carey email@example.com
Our Mass times are Sunday 9:30 & 12:30, 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
14 -22 Sept Return Missio Red Box
19 Sept Becoming a Catholic Session
19 Sept The Bible Timeline Caholic Video Series
21 Sept Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham
25 Sept. Caritas Concert and Volunteers’ evening
25 Sept Concert to Support the Victims of Modern Slavery
26 Sept Parish Council Meeting
28 Sept Divine Mercy Day of Prayer
11-14 Oct Diocesan Trip to Rome
18 Oct The Summit – Young people meeting