11th April 2021
Thought for the Week:
“At Easter we acquire a fundamental right that can never be taken away from us: the right to hope. It is a new and living hope that comes from God. It is not mere optimism; it is not a pat on the back or an empty word of encouragement uttered with an empty smile. No, it is a gift from heaven which we could not have earned on our own. Jesus plants in our hearts the conviction that God is able to make everything work unto good because even from the grave he brings life.” Pope Francis
FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS
We wish all our parishioners and visitors a very Happy Easter! May the joy of the Risen Christ fill you and your families with hope. Many thanks to all of you who have helped make our Holy Week and Easter celebrations very special, and to all those who help to keep our Church open all day.
Our Church remains open for prayer from 8am till 6.30pm every day, and the Blessed Sacrament is exposed during most of that time. We celebrate Mass at 12 noon every weekday and Saturday, and our weekend Mass schedule is: Saturday 6pm, Sunday 11am and 6pm. Confessions can be heard before and after each Mass.
This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday and we shall enthrone the Divine Mercy picture during Mass.
Please collect your new Planned Giving Envelopes from the back of Church.
We can now offer you the possibility to make your offerings and office payments by contactless credit.
For the last three months, we have been hosting Eugene Manari, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo in our parish house. Eugene has now moved on to Government accommodation and we look forward to welcoming Sofiane from Algeria next week. Many thanks to the Jesuit Refugee Service for enabling these stays.
If any of last year’s Confirmation group would like to be confirmed before Pentecost (23 May), please contact Fr. Keith to arrange a date. If you would like to be confirmed but need a preparation course, please also contact Fr. Keith.
If you perform any voluntary service in the parish, you are required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service certificate (DBS). If you do not have one, please contact Victoria or Caterina, our new Safeguarding officers, by email: details below.
Pope Francis’ prayer for the Year of St. Joseph, from Dec. 8, 2020 to Dec. 8, 2021: Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us, too, show yourself a Father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen.
Check out Fr. Keith’s new blog: https://holysmirk.co.uk/
The Bible Timeline Course by Jeff Cavins is being offered via live stream by Mauro Iannicelli from Wednesday 7th April at 7pm. There will be 8 weekly sessions and the course is free. For more information, visit www.comeandsee.org.
It is hoped to go ahead with the annual diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November: please see the notice in the Church porch for details.
Elke Springett from the Caritas Volunteer Service, is offering a series of 30-minute calls with individuals interested in volunteering. Various times are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in March. Find out more at www.caritasvs.org.uk/events or email Elke at email@example.com.
During this past year, we have all become aware of the importance of technology in keeping in touch with loved ones, getting support we need during lockdown and as a source of entertainment in the long days and nights being kept indoors. Access to a good quality phone is also incredibly important for those going through the asylum system because it is their link to accessing legal advice, emotional support and other assistance. Currently many asylum seekers in the UK are trying to navigate this system without a mobile phone because it has been confiscated by a smuggler on their journey or seized by Immigration Officers when they arrive in the UK. Without a smart phone, those that JRS support are left incredibly isolated. In the community, our friends need this important resource to be able to progress their lives – a cheaper way to stay connected through Wi-Fi, the ability to search for a new solicitor or the nearest GP surgery, the possibility to partake in online classes and activities, and the capacity to use a translation/ interpreting service to overcome the barriers that language can cause. A decent smart phone or tablet could make a huge difference, especially during an ongoing pandemic. With the ability to meet face to face and receive support no longer possible in the same way, swathes of organisations, charities and services have moved online. However, many of our friends do not have the ability to follow this move; only adding an additional layer of isolation and another barrier to support. JRS UK have been able to get phones, tablets and laptops to our refugee friends to help them stay connected but we need help in the form of donations of second-hand tech. If you would like to donate, please contact Fr. Keith.
Marriage Care offers support from trained counsellors to couples and families who need help in coping with the pressures of lockdown. Find out more at https://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/marriage-and-family-life/news/marriage-care-at-75—we-are-here-for-you/.
Blessed Marie-Eugène: A Spiritual Guide for Our Times is the fifth presentation in the Light for the World Series featuring six exceptional Carmelites who lived at a time of much political and social strife yet witnessed to the spirit of true Carmelite humanism. The series explores their courage and Gospel fidelity which remain an inspiration for us today. Date:11 April at 4:00pm. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or https://www.oxcacs.org/product/bl-marie-eugene/
OUR CONTACT DETAILS AND MASS TIMES
Mgr. Keith Barltrop, Parish Priest: 07879 953953; email@example.com; https://holysmirk.co.uk/ Parish Office: Mariella Khoury 020 7229 0487; firstname.lastname@example.org Office open Mon.-Fri. 10am-2pm; Caretaker: Savio Fernandes: email@example.com; Fr. Michael Hollings Centre: Keong Lim 07798 940 840 firstname.lastname@example.org; Evangelisation: John Stayne: email@example.com; First Holy Communion and Baptism: Margaret Wickware: firstname.lastname@example.org; Safeguarding: Caterina Resca and Victoria Lewis: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org Phone / text: 07920 116511 (call only between 11am and 4pm); Flowers: Flavia Vaz 07941 166668