19 January 2020
Thought for the Week
“Believe that God loves you, that he wants to help you in the struggles you have to undergo. Believe in his exceeding love, as St. Paul says. Nourish your soul on the great thoughts of faith which will reveal to you all its richness and the end for which God has created you.” St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.
Prayer for Evangelisation: Eternal Father, we ask you, through your Son Jesus Christ, and the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Star of the New Evangelization, to pour forth your Holy Spirit upon our parish. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit, renew and transform us, and make fruitful the work of evangelisation, especially in our groups for those thinking of becoming Catholics, those preparing for first holy communion and their parents, those having their children baptised and those preparing for Confirmation. Root us deeply in the heart of your Son so that we may radiate him more fully, sharing with others the Good News of salvation in Christ, and drawing them back to your fold. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS
Following a recent Health and Safety inspection, we have been informed that like every other Church, we need to have in place a system of Fire Wardens at every Mass to assist evacuation in the unlikely event of a fire. Training will be given. We also need volunteers to assist the disabled to leave the Church safely in the event of any emergency. If you would like to volunteer for these roles, please sign up at the back of Church, or give your name in to the parish office or to Fr. Keith.
The next meeting of the Parish Council is on 20 Jan. Please let us know if you have any items you would like discussed. There is an updated list of Parish council members in the Church porch – with photographs!
Our Night Shelter will run for 6 weeks on Friday evenings, beginning on 7 Feb. Our organisers, Richard and Grace, will be in touch with Volunteers to arrange your participation if you are still able to help.
This Sunday is observed throughout the world as Peace Sunday. Some materials are available at the back of Church about Pax Christi which promotes Justice and Peace on behalf of our bishops. Please let us know if you would like to be involved in this very important work.
From 18-25 Jan. the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed. Please pray for the unity of the Churches “so that the world may believe.”
Next Sunday, Pope Francis has instituted a new celebration, the Sunday of the Word of God, when we are invited to rededicate ourselves to reading the Bible,
Next Sunday we shall have an Appeal and second collection on behalf of Lepra, a Catholic charity which cures people of leprosy and supports them and their families towards a healthy life free of disability and the fear of disfigurement.
On Thursday 30 Jan. at 7pm in the Church we shall have another session on Lectio Divina led by Jean Khoury and Fr. Keith. This is especially intended for readers, to help you meditate on the readings in such a way as to be more effective in proclaiming them, but all are welcome to attend. The session will finish by 8pm at the latest.
One of our house residents, Irantzu, writes: “A teacher for more than ten years, I want to offer free harp lessons to the children of the Parish during a month. I will provide the harp for lessons and practicing. The children will learn all types of music that represent a multicultural community. There will be a final concert showcase at the end of the month. If after the month, your child wants to continue with the harp, lessons will be provided at a discounted price. Give your child a lifelong musical experience.” Irantzu can be contacted via the parish office or at email@example.com An information session will be held this Tuesday, 21 Jan., at 4pm in the Newman Room.
If you wish to volunteer in the church, please meet with our Safeguarding Officer Jennifer Ellis who will take you through the Safeguarding process. Please note, if your current DBS is over three years old, you can speak with Jennifer to get a new one done. Please see below for Jennifer’s contact details.
‘Learn from Me’ – Distance-Learning Certificate Courses for all involved in Parish Ministry or who desire to go deeper into their faith and understanding – information evening Thursday 23rd January, 7.30pm – 9.00pm, Vaughan House, 46, Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN. Come and learn about what is involved in studying any of the courses on offer: All courses begin in March 2020. To register interest and for further information, please contact Anna Dupelycz at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 7798 9026.
Pax Christi Icon. All Saints Notting Hill Clydesdale Road W11 1JE. Friday 24th – Tuesday 28th January. An opportunity to pray before this important symbol of peace and reconciliation. Church open 9am – 4pm each day; 12 noon prayers for peace. All are welcome to come and see the icon. Prayer resources available. www.paxchristi.org.uk
CAFOD will be hosting a supporter’s information morning with a guest speaker, who has first- hand experience of our work in Zimbabwe.Come and hear how CAFOD is helping communities, thanks to your support. Meeting will take place on Saturday 25th January from 10am – 12.30pm at CAFOD’s Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB. Bookings required and taken on 0208 449 6970 or email email@example.com
The SVP are distributing 11,500 Vinnie Packs containing cold weather essentials to the homeless this winter. Would you be willing to help? To donate (£3.50 per pack is suggested), please send cheques payable to SVP to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ, or to donate by bank transfer to NatWest sort code 60-60-04, account number 4608 8237.
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 9.30am, 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. We say the Divine Mercy together every Friday before Benediction and Mass at approx. 9.40am
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
18-25 Jan Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
19 Jan Peace Sunday
20 Jan. Parish Council Meeting
21 Jan Information Session for Harp Lessons
23 Jan Learn from Me – Distance Learning Certificate Courses
24 – 28 Jan Pax Christi Icon
25th Jan CAFOD information meeting
30 Jan Lectio Divina Talk
7 Feb. Night Shelter begins