24th January 2021
Thought for the Week:
“When he presents the heart of his redemptive mission, Jesus says, ‘I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’ He is referring to that new and eternal life which consists in communion with the Father, to which every person is freely called in the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are called to a fullness of life which far exceeds the dimensions of our earthly existence, because it consists in sharing the very life of God.” St John Paul II
FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS
The latest Government lockdown regulations do not affect Churches: we are still permitted to come together for Mass and other services. Please wear a mask unless you are exempt and observe social distancing. 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 each Mass.
The pandemic and its effects have made us more aware of how important it is to be able to communicate with our parishioners and those who attend Mass here, so we are creating a new database of parishioners. We invite you to speak to Fr. Keith to fill in a form. No-one is obliged to do this, and if you do, your details will be stored securely and accessible only to the parish priest and secretary.
Many congratulations to Fr. Paul who celebrates his birthday this Sunday.
Young people who have completed last year’s preparation course for Confirmation can be confirmed by Fr. Keith provided the ceremony is held before 17 Feb. If you would like to be confirmed but need a preparation course, please contact Fr. Keith.
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.
Healing of body and soul was a central part of the ministry of Jesus. His human nature fills him with compassion for our sickness, and his divine power is able to make everything whole and new. What is required on our part is faith in his divine power and in his loving will that we be made whole. In order to express this better in our parish, we have resumed the practice of Anointing the Sick after our Wednesday 12 noon Mass, but this time with just a few people so that there is more time to pray with each person. We invite you to let us know before each Wednesday Mass if you would like to be prayed with and to give us a brief description of your needs.
This week we have been observing annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and this year materials have been prepared by the Sisters of the monastic community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. Read all about the community, and their ecumenical vocation: https://www.grandchamp.org/en/ More information about the Week: https://ctbi.org.uk/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2021
Next Sunday, 31 Jan. is Racial Justice Sunday. Please follow this link for more information and a message.: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/racial-justice-sunday-2021/
Justice and Peace is offering Zoom briefings every Monday lunchtime, from 1pm to 1.45pm, in preparation for the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow in November For the Zoom link, more details, or to join the accompanying Care of Creation mailing list, contact email@example.com / 07593 434905 or visit https://westminsterjusticeandpeace.org/
The first Young Caritas event of the year will be a Virtual Pub Quiz and Social on 26th January at 6.30pm. This event is open to young people aged 18-30, interested in meeting others with a passion for social justice. Register at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/132916957197
For those interested in becoming a parish Financial Resilience champion and support people suffering job loss, join Caritas Westminster on 11th February from 11am to 12.30pm. Sign up at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-firm-foundations-tickets-136494064421
Caritas Westminster is offering an opportunity to reflect on responses to COVID-19 in light of Catholic Social Teaching, on 16th February from 2pm to 4pm. Register on Eventbrite at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-why-prayer-reflection-discernment-on-our-response-to-covid19-tickets-136485398501
The Bishops of England and Wales have issued a statement about COVID vaccination, which can be found on our notice board, and also on https://rcdow.org.uk/news/bishops-conference-statement-on-covid-19-vaccines/ The conclusion is: “Catholics may in good conscience receive any of these vaccines for the good of others and themselves. In good conscience, one may refuse a particular vaccine but continues to have a duty to protect others from infection.”
Fr. Lukasz Mazurek and Millie Fernandez of the national Divine Mercy Apostolate, based at Ealing, invite us to share in a Thanksgiving Mass and Hour of Mercy from their chapel on Friday 29th January at 2.30pm. You can take part online if you visit their website at https://www.divinemercyapostolate.co.uk
A Day with Mary has launched its first ever online magazine. It can be found on the DWM web site: https://www.adaywithmary.org
DePaul UK Nightstop DePaul UK is appealing for volunteers to host young homeless people at this difficult time. All young people are assessed and checked before any placements are arranged, and DePaul UK are responsible for supporting the young people on their long-term needs, including finding them permanent accommodation. Hosts are reimbursed for the expenses they incur, and are provided with toiletries to offer to any Nightstop guests staying. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
JRS UK has a variety of volunteering roles through which you can support refugees in need at this incredibly difficult time. Volunteer Delivery Drivers and Phone Support volunteers are particularly in need. Find out more: https://www.jrsuk.net/volunteer/
Pro-abortion MPs in Parliament want to stop pregnant women getting help outside abortion clinics by calling for buffer zones. SPUC is campaigning to save the right for peaceful pro-life vigils to take place. Hundreds of children are alive today in this country because their mother met a loving pro-life person just before they walked into the abortion clinic. We must protect this vital work. Please sign our petition to save the right to save lives. It only takes a minute of your time, but it could mean a lifetime for an unborn baby. You can sign the petition here: https://spuc.org.uk/SaveTheRightToSaveLives
Westminster Caritas writes: Please do not forget the hundreds of people rely on generous donations from our parishioners. This includes the need for hygiene items, toilet paper, sanitary products etc, as well as sealed packages of dry food, tins, and long-life milk etc. Foodbanks also welcome donations of money – please give what you can. Please also consider if you could spare some time to volunteer – perhaps by driving to collect food for a foodbank – or simply by looking out for your neighbours. Contact email@example.com or call 020 7931 6077 to add your name to a list of people who would be willing to help respond.
Marriage Care, established in 1946 in response to the pressure on family relationships following the end of the Second World War, now offers support from trained counsellors to couples and families who need help in coping with the pressures of ‘Lockdown’. Further information: https://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/marriageand-family-life/news/marriage-care-at-75—we-are-here-for-you/
OUR CONTACT DETAILS AND MASS TIMES
Mgr. Keith Barltrop, Parish Priest: 07879 953953; firstname.lastname@example.org; Parish Office: Mariella Khoury 020 7229 0487; email@example.com Office open Mon.-Fri. 10am-2pm; Caretaker: Savio Fernandes: firstname.lastname@example.org; Fr. Michael Hollings Centre: Keong Lim 07798 940 840 email@example.com; Evangelisation: John Stayne: firstname.lastname@example.org; First Holy Communion and Baptism: Margaret Wickware: email@example.com; Safeguarding: Jennifer Ellis 07814 790659; Flowers: Flavia Vaz 07941 166668