Thought for the Week “When I am so convinced about some negative aspect of my life, I sometimes sink into despair. I must put my trust in your love and abandon myself to you. When I am so convinced about some negative aspect of another person’s life, I am sometimes inclined to detest them and stay away from them. Then I must stop to contemplate your love for me. Why do you love me, Lord, when I feel disdain and disgust for my brothers and sisters? Give me the courage to see things as you see them, Lord, and to love unconditionally. Only then will true communion be realised.” Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan, (imprisoned by the Vietnamese Government for 13 years.)
FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS
First Holy Communion photos are available from: Joshua Millais Photography.
The images can be viewed and purchased by visiting the website: http://www.joshuamillais.com
Click the button: view online photos: Click on the Category: St Mary of the Angels 180519 FHC Mass. View the thumbnail images six at a time. The digital image file number is above the thumbnail image. You will need a credit card to order prints. Photographic prints are sent by post within a week. Please telephone or email Josh (M. 07932 152 794 firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need any help. The images will only be available online until the 30th June 2019.
Reframe, a series of talks helping you respond to questions about the Catholic Church, concludes this Thursday evening at 7pm, when an experienced speaker will introduce the topic ‘Is Catholicism anti-science?’ and help you develop the skills to ‘reframe the question’ so as to enter into a fruitful dialogue. All are welcome and a simple meal and wine will be provided.
The annual collection for the Priest Training Fund will take place this weekend. This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood. There are currently 45 men studying at Allen Hall seminary. Your generous donation helps ensure we can support these men who are called to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Donation leaflets are available in the back of the church. Please continue to pray for vocations and for our priests. You can donate online anytime at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations
One of our house residents is looking for temporary accommodation while the house is full over the summer, from 29 June till 5 August 2019. I can give her a highly positive recommendation. Please contact her directly: Miriam Grossman email@example.com or via the parish office.
Children’s Liturgy is run during 9.30am Sunday mass during term time. It is a liturgical lesson for children before they have made their First Holy Communion. We welcome all children with or without their parents/ guardians but it’s important that they are old enough to participate and understand the lesson. We are volunteer teacher/catechist parents of the parish and are always looking for extra helpers. If you think you could help please approach Rebecca Davies or any of the teachers anytime.
Are you new to the Parish? Please let us know by filling in one of the Registration forms at the back of Church.
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.
If someone you know becomes unable to get to Mass, please let us know so we can arrange for them to receive Holy Communion at home. If they are taken to hospital, please ensure that nurses ask the Catholic chaplain to visit them: if this proves difficult, contact us so we can arrange this. We now have a monthly newsletter for the sick and housebound of the parish.
Could you be a Lourdes helper? The Lourdes pilgrimage team are looking to recruit volunteers to lend medical and practical support for the pilgrimage from 20th to 26th July 2019. If interested, please contact the Diocesan Pilgrimage Office at Vaughan House on 0207 798 9173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Volunteering booking forms available online at https://form.jotformeu.com/82291257422354.
Who cares? Responding to the cry of the Earth – Wednesday 29th May. Caritas Westminster invites you to an evening of practical suggestions for how your parish can respond to the environmental crisis. There will be contributions from local and national organisations including CAFOD, CaFE, the Felix Project and more. The event will be from 6:30pm-8:30pm, with refreshments from 6pm, at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London, SW1P 1QN. To get your free ticket, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 020 7931 6077, or search the event title on Eventbrite.
Spirit in the City Festival, 31 May & 1 June 2019. Theme ‘Life to the Full’. Catholic Faith Festival celebrating and witnessing faith in London’s Leicester Square. Starts Friday evening from 7pm in Notre Dame de France Church. Saturday all day in the Square gardens. Includes live stage music, street evangelisation, prayer teams, all day Adoration, Confessions, feet washing, activities for children, talks, etc. Come be refreshed and renewed in your faith. For more information, contact Allegra, email@example.com or call 0791 5537125. Or why not join the Mission Team and help others encounter Christ through one of these areas? To register as a helper, visit spiritinthecity.org
You Can Help Your Marriage – Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille helps couples through difficult times in their marriages. There is no group therapy or group work. This programme has helped 10s of 1000s of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about Retrouvaille’, or to register for the next programme commencing with a residential weekend on ……7th – 9th June 2019. Call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
The Caritas Volunteer Service will be holding its annual Volunteers’ Fair showcasing volunteering opportunities from across the Diocese. Those attending will have the chance to chat with different charities and find out more about their work and the roles available and hear talks and testimonials from different organisations. The event will be on Saturday 8th June, from 1:00-3:00pm, at St Aloysius’ Parish Hall, Phoenix Road, Euston, NW1 1TA. To get your free ticket, email email@example.com, call 020 7931 6077, or search the event title on Eventbrite
Grenfell Tower Fire – Second Anniversary Vigil Mass: St Francis of Assisi Church, Pottery Lane, W11 4NQ – Thursday 13th June 7.30pm Mass will be said for the repose of the souls of those who died and for the healing of those who survived the Grenfell Tower fire on the evening before the actual anniversary date of 14th June. All are welcome to come and pray.
Come Away Awhile…. Retreat Day for Ministers of Holy Communion and Readers with Sister Karen Marguerite OP and Sister Anne Walsh OP. Saturday 15th June 2019, Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN. 10.00am – 3.00pm (refreshments from 9.30am). Suggested donation £15 per person. Please bring a packed lunch. Coffees/Teas are available. Register with firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail 020 7931 6078. Please indicate which venue you are registering.
The Divine Mercy Apostolate Annual Conference 2019 will be held on Saturday 15 June 2019 at the Church of Our Lady Mother of God, 2 Windsor Road, Ealing W5 5pd from 10:45 am to 6 pm. Guest Speaker Sr Briege McKenna, OSC who has a world-wide Healing Ministry and Intercessions for Priests. Entrance by ticket only at £12 pp donation. Please contact Millie on 07957594646 or the Divine Mercy Apostolate on 020 8998 0925.
The next Special Needs Mass will be held on Sunday 16 June at 3pm at Our Lady of Lourdes and St Vincent de Paul, 337 Harrow Road, W9 3RB. Refreshments in the hall after Mass. All welcome.
Corpus Christi will again be marked by an afternoon procession beginning at 5pm from Our Lady of the Assumption & St Gregory Church in Warwick Street (behind Regents Street) to St James’ Church, Spanish Place. This year the date will be Sunday June 23rd.
Annual National Caribbean Pilgrimage to Walsingham Sunday 30th June leaving from St Mary of the Angels Church at 8am. Tickets Adults £20 children (under 11 years) £15. For tickets please contact Margaret Narcisse. 07890725983
World Apostolate of Fatima National Pilgrimage to Fatima from London Heathrow to Lisbon 10-16 July. The cost is £632 per person sharing, staying at Domus Pacis hotel. The single supplement is £120, and Insurance from £33. For more details please see the poster or visit: https://worldfatima-englandwales.org.uk/waf-england-and-wales-national-pilgrimage/
Lourdes Summer Retreat for Young Adults: The Assumption Sisters and Fathers invite young adults in their 20-30s for an English-speaking spiritual retreat in Lourdes, France: Sat 3rd August – Fri 9th August with talks, prayer, silence, pilgrimage, desert day and spiritual accompaniment. For more information email email@example.com Cost: £300 (£220 for students/low waged) – a limited number of subsidised places are available. (Excl. travel – your flight to Lourdes) Register online: http://bit.ly/retreatlourdes
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
Are you interested in social outreach? Caritas Westminster, the Diocesan social action agency, is looking for Caritas Representatives to help record local poverty and social exclusion projects across different areas of the Diocese. They would also work closely with the Caritas development workers to help respond to those in need in the local area. If you are interested, please contact Caritas Westminster at firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
SPEC, the diocesan youth retreat centre, offers the possibility of a volunteer year for young adults. The volunteer missionary would live on site in Pinner in the residential community, receive formation and accompaniment in their faith and serve as a retreat facilitator, working with the employed retreat leaders. In particular, any sixth formers who may like to find out more are welcome to attend a day retreat to see what goes on and meet the community. For more information please see www.dowym.com/spec/volunteer/ or contact email@example.com.
OUR CONTACT DETAILS AND MASS TIMES
Mgr. Keith Barltrop, Parish Priest: 07879 953953; firstname.lastname@example.org; Parish Office: Mariella Khoury 020 7229 0487 or 020 7229 5842; email@example.com Office open Mon.-Fri. 9.30am-1.30pm; Finance: 020 7229 6094 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
29 May Responding to the cry of the Earth
30 May Final Reframe session
31 May – 1 June Spirit in the City
1 June Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Walsingham
7-9 June Retrouvaille weekend
8 June Mass in thanksgiving for Marriage, Cathedral; Caritas Volunteers’ Fair
13 June Grenfell Fire Second Anniversary Mass
15 June Divine Mercy conference; retreat day for readers and eucharistic ministers
16 June Special Needs Mass
23 June Corpus Christi procession
30 June Caribbean Pilgrimage to Walsingham
10-16 July Pilgrimage to Fatima
20-26 July Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
3-9 August Youth retreat, Lourdes