Thought for the Week “There is a strict relationship between the baptism of Jesus and our baptism. At the Jordan the heavens opened to indicate that the Saviour has opened the way of salvation and we can travel it thanks to our own new birth of water and the Spirit accomplished in baptism. In it we are inserted into the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, we die and rise with him. The commitment that springs from baptism is therefore to listen to Jesus, to believe in him and follow him, doing his will. In this way everyone can tend towards holiness, the vocation of all the baptised.” Pope Benedict XVI.
FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS
Of Gods and Men: This acclaimed film about the martyrdom of some monks in Algeria will be shown in the Newman Room (Back Room) on Friday 25 Jan. at 7pm. It will be introduced by Fr. Guillaume, who has spent many years in Algeria and attended the recent beatification ceremony of the Algerian martyrs. Cheese and Wine provided. All welcome: let us know if you are attending.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn children (SPUC) will be holding its annual White Flower Appeal this weekend. SPUC is currently campaigning to stop the decriminalization of abortion, which means taking abortion outside the law. This is the most dangerous threat to unborn children and their mothers in decades. Please be as generous as you can to help us defeat this latest attack on unborn babies and their mothers, and to stop abortion g=getting even worse in this country by decriminalization.
If you want Fr. Keith to sign a School Form (Certificate of Catholic Practice), please hand it to him after one of the Sunday Masses, and pick it up signed the following Sunday. Copies of the from are available in the sacristy after Mass. Don’t leave it till the last minute!
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered next year on July 5th. We shall be beginning our course of preparation for this Sacrament on Jan. 22nd. Classes will begin in the Newman room (Back Room) at 6pm and run till 7.30pm. Young people who are in Year 9 or above are invited to register for this by speaking to Fr. Keith after one of the Sunday Masses before Jan. 22.
We shall be offering another Alpha course starting Monday 14 January in the Back Room. Alpha is a wonderful way to refresh your own faith and also to introduce others to the essential message of the Gospel. It’s suitable for all: practising Catholics, those who have largely stopped practising, and complete non-Christians. Meetings consist of video presentations followed by an opportunity to discuss and share your own experience. If you would like to come or invite someone else, just let us know. Alpha is free, and begins with a meal each week. You can sign up at the back of Church or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The next meeting of the Parish Council is Thursday Jan. 24. Please let one of the Council know if there are any items you would like to see discussed.
Next Sunday is observed as Peace Sunday. See the Pax Christi website for more details: www.paxchristi.org.uk
Our Crib offerings this year will once again be for the Catholic Children’s Society which does wonderful work with local children in any kind of need. You can place your offering in the Crib and use an envelope if you wish to Gift Aid it. Envelopes can be found in the Crib or at the back of Church.
Copies of the 2019 Westminster Yearbook are on sale in the rack at the back of Church. Please place £5 in the box marked Papers around the corner from the rack.
Are you new to the Parish? Please let us know by filling in one of the Registration forms at the back of Church and handing it in.
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.
Mini Mozart offers fun and interactive live music classes for toddlers and babies. The classes feature two or more live instruments; a clarinet, violin, flute, French horn, saxophone or trumpet with a piano accompanist. The idea of Mini Mozart is to get children actually listening, not just hearing. Children interact with our live musicians in a way that is impossible with recorded music. Classes in our Parish Hall run on Mondays: 9:30 Toddler Class, 10:20 Babies Class, 11:10 Babies and Toddler Class. Classes are 45 minutes. Contact Christina Tyson email@example.com
At the Sion Centre for Dialogue (34 Chepstow Villas W11 2QZ) Jonathan Gorsky will give a Jewish response on 16th January to the canonisation of St Oscar Romero. The day runs from 11.00 until 3.15 (Tea / Coffee from 10.30). Please bring a Packed Lunch. Suggested Donation: £15 each day. On Fridays there is a weekly Parashah / Sunday Readings session, at 11.00 and finishing at 12.30 (Tea / Coffee from 10.30).
New Year’s Resolution – Volunteer for CAFOD in the Westminster Diocese. Do you have good public speaking skills and want to help us tackling poverty and injustice? CAFOD needs volunteers to speak on our behalf in parishes and/or schools in the Westminster Diocese about our work in the developing world. To find out more details, or book a place on our next Volunteer information day in London on Saturday, 19th January 2019 call CAFOD on 0208 449 6970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic History Walks: The City and Tower of London- Sunday 13th and 20th January, 3pm. A walk through the city with its turbulent history, as we hear the story of brave heroes such as St Thomas More and St John Fisher, walking towards the Tower of London. Meet at Monument Tube Station; A Royal Walk – Sunday 27th January, 3pm. A walk exploring the history of the Royal Family and Catholicism, through St James’ Park and on to Buckingham Palace. Meet on the steps of Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube: Victoria.
The SVP are distributing 11,500 Vinnie Packs containing cold weather essentials to the homeless and those spending the principal part of their day on the streets. Each pack contains thermal gloves, two pairs of socks, gloves, wet wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, information sheet and pen. Please could you consider sponsoring packs at a suggested donation of £3.50 per pack. Donations can be sent to Vinnie Packs, PO Box 72264, London SW1P 9EZ with cheques made out to SVP. Thank you so much for your support.
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
The Annual Mass in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes takes place on Saturday 9th February at 2pm. The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered during Mass. All are welcome to attend. A special invitation is extended to all who are sick or infirm, all hospital chaplains, doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and all who work in healthcare. If you or someone you know plan to attend in a wheelchair, please let Fr. Keith or Mariella in the parish office know by Sunday 27th January.
OUR CONTACT DETAILS AND MASS TIMES
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
13 Jan. SPUC White Flower Appeal
14 Jan. Alpha course begins
16 Jan. Talk on St. Oscar Romero – Sion Centre
19 Jan. VCAFOD Volunteer information day
22 Jan. First Confirmation class
24 Jan. Parish Council
25 Jan. Of Gods and Men – film show
9 Feb. Mass for the Sick, Cathedral