15/16 January 2022
Thought for the Week:
“The words Mary addresses to the servants come to crown the wedding of Cana. Do whatever he tells you. These are her last words recounted by the Gospels, her legacy to us. Today, too, Our Lady says to all of us: “Whatever Jesus tells you, do it.” To serve the Lord means to listen to his Word and put it into practice. At Cana Jesus’ disciples become his family and at Cana the faith of the Church is born. We are all invited to the wedding feast because the wine will never run out!” Pope Francis.
FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS
Our Church remains open for prayer from 8am till 6.30pm every day, and the Blessed Sacrament is exposed during most of that time.
Our weekend Mass schedule is: Saturday 6pm, Sunday 11am and 6pm. On weekdays and Saturdays Mass is at 12 noon. Confessions can be heard before and after each Mass. Tea and coffee are served in the Newman Room after the 11am Mass.
This Sunday is observed throughout the world as Peace Sunday. Please pray for world peace especially in the trouble spots of the world and in our own hearts.
On Thursday 27 Jan. we shall hold another Medjugorje prayer evening for LGBT Catholics and their families and friends. The Rosary will be said at 5.30pm and Mass will begin shortly after 6pm. All welcome. Refreshments in the Newman Room afterwards.
In order to fulfil Health and Safety requirements, we need some people willing to act as Fire Wardens at each of our Masses. If you attend a particular Mass regularly and are willing to be a Fire Warden, please speak to Fr. Keith or contact the parish office. Hopefully this role requires very little actual work, but you will need to have a training session which we will arrange.
Throughout the pandemic the Catholic Children’s Society (CCS) has provided mental health services and family support for thousands of vulnerable children and families, and help for local families facing hardship. There are many more families in need of support and our parish will be donating our Crib offering to support this vital work. You can donate at the Crib until Feb. 2 or via the CCS website www.cathchild.org.uk/crib
Please pray for Christian Unity especially during Christian Unity Week, 18-25 Jan.
Check out Fr. Keith’s blog: https://holysmirk.co.uk/
Pulse Retreats are organised for families by families. The retreat is structured around times of teaching and personal prayer for parents. Fr Matt Blake, Carmelite, will help the parents (re)discover the power of prayer. Children participate in a school of prayer specially tailored to their age, under the responsibility of volunteers. Children of all ages are welcome. The next retreat is Sunday 30 Jan. You can register at https://www.pulse-retreats.com/retreat-day-registration
Caritas Westminster is co-ordinating the diocese’s response to refugees newly arrived from Afghanistan. In particular they are looking for:
- Anyone who can help find accommodation, including homes for large families
- Speakers of Pashtu, Dari or Farsi who could help with interpretations
- Teachers of English (ESOL)
- Co-ordinated groups of volunteers who can welcome and befriend Afghans arriving in your area. The response will need to be well co-ordinated and you will need to work with your local authority. Please contact Caritas Westminster Volunteer Service if you or the organisation you are involved in might be able to help: go to https://www.caritasvs.org.uk/volunteer-to-support-afghan-refugees.php or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Covid 19—a very challenging time for many marriages. So much uncertainty around, health, income, employment, vulnerable family members, children, housing. Different ways of seeing things, coping with change, managing fears can be a source of conflict and stress. It can be difficult to talk, to listen to support and comfort when there is so much uncertainty. Being together all the time, brings different challenges. You wonder would we be better apart? Retrouvaille is a programme to support couples, it brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage ….and you don’t need to leave home, it comes to you! For confidential information about Retrouvaille’, or to register for the next programme, a Virtual weekend commencing 3rd – 6th March 2022 Call or text +44 788 729 6983. Email: email@example.com – or visit www.retrouvaille.uk
Are you a good listener? Do you enjoy helping others with their queries? Can you assist with finding basic information about a service or an organisation? Catholic Listeners Helpline Service is staffed by volunteers who are trained and operate with the ethos of compassionate listening. All calls and the caller’s needs are dealt with sensitivity and due diligence. Catholic Listeners is funded by the Cardinal’s Appeal and operates in the Diocese of Westminster. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, email Ade for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
From the Jesuit Refugee Service: The Jesuit Refugee Service UK are looking to recruit two gifted communicators to join their staff team as Community Engagement Officer and Digital Communications Officer. If you are passionate about social justice and advocating for people who have been forced to flee their homes, these could be just the roles for you! Find out more: https://www.jrsuk.net/work-with-us/
JRS UK is looking for donations of your old phones and technology to provide refugees with the means to stay connected during this difficult time. This technology helps refugees access vital support, legal advice and stay connected with loved ones. If you have an old phone or tablet sitting in a draw, do get in touch with JRS! For more information visit: www.jrsuk.net/news/donate-your-smartphone-and-make-a-difference/
Host a refugee with the help of JRS UK. The Jesuit Refugee Service UK operates a hosting scheme called ‘At Home’ which sees volunteers host destitute refugees. They are currently in need of more hosts as temporary accommodation provided during the pandemic comes to an end, leaving refugee friends of JRS facing a return to street homelessness. If you have a spare room and would like to find out more email Hannah at JRS: email@example.com
OUR CONTACT DETAILS AND MASS TIMES
Mgr. Keith Barltrop, Parish Priest: 07879 953953; firstname.lastname@example.org; https://holysmirk.co.uk/ 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; 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