15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 10.07.2022
MASS TIMES AND INTENTIONS
Sun 10th July
8.30 am - Francisco Jose Maria, RIP
10 am James Meally, RIP
12 noon People of the Parish
Mon 11th July - St Benedict, Patron of Europe
10 am Roque Antonio Jose Luis, anniversary
Tues 12th July - Feria
10 am Holy Souls
Weds 13th July
Thurs 14th July Feria
10 am - James Meally, RIP
Fri 15th July St Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor
10 am Wilma Tomei, intentions
Sat 16th July 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
5 pm Paul Kinsler, RIP
10am – 11am; 4:30pm – 5pm: Confessions and Exposition.
Let us keep in our prayers: Eric Nicholas Darwent, Therese Kemp, Frank Kilbride, John O’Shea, Rekha, Bina, Gale Yates, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Michael O Boy, Lilian Murphy, Karina McKiernan, Izabela Lissowska and Florida Regina Karawgodage – all unwell at this time.
We also pray for: Gino Tomei, James Meally, Hugh Daniel Doherty, Peter Sartori, Noel Ryan, Donato Merola, Aurora Lobo–Buckland, Elizabeth O’Sullivan, Christine Pavlou, Tom Lohan, Siobhan Lynch, Dennis Lennane, Susan Wren, Geraldine Day, Catherine Kelly,Josephine Okuyiga, Erlinda McAviney, Betty Murray, William Comey, Jane Ikwueke, Monica O’Donnell, Ronald Kinsella and Eamonn Clifford whose anniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.
The offertory collection for week ending 26th June was £589.58. The offertory collection for 3rd July 2022 was £ 764.00. Many thanks. Please do not forget, that arranging a standing order is the easiest way to support St Mary’s.
Apostleship of the Sea – Stella Maris
There will be a retiring collection for the Apostleship of the Sea after all Masses, this weekend.
Eucharistic Minsters & Readers:
Fr Peter writes: “First of all, thank you for your kind and diligent service to St Mary’s and your support of me. To help renew our formation I have organised an afternoon of reflection and a chance to ask questions from 2pm – 5pm on Sunday 4th September at The Passage in Victoria. We can enjoy an informal tea together. As part of our reflection, we will be able to visit the Cathedral and view the relics of St Bernadette. A “sign up sheet” will appear in the church in the next few weeks.
The Relics of St Bernadette:
Fr Peter writes: “I would like to organise a parish trip to Westminster Cathedral to visit the relics of St Bernadette on Saturday 3rd September. As you know St Bernadette was the young Pyrenean French shepherdess who had visions of Our Lady in 1854. Her relics are on a worldwide tour and will be at the Cathedral for one weekend. We will have to use the Tube to reach Victoria, but we may also choose to visit another London landmark while we are there. Please put the date in your diary.”
The Church Porch:
Fr Peter writes: “Every Tuesday and Thursday, the church porch will be open for prayer from 10:30am to 3pm. For safety reasons, no votive candles will be available. During the first two weeks of August, the porch will be shut, but will return to its opening schedule for the reminder of August.
“De-Clutter and Reflect week!”
The Parish Centre:
Fr Peter writes “We are now in a position to sort and clean the parish centre. This will mean some voluntary help! We are going to organise a de-clutter for the week of 18th July. We need to sort cupboards, kitchens and the Challoner Room. If you can help please write your name on the sign up sheet in the church. I would also be grateful if you could volunteer by sending me an email. We will declutter from Monday 18th July – Wednesday 20th July.
If you have any belongings in the parish centre or want to set aside any items used for parish events, please see me to collect a “post-it” note to label what you want saved – otherwise it will be put into a skip. The primary purpose of the de-clutter is to help re-organise the Foodbank, so that the large hall can return to parish use in September.
“Let Us Dream – the Sequel”
Fr Peter writes: “Last year we enjoyed three different presentations inspired by Pope Francis and his book “Let Us Dream”. This year we have another three speakers seeking to help us think and pray about the church of the future:
On Tuesday 19th July, Deacon Patrick Van Der Vorst will lead us in a reflection about Art & Faith. Deacon Patrick is a Westminster student for the priesthood and author of the very popular website “Christian Art”.
Wednesday 20th July, Dr Bridie Stringer will talk to us about Women in the Church. Dr Stringer is author of ‘Baptising Babies and Clearing Gutters’ her PhD study into the modern diaconate. She is a theologian and well respected speaker.
Thursday 21st July, Michael Ford will give a talk on Prayer. Michael has written a number of well known books on prayer including a critically acclaimed Biography of Henri Nouwen.
Each talk will begin at 7:30pm, finish by 8:30pm and be preceeded by Mass at 7pm
St Mary’s Allotment Oppurtunity:
Fr Peter writes “ Directly behind the church is a raised strip of land which is crying out for cultivation. It would make an ideal allotment, possibly two. It has good light and water is accessible via a handy tap on the wall. A very kind parishioner is offering a grant of £300 to buy compost, fertilizer, seeds and other utensils to get the project started. It would be wonderful if at least half the vegetables grown were contributed to the foodbank. If anyone with experience, or someone who wants an outdoor challenge and interest would like to take on the project, or be involved, please see me. Unfortunately with my own time contraints, I cannot help. Occasionally I might be able to stand in as a “scare crow.”
The St Mary’s “Lectio Divina” zoom has resumed on Mondays from 7:30pm – 8:30pm. Please email Fr Peter if you want to be part of the “Lectio Zoom Team”.
The St Mary’s “House Blessing Postcard”: Putting a Blessing into Someone’s Home
Fr Peter writes: “We are all ambassadors and apostles for Christ, and I would be very grateful if you could take a few “house blessing postcards” from church and drop one through the letterbox of someone you feel has stopped coming to St Mary’s. Better still….organise a few households so that I can come and bless yours and their homes in one evening. This will give me a chance to meet, answer questions and hopefully put minds at rest.
The newsletter will take a well earned holiday during the month of August and will return in September. Holy Hour and Confessions on Saturday at 10am will also stop during August. They will resume on Saturday 3rdSeptember. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and confessions will remain on Saturday from 4:30pm to 5pm.
Sing a New Song!
Helen (our wonderful organist) has written three songs in honour of Blessed Carlo Acutis. They need singing (and recording on video). A first practice will be on Tuesday 26th July at 2pm in the church – followed by cake! All ages welcome.
Dementia Club UK:
Fr Peter writes : “the Dementia Club is a local daily group seeking to support adults with dementia and those who are for them. You will find some posters in the porch with details of their timetable and how you can contact them. With resources so limited, this is a precious local response to a very important cause”.