There will be a brief appeal at the end of each Mass from the SVP for volunteers to help their good work. Also put in your diaries now the date for the SVP quiz, Saturday 12th November. More details of the quiz later.
First Holy Communion 2017
We are now enrolling children of families attending Mass at St Mary’s regularly for preparation for First Holy Communion in 2017. Children must be at least 8 or in Year 3 at school. Sessions will be held in the parish centre on Sundays from 9-10 am and the children go on to attend the 10 am Mass immediately afterwards. The programme will be under the direction of Sandra Lipner – firstname.lastname@example.org Forms are available from her or from Father Terry.
The key dates are:
Monday 9th January Meeting for parents – 8 pm Parish Centre
Sunday 15th January First session with children – 9 am Parish Centre
Sunday 14th May First Communion at either 10 am or 12 noon Mass
Deadline: NB all forms must be submitted by Sunday 23rd October
By ancient custom each year we offer Masses for the holy souls, and we bring up a book of remembrance at each Mass. Sheets for those to be remembered are now available. Please let us have the names by 2nd November.
IMPORTANT – GRASSY AREA OUTSIDE PARISH HALLS
Please note that you must not let your children play on the steps or the strip of lawn immediately behind the church. If they play on the lawn above the steps please make sure that there is at least one parent present at all times.
October – Month of the Holy Rosary
The Rosary will be said in homes and in church this month. All are welcome to attend.
Tuesday 11th October Nancy Shaughnessey 40 Bedford Road at 5.30 pm
Wednesday 12th October In Church after 10 am Mass.
Thursday 13th October Pat Gleeson 30 Mulberry Court N2 at 4 pm
Friday 14th October 54 Squires Lane at 3 pm
Inclusive Mass Choir Rehearsal
Stay on after 10 am Mass this week to join our gospel choir rehearsal for the inclusive Mass at 10 am on 16th October. We will be practising the responsorial psalm, the ‘Lord hear us’ and 2 hymns, children and adults welcome – lots of singers needed! Sandra – email@example.com
Volunteers for Christmas Fair 2016
If you can spare an hour after the 10am mass today, please come along, armed with a cuppa and a head full of ideas, to our first Christmas Committee meeting in the parish hall. Sandra (firstname.lastname@example.org); Helen email@example.com) and Kristy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Next INCENSED Youth Group (ages 12-18)
Have you heard of St Josephine Bakhita? Come to our next youth group meeting in celebration of Black History Month and find out more about her and other Black saints. Come along and join us for an hour of chat, games and fellowship on Sunday 30th October at 11 am in the community room (Fr. Terry’s house), new people always welcome. Contact Sandra at email@example.com
Special Collection – CAFOD Harvest Fast Day
THIS WEEKEND after all the Masses there will be a collection for the CAFOD Harvest Fast Day. Please give as generously as you can for this worthy cause. Envelopes are available if you would like to gift aid your donation.
Talk as part of Black History Month on 18th October
October is Black History Month, when we can enlarge our horizons. Fr Terry will give an illustrated talk on Marcus Garvey (1887-1940) a pioneer of black consciousness – and a Catholic. Parish Hall, Tues. 18th Oct, 8 pm. All are welcome.
On Friday 14th October at 10 am we have the Funeral Mass for the late James Trusler and then afterwards to Marylebone Crematorium.
The Funeral Mass for Mgr Peter Anglim will take place on Thursday 20th October here at St Mary’s at 12 noon. Bishop Nicholas Hudson will preside.
Parish Collection Last week the collection came to £ 1059.66 Many thanks.
Walsingham Collection: This raised £373.07. Catholic Education Service: This raised £259.54. Home Mission This raised £265.75. Many thanks for your kind support for all the recent Special Collections.
Inclusive Mass – Sunday 16th October at 10 am
Together with Caritas St Joseph’s Centre, Hendon, we will be celebrating a Mass for children and people of all abilities at 10 am on Sunday, 16th October. A children’s choir will prepare hymns during Children’s Liturgy in the next few weeks and the Gospel will be acted out. If your children or someone you care for would like to help in preparing for this Mass, please join us from 4-5 pm on Saturday 15th October in our parish centre. For more information, contact Sandra, firstname.lastname@example.org
Caritas – National Prisons Week – 11th October 2016
Caritas Westminster are holding an event to promote volunteering with prisoners, ex-offenders and their families. Come along to hear about the work that goes on in prisons and how you can get involved. All welcome. Tuesday 11th October, 6-8pm, Westminster Cathedral Hall, Ambrosden Ave, London SW1P 1QW. Refreshments provided. Please RSVP to email@example.com
Cancellation 12th Nov
Fr Terry regrets to announce the cancellation of the away day for readers and ministers of communion on 12th November. We will now look for a date in January.
Columban ‘Sharing Gospel Joy’ Sat. 22nd October 2016 – 11.00 am – 4.30 pm
In 2016, the Columban Appeals Team have been visiting parishes in Westminster diocese for the Annual Mission Appeal. In thanksgiving for the generous welcome and support they have received, this event is being held especially for the people and parishes of the dioceses and it is hoped to have many of the parishes that have been visited represented on the day. All are welcome to join them at Maria Fidelis RC School, Phoenix Road, London NW1 1TA. Fr Tom O Reilly will give the keynote address. Lunch will be followed by workshops on ‘care of creation’, ‘outreach to migrants’, ‘building missionary parishes and ‘perspectives on mission’. To book places, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01564 772096. The event is free but a small donation (suggested amount £5 per person) is invited. All those attending will receive a welcome pack and lunch.
Awayday afternoon for ministers and readers
Ahoy there all ministers of communion and readers! Please put in your diaries now the date for an afternoon of reflection, prayer, and fellowship: Saturday 12th November in the large hall at Nazareth House, 1-4.30 pm. More details later.
Applications for Reception and Nursery at Our Lady of Lourdes RC School, Bow Lane N12
Applications are invited for the Reception Class for September 2017 – this is for children born between 1stSeptember 2012 and 31st August 2013. Please also be advised that you must also complete a CAF (Common Application Form) from Barnet - the on-line system is already open. Deadline is 15th January 2017.
Applications are invited for the Nursery for the Academic Year starting September 2017 – this is for children born between 1st April 2014 and 31st March 2015. Deadline is 27th January
We have had a request from a Dutch family in Amsterdam who would like to trace a family member, Trudy Greebe (also known as Angela Greebe) who used to come to St Mary’s. If this rings a bell with you, please let Fr Terry know.