Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year B)
Pray for the sick esp. Eddie Caddle, Carmel Bates, Cathy Walker, Finola Hickey, Bridget O’Donnell, Kelly-Marie O’Donnell, Simon O’Donnell, Pat Gleeson and Mary Myles.
Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £941.43. Many thanks.
Parish Meet & Greet
There will be a special chance to have a cup of tea and meet fellow parishioners and the parish team next Sunday 29th April, outside church after all Masses. We look forward to seeing you there!
Priest Training Fund – Special Collection – This Weekend 21st/22nd April
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we pray for priests and for vocations to the priesthood. Today’s second collection will support the Priest Training Fund. This fund pays for the priestly formation of men for the Catholic priesthood. There are currently 45 men studying at Allen Hall seminary, 28 of whom are for our own Diocese, and last year eight men ordained to the priesthood to serve as our future priests. Your gift ensures we can provide training for these men responding to Christ’s call to dedicate their lives to serve God’s people. Please be as generous as you can. Please also pray for vocations and for all our priests. If you do not have a donation leaflet, plenty are still available at the back of the church. You can donate online anytime at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations.
St Mary’s Open Choir
Our next rehearsal with Liz is this Sunday 22nd April at 11 am to practise the hymns for 10 am Mass on 29th April. All welcome, no previous experience necessary, all ages. Sandra, email@example.com
INCENSED – Youth Group
Our next meeting is on 29th April after 10 m Mass. We’ll be helping with the parish meet & greet, please come to the community room as usual. New joiners welcome, ages 10+. Contact Sandra, firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Local Refugees: Eggs Please!
Please help us support the local drop-in centre for destitute refugees and asylum seekers by bringing 6 or more hard-boiled eggs to church on Sunday, 6th May. The collection will be on 3rd June.
La Sainte Union Catholic Secondary School – Places Available
La Sainte Union School has a limited number of places available in Years 7 & 8. If you are interested in applying for a place, please submit an ‘ in year’ application form available from the school website or e mail email@example.com for further information or an application form.
Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead
Pilgrimage with the Consolata Fathers to the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead on Saturday 23rd June 2018. Coach leaves St Mary Magdalen’s Church, Athenaeum Road, Whetstone N20 9AE at 9 am sharp. Returns 6/6.30 pm.
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children – Petition
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister not to give any parliamentary support to moves to decriminalise abortion. At present there are term limits beyond which abortions are not allowed. Decriminalising abortion will strip from unborn children any remaining effective legal protection from abortion. So please support this petition. Legalising abortion to include all babies up to birth would cause a huge increase in the number of abortions (currently 4000 per day). The Society for Protection of Unborn Children has launched a petition to our prime minister asking that she does not allow this legislation to be passed. Spuc are not trying to change current law on abortion. They wish to stop legislation which would remove current limits and allow abortion for any baby to birth.
As you leave the church this weekend please note there will be tables with petitions for you to sign and leaflets explaining the situation more fully.
.A few minutes of your time and a signed petition may mean life rather than death for millions of our children.. If abortion was legalised to allow any baby to be aborted right up to its birthday it would make an already bad law very much worse for the baby and for the mother. What can you do ? You can stop it if enough people sign. Please do sign.
Mass for Migrants – Monday 7th May at 11 am
Justice and Peace, Archdiocese of Southwark write: The Diocese of Southwark, Westminster and Brentwood will be holding the Annual Mass for Migrants on Monday 7th May 2018. This year it is being hosted by the Archdiocese of Southwark with Archbishop Peter Smith as the main celebrant. It will commence at 11 am at St George’s Cathedral, Lambeth Road, London SE1. The Banner Procession commences at 10.45 am. St George’s Cathedral is a short walk from Waterloo or Lambeth North Station. All are welcome.
CAFOD – Share the Journey Campaign
Tony Sheen, CAFOD Westminster writes: Thanks to your support, CAFOD’s campaigning tackles the causes of poverty and injustice, not just the symptoms. When the Catholic community speaks out together, we have a powerful voice. Could you become a Campaign volunteer and help enable and inspire others to take action as part in CAFOD’s campaigns? Find out more at our new volunteer day in Central London on Saturday 28th April? Contact Tony email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0208 449 6970.
Slaves On Our Doorsteps – Tuesday 1st May 2018
Caritas Westminster write: Join us for an evening of practical advice on combatting human trafficking and modern slavery in your community. Speakers will include: Bishop Paul McAleenan, Mick Duthie from the Santa Marta Group, Hertfordshire Constabulary, the Shiva Foundation and Caritas Westminster. The event will be held on Tuesday 1st May, 7-9 pm, at Our Lady Immaculate and St Andrew’s Hall, Hitchin, SG5 1QS. Tea and coffee will be available from 6.30 pm. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call on 0207 931 6077.
Cost £22 per person – includes travel by coach, teas, coffees, soft drinks. Please bring your own picnic foods. How to book: Cheques should be dated 1st May 2018 and made payable to Consolata Fathers. Post cheque with details of booking to: The Superior, Consolata Fathers, 3 Salisbury Avenue, London N3 3AJ. Please book early. Cheques will not be banked until 1st May 2018. For further details about the pilgrimage contact Stella Devlin on 0208 445 3099.
There are free copies of The Douglass, the magazine of our local Catholic comprehensive, giving you a picture of the life of the school. It is written by the students.
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School – Four week internship
Helen Brooks, The Vaughan Foundation writes: The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School is running a 4 week internship programme in June/July 2018 focusing on Mathematics and Physics. Participants may receive a bursary of £300 per week and will have the opportunity to explore a potential career in teaching. Participants will require an A-level in Mathematics and must be in their penultimate year of an undergraduate degree course in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Geography or a related subject. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the application at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/paidinternship