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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) 9th February 2020


Sat 8th Feb

6.00 pm Vigil People of the Parish

Sun 9th Feb

8.30 am John Telles, RIP

10 am Tom Lally, 11th anniversary

12 noon John Carolan and family, intentions

Mon 10th Feb St Scholastica, Virgin

10 am Bridie Carolan, RIP

Tues 11th Feb Our Lady of Lourdes

10 am Martin and May Brennan, intentions

Weds 12th Feb Feria

10 am Josephine and John Jolly

Thurs 13th Feb Feria

10.30 am Margaret Ryan, intentions

Fri 14th Feb Ss Cyril & Methodius

10 am Marie Bloom, intentions

Sat 15th Feb Feria

10 am Sylvia Barnachea and family, thanksgiving

Confession: Saturday 10.30 am and 5.30 pm

Exposition & Benediction: Thurs. 10.30-10.45 am & Sat. 5.30-5.55 pm

Please pray for the sick and those who care for them, today especially for the frail elderly and for those who work as carers.

Parish Collection: Last week’s collection came to £ 1236.42 – Thank you.

Tony Martin – RIP

Sadly, we received the news that Tony Martin, a well-known parishioner recently passed away. The Funeral Mass for Tony Martin will be celebrated here at St Mary’s on Tuesday 18th February at 11 am. There will be no 10 am Mass on this day. May he rest in peace.

New Parishioners:

If you have joined the parish in or since 2019 please come to a New Parishioner Party in the Presbytery on Tuesday 25th February at 7.30 pm. Pancakes and refreshments will be provided. Please sign the sheet, now avaiable in the porch if you are a new parishioner and wish to attend.

Parish Council News:

Fr Peter writes: A number of forthcoming events were discussed at a recent meeting of the Parish Council. One requires you to mark a date in your diary……Sunday 3rd May! May is a month dedicated to Our Lady, and the first Sunday in May is ideal to set aside as our Parish Feast Day. So, this year, the aim is to celebrate the wonderful international flavour of the parish, to crown the Statue of Our Lady in the church with flowers and to enjoy each other’s cooking in the hall! We may also lead up to the celebration with some weekday evening Masses – but that is still in the pipeline!

Above all to relax and celebrate our parish.

Visit of Bishop John:

Thank you to everyone who made Bishop John feel welcome last Sunday. He sent an email saying how much he had enjoyed his visit. Particular thanks to the altar servers.

Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School – Year One:

On Thursday, Year One children from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School visited the church. They came bearing gifts – a star to decorate each pew. Each star has a picture of St Matthew and records the intention or prayer of a child. Our Lady of Lourdes is our parish school and we wish them a Happy Feast day for Tuesday.

New rotas for Readers and Eucharistic ministers: 8th March - 28th June 2020

The present rotas end on Sunday 1st March and new rotas for period of 8th March to 28th June will be drawn up very soon. The new rotas, though, will not cover Easter Sunday (12th April), for which, along with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, special sign-up sheets will be available as in previous years. If you know that you are unable to serve at a particular mass or if, on the other hand, you wish to serve at a particular mass, please let the parish secretary know by Monday 17th February When you receive the new rota, please check the rota in advance to see when you are scheduled to serve.


Our Youth Group, Incensed, will meet again on Sunday, 23rd February. If you are aged 10+, please come and join us in the Community Room after 10 am Mass for snacks, games and a look at how we can prepare for Lent.

Access to the Hall:

Please access the hall via the walkway between the church and the presbytery. Access to the hall via the left hand side (on the other side of the church) is a bit slippery and unsafe.

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