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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 14.01.2024


Sun 14th Jan

8.30am John Gilgan, 40th anniversary

10am Matthew Hickey, RIP

12noon Bridget Corcoran, RIP

Mon 15th Jan Feria

10am Funeral Mass for Marjorie Reid, RIP

Tues 16th Jan Feria

10am Manuel, RIP

Weds 17th Jan NO MASS

Thurs 18th Jan Feria

10am Jim McGaharen, RIP

Fri 19th Jan Feria

10 am Funeral Mass for Manuel Luis Correia Goncalves, RIP

Sat 20th Jan Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

5pm Bridie Prior, RIP

Saturday 10 am – 11am; 4.30pm – 5pm: Confessions and Exposition

Please check your Spam Accounts – I might have sent you an email,

Blessings…Fr Peter.

Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers:, Michael O’Boy, Christina Cahill, Eric Nicholas Darwent,

Therese Kemp, John O’Shea, Bina, Noel, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Karina McKiernan,

Jonathan Heller and Izabela Lissowska – all unwell at this time. We also pray for: Marjorie Reid, Luis Goncalves, Sean Duffy, Iride Villa and Raffaella Di Trolio whose anniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.

Marjorie Reid RIP

It was with great sadness that we recently heard the news that Marjorie Reid, a well-known and longstanding parishioner of St Mary’s, had died. Many of you will remember Marjorie as a reader here at Sunday Mass. Her funeral will take place at St Mary’s on Monday 15th January at 10am. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen.

Luis Goncalves RIP

Luis died peacefully earlier this week. Many of you will know Luis because of his regular attendance at the 8:30am Mass on Sunday and his generous help with the allotment. Luis Requiem Mass will be at 10am on Friday 19th January. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

Offertory Collections

The offertory collection for the week ending 7th January 2024 was £936.87. Many thanks for your generosity.

“Parish Safe Guarding” - Please Remember:

When taking your child to the bathroom in the porch, they must be accompanied by a parent or an adult member of the family. Thank you.

The Wall

Fr Peter writes: Finally, after four amazing years, repairs to the boundary wall between St Mary’s and the High Road have been finished. Break open the champagne!!! As you can see, turrets have been replaced, bricks repointed and weep holes cleaned. It is now secure and safe. Ironically, the week it was completed the neighbours garden wall collapsed (edging the presbytery garden). With the boundary wall repaired, I can now look to updating signage for the church and the parish centre. Once again, thank you to everyone who donated to the “Wall Fund Raising Project” particularly during the pandemic. As said, an amazing four years.

First Holy Communion Meetings

The next parents meeting to discuss First Reconciliations will be in the Parish Centre at 7:30pm on Tuesday. These meetings are mandatory for all parents. The First Reconciliation Programme and First Communion Programme will start for all children registered with Fr Peter at 3:45pm on Tuesday 23rd January.

Talk on Catholic Economics

Will Cappelli has kindly agreed to give another talk on a modern day challenge and the response of the Church. Will’s next talk will be on the view of the Church regarding the economic world. He will speak on Monday 5th February at 7:30pm in the parish centre.

Parish Hall Caretaker:

Zarela Vargas has been appointed the new parish caretaker taking over from Wilfredo Santillian. Zarela will work on Monday’s. Welcome aboard Zarela!

If you know of an organisation who would like to make a long term booking of either hall in the parish centre, please contact Yvonne (in the parish office) or Fr Peter. The advantages of our halls include a car park and catering facilities.

The answers to last week’s quiz…

1. Creation means: a) God made everything out of nothing.

2 How many miraculous cures at Lourdes has the Church recognized officially?

d) fewer than 70.

3. The Catholic Church is… c) the only ecclesial body in which the Church founded by

Christ subsists.

4 The Communion Host may be received…….

b) either on the tongue or in the hand, as per the preference of the individual


5. Christ first knew He was God….e) none of the above. He always knew.

Seniors Lunch Sunday 18th February 2024 early warning

St Mary's SVP will be hosting lunch in the parish hall on Sunday 18th February at 1pm. Sign-up sheets will be in the church porch from next weekend. So please keep an eye out for them. The menu will include chicken and a vegetarian option. If you have any dietary restrictions let us know in advance or when you sign up. If know a friend/someone who would like to come who has never been before please bring them along and enjoy our lovely day.

Once again Billy and Michael will be providing live music so an opportunity to shake a leg or two or just listen!

This week’s “Test your Catholic Knowledge” Quiz.

1. Who is revered as the first Pope?

St. Peter

St. Scott the Rather Wonderful

St. Paul

St. Ignatius of Antioch

2. What is the term for the change of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ

during the Mass?





3. Which of these heresies maintained that Christ was not truly God?





4. What Catholic religious order did Martin Luther belong to before he broke from the church?

A Franciscan

An Augustinian

A Jesuit

A Swiftie

5. What does 'catholic' mean?




'That you are simply Fantastic'

6. According to Catholic teaching, does the gift of infallibility prevent the Pope from committing sin?



Yes, but only after he has died.


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