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5th Sunday of Lent 26.03.2023


Sun 26th Mar

8.30 am Pat Doody

10 am People of the Parish

12 noon Margaret Merriman RIP

Mon 27th Mar Lent feria

10 am Requiem Mass for Antonio Ostacchini RIP

Tues 28th Mar Lent feria

10am Margaret Merriman RIP

Weds 29th Mar NO MASS

Thurs 30th Mar Lent feria

10am Margaret Merriman RIP

Fri 31st Mar Lent feria

10 am Edward Caddle RIP

Sat 1st April Palm Sunday

5pm Mary Giblin Anniv

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

Your Prayers:

Let us keep in our prayers: Christna Cahill, Eric Nicholas Darwent, Therese Kemp, John O’Shea, Rekha, Bina, Noel, Jose Luis Pérez, Alice, Karina McKiernan and Izabela Lissowska – all unwell at this time. We also pray for:: Gino Tomei, James Meally,Peter Sartori, Noel Ryan, Donato Merola, Siobhan Lynch, Dennis Lennane, Susan Wren, Geraldine Day, Catherine Kelly, Josephine Okuyiga, Jane Ikwueke, Maureen O Sullivan, Patrick Reilly, Ann Gourdarznia, Nina Cole, Lorenzo Marcantuono, Pat McMahon, Michael Walsh Esther Ampomah Arhin, Peter McHugh, Marguerite Kyunga, Kathleen Molloy, Maria Pini, Madeleine Melling, Jenifer Danvers, Enrico Soracchi, Raymond Tissot, Sr Theresa,Patricia Caddle and Lilian Murphy whose anniversaries occur at this time or have died recently. May they Rest in Peace.


The offertory collection for week ending 12th March - £861.24. Many thanks. Please do not forget, that arranging a standing order is the easiest way to support St Mary’s. Please contact the parish office for a Standing Order form.

Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony

The Cardinal is inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 13th May 2023 at 2:30pm. who are celebrating their 5th 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2023. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please give your parish clergy, by 21st April, the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

During Lent….why not…

During lent, why not go to a 10am week-day Mass. If you are dropping the children off from school or WFH (and can pop out for half an hour), it is an ideal way to encounter Christ in a quieter way than at a weekend Mass. Before each weekday Mass there is a half hour period of silent prayer in front of the Blessed Sacrament……why not come to that or do both!

During Lent….why not… clean the Church?

The church is always spotless, but this is because we are blessed with a dedicated group who clean on Monday after the morning Mass. They can always do with more volunteers. Why not join them? There is a sign up sheet at the back of the church.

Presentation about the Jewish Feast of Passover – Rabbi Yossi Fachler

Fr Peter writes: Rabbi Yossi is a good friend and worked with me at St Joseph’s hospice. He is a wonderful speaker and has agreed to talk to the parish about Passover at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 28th March in the small hall. All are very welcome.

Stations of the Cross:

This week, Stations of the Cross will be at its usual time after Friday’s 10am Mass.

Migrants & Refugees – A Catholic Response

“Love the Stranger – A Catholic Response to Migrants and Refugees” was published 14th March 2023 via the Department for International Affairs of the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales. It can be found by clicking on the link:

Our Lady of Lourdes Lent Prayer Group:

Tuesday morning during at 8:15am Holly will lead the last 20-minute prayer session for parents and staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School. These sessions have included some guidance about prayer and an opportunity to pray. Come to reception at 8:10am to be told where to go.

Altar Servers Over Holy Week:

Please add your name to the list in the sacristy for which Mass or service you can serve over Holy Week and the Easter Weekend.

Washing Machine and Tumble Dryer:

Patrick Dunning is giving away a second-hand washing machine and two second hand tumble dryers. For more details please contact Patrick on 07976963565

St Mary’s Lourdes Pilgrimage Group:

There will be a meeting for those preparing to go to Lourdes in the small hall of the parish centre at 7:30pm on Monday 3rd April.

Easter Offering:

The collection at all Masses on Easter Day is your gift that contributes to the salary of your priest. Alternatively, you may wish to give Fr Peter a personal gift.

Family Stations of the Cross: Good Friday:

Family Stations of the Cross will be at 11am on Good Friday. As with last year, you are invited to the hall afterwards for tea, coffee and hot cross buns. Donations of hot cross buns will be happily accepted and any left overs will go to the Foodbank.

Yvonne is away this week….

… please be patient with Fr Peter.

“As he said to the dead Lazarus, so he says to you…”come forth from the despair of doubt, come forth from the sorrow of sin, come forth from the death of disbelief,

come forth to a newness of life. Come forth.”

Thomas Merton

Mary’s Meals Total:

Mary’s Meals would like to thank everyone in the parish for their wonderful generosity. The value of all the foreign currency collected earlier this year was £421.73 which is terrific! This alone will feed 22 children one good meal every school day for a whole year. Please continue to pray for the work of Mary’s Meals. God bless you all.



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