Welcome to the parish blog

Mass on Fridays returns to 8.00am this Friday unless otherwise announced.

The Parish Finance Committee meets Tuesday 7.30pm.

Youth Group Leaders’ Meeting on Monday at 7.30pm in the presbytery. If any child has still to rejoin youth club from last year or was told that they could join after the summer, could they please do so on Friday Sept 12th. If anyone wants to put their child on the waiting list they can do so by handing in there details to Father Gerard or any youth leader.

 Signing of Secondary School Priest Reference Forms Father Gerard will be holding two signing sessions. Friday 19th September, 8.30am-9.30am and Friday 3rd October 8.30am-9.30am. Both sessions will be in the school. If neither of these dates and times work for you contact Father Gerard for an individual appointment. Last date for signing is October 13th as Father Gerard will be away after that. Nursery and reception forms will be signed in the middle of November. Dates will be published closer to the time.

 Board members Westminster Diocese Safeguarding Commission The Diocese is currently seeking to appoint new Board members to provide additional capacity and specialist knowledge to further assist the important work of the Commission. Please note, the role is unremunerated but out of pocket expenses will be paid. For a full role description please see http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/

Teas & Coffees! Now the holidays are over we will be serving tea and fresh coffee at the back of church after 11.am Mass each week, everybody welcome! But we do need more volunteers – if you would like help, please see Katy Harper after 11am Mass. The commitment is just once a term and it’s a great way to chat and meet people after Mass.

The aim of the Catholic Under 35s group is to help young Catholics meet other young Catholics in London. They run socials events each month that are fun and different and are a great place to meet new people. The events they’ve organised include dinners, drinks, picnics, trips to museums and art galleries. To find out more information go to http://www.catholicunder35s.com and request to join.

The Seniors Group is now closed for the summer break. It will reopen on Tuesday 16 September.

Singers and any other musicians required for 9.00am Mass. Please come and join our group if you can play any instrument. We are especially in need of singers. It’s truly a lovely way to start a Sunday and very relaxed group. Email Emma.brant@bbc.co.uk or denisecchan@gmail.com

Parish Quiz Saturday 4 October in the Community Centre, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. We will be raising funds for Aid to the Church in Need which in the light of recent events in Iraq and Syria is an extremely worthy cause. Tickets are on sale after all Masses this weekend. They are £5 each. Wine and beer will be available for purchase and crisps and nuts will be on the tables. Please feel free to bring your own food/snacks.

Volunteers motivated by their Christian faith are needed to support people coming out of prison Pact (Prison Advice & Care Trust) are looking for Christian volunteers to support newly released prisoners, helping them to resettle into the community and not re-offend. Volunteers form Basic Caring Community (BaCC) groups of four volunteers and one ex-prisoner. For more information contact us at BaCC@prisonadvice.org.uk / call 0207 7359535 or watch a short video at http://www.prisonadvice.org.uk/bacc

 Treasures of Westminster Cathedral free entry on Mondays in September 15, 22 and 29. Tokens are available from the Cathedral Shop. See a display of rare ecclesiastical objects, vestments, chalices and sacred relics acquired by the Cathedral since its opening in 1903. See one of the greatest architectural models. www.westminstercathedral.org.uk

OUR SVP FOOD BANK IS RUNNING LOW, PLEASE BRING DONATIONS NEXT WEEKEND. THANKS!

The Second Annual Lecture of the Guild of Our Lady of Ransom will be given by Jan Graffius of Stonyhurst College on ‘Saving the English Martyrs – how Catholic families preserved relics from Becket to Plunkett’. This will take place at the Social Centre, St James’s, Spanish Place, London W1U 3QY, Wednesday 10 September 7.00pm. The lecture will be followed by refreshments. All are most welcome.

Service Manager Project Bakhita The Diocese is currently seeking to appoint a Service Manager Project to manage the development of the Catholic Church’s response to the victims of Human Trafficking in line with the Saint Josephine Bakhita Foundation. A recognised Criminal Justice qualification or equivalent experience along with excellent communication skills is essential. 35 hours per week Salary: £45K Closing date: 19 September Interview date: 30 Sept.

Catholic Speed Dating is finally here! Come along with friends and enjoy the chance to meet lots of other like-minded people. Register with Claire at claire@austin-forum.org beforehand and come along to Austin Forum, Hammersmith on Sunday 28 September at 7.30pm, £5 only.

Parish Party this Sunday 13 July
at the Community Centre following the 11.00am Mass.

Mass this coming Friday
will be at 9.15am not 8.00am.

Grand Organ Festival recital
In the 2014 series is coming up on Wednesday 23 July at 7.30pm at Westminster Cathedral, and features the Cathedral’s Assistant Master of Music, Peter Stevens. All concerts in this series are free of charge, and everyone is welcome. Running time 75 minutes.

Petitions for Lourdes
Next Sunday 20 July Father Gerard, along with a group of parishioners, is traveling to Lourdes for the Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage. If you would like Father Gerard to bring a petition to Our Lady write out your petition and give it to Father Gerard in an envelope marked Lourdes Petitions.

Catholic Speed Dating
Is finally here! Come along with friends and enjoy the chance to meet lots of other like-minded people. Register with Claire at claire@austin-forum.org beforehand and come along to AustinForum, Hammersmith on Sunday 28 September at 7.30pm, £5 only

Tea and Coffee after 11.00am Mass
Do stop by, have a nice cup of “proper” coffee and a chin wag with your fellow parishioners! Build up our community!

Assistant to the Safeguarding Co-ordinator
The diocese is currently seeking to appoint an Assistant to the Safeguarding Co-ordinator to help in the implementation of National Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church. It is important that all applicants possess a relevant experience, are self-motivated, organised, can multi task and that s/he is able to work to their own initiative. Hours of work: 4 days per week Salary: £25-27K pro rata per annum Closing date: 22 July To apply go to .uk/diocese/jobs/

In case you are admitted to hospital……..
In light of data protection please indicate on entering hospital that your details are to be passed to the Catholic Chaplain. Also state that you would like the Catholic Chaplain to visit you.

Musician – Clerkenwell Parish
We are currently seeking to appoint a Musician to help improve the Liturgical worship, co-ordinating and leading the small choir in rehearsing and performing at the two Sunday masses. It is important that the successful candidate is a good musician, self-motivated, organised and able to work to their own initiative.  Hours of work: 4 hours per week (including Sunday Masses/additional hours at Christmas and Easter) Salary: £300 per calendar month (neg) Closing date: 31 July 2014 To apply go to http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/

Autographical note from Father David visiting from Uganda
I am Father David Kolo Masaba. Born on 13 August 1973 of Nicholas and Terezina in Gulu town, Northern Uganda-East Africa. Both my Parents have died. My parents gave birth to 10 of us, two have died and one (Richard Lee) is unaccounted for because he was abducted at the age of 9 by LRA (Lord’s Resistance Army) Rebels in 2006 and up to now nobody knows his fate. I was ordained Deacon on 16 August 2003 and a priest on 7 August 2004 from Gulu Archdiocese. I am the Parish Priest of St. Martin De Porres Parish-Lukome, the Dean of the Cathedral Deanery, Chairman Justice and Peace Commission, a school Chaplain etc. Our Parish Church collapsed during the war and we are in the process of rebuilding it up. All our Sunday Masses are in the open air. I am really happy to have my holiday in St Joan of Arc Parish-Highbury. I thank The Westminster Diocese for accepting me and offered me a place here. I thank very much Father Gerard King for the good welcome and brotherly love. Thank you too the Parishioners for giving me a good welcome here. I will fly back to Uganda on 31 August 2014.  May God bless you all.

 Music Administrator – Westminster Cathedral – Temporary (maternity cover)
We are currently seeking to appoint a temporary Music Administrator to assist the Cathedral’s Master of Music in the administration of the music department. The successful candidate will be an experience administrator and must have an interest in high-quality church music in the Roman Catholic environment, though the person appointed need not be a musician. The post requires independence and initiative, excellent IT skills and flexibility of work’s hours. Hours of work: 35 hours per week Salary: £26-28K per annum Closing date: 15 July 2014 Interview date: 21 July 2014 http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/

New Youth Leaders needed
Probably 6-8 as many are finally stepping down who have been leaders for ten years or more. If you can help please let Father Gerard know. Also if any child in year six or seven would like to go on the waiting list to join after the summer give details to Father Gerard

Singers and other any musicians required for 9.00am Mass
Please come and join our group if you can play any instrument. We are especially in need of singers. It’s truly a lovely way to start a Sunday and very relaxed group. Email Emma.brant@bbc.co.uk or denisecchan@gmail.com

Please donate Your Foreign/Old Coins to Help the SVP
Do you have any foreign or old coins or notes sitting around your home? The SVP is able to collect foreign coins and banknotes, old and obsolete money and convert it into cash that can be used for the work of the Society. There is a at the back of church for donations.

 

Date for your Diary
Parish Party next Sunday 13 July at the Community Centre following the 11.00am Mass.If you haven’t signed up already now is the time!!

St. Aloysius College
St. Aloysius College wishes to appoint a Receptionist/First Aider/Admin Assistant for September 2014.  As the school’s first point of contact you will be the schools representative.  Your role will encompass Reception, First Aid and administrative duties. Contact www.sta.islington.sch.uk or 020 7561 7800 for an information pack.  Closing Date: 10 July

Petitions for Lourdes
On Sunday 20 July Father Gerard, along with a group of parishioners, is traveling to Lourdes for the Westminster Diocesan Pilgrimage under the leadership of Cardinal Nichols. If you would like Father Gerard to bring a petition to Our Lady write out your petition and give it to Father Gerard in an envelope marked Lourdes Petitions.

Tea and Coffee after 11.00am Mass
Do stop by, have a nice cup of “proper” coffee and a chin wag with your fellow parishioners! Build up our community!

Finance Committee Meeting
Wednesday, 7.00pm.

Music Administrator – Westminster Cathedral – Temporary (maternity cover)
We are currently seeking to appoint a temporary Music Administrator to assist the Cathedral’s Master of Music in the administration of the music department. The successful candidate will be an experience administrator and must have an interest in high-quality church music in the Roman Catholic environment, though the person appointed need not be a musician. The post requires independence and initiative, excellent IT skills and flexibility of work’s hours. Hours of work: 35 hours per week Salary: £26-28K per annum Closing date: 15 July 2014 Interview date: 21 July 2014 http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/

St Anne’s Home Appeal
This weekend we welcome The Little Sisters of the Poor who run St Anne’s Home in Stoke Newington. They will tell us about their work and there will be a retiring collection in aid of their work.

Twice as Good Sale – a Huge Thank You
From our Parish CAFOD and SVP Groups to everyone who supported this special event. You bought a fantastic £400 worth of Fair Trade food – 60 kilos of rice, lots of pasta sauce, plus coffee, tea, cookies and jam. Most of this you very kindly donated for use in our SVP food parcels for poor families in our local community.  And as everything was Fairly Traded, you were also supporting growers and their families in poor communities around the world.  Thank-you very much indeed for your great support and generosity!

Ronald Seery an Autobiographical Note
I was born and raised in a Catholic family in Dublin in the 60s and ‘70s and moved to London after qualifying as an Adult General Nurse and Psychiatric Nurse in the mid-80s.  I qualified as a nurse because my schools’ career guidance teacher told me if I was interested in the priesthood I would be expected to have some, “people-type work experience”.  When I moved to London and became engrossed in further professional development and assumed more job responsibility I lost a sense of vocation.  It returned very suddenly and compellingly when I was working in the NHS as a psychotherapy team manager and after a long but very affirming selection process by Westminster Diocese, was sent to study in the Pontifical Beda College in Rome.  Having completed a year and passed the first year exams (verification that miracles still happen) I am grateful to Father Gerard for hosting me in St. Joan of Arc for parish experience.  I am really looking forward to meeting as many parishioners as possible, both in Highbury and in Lourdes.”

Treasures of Westminster Cathedral Exhibition
Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursdayin July 2014, from 10:00am – 5:00pm(except Thursday 24 July).Free tokens are availablefrom the Cathedral Shop.See a display of rare ecclesiastical objects,vestments, chalices and sacred relicsacquired by the Cathedral since itsopening in 1903.Learn the story of how the Cathedralwas created and see one of the greatestarchitectural models in Britain.

Governance and Office Manager
The Diocese of Westminster is currently seeking to appoint a Governance and Office Manager to oversee the administration of Foundation Governors for the Diocese.The successful candidate will possess a relevant experience be self-motivated, organised, can multi task and that s/he is able to work to their own initiative. S/he must also have good MS office and excellent communication skills, shorthand and touch typing. Hours of work: 35 hours a week Salary: £30-35K  Closing date: 18 July  http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/

New Youth Leaders needed
Probably 6-8 as many are finally stepping down who have been leaders for ten years or more. If you can help please let Father Gerard know. Also if any child in year six or seven would like to go on the waiting list to join after the summer give details to Father Gerard

Local charity, St. Augustine’s Playgroup
Is looking for a volunteer treasurer/ bookkeeper to act as a trustee. We are hoping to find someone with bookkeeping and Excel skills, is enthusiastic about providing financial reporting and guidance to the management committee of this vibrant early years setting. For an informal chat about what’s involved contact Fiona on 07887616202 fionarichardson125@gmail.com

 

Parish Party Sunday 13 July

Date for your Diary – Parish Party Sunday 13 July at the Community Centre following the 11.00am Mass We are signing up people to bring food this weekend of. We will be needing lots of food!!

Bring along just 1 plate/dish of food. Food will need to be brought to the Community Centre by 11.00am on the day, or if you can’t make it by that time, then please bring it with you straight after Mass. Make a main course, salad or desert. When choosing a dish, however, please bear in mind that the Community Centre has no refrigeration, cooking or heating-up facilities, so your dish will have to be one that can be left out. Please make sure it is covered with cling-film or foil. All plates should have your name on the bottom, and we would ask that you take your plate back with you at the end of the day. There will be no need to bring serving spoons or forks as these will be provided.

Mass on Tuesday this week is at 8.00am and on Saturday morning at 9.00am.

PPC Meeting
PPC Meeting on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the presbytery. All members please bring along your diaries.

 

New Youth Leaders needed
Probably 6-8 as many are finally stepping down who have been leaders for ten years or more. If enough don’t come forward then we will have to limit our offer to the youth of the parish which would be a great shame. Also if any child in year six or seven would like to go on the waiting list to join after the summer could they hand in there details to the presbytery.

 Please support the Passage
In their work for homeless people in Central London, by attending The Passage annual Garden Party in the College Garden, Westminster Abbey on Friday 11 July, 6.00pm to 8.30pm. Tickets £32 each, include wine, soft drinks, buffet supper and live music. Tickets are available from The Passage, St Vincent’s Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL. 020 7592 1856. Or you can email: tickets@passage.org.uk.

The June meeting of Vocation Discernment Group
The June meeting of Vocation Discernment Group for adults (18-40) is on Friday 27 June, 7.00-9.00pm in the Hinsley Room next to Westminster Cathedral. Father Richard Nesbitt will be reflecting on Chapter 5 of Pope Francis’ Evangelium Gaudii – richardnesbitt@rcdow.org.uk

Calling Musicians
Singers and other any musicians required for 9.00am Mass. Please come and join our group if you can play any instrument. We are especially in need of singers. It’s truly a lovely way to start a Sunday and very relaxed group. Email Emma.brant@bbc.co.uk or denisecchan@gmail.com

 

Aid to the Church in Need
Please pray for Mariam Ibrahim and her family as she awaits her sentence in prison. Mariam Yehya Ibrahim was arrested in September 2013, charged with apostasy for having left Islam, and has been sentenced to be hanged. She has also been charged with adultery for marrying a Christian and is to receive one 100 lashes once her new-born daughter Maya has been weaned. This charge is strongly contested and a statement from the church in Sudan sets out the facts. The judge gave Mariam a few days to recant her Christian faith and practice Islam, but Mariam has chosen to remain faithful to her Christian faith and told the judge “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy”.

It is reported she also told her husband, she would rather die than change her faith. Mariam has shown incredible courage and is a true witness to the Gospel of Jesus. The Sudanese government has given vague promises that they will review her case and as a result international pressure against Sudan has eased off – but still there is no end in sight. Mariam is currently shackled to the wall of Omdurman’s Women’s prison along with her two children. However there may be hope yet! It still may be possible for her sentence to be commuted, but your prayers are desperately needed!

 What does holiness mean?
Is it relevant to the 21st century?  Meet the parents of a saint. Ruggero and Maria Teresa Badano are guest speakers at this year’s Bright Lights Youth Festival at Aylesford on 28 June.  Chiara Luce, their daughter, died in 1990 aged 18 of an incurable bone cancer. She was beatified in 2010. On Sunday 29 June 2-5pm at Amigo Hall, there’s a unique opportunity to meet her parents. For further information contact Focolare at 020 8671 8355 or 020 8992 7666, or email focolare.dafforne@btinternet.com

Twice as Good Sale
Our Parish CAFOD and SVP Groups are getting together to hold a Twice as Good Sale 28-29 June. We will be asking you to buy some Fair Trade rice, pasta sauce or coffee, and donate it straight to SVP for use in their food parcels. The sale is “twice as good” because it helps growers in poor communities around the world to get a fair price for their produce, and it also helps poor families in our local community who are very much in need of the SVP food parcels. Pease come and buy and donate, and maybe buy some rice or something else from the Fair Trade stall for your own use too. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of SVP and CAFOD.

Finsbury Park Mosque fifth open day this Sunday
We would like to invite you all to join us in this special day to know each other more and build bridges between our communities. You can come as a group, family or individual where you enjoy our exhibition, films and tour in the mosque

 

Date for your Diary – Parish Party

Date for your Diary – Parish Party Sunday 13 July following the 11.00am Mass at the Community Centre, Kelross Road. We will start signing up people to bring food next weekend of. We will be needing lots of food!! The idea is for each volunteer to bring along on the day just 1 plate/dish of food. Food will need to be brought to the Community Centre by 11.00am on the day, or if you can’t make it by that time, then please bring it with you straight after the Mass.

Please feel free to prepare whatever dish you wish choosing a main course, salad or desert, particularly if you have a national dish you would like to share with the parish. When choosing a dish, however, please bear in mind that the Community Centre has no refrigeration, cooking or heating-up facilities, so your dish will have to be one that can be left out. Please make sure it is covered with cling-film or foil. All plates should have your name on the bottom, and we would ask that you take your plate back with you at the end of the day. There will be no need to bring serving spoons or forks as these will be provided.

Message from Bill Bowder

Earlier this year, Cardinal Vincent asked Father Gerard to let me come to St Joan of Arc for an extended parish placement for four days a week as part of my preparation for what I hope, by God’s grace, will be ordination to the diaconate at the beginning of next year and ordination to the priesthood later that year. As part of this preparation I have also spent a year at Allen Hall seminary in Chelsea and a year at the Beda College in Rome.

In 1982 I was ordained a priest in the Anglican Church in St Paul’s Cathedral and I am married with three grown-up sons, Leo, Espin and Charlie. My wife, Caroline, is a playwright. The Pope has allowed a number of former Anglican clergy who are married to become ordained as Catholic priests so Caroline and I maintain our flat together in Islington. I was born in Birmingham and worked as a probation office and a journalist and then as a clergyman in Enfield, Ireland and Canterbury, before helping out in Oxfordshire parishes and working again as a journalist, on the Church Times. I studied philosophy at university in Dublin, then social work in Canterbury and ecumenism again in Dublin and I was received into the Catholic Church seven years ago. I very much look forward to being here in this parish. I am in the parish Saturday-Tuesday each week.

 

Over 60s Book Club

Over 60s Book Club Starts this Sunday 15 June 1.30pm-3.30pm. Join our volunteers and other over-60s for a chat about what you made you laugh or cry in this month’s book. Islington Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, N5 1PF. Call 07884581671 for more information and to sign up.

Happy Fathers’ Day to all the dads in our parish!

12 Traits of a Great Father

1- He’s a good disciplinarian
2- He allows his children to make some mistakes
3- He’s open-minded
4- He teaches his children to appreciate things
5- He accepts that his children aren’t exactly like him
6- He spends quality time with his children
7- He leads by example
8- He’s supportive and loyal
9- He challenges his children
10- He teaches his children lessons
11- He protects his family at all costs
12- He shows unconditional love

“Anyone can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy.” Anonymous 
“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother”  Theodore M Hesburgh
“A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall, but instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again.”

Performance of “The Journey”

Performance of “The Journey” here Saturday 28 June at 7.00pm The Journey is an acclaimed performance by Meditation. With readings and music designed for adults and those aged 13+ (no very young children please). Over about 90 minutes, the performance draws the audience into the life and teachings of Jesus. An ecumenical and truly spiritual experience. Please come along and bring your friends, they don’t have to be Catholic. Everyone is welcome.

Donate Your Foreign/Old Coins to Help the SVP

Do you have any foreign or old coins or notes sitting around your home? The SVP is able to collect foreign coins and banknotes, old and obsolete money and convert it into cash that can be used for the work of the Society in helping the poor and disadvantaged in our midst. From now on there are jars at the back of church after every Mass where you can put your foreign/old money. Please throw your spare euros, cents, etc in the jars and help the SVP.

Christians in the Middle East

Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere are suffering systematic killing and outright persecution”, according to a leading Catholic human rights campaigner, and yet the West’s response is to ignore it “without barely a murmur of protest”. Highlighting worsening killing and kidnapping of Christians and arson attacks on their churches and homes in parts of Africa, the Middle East and other parts of Asia, Lord David Alton of Liverpool said the West’s “indifference” was compounding the crisis.

 

For Reflection and Prayer Evangelii Gaudium
The Joy of the Gospel Apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis. The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus (Evangelii Gaudium, 1).Does the Gospel of Christ fill you with joy? Does the expression “joy of the gospel” represent a new way of looking at your life? Does it present a vision worthy of serious consideration? I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them. (Evangelii Gaudium, 3). Have you a truly personal relationship with Christ? How can you foster a greater intimacy with Him? What are the signs of encounter with the Lord in your life? God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy (Evangelii Gaudium, 3). Do you know divine mercy in your life? Are you truly mindful of the font of forgiveness that is the sacrament of reconciliation? Is your life a process of on-going conversion? What helps and what hinders you in on-going conversion? Life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort. Indeed, those who enjoy life most are those who leave security on the shore and become excited by the mission of communicating life to others. (Evangelii Gaudium, 10). How do you understand the Pope’s words that life grows by being given away, and it weakens in isolation and comfort? “God loves a cheerful giver” (2Cor 9:8). Can you identify the cheerful givers in your life? What motivates your giving throughout the Lenten Journey? The hearts of many people are gripped by fear and desperation, even in the so-called rich countries. The joy of living frequently fades, lack of respect for others and violence are on the rise, and inequality is increasingly evident. It is a struggle to live and, often, to live with precious little dignity. (Evangelii Gaudium, 52). Does the Pope’s interpretation of modern living correspond with something of your own experience? How can we, in a collective way, be honest in addressing the fear and desperation which seems to overwhelm so many people? In our society, is the Pope’s call for joy in people’s hearts timely and/or necessary? Can we lift up our hearts with joy today?

The Divine Mercy Apostolate
Run by Marian Fathers is organising on Saturday 22 March 2014, 11:00am – 4:00 pm a Divine Mercy Lenten Retreat at  the Parish of St Scholastica, 17 Kenninghall Road, Clapton, London E5 8BS.  All welcome.

Last Friday 14 March was CAFOD Lent Fast Day:
CAFOD is working with poor communities around the world on our behalf, helping them to tackle poverty and injustice.
Fast Days are our opportunity to support this vital work. Please return your Fast Day envelope with your donation to CAFOD. There will be a second collection in support of CAFOD’s work after all Masses this weekend. Thank you. .

Our Lenten Prayer Group
Meets on Monday morning after 9.15am Mass. Books are on sale at the repository. These are entitled “Come Follow Me” and they include reflections on the joy of the Gospel. Cost: £1.50

Planned Giving Envelopes
These will be ready for collection from next weekend (22/23 March) and should be used from Sunday 6 April 2014. Please refrain from using any of the old envelopes after this date as the numbers are no longer valid for the new tax year. Your co-operation is much appreciated.

Live Simply Lenten Lunch, Sunday 23 March 12 noon to 2.00pm
Our CAFOD Group is hosting a Live Simply Lunch in the Community Centre to which everyone in the Parish is invited – a simple lunch of warming, home-made soup and bread, a chance for us to get together as a Parish, and to remember our friend Mildred Nevile.  Mildred was a founding member of our CAFOD Group and much-loved in the Parish. The lunch is also to show fellowship with the many poor communities around the world who have no choice but to “live simply” every day. This is not a fundraising event, but there will be a very small charge of £1 per person (Under 10s free) just to cover costs. Let us know if you’re coming beforehand so we know how much soup to make! There’ll be sign-up sheets after each Mass the week-end before.  Many thanks – and we very much hope to see you on 23 March.

Faith Movement London Talks: ‘Why The Church?’
All are welcome to a series of talks on ‘Why the Church?’ on selected Wednesdays at 7.30pm (dates below & at http://www.faith.org.uk) in the crypt of Warwick Street Church (entrance via basement steps to 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR). Tube: Piccadilly Circus. Wed 26 March Why male and female? Why the virginal birth? Father Hugh MacKenzie. Wed 30 April The Sacraments: The sunshine of the soul. Father Michael-John Galbraith. Wed 14 May The Church as a field hospital. Canon Luiz Ruscillo. Wed 28 May The Eucharist: Fulfilling human nature. Father David Standen

Has your bike been stolen?
This Sunday 11.00am – 3.00pm there is a cycle open day in the rear of Islington Police Station, 2 Tolpuddle Street,  N1 0YY. The Police will be displaying a significant number of stolen bicycles where they have been unable to identify the owner, so if you’ve had your bike stolen in this Borough or elsewhere, please come along as this could mean they can make the identification and return the bicycle. There will also be a number of stands including bike security, bike and HGV vision awareness.

“He who receives, should thank;
He who gives, should be silent.”

German proverb.

Our Lenten Prayer Group
Our Lenten Prayer Group begins this Monday morning after 9.15am Mass. Books are on sale at the repository. These are entitled “Come Follow Me” and they include reflections on the joy of the Gospel. Cost: £1.50

Funeral
The Funeral of the late Frank Kilbride is on Wednesday at 1.30pm. Frank’s mortal remains will come into the church on Tuesday at 6.30pm. May he rest in peace. Amen

Domestic Bursar
A Domestic Bursar is required to oversee the day-to-day management and development of Newman House, the University Chaplaincy and Student Hostel in central London. For full information and information on how to apply go to http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/

CAFOD Lent Fast Day
This Friday 14 March is CAFOD Lent Fast Day: CAFOD is working with poor communities around the world on our behalf, helping them to tackle poverty and injustice. Fast Days are our opportunity to support this vital work. Please collect a Fast Day envelope and prayer card after Mass, and consider fasting and praying in solidarity this Friday. Please return the Fast Day envelope with your donation for next weekend’s CAFOD collection. Thank you.

Westminster Youth Ministry
Westminster Youth Ministry will lead a Young Adults Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in November The ten day programme will visit all the region’s principal holy sites and the tempo and pace of the Pilgrimage will recognise the youthfulness of the attendees. The Pilgrimage will be visiting the Holy Land at the same time as the Westminster Diocese Pilgrimage and the intention is that everyone comes together at some stage during their respective stays to share some quality time. The cost of £1,100 is on a full board basis; with Father David Reilly, the Westminster Youth Chaplain leading the group. For further information call 0207 387 1971 or email youth@rcdow.org.uk

Feast of St Patrick
Feast of St Patrick at St Patrick’s, Soho.  Mass times are on Monday 17 at 8.00am, 12.45pm and 6pm. Shamrock will be blessed and distributed at all the Masses. St Patrick’s Church, 21a Soho Square, London, W1D 4NR. Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Maida Vale is looking for a new Headteacher. Start: September 2014. Visits by interested applicants to the school on Monday 10 March are warmly welcomed. To arrange a visit and get more information, please contact the school office on 020 7286 3518 or office@stjosephsschool.org.uk Application packs can be downloaded from http://www.stjosephsschool.org.uk

Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent at 7.00pm

Faith Movement London
Faith Movement London Talks: ‘Why The Church?’ All are welcome to a series of talks on ‘Why the Church?’ on selected Wednesdays at 7.30pm (dates below & at http://www.faith.org.uk) in the crypt of Warwick Street Church (entrance via basement steps to 24 Golden Square, London W1F 9JR). Tube: Piccadilly Circus. Wed 12 March The Church’s Magisterium: Why must it be part of God’s communing with Man? Father Mark Vickers. Wed 26 March Why male and female? Why the virginal birth? Father Hugh MacKenzie. Wed 30 April The Sacraments: The sunshine of the soul. Father Michael-John Galbraith. Wed 14 May The Church as a field hospital. Canon Luiz Ruscillo. Wed 28 May The Eucharist: Fulfilling human nature. Father David Standen

“Today’s Throwaway Culture”
“Today’s Throwaway Culture” on Tuesday 11 March at 6.00pm at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN.   Pro-Life talk by Monsignor Philip J Reilly, founder of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants which peacefully, prayerfully, wins hearts for the Gospel of Life.   All welcome, just turn up.  £5 entrance fee.  Enquiries to rose@hgpi.co.uk  or cathmacgillivray@rcdow.org.uk

Exploring a vocation to the priesthood?
Find out more on Thursday 20 March from 7.00pm at the Centre for Youth Ministry in Somers Town near Euston Station.  For further details please contact Father Graham Stokes by email on grahamstokes@rcdow.org.uk or telephone 020 8747 5909 or see http://www.rcdow.org.uk/vocations

Live Simply Lenten Lunch, Sunday  23 March 12 noon to 2.00pm
Our CAFOD Group is hosting a Live Simply Lunch in the Community Centre to which everyone in the Parish is invited – a simple lunch of warming, home-made soup and bread, a chance for us to get together as a Parish, and to remember our friend Mildred Nevile.  Mildred was a founding member of our CAFOD Group and much-loved in the Parish. The lunch is also to show fellowship with the many poor communities around the world who have no choice but to “live simply” every day. This is not a fundraising event, but there will be a very small charge of £1 per person (Under 10s free) just to cover costs. Let us know if you’re coming beforehand so we know how much soup to make! There’ll be sign-up sheets after each Mass the week-end before.  Many thanks – and we very much hope to see you on 23 March.

‘A Journey of Hope with Mary’
A series of reflections to help deepen our faith, following the footsteps of Mary and Pope Francis. Mary at the FOOT OF THE CROSS – ‘Believe in the victory of love’ (Pope Francis) Friday 14 March 8.00pm at Notre Dame de France church, 5 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BX All welcome! Full program: http://www.bit.ly/jhwm2014  T: 020 7440 2663, E: info@spiritinthecity.org

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