Notices – 4th February

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Welcome

We welcome Fr Tom Egan who will be covering Masses over the next few days.

ADOREMUS Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress

The bishops of England and Wales will hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool this year from 7th-9th September. Eucharistic Congresses are gatherings of clergy, religious and laity which promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Church. The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908. Participants will engage in a series of sessions focusing on different dimensions of the Eucharist and the daily celebration and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. On the first day of the Congress, there will be a Theological Symposium, with workshops for parish catechists, (especially for those involved in First Holy Communion programs), RE teachers, Hospital and Prison Chaplains, Seminary Communities and Extraordinary Ministers. The Echo Arena in Liverpool – which can accommodate 10,000 pilgrims – will be the home to a six-hour stage programme on the second day of the Congress, which will include a Congress Mass, keynote speakers and a drama highlighting the beauty of reverence and devotion. The day will conclude with Adoration. Ticket only. The parish has been allocated 4 spaces. If anyone wishes to go please give your name to the parish office. On the final day of the Pilgrimage and Congress, Sunday, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession – open to all.

Parish Office

The parish office will be closed on Wednesday, 7th February.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation preparation

See the ‘Preparing for the Sacraments’ section below for information about forthcoming meetings.

Confirmation – Our Confirmation candidates will be serving teas/coffees/cakes this Sunday, 4th February after the morning Masses, to raise funds for their chosen charity, Toilet Twinning.

First Holy Communion Celebration Mass – All children and their families are asked to attend the Celebration Mass at 11:15am on Sunday, 11th February.

First Holy Communion Prayer Sponsors – We would like to thank those Parishioners who have volunteered to be a personal Prayer Sponsor. If you have not done so, please collect a letter addressed to you from the newsletter stand or, if you gave an email address, check for an email, which informs you of the name of one or two children to pray for. Please email any questions to firstcommunion@stpeterinchains.com

Parish Draw

Tickets will be on sale this weekend 3rd/4th February after all Masses.

Other notices

Priest Surgery – See Fr Sean without an appointment, Tuesday 13th February, 5pm-7pm at the Presbytery. There is no surgery this week.

Ash Wednesday – 14th February 2018 is a day of Fasting and Abstinence. Masses at 9am & 7:30pm – Ashes will be blessed and distributed at all Masses.

The Passage – please support a St David’s Day concert in aid of The Passage at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster on Thursday, 1 March 2018, 7:30pm. Full details to book are on the website www.passage.org.uk or telephone 020 75921856 or email info@passage.org.uk

Mass for bereaved parents – will take place at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 10th March at 2:30pm. It’s a time to remember, to pray, to give thanks, and to entrust deceased children to the Lord. All are welcome to attend.

Soup Run – The new rota is available from the Lower Parish Rooms.

Thanksgiving for Matrimony – Mass in Thanksgiving for Matrimony for couples celebrating 5th 10th 25th 30th 40th 50th 60th and 60th+ wedding anniversaries at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 19th May 2018, 3:00pm. If you would like to attend please contact the parish office.

Finance Committee Report – Income and expenditure remain stable with a reduction in giving by standing order and envelopes being offset by increase in loose cash donations. The combined effect of increased parish assessable income for 2016 and an increase in the rate of the diocesan levy from 29% to 33%, required to build up diocesan reserves, will result in an increase of £892.62 to £3,747.26 per month for our 2018 levy payments. Excluding funds held for parish groups, there was £369,319.67 available at the end of December 2017. Tenders for our building projects, now split into works on the church and porch and development of the parish rooms were issued this week. We still intend to light the memorial window to mark the 100 years since the end of WWI in November. Work is continuing to improve Health and Safety in a number of areas. We await advice from the diocese on the parish implications of the new data protection legislation that will come into force this year. Fr Sean noted a slow continuing drop in Sunday Mass attendance.

Lourdes Pilgrimage volunteer appeal – The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes is once again looking to recruit volunteers to help on this summer’s pilgrimage. If you are over 18, your help would be very much appreciated as a St Frai Helper. Some of our sick pilgrims in most need of support and medical care stay in a hospital-like building called the Accueil St Frai in the centre of Lourdes. It is well-equipped for their care and they are looked after by a team of doctors, nurses and volunteer St Frai Helpers whose role is to support the nurses and provide the sort of care for which you don’t need a medical qualification. This includes helping the pilgrims get up and ready in the morning; making large amounts of tea; taking the pilgrims to various pilgrimage events; shopping and socialising with them and other helpers; and putting them to bed at night. The timetable is shared across two shifts so there is enough time to rest, make your own pilgrimage, spend time with your groups and make new friends. Helping in the St Frai is an extremely moving and rewarding experience. Working in the St Frai is an opportunity to give our care and company to our pilgrims and make a huge difference in their lives. If you’re interested in helping, please email westminsterstfrai@gmail.com This is a marvelous opportunity and a wonderful witness to the call of the gospel. 18 is the starting age, but there really is no upper age limit, as long as the volunteer is fit and able and keen to help. The pilgrimage is from Saturday 21st – Friday 27th July.

Diocesan Job Vacancies – Please visit http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ to view all vacancies.

Thank you for your Sunday offerings. Giving by text – You can give the Parish £5 by texting “Parish STROG” to 70800.

Newsletter deadline: – please submit items for the Newsletter before midday on Thursday. Note that pressure of space means items may have to be edited.

Preparing for the Sacraments

Meetings are held in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise. Please arrive 5 minutes early to ensure sessions start and finish on time.

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME
GROUP MEETS:
Serving Teas & Coffees Sunday 4 Feb after morning Masses
Wednesday, 7 Feb at 7pm

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME– “I belong”
Note: ‘s/h’ – school holidays
SATURDAY CLASSES: – 3 Feb, s/h, 24 Feb
Classes 1 & 2 – 9:30-10:30am
SUNDAY CLASSES: – 4 Feb, s/h, 25 Feb
Class 3 – 10-11am
Class 4 – 10-11am – Presbytery
MONDAY CLASSES: – 5 Feb, s/h, 26 Feb
Class 5 – 3:45-4:45pm
Class 6 – 5:30-6:30pm
TUESDAY CLASSES: – 6 Feb, s/h, 27 Feb
Class 7 – 5:30-6:30pm

CELEBRATION MASS for all parents and children taking part in the programme
SUNDAY 11th FEB – 11:15am – Church

Please pray for:

Those in the Parish who are ill:
Rose Carroll, Christian Overal, Antonio Neto, Zintra Sansom, Maria Graham, Brenda Buzec, Amy Gordon, Annette Donivar, Margaret Bradley, Caroline Hilton, Karin Summers, Graham Summers, Joan Summers, Alex Robertson, Helen Kozlowski, Lena Cavaciuti, Don Brewis, Roman Cholij, Adeline Oyekoya, Mary Wallace, Bruna Moia, Sister Pia, Margaret Whelan, Kitty Madden, Ann O’Grady, Clare Bruce, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, Brendan Whelan, Claire Marchand, Mike Coombes, Joel Maitre, Grace Taylor, Pamela Roberts, Mira Lidstone, Sr Ann Heaney, Sr Margaret Begley, Sr Patricia O’Sullivan, Sonny Francis, Fr David Williamson & Emmanuella Celindano.

Home Visits – If you are sick or housebound and would like to receive Communion please let the parish priest know so that he can arrange for a Eucharistic Minister to visit you at home.

In Hospital – If you or anyone you know is going into hospital, please register as a Catholic with the hospital staff and let your Parish Priest know if you wish him to visit.

Those recently deceased:
Maria Kuczwalski, Mary Kelly, Mary Joyce & Delia Brennan RIP.

Service times and Mass intentions

SUNDAY 4TH FEBRUARY – 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Delia Ashford RIP (Anniv)
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Catherine Arth & Colin O’Rourke RIP
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. Donor
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish

Weekday Masses – Year 2, Week 5: Daily Prayer – Week 1

MONDAY 5TH FEBRUARY – St Agatha, Virgin & Martyr
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Mary O’Shea RIP

TUESDAY 6TH FEBRUARY – St Paul Miki & Companions, Martyrs
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Holy Souls

WEDNESDAY 7TH FEBRUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Mary Macone RIP

THURSDAY 8TH FEBRUARY
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Paul Horan RIP

FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY
9:00am* – MASS Int. Fintan Connor
7:30pm – HOLY HOUR – Parish Rooms

SATURDAY 10TH FEBRUARY – St Scolastica, Virgin
9:00am* – MASS – Int. Ann Donnelly RIP
9:30am-10:00am – CONFESSIONS
9:30am-10:00am – EXPOSITION & BENEDICTION
6:00pm-6:20pm -CONFESSIONS>

SUNDAY 11TH FEBRUARY – 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time (B)
6:30pm (Sat) – MASS – Int. Daniel Gallagher RIP
9:45am – SUNG MASS – Int. Parishioners
11:15am – FAMILY MASS – Int. James Pender RIP
7:00pm – MASS – Int. All the people of the Parish

9:00am* – preceded by Morning Prayer at 8:45am
The Liturgical Calendar of feasts can be found here

Diary

Meetings are in Lower Parish Rooms unless shown otherwise

TUESDAY 6TH FEBRUARY
10:00am – LIFE ASCENDING GROUP
5:00pm-7:00pm – NO PRIEST SURGERY – Presbytery – See Fr Sean without an appointment

WEDNESDAY 7TH FEBRUARY
7:30pm – NO LEGION OF MARY – Presbytery

THURSDAY 8TH FEBRUARY
11:00am-1:30pm – THURSDAYS TOGETHER – meet your neighbours for a friendly chat, light lunch available – Holy Trinity Church Hall

FRIDAY 9TH FEBRUARY
1:40pm – UNDER 5s PLAYGROUP – St Peter’s School Hall, Elm Grove

Rotas

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 3rd February – 4pm & 6pm – Team B
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 3rd/4th February – Nena Whitehead

5TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)
Saturday/Sunday 3rd/4th February
READERS:

6:30pm (Sat) – Mia Griso Dyer
9:45am 1st Reading: – Claire Kennedy 2nd Reading: – Therese Moloney
7:00pm – Fiona Stone
Readings:
1st – Job 7:1-4.6-7; 2nd – 1 Corinthians 9:6-19.22-23; Gospel – Mark 1:29-39
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Catherine Sexton, Claire Carballo, David Fleming
9:45am Anthony Pippet, Barbara Cotter, Carol Phillips, Gabriella Olaniran, Gertrude Jones
11:15am Michael Buchanan, Peter Cecile, Ryan Chang Kit, Sam Carson, Theresa Pisapia
7:00pm Michael Woods, Nena Whitehead, Paul Stone

COUNTING: – Sunday 4th February – 6:45pm – Team B
COUNTING: – Monday 5th February – 9:30am – Team B

SOUP RUN: – Saturday 10th February – 4pm & 6pm – Team C
LINEN ROTA: – Saturday/Sunday 10th/11th February – Ann Hughes

6TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (B)
Saturday/Sunday 10th/11th February
READERS:

6:30pm (Sat) – Steve Bethell
9:45am 1st Reading: – Mags Kelly 2nd Reading: – Marianne Law
7:00pm – Michael Sherley-Dale
Readings:
1st – Leviticus 13:1-2.45-46; 2nd – 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1; Gospel – Mark 1:40-45
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS:
6:30pm (Sat) Emer Hughes, Jacqueline O’Shea, Laura Alyousif
9:45am Jim Donoghue, Josephine Bobb, Lesley Pippet, Margaret Forkan, Sr Odile Mahe
11:15am William Carson, Sabrina Cecile, Yessica Alvarez-Manzano, Anastasia Gaffiero, Anna Maria Fernandez
7:00pm Peter Duncan, Pedro Daniel, Ruben Ferreira

COUNTING: – Monday 12th February – 9:30am – Team C