Memorial Service at St Mary’s 28th November at 3pm

In this simple service, we shall commemorate all of our parishioners who have died in the past two years, together with any loved ones named on the ‘In loving memory’ cards available for completion after 9.30 Mass and from 2.30pm. At the close of the service, we will gather in the Memorial Garden for a brief roll call of those buried there, followed by refreshments in the Hall.

Fr. John would like the opportunity to get to know those families who have children applying to St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School in September 2022. If you have a school form to hand in, or have already handed in a form, you will need to make an appointment to meet with Fr. John. He will return the school for to you when you meet him. Please ring the parish office on 01202 675412 between 9.30am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday to arrange an appointment.

Join us for a special concert to raise funds for the repair of the church roof.
There will be performances by St Mary’s School Choir, young people of our Parish, the
Quayside Choir, Choirs from our Keralite Community, Opera Metropolitan and an
opportunity to join in singing favourite carols and Christmas songs.
Tickets for adults are £10.00 per person to include a glass of Mulled Wine [or alternative
drink] and a mince pie. For Children under 16 entry is free but they will receive a soft drink and a cake.
There will also be a Christmas Hamper Raffle and special snacks and Christmas gifts on sale.
So put the date in your diary and join us for an entertaining evening.
Tickets will be on sale from Sunday 7th November and will be available after Mass at both St. Mary’s and St. Anthony’s or from the church office, email or tel 01202 675412
PLEASE NOTE We wish to be Covid safe so numbers will be limited. Please ensure that
when you purchase your tickets you obtain tickets for your children. Adults will be required to wear masks in church

TEA & CHAT The next Tea and Chat session will be held on Tuesday 14th December in St.
Mary’s Hall between 2-4pm. We are hoping to have some Christmas activities and new
members are always welcome.

PSALMS CONCERT which should have taken place in March 2020
The planned concert of new settings for twelve psalms used in the Mass, composed by Toby Nelms has sadly had to be cancelled. It was scheduled for performance on March 2020 but was caught by the Covid lockdown and subject to long delay. Toby has just qualified as a music teacher and is to undertake his first two years as a teacher in Dubai, meaning he will now be unable to perform the concert with singers and choir as he had hoped, owing to ongoing restrictions on singing.
If you hold a ticket, you can get a refund on production of the ticket at the parish office.
Contact the office on 01202 675412, email The office is open 9.30am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday

A landmark reached and more good news. As a result of your stunning efforts and kindness, the roof fund now stands at £50,409 (£42,269 already paid and £8,140 pledged / being paid monthly.) We have also been able to complete roofing work on the hall entrance area and church internal drip protection and have met these costs from existing church reserves, with savings on the original estimates.
Putting these positives together, our hopes of achieving our target suddenly become more optimistic. Huge thanks to you all for your donations and support.
We probably have another four years before the main church roof reaches the end of its
serviceable life, but we now have real hopes of getting the funds in place. If you haven’t had the opportunity to join the fundraising yet, but are able to give just £2.00 per week or £10.00 per month, we can achieve this goal.
Equally encouraging are the initiatives shown by many of you – such as the Christmas concert due to take place on 3rd December.
And, Ben Watt is planning a sponsored walk, probably in May 2022, walking to the 14 Catholic Churches in the BCP conurbation, a distance of 27 miles in a single day. The plan is for Ben to lead a small team on this epic walk. Two other walkers have also joined. Another 2 or 3 walkers would be ideal – plus loads of other support on the day. Ben’s email address is if you can support this great initiative.
Thank you all again so much. Peter Moody 07967 682825