FROM FR JOHN – WE WELCOM FR JAMES
We welcome Fr. James into our communities this weekend. He will be at all the Weekend Masses when you can meet and greet him. Also, Saturday Robin Watson will be at Oscott College to receive candidacy as part of his formation for the permanent Diaconate. Both Fr. Denis and Deacon Nick will join the ceremony. Please keep Fr. James and Robin in your prayers at this time.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org The office is open 9.30am – 2.30pm Monday to Friday
Could you be a steward in the church?
I am very grateful to all those who volunteer to be stewards, without them the church would be unable to open. Could you possibly volunteer to help? It is not an onerous task but it does take time to sanitise the church before and after each service. The more we have the easier the task is. If you are able to give a few minutes before or after each Mass please contact the parish office on 01202 675412 or email email@example.com
Your help would be much appreciated. Fr. John
SACREMENT OF CONFIRMATION
Are you year 9 or above and ready to make a personal commitment of faith in your life? If so, you will need to register your details with the parish office no later than 24th September in preparation for the information meeting early October. Email the parish office on firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we know how many wish to consider being confirmed we will email you details of the information meeting. The programme will begin later in October.
PARISH LOTTERY AT ST MARY’S
I wish to thank all of you Lottery subscribers for your continued support of our monthly draw especially in these very uncertain times. Your regular payments provide a vital contribution to our parish finances and are so much appreciated. If you want to know more about Lottery, [which costs just £5 a month] and how you could win £1,000 contact me as below
or 07957704338 / 01202 631963
CHURCH ROOF APPEAL UPDATE
Very good news. Really good progress being made – thank you all so much.
Just a year ago, in the midst of lockdown and Covid, we launched our appeal to raise £250,000
to replace the exterior of the church roof which is likely to reach the end of its serviceable life in possibly four years.
In the last year your amazing efforts and kindness have raised £44,000 (£35,500 already given and £8,500 pledged / being paid monthly.) What a response!
Your initiatives are truly inspiring and heart-warming – through plant sales, collection of foreign currency, sponsored golf day and church lottery- every little helps.
If you can give just £2.00 per week or £10.00 per month, we will achieve our target.
If you can help, either by donating or new initiatives, please just contact the Parish Office or myself. Thank you all again.