Resources for Lent
Public worship resumes at St Mary's on Saturday 13th February. As we are limited to the number of
parishioners we can accommodate and any one Mass, please register for the SATURDAY VIGIL AND SUNDAY MASSES. Apologies that registration via the website did no work last week, the situation has now been
resolved. Please register by going to the events page on the website and clicking on the Mass of your choice or by phoning the parish on 01202 675412 before 12 noon on Friday.
CAFOD Lent Appeal 2021
St Mary’s & St Anthony’s parishes have always responded very generously to every CAFOD appeal over the years, not least towards the ongoing Coronavirus fund. This Lent, as well as the regular Fast Day challenge
on Friday 26th February, they’d like as many people as possible to start Lent in a positive & fun way. Join a virtual walk with others across England & Wales in solidarity with those across the world suffering from water poverty-something we can’t even begin to imagine, especially after our very wet winter!
The suggestion is The BIG WALK for WATER, Sat 20th February at 2 pm- walk alone, with 1 other, or maybe with your Covid bubble for 5 miles or 10,000 steps, or whatever you can manage. If you can, then make a donation to CAFOD. If you’d like an even bigger challenge, could you ask family & friends to sponsor you to walk 10,000 steps daily during Lent & be able to help people like Abdella, in Afar, Northern Ethiopia, who walks every day for 10 hours to seek out any water for his family, who live in the hottest place in the world, which has less rain in a year than some of us have in 1day!
With our help CAFOD can fund local water engineers to build water pumps fuelled by solar panels & farmers can dig irrigation channels for crops. You can watch a short video link about Abdella at [or live streamed at the end of Mass on Sunday 15th February.] You can sign up to the Big Walk for Water via or click on the link
where you can also donate online.
The contactless facility in church will allow you to donate to CAFOD or post a cheque to CAFOD Head Office, Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7JB Thank you for reading this & please talk to others about whether you can help?
Dear friends, Having had this recommended by three St Mary's parishioners, Judith and I recently completed this
wonderful on-line course, so we are delighted that Maria has kindly offered to lead it for our parishes.
Perhaps the most surprising and delightful thing about it is that it's rather fun!
“Lord, teach us to pray!”
As lockdown continues, how many of us must echo the disciples’ plea to Jesus? Beginning on Wednesday 10th February at 7.30pm - via zoom link - then each week through to Easter, the Prayer Course is the perfect way to
refresh, explore and deepen our prayer life. Led by Maria Armitage, St Mary’s, each week a 15- minute video and some discussion-prompting questions will enrich understanding and familiarity with prayer’s many aspects, such as adoration, petition, intercession, contemplation and listening, as well as tackling the thorny question of
unanswered prayer. Watch a trailer at
For further details and / or to receive the zoom link please contact Maria via email or 07976 738311
If you want to sample it beyond the trailer, you can easily find the sessions online, with a huge array of back-up resources - but what we missed was the opportunity to share experiences with and learn from fellow Christians, which is what will be on offer in the eight weekly sessions from 10th February best wishes - Andrew