27th November 2021

New to the Parish?

A warm welcome to Holy Family Parish.  We are delighted that you have joined us and would like to encourage you to make yourself known by introducing yourself at the Parish Office in the Priests House.  Families are welcome at ALL Masses; Children please do come along and join in.  Our Parish is a thriving vibrant Parish, where there is the generosity and hospitality of the many Parishioners who share their time to making things happen.  We welcome you warmly to Mass but hope that you may feel that you can add something else to the Parish and will get involved, serving coffee after mass or one of the many, other roles that exist or maybe you can create something new. Please pop into the Parish Hall after the 9.30 Sunday morning mass to say hello, have a cup of tea and find out more about what is going on. We look forward to meeting you.
Keep safe.

MASS SCHEDULE for CHRISTMAS
There will be no mass on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd of December.

The Christmas masses:
• Friday 24th Christmas Eve 6.00pm
• Friday 24th Christmas Night 11.00pm
• Saturday 25th Christmas Day 9.30am
• Saturday 25th Christmas Day 11.00am
Please take note >No Saturday evening mass on Christmas Day<
The collection taken up at the Christmas masses are your offering for the parish priest.
The 11.00pm mass on the 26th of December will be offered for the good of every family and parishioner of Holy Family Church.
FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Sunday 26th December is our Parish Namesday. Masses are at:
• 9.30am –
• 11.00am – my intention for the good of every parishioner of Holy Family Church

SICK AND HOUSEBOUND OF THE PARISH
In charity, let us remember to pray and care for all in the parish who are unwell:
Mervyn Maciel, Suzie Beckles, Maureen Price, Eileen Rendle, Margaret Sully, Sheila Albutt

GIFT AID, OFFERTORY COLLECTION, SECOND COLLECTIONS
A collection drop-off basket will be placed on the altar at the back of the church if you wish to drop off your offertory contribution.
If you would like to become Gift Aid Donors you can find more details here.
You will also find “Standing Order” instructions if you wish to contribute to Holy Family Parish in that way.

URGENT REPAIRS
More work needs to be done on the roof of the hall where there is serious damp on the ceiling of the Margaret Nolan room and the ceiling of the Boiler room is damaged. The roof of the priest’s house also needs to be looked at. Looking ahead the Church needs to be completely redecorated, the electrical wiring completely overhauled/replaced, together with the Sound System and Safety features updated. Some fellow Parishioners have asked, “Why now?”. Well the answer is, we have been very lucky as a Parish, with virtually no major maintenance expenditure, for over thirty years of the Church’s life, but sadly, like all buildings, that has now got to be addressed.

UPDATE ON REPAIRS
With your help some work was done in the church and hall.

HALL

  • The leak in the Margaret Nolan room has been fixed and I am waiting for the room to be redecorated.
  • More work needs to be done on the roof over the Stage roof and the Boiler room.
  • Urgent work need to be done in the hall bathrooms where damp is causing health and safety risks. It also need to be refurbished for public use and access for disabled.
  • The stage and the store rooms need to be cleared and furnished for practical use.
  • The hall kitchenette needs updating.

CHURCH

  • The Tabernacle has been moved to a central location behind the Altar on the Sanctuary.
  • The electrical wiring has been tidied up and lighting improved. I am hoping to have the lights changed to energy saving LED bulbs.
  • The windows have been repaired.
  • The Sacristy is being cleared and repainted.
  • The water tanks in the room over the sacristy need to be removed.
  • The Church toilets need to be renovated.

Work will also have to be done on the surroundings of the building in order to comply with the Health and Safety regulations.

Some of the work has been done with the help of your contributions for roof repairs and general building work.
Thank you to all of you for your generosity.
Let us continue to look after our Church that it may be a place of safety and comfort to those who worship here.

ST GEORGE’S HOSPITAL CHAPLAIN
If you or a family member are admitted to St George’s Hospital and would like to see a priest, please contact Fr Mark Higgins, the hospital chaplain on 020 8725 3069 or e-mail mark.higgins@stgeorges.nhs.uk. In an emergency, please ask the ward staff or 020 8672 1255 (switchboard) to contact the priest on call.

HEARING AID INDUCTION LOOP SYSTEM
Please put their hearing aids on the ‘T’ setting when in church to get the clearest reception of services

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION UPDATE
If you have any questions about what constitutes personal data or anything else which relates to GDPR please contact The Diocesan Finance Office via email: GPDR@finance-rcdsouthwark.org or call 020 7960 2500