Dear Parishioners,

My private email address is: patrickryan@rcaos.org.uk

Fr Patrick Ryan

19th January 2020, Second Sunday (year A) Peace Day

MASS AND INTENTIONS OF THIS WEEK

Please check here for this week mass and intentions

GIFT AID, OFFERTORY COLLECTION, SECOND COLLECTIONS
Last week collection (12/01/20) – Cash: £566.84; Gift Aid: £686.35 plus standing orders of £240.00. Total of £1493.19.
The Crib offering for the Children’s Society was £639.10p
If you would like to become Gift Aid Donors you can find more details here.

POLISH CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Thank you to all who joined us for traditional polish Christmas carols evening on Sunday, 12th January 2020 at 4.30pm in parish hall to share the joy of this lovely tradition, especially with the youngest. The children, and some of the adults too, came dressed up as characters from Nativity play: shepherds, angels, stars, nativity animals. An enjoyable evening. Thank you again.

Gosia

URGENT ROOF REPAIRS
Roof repairs for the Church, were recently completed. Thank you for your contributions. 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.

CONFIRMATION
Dear Young people,
You are all very concerned about the issues that have a bad effect on the way we live – the climate emergency, knife crime, homelessness, poverty and all that has a negative effect on our society. I guess you think that you do not have a voice and you feel helpless because you cannot vote. Well, I don’t believe you cannot influence change for good. But you must believe in your ability and trust God. In the Sacrament of Confirmation you received the strength and courage of the Holy Spirit to act on what you know is right so be brave and live the sense of justice that you have. Be brave. Your actions will speak louder than the words of those who will ridicule your attempt to change the status quo. Practice your Faith and Trust God. You have only one life. Use it to do good.

COMMUNION PREPARATION
Next Parents Meeting will take place on Saturday evening February 22nd, 2020 at 7:00pm in the church.
The day for the celebration of First Communion is Saturday 9th May 2020 at 10:00am.

BAPTISMS AND MARRIAGES
Please pray for all the children who were baptised during the year that their relationship with Jesus grows stronger day by day. And pray for parents that they may be true to their promise to bring up their children in the practice of the Faith. For any future – please contact me in good time (do not set a date until you have seen the priest).

  • For Baptism of infants let me know as soon as you know you are going to have a baby.
  • For Marriages – A minimum of 6 (six) months’ notice is required for the Pre-nuptial enquiry and preparation to take place.
  • If your child was baptized in this parish and you have not received a certificate, misplaced or lost it, you can still obtain a Please feel free to come and collect a replacement certificate.

JPR

MASS OFFERING ENVELOPES
If you wish to offer a Mass, please write down the intention and give it to me. Envelopes are available in the sacristy.

PRAYER BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
This week there will be no prayer
(usually every Friday from 7.00pm to 8.00pm).

Robert & Lila

FEASTDAYS
Every Saturday morning mass is dedicated to Mary, Mother of Our Lord unless otherwise published.
Ash Wednesday the beginning of the Lenten Season will be on the 26th of February.
19th Sunday – Today is a special day of prayer for Peace on Earth
21st Tuesday – Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr
24th Friday – Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the church
25th Saturday – The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle
26th Sunday – The Word of God. (all ministers of the Word reminded of their duty to announce the word of God at all masses)
28th – Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the church
31st – Saint John Bosco, priest

CYCLE OF PRAYER
Justice and Peace on Earth – Second Sunday and 9th February, Racial Justice day
Christian Unity – Christian Unity Octave, 18th – 25th January
Victims of Trafficking and those who work to combat it – 9th February
The Sick and those who care for them – 11th February
The Unemployed – 23rd February

SUTTON YOUNG ADULTS
We meet regularly in the parish for a time of prayer followed by social time. Our aim is to provide a welcoming space for young people aged 18-35 of the Sutton area; all are welcome to join us. For more information please feel free to contact Helen on 07714 791784 or Marina at marinaley138@gmail.com

LET US REMEMBER ALL WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY
Let us remember those who have died and their families with love and affection during this time of grief. May the Lord grant eternal rest to all who have died.

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

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.

Kind regards, Pat McGuinness

SAFEGUARDING
Thank you to the Safeguarding team, who met last week to finalise and implement procedure that is necessary for this parish.Members of the various groups in the parish will soon be instructed on what they will need to do with regards to DBS check.

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