Dear Parishioners,

In light of the fast-evolving situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have issued concise advice for parishes titled ‘The Liturgy, Parish Events and Coronavirus: Steps to take”
https://www.cbcew.org.uk/
All meetings and services may be cancelled at short notice if the situation escalates.

Please check this page and I will keep you updated on the situation as it develops.

If you are unable to leave your home for any reason please phone me and leave a message if I am not here. You may also contact me by email. There are a number of parishioner who are willing to go shopping, collect your medication or run other errands for you. I would like to thank you all for your concern for those who are vulnerable. Keep well and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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

Fr Patrick Ryan

15th March 2020, 3rd Sunday in Lent (year A)

MASS AND INTENTIONS OF THIS WEEK

Please check here for this week mass and intentions.

GIFT AID, OFFERTORY COLLECTION, SECOND COLLECTIONS
Last week collection (08/03/2020) – Cash: £602.01; Gift Aid: £466.15; Total: £1,068.16
Standing orders of £240.00.
Last week’s CAFOD Fast day collection: £277.19
Thank you, the generous parishioner who donated, £500/- to the parish. God bless you.
If you would like to become Gift Aid Donors you can find more details here.

AVAILABLE AT THE PORCH FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE INTERNET CONNECTION

  1. Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the XXVIII World Day of the Sick 2020
  2. Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2020

These messages will soon be available on the Vatican website.
http://www.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html

A LENTEN EVENT ORGANISED BY THE POLISH COMMUNITY
A Retreat is being planned for Friday 3rd of April at 7.00pm. This will take the form of the Way of the Cross and hopefully the prayers will represent of all the nationalities in the parish. Please come forward and contribute to the organisation of this event. On Saturday 4th April, about 7pm to 7.30pm there will be Benediction and reflection in Polish. The event ends with Mass in Polish on Sunday 5th April at 5pm. All are Welcome. More details available here.

Cezary

WAY OF THE CROSS
Every Friday during Lent, it will take place in the morning at 10am and in the evening at 7.30pm.

RECONCILIATION SERVICE
When was the last time you received God’s Mercy in the Sacraments? He invites you again.

  • Thursday 19th March at 7:00pm, a special opportunity to go receive the Father’s Mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

COMMUNION PREPARATION
Next Parents Meeting will take place on Saturday evening March 21st, 2020 at 7:00pm in the church. The purpose of the meeting is twofold. Firstly, I will discuss with you the Creed, “I Believe”. Secondly, I wish to share with you how the Seven Sacraments are and outward expression of the practice of the Faith we profess. In other words, “What happens to you when you say, “I Believe”.
The day for the celebration of First Communion is Saturday 9th May 2020 at 10:00am.

SUTTON DEANERY DAY OF RECOLLECTION
The Annual Day of Reflection, organised by Sutton Deanery, will take place on Saturday 21st March at Sutton Green, starting at 10.30 and finish by 2:00pm.  This year has been declared the Year of The Word and Fr. Victor Darlington B.Th., S.S.L., S.T.D. will speak on the Gospel of Mark.  All are welcome.

COMMUNION MINISTERS
Please do remember to purify your hands in the sacristy before and after distributing communion. A Communion ministers meeting took place on Saturday 14th of March at 4pm. Thank you to all the ministers who attended. So that there is no confusion at mass I ask ministers who were unable to attend that meeting to refrain from distributing communion until we have had another meeting to bring you up to date.

READERS COORDINATOR
Sarah Foss and I have met for a reflection on how we will proceed with the formation of the Ministry of the Reader. We have organised a meeting for Thursday 19th March at 7.30pm in the Church.  I hope you have all contacted Sarah. Thank you, Sarah Foss, for volunteering to organise a list of readers for the Sunday Masses.

JPR

BISHOP JOHN’S INVITATION
I would like to invite you to join me in Aylsford for a Diocesan celebration of “God who speaks”. On the Saturday 27th of June an event is being organised so that Parishes can come together for Mass and other activities focused on the Year of the Word. More details will follow, but I would like to encourage you to plan for this special day.

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.

ADULT CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
If you are over 18 and wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, please come to the Margaret Nolan room at 7:00pm on every Thursday. – CANCELLED

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.

OFFERTORY COUNTERS
Thanks to all who for years have offered their service in counting the Sunday collection on Tuesdays. As there is a change in the way we register the count some of you may feel that it is difficult to adapt to the new way. I understand if you wish stop. Please just let me know. I thank you for all you have done over many, many years.

JPR

NEAREST FEASTDAYS
Every Saturday morning mass is dedicated to Mary, Mother of Our Lord unless otherwise published.
5th April – Palm Sunday
10th April – Good Friday
12th April – Easter Sunday

CYCLE OF PRAYER
Prayers for the candidates of Sacraments
The Needy and Hungry of the World

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.
Funeral of: Archbishop Peter Smith, our Archbishop Emeritus,

Sunday 29th March:

6pm: Reception into St George’s Cathedral followed by Cathedral Mass: Archbishop John Wilson to preside.
8pm: Vigil Service, after which the Cathedral will close.

Monday 30th March:

7am: Cathedral opens
7.30 am: Cathedral Mass
12.30 pm: Funeral Mass: Archbishop John Wilson to preside.
Burial in the Cathedral Crypt at the end of the Mass

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

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, Aida Sidbal, Margaret Sully, Sheila Albutt

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