Dear Young people,

I hope you have all had a good holiday and are all refreshed and ready to offer yourselves to the service of others. Lent is a time to stop and reconnect, reconsider your relationship with Jesus. There must be so much going on in your lives – studying for the exams. Keeping in touch with friends and everything else that you consider important. What about your friendship with Jesus Christ? Have you left him out of your diary and things to do? During Lent please make a special effort to get to know Jesus better. How? Well for a start come to the “Way of the Cross” on Fridays at 7.30pm. The “Way of the Cross” is a way of learning to walk with Jesus as you listen to the story of how he courageously stood up against false accusation, gossip and injustice. When you walk with him you to will learn how to stand up to everything that is wrong in our world – abuse, false accusations, bullying, poverty and stupidity. Don’t you think it is time to stand up for what is right and just? Trust God He is our hope for peace.

You have only one life. Use it to do good.

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

Fr Patrick Ryan

23rd February 2020, 7th Sunday (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 (26/02/20) – Cash: £406.47; Gift Aid: £363.52 plus standing orders of £240.00. Total of £1008.99.
2nd Collection on Sunday 9th February – for the work of Racial Justice in our schools, parishes and the wider society.
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

MONTHLY EVENING MASS ORGANISED BY THE POLISH COMMUNITY
Everyone is invited and most welcome to the mass, organised by our polish parishioners. The celebrant will be Father Patrick Ryan. The hymns and some of the prayers will be in polish. More details available here.

Cezary

PALMS
Please bring the palms from Palm Sunday last year and leave them in the container in the porch. They will be burned so that the ashes may be used on Ash Wednesday as a sign of repentance and a willingness to move forward with Christ.

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

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

  • Thursday 19th March at 7pm, 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 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.

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 2pm.  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 in preparation for Easter will take place in the church on Saturday 14th of March at 4pm. It is vital that all ministers attend.

READERS CO ORDINATOR
Sarah Foss and I have met for a reflection on how we will proceed with the formation of the Ministry of the Reader. We will be organising a meeting sometime during Lent. A date is yet to be fixed. Thank you, Sarah Foss, for volunteering to organise a list of readers for the Sunday Masses.

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 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.

ADULT CONFIRMATION PREPARATION
Please come to the Margaret Nolan room at 7pm on Thursday.

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.
26th February – Ash Wednesday the beginning of the Lenten Season
5th April – Palm Sunday
10th April – Good Friday
12th April – Easter Sunday

CYCLE OF PRAYER
The Unemployed – 23rd February

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.

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

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