Practices for First Holy Communion Masses will take place as follows, in every case from 18:00 to 19:30:
Wednesday 6 June (practice for Mass of 10 June)
Wednesday 13 June (practice for Mass of 17 June)
Wednesday 20 June (practice for Mass of 23 June)
New European Union General Data Protection Legislation comes into force on Friday 25 May 2018. This will have a great impact upon us all. We are obliged to know who has access to all personal information held in the parish, what information is held, and in which format/s. Many of you volunteer for the parish, or have done so in the past. Therefore you might keep personal information at home or work, in a file and/or on a PC, phone, laptop or other device.
Please let either me or the Parish Office know if this applies, or might apply, to you, so that I can inform you what as to what you may need to do, going forward. Thanks to all who have responded so far. Members of the clergy and the PPC, the Parish Secretary and our MC, have attended training sessions on GDPR. Things will become clearer over the next few weeks. The Archbishop encourages us all to help implement these changes, and I thank you in advance for your co-operation. Severe penalties may be imposed for non-compliance.
For the first time in many years, we shall be holding a Corpus Christ Procession on the day of this great Solemnity, Sunday 3 June 2018.
We shall meet at the entrance to Norbury Park, outside the old police station, ready to set off at 14:00. We intend to walk up the pathway towards Harefield Road, where we shall hold Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Please do try to come along and take part in this wonderful, public demonstration of and witness to our Catholic Faith.
Free parking is usually available in the nearby car park off Granville Gardens. The usual 16:00 Benediction in the church itself will be cancelled to allow for this procession to take place.
Masses will be at 07:30, 10:00 and 20:00
….. will take place on Wednesday 2 May 2018 (not Wednesday 25 April as stated in the newsletter). All those who attended the Rite of Election Mass have already been informed.
Rosary on the Coast takes place around the country on Saturday 29 April 2018. This is an initiative to pray for the revitalisation of the Catholic faith, and that all might foster respect for all human life from conception until natural death. If you are interested in finding out more, and perhaps going along to one of the events, please see the Rosary on the Coast Web site.
We have discovered that some parishioners give regularly both by Standing Order AND weekly envelopes. If you fall into this category, and have not yet been contacted, please get in touch with the Parish Office. This may affect you if you have received a set of second collection envelopes only, and then discovered that the box you were also expecting to collect is not there for you. For anybody affected, we shall need to give you a fresh number, so that your Standing Order and your envelopes bear the same number. It is not possible to have more than one number per donor. We believe this only affects a very small number of you, given that only two people have so far come forward. Many thanks.
New General Data Protection Legislation comes into force on Friday 25 May 2018. This will affect us all. We are now required to both ensure and indeed demonstrate that we know everybody who has access to the vast amount of personal information we hold in the parish, what information they hold, and in which format/s. I know that a great number of you currently volunteer for the parish, or may have done so in the past, and therefore you may well have some personal information at your home or office, in a file and/or on a PC, phone, laptop or other device.
Please could you let either me or the Parish Office know if this applies to you, so that I can let you know what actions you will need to take going forward. The Archbishop is encouraging all of us to help implement these changes, and I thank you in advance for your co-operation. I cannot stress strongly enough the important impact which this new legislation will have upon the parish, and I am mindful of the most severe penalties which may be imposed for non-compliance. Please therefore do come forward, whether or not you think you may be affected.
On Good Friday, there will be the traditional collection taken in support of the Holy Places in the Holy Land. Please note that there is NOT a Gift Aid envelope for this purpose. Please be as generous as possible in your support for the upkeep of those places associated with the life, death, Passion and Resurrection of our Blessed Lord round and about Jerusalem
Mass at 10:00 will be followed by Confessions, which will be available throughout the day, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until Benediction at 19:00.
Please note that there will be no Confessions on Saturday 31 March.
This begins in the early hours of Palm Sunday, 25 March 2018. Please remember to put all your clocks, watches and various gadgets FORWARD ONE HOUR, to avoid coming to Mass an hour late!
Our Money Sunday talk was cancelled last Sunday due to the low numbers following the inclement weather. This will now most likely take place shortly after Easter Sunday. In the meantime, please do come along to collect your new set of envelopes, including those of you who give by Standing Order.
Anybody who wishes to receive an end-of-year letter is asked to contact the Parish Office by means of our Contact Form or by email, 'phone or in person at the parish office.
This weekend, Our Gift Aid Organiser will speak briefly at all Masses. New envelopes are now available for collection in the room behind Our Lady’s Altar. There are special smaller sets of envelopes for those who give by Standing Order, so that they may take part in Second Collections. Anybody who requires an End of Year letter should email the parish office. You may contact the parish office using the Contact Form on this web site, or else send an email. If you are interested in joining the Gift Aid scheme, at no extra cost to yourself, please ask for details and forms. If you give by Standing Order, and would like to review your payments, this might be a good time to do so. Thank you all for your generosity towards the work of the Church.
The Reconciliation Service, followed by First Confessions, will take place this Tuesday 20 March 2018 at 19:00 in the Church. Please ensure children arrive in good time. Parents and guardians are asked to wait silently and prayerfully in the Retro Chapel, or as otherwise directed. We expect to be in the church for about an hour.
The Polyphony Choir will be joining us at 16:00 on Palm Sunday for Stations of The Cross. Do come along, particularly if you have not been able to make it to Stations at other times during Lent. Pray the Stations of the Cross by St Alphonsus Ligouri, and sing the beautiful verses of the Stabat Mater. Immerse yourself in the journey Christ made from his condemnation to death by Pilate, to his crucifixion, death and entombment. Imagine yourself in the crowd that watched Jesus, and wonder what it must have been like to witness his journey to Calvary.
Following the most informative presentation last weekend from John Smeaton, Chief Executive of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, and the great interest shown in what he had to impart to us, John will be returning to hold a meeting this coming Wednesday 14 March 2018 at 19:30 in the lower hall.
It is proposed to re-establish a SPUC group in our parish. All those who are interested are invited to attend. The meeting is expected to last for a period of between one hour and ninety minutes. John will be able to expand upon what he told us during Masses, provide appropriate literature and keep us up to date on the many attacks upon the sanctity of human life which take place on a daily basis.
Let us embrace the Culture of Life and reject what Pope St John Paul II called the Culture of Death, which seeks to undermine the value of human life at every opportunity.
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