Newsletter – 4th Sunday of Lent

Newsletter – 4th Sunday of Lent

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 6th April and we will be joined by Abbot Hugh Allan, O.Praem., Apostolic Administrator to the South Atlantic and Prior of the Norbertines in Chelmsford, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

Homilies on Sacramental relationships

This week we are looking at the relationship we are called to live for God – what we call our VOCATION: particularly those Sacramental ones of Marriage and Ordination.  We also need to consider the place of Confirmation in that sacramental pattern within our lives – it is so important, for it leads us to the fullness of our Initiation into the life of the Church.  Of course: there is one vocation which is common to each one of us: to be good, faithful, practicing Catholics.

So today: let us think about these things together – and ask ourselves whether we are living fully the life to which God has called us.

Fr Alan Robinson

The Restoration

The next phase of the work has begun: and the church really looks like a building site during the week.  We’re trying to make it fairly decent at the weekends… but please be understanding.  The electricians have been here all week – and lots of the old system have been removed: it why we have the rather glamorous building site style lighting.  We are pressing on now stripping the paint from the columns and outer walls.  This is going much better than we thought – let’s pray it continues this way.  Please do pray for us as we press on, making Corpus Christi the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament, as intended by the great Cardinal Manning.   Fr Alan Robinson

Only a few weeks more  – keep at it 

I trust the Lent is going well for you and that you are really in the swing of things.   If it’s gone a bit pear-shaped, don’t give in: get to Confession {always the best way to sort things out} and then carry on with your Lenten life for Jesus.  Remember: it’s not about you – it’s about Him, and what you can do for Him and His Church   Go to Mass more often during the week – spend time before the Eucharistic Lord; either before a weekday Mass or on Friday evening before the celebration of Stations of the Cross.  Find a little extra time for prayer; perhaps saying Morning or Evening Prayer from the Divine Office – you can always find this online. There is also a very helpful CTS leaflet available called Preparing for Confession; it’s just 25p – and we all need to go to Confession during this penitential season.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion 

We now have 7 lamps burning before the Blessed Sacrament, giving due honour to Jesus, who is present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Perhaps you might like them all burning for a particular intention or a special occasion in your life of that of a loved one: this would cost you £25.  If you are interested, please call us.

 

Lenten Alms – The Cardinal’s Appeal

Just a friendly reminder that our Lenten Alms focus this year is for the benefit of the Cardinal’s Appeal, which helps fund outreach programmes in evangelisation of youth; marriage and family life; and our role in making a civil society. If you haven’t already, pick up a leaflet envelope at the back of church, read and pray for its aims, and if you choose to do so, please give in the Lenten spirit of sacrifice.

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Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 6th April and we will be joined by Abbot Hugh Allan, O.Praem., Apostolic Administrator to the South Atlantic and Prior of the Norbertines in Chelmsford, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

Lenten Alms – The Cardinal’s Appeal

This weekend special leaflet envelopes are being distributed to support our Lenten Almsgiving, benefitting the Cardinal’s Appeal. Please be sure to take one and read about this important Appeal, which helps fund evangelisation programmes, marriage and family life promotional efforts, and our presence in charitable works and service in society, especially among those on the margins. Please use the Cardinal Appeal envelopes to make your Lenten gift, and place it in the Lenten collection box at the back of the Church or through the Presbytery door. Please make the Cardinal’s Appeal part of your Lenten Almsgiving and sacrifice for the benefit of others and the Church’s dynamic efforts to increase outreach in the three focal areas of ministry. Thank you for your generosity.

Homilies on Sacramental relationships

This week we are looking at the relationship with build with God through the Mass: the Sacrament which leads us directly into the Heart of God.  Every time the Mass is celebrated Jesus Himself descends from Heaven to earth FOR YOU AND ME, and offers Himself to us under forms of Bread and Wine.  Jesus: the one who offered His life for us on the cross, now comes to us in the Sacrifice of the Altar.  Who could possibly stay away?  Why would anyone not want to be here?   What could be better or more important than this? We will think about these things at Mass this weekend.  Fr Alan Robinson

Lent is here – keep at it 

I trust the Lent is going well for you and that you are really in the swing of things.   If it’s gone a bit pear-shaped, don’t give in: get to Confession {always the best way to sort things out} and then carry on with your Lenten life for Jesus.  Remember: it’s not about you – it’s about Him, and what you can do for Him and His Church   Go to Mass more often during the week – spend time before the Eucharistic Lord; either before a weekday Mass or on Friday evening before the celebration of Stations of the Cross.  Find a little extra time for prayer; perhaps saying Morning or Evening Prayer from the Divine Office – you can always find this online. There is also a very helpful CTS leaflet available called Preparing for Confession; it’s just 25p – and we all need to go to Confession during this penitential season.

The Restoration

The next phase of the work has begun – and we are now stripping the paint from the columns and outer walls.  This is going much better than we thought – let’s pray it continues this way.  It does mean that we are without the “temporary” Stations of the Cross – but we’re all grown up enough to be able to manage.  This week the electricians will appear and start the re-wiring of the nave of the church.  Once the electrics are complete, the lighting will be much more flexible and not so full on in the sanctuary. We have also begun the work of putting together the beautiful Stations we have been given – designing the new heating system – creating the new nave lights.

So – please do pray for us as we press on, making Corpus Christi the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament, as intended by the great Cardinal Manning.   Fr Alan Robinson

Mass Intentions

Our Mass Book is filling up very quickly these days, so please contact us ASAP if there are dates you would particularly like.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion 

We now have 7 lamps burning before the Blessed Sacrament, giving due honour to Jesus, who is present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Perhaps you might like them all burning for a particular intention or a special occasion in your life of that of a loved one: this would cost you £25.  If you are interested, please call us.

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Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Homilies on Sacramental relationships

The Sacraments of the Church are at the very heart of our faith: it is these which establish, enable and develop the relationships we have with God.  Sadly, mainly due to the secularization of their lives, many Catholics these days think the Sacraments are just rites of passage, and boxes to be ticked at particular times during their lives.  Together, we are going to look at our sacramental lives, and discover how a Catholic life lived well sacramentally, can lead us deep into the very Heart of God.  This week: “Relationships are not easy….” 

Lent is here – keep at it 

I trust the Lent is going well for you. If you’ve rather fallen by the wayside, don’t give in: get to Confession {always the best way to sort things out} and then carry on with your Lenten life for Jesus.  Remember: it’s not about you – it’s about Him, and what you can do for Him and His Church   Go to Mass more often during the week – spend time before the Eucharistic Lord; either before a weekday Mass or on Friday evening before the celebration of Stations of the Cross.  Find a little extra time for prayer; perhaps saying Morning or Evening Prayer from the Divine Office – you can always find this online. There is also a very helpful CTS leaflet available called Preparing for Confession; it’s just 25p – and we all need to go to Confession during this penitential season.

The Restoration

The work on the Sanctuary is complete for the present: and it’s looking tremendous.  We just have to lay a marble sanctuary floor once the new heating has been installed.  This last week the men began stripping the paint from the columns of the church: you can see that some of the granite has been revealed.  On Monday next the work of stripping the walls will also begin.  It does mean that we will be without the “temporary” Stations of the Cross – but we’re all grown up enough to be able to manage.  We have also begun the work of putting together the beautiful Stations we have been given – sorting out the electrics – designing the new heating system – creating the new nave lights.

So – please do pray for us as we press on, making Corpus Christi the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament, as intended by the great Cardinal Manning.   Fr Alan Robinson

Mass Intentions

Our Mass Book is filling up very quickly these days, so please contact us ASAP if there are dates you would particularly like.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion 

We now have 7 lamps burning before the Blessed Sacrament, giving due honour to Jesus, who is present Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Perhaps you might like them all burning for a particular intention or a special occasion in your life of that of a loved one: this would cost you £25.  If you are interested, please call us.

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Newsletter – 1st Sunday of Lent

Newsletter – 1st Sunday of Lent

Sacramental relationships

The Sacraments of the Church are at the very heart of our faith: it is these which establish, enable and develop the relationships we have with God.  Sadly, mainly due to the secularization of their lives, many Catholics these days think the Sacraments are just rites of passage, and boxes to be ticked at particular times during their lives.  Together, we are going to look at our sacramental lives, and discover how a Catholic life lived well sacramentally, can lead us deep into the very Heart of God.  This week: “So it all begins………….” 

Lent is here – what are you doing?

There is nothing like going to Mass to deepen our relationship with the Lord: perhaps you might make an extra effort during the week.  Or you could spend time before the Eucharistic Lord; either before a weekday Mass or on Friday evening before the celebration of Stations of the Cross.  You might want to find a little extra time for prayer; perhaps saying Morning or Evening Prayer from the Divine Office – you can always find this online. Or perhaps you could embrace the Prayer of Intercession in a new way: that takes us out of ourselves as we bring others before the Lord.   Are you reading a spiritual book at present?  That’s a great thing to do, for it helps to feed our faith.  Perhaps you might like to purchase one of the small books from the CTS called A Blessed Lent: these provide a daily reflection from Ash Wednesday through to Easter Sunday.  They cost only £2.95, and I really commend these books to you.  There is also a very helpful CTS leaflet available called Preparing for Confession; it’s just 25p – we all need to go to Confession during this penitential season.

The Restoration

Those of you who are observant will have noticed that Ss. Peter and Paul are now back with us, and looking terrific.  The central sanctuary lamp will be hung on Monday – then we are there, until we lay the marble floor.

During the last week there have been various tradesmen and artists here: heating engineers {yes, you will be warm next winter}, electricians, craftsmen – who will make the new chandeliers and the angels holding them, and David who will put together and “beautify” the Stations of the Cross we were kindly given.  And on Monday – the stripping of paint from the columns in the nave will begin.  It’s full steam ahead.

Fr Alan Robinson

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 6th April and we will be joined by Abbot Hugh Allan, O.Praem., Apostolic Administrator to the South Atlantic and Prior of the Norbertines in Chelmsford, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

Lenten Alms – The Cardinal’s Appeal

This year the Cardinal has asked that the Lenten Alms collection be directed to the Cardinal’s Appeal fund. The funds raised will go to support parishes or groups in their work to further the mission of the Church: to serve the evangelisation of youth, to develop marriage and family life projects, and to provide service in society, especially to those on the margins. Please take a leaflet, read and pray about this. The second collection on the weekend of 18th/19th March will be for the Cardinal’s Appeal Lenten Alms. Envelopes are available at the back of church today – you can make a Lenten Gift by posting the envelope through the Presbytery Door or putting money in the designated box at the back of Church. Please be as generous as you can.

Vocation

Have you ever stopped to think that God might be calling you to live your life for him as a priest or member of a religious order?  Has that thought ever crossed your mind?

It this thought something you’ve tried to put out of your mind, to ignore? If you’d like to talk about it, I’d be delighted to meet up with you.

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Newsletter – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Can you believe it – Lent is almost here   

We have a couple of days left to answer a simple question: what am I going to do for the Lord this Lent?  Often we think about giving something up, and giving the money saved to charity: that’s important too.  But what “something extra” are we going to DO?

Well: what did Jesus do?  He inaugurated “Lent” by spending 40 days in the desert, being open to the Father, and preparing Himself for His life of ministry and service.  Doesn’t that set the scene for our Lent?  Lent is not just about SELF: it’s a time of preparation to be more effective witnesses and evangelists in the Church, through prayer and self-sacrifice.  imself Himlef

A Catholic life and witness without prayer and a relationship with the Father is hopeless: let’s make Lent a time for deepening and enriching this relationship. So what shall we do?

There is nothing like going to Mass to deepen our relationship with the Lord: perhaps you might make an extra effort during the week.  Or you could spend time before the Eucharistic Lord; either before a weekday Mass or on Friday evening before the celebration of Stations of the Cross.  You might want to find a little extra time for prayer; perhaps saying Morning or Evening Prayer from the Divine Office – you can always find this online. Or perhaps you could embrace the Prayer of Intercession in a new way: that takes us out of ourselves as we bring others before the Lord.   Are you reading a spiritual book at present?  That’s a great thing to do, for it helps to feed our faith.  Perhaps you might like to purchase one of the small books from the CTS called A Blessed Lent: these provide a daily reflection from Ash Wednesday through to Easter Sunday.  They cost only £2.95, and I really commend these books to you.  There is also a very helpful CTS leaflet available called Preparing for Confession; it’s just 25p – we all need to go to Confession during this penitential seaason.

Please spend the next few days before Lent begins making your plans for this most holy season: it’s a great opportunity we are all being offered to deepen our relationship with God.  Fr Alan Robinson

Some terrific news

I’d like to thank all of you who have been praying for our restoration and the major application we made for funding back in August 2016.  I’m so delighted to be able to tell you that I recently received an email from the CEO of the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation, to let us know that we have been awarded a substantial grant towards the remaining restoration work on the church.  We are so grateful to them for their most generous donation to us.  This is such good news for us as it means that we can continue immediately with the next phase of restoration work: the nave of the church – including the underfloor heating system!! So: expect to see electricians and paint strippers descending very soon.

PS By Sunday Lent 1 the remaining elements of the sanctuary should be in place…. 🙂 keep watching

Second Collection This Weekend

This weekend we are be joined by Sr. Josephine, who will make an appeal for the Little Sisters of the Poor. Founded in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan, the Little Sisters care for the elderly who have no other means of looking after themselves. You may remember that Pope Benedict XVI visited their home when he visited in 2010. Please be generous with your offering – they do the most wonderful work.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on this coming Thursday 2nd March and we will be joined by Fr. William Nicol, Pastoral Director at Allen Hall Seminary, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

Diocesan Pilgrimage to The Holy Land

You are invited to join the 7th Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by Bishop John Sherrington. 31st October to 7th November. Price: Full board £1535 pp sharing; £370 single room supplement. Contact Gill at Tangney Tours 01732 886666 or Elizabeth Uwalaka – details above.

7 day votive lights

If you would like a 7 day votive light, they are available after each Mass at £5 each or from the Presbytery during the week.

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Newsletter – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Some terrific news

I’d like to thank all of you who have been praying for our restoration and the major application we made for funding back in August 2016.  I’m so delighted to be able to tell you that I received an email on Thursday from the CEO of the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation, to let us know that we have been awarded a substantial grant towards the remaining restoration work on the church.  We are so grateful to them for their most generous donation to us.  This is such good news for us as it means that we can continue immediately with the next phase of restoration work: the nave of the church – including the underfloor heating system!! So: expect to see electricians and paint strippers descending very soon.  We are also able to go ahead with preparing the Stations of the Cross and the new lighting for the nave.  We will also be looking at the plans for the work outside.  Much will be happening over the next few months and through this year to bring this restoration work forward.

Fr Alan Robinson

Second Collection Next Weekend

Next weekend we will be joined by Sr. Josephine, who will make an appeal for the Little Sisters of the Poor. Founded in 1839 by St. Jeanne Jugan, the Little Sisters care for the elderly who have no other means of looking after themselves. You may remember that Pope Benedict XVI visited their home when he visited in 2010. Please be generous with your offering – they do the most wonderful work.

Some more great news

We have just heard that our application to the Historic Churches Committee, to light the outside of the church, install gates and engraved glass doors at the main entrance, and to repoint and clean the front of the church and house, has been passed without any restrictions.  Deo gratias!

Vocation

Have you ever stopped to think that God might be calling you to live your life for him as a priest or member of a religious order?  Has that thought ever crossed your mind?

It this thought something you’ve tried to put out of your mind, to ignore? If you’d like to talk about it, I’d be delighted to meet up with you.  Please give me a call or send me an email.

Notre-Dame de Paris chœur d’enfants

Westminster Cathedral Choristers and their conductor Martin Baker welcome the Chœur d’enfants of Notre Dame de Paris on Wednesday 22nd February.  The choirs will give a joint concert at Westminster Cathedral, singing French and English choral music. Tickets (£15, seating unreserved) are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or on www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd March and we will be joined by Fr. William Nicol, Pastoral Director at Allen Hall Seminary, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

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Newsletter – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

NB NO LUNCHTIME MASS ON THURSDAY 16th FEBRUARY!

Mass is at 12:00pm on Thursday 16th. There is no 1:05pm Mass

The restoration of the sanctuary

I trust you like the result so far.  The restorers have now finished all of the work they can carry out at present.  We are waiting for the two new canopies to appear after they have been decorated – you can see where they will be situated on the East wall of the sanctuary. Once they are in situ the statues of SS. Peter & Paul can be returned and completed.  We are also waiting on the central sanctuary lamp… which is almost ready.  I trust all of this will be completed over the next couple of weeks.  During this year, new underfloor heating will be installed in the sanctuary and nave – then we can lay the new floors.   We will also be stripping the columns in the aisles and the side walls.  It’s all very exciting.

If you’d like to help fund our restoration work, there are envelopes and Gift Aid forms on the table at the back of the church.  When completed, please put these through Presbytery door.  ANYTHING you can give is much appreciated.  Thank You.   Fr Alan Robinson

PS  And a BIG thank you to all those who helped to clean the church ready for Mass: I’m most grateful to you.

A most important praying week    

During the week I received an email from the chairman of the Trust we have applied to for funding for the restoration.  The meeting we have been expecting is on Tuesday 14th February.  If we are successful, it’s full steam ahead with the work on the nave of the church.  Please do keep this in your prayers of intercession.

Some more great news

We have just heard that our application to the Historic Churches Committee, to light the outside of the church, install gates and engraved glass doors at the main entrance, and to repoint and clean the front of the church and house, has been passed without any restrictions.  Deo gratias!

Vocation

Have you ever stopped to think that God might be calling you to live your life for him as a priest or member of a religious order?  Has that thought ever crossed your mind?

It this thought something you’ve tried to put out of your mind, to ignore? If you’d like to talk about it, I’d be delighted to meet up with you.  Please give me a call or send me an email.

Notre-Dame de Paris chœur d’enfants

Westminster Cathedral Choristers and their conductor Martin Baker welcome the Chœur d’enfants of Notre Dame de Paris on Wednesday 22nd February.  The choirs will give a joint concert at Westminster Cathedral, singing French and English choral music. Tickets (£15, seating unreserved) are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or on www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Mass Intentions

Our 2017 Mass book is filling up fast, so please contact us ASAP if there are dates you would particularly like.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd March and we will be joined by Fr. William Nicol, Pastoral Director at Allen Hall Seminary, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

Catholic Singles Evening for Over 50s

Friday 24th Feb 2017, 7pm – £15 per person.

Lebanese food tasting experience courtesy of Mandaloun Restaurant of Westfield and Fulham Road, Chelsea. Cash bar. Register with claire@austin-forum.org or call 020 8748 3254. Austin Forum, Augustinian Centre W6 8AU. All proceeds go towards funding our free English Lesson programme. Find out more at www.austin-forum.org

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima

The pilgrimage takes place from 24 to 27 April 2017, the centenary year of the apparitions, and is led by Cardinal Nichols. Return flights are from London Heathrow with Tangney Tours. Prices are £530 per person (including full board hotel accommodation, coach transfers, visits and full services of Tangney Tours courier). Travel insurance £26, single room supplement of £50. For more details contact Elizabeth Uwalaka, elizabethuwalaka@rcdow.org.uk or by calling 020 7798 9173.

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Newsletter – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Some very exciting news!

At last – the scaffold in the sanctuary is coming down – and we will be using the new sanctuary on Sunday 12th February.

The plan is that the scaffold will be removed on Thursday and Friday of next week – consequently, the Masses on those days will be in the Lady Chapel.

BUT: we need your help.  Bringing down the scaffold, no matter how carefully, will make some dust and mess.  We need YOUR help to prepare the church and sanctuary for use.  I’d be most grateful if you could come along on Saturday 11th February, 10am onwards, to give a little time to help clean the church and make the preparations for Sunday Mass.  Like for our Christmas clean, please bring along a duster and a bit of polish please.

Vocation

Have you ever stopped to think that God might be calling you to live your life for him as a priest or member of a religious order?  Has that thought ever crossed your mind?

It this thought something you’ve tried to put out of your mind, to ignore? If you’d like to talk about it, I’d be delighted to meet up with you.  Please give me a call or send me an email.

Please keep praying   

We are now awaiting the result of the visit of the chairman of a particular trust.  I’m given to understand that the Trust is meeting during February.  I would be so grateful if you would please pray about the result of this visit – as their support is crucial to the completion of this most important restoration work.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd March and we will be joined by Fr. William Nicol, Pastoral Director at Allen Hall Seminary, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at

www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

Notre-Dame de Paris chœur d’enfants

Westminster Cathedral Choristers and their conductor Martin Baker welcome the Chœur d’enfants of Notre Dame de Paris on Wednesday 22nd February.  The choirs will give a joint concert at Westminster Cathedral, singing French and English choral music. Tickets (£15, seating unreserved) are available from the Cathedral Gift Shop, or on www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

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Newsletter – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

It’s not just about ourselves

When we go to Mass, we usually have a great deal to offer to the Lord: all the business of our lives since we last came to Him in the Mass, and the intentions we feel called to offer to Him.  BUT, at the heart of our Eucharistic celebration is our coming just to adore God amongst us.  It is only at the Mass, or kneeling before the tabernacle, that we can meet with God in this intimate manner.  We keep this church open all day each day so that people can come and meet with the Risen Lord… no other reason. And meeting God is this way is a great privilege for us – all we have to do is to kneel before Him in the silence.   It’s not about us – it’s about GOD.

I remember Archbishop Arthur Roche coming to preach in my last parish: he said, “Never pass an open Catholic church, without going in and kneeling before the Lord.”   Very good advice, there is nothing to surpass it: and to do otherwise is like slapping Our Lord in the face.   All of us can spare just a few moments to meet with the Living Lord

Fr Alan Robinson

Candlemas – The End of Christmas!

On Tuesday 2nd February at 6:30pm, we will be celebrating the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas. There will be the Blessing of Candles and a small procession before Mass and we will be joined by Fr. Pius Collins, O.Praem., who will be preaching for us. Please join us as we bring Christmastide to a close.{Lunchtime Mass at 1.05pm as usual.}

Vocation

Have you ever stopped to think that God might be calling you to live your life for him as a priest or member of a religious order?  Has that thought ever crossed your mind?

It this thought something you’ve tried to put out of your mind, to ignore? If you’d like to talk about it, I’d be delighted to meet up with you.  Please give me a call or send me an email.

Please keep praying   

We are now awaiting the result of the visit of the chairman of a particular trust.  I’m hoping that the Trust has now met: if so, we should get some news soonest.  I would be so grateful if you would please pray about the result of this visit – as their support is crucial to the completion of this most important restoration work.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd February – Candlemas and we will be joined by Fr. Pius Collins, O.Praem. of the Norbertine Priory in Chelmsford, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at

www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

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Newsletter – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Vocation

Have you ever stopped to think that God might be calling you to live your life for him as a priest or member of a religious order?  Has that thought ever crossed your mind?

It this thought something you’ve tried to put out of your mind, to ignore? If you’d like to talk about it, I’d be delighted to meet up with you.  Please give me a call or send me an email.

Theft at Corpus Christi

At present we are having a bit of a problem with votive candles being stolen from the church.  I don’t mean one or two – I mean large quantities.  The culprit is a black gentleman, fairly tall, who usually wears a grey hoody.  I’m not suggesting that you approach him… but if you see him, you might call the police.  We don’t want to get to the point where we have to close the church during the day but……

Candlemas – The End of Christmas!

On Tuesday 2nd February at 6:30pm, we will be celebrating the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas. There will be the Blessing of Candles and a small procession before Mass and we will be joined by Fr. Pius Collins, O.Praem., who will be preaching for us. Please join us as we bring Christmastide to a close.

Please keep praying   

We are now awaiting the result of the visit of the chairman of a particular trust.  I’m hoping that the Trust has now met: if so, we should get some news soonest.  I would be so grateful if you would please pray about the result of this visit – as their support is crucial to the completion of this most important restoration work.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd February – Candlemas and we will be joined by Fr. Pius Collins, O.Praem. of the Norbertine Priory in Chelmsford, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at

www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

Cardinal’s Jubilee

​​On Tuesday 24th His Eminence Vincent Cardinal Nichols will celebrate his Silver Jubilee of Episcopal Consecration. We extend a hearty congratulations on this milestone and will remember him in our prayers and ask you to do the same. There will be a Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Monday 23rd at 5:30pm, for all those who wish to celebrate with His Eminence.

The restoration of the sanctuary

The restorers have now finished all of the work they can carry out at present.  We are waiting for the two new canopies to appear – once they are in situ the statues of SS. Peter & Paul can be returned and completed.  We also have to install the chains for the seven sanctuary lamps, then the scaffold can be removed.  You’ll then see what heaven looks like.

If you’d like to help fund our restoration work, there are envelopes and Gift Aid forms on the table at the back of the church.  When completed, please put these through Presbytery door.  ANYTHING you can give is much appreciated.  Thank You.   Fr Alan Robinson

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Newsletter – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Let’s move forward  

Do you have any friends that are thinking about the possibility of making enquiries about the Catholic faith?   If so – bring them along and introduce them.

But – what about yourself?  Have YOU celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation?  When did YOU last go to Confessions?  Do YOU need to make preparations for a Catholic Marriage?  Do YOU need to “resolve” anything in your life that impedes your Catholic practise?  If you can tick any of these “boxes”, please do feel free to come and see me.

New Year, new intentions 

I hope you’ve made some “faith-based” resolutions: ones that will help you to progress in your relationship with God.   To be more faithful in prayer – to go to Mass once or twice during the week – say the Rosary – make Confession a more frequent part of my spiritual life – to be determined to always make a Morning and Evening offering of myself to God.  Try something and see where it will lead you.

Vocation

Have you ever stopped to think that God might be calling you to live your life for him as a priest or member of a religious order?  Has that thought ever crossed your mind?

It this thought something you’ve tried to put out of your mind, to ignore? If you’d like to talk about it, I’d be delighted to meet up with you.  Please give me a call or send me an email.

Please keep praying   

We are now awaiting the result of the visit of the chairman of a particular trust.  I’m hoping that the Trust has now met: if so, we should get some news soonest.  I would be so grateful if you would please pray about the result of this visit – as their support is crucial to the completion of this most important restoration work.

Fr Alan Robinson

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd February and we will be joined by Fr. Pius Collins, O.Praem. of the Norbertine Priory in Chelmsford, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at

www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

The restoration of the sanctuary

On Friday last, the restorers finished all of the work they can carry out at present.  We are waiting for the two new canopies to appear – once they are in situ the statues of SS Peter & Paul can be returned and completed.  We also have to install the chains for the seven sanctuary lamps, then the scaffold can be removed.  You’ll then see what heaven looks like. 🙂

If you’d like to help fund our restoration work, there are envelopes and Gift Aid forms on the table at the back of the church.  When completed, please put these through Presbytery door.  ANYTHING you can give is much appreciated.  Thank You.   Fr Alan Robinson

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Epiphany 2017

Newsletter – Epiphany 2017

EPIPHANY BLESSING OF CHALK
At the Epiphany, it is traditional for parish priests to bless chalk for each family so that they may mark the names of the three Magi over their doors, in the blessing of homes as a witness of their faith and protection against evil. You will be able to take Blessed Chalk home after Mass today – along with a sheet which tells you how to bless your home.

New Year, new intentions 

Did you make and break some New Year’s resolutions?  Were they just about self and rather inward looking?  Why not make some “faith-based” resolutions: ones that will help you to progress in your relationship with God.   To be more faithful in prayer – to go to Mass once or twice during the week – say the Rosary – make Confession a more frequent part of my spiritual life – to be determined to always make a Morning and Evening offering of myself to God.  Try something and see where it will lead you.

White Flower Appeal

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its annual appeal this weekend. In 2017 SPUC is commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the passing of the 1967 Abortion Act. Over 8.7 million unborn children have lost their lives due to abortion in the last 50 years. Since 1967 SPUC has been working tirelessly to uphold the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. Please be as generous as you can to help SPUC and to protect babies from abortion.

Vocation

Have you ever stopped to think that God might be calling you to live your life for him as a priest or member of a religious order?  Has that thought ever crossed your mind?

It this thought something you’ve tried to put out of your mind, to ignore? If you’d like to talk about it, I’d be delighted to meet up with you.  Please give me a call or send me an email.

Please keep praying   

We are now awaiting the result of the visit of the chairman of a particular trust.  Hopefully, the Trust has now met: if so, we should get some news soonest.  I would be so grateful if you would please pray about the result of this visit – as their support is crucial to the completion of this most important restoration work.

Fr Alan Robinson

Thank you so much

A BIG thank you to all those people who brought gifts to the Presbytery over Christmas – I am most grateful to you for your generosity and kindness.    

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd February and we will be joined by Fr. Pius Collins, O.Praem. of the Norbertine Priory in Chelmsford, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at

www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

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