Newsletter – 28th Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 28th Sunday of the Year

Let us pray for the faithful departed

November is dedicated to the faithful departed, particularly those who have died but have not yet achieved their heavenly goal. The recent Sunday Mass readings have reminded us that our entry into heaven depends upon the earthly life we have lived and our relationship with God and His Church. Once we have died we cannot pray for ourselves, and so rely on those who are left behind. It is so important for us to pray for the departed: it may be your prayers or mine, or the Masses we offer during November, that enable another soul to enter into the joy and glory of the Kingdom of the Lord. This is the reason that the Eucharistic Prayer has a mention of the departed every time the Mass is offered: we need to help those who have died, just as we ourselves shall need the help of those on earth to achieve our own eternal happiness after our own death.  As is Catholic custom, there are envelopes at the back of the church, along with intention sheets for the Masses we shall offer during November for the faithful departed in Purgatory. Please return your list and donation as soon as possible. Praying for the dead is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy, and as Pope Francis reminds us often, mercy is a ministry which all Catholics are called to exercise daily.

Fr Alan Robinson

Second Collection Next Week

Next Sunday, the Holy Father invites all Catholics to contribute to a special collection for Missio, his official charity for overseas mission. Your support on World Mission Sunday will help brave missionaries in proclaiming the Gospel of peace in South Sudan and around the world. Please join in this special day that unites Catholics all over the world in prayer, celebration and care for the mission of the Church. You will be able to Gift Aid all the donations using envelopes provided by Missio. Thank you.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd November – All Souls’ Day and we will be joined by Bishop Robert Byrne, CO, Auxiliary in Birmingham who will be celebrating a Pontifical Solemn Mass and 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 meets on a monthly basis for Mass, Adoration and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

The restoration

Tomorrow, the work on taking up the floor and digging trenches for the main heating pipes begins….. so, I’m sorry, but it means more noise and dust.  This involves digging a trench across the church to house the new main pipework. I’m told there will be times of EXTREME NOISE.  The new boilers for the house and church will be installed over the next couple of weeks. During this phase of work, the new cables will be laid for the new sound system and induction loop. We now have our temporary heating in place. It may not be marvellous but it will help to take the chill off the air. Put on a good coat or jumper if you feel the cold. J

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not only financially.

October –Month of the Holy Rosary

October is the month traditionally dedicated to praying the Holy Rosary much more earnestly. A plenary indulgence may be gained by reciting five decades of the Rosary in church, as a family at home, or in general whenever several persons have gathered for a good purpose. In other circumstances a partial indulgence may be gained. Pray your Rosary this October – and draw yourself and your family closer to Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Lady.

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Newsletter – 27th Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 27th Sunday of the Year

Thoughts about dying

On the 26th September, after preparing to go to the Chapel for Mass, Monsignor Hoey slipped very quietly from this life into the next. The following words he wrote in 2009; excellent words for all of us to reflect upon:

“Preparing myself daily for death will help me to see everything against the background of eternity and to have a right perspective about the tumult, the activities, the fashions and issues of this 21st century. It will give me a bright judgement. This is what I must teach, day in and day out. If I have prepared, here below, by a life of union with Jesus and with all my brothers and sisters, to live a final community life in Heaven, I shall be able, like St. Francis, to welcome death as a sister who opens the door of our Father’s house… “In the hour of my death call me and bid me come to you.” Dying is my last and greatest priestly function when in union with the victim of Calvary. It is my last offering of myself, however unworthy it may well be and I want to make it for the greater glory of God and for the benefit of the whole Church. It is my last Mass.”

Monsignor Hoey’s Requiem Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral by HE the Cardinal on Friday 20th October at 12.00 noon. Please pray for his eternal happiness.

Second Collection Today

Today there is an appeal by The Passage, a charity which runs London’s largest voluntary sector resource centre for homeless and vulnerable people: each day they help up to 200 men and women. The Passage is run by the Daughters of Charity and their work is based upon the principles laid down by St. Vincent de Paul who was one of their founders. Please be generous.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 2nd November – All Souls’ Day and we will be joined by Bishop Robert Byrne, CO, Auxiliary in Birmingham who will be celebrating a Pontifical Solemn Mass and 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 meets on a monthly basis for Mass, Adoration and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

The restoration

The stripping of the white paint from the interior of the church is now compete! Alleluia. This week we begin removing the existing floor covering behind the screen and making the preparations for the installation of the new heating system. The drawings of the floor patterns are now with the company that will lay our new tiled and wooden floor. The new boilers for the house and church will be installed over the next couple of weeks. During this phase of work, the new cables will be laid for the new sound system and induction loop. You may feel a little chilly today – sorry if you are cold. But during the week we are arranging for the temporary heating system to be delivered – so next week you should be fine. In the meantime, best to put on a good coat or jumper if you feel the cold. J

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not only financially.

October –Month of the Holy Rosary

October is the month traditionally dedicated to praying the Holy Rosary much more earnestly. A plenary indulgence may be gained by reciting five decades of the Rosary in church, as a family at home, or in general whenever several persons have gathered for a good purpose. In other circumstances a partial indulgence may be gained.

Pray your Rosary this October – and draw yourself and your family closer to Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Our Blessed Lady. .

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Newsletter – 26th Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 26th Sunday of the Year

Monsignor Augustine Hoey RIP

Only Tuesday last Mgr Hoey was ready for the morning Mass and sitting peacefully in the chair in his room.  And quietly and peacefully, he passed away.  What a fitting end to a life lived so well.  He was in his 102nd year, and until the last few weeks, he’d been fit and healthy.  His long life is an extraordinary catalogue of devoted ministry for the Lord, and a great love for Our Blessed Lady.  Underpinning this, was a wonderful vocation to intercessory prayer.  It was in Walsingham in 1937, in the Holy House during this his first visit, that Mgr Hoey was drawn into intercessory prayer in a way which he’d never done before.  This was the moment the fire of intercessory prayer was lit, and this had been a great future of his life until the very end.  As the years passed, and he gathered more and more ‘Spiritual Children’, they all knew that when he said he was praying for them, that was exactly what he meant.  So: after this life lived so well, let us be resolved to pray for him, a most faithful Son of the Church and Servant of the Lord: that he may now see the Lord he loved face to face.

Fr Alan Robinson

Second Collection Next Week

Next week there will be an appeal by The Passage, a charity which runs London’s largest voluntary sector resource centre for homeless and vulnerable people: each day they help up to 200 men and women. The Passage is run by the Daughters of Charity and their work is based upon the principles laid down by St. Vincent de Paul who was one of their founders. Please be generous.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on this Thursday 5th October and we will be joined by Fr. Mark Elliott-Smith, Parish Priest of Warwick Street, 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 leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

7 day votive lights

If you would like to leave a 7 day votive light burning in the church for a particular intention, they are available after each Sunday Mass at £5 each, or from the Presbytery during the week.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion

Perhaps you might like these 7 lamps burning for one week, for a particular intention or a special occasion in your life: this would cost you £25. If interested, please use an envelope from the back of the church.

A very important date for your diaries

On Sunday 3rd June 2018, H.E. the Cardinal will be coming to formally re-open the restored Corpus Christi, by celebrating a Solemn Pontifical Mass at 11.00am.

The restoration

The scaffold is down – hooray.  And we not can get a glimpse of the future glory of Corpus Christi.  A couple of weeks ago we had a meeting with the men who will be laying the new marble, tiled and parquet floors: all is going to schedule. The chandeliers are now being gilded, and will be hung in the church on return. We are now progressing with the next stages i.e removing the existing floor, preparing the surface below, installing the new underfloor heating system and two new boilers in the basement of the house. During this phase the new cables will be laid for the new sound system and induction loop.

This is a complex stage of the work – each individual aspect needs dovetailing with the other. We’re very fortunate in that we have an excellent team of people working on this project.

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not only financially.

PS We are in the process of hiring temporary heating for the church – but in the meantime, best to put on a good coat or jumper if you feel the cold. 🙂

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Newsletter – 25th Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 25th Sunday of the Year

The generosity of God

The Gospel this Sunday reminds us of something very important, something that should give us great confidence when we come to God: the Gospel speaks of the GENROSITY of God towards all those who come to Him, at whatever point in their life. The Gospel paints a picture of workers in the vineyard, who arrive at various times of the day: and each worker gets a fair wage i.e. they all get the same.  For this is an image of the generosity of God – and He can only give everything of Himself to all those who come and offer themselves to Him. God never withholds anything of Himself to those who truly desire to offer themselves for Him. It’s like a marriage: bride and groom have to “vow” before God to give themselves wholly to each other, holding nothing back: doing so, makes the marriage invalid.  That’s how God wants us to respond to Him as He gives the totality of Himself to us: not holding back, not offering just the “nice” bits of ourselves – but an honest and total offering of ourselves, just as we are at this very moment. We can only offer who we are – not who we might like to be. Offering ourselves – embracing the totality of God: enables us to become the person God would have us be.

Let that be our resolution this week.

Fr Alan Robinson

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 5th October and we will be joined by Fr. Mark Elliott-Smith, Parish Priest of Warwick Street, 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 leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

Mass Intentions

Would you like a Mass offered for your intentions or the repose of the soul of a loved one? There are several dates available for intentions. Envelopes are available at the back of the church – please post through the Presbytery door.

7 day votive lights

If you would like to leave a 7 day votive light burning in the church for a particular intention, they are available after each Sunday Mass at £5 each, or from the Presbytery during the week.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion

Perhaps you might like these 7 lamps burning for one week, for a particular intention or a special occasion in your life: this would cost you £25. If interested, please use an envelope from the back of the church.

A very important date for your diaries

On Sunday 3rd June 2018, H.E. the Cardinal will be coming to formally re-open the restored Corpus Christi, by celebrating a Solemn Pontifical Mass at 11.00am.

The restoration

As the scaffold will be removed from the church on Monday and Tuesday, 25th and 26th September – the church will have to be closed. I’m sorry about this, but we have to make sure everyone is safe – workmen and parishioners alike.

A couple of weeks ago we had a meeting with the men who will be laying the new marble, tiled and parquet floors: all is going to schedule. The chandeliers are now being gilded, and will be hung in the church on return.  The new book rest for the pulpit has been designed and is in the process of being made. We are now progressing with the next stages i.e removing the existing floor, preparing the surface below, installing the new underfloor heating system and two new boilers in the basement of the house. During this phase the new cables will be laid for the new sound system and induction loop.

This is a complex stage of the work – each individual aspect needs dovetailing with the other. We’re very fortunate in that we have an excellent team of people working on this project.

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not only financially.

PS We are in the process of hiring temporary heating for the church – but in the meantime, best to put on a good coat or jumper if you feel the cold. J

Celebrating the Sacraments

September is traditionally the time when we invite people to come forward, to begin Sacramental Preparation. So: if you’re thinking about Baptism, Confession, Confirmation, Marriage, Ordination – don’t be shy, but make an arrangement to come and have a confidential conversation with me.

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Newsletter – 24th Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 24th Sunday of the Year

Let’s make a plan

How often have you thought, “I don’t know why I keep going to Confessions – it’s always the same things – I just don’t make any progress”? Well: first of all, keep going to the Sacrament: goodness knows what you’d be like if you didn’t! BUT: if we want to progress, if we want to change our lives – WE NEED A PLAN. It’s very easy to think “I need to do something about this….” and then we go away and forget about it. Why not sit down with a piece of paper and list those reoccurring sins: then ask yourself, which of these, with the help of the Grace of God, do I feel able to tackle. Don’t try to deal with everything at one go – it’s too much for anyone. Just go for one reoccurring sin – and then make it part of your daily prayer, to face this with God, and ask for the Grace to be able to live this part of your life in God’s way. And be patient: it may have taken you many years to get to this point – so don’t expect a change overnight. I promise you – gradually, you’ll see a change. Then, take your list from inside your prayer book, and you can begin to tackle the next one……  It’s a prayerful and ongoing task for each one of us.

Fr Alan Robinson

Liturgical changes

The next scheduled Tuesday Mass {if we cannot get alternative cover} will be on 26th September.

The restoration

I understand the scaffold will be removed next Monday and Tuesday, 25th and 26th September – which will necessitate closing the church.  I’m sorry about this, but we have to make sure everyone is safe.  We are now progressing with the next stages i.e removing the existing floor, preparing the surface below, installing the new underfloor heating system and boilers. This is a complex stage of the work – each individual aspect needs dovetailing with the other. We’re very fortunate in that we have an excellent team of people working on this project.  The new Stations of the Cross have been bronze gilded, and are looking marvellous. We’re just waiting for the construction of all the wooden plinths, which will support them on the walls. The new book rest for the pulpit has been designed and is in the process of being made.  New chandeliers have been made – they too need just a little gilding before we hang them.

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not only financially.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 5th October and we will be joined by Fr. Mark Elliott-Smith, Parish Priest of Warwick Street, 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 leaflets 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 – 23rd Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 23rd Sunday of the Year

Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor
Funeral Arrangements

On Tuesday 12th September, the reception of the Cardinal’s body will take place at 10am at Westminster Cathedral with a short service. All are welcome to attend the service.

The Cardinal’s body will lie in the cathedral throughout the day and all are welcome to visit to pay their respects, pray and sign the book of condolence.

At 5pm on the same day, Cardinal Vincent will preside at the Solemn Vespers of the Dead, and Archbishop Bernard Longley will preach. All are welcome to this service. The cathedral will remain open until 8pm for visitors who may wish to pay their respects.

On Wednesday 13th September, the Requiem Mass and burial of Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor will take place at 12 noon. Cardinal Vincent will preside and Archbishop George Stack will preach the homily. In order to allow as many parishes and schools of the diocese to be represented, admission to the cathedral for the Requiem Mass will be by ticket only.

On Wednesday, 4th October, a Memorial Mass for Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor will be celebrated at the Cathedral at 5.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Second Collection – Catholic Education

Today is Education Sunday. The theme of this year’s

Education Sunday is ‘Gathered in my name’, from today’s Gospel reading. On Education Sunday, Catholics are encouraged to pray for all those involved in Catholic education, including, teachers, school staff, parents, governors and volunteers, and all those who contribute in some way. The Catholic Education Service (CES) is the agency of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales charged with safeguarding and promoting Catholic education. The CES regularly negotiates on behalf of schools and dioceses with the Department for Education and Ofsted, to ensure Catholic schools are well represented. The second collection on Education Sunday will be for the diocese’s education work, and the CES.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 5th October and we will be joined by Fr. Mark Elliott-Smith, Parish Priest of Warwick Street, 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 leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

Liturgical changes

The next scheduled Tuesday Mass {if we cannot get alternative cover} will be on 26th September. We’ll keep you posted on the September dates. There is no Mass this Wednesday either, due to Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor’s funeral.

Novena to Our Lady of Walsingham
15th – 24th September

The Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham is celebrated on Sunday 24th September in Walsingham. There are booklets at the back of the church for those who wish to pray a Novena to Our Lady of Walsingham starting on Friday 15th. The Novena will prepare the way for the great moment for us in England to re-own with true zeal, love and awe, the great spiritual heritage which is ours of being the Dowry of Mary.

The restoration

It looks as if the scaffold will be removed by the middle of September – then we’ll have a much better idea of how the church will look when completed. We are now planning the next stages i.e removing the existing floor, preparing the surface below, installing the new underfloor heating system and boilers. This will involve a couple of days when the church will be closed – but we’ll let you know in good time. This is a complex stage of the work – each individual aspect needs dovetailing with the other. We’re very fortunate in that we have an excellent team of people working on this project.  The new Stations of the Cross have been bronze gilded, and are looking marvellous. We’re just waiting for the construction of all the wooden plinths, which will support them on the walls. The new book rest for the pulpit has been designed and is in the process of being made.  New chandeliers have been made – they too need just a little gilding before we hang them.

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not only financially.

7 day votive lights

If you would like to leave a 7 day votive light burning in the church for a particular intention, they are available after each Sunday Mass at £5 each, or from the Presbytery during the week.

Celebrating the Sacraments

September is traditionally the time when we invite people to come forward, to begin Sacramental Preparation. So: if you’re thinking about Baptism, Confession, Confirmation, Marriage, Ordination – don’t be shy, but make an arrangement to come and have a confidential conversation with me.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion

Perhaps you might like these 7 lamps burning for one week, for a particular intention or a special occasion in your life: this would cost you £25. If interested, please use an envelope from the back of the church.

A very important date for your diaries

On Sunday 3rd June 2018, H.E. the Cardinal will be coming to formally re-open the restored Corpus Christi, by celebrating a Solemn Pontifical Mass at 11.00am.

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Newsletter – 22nd Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 22nd Sunday of the Year

Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor RIP

Friday 1st September
Dear Fathers, Deacons and People
I am writing to let you know the sad news that Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor died peacefully this afternoon, surrounded by his family and friends.  Please pray for the repose of his soul. Pray, too, for his family, and those many friends and colleagues from the Diocese and far beyond who mourn his loss.
Information about the funeral rites for the Cardinal will be circulated as soon as possible.
With my good wishes and prayers,
+ Vincent Cardinal Nichols

Tuesday 5th September 

This coming Tuesday, the church will not open until midday: this is because the last exposed area of the nave will be stripped and washed down.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion

Perhaps you might like these 7 lamps burning for one week, for a particular intention or a special occasion in your life: this would cost you £25. If interested, please use an envelope from the back of the church.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 7th September and we will be joined by Fr. Michael Lang, Cong. Orat., one of the Fathers of the London Oratory, 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 leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

Prayer to St Joseph for a happy death

O Blessed Joseph, you gave your last breath in the loving embrace of Jesus and Mary. When the seal of death shall close my life, come with Jesus and Mary to aid me.

Obtain for me this solace for that hour – to die with their holy arms around me. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I commend my soul, living and dying, into your sacred arms.

Amen.

A very important date for your diaries

On Sunday 3rd June 2018, H.E. the Cardinal will be coming to formally re-open the restored Corpus Christi, by celebrating a Solemn Pontifical Mass at 11.00am.

Holy Days of Obligation

I’m delighted to tell you that the Holy See has given permission for the Holy Days of the Epiphany of the Lord and the Ascension of the Lord to be restored to their traditional days i.e. 12 days after the Nativity of the Lord and 50 days after the Resurrection of the Lord.

This welcome change will come into effect in 2018 i.e. The Epiphany on 6th January and the Ascension on 10th May.

Liturgical changes

The next scheduled Tuesday Mass {if we cannot get alternative cover} will be on 26th September. We’ll keep you posted on the September dates. The Prayer Group is back this Wednesday 6th September. And MUSIC is restored at the 11.30am Solemn Mass today.

Mass Intentions

Would you like a Mass offered for your intentions or the repose of the soul of a loved one? There are several dates available for intentions. Envelopes are available at the back of the church – please post through the Presbytery door.

The restoration

It looks as if the scaffold will be removed by the middle of September – then we’ll have a much better idea of how the church will look when completed. We are now planning the next stages i.e removing the existing floor, preparing the surface below, installing the new underfloor heating system and boilers. This will involve a couple of days when the church will be closed – but we’ll let you know in good time. This is a complex stage of the work – each individual aspect needs dovetailing with the other. We’re very fortunate in that we have an excellent team of people working on this project.  The new Stations of the Cross have been bronze gilded, and are looking marvellous. We’re just waiting for the construction of all the wooden plinths, which will support them on the walls. The new book rest for the pulpit has been designed and is in the process of being made.  New chandeliers have been made – they too need just a little gilding before we hang them.

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not only financially.

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Newsletter – 21st Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 21st Sunday of the Year

A CHANGE OF PLANS 

On Tuesday last I went to visit the Benedictine Sisters at Minster Abbey in Kent: it’s a train journey of around 2 hours from Charing Cross. The morning I left my mobile telephone decided to die on me, just before I left. When that happens we discover just how much we depend upon them for so many tasks. Well: with no phone, I wasn’t interrupted on the journey – which gave me lots of time for reading a book by Archbishop Fulton Sheen, “The Priest is not his own”, and for saying the Rosary. At the Abbey, the friend I gone to visit was taken ill after lunch – and so I had plenty of time to sit in the garden and read, and to make an Hour Holy in the chapel before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, before I caught the train back to London. It looks as if God had definite plans for the way I was going to spend the day – and how much time I was going to give Him on my day off. And certainly, not having the phone was very liberating. I must switch it off much more often – and be more switched on to God.

Fr Alan Robinson 

THE PASSION OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST 

The Church, having celebrated the earthly birthday of St. John the Baptist on June 24, on Tuesday the 29th August honours the anniversary of his martyrdom. Besides our Lord and Our Blessed Lady, St. John the Baptist is the only one whose birth and death are thus celebrated. The Gospel for the day relates the circumstances of his execution. He had the courage to blame Herod to his face for the scandal of his illegal union with his sister-in-law Herodias, whose husband was still alive. Herodias contrived to make Herod imprison him and took advantage of an unexpected opportunity to obtain through her daughter Salome the beheading of the saint. Then and today, people often react very badly when their immoral way of life is pointed out: they know they are in the wrong, but everyone is supposed to keep quiet and say nothing. Let us be resolved to defend the Church and Her Teaching on the Sacred Institution of Marriage.

SANCTUARY LAMPS FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION 

Perhaps you might like these 7 lamps burning for one week, for a particular intention or a special occasion in your life: this would cost you £25. If interested, please use an envelope from the back of the church.

PRAYER TO ST JOSEPH FOR A HAPPY DEATH 

O Blessed Joseph, you gave your last breath in the loving embrace of Jesus and Mary. When the seal of death shall close my life, come with Jesus and Mary to aid me.

Obtain for me this solace for that hour – to die with their holy arms around me. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I commend my soul, living and dying, into your sacred arms.

Amen.

A VERY IMPORTANT DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES 

On Sunday 3rd June 2018, H.E. the Cardinal will be coming to formally re-open the restored Corpus Christi, by celebrating a Solemn Pontifical Mass at 11.00am.

SUMMER CHANGES 

After the Mass on Tuesday of this week, the next Tuesday Mass {if we cannot get alternative cover} will be on 26th September. We’ll keep you posted on the September dates. The Prayer Group is now taking a summer break: the next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th September. And NO MUSIC at the 11.30am Solemn Mass until Sunday 3rd September.

MASS INTENTIONS 

Would you like a Mass offered for your intentions or the repose of the soul of a loved one? There are several dates available for intentions. Envelopes are available at the back of the church – please post through the Presbytery door.

SODALITY OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT 

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 7th September and we will be joined by Fr. Michael Lang, Cong. Orat., one of the Fathers of the London Oratory, 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 leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

7 DAY VOTIVE LIGHTS 

If you would like to leave a 7 day votive light burning in the church for a particular intention, they are available after each Sunday Mass at £5 each, or from the Presbytery during the week.

THE RESTORATION 

All of the work is progressing very well. We are now planning the next stages i.e removing the existing floor, preparing the surface below, installing the new underfloor heating system and boilers. This will involve a couple of days when the church will be closed – but we’ll let you know in good time. This is a complex stage of the work – each individual aspect needs dovetailing with the other. We’re very fortunate in that we have an excellent team of people working on this project. The new Stations of the Cross have been bronze gilded, and are looking marvellous. We’re just waiting for the construction of all the wooden plinths, which will support them on the walls. The new book rest for the pulpit has been designed and is in the process of being made. New chandeliers have been made – they too need just a little gilding before we hang them.

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not only financially. 

CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS 

September is traditionally the time when we invite people to come forward, to begin Sacramental Preparation. So: if you’re thinking about Baptism, Confession, Confirmation, Marriage, Ordination – don’t be shy, but make an arrangement to come and have a confidential conversation with me.

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Newsletter – 20th Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 20th Sunday of the Year

A MESSAGE FROM H.E CARDINAL NICHOLS 

Cardinal Cormac has asked me to write to you to let you know that his health has taken a defining turn and that he is now in hospital. He asks, most sincerely, for your prayers. He very much wants you to receive this news from his own hand, as it were, rather than by word of mouth. It is my privilege to do this. For my part, I am sending a copy of this letter to all the clergy of this Diocese, enlisting their prayers together with the prayers of so many more. As you will know so clearly, for Cardinal Cormac these loving prayers are a source of great strength and comfort as he calmly ponders on all that lies ahead, all in God’s good time. May the Lord strengthen him in faith and trust and may the prayers of the Church, which he loves so much, comfort and uphold him.

ST PIUS X, POPE 

Joseph Sarto was born in humble circumstances at Riese, a small village in Venetia, on June 2, 1835. He was successively curate, parish priest, bishop of Mantua, Patriarch of Venice — offices to which his keen intelligence, hard work and great piety caused him to be quickly promoted. He was elected Pope on August 4, 1903, and took the name of Pius X. As chief pastor of the Church he displayed untiring self-sacrifice and great energy; he was an intrepid defender of the purity of Christian doctrine. He was a great promotor of frequent Holy Communion, and for Holy Communion for the young. He realized to the full the value of the liturgy as the prayer of the Church and the solid basis that it furnishes for the devotion of Christian people; he worked for the restoration of the worship of the Church, especially plainchant, so that Christian people, as he put it, might find beauty in their public prayer. He spared no effort to propagate the practice, so great an aid to holiness, of early, frequent and daily communion. He died August 20, 1914 and was canonized on May 29, 1954. If you visit St Peter’s Basilica, Rome, your see his mortal remains enshrined in a crystal coffin under the altar in the Presentation Chapel.

SUMMER CHANGES 

After the Mass on Tuesday of this week, the next Tuesday Mass {if we cannot get alternative cover} will be on 26th September We’ll keep you posted on the September dates. The Prayer Group is now taking a summer break: the next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th September. And NO MUSIC at the 11.30am Solemn Mass until Sunday 3rd September.

MASS INTENTIONS 

Would you like a Mass offered for your intentions or the repose of the soul of a loved one? There are several dates available for intentions. Envelopes are available at the back of the church – please post through the Presbytery door.

SODALITY OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT 

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 7th September and we will be joined by Fr. Michael Lang, Cong. Orat., one of the Fathers of the London Oratory, 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 leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

7 DAY VOTIVE LIGHTS 

If you would like to leave a 7 day votive light burning in the church for a particular intention, they are available after each Sunday Mass at £5 each, or from the Presbytery during the week.

THE RESTORATION 

On Friday last we had a site meeting – to discuss the next stages of the work i.e removing the existing floor, preparing the surface below, installing the new underfloor heating system and boilers. This will involve a couple of days when the church will be closed – but we’ll let you know in good time. This is a complex stage of the work – each individual aspect needs dovetailing with the other. We’re very fortunate in that we have an excellent team of people working on this project. The new Stations of the Cross have been bronze gilded, and are looking marvellous. We’re just waiting for the construction of all the wooden plinths, which will support them on the walls. The new book rest for the pulpit has been designed and is in the process of being made. New chandeliers have been made – they too need just a little gilding before we hang them.

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not only financially. 

CELEBRATING THE SACRAMENTS 

September is traditionally the time when we invite people to come forward, to begin Sacramental Preparation. So: if you’re thinking about Baptism, Confession, Confirmation, Marriage, Ordination – don’t be shy, but make an arrangement to come and have a confidential conversation with me.

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Newsletter – 19th Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 19th Sunday of the Year

SUMMER CHANGES 

After the Mass on Tuesday of this week, the next Tuesday Mass {if we cannot get alternative cover} will be on 26th September. Of course, there will be a Mass at 1.05pm on Tuesday 15th August – The Assumption of Our Blessed Lady. We’ll keep you posted on the September dates. The Prayer Group is now taking a summer break: the next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th September. And NO MUSIC at the 11.30am Solemn Mass until Sunday 3rd September.

MASS INTENTIONS 

Would you like a Mass offered for your intentions or the repose of the soul of a loved one? There are several dates available for intentions. Envelopes are available at the back of the church – please post through the Presbytery door.

SODALITY OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT 

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 7th September and we will be joined by Fr. Michael Lang, Cong. Orat., one of the Fathers of the London Oratory, 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 leaflets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

7 DAY VOTIVE LIGHTS 

If you would like to leave a 7 day votive light burning in the church for a particular intention, they are available after each Sunday Mass at £5 each, or from the Presbytery during the week.

DIRTY OLCHURCH 

Apologies, that while the building work is taking place, especially the stripping of the paint from the brickwork, we are constantly fighting a Plague of Dust – nothing to do with the Exodus! If you can spare some time to help clean the church at the weekends, you’d be most welcome!

Worth noting: the south aisle is the last area of the church to be stripped! 

THE RESTORATION 

The walls in the south aisles are now reaching the final part of the cleaning process – when they will be washed down, to obtain the final finish. The new Stations of the Cross has now been bronze gilded, and are looking marvellous. We’re just waiting for the construction of all the wooden plinths, which will support them on the walls. The new book rest for the pulpit has been designed and is in the process of being made. I think you’ll really like it. After the stripping, we will be removing the scaffolding and taking up the old flooring – and installing the underfloor heating. Please pray that we don’t discover some horror stories under the floor! If all goes well, installing the heating should take around 6 weeks: half of the church floor being done at a time. Please bear with us.

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways.

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Newsletter – Transfiguration of the Lord

Newsletter – Transfiguration of the Lord

THE CURE OF ARS 

Thursday last was the Feast of the Cure of Ars, Patron Saint of all Parish Priest. The following is an extract from his excellent catechesis on prayer. “To pray and to love, that is the happiness of man on earth. Prayer is nothing else than union with God. When the heart is pure and united with God it is consoled and filled with sweetness; it is dazzled by a marvellous light. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax moulded into one; they cannot any more be separated. It is a very wonderful thing, this union of God with his insignificant creature, a happiness passing all understanding. We had deserved to be left incapable of praying; but God in his goodness has permitted us to speak to him. Our prayer is an incense that is delightful to God. My children, your hearts are small, but prayer enlarges them and renders them capable of loving God. Prayer is a foretaste of heaven, an overflowing of heaven. It never leaves us without sweetness; it is like honey, it descends into the soul and sweetens everything. In a prayer well made, troubles vanish like snow under the rays of the sun. Prayer makes time seem to pass quickly, and so pleasantly that one fails to notice how long it is. There are those who lose themselves in prayer, like a fish in water, because they are absorbed in God. As for ourselves, how often do we come to church without thinking what we are going to do or for what we are going to ask. And yet, when we go to call upon someone, we have no difficulty in remembering why it was we came. Some appear as if they were about to say to God: ‘I am just going to say a couple of words, so I can get away quickly.’ I often think that when we come to adore our Lord we should get all we ask if we asked for it with a lively faith and a pure heart.” 

Let us think about these words of the Curé during this week.

THE RESTORATION 

Everything is progressing well, as you can see. The angels which will hold the new chandeliers are almost ready to be gilded and then fitted. Sitting in the stripped area gives one a much better idea of what the church will look like when completed. When the stripping is done – which should be by the end of September  – we will be removing the scaffolding and taking up the old flooring – and installing the underfloor heating.

Please pray that we don’t discover some horror stories under the floor! If all goes well, installing the heating should take around 6 weeks: half of the church floor being done at a time. Please bear with us.

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not just financially.

Fr Alan Robinson 

STATUE NEWS 

Work has begun on the statues of St. Pio of Pietrelcina; better known as Padre Pio, and St John Marie Vianney, the Curé of Ars. These statues are being carved in Northern Italy, in the studios of Ferdinand Stuflesser – who carved Our Lady of Walsingham and St. Anthony.

SUMMER CHANGES 

After the Mass on Tuesday of this week, the next Tuesday Mass {if we cannot get alternative cover} will be on 26th September. Of course, there will be a Mass at 1.05pm on Tuesday 15th August – The Assumption of Our Blessed Lady. We’ll keep you posted on the September dates. The Prayer Group is now taking a summer break: the next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th September.

MASS INTENTIONS 

Would you like a Mass offered for your intentions or the repose of the soul of a loved one? There are several dates available for intentions. Envelopes are available at the back of the church – please post through the Presbytery door.

SODALITY OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT 

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 7th September and we will be joined by Fr. Michael Lang, Cong. Orat., one of the Fathers of the London Oratory, 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 leaflets 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 – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Adoremus

If you were here at Mass on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, you’ll know from the Cardinal’s Pastoral Letter that Adoremus is the title of the National Eucharistic Congress taking place in Liverpool on the 7th -9th September 2018.  Events like this need a great deal of planning – and the most important part of the preparation is praying for this event.  A year ahead is good time to begin this prayerful support.  Please pray for the success of this most important week, and for all of those involved with the planning.

Summer changes 

After the Mass on Tuesday of this week, the next Tuesday Mass {if we cannot get alternative cover} will be on 26th SeptemberOf course, there will be a Mass at 1.05pm on Tuesday 15th August – The Assumption of Our Blessed Lady.  We’ll keep you posted on the September dates.  The Prayer Group is now taking a summer break: the next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th September.

Summer visitors  

If you’re in town on holiday or business and visiting us; you’re most welcome.   Please excuse our appearance, but we’re nearing the end of a major restoration project – more of which below   Please introduce yourself before you leave – and do think about joining our Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament.

The restoration 

Everything is progressing well, as you can see.  The angels which will hold the new chandeliers are almost ready to be gilded and then fitted.  Sitting in the stripped area gives one a much better idea of what the church will look like when completed. When the stripping is done – which should be by the end of September J – we will be removing the scaffolding and taking up the old flooring – and installing the underfloor heating.  Please pray that we don’t discover some horror stories under the floor!  If all goes well, installing the heating should take around 6 weeks: half of the church floor being done at a time.  Please bear with us.

If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass, telephone or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not just financially.  Fr Alan Robinson

Statue news

We have now ordered the statues of St. Pio of Pietrelcina; better known as Padre Pio, and St John Marie Vianney, the Curé of Ars.  These statues will be being carved in Northern Italy, in the studios of Ferdinand Stuflesser – who carved Our Lady of Walsingham and St. Anthony.

Foundation Degree for Catholics in healthcare or Chaplaincy Starting in October, St Mary’s University Twickenham is pleased to offer a new foundation degree in Healthcare Ethics, Theology and Care. This is a part time two year programme for those seeking to be hospital chaplains and for people working in healthcare settings, from care homes, to hospices and hospitals. Lectures and seminars take place at St Mary’s one evening a week and additional lectures and resources are available online. If you are interested in applying or finding out more please contact:

matthew.james@stmarys.ac.uk

A new parish child

We give thanks for the Baptism of Daisy Erica McNicoll, here last Sunday: please support her with your prayers, and also her parents Keith and Aylish, and her Godfather John.

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