Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Moving towards God

Today, St Mark shows us John the Baptist, and the role he has in the proclamation of the Coming of the Lord during this Advent season. John is the Forerunner: the one who comes before Jesus preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Commissioned in the womb of his mother Elizabeth, John is sent out by Jesus, and comes to prepare a way of the Lord in the hearts of those who hear his message. “Make his paths straight” the Gospel tells us: be ready and open to the way of the Lord, as he comes amongst you. That’s not always easy for us: sometimes we lack the courage to give ourselves totally to the Lord. And there is one thing which always get in the way… and that’s SIN. We’re going to think about this at Mass today – and how we can get so much more out of the coming of the Lord this Christmas, by making the way straight for Him. I’m going to be John the Baptist for you, hopefully helping you to prepare a way for the Lord. So: be ready to listen!

Fr Alan Robinson

The Restoration – where are we?

A week ago, heating was restored to the Presbytery… and we’re really appreciating it! During the last week, the remainder of the underfloor heating was installed – both in the nave and the sanctuary. So it is now complete. Next week the electricians and plumbers will carry out the remaining work, so that it can be switched on (for which we will all be grateful). It’s good to have a much more normal looking and spacious church in operation. The brown tiles are NOT the final floor. On the 8th January, the work will commence on fitting the new floor: Victorian tiles in the aisles, wood under the pews, and marble in the sanctuary. While we are doing this, half of the church will be out of action each time (we’ll be very good at it by then!). Our own pews have all been restored and are ready to be returned to us after the work on the floor is complete.

Unless something VERY unexpected arises, all Mass times continue as normal. Should the church be closed for part of the day for work to continue, please note that it will reopen in time for Confessions and Mass at the advertised times.

So I hope that this week will be the last (for the time being) of the temporary heating. It is not marvellous but it does help to take the chill off the air. Put on a good coat or jumper if you feel the cold. J.

Spiritual Direction

If you’d like to come and talk about your spiritual life, as a one-off or a possibly ongoing relationship, please have a word with Fr Alan, or send an email.

Christmas leaflets

Leaflets giving Christmas Mass times are available from the back of the church: why not give one to a friend.

The Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View

Westminster Cathedral is hosting an exhibition on the life of Swiss Guards providing an insight into the life and vocation of the men who guard the Holy Father. The exhibition runs until 13th December. Admission is free.

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Newsletter – 1st Sunday of Advent

Newsletter – 1st Sunday of Advent

It’s Advent, not Christmas…. yet!

Today, the Church begins that time of watching and waiting for the coming of the Lord i.e. ADVENT. We often call it a “little Lent”, for we are asked to pull back a little, to find some time and space to prepare well for the Incarnation of the Lord. We all need to be ready for Him when He comes. As the world becomes more and more secularised, Christmas takes on a different meaning for many: one that leads to self rather than to God. You hear adverts and people speaking about the “true meaning of Christmas” as a new large-screen television for the family, laying drunk and bloated after the big lunch, rushing to the sales to get the best bargains, catching up with friends. Well, all of those things can fit into the celebrations… but at the heart of everything must be THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD. The secular focus, with little or no thought of Jesus, is as crazy as Catholics who don’t go to Mass or Confession. We’re celebrating Christmas, – but we’re not really. We’re Catholics – but we’re not really.

Advent is a time for sorting out our priorities. It’s a time to watch and pray: so that we can welcome the Lord into a heart which is full of joy and truly ready for Him

Fr Alan Robinson

The Restoration

After two weeks without, we now have heating in the Presbytery… and we’re really appreciating it! This last week, we removed the old tiles from the sanctuary floor, and on Friday last, a screed was applied. It’s still a bit of a mess, that’s why we’re using the Sacred Heart chapel this weekend for the Masses. During this coming week, the remainder of the underfloor heating will be laid in the nave and the sanctuary – and the following week it will be commissioned and turned on! Alleluia. Then we should all be warm again.

On the 8th January, the work will commence on fitting the new floor: Victorian tiles in the aisles, wood under the pews, and marble in the sanctuary. So again, half of the church will be out of action each time (we’ll be very good at it by then!). Our own pews have all been restored and are ready to be returned to us after the work on the floor is complete.

Unless something VERY unexpected arises, all Mass times continue as normal. Should the church be closed for part of the day for work to continue, please note that it will reopen in time for Confessions and Mass at the advertised times.

We do have some temporary heating in place in the church – although someone stole one of the heaters during the week. It is not marvellous but it does help to take the chill off the air. Put on a good coat or jumper if you feel the cold. 🙂

Christmas leaflets

Leaflets giving Christmas Mass times are available from the back of the church: why not give one to a friend.

The Life of a Swiss Guard: A Private View

Westminster Cathedral is hosting an exhibition on the life of Swiss Guards providing an insight into the life and vocation of the men who guard the Holy Father. The exhibition runs until 13th December. Admission is free.

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Newsletter – Christ the King

Newsletter – Christ the King

The Restoration

Each Sunday as we come to Mass it’s like a voyage of discovery! Where will we be sitting – on the left or the right of the nave? Which statues will we see? Why does the floor look so different? Is this the finished article? It’s a time of fast moving change at Corpus Christi at present. The main work presently being carried out is the installation of the underfloor heating. Half of the church has been completed; the remaining work in the nave, and then the sanctuary, commences on Monday. The two brand-spanking new boilers have been fitted in the basement of the house and are waiting to be connected to the system in the church. Unfortunately all this does mean that there are fewer pews available so you will have to sit very close to the person next to you to squeeze everyone in!

On the 8th January, the work will commence on fitting the new floor: Victorian tiles in the aisles, wood under the pews, and marble in the sanctuary. So again, half of the church will be out of action each time (we’ll be very good at it by then!). Our own pews have all been restored and are ready to be returned to us after the work on the floor is complete.

First of all, I would like to reassure you all that, unless something VERY unexpected arises, all Mass times continue as normal. Should the church be closed for part of the day for work to continue, please note that it will reopen in time for Confessions and Mass at the advertised times.

The scaffolding outside was to enable the new flues for the new boilers to be fitted: from the chimney to the basement. This has now been done. We do have some temporary heating in place in the church. It is not marvellous but it does help to take the chill off the air. Put on a good coat or jumper if you feel the cold. J Spare a prayer for us in the house – we’ve had NO HEATING for a couple of weeks! Hopefully, this will be rectified on Monday! Bliss – a warm bathroom.

Catholic Schools Admissions Cap

Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit catholicnews.org.uk or search for ‘Catholic Education’ to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion

If you would like to have the Sanctuary Lamps burning for your intentions, envelopes are available on the back table.

Monsignor Hoey RIP

On Saturday 25th, Fr Alan preached at the Month’s Mind Mass for Monsignor Hoey, in the Basilica at the National Shrine of Our Lady, Walsingham and then interred Mgr. Hoey’s ashes. May I please ask you to pray for the eternal happiness of this good and holy priest.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 7th December and we will be joined by Deacon Craig Aburn, Permanent Deacon of the Diocese of Portsmouth and Media Secretary to Bishop Philip Egan, 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 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

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Newsletter – 33rd Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 33rd Sunday of the Year

The Restoration

First of all, I would like to reassure you all that, unless something very unexpected arises, all Mass times continue as normal. Should the church be closed for part of the day for work to continue, please note that it will reopen in time for Confessions and Mass at the advertised times.

As you can see, progress is being made on the floors. The underfloor heating panels on the Sacred Heart side of the church have been laid, and the men have started laying the initial tiles on top of this, which should last much of this week. They will then go on to do the same to the Lady Chapel side. Unfortunately this does mean that there are fewer pews available so you will have to sit very close to the person next to you to squeeze everyone in!

The scaffolding outside is to allow new flues for the new boilers to be fitted. We do have some temporary heating in place in the church. It is not marvellous but it does help to take the chill off the air. Put on a good coat or jumper if you feel the cold. J Spare a prayer for us in the house who have to brave a cold bedroom first thing in the morning!

No Youth2000 Prayer Group This Week

The Youth2000 Prayer Group will not be meeting this Wednesday as usual as they have been invited to participate in #RedWednesday at the Cathedral, remembering all those who have been martyred for the Faith. All are welcome to join. Meet outside the Cathedral from 6.00pm.

Let us pray for the faithful departed

Remember that to have a Mass said for those you love is the greatest proof of affection you can give them. One Mass will help them more than all you could do for them by prayer and good works. A dying child once said to her sorrowing parents: “When I am gone, give me no flowers, but Masses, Masses.” As time goes by, our grief may lessen, but the Holy Souls in Purgatory still need our attention. And whilst you pray for the soul that is gone, think also of those who have the same journey to make before very long. “Today for me, tomorrow for thee” was once a common phrase and is the lesson every death bed should teach us. Our Lord tells us to “Watch. Be ready”. He does not say “Be getting ready”, but “Be ready.” So ask yourself – “Am I ready? Shall I be ready? What must I do to be always ready?”

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 7th December and we will be joined by Deacon Craig Aburn, Permanent Deacon of the Diocese of Portsmouth and Media Secretary to Bishop Philip Egan, 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 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

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Newsletter – 32nd Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 32nd Sunday of the Year

Remembrance Sunday Today

Today we are commemorating Remembrance Sunday with a Solemn Requiem Mass at the 11:30am for all those Faithful who have died in battle over the centuries. Please do pray for those who died defending both the Catholic faith, as well as the secular freedoms we enjoy today.

The Restoration – Apologies

Sincere apologies for the major disruptions this week. This was the worst week in terms of dust, dirt, noise and inconvenience. Only two Masses had to be cancelled on Wednesday at short notice and we do not anticipate any cancellations this week at all, though please forgive us if you do turn up one day to find the doors locked.

As you can see, the floors have been totally stripped to the base. On Monday work will begin to lay the new underfloor heating and tiling on the Sacred Heart side of the church. This is due to take about two weeks and then the work will swap to the Lady Chapel side of the church for about another two weeks. The scaffolding outside is to allow new flues for the new boilers to be fitted. This means that, if all goes well, we will have floors and heating in time for Christmas! In the meantime we have temporary heating in place. It is not marvellous but it does help to take the chill off the air. Put on a good coat or jumper if you feel the cold. 🙂

Let us pray for the faithful departed

Remember that to have a Mass said for those you love is the greatest proof of affection you can give them. One Mass will help them more than all you could do for them by prayer and good works. A dying child once said to her sorrowing parents: “When I am gone, give me no flowers, but Masses, Masses.” As time goes by, our grief may lessen, but the Holy Souls in Purgatory still need our attention. And whilst you pray for the soul that is gone, think also of those who have the same journey to make before very long. “Today for me, tomorrow for thee” was once a common phrase and is the lesson every death bed should teach us. Our Lord tells us to “Watch. Be ready”. He does not say “Be getting ready”, but “Be ready.” So ask yourself – “Am I ready? Shall I be ready? What must I do to be always ready?”

Second Collection Today

Today’s second collection is in support of the Sick & Retired Priests’ Fund of the Diocese of Westminster. This Fund ensures our elderly and sick priests are financially supported in their senior years after a lifetime of service.  Our priests baptised us, counselled us in times of sorrow and worry, and celebrated with us in times of joy.  Since we have received so much from their generosity, it is now our turn to assist them in their old age. The fund ensures that their housing, medical, convalescence, companionship and spiritual support needs are met. Please be generous. Most priests retire with modest means. In later years their ability to live independently can be adversely impacted because of their declining health, mobility or frailty.  There are donation leaflets available at the back of the Church.  Please use this leaflet to Gift Aid your donation. You can even use it to set up an ongoing donation to this fund.  You can also donate online at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations.  Thank you for your generosity.

All Souls Indulgences

For the rest of November, a partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This can be prayed all year, but especially during the month of November. Pray this daily as an act of charity towards those suffering in Purgatory:

Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 7th December and we will be joined by Deacon Craig Aburn, Permanent Deacon of the Diocese of Portsmouth and Media Secretary to Bishop Philip Egan, 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 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

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Newsletter – 31st Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 31st Sunday of the Year

Something important to do in November

During a time of quiet prayer, I’d like you to take some time, and visualise your Soul in your hands: think of lifting your Soul and all it contains to Heaven, as your Guardian Angel collects it from you and hands it back to God… just as it is at this very moment. And ask yourself this question: “Am I proud of what I am offering to God at this very moment: and is God happy with what I am offering him?  Will this offering of my Soul and all it contains win Heaven for me?  And if I’m not happy with what I see – what am I going to do about it?”

NO ONE ELSE CAN SORT IT OUT FOR ME!

For on the day of our death – whenever that might be – this action will be a reality for each and every one of us.

Remembrance Sunday Next Week

Next Sunday at the 11:30am Mass, there will be a Solemn Requiem Mass for all those Faithful who have died in battle over the centuries. Please do pray for those who died defending both the Catholic faith, as well as the secular freedoms we enjoy today.

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. 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 to which all Catholics are called to exercise daily. Fr Alan Robinson

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 7th December and we will be joined by Deacon Craig Aburn, Permanent Deacon of the Diocese of Portsmouth and Media Secretary to Bishop Philip Egan, 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 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

Second Collection Next Week

The annual collection for sick and retired priests of the Diocese will take place next weekend. There are currently more than 80 retired and ill priests being supported by the Fund, an increase on last year. Most retired priests are dependent in some way upon the Diocese for their care and support; to fund their housing, health care and convalescence needs as well as paying for unforeseen extra expenses.

Many priests stand down from active ministry as parish priest at 75 but often continue in ministry within our parishes, schools, hospitals & various chaplaincies. Our priests baptised us, counselled us in times of sorrow and worry, and celebrated with us in times of joy. We have received so much from their generosity; it’s our turn to assist them in their older age. This important fund relies on this annual collection to ensure that all our priests are cared for in sickness & old age.

Donation Envelopes are available as you leave church today. Please take one as you leave, and bring it back next week with your donation. You can also gift aid your donation using this envelope, or choose to make an ongoing contribution to this fund. Please continue to pray for all our clergy: active, retired or ill. Thank you.

The restoration

Work presses ahead…. Please be patient. Once the ducting to take the pipework for the new heating system is in, the new heating can be installed. 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

Something to think about

What are the offenses against the dignity of marriage?
These are: adultery, divorce, polygamy, incest, free unions (cohabitation, concubinage), and sexual acts before or outside of marriage. Catechism o.

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Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion

If you would like to have the Sanctuary Lamps burning for your intentions, envelopes are available on the back table.

All Souls Indulgences

An indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the first to the eighth of November; on other days of the year it is partial. To acquire a plenary indulgence it is necessary to pray the Our Father and Creed, as well as receive sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayer for the intention of the Holy Father. The three conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the performance of the visit; it is, however, fitting that communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day as the visit. A plenary indulgence can be acquired only once in the course of the day.

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Newsletter – 30th Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 30th Sunday of the Year

Something important to do in November

During a time of quiet prayer, I’d like you to take some time, and visualise your Soul in your hands: think of lifting your Soul and all it contains to Heaven, as your Guardian Angel collects it from you and hands it back to God… just as it is at this very moment.    And ask yourself this question: “Am I proud of what I am offering to God at this very moment: and is God happy with what I am offering him?  Will this offering of my Soul and all it contains win Heaven for me?  And if I’m not happy with what I see – what am I going to do about it?”

NO ONE ELSE CAN SORT IT OUT FOR ME!

For on the day of our death – whenever that might be – this action will be a reality for each and every one of us.

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 to which all Catholics are called to exercise daily.

Fr Alan Robinson

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

Work presses ahead…. Please be patient. Once the ducting to take the pipework for the new heating system is in, the new heating can be installed. 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.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion

If you would like to have the Sanctuary Lamps burning for your intentions, envelopes are available on the back table.

All Souls Indulgences

An indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the first to the eighth of November; on other days of the year it is partial. A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who on the day dedicated to the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, November 2, {as well as on the Sunday preceding or following, and on All Saints’ Day} piously visit a church. In visiting the church it is required that one Our Father and the Creed be recited. To acquire a plenary indulgence it is necessary also to fulfil the following three conditions: sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayer for the intention of the Holy Father. The three conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the performance of the visit; it is, however, fitting that communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day as the visit.

A plenary indulgence can be acquired only once in the course of the day.

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Newsletter – 29th Sunday of the Year

Newsletter – 29th 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 to which all Catholics are called to exercise daily.

Fr Alan Robinson

Second Collection Today

World Mission Sunday is your chance to support missionaries and the Church in proclaiming the Gospel of peace to those who suffer around the world. By supporting Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, you will be sharing the peace and love of Christ with all people by helping everyone in need. Today your prayers and your donation will help a spirit of peace spread around the world. Please give what you can, and if possible, please use the Gift Aid envelopes if you are a taxpayer. 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

Work has commenced on preparing the ducting to take the pipework for the new heating system. All is going swimmingly so far…….. keep the prayers going. I’m sorry that this work means that sometimes there will be 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 – 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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