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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Newsletter – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Secular sacraments” 

A few years back, when people asked for the Sacraments for their children, we used to pretty much know what they wanted. These days, it’s not so easy. Some families and parents are right on the ball: living and practicing their faith well. When they say, “Father, we’d like our baby Baptised”, we know they mean: the same as the Church, i.e. we want little Tommy baptised, so that he becomes a member of the Church, and we will bring him up to live and love the faith, and to draw ever nearer to the Lord as he comes to Mass with us each week. Many Catholics now want the child “done” – with no commitment to a life of faith – and no intention of bringing the child to Mass. And for some Catholics, it’s exactly the same with all the Sacraments: just wanting to celebrate a day, rather than what the particular Sacrament brings about. They are not celebrating the vision of the Church for each Catholic – but some secular distortion.  No wonder there are an increasing number of lapsed Catholics: for those with little or no faith are, for some reason, taking their own children through the same steps, and along the road which leads to oblivion.

You and I have to be good examples of Catholic life – of what it truly means to be a Catholic: not just a name, but a way of life which leads to an ever-deepening intimate relationship with God. ALL Catholics need to be devoted to the Lord and to live the life to which we have been called.  Fr Alan Robinson

The restoration  

Onwards and upwards is our motto.  The north aisle is complete, now we press on in the south aisle.  Sitting in the stripped areas gives one a much better idea of what the church will look like when completed. When all the electrics have been completed, the lighting will be much more flexible and adjustable. We are also grateful to have the Lady Chapel back in action: for this has very much become a favourite place of prayer in Corpus Christi. If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass 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 statue of St. Pio of Pietrelcina; better known as Padre Pio. This statue and the one of the Curé of Ars will be with us early next year.  Both of these will be being carved in Northern Italy, in the studios of Ferdinand Stuflesser; the artists who carved Our Lady of Walsingham and St. Anthony.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion

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

When must one receive Holy Communion?
The Church recommends that the faithful, if they have the required dispositions, {i.e. not in a state of Serious Sin by living their lives in a manner contrary to Church Teaching} receive Holy Communion whenever they participate at Holy Mass. However, the Church obliges them {i.e. Catholics MUST} to receive Holy Communion at least once a year, and during the Easter season.

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

Dirty ol’ church  

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. 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 – alleluia!

A processional canopy

Last week I suggested you might like to help us – by funding a canopy for the procession on that day, and for future use in the parish.  There is one which will be perfect for us on the Vincenzo Serpone website {VERY specialised church suppliers}: if you’d like to look at it the link is https://goo.gl/iE1C8F  The cost, once we have bought the poles etc, will be almost £5,000.  Perhaps a group of people in the parish or visitors could make this possible – by contributing or raising the funds.  Please have a think about it. There is a donation page on the website specifically for this also.  We have already received around £2,700 towards this – a big thank you to those who have contributed.  Could you please help us?

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 – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Corpus Christi – a new look for today

If you were here last week, you’ll see we are now orientated in a new direction. During the last week the scaffold was taken down in the north aisle, and re-erected in the south aisle. So: we’re all seeing things in a new way. Sitting in the stripped areas gives one a much better idea of what the church will look like when completed. The work on the electrics has also moved forward this week – so the lights are now a little more adjustable and give a warmer light.  When all the electrics have been completed, the lighting will be much more flexible and adjustable. We are also grateful to have the Lady Chapel back in action: for this has very much become a favourite place of prayer in Corpus Christi. If you would like to help us with this work, please have a word with me after Mass or send me an email: we always need people to help us in many ways, and not just financially. Fr Alan Robinson

Second Collection

Today is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. Today’s second collection is for the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), the Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. This collection is vital to enable it to continue its work, so please give generously and remember seafarers in your prayers. Thank you. To donate online please visit www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

Statue news

We have now ordered a statue of the Curé of Ars: patron saint of Parish Priests and great promotor of the Sacrament of Confession. We are also in the final part of the process of placing an order for a statue of St. Pio of Pietrelcina; better known as Padre Pio. These two new statues will be carved in Northern Italy, in the studios of Ferdinand Stuflesser; the artists who carded Our Lady of Walsingham and St. Anthony. We’re moving on.

PS St. Patrick and St. Mary Magdalen have been taken away for restoration: they will be back later in the year.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion

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

Quote of the Week

“If this church were dedicated to some martyr or confessor, I would be urging you to imitate his actions, to be like him. But since this church takes its title from the Blessed Sacrament, I will urge you rather to be like the Blessed Sacrament; to let Christ live in you, to let him make you the abiding dwelling-place of his presence.”

– Mgr. Ronald Knox preaching at Corpus Christi

When must one receive Holy Communion?
The Church recommends that the faithful, if they have the required dispositions, {i.e. not in a state of Serious Sin by living their lives in a manner contrary to Church Teaching} receive Holy Communion whenever they participate at Holy Mass. However, the Church obliges them {i.e. Catholics MUST} to receive Holy Communion at least once a year, and during the Easter season.

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

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Dirty ol’ church  

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. 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 – alleluia!

A processional canopy

Last week I suggested you might like to help us – by funding a canopy for the procession on that day, and for future use in the parish.  There is one which will be perfect for us on the Vincenzo Serpone website {VERY specialised church suppliers}: if you’d like to look at it the link is https://goo.gl/iE1C8F  The cost, once we have bought the poles etc, will be almost £5,000.  Perhaps a group of people in the parish or visitors could make this possible – by contributing or raising the funds.  Please have a think about it. There is a donation page on the website specifically for this also.  We have already received around £2,700 towards this – a big thank you to those who have contributed.  Could you please help us?

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 – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

*** Please note that the church will be closed this week as we carry out the next stage of the Restoration. All Masses during the week have therefore been cancelled. Apologies for the inconvenience. Masses resume from Saturday. ***

Important news

The church is closed this coming week – Monday to Friday inclusive – the 3rd to the 7th July. This is to enable all of the scaffold to be taken down and re-sited in the south aisle. This will be the first time that we have closed the church during the restoration. The good news is that it means that we will have the Lady Chapel and Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham back in action – and you’ll also have a better idea of what the completed church will look like.   I’d be most grateful if some of you could help clean the church on Saturday 8th – it’s going to be pretty dirty!!

Please keep us in your prayers as we move forward, making Corpus Christi the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament, as intended by the great Cardinal Manning. Fr Alan Robinson

Corpus Christi – church and feast

Since the Pastoral Letter from the Cardinal was read throughout the diocese two weeks ago, I’ve been inundated with kind comments about the work here.  Next year, H.E. the Cardinal will be with us for this great feast.  Last week I suggested you might to help us – by funding a canopy for the procession on that day, and for future use in the parish.  There is one which will be perfect for us on the Vincenzo Serpone website {VERY specialised church suppliers}: if you’d like to look at it the link is https://goo.gl/iE1C8F

The cost, once we have bought the poles etc, will be almost £5000.  Perhaps a group of people in the parish or visitors could make this possible – by contributing or raising the funds.  Please have a think about it. There is a donation page on the website specifically for this also.  We have already received around £2000 towards this – a big thank you to those who have contributed.  Could you please help us?

Statue news 

Last week, St Patrick and St Mary Magdalen were taken away to the studios for restoration: they will be back later in the year.    We have now ordered a statue of the Cure of Ars: patron saint of Parish Priests and great promotor of the Sacrament of Confession.  We are also in the finals part of the process of placing an order for a statue of St Pio of Pietrelcina; better known as Padre Pio.  These two new statues will be carved in Northern Italy, in the studios of Ferdinand Stuflesser; the artists who carded Our Lady of Walsingham and St Anthony.  We’re moving on.

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion 

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

When must one receive Holy Communion?
The Church recommends that the faithful, if they have the required dispositions, {i.e. not in a state of Serious Sin by living their lives in a manner contrary to Church Teaching} receive Holy Communion whenever they participate at Holy Mass. However, the Church obliges them {i.e. Catholics MUST} to receive Holy Communion at least once a year, and during the Easter season.

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 – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Important news

The work in the north aisle is virtually complete – and looking very good indeed.  From Monday 3rd to Friday 7th July inclusive, the church will be closed.  This is to enable all of the scaffold to be taken down and re-sited in the south aisle. This will be the first time that we have closed the church during the restoration.  The good news is that it means that we will have the Lady Chapel and Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham back in action – and you’ll also have a better idea of what the completed church will look like.   I’d be most grateful if some of you could help clean the church on Saturday 8th – it’s going to be pretty dirty!!

Please keep us in your prayers as we move forward, making Corpus Christi the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament, as intended by the great Cardinal Manning. Fr Alan Robinson

PS Next week St Patrick and St Mary Magdalen will go away to be restored.

Second Collection Today – Peter’s Pence

There is a second collection today for Peter’s Pence. Peter’s Pence is the most characteristic expression of the participation of all the faithful in the Bishop of Rome’s charitable initiatives in favour of the universal Church. The gesture has not only a practical value, but also a strong symbolic one, as a sign of communion with the Pope and attention to the needs of one’s brothers; and therefore your service possesses a refined ecclesial character. Please be generous. Thank you.

Corpus Christi – church and feast

Since the Pastoral Letter from the Cardinal was read throughout the diocese last Sunday, I’ve been inundated with kind comments about the work here.  Next year, H.E. the Cardinal will be with us for this great feast – and I’d like to suggest a project to you.  We will need a canopy for the procession on that day, and for future use in the parish.  There is one which will be perfect for us on the Vincenzo Serpone website {very specialised church suppliers}: if you’d like to look at it the link is https://goo.gl/iE1C8F

The cost, once we have bought the poles etc, will be almost £5000.  Perhaps a group of people in the parish or visitors could make this possible – by contributing or raising the funds.  Please have a think about it. There is a donation page on the website specifically for this also.

Wedding rings

We now have the material for the interior of the tabernacle – so this really is the last opportunity, if you have a wedding ring of a departed loved one you would like putting inside the tabernacle to hold the curtains.

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.

Why are the sacraments efficacious?

The sacraments are efficacious ex opere operato (“by the very fact that the sacramental action is performed”) because it is Christ who acts in the sacraments and communicates the grace they signify. The efficacy of the sacraments does not depend upon the personal holiness of the minister. However, the fruits of the sacraments do depend on the dispositions of the one who receives them. Confessions are heard half an hour before every Mass.

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 – Corpus Christi

Newsletter – Corpus Christi

Titular Feast Plenary Indulgence

Today is our Titular Feast Day – Corpus Christi – which means that a Plenary Indulgence may be granted to all the faithful under the usual conditions of sacramental confession, Holy Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff within a week. To gain the indulgence, a pilgrimage to our church must be made, concluding by saying the Our Father and Creed. The indulgence may be applied to the faithful departed.

Important restoration news

The work in the north aisle is almost complete – and looking very good indeed.  In roughly a couple of weeks’ time, we will be closing the church for a few days: I will be able to give you the dates next Sunday.  I’m sorry, but it is essential to enable us to take down the scaffold and re-erect it in the south aisle.  The good news is that it means that we will have the Lady Chapel and Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham back in action – and you’ll also have a better idea of what the completed church will look like.

Please keep us in your prayers as we move forward, making Corpus Christi the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament, as intended by the great Cardinal Manning. Fr Alan Robinson

Wedding rings

The new lining boards for the tabernacle have been made – and this week we will be getting the material to cover these boards and to make the curtains.  If you have a wedding ring of a departed loved one you would like putting inside the tabernacle to hold the curtains, now is the time to say.

Day for Life

In October 2017 it will be 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed in England, Scotland and Wales. This year’s Day for Life provides us with an opportunity to pray for and remember all lives lost before birth and to offer practical and emotional support to women and men who are worried and concerned about an unexpected pregnancy. For those who have had an abortion, this anniversary year is a reminder that 50 years on: ‘there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father’. Today there will be a second collection to support the work of various Catholic Life charities. Cards are available at the back of the church. Please give generously.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 6th July and we will be joined by Fr. Mark Elliott-Smith, Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory, 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 booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

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Newsletter – Holy Trinity

Newsletter – Holy Trinity

Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Join us next Sunday for our Titular Feast on Sunday 18th June at 11:30am for a Solemn Mass, accompanied by the Schola Corpus Christi with their amazing polyphony – Palestrina, Anerio, amongst others… All most welcome!

Day for Life

In October 2017 it will be 50 years since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed in England, Scotland and Wales. This year’s Day for Life provides us with an opportunity to pray for and remember all lives lost before birth and to offer practical and emotional support to women and men who are worried and concerned about an unexpected pregnancy. For those who have had an abortion, this anniversary year is a reminder that 50 years on: ‘there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father’. Next week there will be a second collection to support the work of various Catholic Life charities. Cards are available at the back of the church. Please give generously.

General Election 2017

Whatever your views on the outcome of this year’s General Election, please spare a moment to pray for all our politicians. May the Holy Spirit grant them the counsel and fortitude to govern responsibly with honesty, integrity and charity.

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 6th July and we will be joined by Fr. Mark Elliott-Smith, Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory, 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 booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

The Restoration work

Everything is pressing on well and the scaffolding will only be in the north aisle for a few more weeks (before moving to the south aisle! We can’t see the back of it just yet!)  If you would like to help with the restoration work, you can find donation envelopes at the back of the church, or you can donate online.  Please pray for us as we move forward, making Corpus Christi the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament, as intended by the great Cardinal Manning. Fr Alan Robinson

Why are the sacraments efficacious?

The sacraments are efficacious ex opere operato (“by the very fact that the sacramental action is performed”) because it is Christ who acts in the sacraments and communicates the grace they signify. The efficacy of the sacraments does not depend upon the personal holiness of the minister. However, the fruits of the sacraments do depend on the dispositions of the one who receives them. Confessions are heard half an hour before every Mass.

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 – Pentecost

Newsletter – Pentecost

I remember when……….

When I was taught to drive a car, I had to learn how to give hand signals: perhaps you did too.  The thinking was that if anything happened to the indicators on the car, you could still let people know what you intention was.  I’m not sure whether this happens now…….!   I also remember when Catholics used hand signals: to show they were Catholics and to let God know their intentions.  When people made the Sign of the Cross, they did it with “Catholic pride”: showing that they were grateful to the Lord for saving them through this sacrificial act and bringing them into a life of faith.  Now, some Catholics look as if they are just scratching the centre of their chest, in an embarrassed fashion.  Or at the Gospel, everyone used to make the Sign of the Cross on their forehead, lips and chest: asking that the Word of God might inspire their minds, be on their lips, and touch their hearts.  Perhaps some Catholics don’t what this to happen: they’d rather keep God at a distance, and not too invasive in their lives.

Today, Pentecost, is not a day for being distant from God – but a day to invite God right into the heart of our lives.    Fr Alan Robinson

The Restoration work

Everything is pressing on well……!  If you would like to help with the restoration work, you can find donation envelopes at the back of the church, or you can donate online.  Please pray for us as we move forward, making Corpus Christi the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament, as intended by the great Cardinal Manning.  Fr Alan Robinson

Why are the sacraments efficacious?

The sacraments are efficacious ex opere operato (“by the very fact that the sacramental action is performed”) because it is Christ who acts in the sacraments and communicates the grace they signify. The efficacy of the sacraments does not depend upon the personal holiness of the minister. However, the fruits of the sacraments do depend on the dispositions of the one who receives them.

Dirty ol’ church  

Apologies, that while the stripping work is taking place, we are constantly fighting a Plague of Dust.  I’m trying my best to keep it down, but I don’t really have the time to keep cleaning the church.  Could YOU please help? Why not bring a duster to Mass and arrive in good time.  🙂

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 6th July and we will be joined by Fr. Mark Elliott-Smith, Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory, 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 booklets 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 a 7 day votive light, they are available after each Mass at £5 each or from the Presbytery during the week.

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.  More information to follow.

Feast of Corpus Christi

Join us for our Titular Feast on Sunday 18th June at 11:30am for a Solemn Mass, accompanied by the Schola Corpus Christi with their amazing polyphony. All most welcome!

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Newsletter – Ascension of the Lord

Newsletter – Ascension of the Lord

Do you have a leg problem?

More and more I notice that Many Catholics have leg and knee problems: and these conditions prevent people kneeling in church and from genuflecting towards Our Blessed Lord in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.  People come into the church and just wander to their place, as if Jesus is not here.  The whole glory and beautify of the new sanctuary testifies that there is something even more beautiful here – GOD HIMSELF.  The physical actions we make are not just empty signs: in genuflection, we acknowledge the presence of the Living Word of God, Jesus Himself, in the tabernacle of the church – and in kneeling, we fall down and worship the Lord, bringing to Him {as in the Gospels} our prayer requests and offering the totality of ourselves to Him.  Let’s get back on track.

The Restoration work

If you would like to help with the restoration work, or anything else we are doing, you can find donation envelopes at the back of the church, or you can donate online.  Please pray for us as we move forward, making Corpus Christi the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament, as intended by the great Cardinal Manning.  Fr Alan Robinson

Why are the sacraments efficacious?

The sacraments are efficacious ex opere operato (“by the very fact that the sacramental action is performed”) because it is Christ who acts in the sacraments and communicates the grace they signify. The efficacy of the sacraments does not depend upon the personal holiness of the minister. However, the fruits of the sacraments do depend on the dispositions of the one who receives them.

Congratulations – a new child in the parish

On Wednesday morning Pauline and Philippe announced the birth of their second child, Adelaide.   Mum and baby are both doing very well.    Many congratulations  J

Second Collection Today

Today is World Communications Sunday. It reflects Christ’s mandate that we should “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good news”. On this day, Catholics are encouraged to pray for all those professionals who work in the field of Communications. A particular intention for prayer is for those who are responsible for communicating on behalf of the Catholic Church in this country through the Catholic Communications Network. The CCN is the media office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and seeks to support the Bishops in their role as teachers both of the Catholic community and the wider world. Please help by contributing generously to the collection after Mass or online at www.catholicnews.org.uk/donate-wcd

Dirty ol’ church  

Apologies, that while the stripping work is taking place, we are constantly fighting a Plague of Dust.  I’m trying my best to keep it down, but I don’t really have the time to keep cleaning the church.  Could YOU please help? Why not bring a duster to Mass and arrive in good time.  🙂

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on this coming Thursday 1st June and we will be joined by Fr. Chris Thomas, Secretary to the Bishops’ Conference, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

7 day votive lights

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

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.

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.  More information to follow.

Vocation

Have you ever stopped to think that God might be calling you to live your life for him as a priest or member of a religious order?  Has that thought ever crossed your mind?  Is this thought something you’ve tried to put out of your mind, to ignore?  There are a number of men in this parish who are asking themselves these questions – but what about YOU?   If you’d like to talk about it, I’d be delighted to meet up with you.  Just remember: God isn’t going to stop calling you – until you respond!

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Newsletter – 6th Sunday of Easter

Newsletter – 6th Sunday of Easter

A very important date for your diaries

On Sunday 3rd June 2108, H.E. the Cardinal will be coming to formally re-open the restored Corpus Christi, by celebrating a Solemn Pontifical Mass at 11.00am.  More information to follow.

The Restoration – and a wonderful gift

Last week I told you that we needed around £13,000 for a new sound and induction loop system for the church.  By early Sunday morning I had a cheque for £15,000 in my hands for this very purpose.  I would like to thank the donor for their kindness, in helping us with such a large and generous gift: we are all most grateful to you.  Once we begin the work on the floor the sound company will be here to install the cables – so when everything completed, we will have a new super effective sound system.   All Benefactors of Corpus Christi are remembered in perpetuity in a monthly Mass

If you would like to help with the restoration work, or anything else we are doing, you can find donation envelopes at the back of the church, or you can donate online.  Please pray for us as we move forward, making Corpus Christi the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament, as intended by the great Cardinal Manning.  Fr Alan Robinson

Congratulations – a new child in the parish

On Wednesday morning Pauline and Philippe announced the birth of their second child, Adelaide.   Mum and baby are both doing very well.    Many congratulations  J

Second Collection Next Week

World Communications Sunday takes place next week. It reflects Christ’s mandate that we should “Go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good news”. On this day, Catholics are encouraged to pray for all those professionals who work in the field of Communications. A particular intention for prayer is for those who are responsible for communicating on behalf of the Catholic Church in this country through the Catholic Communications Network. The CCN is the media office of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and seeks to support the Bishops in their role as teachers both of the Catholic community and the wider world. Please help by contributing generously to the collection on the day or online at www.catholicnews.org.uk/donate-wcd

Dirty ol’ church  

Apologies, that while the stripping work is taking place, we are constantly fighting a Plague of Dust.  I’m trying my best to keep it down, but I don’t really have the time to keep cleaning the church.  Could YOU please help? Why not bring a duster to Mass and arrive in good time.  🙂

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 1st June and we will be joined by Fr. Chris Thomas, Secretary to the Bishops’ Conference, who will be preaching for us. So, when are YOU going to join?  Every month a Mass will be offered for the intentions of the members. The confraternity will meet on a monthly basis for Mass, Exposition and Benediction, adoring Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Information booklets containing application forms are available at the back of the church, or you can join online at www.blessedsacramentsodality.wordpress.com

Our Lady of Fatima at Warwick Street

The National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima will be taken to Our Lady of the Assumption & St. Gregory, Warwick Street on Saturday 10th June. The day begins with Mass at 11.00am, where the statue will be crowned, and is followed by veneration of the relics of Ss. Jacinta & Francisco.

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