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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Newsletter – 5th Sunday of Easter

Newsletter – 5th Sunday of Easter

The Restoration

This week the heating system was removed from the church, in order that we might continue with the stripping work: and so we have no means of heating the building until the new underfloor system is installed later this year.  If you think you might feel cold, please bring a wrap or sit very close to the person next to you!

The Stations of the Cross have been taken away – they will be returned to us when completely restored and the stripping work in the church has been completed.

NOW – I’M ASKING IF ANYONE CAN HELP US

We need to install a completely new sound and induction loop system.  This involves channelling new cables around the church when we lay the floor – and all new amplifying equipment, loop, microphones and speakers.  It will also involve a good number of man-hours to install everything.  The new system will cost around £13,000.  {We know the exact cost of the physical equipment, but some of the installation costs are a bit fluid.} It will mean that all of us in the church can hear clearly again, especially those with hearing impairment.  Would you like to help us with this?  Could you please help us?  Would a new sound system benefit you?

If you would like to help with this 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

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 from top to bottom.  It would be much appreciated if you could 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

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion 

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

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Newsletter – 4th Sunday of Easter

Newsletter – 4th Sunday of Easter

Priest Training Fund Collection

Today’s second collection is for the annual Priest Training Fund. The Fund helps pay for the training of seminarians (we currently have 39), the education of priests for special ministries, and ongoing enrichment to strengthen priests. Your gift helps ensure we can provide training for these men responding to Christ’s call to dedicate their lives serving the Church. Please be as generous as you can. Please also pray for vocations; please take home a prayer card for vocations. If you do not have a donation leaflet, plenty are still available at the back of the church. You can donate online anytime at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations

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

Do I have a vocation to the Sacred Priesthood?   

Each Wednesday afternoon, we spend some time with the children from Years 4 through 6 looking at the Sunday Gospel.  The idea is that when they go to Mass the following Sunday, they will get much more out of the Sunday celebration of the Divine Liturgy.  Last Wednesday, we looked at the Gospel for today – remembering that it is Good Shephard Sunday and the weekend when we pray for Vocations to the Priesthood and religious life. The children asked me to tell them how I became a priest – how did it come about?

Well: it’s important to remember that the journey is different for each and every person – for we are all individuals. But there are common factors. The first of which is being able to listen to God. Without listening, we can never hear the call of God. The second is being prepared to accept where God is calling us……. and it’s very easy to do neither of these things.

And so – the question is: is God calling YOU? Are you listening? Are you prepared to say YES?

Fr Alan Robinson

The Restoration

The new chandeliers have been delivered and are in storage: they will be put in place one all of the stripping of the brickwork has been carried out.   The Stations of the Cross will be going away this week – so that they can be prepared for their installation in the church.  The work on our pews progresses – while we sit on these hard and uncomfortable ones we have been loaned. If you would like to help with this 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

Easter offering of self  

In every parish, there are always things needing doing.  Two things that pop into my mind at present:

  • A couple of people {so that it doesn’t always fall to one person} to iron the small altar linens used for Mass – easy and very rewarding
  • some people to regularly do some cleaning in the church – a little harder physically, but equally rewarding

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion 

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

Mass Intentions

Please contact us ASAP if there are dates you would particularly like.

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Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on this coming Thursday 4th May and we will be joined by Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Consulting Editor of the Catholic Herald, 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

I will “try”………….! 

I’ve been meaning to say something about this for ages, but it keeps slipping out of my mind.  If a couple, on their wedding day, stood in the church and when they made their vows said that they would “try” to be faithful to each other, alarm bells would ring – and the marriage would be invalid.  The intention MUST be “to be faithful to him / her as long as you both shall live”.  Any other intention – whether expressed or in the mind of one or both parties, invalidates the marriage.  The same applies to the Sacrament of Confession: the penitent MUST have the intention to sin no more.  This is expressed in the Act of Contrition, “and with the help of your Grace I WILL NOT sin any more” or “I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to SIN NO MORE”.  There is no condition applied to the intention, like “I will TRY not to sin again”.  Let us have confidence in the Grace of God.  Fr Alan Robinson

The Restoration

Lots of obvious changes this week – all of our pews have been taken away and the scaffolding has been erected on the north side of the church so that we can strip the paint form the brickwork.  The pews we have been loaned will keep us going until ours come back looking as good as new, and with new lighter usable kneelers, that can be folded out of the way.  They will also have the old name plaques on then, so that we can continue praying for these past parishioners.  And we will re-instate the possibility of putting plaques on the pews, so that we can pray for your departed loved ones.  More on this later.

If you would like to help with this 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

Easter offering of self  

In every parish, there are always things needing doing.  Two things that pop into my mind at present:

  • A couple of people {so that it doesn’t always fall to one person} to iron the small altar linens used for Mass – easy and very rewarding
  • some people to regularly do some cleaning in the church – a little harder physically, but equally rewarding

Please contact Fr Alan if you can help.

Priest Training Fund Collection

Next weekend is Good Shepherd Sunday, the day we pray for vocations, especially to the priesthood. The annual collection for the Priest Training Fund will take place next weekend. The Fund helps pay for training seminarians (there are currently 39), further studies of our priests for specialised ministries, and for ongoing enrichment to strengthen priests. Your generous donation helps ensure we can support these men who are called to be like Christ the Good Shepherd. Donation leaflets are available at the back of the church. Please take one home, read the information, and bring it back next weekend with your donation. Please also pray for donations; please take home a prayer card for vocations and pray it daily. You can donate online anytime at www.rcdow.org.uk/donations

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Newsletter – Second Sunday of Easter

Newsletter – Second Sunday of Easter

A huge thank you 

In 30 years of ministry, this Holy Week and Easter was the easiest and most enjoyable one for me.  Why?  Because so many people got involved and played their part: leaving me to just preach the homilies and celebrate the liturgies.  Thank you to all the servers, musicians, sacristans and cleaners for all your hard work and huge commitment: it was a tremendous week.  A special mention must be made of Alex Dimminger, who typed and produced all the orders of service, painted the Paschal Candle and was the MC for the liturgies.  Thank you to all of you for your commitment to the Church, and for playing such a large part in our life here at Corpus Christi – you’re brilliant.  Fr Alan Robinson

The Restoration

Lots of obvious changes this week – half of the pews have been taken away and the scaffolding has been erected on the north side of the church.  Next week the other half of the pews will disappear – and we will be loaned some seating to keep us going.  The pews are being restored in Ireland – and will come back looking as good as new, and with new lighter usable kneelers, that can be folded out of the way.  They will also have the old name plaques on then, so that we can continue praying for these past parishioners.  And we will re-instate the possibility of putting plaques on the pews, so that we can pray for your departed loved ones.  More on this later.

If you would like to help with this 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

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 4th May and we will be joined by Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Consulting Editor of the Catholic Herald, 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

Easter offering of self  

In every parish, there are always things needing doing – and NOT always by the priest.  There are two things that pop into my mind at present:

  • A couple of people {so that it doesn’t always fall to one person} to iron the small altar linens used for Mass – easy and very rewarding
  • some people to regularly do some cleaning in the church – a little harder physically, but equally rewarding

Please contact Fr Alan if you can help.

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Newsletter – Easter Sunday

Newsletter – Easter Sunday

A very Happy and Holy Easter from Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane!

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Newsletter – Palm Sunday

Newsletter – Palm Sunday

This week is Holy Week 

After our weeks of Lenten penance, we should be well prepared to really join in the struggle of Our Lord in Holy Week.  Each year the Church gives us these marvelous liturgies: which enable us to journey with Our Lord from Palm Sunday, through the events of the week which lead to His Crucifixion and Resurrection.  Staying at home isn’t really an option – we all need to be at these most solemn liturgies.  So make sure they are in your diaries now.

Please make sure you have a copy of the sheets listing the times of the various celebrations.  Nothing can take the place of joining Our Lord over those few days, which made a reality the hope of eternal life for each one of us.

Fr Alan Robinson

Cleaning the church  

While the restoration work continues, the church gets very dusty.  It would be a great help if some of you could pop in on Saturdays to help clean the centre block of pews – and, perhaps, to mop the floor.  Any help gratefully received.

We will be having a BIG clear for Easter on Saturday 15th April at 10am – I do hope some of you will be able to come and help.

The Restoration

As you can tell, from the state of the church, lots of work has been taking place during the week……. And it still presses ahead.  We’re trying to make it fairly decent at the weekends… but please be understanding.  We are pressing on now stripping the paint from the columns and outer walls.  This is going much better than we thought – let’s pray it continues this way.  Please do pray for us as we press on, making Corpus Christi the Sanctuary of the Blessed Sacrament, as intended by the great Cardinal Manning.   Fr Alan Robinson

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

The next Mass is 6.30pm on Thursday 4th May and we will be joined by Fr. Alexander Lucie-Smith, Consulting Editor of the Catholic Herald, 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

Good Friday Holy Places Appeal

There will be a collection at the end of the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday for the Holy Places in the Holy Land. Please be generous when you make your offering.

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