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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Newsletter – 4th Sunday of Lent

Newsletter – 4th Sunday of Lent

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

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

Homilies on Sacramental relationships

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

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

Fr Alan Robinson

The Restoration

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

Only a few weeks more  – keep at it 

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

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion 

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

 

Lenten Alms – The Cardinal’s Appeal

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

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Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Lent

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

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

Lenten Alms – The Cardinal’s Appeal

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

Homilies on Sacramental relationships

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

Lent is here – keep at it 

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

The Restoration

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

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

Mass Intentions

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

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion 

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

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Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Newsletter – 2nd Sunday of Lent

Homilies on Sacramental relationships

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

Lent is here – keep at it 

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

The Restoration

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

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

Mass Intentions

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

Sanctuary Lamps for a Special Occasion 

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

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Newsletter – 1st Sunday of Lent

Newsletter – 1st Sunday of Lent

Sacramental relationships

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

Lent is here – what are you doing?

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

The Restoration

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

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

Fr Alan Robinson

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

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

Lenten Alms – The Cardinal’s Appeal

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

Vocation

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

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

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Newsletter – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Can you believe it – Lent is almost here   

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

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

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

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

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

Some terrific news

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

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

Second Collection This Weekend

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

Sodality of the Blessed Sacrament

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

Diocesan Pilgrimage to The Holy Land

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

7 day votive lights

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

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