At the end of all Masses this weekend CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day collection will be taken. If you can increase your donation through Gift Aid please fill in the relevant information on the collection envelopes.
Members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul will be making a final push this weekend encouraging support for the SOUPER BALL at the Lansdowne Club this coming Friday. The proceeds go to SVP’s work among the homeless and the Ball is one of their major find-raising activities – please support them.
Contact should have been made by now with those who enrolled for the new sacramental programmes giving details of initial meetings. If you signed up and have not heard anything, make contact with the parish office.
We offer many congratulations to Jenny Cottom who celebrates her 80th birthday this weekend – nearly half of those years have been spent as a much-valued part of the congregation here at Spanish Place. Ad multos annos!
The Funeral Mass for Monsignor Augustine Hoey will be offered at Midday on Friday 20th October in Westminster Cathedral. Please pray for him, and for two other of our priests who have died in the past week – Fathers John Elliott and Sean O’Toole. Please, also, keep in your prayers Father Patrick Cope, the chaplain to the Tyburn nuns (and also responsible for the pastoral care of Catholic prisoners in our gaols) who is very ill. Father Nicholas Kavanagh continues to make slow progress in hospital: he still finds difficulty in walking and eating, but remains in very good spirits and always asks for news of the parish.
The Rosary is recited after the 6pm weekday Masses during October.
Volunteers are needed to help in the Repository for one or two lunch times on weekdays. Offers of help and more information from the parish office.
The last time a Eucharistic Congress was held in this country was here in London in1908! Our bishops are planning another national congress – this time in Liverpool from 7th-9th September next year, 2018. Its broad intention is to encourage Eucharistic Adoration in our parishes and to deepen our love for the mystery of Jesus present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Over the coming months preparatory material will become available and it is hoped that members of our own congregation will be able to journey to Liverpool to share in next autumn’s Congress.
A suggestion has been made for a change in the timing of the two earlier Masses on a Sunday. At present these are celebrated at 8.30am and 9.30am but if there are long readings etc. this can result in there being little or no gap between the 9.30 and 10.30 Masses – to the detriment of both. How would those who regularly attend feel about revised times of 8.15am and 9.15am? It would be good to hear your views and any other suggestions as to timing you might have.
The newly formed Biblical discussion group meets on Wednesday at 6.45pm in the rectory. A warm welcome is extended to everyone to join them.
Last week’s giving £3,140 (includes envelopes but not bankers’ orders, etc.)