Monday (1st May) is a public holiday and there will be one Mass celebrated here – at 10am – but the church remain open all day as usual.


The Little Sisters of the Poor have written to express their gratitude for the parish’s generous response to their recent appeal for their work among the elderly. A total of £4,360 was raised – to which has to be added an amount of Gift Aid.


It was good to see the new Spanish Ambassador with us at Mass last Sunday. Saint James’s has long and valued links with Spain which go back to our beginnings in 1730, and with Don Carlos Bastarreche in post we look forward to a strengthening of the relationship between Embassy and parish.


Friday of this week (5th May) is a “First Friday” and there will be Eucharistic Exposition all day. Next weekend (6th/7th May) sees the annual appeal for training of priests for our Westminster Archdiocese – the WEEF collection. Father John Hemer will be preaching the appeal at all Masses.


The counting machine we use to separate coins in the weekly collections has finally died on us after many years of hard labour. Before we invest in a new model, does anyone in the congregation have access to a counting Machine we could either take over or buy?


The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul does great work feeding the poor. One of its major fundraising events is the annual bike ride which this year will take place on Sunday 11th June. Riders and sponsorship are needed for what will be a 30-40 mile ride. Contact Simon Webb for details or 07866 545 123.


We are now looking ahead to the First Communions of our children: this year’s cohort is so large that we have to divide between two weekends (11am this coming Saturday 6th May and 2pm on Sunday 14th May). You will find the Christian names of the children pinned as leaves on a tree in the Sacred Heart chapel – a reminder to us all to pray for them especially in these next weeks.


There have been a couple of incidents in the last week where handbags have been rifled while their owners are at the communion rail. Please keep your possessions close to you at all times – sadly, we need to be ever watchful.


The teenagers who have been preparing since last autumn will receive Confirmation at Bishops Hudson’s hands on Wednesday 24th May at 7pm.


Saturday 13th May sees the centenary of the visons at Fatima. That day, we shall be playing host to “A Day with Mary – a fitting celebration of one of the most important centres of pilgrimage in the Catholic world.


Last week’s giving £3,412 (includes envelopes but not bankers’ orders, etc.)