Details of Christmas services will be found on a separate leaflet. A reminder that on Christmas Eve there will be a vigil Mass sung at 6pm, and then carols are led by the choir from 11.30pm leading into the Midnight Mass. On Christmas Day itself there are four Masses: 8.30am, 9.30am, 10.30am and Midday. There are no afternoon or evening Masses on Christmas Day.
A message from His Eminence, the Cardinal: “After three years’ effort across the parishes of the diocese our 'Growing in Faith' campaign is coming to a close. I want very much indeed to express my thanks to you for the attention and support you have given to its three key themes: strengthening parish life, supporting priests in formation and old age; and Caritas, our work with the poor. I thank you for your prayers, and work done by the volunteers, and I thank all who have made financial contributions. In total, with gifts and pledges, a sum of £37 million has been given. This great achievement will do so much to enable us to meet our needs and look forward confidently. This is a marvellous measure of your great generosity and love for the Lord and his Church. I also want to take this opportunity to wish you a graceful and peaceful Christmas, full of the Lord’s blessings for you and all your family”.
Channel 4 News has commissioned a piece about the production of incense in Somalia which will be shown either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day – some of the shots depicting its liturgical use were filmed in Saint James's last weekend and you might well see faces you recognise if you are watching the news bulletins.
The collection at last Wednesday’s parish carol service was taken for “Mary’s Meals”, the charity that aims to give children in the developing world one proper meal each day – within the context of basic education. A cheque for £800 has been sent towards their work.
A number of people have responded to last week’s request for information about John Cassano. who died in Chelsea & Westminster Hospital on 11th December. RIP. We are waiting to hear about John’s funeral arrangements.
As well as Christmas cards, the church REPOSITORY has lots of Christmas gifts for sale – do look in and view the range of goods for yourself. In addition, this Sunday there will be a stall at the back of church selling handcrafts which have been made “by the abandoned mothers we work with in Puno, Peru. We pay them fairly and the proceeds go towards the upkeep of the orphans, to improve their education, healthcare and social integration”.
On Saturday 10th January there will be two parish events – at 4.30pm an Epiphanytide Carol Service –followed by Solemn Benediction. At 6pm there will be a Drinks Reception to celebrate the Epiphany. Reception tickets are £10 per person and are sold after the 9.30 & 10.30 Sunday Masses. For information call Lisa Proctor on 07740 798472
Last week’s giving £2,675 (includes envelopes but not bankers' orders, etc.)