At the end of most of the Masses this weekend, Sister Michela Pirra will make an appeal on behalf of the work of her community, the Comboni Missionary Sisters. (Monsignor Jamieson could also say quite a lot as he works with them in the UAE). Please be as generous as you can in your response to the collection which will be taken at the door as you leave.
CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day is scheduled for Friday 4th October (appropriately Saint Francis of Assisi's day). By giving several weeks advance notice we hope people can plan to make a major contribution to the world’s poorest at this time of such obvious conflict and crisis.
Saint Vincent’s School return this week after their summer break. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with those beginning their primary education and also with those who start at their secondary schools – a big step for everyone!
The Taize group meets in church from 7pm on Tuesday for a time of reflection and chant – and invites everyone to join them.
On Saturday 13th September at 4.45pm we will celebrate Solemn First Vespers of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This will be preceded at 3pm by Afternoon Tea in the Rectory (advance tickets only). Afternoon Tea Tickets cost £5 and will be on sale after the 9.30am and 10.30am Sunday Masses until 7th September. For information contact Lisa Proctor on 07740 798472
On Tuesday 9th September at 7pm a Solemn Requiem will be sung here for the repose of the soul of Father Jean-Marie Charles Roux (the Rosminian priest who died recently a few weeks short of his 100th Birthday and was known to many through his long ministry at St Ethelred’s, Ely Place). RIP
On Wednesday 10th September, at 7pm in the social centre, we are hosting the Second Annual Lecture sponsored by the Guild of Ransom – to which everyone is invited. The lecture entitled “Saving the English Martyrs – how Catholic families preserved relics from Becket to Plunket” will be given by Jan Gruffius of Stonyhurst College. It should make for a fascinating evening.
Monsignor Jamieson and John Warnaby are combining to offer a seminar for those who read (or would like to read) at Saint James’s. This is planned for Saturday 13th September, 10am till 1pm. Learn about the Lectionary and voice production to be a better reader. Register with Sue West in the Parish Office on 020 7935 0943
Enrolment forms for the new sacramental programmes will be available in church throughout September and should be returned by the first week in October: these cover, First Holy Communion, teenage Confirmation, and adult instruction (RCIA).
Last week’s giving £2,832 (includes envelopes but not bankers' orders, etc.)