There are leaflets available outlining our Lenten programme. The first of the Lent talks will be given on Wednesday of this week – 12th March – at 7pm in the social centre. Refreshments are available downstairs after the 6pm Mass (Compline is sung by the Gregorian chant group in church at 6.40pm)
There is no single theme to the Lent talks this year – but is hoped that each of them will broaden our Christian understanding. This week Father Robert Miller, the Parish Priest of Tisbury in Wiltshire (which includes the splendid chapel at Wardour Castle) will speak on “Nineteen Centuries of the Church and the Seafarer ... things you never knew about your Church!” Father Miller, as well as leading for the Catholic Church on rural matters, has a lifetime of interest (and a doctoral thesis and several books) on ministry to seafarers … something about which most of us know very little. It should be a fascinating insight – please do try to come along.
A separate hand-out will be available each Lenten weekend as a commentary on the Sunday Gospel reading - in the light of Pope Francis’s teaching in his apostolic letter “Evangelii Gaudium”: these have been prepared by the Liverpool Archdiocese and are commended for our use by Cardinal Nichols.
A short talk will be given at the end of each Mass this weekend to introduce the theme of this year’s CAFOD LENT FAST DAY which is set for Friday (14th March). You are asked to take one of the collection envelopes and return it next weekend with whatever your self-denial has raised. Please be generous – here is an opportunity to help the poorest in our world.
As well as the CAFOD collection, there is the opportunity to share in two projects which the Cardinal has chosen as the recipients of this year’s Lent Alms – contributions may be made into the marked slot near the main door – to Aid to the Church in Need for humanitarian aid in Syria and the Bakhita foundation to help victims of modern slavery.
The Stations of the Cross will be made after the 6pm Mass each Friday during Lent. A reminder that we do not decorate the church with flowers during this penitential season.
There is a children’s liturgy which meets from 3.45pm each Sunday (during school terms) and then joins the 4pm Mass from around the offertory. Any children who have not yet made first Holy Communion are welcome to attend.
Do you ever visit the Repository we have in church? It is normally open after most Sunday Masses and offers a wide variety of articles of devotion, greetings cards, and prayer books.
The next Peace Group meeting will be on Tuesday - 11th March - at 8, Dean’s Mews off Cavendish Square, with Sister Kate on 020 7436 2092.
Last week’s giving £2,897 (includes envelopes but not bankers' orders, etc.)