A practical response to this Sunday’s World Day of Prayer for Vocations takes the form of the annual collection for the Priest Training Fund (WEEF). Your generosity is again invited to help in the training of new priests for our own Archdiocese of Westminster. Donation envelopes are available which can be used to increase the amount contributed through Gift Aid.
Patricia Bissett died last Monday in the wonderful care of the Little Sisters of the Poor at St Anne's Home, Stoke Newington: almost to the day. two years after her sister, Thelma. Patricia would have been 100 if she had lived until September: the funeral Mass will be offered here at 12.30pm on Wednesday 6th May before burial at St Mary’s Cemetery, Kensal Green RIP.
May is a special month of devotion to Our Lady, and the rosary will be prayed each weekday evening after the 6pm Mass. On Sunday 10t May we will have a Marian Procession at the end of the 10,30am Mass (which should enable those coming to the Noon Mass to participate).
As this Friday is a “First Friday” there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from after the 7.15am Mass until just before 6pm.
The next few weeks will be busy … the Sacrament of Confirmation is to be administered to our teenagers by Bishop Hudson on Sunday 24th May (Pentecost Day) at the Noon Mass. On Saturday 6th June, this year’s cohort of children will make their First Holy Communion at 11am, and then the next day we have a Corpus Christi Procession led by Cardinal Nichols. This will begin at 5.15pm from Farm Street church and proceed with a station at the Ukraine Cathedral in Duke Street here to Spanish Place. A thousand people processed last year – we must aim to double that number this time round!
This year’s sponsored bike ride to raise funds for our Saint Vincent de Paul Society will follow the River Thames to Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed in 1215. Cyclists of all ability, including children, are warmly welcome – depart from Westminster Cathedral at 09.30 on Sunday 28th June. Further details are available at the back of church or from Bill Metcalf (email@example.com or 07768315097) or Simon Webb (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07866545123)
Don’t forget that we have a repository in the church – cards, small gifts etc. all available – and you are helping the parish finances!
Date for your diary … to mark the Feast of the Ascension, Solemn Vespers & Benediction will be celebrated at 4.45pm on Saturday 16th May. This will be followed by a drinks party with canapés. More details to follow.
Last week’s giving £2,499 (includes envelopes but not bankers' orders, etc.)
A prayer for Christian Unity
“Lord Jesus Christ at your Last Supper you prayed to the Father that all should be one. Send your Holy Spirit upon all who bear your name and seek to serve you. Strengthen our faith in you, and lead us to love one another in humility. May we who have bene reborn in baptism be united in one faith, under one Shepherd”.