We welcome Bishop Nicholas Hudson, our Area Bishop, who will be celebrating the Midday Mass this Sunday and (appropriately on this Pentecost Day) administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to this year’s cohort of teenagers.
The parish’s conference of the Society of St Vincent de Paul have added £2,000 to the amount raised here for transmission through CAFOD to help those suffering the consequences of the recent earthquakes in Nepal – a total now raised of £4.500.
Monday is a public holiday which means that there is only one Mass offered here – at 10am.
Happy 4th birthday to Paolo Galliani! For the last year Paolo has spent long periods in Great Ormond Street Hospital (he is there now – but we hope to have him back at Mass very soon) and he and his family have been much in our prayers and we promise to keep holding them up to God.
Next Sunday (31st May) Neville Bass will be celebrating his Silver Jubilee of reception into the Catholic Church and is inviting us to raise a glass with him in the social centre after the 10.30am Mass. We thank Neville for all he contributes to the life of Saint James' - “ad multos annos”.
The Rosary is recited each May weekday after the 6pm Mass.
On Sunday 7th June we have our 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. It is crucial that the procession is a powerful act of witness both to the Catholic presence here in the heart of London and to our Eucharistic beliefs. Please do everything you can to attend – and encourage as many as you can to come along to show that we are proud (in Pope Francis’ phrase) to be “missionary disciples”.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07768315097) or Simon Webb (email@example.com or 07866545123)
SVP needs a fresh injection of able bodied helpers preferably in the age-range 55-65 who would be available from 5.30pm on Tuesdays and 4.30pm on Fridays until around 7.15pm. Please talk to Bill Metcalf (see above for contact details) if you might volunteer: a full driving licence is a necessary requirement.
A sincere “thank you” to those who have contributed rosaries in response to the appeal made by the Catenians who send them on to many of the poorer countries of the world. Keep your old or unused rosaries coming in either to the sacristy or the parish office.
Last week’s giving £2,724 (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”.