Elaine Carville will speak at the end of the Masses this weekend about the organisation "Dementia Friends". She writes: “we would like to invite you to an information session on Wednesday 26th November from 7-8pm in the Rectory. Anybody can become a Dementia Friend and help those living with dementia to live well. Being a Dementia Friend isn’t about volunteering or fundraising (though you can do that too if you want), but it is about understanding a little more about dementia and the small things you can do to help people with the condition”.
The funeral for Sue West’s father, Bill, takes place on Thursday in Essex. Sue will be in the parish office on Monday and Tuesday but not for the rest of the coming week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s family.
Next Sunday is Advent Sunday and the beginning of a new Christian Year. An anonymous donor – to whom we are very grateful – has provided a new set of Parish Mass Books for the three year cycle – these editions contain the up-to-date revisions of the Mass, prayers etc. Everyone should now be able to play the fullest part in making the responses!
The Order of Malta have a Solemn High Mass of Requiem here on Wednesday 26th November at 7.30pm, and then on December 3rd they have an Advent evening reflection led by the Scripture scholar, Father John Hemer – a general invitation is offered to both these events.
Bill Metcalf and friends will be constructing the outside crib on Saturday 13th December, starting at 9.30am. Help is needed from the able-bodied, and if anyone knows of an electrician who might contribute his or her skills for the day please let the parish office have details.
Last Sunday’s organ recital raised £320 to support the Christians of northern Iraq: “thank you” to all who supported the event.
If you want to learn about Saint Teresa of Avila during her 500th birthday celebrations look up www.carmelitesnottinghill.org.uk
The Parish Carol Service will be on Wednesday 17th December at 7pm and on Saturday 10th January there will be two parish events – at 4.30pm an Epiphanytide Carol Service – including works by Cornelius, Mendelssohn and Victoria – 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 during November and December. For information call Lisa Proctor on 07740 798472
Last week’s giving £2,884 (includes envelopes but not bankers' orders, etc.)