The Catholic Head Teachers annual conference is taking place on Thursday (29th) and they will be attending the 6pm Mass here. One of the schools involved is bringing along its choir so the Mass will be accompanied by some music (and consequently longer than usual).
We have a marriage preparation course arranged here for this coming Saturday (31st January). Anyone thinking of marrying this year should get in touch with the parish office as soon as possible as a marriage course is a requirement of those marrying in the Catholic Church.
Also this Saturday the Order of Malta have a Day of Recollection to which they invite the rest of the parish. It begins with Lauds in the Lady Chapel at 10.30am. Mass, Vespers & Exposition … finishes by 4pm.
Next Sunday is Education Sunday and there will be a pastoral letter form Bishop Sherrington to take away. St Vincent’s School will join us at Midday for a Mass which the children will help to lead.
We have had a request from a priest in the Czech Republic (who is known to Father Colven) asking if anyone might have space to accommodate a group of young people from a Catholic secondary school (five girls and one boy) who will be in London for two nights from February 7th-9th (they are visiting a classmate now in a religious community here). All he says they need is a floor and a blanket! Any ideas?
Carl Bahosy is planning a second piano recital here to raise money for Iraqi Christians in Need. This will be on Saturday 14th February from 7-8pm and will (appropriately for the day) be from the Romantic genre and include works by Beethoven, Chopin and Schubert. Free admission – retiring collection
The annual Mass for the sick in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes will be offered on Saturday 7th February at 2pm in Westminster Cathedral. The Sacrament of the Sick will be administered during the Mass.
A Mass in celebration of Marriage is planned for Saturday 23rd May at 3pm in the Cathedral. If you will be celebrating a significant anniversary (10, 25, 30, 40 or 50 years) please give details into the parish office and we will see that there is an invitation sent to you from Archbishop's House.
Last week’s giving £2,703 (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”.