Week beginning Sunday 18 November 2018

We welcome back Fr John who is celebrating Mass with us this morning.

Please pray for the sick and/or housebound: Elena Petta, Pat Sanger, Alfred & Mary Waring, Mary Jenkins, Laurie Middleton, Rev Jim Gilligan, Hannah Bratt, Rachael Nielsen, Sarah Cole, Helen Abbott and John Hall.

Please also pray for Jacob and Benjamin who were baptised here yesterday and for their parents and friends.

IMPORTANT
Mass next Sunday, our Diamond Jubilee, will be at 11.30am followed by a shared lunch in the hall. Please bring a plate of food with you on the day and deliver it to the hall before Mass – the earlier the better so that it can be put out before Mass begins. If you sit on the right hand side of church (facing the altar) please bring savouries. If you sit on the left please bring something sweet. Please remember that, as the food is coming from various sources, if you suffer from allergies or intolerances you are advised to take care or bring your own food, as most food will not be labelled.

Welcome to our First Holy Communion children, their families and friends. The children are being enrolled on their programme at Mass today. Please pray for all those starting on their journey towards receiving the Lord for the first time in Holy Communion.

The Contemplative Prayer Group meets on Tuesday here in church at 10.00, all welcome.

Thank you to Val Holton and Pat Haines for arranging another successful parish lunch last Wednesday.

Another thank you to all those who supported Elizabeth’s Big Run in aid of the Development Fund. Thank you Elizabeth for raising £450.

Produce Stall – the sale of produce and all things ‘Christmassy’ is in the hall today after Mass. Please support this venture. All proceeds are for the development fund.

Big Garden Tidy Up: Thursday 22 November for just 1 hour. Please come along and help if you can, 11.00am–12noon. Bring whatever tools you have.

Food Bank Hampers: Once again the Food Bank intends to provide Christmas hampers of goodies. It needs: sweets and chocolates, Christmas cakes, festive biscuits, custard, mince pies, tinned ham, salmon and chicken, chocolate money. Any other Christmas treats you would care to donate would be most appreciated.

Did you know that the Stations of the Cross, the work of sculptor Rosamund Fletcher, were exhibited at the Royal Academy before being installed in the church? The gilding on these has just been restored thanks to a generous benefactor.

Re-decoration: the eagle-eyed among you will notice that the area around the font has been redecorated as well as the two side chapels.

The offertory envelopes run out soon and we need to order the ones for next year. We don’t want to order too many. If you wish to carry on as now you don’t need to do anything. If you do NOT wish to use the envelopes but would rather pay by standing order please let us know. Likewise, if you don’t use them now but you would like a set please contact us. (Please note the envelopes are for gift-aided contributions).

Collections on 11 November:
Gift Aid: £182.00
Non-Gift Aid: £172.60

Abortion – Ten Minute Rule Bill This Bill has passed its first stage with 208 to 123 votes. Please contact our MP Harriett Baldwin to oppose this Bill as it will seek to remove the termination of the unborn from being a criminal act.

Record Cards If you have moved, your details have changed or you are new to the parish, we invite you to let us have your contact details. Record cards are to be found on the Welcome Lectern at the back of church. Please post back through the Presbytery letterbox.

The Finance Committee met on Friday: a report will be available once the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are over.

Red Wednesday Aid to the Church in need encourages all of us to wear something red on Wednesday 28 November in solidarity with those persecuted for their faith throughout the world. Details of events happening around the country are on the board at the back of church.

Church Rotas

18 November
Readers Bernard O’Keefe and Sheila Oldman
Ministers of Communion Helen Rankin, Carolyn Day,
Gerry Devine and Christine Dodd
25 November  
Readers Claire Oliver and Helen Rankin
Ministers of Communion Laurie and Josie Green,
Pat Haines and Val Holton
Children’s Liturgy
18 November Daina Kelly
25 November Cathy Anderson
Counters
18 November Eddie and Carol Dawson
25 November Bernard O’Keefe and Phil Libell
Coffee Servers
18 November Anne Lord and ANO
25 November Monica Wild and Angela Cleary
Flowers
Week ending 24 November Monica Wild
Week ending 1 December Advent — no flowers
Church Cleaning  
Week ending 24 November Meg Capel
Week ending 1 December Jane Morgan and Rosemary Davis

We are a welcoming Catholic Christian community –
the Eucharist at our heart – striving to share the gospel
and grow in discipleship with the Lord