SUNDAY 11th MARCH 2018 FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT
(Parish Mass Book –83)
ST MATTHEW’S CATHOLIC CHURCH
32 Hallowell Road, Northwood, HA6 1DW
Tel: 01923 825639, 01923 840736
Email email@example.com Website www.northwoodcatholics.org.uk
Parish Priest: Fr. Timothy Hutton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fr Robert Ehileme SMMM in residence
Hall booking enquiries – email email@example.com or call 01923 840422 or 07747 752717
Administration Assistant: Cheryl Myring (Mon-Fri 9am-11am)
SERVICES & MASS INTENTIONS
SATURDAY 10 18.00(Vigil) Roland Figueiredo RIP
SUNDAY 11 09.00 Carmine Noviello RIP
4th Sunday of 11.15 Tony Marono RIP
Lent 18.00 No intention yet
MONDAY 12 07.30 Special Intention (CP)
10.00 People of the Parish
TUESDAY 13 07.30 Special Intention (CP)
10.00 No intention yet
WEDNESDAY 14 10.00 Private Intention
THURSDAY 15 10.00 Filippa Pagano (Anniv)
FRIDAY 16 07.30 Holy Souls
10.00 Alban Boultwood (OSB) (Anniv)
SATURDAY 17 10.00 Patricia Lee (Thanksgiving)
St Patrick 18.00(Vigil) Niall O’Keeffe RIP
SUNDAY 18 09.00 Guiseppe Noviello RIP
5th Sunday of 11.15 Con Cronin (Anniv)
Lent 18.00 Amelia Amaral RIP
Morning Prayer: Daily (except Sunday) 09.45 -
Exposition & Benediction Tuesday 10.30 – 11.15
Stations of the Cross Friday 19.30
Exposition Saturday 10.30 – 11.15
Confessions Saturday 10.30 – 11.15
“ 17.00 – 17.45
Wednesday 14th 10.30 Prayers for our Children (Church)
Thursday 15th 12.45 Bible Study Group (Fr Bebb Rm)
Friday 16th 13.30 Prayer Group (Hall)
Saturday 17th 19.00 St Patrick’s Dinner & Dance (Hall)
This week 11th C Quirk & P Tonra am
Next Week 18th M & J Ferguson am
PARISH SICK LIST
Please remember the following in your prayers:- Mrs Klavkowski, Michael Enskat, Laura Everest, Curzio Pirfo, Czeslaw Czaprowski, Mary Hodgison, Alexandre Silva, Bella King, Mary Ahern, Dominic Manley, Margaret Saines, Cecil Cain, Eileen Murray, Joan Taylor James Elton, Amy D’Souza, Margaret Tso, Michael Coyle, Timor Yonel, Jason Jackson, Michael Dodd, Luke Slater, Gerard O’Brien, Anna Benton, Joe Da Silva, James Tso, John Donohoe, Sheila Gain, Mary Wallace, Jacob Nuske, Susan Birley.
N.B. Please tell us when people can be taken off the list.
Last week’s Offertory collection amounted to £839.61, and the retiring collection for CAFOD Family Fast Day amounted to £500.37. Many thanks, as always, for your generosity.
Any further donations for Family Fast Day should please be put into one of the special envelopes and then into the offertory basket.
HOLY WEEK _ AGAPE MEAL
There will be an Agape Meal on Wednesday 28th March, to set the scene for the Mass of the Last Supper which we celebrate on Holy Thursday. Tickets will be available after Mass next weekend weekend – £10 (adults) £5 (children). Last date for securing a ticket is Sunday 25th March.
ST MATTHEW’S PARISH HALL
Enquiries about hiring the Hall should please be addressed to Karen Baker who has kindly agreed to look after Hall bookings. Contact details are shown at the top of this Newsletter.
FLOWER FESTIVAL – ST THOMAS MORE, EASTCOTE
St Thomas More Parish are celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Consecration of their Church, and plan a Flower Festival & Music from 6 – 8th July. We are invited to contribute an exhibit based on the theme “Stories from the Bible”. It would be good to support our neighbours, and any suggestions would be most welcome. Please speak to Fr Tim before Holy Week if you are interested.
ST PATRICK’S DAY DINNER AND DANCE (17TH MARCH)
Tickets are now available after Mass or from the Parish Office during Office Hours. Tickets are available after Mass today – £20 including 3 course meal and drink; children £10.
Now we can use the Hall kitchen again, there will be a “Big Breakfast” today after the 9am Mass. In future this will happen on the second Sunday of each month, other than August.
SUNDAY SCHOOL and HALL PREPARATION
Parents are reminded that when it is their child’s “Class Mass”, the parents are needed to set up the Hall for Sunday School – putting out tables and chairs and extending the partitions, and clearing away afterwards. They should please aim to be in the Hall at 08.45 for this purpose. Next week will be the turn of Level 5 families.
The next Parents’ Baptism Preparation Evening will be on Monday 16th April, starting at 7.30pm. Families with a child for baptism should please introduce themselves to Fr Tim beforehand, so any paperwork can be completed prior to the Preparation Evening.
World Day of Prayer – New Date
The world day of prayer due to have been held at Emmanuel Church, on 3rd March, which was called off on account of the weather, will now take place on Wednesday 14th April.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES 21st-26th August 2018
Every three years the Church calls together the greatest international gathering of families in the world, and this year it will take place in Dublin. For information, and details of how to join our diocesan group please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7931 6064
Mass of Thanksgiving for Matrimony
Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 19th May 2018 at 3pm.
Cardinal Vincent will be celebrating this Mass for couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2018. To receive an invitation, please give Fr Tim the following details: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).
NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS – LIVERPOOL 7-9Sept 2018
The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress takes place in Liverpool from 7th to 9th September. Anyone interested in attending should please speak to Fr Tim this week, so places can be reserved.
CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
The Annual Conference of the Catholic Medical Association will be held on April 14th,(followed by the AGM on April 15th) at the Catholic University of St. Mary’s, Waldegrave Rd, Twickenham TW1 4SX. The subject will be “Conscience Matters in the Workplace” approaching the subjects of Conscientious Objection , Conscience Clauses and difficulties which believers of all kinds may be having, or have had, with the exercise of their beliefs while at work in Healthcare.
GIFT AID & PLANNED GIVING
The end of the Tax Year will soon be upon us, and the new Planned Giving envelopes will be available shortly.
While we would like as many taxpayers as possible to use the Gift Aid scheme so as to maximise Parish income, it is important that we only claim Gift Aid where appropriate, so anyone who has made a Gift Aid declaration in the past but has ceased to pay Income Tax is asked to please notify the Parish Office as soon as possible. Anyone who would like to give by Standing Order should please complete one of the Standing Order forms available by the newspaper table, and return it to the Parish Office as soon as possible.
To begin using Planned Giving envelopes, please put your details on the list by the newspaper table, using BLOCK letters – sadly we can’t always make out handwritten details, which we must get right!
Six months’ notice of intention to marry is required in Westminster Diocese (and in most Dioceses).
Anyone intending to marry before October, 2018 should speak to Fr Tim as soon as possible, if they have not already done so. For Parish members, or where the marriage is to take place at St Matthew’s, the necessary preparation is arranged in the Parish.
The Westminster Record is now available from the Church Porch at no cost. All other newspapers need to be paid for – money should please be put into the “Magazines and Newspapers” coin slot to the left of the double doors in the Porch.
TEXT GIVING BY MOBILE PHONE
A donation cane be made to St Matthew’s by mobile phone – just text “Parish NWOOD” to 70800 to donate £5 to our Parish.
“Funny Money” – Foreign and Obsolete Currency
Fr Tim collects unwanted coins and banknotes of all sorts, to raise money for CAFOD, and often has coins and notes to sell at advantageous rates to people travelling abroad, so if you’re going abroad how about doing business with Fr Tim? It’s always good to have some coins with you.
If you’re returning from abroad, any unwanted coins or notes can be left in the CAFOD Green Bucket in the Porch or put through Presbytery letterbox.
Brunel University Chaplaincy
The Chaplaincy space on campus at Brunel can be found at The Meeting House in Zone A. Mass is celebrated there once a month. The Catholic Society meets every Wednesday at 5.30pm- 7pm Morning and Evening Prayer is said Mon-Fri at 8.30am and 5.30pm respectively. Lectio Divina takes place each Tuesday at 12.30 – 1pm. Sr Mary Kenefick is the Chaplain and would love to hear from you: email@example.com.
“ONE OFF “DONATIONS
If you wish to make a “one off” donation, or have forgotten your Planned Giving envelopes, please use one of the special envelopes available in the Church Porch, or donate via mobile phone – see below. Unfortunately donation by mobile phone does not qualify for Gift Aid, which needs a record of the donor’s name and address.
FOUNDATION GOVERNORS AT CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
The Diocese of Westminster Education Service will always be glad to hear from anyone interested in becoming Foundations Governors of Catholic Schools. Please see the poster outside the Church, or speak to Fr Tim.
DIOCESAN JOB VACANCIES
Diocesan job vacancies can be seen at http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ New vacancies are added as and when they arise. There are twelve vacancies at the moment, including a part-time Housekeeper at the SPEC Retreat Centre in Pinner, and an Estate Building Surveyor based at Hendon.
FURTHER TALKS & FAITH EVENTS
To see a wider range of the events around the Diocese that might be of interest, go to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Foundation Degree for Catholics working in Healthcare and those seeking to be Chaplains.
Starting in October, St Mary’s University Twickenham is pleased to offer a new foundation degree in Healthcare Ethics, Theology and Care. This is a part time two year programme for those seeking to be hospital chaplains and for people working in healthcare settings, from care homes, to hospices and hospitals. Lectures and seminars take place at St Mary’s one evening a week and additional lectures and resources are available online. If you are interested in applying or finding out more please contact email@example.com
CATHOLIC SCHOOL PRIMARY PLACES
Families in St Matthew’s often face difficulties in finding a Catholic primary school, as distance from the school is often a deciding factor. The situation seems to have eased a little, and families who can cope with the travel have a much better chance of a place now as compared with recent years. When contacting a school it would be useful to find out if any children with a Certificate of Catholic Practice were refused a place in the last admissions round. If the answer is “none”, it is definitely worth applying.
Arrivals and Departures
If you are newly arrived in the Parish, please make yourself known to Fr Tim, who will usually be outside the Church after all the Sunday Masses, and please also complete one of the pink Household Information forms that can be found just inside the side door of the Church. This can be handed to Fr Tim, or put into the special box in the Porch.
If you are about to leave the Parish, it would be helpful to tell Fr Tim, and if you would like a formal send-off and a blessing at the end of the last Sunday Mass you attend, once again, tell Fr Tim.
LEGACY GIFTS TO ST MATTHEW’S
A leaflet “Please Consider Remembering Your Parish in Your Will” can be found in the Church Porch.
ECHO is a retreat for young adults aged 16-25.
This is an opportunity to explore the beauty and depth of what the Church teaches about what is to be human, and how we can be happy. The invitation is to join in a journey to discover more of who you were made to be; there will be live music, sports, art, times for questions, times for prayer, times to learn and lots of good food and conversations. Ever wondered what you were made for? Want to live ‘fully alive’? Come join us to find what ECHOs in your heart. More information: firstname.lastname@example.org / http://dowym.com/events/echo-theology-body-retreat/
COURSES AND STUDY EVENTS
A number of study events and courses are being offered – please see the details in the external noticeboard. If the cost of travel would be a problem, please speak to Fr Tim.
Responding to the Refugee Crisis
Visit CAFOD’s prayer resource, cafod.org.uk/prayers for inspiration, or learn more about the causes of the crisis and the situation facing refugees in the UK, by visiting refugeecouncil.org.uk/truth, and so be able to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions when you hear them.
CARE OF CREATION
In ‘Laudato Si’, Pope Francis reminds us of our duty to care for creation. If you are concerned about climate change and how to respond to the challenge please see Fr Tim to find out more about the opportunity to discuss the issue and find out more about the Pope’s message.
MUSICIANS and SINGERS
We are always happy to welcome new musicians to accompany our singing at Mass. If you would like to join in, please speak to one of the musicians or singers after Mass, or speak to Fr Tim.
CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Not all Catholic professionals will be aware of the existence of the Catholic Medical Association, a charitable organisation aimed at the support and education of Catholic ideals among the caring professions. It’s membership is open to Catholic carers including Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers Pharmacists and other professionals involved in the treatment and care of patients in all areas of the NHS and Private sector. For details please visit http://www.catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk/ or http://www.cmq.org.uk/index.html
Interested in the Christian approach to Punishment and Prison?
Pact – Prison Advice & Care Trust, a Catholic prison charity is seeking two new trustees to give guidance, to ensure good governance, strategic oversight and direction. Pact is a growing, award-winning independent Catholic national charity working in prisons and communities across England & Wales. Its aim is to offer realistic hope of a fresh start to tens of thousands of prisoners, ex-prisoners, offenders, children and families. To find out more visit www.prisonadvice.org.uk/get-involved or call Chris Dunne: 020 7735 9535
Ministers and Readers
The Ministers’ and Readers’ rota is normally sent out by email to those who have provided an email address, and hard copies are available in the Sacristy for others. Any Minister or Reader unable to fulfil their assigned duty, is asked to please make every effort to find a substitute in good time, or at least inform the Parish office so that the celebrant can be aware of the situation before Mass starts.
Free safeguarding training
An online, interactive E-Learning safeguarding course is now available to all in the Catholic Church. If you have a role (voluntary or paid) working with children/adults at risk or have an interest in safeguarding, this training will help you to learn how to better protect children/ adults at risk in your care and community. Modules available include: Child Exploitation & Online Safety and Adult Safeguarding. To register please email details of your name, parish, and your role e.g. parent, catechist leader, to: email@example.com. For more information ask Fr Tim.
Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Restless Hearts (Adults 18+)
Do you feel restless? Join our group for the opportunity to find hope and inspiration as we search together for direction in our lives. We will share times of prayer, welcome guest speakers, discuss our experiences and draw on the example of St Augustine who always had a restless heart. This group is aimed at people over the age of 18 who would like to discover their vocation in life with the help of God. If you would like to find out more about the group or to join please contact Chiara on email@example.com
The group meets on the first Thursday of every month in the Augustinian Centre, 55 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith. W6 8AU
CATHOLIC UNDER 35s IN LONDON
This group runs regular social events aimed at 18 to 35s so that young Catholics can get to know each other in London. Visit www.CatholicUnder35s.com and join their Facebook group to find out more.
MASS ON THE INTERNET
Those who are housebound or otherwise unable to get to Mass regularly and have access to the internet can join in with Mass at St Mary of the Angels Church at Worthing or Holy Apostles Pimlico at the following times:-
St Mary of the Angels: (www.humilitas.org) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday -Saturday at 10am. Sunday at 8.30 and 10.30am and 7.30pm (Italian).
Holy Apostles Pimlico: (www.holyapostlespimlico.org) Monday – Friday 9.30am (preceded by Morning Prayer at 9.15am). Sunday at 9 and 10.30am with a Spanish Mass at 12.30pm.
Supporting St Matthew’s by Standing Order
Following the closure of our local bank branch, the task of banking the collection has been made easier by the number of parishioners who now make their Offertory donations by Standing Order. For those contributing by Standing Order who wish to have something to put in the collection basket, there is a supply of small donation cards in the Porch. Parishioners might also wish to review their support of the parish and adjust any current Standing Order if their circumstances have changed. Equally anyone paying I ncome Tax who does not currently Gift Aid their donation might consider doing so. Standing Order and Gift Aid forms are available in the Porch. Completed forms should please be put into the Offertory basket, or handed-in at the Presbytery.
Calling all “Facebook” users
When visiting “Facebook”, please add “My Hospital Prayer and Activities Book” as a “like”, to aid its publicity. This unique and original Catholic publication aims to help children pray if they are patients in a hospital.
All proceeds from the book go to “Seasons for Growth Eng. & Wales”, a bereavement charity for children.
We have a small Library of books in the Church Porch. Any book can be borrowed – just put your details in the ‘Lending-out’ book on the top – but some, especially for children, are suitable for use during Mass. There is a good stock of ‘My Little Missal’, which parents might find helpful for use by their children. If you borrow a book during Mass, please make sure it goes back in the right place when you leave, and if you take a book home, please return it when you’ve finished it.
Explore is a charity bringing volunteer married couples into schools and parishes to allow 14 – 17 year olds to explore what marriage is all about, to learn in a dynamic way the importance of lasting relationships and to inspire them to aspire to lifelong marriage. Please consider volunteering (only twice or three times a year) visit www.theexploreexperience.co.uk. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7798 9363.
CORPUS CHRISTI PRAYER GROUP
A Contemplative Prayer Group for young, adults in their 20s and 30s meets at Corpus Christi on Maiden Lane, Covent Garden every Wednesday from 7pm for a time of Eucharistic Adoration, Contemplative Prayer and Personal Intercession. Regular events include the celebration of Mass and a Eucharistic healing service both monthly. They gather for a time of fellowship at the Coal Hole on the Strand afterwards. For further details please contact: email@example.com
Jesus Christ the fullness of life (JCFL)
JCFL provides a space for Christians from different traditions to come together in prayer and friendship. A Prayer Vigil takes place on the first Thursday of the month at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm St, W1K 3AH at 7.30pm. It includes readings, from Holy Scripture, music, prayer, intercession and silence, after which there is the opportunity to continue the sharing in a local pub. Visit www.jcfl.org.uk.
PARKING IN HALLOWELL ROAD
All drivers parking in the street are asked not to park on the private driveways next to the Church, and to be careful not to block access to and from the driveways. Space can usually be found in our car park behind the Hall, against the railway fence, or behind the Presbytery. Please take care not to block access to the flats’ car park or the Cook’s Garage site.