SUNDAY 17th SEPTEMBER, 2017 TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
(Parish Mass Book – Page 73 & Eucharistic Prayer II for Reconciliation page 145)
ST MATTHEW’S CATHOLIC CHURCH
32 Hallowell Road, Northwood, HA6 1DW
Tel: 01923 825639, 01923 840736
Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website www.northwoodcatholics.org.uk
Parish Priest: Fr. Timothy Hutton (email@example.com)
R.E. Co-ordinator: awaiting appointment
Administration Assistant: Cheryl Myring (Mon-Fri 9am-11am)
SERVICES & MASS INTENTIONS
SATURDAY 16 18.00(Vigil) Holy Souls
SUNDAY 17 09.00 Patrick Denny RIP
24th Sunday in 11.15 People of the Parish
Ordinary Time 18.00 Claro Serrano RIP
MONDAY 18 10.00 Kathleen Richards RIP
TUESDAY 19 10.00 Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY 20 10.00 Jenny White (Anniv)
Sts Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang & Companions
THURSDAY 21 10.00 Holy Souls
FRIDAY 22 10.00 Holy Souls
SATURDAY 23 10.00 No intention yet
St Pius of 18.00(Vigil) No intention yet
SUNDAY 24 09.00 Noviello
25th Sunday in 11.15 Fr Emmanuel
Ordinary Time 18.00 People of the Parish
Morning Prayer: 09.45 – Daily (except Sunday)
Exposition & Benediction Tuesday 10.30 – 11.15
Exposition Saturday 10.30 – 11.15
Confessions Saturday 11.00 – 12.00
17.00 – 17.45
Wednesday 20th 10.30 Prayers for our Children (Church)
20th 10.30 UCM (Presbytery)
Thursday 21st 12.45 Bible Timeline (Presbytery)
Friday 22nd 1.30 Prayer Group (Church)
This week 17th J Wildsmith am
Mrs Fernandez pm
Next week 24th C Quirk & P Tonra am
PARISH SICK LIST
Please remember the following in your prayers:- Geraldine Keaney, Czeslaw Czaprowski, Mary Hodgison, Alexandre Silva, Bella King, Mary Ahern, Dominic Manley, Cecil Cain, Margaret Saines, Eileen Murray, John Reynolds, James Elton, Amy D’Souza, Margaret Tso, Michael Coyle, John Otibo, Timor Yonel, Jason Jackson, Michael Dodd, Mrs Klavkowski, Gerard O’Brien, Joe Da Silva, James Tso, Mary Wallace, Laura Everest, Sheila Gain, Luke Slater, Ann & John Donohoe, Anna Benton, Jacob Nuske, Maura Hoarty, Susan Birley. N.B. Please tell us when people can be taken off the list.
Last week’s Offertory collection amounted to £749.38, and the retiring collection for the Catholic Education Service raised £93.22. Many thanks, as always, for your generosity.
UCM will meet in the Presbytery this Wednesday 20th September, after the 10am Mass, when Ann Grant will tell us about her career as a childminder. New members most welcome.
The Society of African Missions, The White House, Watford Road, Northwood, HA6 3PW. Tel: 01923 828015, seek a cook to provide meals for four persons (on average). 15 hours a week at £10 per hour. 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday.
SUNDAY SCHOOL 2017/2018
Sunday School begins today with registration for Levels 1 to 7 in the Church. Families should please be in the Church at 10am for children to meet their Catechist and for briefing on the autumn term activity. Parents will be invited to put their name on a rota to assist the Catechists week by week but will always be most welcome to stay in the Church during Sunday School.
Young people attending a non-Catholic school must attend Level 8 Sunday School the year before Confirmation preparation in Year 9.
Level 8 Sunday School will be on Tuesdays from 6 – 6.45pm starting on 19th September.
FR EMMANUEL – FAREWELL MASS AND RECEPTION
There will be a farewell Mass for Fr Emmanuel, at 11.15am, next Sunday, 24th September, followed by reception in the Hall of St John’s URC Church, just a couple of hundred yards up the hill on the left from St Matthew’s.
Catering: The Parish will provide a glass of wine and soft drinks, and parishioners are requested to bring food to share – ideally “finger food” that can be eaten with the fingers, or needing no more than a fork or spoon.
There is a clipboard in the Church Porch for you to indicate what you intend to bring. Food contributions should be taken to St John’s Church Hall between 10.30 and 11.15 am next Sunday. There are facilities for keeping food warm. Please use the footpath at the side of St John’s to access the Hall, but take care to avoid unnecessary noise as there will be a service in the Church at that time.
Farewell Card: There is to be a Farewell Card, and pages which will go in the card are next to the food sign-up clipboard for you to sign.
Donations: If you would like to make a donation towards the Farewell Presentation, please take one of the special envelopes from the Church Porch, and either put it in the Offertory basket or into the Presbytery letterbox.
There will be a retiring collection after Mass today to support the Home Missions.
DOUAY MARTYRS SCHOOL OPEN DAYS
The Douay Martyrs Catholic School in Ickenham have their Open Evening from 5pm on Thursday 28th September, and Open Mornings from 8.45 – 11am on 27th September and 2nd October. Please see the poster outside the Church for details. The School reports an 11% points improvement in exam results this year.
CATHOLIC SECONDARY SCHOOL
On the day of Baptism, parents promise to bring up their child in the Ways of Faith, and sending their child to a Catholic School should be seen as a duty which will help them in carrying-out their promise. All parents of Catholic children should therefore try to get their child into a Catholic School. Children who attend Mass regularly in St Matthew’s are likely to be offered a place in all but the most sought after Catholic schools in London, provided they obtain a Certificate of Catholic Practice from their Parish. Parents needing a certificate should please see Fr Tim after Mass.
HALL REFURBISHMENT and PARKING
During the Hall refurbishment programme, if you drive, please remember to allow extra time to find a parking space, and be extra careful to make best use of the available spaces by parking as tidily as possible.
If you have to park in the street, please take care to ensure that your car does not obstruct a resident’s driveway.
BAPTISM PREPARATION – CHANGE OF DATE
Fr Tim regrets that owing to a diary clash, the Baptism Preparation evening has to be moved to Monday 25th September, starting at 7.30pm in the Presbytery. Parents with a child for baptism should speak to Fr Tim without delay, if they have not already done so.
PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM
Cardinal Vincent will be leading a pilgrimage to Walsingham on Saturday 7th October, and St Bernard’s, Northolt, are able to offer some spaces on their coach – Adults £15, Children £10. The coach leaves at 7am, and all day parking is available. Those people who expressed interest in this pilgrimage should please let Cheryl in St Matthew’s Office know whether or not they require a place.
DIOCESAN JOB VACANCIES
Diocesan job vacancies can be viewed at http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/
New vacancies are added to the website as and when they arise.
Walk With Me – Workshop for family of LBGT people
Walk With Me: a workshop for Catholic parents and other family members of LGBT people, on Sat. 23 Sept., organised by the LGBT Catholics Westminster Younger Adults Group, with input from the Chaplain, Mgr. Keith Barltrop. Pre-booking is required. Further details will be provided on registration: http://www.lgbtcatholicsyag.org.uk/workshop-2017.
The Beginning Experience
There is a healing weekend for men and women who find themselves single again following separation, divorce or the death of a partner from 6th to 8th October 2017 at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For details please contact Freda 01322-838415 Sandra 01293-783965 or John 01992-642443 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIFT AID & PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES
The Gift Aid scheme provides a valuable boost to Parish income, and is open to anyone who uses a bank Standing Order or Planned Giving envelopes. Please speak to Fr Tim if you would like to join.
Police Extremism Awareness Briefing Meeting
Our neighbouring Parish, St. Luke’s, Love Lane Pinner HA5 3EX will be having a Police presentation on Sunday September 24th in the Parish Centre from 3pm – 4:30pm.
The terrorism awareness presentation is open to all adult parishioners. The aim is to help understand the threat from terrorism to the UK and to guide individuals on what to do if they find themselves involved in a terrorist incident; how to recognise and report suspicious activity and to increase awareness of how best to respond to various types of terrorist activities.
All adults are urged to attend especially in light of recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London and elsewhere. In order that we have an idea of numbers, please can you sign your name at the back of the Church on the folder provided.
Cancer Research Northwood
There will be a Charity Supper and dancing to the Mick Flinn Band on Saturday 30th September. Tickets, £35 each from the Cancer Research shop in Green Lane. Please support if you can.
If you have requested a Mass to be said, but have not yet left an offering for that Mass, please speak to Fr Tim as soon as possible, as there appear to be some gaps in our records. There is no problem if a donation envelope has been submitted.
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
“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.
TEXT GIVING BY MOBILE PHONE
Electronic payment is becoming much more common, and we need to keep up with innovations. 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.
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.
Six months’ notice of intention to marry is required in Westminster Diocese (and in most Dioceses). Anyone intending to marry before March, 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 usually arranged in the Parish.
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.
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.
FURTHER TALKS & FAITH EVENTS
To see a wider range of the events around the Diocese that might be of interest, go to email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Income 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 email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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