Newsletter

SUNDAY 3rd JUNE 2018 THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
(Parish Mass Book 33)

ST MATTHEW’S CATHOLIC CHURCH

32 Hallowell Road, Northwood, HA6 1DW
Tel: 01923 825639, 01923 840736
Email northwood@rcdow.org.uk Website www.northwoodcatholics.org.uk
Parish Priest: Fr. Timothy Hutton (timothyhutton@rcdow.org.uk)
Fr Robert Ehileme SMMM in residence
Hall booking enquiries – email karen@hands-on-staffing.co.uk or call 01923 840422 or 07747 752717
Administration Assistant: Cheryl Myring (Mon-Fri 9am-11am)

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SERVICES & MASS INTENTIONS DURING THE WEEK

SATURDAY         2     18.00(Vigil)   Maria Wilson Intns
SUNDAY             3     09.00             Joan Casey RIP
 Corpus Christi          11.15             Indra Swampillai (Anniv)
18.00             Beverley Jessup Intns
MONDAY            4     07.30             Special Intention (CP)
10.00             John & Eileen WIldsmith
(Wedding Anniv)
TUESDAY           5     07.30             Special Intention (CP)
 St Boniface               10.00             Holy Souls
WEDNESDAY    6     10.00             Shirley Murray (Anniv)
St Norbert

THURSDAY        7     10.00             Monica Scudder RIP
FRIDAY                8     07.30             No Mass
 The Most Sacred     10.00             Martha & Duncan Murray
  Heart of Jesus                                                     (Wedding Anniv)
SATURDAY         9     09.00             Indra Swampillai (Anniv)
The Immaculate       11.00             First Holy Communion Mass
Heart of Mary          18.00             Joseph McNulty RIP
SUNDAY           10     09.00             Monica Scudder RIP
10th Sunday in          11.15             Tony Marono RIP
Ordinary Time          18.00             Monica Scudder RIP

SERVICES

Morning Prayer:                  Daily (except Sunday)  09.45 -
Exposition & Benediction  Tuesday                           10.30 – 11.15
Exposition                            Saturday (not 9th June)  10.30 – 11.15
Confessions                        Saturday    “    “       “       10.30 – 11.15
“                                17.00 – 17.45

PARISH DIARY

Wednesday  6th     10.30          Prayers for our Children      (Church)
Wednesday  6th     10.30          UCM                                (Fr Bebb Rm)
Friday            8th     13.30          Prayer Group                                (Hall)

COUNTERS

This week               3rd                    C Quirk & P Tonra am
Next week            10th                    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, Emma Quirke, Mary Wallace, Jacob Nuske, Susan Birley.
N.B. Please tell us when people can be taken off the list.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION

Last week’s Offertory collection amounted to £854.49. Many thanks, as always, for your generosity.

CARITAS VOLUNTEER FAIR

Caritas Westminster will be hosting a Volunteer Fair on Tuesday 5th June, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN, where there will be a workshop on Catholic Social Teaching and how our faith encourages participation. Attendees will be able to hear from a panel of volunteers about the impact of their work, and a range of organisations and projects will have stands with a wide range of volunteering opportunities available. If you are planning to attend, please notify Caritas of your intention – caritas@rcdow.org.uk, or 07738 183833.

CONFIRMATIONS AT ST MATTHEW’S

Yesterday 20 young people of the Parish were confirmed by Bishop John Wilson. Warmest congratulations to them. Many thanks to the many people involved in preparing the Church for the Mass; the flowers, cleaning, Sacristy team, Altar servers, musician, singers and especially the families who have supported their young people.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION MASS

The normal Saturday morning Mass will be moved to 9am next Saturday, 9th June, to allow for the First Holy Communion Mass  for young people of our Parish. Please remember to pray them and their families this week.

BAPTISM

The next Parents’ Baptism Preparation Evening will be held in the Fr Bebb Room tomorrow, Monday 4th June, 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.

PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Some copies of the reports submitted at the Parish AGM are available in the Church Porch.

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS

GDPR compliance applies to the personal data of living people that anyone might hold as a member of the Parish, and includes any document (paper or electronic) that links a person’s name with other personal information, e.g. telephone number, postal address, email address etc.
If you are, or have been a Sunday School Catechist or helper, and still have paper class lists, attendance registers or other personal data in your possession, please bring them to the Parish Office for retention or secure disposal, or if the Office is closed, please put them through the letterbox. If you have such information on a smartphone, desktop or laptop computer, this must be deleted.
While you may well have obtained personal data of other parish members in a purely personal capacity (e.g. a friend’s phone number) data obtained in order to act in some capacity as a volunteer on behalf of the Parish is subject to GDPR, and must be returned to the Parish or deleted from electronic devices.
If you have not already done so, parish volunteers (e.g. ember of a parish committee, Catechist, Reader, Eucharistic Minister, helper with teas and coffees, member of the music ministry, cleaner, etc.) please collect from the sacristy a Confidentiality Agreement which we ask you to sign. Watch this space for further information.

An Invitation to Young Adults from the Cardinal

The Cardinal invites young adults, aged 18 to 30, to join him at Archbishop’s House on 19th June, at 6.30pm,for the last of 3 meetings to explore the theme of vocation, with an opportunity for prayer, input, discussion and question and answer. All are welcome to attend even if they have missed the first 2 meetings. More details can be found on the youth section of the diocesan website (www.dowym.com). If interested, please send an email to youth@rcdow.org.uk.

ALPHA INTRODUCTION DAY – SATURDAY 7TH JULY

There is to be an Alpha Introduction Day at St Joan of Arc Catholic School from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 7th July.
Alpha engages lay people in the life and mission of the Church, and has something for everyone, from active Parish members wanting to know more about their faith to someone hearing the “Good News” for the first time.
At St Matthew’s we have been talking for some time about Alpha, and this is a wonderful opportunity to explore in detail how to put theory into practice. If you would be interested, please email your contact details to northwood@rcdow.org.uk as soon as possible so that we can make a group booking

FLOWER FESTIVAL – ST THOMAS MORE 6th – 8th July

Our neighbours in Eastcote invite us to a Flower and Music Festival reflecting “Bible Stories”.
Refreshments available, entrance by programme, £4. Full details on poster in external noticeboards.

DIOCESAN NEWSPAPERS – Westminster Record”

The June edition of 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.

LEGACY GIFTS TO ST MATTHEW’S

A leaflet “Please Consider Remembering Your Parish in Your Will” can be found in the Church Porch.

 

MARRIAGE PREPARATION

Six months’ notice of intention to marry is required in Westminster Diocese (and in most Dioceses). If you intend to marry before January, 2019 please speak to Fr Tim as soon as possible, if you have not already done so.

For Parish members, or where the marriage is to take place at St Matthew’s, the necessary preparation is offered in the Parish.

PLEASE ASSIST DOUAY MARTYRS RC SCHOOL

The Douay Martyrs Catholic School would greatly appreciate any support Hillingdon residents can give them to expedite planned refurbishment work at the School in Long Lane. Under the Priority Schools Building Programme, the School has a Central Government grant for significant improvement works, but these cannot be carried out without a Memorandum of Understanding between all parties, dealing with a right of way for contractors and other matters. Hillingdon Council have a lease on part of the premises and their agreement is essential, but after 18 months is still not forthcoming, and there is a risk that the grant will be lost. If you can, please contact your local Councillor to ask for their support (contact details at www.hillingdon.gov.uk/contactus).

GIFT AID & PLANNED GIVING

Owing to the new Data Protection regulations, that have now come into force, Planned Giving box users will need to enquire in the Sacristy to obtain their box.

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.

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. Current vacancies include a full-time ICT support technician in Victoria.

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.

 “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.

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.

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: mary.kenefick@brunel.ac.uk.

“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.

FURTHER TALKS & FAITH EVENTS

To see a wider range of the events around the Diocese that might be of interest, go to livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk

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 matthew.james@stmarys.ac.uk

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.

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: rebekahcurran@rcdow.org.uk / 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.

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: safeguardingadmin@rcdow.org.uk. For more information ask Fr Tim.

CATHOLIC SINGLES

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 info@catholicsingles.org.uk

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 chiara.rh2015@gmail.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.

PARISH LIBRARY

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.

MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT

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 edmundadamus@rcdow.org.uk 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: corpuschristipg@yahoogroups.co.uk

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.