Newsletter

SUNDAY 15th JULY 2018 FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
(Parish Mass Book 52)

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      14     18.00(Vigil)   Saverio Sanzone RIP
SUNDAY           15     09.00             Michael Moran RIP
 15th Sunday in          11.15             Tony Marono RIP
  Ordinary Time         18.00             People of the Parish
MONDAY          16     10.00             Patrick Chow RIP
 Our Lady of Mount Carmel
TUESDAY         17     10.00             Lisa Walker (Sick)
WEDNESDAY  18     10.00             Robert Laing RIP
THURSDAY      19     10.00             Cormac Reynolds RIP
FRIDAY             20     10.00             No intention yet
St Apollinaris
SATURDAY      21     10.00             No intention yet
St Lawrence of         18.00             Roland Figueiredo RIP
Brindisi
SUNDAY           22     09.00             Gerry O’Leary RIP
16th Sunday in          11.15             No intention yet
Ordinary Time         18.00             People of the Parish

 

SERVICES

Morning Prayer:                  Daily (except Sunday)  09.45 -
Exposition                            Tuesday                           10.30 – 11.15
Exposition                            Saturday                          10.30 – 11.15
Confessions                        Saturday                          10.30 – 11.15
17.00 – 17.45

PARISH DIARY

Wednesday  18th   10.30    Prayers for our Children             (Church)
Wednesday  18th   10.30    UCM                                       (Fr Bebb Rm)
Friday            20th   13.30    Prayer Group                                      (Hall)

COUNTERS

This week             15th          M & J Ferguson am
Next week           22nd          C Quirk & P Tonra am

PARISH SICK LIST

Please remember the following in your prayers:- John Brady, Mrs Klavkowski, Michael Enskat, Laura Everest, Curzio Pirfo, Czeslaw Czaprowski, Mary Hodgison, Alexandre Silva, Bella King, Margaret Saines, Mary Ahern, Dominic Manley, , Amy D’Souza, Margaret Tso, John Donohoe, Cecil Cain, Eileen Murray, Joan Taylor James Elton, Michael Coyle, Timor Yonel, Jason Jackson, Michael Dodd, Luke Slater, Gerard O’Brien, Anna Benton, Joe Da Silva, James Tso, Emma Quirke, Mary Wallace, Jacob Nuske, Susan Birley, Lisa Walker. N.B. Please tell us when people can be taken off the list.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION

Last week’s Offertory collection amounted to £723.41. The Peter’s Pence retiring collection amounted to £261.40Many thanks, as always, for your generosity.

UNION OF CATHOLIC MOTHERS

The Union of Catholic Mothers will meet in the Fr Bebb Room after the 10am Mass on Wednesday 18th July. All will be most welcome.

Confirmation Class

18 members of the Confirmation Class completed their Sponsored Walk last Sunday. Many thanks to all who agreed to sponsor our Confirmandi. The class meets again this Tuesday, 17th July.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Today is the last day of Sunday School. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to its running. In addition to the Catechists, Catechist’s assistants made

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA – RETIRING COLLECTION

There will be a retiring collection next week on behalf of the Apostleship of the Sea. If you would be able to Gift Aid your donation, please use one of the special envelopes that can be found in the Newsletter basket.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

The Parish Council will meet in the Fr Bebb Room at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th July.

FAMILY PARTICIPATION AT 9AM MASS

During School term time, the Sunday School classes take it in turn to provide Readers and bring the gifts to the Altar at the 9am Mass on Sunday. We would be very happy to have Parish families read and bring up the gifts whenever Sunday School is not in operation.
Families who would like to do this should please speak to Fr Tim – who will be very happy to provide readings and any guidance that might be needed.

RAGS TO RICHES – USED CLOTHING COLLECTION

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the Rags to Riches collection for Mary’s Meals. Results will be published next week.

SUNDAY SCHOOL 2018/2019

Today is the last day of Sunday School. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the smooth running of the School during this last year.
Registration forms for 2018/2019 are now available from the Church Porch. They can be handed-in in the Hall during Sunday School today, or put through the Presbytery letterbox. Forms for Confirmation will be available later. Young people aged 12 or over on 1st September 2018 and attending non-Catholic school need to remember that they must attend Level 8 Sunday School starting this September if they wish to be Confirmed when they are in Year 9.

MISSIO – Red Mission Box Holders

Elizabeth Scudder has taken over as Local Secretary for MIssio – APF – Mill Hill. If you are an existing Red Box holder would you please bring your box back and leave it in the Sacristy?
The new edition of Missio’s newsletter “Mission Today” is now available and I will leave a copy for you to collect. I would like to encourage more parishioners to take a red box to support the work of Missio which you can read about on their website at Missio.org.uk. Please email elizabeth31@icloud.com.

CATECHISTS, READERS, MINISTERS

In order to prepare our children for the Sacraments, and provide Religious Education for children in non-Catholic Schools, we need Catechists for Sunday School, and we are always looking for new Readers and extraordinary Ministers to assist at Mass. If you would be prepared to contribute to the Parish in this way, please complete one of the Volunteer forms from the Newsletter basket and hand it to Fr Tim, or put it through the letterbox. Training will be given as appropriate, and Safeguarding checks will be needed for some roles.

BAPTISM PREPARATION

Parents wishing to have a child baptised will normally be required to attend a preparation evening. Any family with a child for baptism should please speak to Fr Tim as soon as possible.

HOME VISITS

Because of age or infirmity, it is inevitable that some members of our Parish may be unable to get to Mass, in which case Fr Tim would be happy to arrange for Holy Communion to be brought to the home. Others might just appreciate a member of the Parish to calling simply for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee. If you know of a housebound member of the Parish who would appreciate a visit or to receive Holy Communion at home, please speak to Fr Tim. Safeguarding checks will apply.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION

Six months’ notice of intention to marry is required in Westminster Diocese (and in most Dioceses). If you intend to marry before March, 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.

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS

If you are, or have been a Sunday School Catechist or helper, you may well still have old class lists, attendance registers or other personal data in your possession, in which case they should please be brought to the Parish Office for retention or secure disposal. When 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.
Current parish volunteers are requested to complete a Confidentiality Agreement if they have not already done so. The forms are available from the Sacristy.

LEGACY GIFTS TO ST MATTHEW’S

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

SOCIAL INNOVATION AND ENTERPRISE HUB

A social enterprise is a business that trades for a social purpose, i.e. is non-profit-making and provides public or community benefit.
Caritas Westminster will shortly be opening SEIDs Hub, a social enterprise community centre in Wembley offering “a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration and collaboration opportunities for those who have a credible enterprise idea”. The aim is to help people turn their ideas into sustainable businesses that have real social impact. The facilities offered include co-working space, business support, 1 to 1 mentoring, accredited training, enterprise clinics, events and local and international networks. See Fr Tim for more information.

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.