Newsletter

SUNDAY 6th AUGUST, 2017 THE TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD
(Parish Mass Book – Page 104)

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) In Residence Fr. Emmanuel Onwu
R.E. Co-ordinator: awaiting appointment

Administration Assistant: Cheryl Myring (Mon-Fri 9am-11am)

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SERVICES & MASS INTENTIONS

SATURDAY        5         18.00 (Vigil)  People of the Parish
SUNDAY            6         09.00             Sean Holloran RIP
The Transfiguration    11.15             Antonio Marono RIP
of the Lord                  18.00             Holy Souls
MONDAY           7         07.30             Holy Souls
St Cajetan                   10.00             Intns of Marianna De Falco
TUESDAY          8         07.30             People of the Parish
 St Dominic                   10.00             Robert Wolczynski RIP
WEDNESDAY   9         10.00             Holy Souls
 St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
THURSDAY       10      10.00             Holy Souls
St Lawrence
FRIDAY               11       07.30             Holy Souls
 St Clare                        10.00             Holy Souls
SATURDAY        12      10.00             Holy Souls
St Jane Frances         18.00(Vigil)   Holy Souls
de Chantal
SUNDAY            13      09.00             People of the Parish
19th Sunday in            11.15             Holy Souls
Ordinary Time             18.00             Holy Souls
Morning Prayer: Daily                    09.45 (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

PARISH DIARY

Wednesday   9th   10.30    Prayers for our Children                    (Church)

 

COUNTERS

This week                6th                    J Wildsmith am
Mrs Fernandez pm

Next week              13th                    C Quirke & 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, 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.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION

Last week’s Offertory collection amounted to £844.32. Many thanks, as always, for your generosity.

ORGAN SCHOLARSHIP

St Joseph’s Church, Harrow Weald, seeks to appoint a young person (teenager) as Organ Scholar to start in September 2017. The post would suit someone at Grade 5 or above in piano who would be interested in developing their organ playing skills. No prior experience of the organ is necessary. A modest stipend is provided, as well as subsidised lessons from a good tutor. Anyone interested should contact the Organist, Ben Fowler, at the Parish Office 020 8427 1955, or by email at bckfowler@gmail.com.

SUNDAY SCHOOL REGISTRATION 2017/2018

Sunday School Registration forms for 2017/2018 are now available from the Church Porch. They can be handed to Fr Tim, or put through the Presbytery letterbox. Young people attending a non-Catholic school must attend Level 8 Sunday School the year before Confirmation preparation in Year 9.

BAPTISM PREPARATION

The next Baptism Preparation evening will be on Monday 18th September starting at 7.30pm in the Presbytery. Parents with a child for baptism should speak to Fr Tim as soon as possible if they have not already done so.

 

HALL WORKING PARTY

Many thanks to everyone who turned-out on Saturday to move things into the storage container, but especial thanks to those ladies who put in so much time during the week to do a lot of prior preparation, so that a great deal of the clearing and packing-up had been done before Saturday.

NEW SANCTUARY CURTAIN

People may have noticed a little while ago that the Sanctuary lighting had been improved, the cost of which was very generously covered by a parishioner. A couple of other parishioners thought that the Sanctuary curtain now looked a bit grubby, and very generously set about providing the splendid a new Sanctuary curtain which with the renewed lighting gives a wonderful lift to the Sanctuary.
Many thanks to these parishioners had these works done as a gift to the Parish

FR EMMANUEL FAREWELL

Please put in your diary Sunday 24th September, for a farewell Mass for Fr Emmanuel, starting at 11.15am, followed by reception in the Hall of St John’s URC Church, just a couple of hundred yards up the hill from St Matthew’s.

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.

MASS INTENTIONS

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.

BIBLE STUDY COURSE

Matthew: The King and His Kingdom” is a Catholic Bible Study course that brings to life the story of Christ’s life as presented in Matthew’s Gospel.
We see Jesus as the awaited Messiah who fulfils the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament, establishes the New Law, and inaugurates the Kingdom of Heaven.
The course will run every Thursday from 12.45 to 14.45 , starting on 7th September (Excluding school holiday time). For more information or to register for the study, call Liz Duggan at 079483 111339 or via email: elizabeth_duggan@hotmail.com.
Early booking is essential, as the course materials require a long lead time.

HARROW SUPPORT GROUP FOR DIVORCED AND SEPARATED CATHOLICS.

The next meeting of the group will be on Monday 7 August in the hall at St Bernard’s Church, Northolt. You are welcome whatever your situation. For more information please ring Jill 0208 204 3714 or Eileen 0208 0208 756 1284.

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

GIFT AID & PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES

The Gift Aid scheme provides a valuable boost to Parish income, but requires that there is a record of the donation and the donor. This is normally done by Standing Order or the use of Planned Giving envelopes.
If you would like to join the Planned Giving scheme and need a set of envelopes, please put your details on the clipboard in the Church Porch.

“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.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION

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: 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.

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 livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk

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 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.

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.