Newsletter

SUNDAY 21st MAY, 2017 –SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
(Parish Mass Book – Page 148)

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        20   18.00 (Vigil)  Denzil Bailey RIP
SUNDAY            21   09.00             Giuseppe Noviello RIP
 6th Sunday of            11.15             Jimmy Murphy RIP
Easter                       18.00             James Wilson (Thankgiving)
MONDAY           22   07.30             No intention yet
 St Rita of Cascia     10.00             Michael & Remy Fernandes RIP
TUESDAY          23   07.30             Pippa Judson (Sick)
10.00             Natasha Lee (Sp Intn)
WEDNESDAY   24   10.00             Cajetan & Geraldine
Rodrigues RIP
THURSDAY       25   10.00             Peter Wong RIP
 St Bede the Venerable

FRIDAY               26   07.30             No intention yet
 St Philip Neri            10.00             Pat Lee (Thanksgiving)
SATURDAY        27   10.00             Lawrence Lee (Sp Intn)
St Augustine            18.00(Vigil)   No intention yet
of Canterbury

SUNDAY            28   09.00             Nicolina Ciccone (Anniv)
The Ascension                                11.15                                           No intention yet
 of the Lord                18.00             No intention yet

 

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   24th 10.30    Prayers for our Children                    (Church)
Friday             26th   13.30   Prayer Group                                            (Hall)

 

COUNTERS

This week              21st                    C Quirke & P Tonra am

Next week              28th                    M & J Ferguson 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 £878.91. A further £417.68 was received for the Priests’ Training Fund bringing the total to £813.06. Many thanks, as always, for your generosity.

Ministers & Readers

There is a new rota available in the Sacristy for June for all those who haven’t already received one via e-mail.

PRIEST TRAINING FUND

Any further donations for the Priests’ Training Fund should please be put into one of the envelopes contained in the information leaflet available in the Newsletter basket, and the envelope put into the Offertory basket. Please also remember to pray for vocations – prayer cards can be found by the Newsletters.

RETIRING COLLECTION – WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

Next Sunday is World Communications Day when there will be a retiring collection to support the work of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales in promoting the Gospel through the media on current issues.

BAPTISM PREPARATION

The next Baptism Preparation evening will be tomorrow, Monday 22nd May, starting at 7.30pm in the Fr Bebb Room. Parents with a child for baptism should please speak to Fr Tim as soon as possible if they have not already done so.

“THY KINGDOM COME” 25TH MAY – 4TH JUNE

“Thy Kingdom Come” is a global prayer movement which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. A Novena prayer card is available from the Newsletter basket.

CONFIRMATION PROGRAMME

Candidates, please remember that the Sponsored Walk is today, starting at 1.30pm. Should you be unable to make the walk today, there will be another opportunity on 18th June. Next weekend, please come to your usual Mass, when your parents or Godparents will be invited to formally hand over to you the baptismal candle (representing the Light of Christ) which they received on your behalf on the day of your baptism, and which in the future you will have to carry for yourself – with the help of the Holy Spirit.

MARY’S MEALS FUNDRAISING

Mary’s Meals is a charity which sets up school feeding programmes in communities where poverty and hunger might otherwise prevent children from gaining an education. Today, 21st May, there will be a “Rags to Riches” collection of used clothing and bedding (not duvets or pillows) to raise more money for Mary’s Meals. Please bring your contributions before 12.00, as the van has to go to another Parish after us.

INCORRECT ACCOUNT NUMBER FOR STANDING ORDERS

As part of the recent Stewardship campaign, a number of Parishioners kindly completed forms to start or amend Standing Order payments to the Parish bank account.
Most unfortunately, the account number given on the form was shown incorrectly – it should have been shown as 01095226. This means that the forms are invalid, and a fresh instructions given. If you have not already collected a new form, or informed your bank of the correct details, please collect a fresh form from the table in the Church Porch.
The extra work and inconvenience is greatly regretted

SPIRIT IN THE CITY – “A Festival of Hope”

Once again there will be a celebration of Catholic life on 9th/10th June, based around Leicester Square. If you are likely to be in the area on those days, please take one of the information cards from the Church Porch, or go to www.spiritinthecity.org.

Niland Conference Centre 93 Elstree Road, Bushey WD23 4EE

Christian Mindfulness II – Putting it into Practice— Fr Michael Heap M.Afr. will explore mindfulness in practise with time for personal reflection. Wed, 24 May, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.
Suggested donation £14. Please bring a packed lunch; teas and coffees are provided (available from 9.30 am). Registration is required. “In the Footsteps of Saint Paul. An armchair pilgrimage into Europe” Sister Anne Walsh OP & Sister Karen Marguerite OP. Thursday evenings, 7.30—9.00 pm. Starting 18th May Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or call to our automated service at 02079316078 and leave your contact details.

Scripture from Scratch – Scripture May-June 2017

A Scripture Retreat with Brian Purfield. When: 24th June 2017
10.00am – 2.00pm. Where: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P Suggested donation £14. Please bring a packed lunch; teas and coffees are provided (available from 9.30 am). Registration is required. Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or call to our automated service at 02079316078 and leave your contact details

BRIGHTLIGHTS YOUTH FESTIVAL

Brightlights Festival is an annual event for Catholic young adults (ages 16-30) taking place June 23rd – 26th in the beautiful grounds of Alton Castle in Staffordshire. Come and join us for a weekend of live music from artists including One Hope Project and Guvna B. To journey together in Faith through liturgy and worship. And to hear stimulating input on the possibilities of living life: UNLIMITED. To find out more information or book tickets and a coach space, visit our website: brightlights.org.uk, call 0300 075 0115 or find us on social media: T/FB/IG: BLFestival

CATHOLIC SCHOOL PRIMARY PLACES

Families in St Matthew’s have always faced a struggle to find a Catholic primary school, as in most schools that are over-subscribed distance from the school is a deciding factor. It is understood that this year the Sacred Heart School in Ruislip, having accepted all Catholic applications, will be taking in non-Catholic children in Year 1. This suggests that practising families in St Matthew’s have a good chance of a gaining a place if they apply.

GIFT AID & PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES

The use of Planned Giving envelopes is essential for anyone who wishes their contributions to qualify for the Gift Aid scheme. Envelopes have therefore been prepared for those people who kindly responded to the recent Stewardship campaign by completing a Gift Aid declaration, but will not be donating by Standing Order.
Any member of the Planned Giving Scheme who has not already collected their envelopes is asked to do so as soon as possible.
If you would like to join the Planned Giving scheme and need a set of envelopes, please put your details on the clipboard.

Christian Mindfulness II – Putting it into Practice—also for those who are available weekdays. Fr Michael Heap M.Afr. will explore mindfulness in practise with time for personal reflection.

When: Wed, 24 May, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm.

Where: The Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey, Herts WD23 4EE
Suggested donation £14. Please bring a packed lunch; teas and coffees are provided (available from 9.30 am). Registration is required. Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or call to our automated service at 02079316078 and leave your contact details.

 

Scripture from Scratch – Scripture May-June 2017

In the Footsteps of Saint Paul. An armchair pilgrimage into Europe with Sister Anne Walsh OP & Sister Karen Marguerite OP
Thursday evenings, 7.30—9.00 pm. Where: The Niland Conference Centre, Rosary Priory, 93 Elstree Road, Bushey, Herts WD23 4EE
Suggested donation £5 each session

18th May     “They reached Thessalonica where there was a synagogue of the Jews”—Jealousy & Turmoil

8th June      “What you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you”—Paul’s preaching in Athens

22nd June  “Go on speaking and do not be silent”—Paul settles in Corinth

29th June “From now on I will go to the Gentiles”— beyond the first missionary journey

Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or call to our automated service at 02079316078 and leave your contact details.

 

 

A Scripture Retreat with Brian Purfield

When: 24th June 2017
10.00am – 2.00pm
Where: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P Suggested donation £14. Please bring a packed lunch; teas and coffees are provided (available from 9.30 am). Registration is required. Please register at livingfaith@rcdow.org.uk or call to our automated service at 02079316078 and leave your contact details

 

 

DIOCESAN JOB VACANCIES

Vacancies can be viewed at http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/jobs/ 
New vacancies are added to the website as and when they arise.

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 November 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.

ACCOMODATION WANTED

A Care Assistant at St Vincent’s Hospital is looking for a room in a family house or a flat/house share. Any offers to Fr Tim please.

PREPARING FOR MY FUNERAL

Given the interest in the Cremation leaflet, more copies of “Preparing for My Funeral” have been placed in the Church Porch.

LEGACY GIFTS TO ST MATTHEW’S

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

CITIZENS ADVICE WATFORD SEEK VOLUNTEERS

Citizens Advice Watford volunteers are central to helping clients. Last year, around 5000 people in the local community were helped with issues such as housing and homelessness, debt and money problems, employment, welfare benefits, family and consumer problems. If you could spare some time on a regular basis to help people, are looking for a new challenge, and would like to find out more, please contact recruitment@watfordcab.cabnet.org.uk.

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

“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 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.

Mount Street Jesuit Centre, 114 Mount Street, W1K 3AH

Regular Ongoing EventsWednesday 6.30-7pm 30 minute Drop-in Prayer led by a trained Prayer Guide Guided prayer with stillness, awareness, reflection, silence, and sharing. All welcome, come whenever you can. First Thursday of the month 11.30am-1pm Bereavement and Loss Group

Sr. Catherine Quane RSM facilitates this welcoming and understanding group. Second Saturday of each month 11am-4pm
Ignatian Retreat Day These are retreat days of prayer run in an Ignatian way, in which there is talk, time for personal prayer and the opportunity to listen to each other.

For details, please go to www.mountstreet.info.

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.