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SUNDAY 21st JANUARY 2018 THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
(Parish Mass Book –57)

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
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)   Fr Geoffrey Eneh (Anniv)
SUNDAY           21     09.00             Philip Wildsmith RIP
 Third Sunday           11.15             Guiseppe Arnone (Anniv)
  in Ordinary Time    18.00             Aires Silva (Anniv)
MONDAY          22     07.30             No intention yet
St Vincent
                 10.00             Joe O’Connor RIP
TUESDAY         23     07.30             No intention yet
                                    10.00             Maisie Marsden RIP
WEDNESDAY  24     10.00             Maisie Marsden RIP
St Frances de Sales
THURSDAY      25     10.00             Maisie Marsden RIP
The Conversion of St Paul the Apostle
FRIDAY             26     07.30             No intention yet
Ss Timothy & Titus  10.00             Sr Adriana RIP
SATURDAY      27     10.00             Josephine Swampillai RIP
St Angela Merici      18.00(Vigil)   Maisie Marsden RIP
SUNDAY           28     09.00             Mieczyslaw Hubisz (Anniv)
Fourth Sunday in     11.15             Santo Lo Cascio &
Ordinary Time                                      Marghente Realmuto (Anniv)
                                     18.00             No intention yet

 

SERVICES

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

PARISH DIARY

Wednesday  24th    10.30          Prayers for our Children      (Church)
Thursday       25th   12.45          Bible Study                       (Presbytery)
Friday            26th   13.30          Prayer Group                          (Church)

COUNTERS

This week             21st                    M & J Ferguson am
Next week            28th                    C Quirke & P Tonra am

 

PARISH SICK LIST

Please remember the following in your prayers:- Laura Everest, Curzio Pirfo, Czeslaw Czaprowski, Mary Hodgison, Michael Nutt 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, Timor Yonel, Jason Jackson, Michael Dodd, Mrs Klavkowski, Luke Slater, Gerard O’Brien, Joe Da Silva, James Tso, John Donohoe, Sheila Gain, Mary Wallace, Anna Benton, Jacob Nuske, Maura Hoarty, Susan Birley, Mary Shea, Joan Taylor.
N.B. Please tell us when people can be taken off the list.

OFFERTORY COLLECTION

Last week’s Offertory collection amounted to £877.41. Many thanks, as always, for your generosity.

UCM

The UCM will meet Wednesday 24th January, after the 10am Mass.

Ministers & Readers

The Ministers and Readers Rota for January and February is available in the Sacristy for those who haven’t already received a copy via e-mail. The Availability Sheet for Holy Week and Easter should please be completed and returned to the Presbytery as soon as possible.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

The annual Ecumenical Service in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be in Oaklands Gate Methodist Church,on 21st January starting at 4pm, to be followed by tea and coffee with an opportunity to mingle. Please come and support this event if you can.

Sr Adriana of Matumaini

We regret to report the recent death of Sr Adriana (sister of Inno van den Berg) who established the Matumaini Centre for children with physical disabilities in Tanzania, which this parish supported for a number of years by donations of sewing materials etc. for use in the tailoring workshop at the Centre.

HALL REFURBISHMENT

Many thanks to all those who turned-out on Saturday afternoon to move things from the container and garage back into the Hall.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

In order to give time to set up the classrooms, Sunday School classes will continue in the Church and Presbytery until the half-term holiday, and start in the Hall on 25th February.

HALL REFURBISHMENT

Many thanks to all those who turned-out on Saturday afternoon to move things from the container and garage back into the Hall.

“SIGNS OF THE TIMES” – WEEKEND OF RENEWAL

There will be a Weekend of Renewal led by Ros Powell from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 17th February, and 12.45pm to 5pm on Sunday 18th February. See Poster in the Church Porch, where enrolment forms can be found. Bring packed lunch on Saturday. For details contact Pat on 07918 128248 or email northwoodcharismaticgroup.org.uk

PARISH DIARIES

Parish Diaries are now available from the Church Porch. A donation of 50p is requested, to be put into the “Magazines and Newspapers” coin slot to the left of the double doors in the Porch.

CATHOLIC NEWSPAPERS

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.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION

Six months’ notice of intention to marry is required in Westminster Diocese (and in most Dioceses). Anyone intending to marry before August, 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.

BAPTISM

The next Parents’ Baptism Preparation Evening will be in the Presbytery at 7.30pm tomorrow, Monday 22nd January. Families with a child for baptism should please introduce themselves to Fr Tim as soon as possible so the paperwork can be completed prior to the Preparation Evening.

RETREAT DAY FOR ENGAGED OR DATING COUPLES

The Agency for Evangelisation offer a Retreat Day led by Marriage Care 11am to 4pm next Saturday, 27th January, at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Centre, White City, W12 7QR. No charge, but bring some lunch to share Contact 020 8743 8334. See Poster in Porch.

RBL EARL HAIG POPPY APPEAL

We have received a note of thanks from the Royal British Legion for the £38.42 donated by members of St Matthew’s.

WESTMINSTER YEAR BOOK 2018

The Westminster Year Book is now available for purchase from the Repository.

BRINGING CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING INTO PUBLIC LIFE

A Roman Catholic group who want to bring Catholic Social teaching into public life are holding a Mass on the 24th January at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street at 8pm, to be followed by an “in conversation” and audience Q&A event with a Catholic Labour MP at a nearby pub.

For any queries or further information contact Dan Greef 07527 199009. To RSVP, please email office@dangreef.org.uk

GIFT AID & PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES

The Gift Aid scheme provides a valuable boost to Parish income, and is open to anyone who pays Income Tax and uses a bank Standing Order or Planned Giving envelopes. Please speak to Fr Tim if you would like to join.

NATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS – LIVERPOOL 7-9Sept 2018

As announced in last year’s Pastoral Letter for Corpus Christi, a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress” will take place in Liverpool from 7th to 9th September. It will involve every Diocese in England and Wales. On the first day there will be a Theological Symposium, which will include workshops for catechists, R.E. teachers etc. The main part of the Congress takes place on the on the Saturday, when Cardinal Vincent and Bishop Robert Barron will speak. On the final day, there will be pilgrimage Masses and a street procession. More information can be found at www.catholicnews.org.uk/adoremus2018. All who are interested in attending should please speak to Fr Tim as soon as possible.

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.

“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.

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.

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. There are twelve vacancies at the moment, including a part-time Housekeeper at the SPEC Retreat Centre in Pinner, and an Estate Building Surveyor based at Hendon.

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.

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.

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.