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Parish newsletter, 2nd April 2023


6.15 pm: Sacrament of Reconciliation

6.30pm: Eileen McKenna Rec Dec

Sunday Palm Sunday PMB 176

8.30pm: Margaret Wite (welfare)

10 am: Michael Fitzpatrick Rec Dec

11.30am: The Parish




10am: Margaret and Nicole O'Sullivan


10am: Rev Patrick Taggart RIP

Maundy Thursday PMB 192

7.30pm: Herbert Joseph Madden RIP

Good Friday

10 am: Stations of the Cross for Children

11am: Stations of the Cross

3pm: Celebration of the Lord's Passion PMB 192

6pm: Stations of the Cross

Saturday, Easter Vigil PMB 216

12 noon Poswiecenie Wielkonoenych Potraw

5.45 - 6.15 Sacrament of Reconciliation

6.30pm: Katie Townshend RIP

Easter Sunday PMB 251

8.30am: Ann M Quiller int

10.00 am: Kay Power RIP

11.30 am: The Parish

Holy Week gives us the opportunity to accompany Jesus on his final journey, On that journey he suffered torture, betrayal, crucifixion, and death. We were, and are, responsible. It gives us an insight into the fickleness of the human heart, but also into the immense compassion of God.

Good Friday The day on Which Christ dies might well be called bad Friday. But we call it Good Friday. We do so because that dark day was made luminous by the goodness of Jesus, and because we see it in the light of Easter. His death may have seemed a defeat. It was not a defeat; it was a victory; the victory of love over hate, of good over evil, and of life over death.

Confessions after all Masses this week and on Friday morning. And after the Solemn Liturgy.

Appeal - Empowering Vulnerable Children in Uganda.

Raised £1188.91. Poor Parishes collection £364.37

Eucharistic Ministers and Ministers of the Word we are in the process of inviting new members of our parish to help in these most important roles. You are invited to share fully in the Liturgy of Holy Week and the Easter Vigil. To be a Eucharistic Minister is not just a job. It is an immense responsibility for which adequate spiritual preparation is required. Similarly, reading at Mass. Preparation should take place at home. This needs to be prayerful and you must be thoroughly familiar with the text. Christ is truly present in the liturgy of the Word, as He is present in the Eucharistic species. If you need a Mass Book please see me and I will supply one for home use.

First Sacraments Meeting Church Saturday April 22 at 5pm

Sacrament of Marriage Preparation. We have finished talks on the Catholic faith. We pray for the seven couples in our parish being married this year. I hope the back to basics talks have helped in spiritual preparation.

Baptism Preparation after Easter as and when required.

Parish Registration Please do take the time to fill in form at the back of church. This is vital for communication.

Ukraine- Urgently needed- Sleeping bags for those on the front line. Walking sticks, walking aids, crutches, wheelchairs, hygiene items, nappies, baby food and vick. If you are having a spring clean you may find some bedding, towels, clothes, which will be very welcome. HGV number 5, containing 33 pallets of sanitiser is at the Polish/Ukraine border waiting for permission to cross and HGV no.6 is crossing Germany.

Lifts to Church. contact Kevin Singleton 07715758862

Bad News heavy rain during March. It got in through the roof and has cause damage - yet again!

The door at the back of the church, next to the repository, is unsafe. I have been asking the diocese Health and Safety for help - they told me about the hazard- but no luck so far.

I am personally liable for accidents. We pay £140 per month for health and safety "advice"

Purley Food Hub - thank you for your donations. Honey/jam, peanut butter, fish/meat paste, breakfast cereals 500g, packets of dried potato, savoury biscuits, children's desserts - jellies/puddings, Angel Delight, custard requiring only water, rice pudding, unisex deodorant and toilet rolls.

Covid has not gone away. Many people in the area, including some parishioners, are infected. I would ask Eucharistic Ministers to wear masks when distributing Holy Communion. We have a duty of care to each other.

Getting Married? If you are planning to get married, please come and see Fr Martin before booking a venue and setting a date and time. All necessary paper work must be completed in the parish. If you are marrying outside the parish the same applies. Six months notice required by Law

Teaching and Leading in Catholic Schools Are you a Catholic and a teacher, middle or senior leader in a community school or academy and interested in taking up a role in Catholic education? If so, the Archdiocese of Southwark Education Commission would like to invite you to a twilight session: Teaching and Leading in Catholic Schools. The session will include opportunities to meet current leaders and the education team, find out about Catholic schools and tips in relation to the application process. This event will be held on Thursday 27th April 2023 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Amigo Hall, Lambeth Road SE1 6HR.

If you are interested in attending or if you have any queries please contact Sharon Docherty, RE Team Leader and Professional Learning

And finally, Easter Offerings next Sunday. I am retiring soon so it is becoming more important! Envelopes available.

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