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Newsletter 16 12 2018

Third Sunday of Advent

Reflection: The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word that means“rejoice.” It is a reminder that the Advent season is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand. Following today’s Gospel reading, the crowds ask John the Baptist for specifics. What evidence of repentance is required? John replies by naming concrete actions: crowds should share their food and cloaks;tax collectors should be just; soldiers should act fairly. The concern for justice is a hallmark of Luke’s Gospel. Our challenge is to not make this season a frenzied time, but rather a time of joyful anticipation and making ready for God who comes to dwell among us and changes our lives with the gift of salvation.

Please Pray for the Sick: P J Tunney, Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon, John Curry and Pat Hillman.

Please also pray those who have died recently and all the Souls of the faithful departed.

Sat 15/12 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday No Intention
Sun 16/12 11 am   Third Sunday  of Advent John Baptist James (RIP)
Tues 1812 6 pm  Advent Feria No Intention
Wed 19/12 11 am Advent Feria No Intention
Thurs   20/12 6 pm Advent Feria Special intention of( VL )
Fri 21/12 11 am Advent Feria No Intention
Sat 22/12 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday No Intention
Sun 23/12 11 am   Fourth Sunday  of Advent No Intention
Confessions and Rosary for the Month of December Rosary in the Lady Chapel on Sundays at 10:30 am. Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm. Standing Order Forms The standing order forms are now ready and available, Please contact David on 07745610615 for more information. Church Fund Raising Thank you to Everyone who contributed to our sale and raffle, So far we raised £621.00. Decoration of the Crib and Christmas Tree Next Sunday the 23rd of December 2018 after 11 am mass, there will be arranging and decoration of the Crib and Christmas tree lead by Chris, Please you are invited to join in this event. Children are welcomed too. Christmas Masses 24th  December 2018 at 5:30 pm – Children’s mass 24th December 2018 at 11:30 pm – Christmas Eve midnight mass 25th December 2018 at 11 am – Christmas mass   Music director/Organist Some of you may or may not be aware that Chris is leaving us at the end of the year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank him for the service and dedication he has given to the parish and wish well in his continued journey. If anybody likes to play music in the parish, please speak to Fr. Mario after mass or email the church office – stcathsiena@gmail.com. Let’s Do Some Winter Cleaning! On Saturday the 22nd of December 2018 at 1 pm, there will be general cleaning of the church surroundings and gardening, so everyone, old and young and in between, will be warmly welcomed! Tea and coffee with biscuits will be served! Come anytime, and stay as long as you’d like. God Bless you as you volunteer- Fr. Mario   Saturday and Sunday Weekly Collections Collection  Date Cash  Envelopes   Total 03/04/Nov/2018 £ 434.40 £ 53.00 £ 487.40 11/18/Nov/2018 £ 504.60 £ 57.00 £ 561.60 23/24/Nov/2018 £ 226.01 £ 60.00 £ 286.01 01/02/Nov/2018 £ 308.23 £ 40.00 £ 348.21 Church Repairs and Conference Centre We need to raise approximately £50,000 over 5 years to cover the cost of essential Church repairs and a new Conference Centre with Kitchen. Need Cost Essential Church repairs £32,500 Conference Centre £14,000 Total £46,500 + VAT Thank you all for all your contributions. Fundraising ideas are welcomed Raffle Draw Prizes As promised raffle was drawn on Monday by the Parish Council members and the result is below -congratulation! Position Name  Ticket Number Ist C. J 76 2nd Mrs Lip 28 3rd Catherine 180 4th Kevin 6 5th Paddy O.R 124 6th John Kiely 48 7th    – 110 8th    – 106 9th David S. 160 10th Tom Webb 164 Please collect your prize at the back of the church after mass!  
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Newsletter 02 December 2018

First Sunday of Advent

Reflection: In today’s Gospel, Jesus warns his disciples against the fatigue that can emerge if one becomes consumed by the anxieties of daily life. Many families are too familiar with the kind of fatigue Jesus refers to here. We may be concerned about a family member’s health, our job security, our children’s education, or any number of other concerns. All these are important matters. Jesus does not promise an end to daily worries and fears, but he does teach his disciples that they will have the strength to withstand anxiety if they stay focused on him, remaining vigilant for his return and praying for strength to endure all tribulations. Through prayer, God helps us stay focused on that which is most important in our lives. https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection

 Please Pray for the Sick: P J Tunney, Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon, John Curry and Pat Hillman.

Please also pray those who have died recently and all the Souls of the faithful departed.

Sat 01/12 5:30 pm Vigil mass of First Sunday of Advent Mavd Stokes (RIP)
Sun 02/12 11 am

 

First Sunday of Advent Sean Tiernan (RIP)
Tues 04/12 6 pm Advent Feria No Intention
Wed 05/12 11 am Feast of St. Birinus No Intention
Thurs

 

06/12 6 pm Advent Feria Albert Lindsey
Fri 07/12 11 am Memorial of St Ambrose No Intention
Sat 08/12 5:30 pm Solemnity of Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary No Intention
Sun 09/12 11 am

 

Second Sunday of Advent No Intention
Second Collections

Today, there is a collection for Youth Service. Next Sunday There will be a collection for Poor Parishes

Confessions and Rosary for the Month of December

Rosary in the Lady Chapel on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm.

Mass Intentions

For Mass intentions please use the envelopes provided in Church. Each Mass is offered up for a particular person or prayer request. The Mass is the greatest collective prayer of the Church.

Church Fund Raising

Thank you to Everyone who contributed to our sale and raffle on Sunday. So far we have raised £421 with more to come. Raffle ticket still for sale to be drawn in 2 weeks.

St Paul’s School for Girls

Will be holding Annual OAP Christmas Party on Monday, 17th December 2018, from 1 pm-3 pm. Please contact school 0121 454 0895, by Friday, 7th December 2018, if you wish to attend.

Advent Booklet

There are Advent booklets and Calendars at the back of the church Please take one for you, family and friends.

Pastoral Administrator – Required for January 2019

Hours: 36.5 plus banked hours

Salary: £19,446 – £20,074 depending on experience

The Head-teacher and Governors are seeking to appoint an outstanding full time Pastoral Administrator who will have excellent interpersonal, numeracy and literacy skills, be confident and skilled in using a range of ICT programs and be able to liaise with tact and diplomacy under pressure with parents, carers, students, outside agencies and visitors.

For further details visit website: www.stpaulgl.bham.sch.uk

Closing date: Friday 14 December 2018 at 12 noon. Interview date:            Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Saturday and Sunday Weekly Collections

Collection  Date Cash  Envelopes   Total
04/05/Aug/2018 £ 106.44 £ 52.00 £ 178.44
11/12/Aug/2018 £ 185.03 £ 38.00 £ 223.03
18/19/Aug/2018 £ 194.07 £ 38.00 £ 232.07
25/26/Aug/2018 £ 139.81 £ 18.00 £ 187.81
31/01/Sept/2018 £ 216.56 £ 48.00 £ 234.56
07/08/Sept/2018 £ 181.09 £ 48.00 £ 229.09
14/15/Sept/2018 £ 227.89 £ 13.00 £ 240.89
22/23/Sept/2018 £ 197.50 £ 93.00 £ 290.50
29/30/Sept/2018 £ 168.62 £ 58.00 £ 226.62
06/07/Oct/2018 £ 242.63 £ 53.00 £ 295.63
13/14/Oct/2018 £ 176.39 £ 15.00 £ 191.39
27/28/Oct/2018 £ 188.83 £ 41.00 £ 229.83

Church Repairs and Conference Centre

We need to raise approximately £50,000 over 5 years to cover the cost of essential Church repairs and a new Conference Centre with Kitchen.

Need Cost
Essential Church repairs £32,500
Conference Centre £14,000
Total £46,500 + VAT

 

Thank you all for all your contributions. Fundraising ideas are welcomed

 

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Newsletter 25 November 2018

 

Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

Reflection: Understanding today’s feast of Christ the King may be particularly challenging. While most of us do not have direct experience with kings or royalty, we have a sense of who they are. We know that royalty have sovereignty over their kingdoms. We know that those who are subjects to royalty offer them allegiance and honor. To understand how Christ is our king, we extend and magnify what we know to be true of the best of human royalty. Christ’s kingship extends to all places, all people, and all times. Christ manifests his kingship through his death on the cross in which he offered salvation to everyone. Those who can see with eyes of faith recognize Jesus to be our heavenly king.

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection

 Please Pray for the Sick: P J Tunney, Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon, John Curry and Pat Hillman.

Please also pray those who have died recently and all the Souls of the faithful departed.

Sat 24/11 5:30 pm Memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac Gloria Ulasi Birthday Mass
Sun 25/11 11 am

 

Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Brigida Elizabeth Bernabe
Tues 27/11 6 pm Feria No Intention
Wed 28/11 11 am Feria No Intention
Thurs

 

29/11 6 pm Feria Spencer
Fri 30/11 11 am Feast of St. Andrew No Intention
Sat 01/12 5:30 pm Feast of St. Edmund No Intention
Sun 02/12 11 am

 

First Sunday of Advent Sean Tiernan (RIP)
Second Collections

Today, there is a collection for the Church Repairs and Conference Centre. Next Sunday There will be collection for Youth Service.

Confessions and Rosary for the Month of November

Rosary in the Lady Chapel on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm.

Commemoration of All the Faithfull Departed

The last weekend in the month of November, masses will be offered for the Holy Souls, please use the envelope at the back of the church.

Baptismal Preparation Course

The next course will be held on Friday 30th of November 2018; at 7 pm in the Lady Chapel. Before attending the course please complete and return a baptism preparation form available on the notice board in the church.

Mass Intentions

For Mass intentions please use the envelopes provided in Church. Each Mass is offered up for a particular person or prayer request. The Mass is the greatest collective prayer of the Church.

Church Fund Raising

Christmas Hamper Raffle!

Many other prices including: £30 M&S Voucher, spirits, perfumes.

To be drawn weekend 15th December 2018.

Tickets £1 each. Please be generous. Thank you.

St Paul’s School for Girls

Will be holding Annual OAP Christmas Party on Monday, 17th December 2018, from 1 pm-3 pm. Please contact school 0121 454 0895, by Friday, 7th December 2018, if you wish to attend.

Advent Booklet

There are Advent booklets and Calendars at the back of the church Please take one for you, family and friends.

Saturday and Sunday Weekly Collections

 

Collection  Date Cash  Envelopes   Total
04/05/Aug/2018 £106.44 £52.00 £178.44
11/12/Aug/2018 £185.03 £38.00 £223.03
18/19/Aug/2018 £194.07 £38.00 £232.07
25/26/Aug/2018 £139.81 £18.00 £187.81
31/01/Sept/2018 £216.56 £48.00 £234.56
07/08/Sept/2018 £181.09 £48.00 £ 229.09
14/15/Sept/2018 £227.89 £13.00 £240.89
22/23/Sept/2018 £197.50 £93.00 £290.50
29/30/Sept/2018 £ 168.62 £58.00 £226.62
06/07/Oct/2018 £ 242.63 £53.00 £295.63
13/14/Oct/2018 £176.39 £15.00 £191.39
27/28/Oct/2018 £188.83 £41.00 £229.83

Church Repairs and Conference Centre

We need to raise approximately £50,000 over 5 years to cover the cost of essential Church repairs and a new Conference Centre with Kitchen.

Need Cost
Essential Church repairs £32,500
Conference Centre £14,000
Total £46,500 + VAT

 Thank you all for all your contributions. Fundraising ideas are welcomed

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Newsletter 18 November 2018

World Day for the Poor (33rd  Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Reflection: It is good to find something in life that cannot pass away. We want that – we want it in love, in our friendships and in our trusting in the future. The word of God spoken in love, always a light in life, will never pass away. Prayer is our inserting of ourselves into the reality of that word and that love.  Even in our darkest hour the Lord does not abandon us. His eye always upon us He watches over us night and day. In today’s reading Jesus speaks of being on our guard for we do not know the day or the hour when we will be called to Him. But if we take his words to heart and stay close to Him as we journey, we have nothing to fear. His gift to us is His presence with us ‘till the end of the world.

 

Please Pray for the Sick: P J Tunney, Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon, John Curry and Pat Hillman.

Please also pray those who have died recently and all the Souls of the faithful departed.

Sat 17/11 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Anonymous (Private Intention)
Sun 18/11 11 am

 

33rd  Sunday in Ordinary Time Albert Lindsey
Tues 20/11 6 pm Feria John Ruane (RIP)
Wed 21/11 11 am Memorial for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mary Ruane (RIP)
Thurs

 

22/11 6 pm Memorial of St. Cecilia No Intention
Fri 23/11 11 am Feria Soul of Andrew John Samuel
Sat 24/11 5:30 pm Memorial of St. Andrew Dung-Lac Gloria Ulasi Birthday Mass
Sun 25/11 11 am

 

Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Brigida Elizabeth Bernabe
Second Collections

Today, there is a collection for Christmas Flower. Next Sunday there will be a collection for the Youth Service.

Confessions and Rosary for the Month of November

Rosary in the Lady Chapel on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm.

Commemoration of All the Faithfull Departed

The last weekend in the month of November, masses will be offered for the Holy Souls, please use the envelope at the back of the church.

Baptismal Preparation Course

The next course will be held on Friday 30th of November 2018; at 7 pm in the Lady Chapel. Before attending the course please complete and return a baptism preparation form available on the notice board in the church.

Mass Intentions

For Mass intentions please use the envelopes provided in Church. Each Mass is offered up for a particular person or prayer request. The Mass is the greatest collective prayer of the Church.

Church Fund Raising

Next Sunday the 25th of November 2018, there will be ‘Bring and Buy Sale and Raffle’ after Mass, Donations required, Boxes are at the back of the church, Please be generous. Refreshments for sale including Hot Dogs!

 

St Paul’s School for Girls

Will be holding Annual OAP Christmas Party on Monday, 17th December 2018, from 1 pm-3 pm. Please contact school 0121 454 0895, by Friday, 7th December 2018, if you wish to attend.

 

 

The Archdiocese hearing in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) begins in London on Monday 12 November, and runs until Friday 16 November 2018. The Archdiocese believes that the work being done by IICSA is of great significance and supports the aim of strengthening and improving safeguarding practices and cultures within the Church. The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is a fundamental priority for the Archdiocese. Fostering a culture which has safeguarding at its very heart remains a key part of our work.

 

For Information on safeguarding and the Church’s work, please call 0121 230 6240. If you would like to speak to someone independent of the Church call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. Please pray with us for all victims of abuse, and for all those involved in the work of this important Inquiry. For Pastoral Letter see: https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/

 

Church Repairs and Conference Centre

We need to raise approximately £50,000 over 5 years to cover the cost of essential Church repairs and a new Conference Centre with Kitchen.

 

Need Cost
Essential Church repairs £32,500
Conference Centre £14,000
Total £46,500 + VAT

 

Thank you all for all your contributions. Fundraising ideas are welcomed

 

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Newsletter 11 November 2018

Remembrance Day (32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Reflection: We can become so obsessed with image that it becomes the most important feature in our lives, best house, biggest car, latest iPhone!  The words in today’s Gospel are a real challenge to our culture and to his warning to beware not to be taken in by riches. Jesus proclaims that the woman who put in two small copper coins had given more than all the rich people. God looks at the heart and its readiness to give generously. How do we measure our worth? Is it by our external success, or can we look in to our hearts and be ready to be generous. Jesus, help us to be alert to our selfishness and our judgmental attitudes towards others. We cannot love you and act with thoughtlessness to our neighbor, so teach us Lord your ways. Please Pray for the Sick: P J Tunney, Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon, John Curry and Pat Hillman. Please also pray those who have died recently and all the Souls of the faithful departed.

Sat 10/11 5:30 pm Memoria of St. Leo the Great For the homeless
Sun 11/11 11 am

 

32nd  Sunday in Ordinary Time Remembrance Day
Tues 13/11 6 pm Feria All homeless People Living on the Street
Wed 14/11 11 am Feria Deceased Members of the Legion of Mary
Thurs

 

15/11 6 pm Feria All the Deceased of St Catherine
Fri 16/11 11 am Feria For Those who are Isolated and Lonely
Sat 17/11 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Anonymous (Private Intention)
Sun 18/11 11 am

 

33rd  Sunday in Ordinary Time Albert Lindsey
Second Collections

Today, there is a collection for Church Repairs and Conference Centre

Confessions and Rosary for the Month of November

Rosary in the Lady Chapel on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm.

Commemoration of All the Faithfull Departed

The last weekend in the month of November, masses will be offered for the Holy Souls, please use the envelope at the back of the church.

Baptismal Preparation Course

The next course will be held on Friday 30th of November 2018; at 7 pm in the Lady Chapel. Before attending the course please complete and return a baptism preparation form available on the notice board in the church.

Mass Intentions

For Mass intentions please use the envelopes provided in Church. Each Mass is offered up for a particular person or prayer request. The Mass is the greatest collective prayer of the Church.

Church Fund Raising

On the 25th of November 2018, Christ the King Sunday, there will be ‘Bring and Buy Sale and Raffle’ after Mass, Donations required, Boxes are at the back of the church, Please be generous. Refreshments for sale including Hot Dogs!

Join in the Prayer and Fasting

On Saturday 17th November, the Vigil of the Dedication of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia in this Country. Your prayer and fasting is urgently needed, and it really does save lives.  For information on the days of Prayer and Fasting see poster:

http://www.goodcounselnet.co.uk/Prayer-and-Fasting-Days.html

 

 

The Archdiocese hearing in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) begins in London on Monday 12 November, and runs until Friday 16 November. The Archdiocese believes that the work being done by IICSA is of great significance and supports the aim of strengthening and improving safeguarding practices and cultures within the Church. The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is a fundamental priority for the Archdiocese. Fostering a culture which has safeguarding at its very heart remains a key part of our work.

For Information on safeguarding and the Church’s work, please call 0121 230 6240. If you would like to speak to someone independent of the Church call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. Please pray with us for all victims of abuse, and for all those involved in the work of this important Inquiry. For Pastoral Letter see: https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/

Church Repairs and Conference Centre

We need to raise approximately £50,000 over 5 years to cover the cost of essential Church repairs and a new Conference Centre with Kitchen.

Need Cost
Essential Church repairs £32,500
Conference Centre £14,000
Total £46,500 + VAT

 

Church Repairs and Conference Centre Monthly Collection Report

 

Date Amount
05/08/2018 £  31.00
01/09/2018 £ 188.69
14/10/2018 £   68.50
Total £ 218.19

Thank you all for all your contributions. Fundraising ideas are welcomed