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Newsletter- 15 July 2018

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Reflection: Mark’s Gospel tells us that Jesus sent out the Twelve. Jesus’ instructions to the apostles are very specific. He repeats the mission that they are sent to preach and to share his authority to heal and to drive out demons. Jesus sends them in pairs, establishing his mission as a communal endeavor. Jesus also instructs them to travel lightly, without the customary food, money, and extra set of clothes. These instructions mean that the Twelve will be dependent on the hospitality of others, just as Jesus depended on others to provide for his needs.

Jesus continues to send us into the world as his disciples. But like the first disciples, we are not sent alone. Jesus has given us the community of the Church, which strengthens our life of discipleship. The Christian message can only authentically be proclaimed in and through the community of faith that is the Church. In our work with others, we build this community of faith and can invite others to share in it. www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/15th-sunday-of-ordinary-time-b-sunday-connection

We Pray for the Sick: Nicholas Nelson, Donni Coakley, P J Tunney, and Carmel McCrann. Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon and Pat Hillman.

Mass this week

Sat 14/07 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Martin McCarthy
Sun 15/07 11 am 15th  Sunday of Ordinary Time Sylvia Miyra  (RIP)
Tues 17/07 6 pm Feria Tom Dowd (RIP)
Wed 18/07 11 am Feria Michael Kennedy (RIP)
Thurs 19/07 6 pm Feria Margaret and Aiden McCabe
Fri 20/07 11 am

 

Feria Margaret McCabe (Private Intention)
Sat 21/07 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Chris and  Peter Bagnell
Sun 22/07 11 am 16th  Sunday of Ordinary Time Francis Xavier Augustin (RIP)
Second Collection

Today there is collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.

Today is the Family Mass followed by bring & share meal

Our Family gathering and shared meal is after the 11 am Mass. We will be celebrating St Benedict Patron of Europe. It will be followed by a shared lunch and a children’s party in the back garden.  Please bring a dish to share with others. Everyone is welcome.

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 £46,000 + VAT

Fundraising ideas welcomed.

Baptismal preparation course: The next course will be held on Friday 20th July 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 entrance.

2018/19 Holy Communion and Reconciliation programme for children attending non-Catholic schools, please email your child’s details to the church office.

Red Mission Box

Please return your Red Mission box money in the brown envelopes. The APF do incredibly important work with Christians in the developing World.

Collections   01/07/2018 07/08/07/2018
Cash £ 211.70 £ 153.90
Envelopes £ 58.00 £ 58.00
Total £ 269.70 £ 211.90
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Newsletter- 08 July 2018

14th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Reflection: Today’s gospel unfolds a continuing theme of Mark’s Gospel: Who is Jesus? His kinfolk in Nazareth might know the carpenter, the son of Mary, but they do not know Jesus, the Son of God. Mark is foreshadowing Jesus’ rejection by his own people, the people of Israel. He is also reflecting on and trying to explain the situation of the community for which he wrote. While many of the first Christians were Jewish, Christianity took hold and flourished in the Gentile community. Mark’s                                                                 community was mostly a Gentile community, who may have been experiencing persecution. By showing that Jesus himself was rejected, Mark consoles and reassures his first readers. He also prepares us to accept this possible consequence of Christian discipleship. https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/14th-sunday-of-ordinary-time-b-sunday-connection

 

We Pray for the Sick: Nicholas Nelson, Donni Coakley, P J Tunney, and Carmel McCrann. Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon and Pat Hillman.

Mass this week

Sat 07/07 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Helena McCaughey and family
Sun 08/07 11 am 14th  Sunday of Ordinary Time John and Alice MacFarlane (RIP)
Tues 10/07 6 pm Feria Martin McCarthy
Wed 11/07 11 am Feast of St Benedict (Patron of Europe) Martin McCarthy
Thurs 12/07 6 pm Feria Martin McCarthy
Fri 13/07 11 am

 

Feria Martin McCarthy
Sat 14/07 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Martin McCarthy
Sun 15/07 11 am 15th  Sunday of Ordinary Time Sylvia Miyra  (RIP)
Second Collection

Next Sunday there is collection for the Apostleship of the Sea.

Family Mass followed by bring & share meal

Our Family gathering and shared meal will now be held on Sunday 15th July after 11 am Mass not 5 pm, as previously advertised. We will be celebrating St Benedict Patron of Europe.

It will be followed by a shared lunch and a children’s party in the back garden.  Please bring a dish to share with others. Everyone is welcome.

2018/19 Holy Communion and Reconciliation programme for children attending non-Catholic schools, please email your child’s details to the church office.

Baptismal preparation course: The next course will be held on Friday 20th July 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 entrance.

 

A new Conference Hall for St Catherine’s parish

Our target is to raise £50 K over 5 years to fund the creation of a large conference hall in the presbytery with service kitchen.  There are many things we can use this space for – parish social events, charitable activities, private hire space. A second collection will be taken on the 1st of every month – please give generously and if possible gift aid your donation.  Please also consider setting up a regular donation by standing order.

Red Mission Box

Please return your Red Mission box money in the brown envelopes. The APF do incredibly important work with Christians in the developing World.

 

 

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Newsletter 01 July 2018

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Reflection: Have you ever been in a crowd were you are oblivious of others around you? Or, have you felt alarmed or fearful in a crowd by someone who looks very ill. Do we try and move away? They may have a disease that is contagious. Or they can look different from us; we wonder if we are safe, people who live their lives differently to us can make us feel nervous.

Pope Francis is a person in today’s world who has the same healing effect on a crowd that Jesus had.  He responds to an ever changing world with deep compassion for all people. He is teaching us to see what Jesus sees. He speaks of mercy, and we lean in to hear more of what he is saying. As a result, we feel our fears put to rest, our spirits being healed and our faith encouraged. Let us pray that we can begin to see with eyes of mercy.

 

We Pray for the Sick: Nicholas Nelson, Donni Coakley, P J Tunney, and Carmel McCrann. Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon and Pat Hillman.

Mass this week:

Sat 30/06 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Ruth de Pimentel (RIP)
Sun 1/07 11:00 am 13th  Sunday of Ordinary Time John Greer (RIP)
Tues 03/07 6 pm Feast of St Thomas Eileen Bennett (RIP)
Wed 04/07 11 am Feria Katy Barron
Thurs 05/07 6 pm Feria Porzi family (Intention)
Fri 06/07 10 am

 

Feria Sadie and Pat Casey (Intention)
Sat 07/07 5:30 pm Feria Helena McCaughey and family
Sun 08/07 11:00 am 14th  Sunday of Ordinary Time John and Alice MacFarlane (RIP)
Rosary

June is the month dedicated to the Scared Heart. There will be Rosary on Sundays in June at 10:30 am followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart

Red Mission Box

Please return your Red Mission box money in the brown envelopes. The APF do incredibly important work with Christians in the developing World.

Family mass followed by bring & share meal

On Sunday 15th July after 11 am mass not 5 pm, is Family bring and share in honour of St Benedict and to celebrate the end of the school year for children.  We will invite a guest priest to say the mass.  It will be followed by dinner and a children’s party in the back garden.  Please bring a dish to share with others.

2018/19 Holy Communion and Reconciliation programme for children attending non-Catholic schools, please email your child’s details to the church office.

 

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes at Hednesford

Fr Jeremy has invited us to this and it would be nice to pilgrimage together as a parish.  A coach has been organised.  It will depart after mass on Sunday 1 pm today from St Catherine’s and will return to the church at 7 pm.    If you would like to sponsor a seat for someone else to attend please speak to Monica Todd after mass.

Baptismal preparation course: The next course will be held on Friday 20th July 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 entrance.

A new Conference Hall for St Catherine’s parish

Our target is to raise £50 K over 5 years to fund the creation of a large conference hall in the presbytery with service kitchen.  There are many things we can use this space for – parish social events, charitable activities, private hire space. A second collection will be taken on the 1st of every month – please give generously and if possible gift aid your donation.  Please also consider setting up a regular donation by standing order.

 

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Newsletter 24 June 2018

Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Reflection: Sometimes peoples’ names are symbolic, suggesting something unique about the person or recalling an event or experience related to that person’s birth.We read today that Elizabeth’s neighbors and relatives rejoice with her because God has shown her mercy in the birth of a son. But they are confused when she tells them that his name is to be John, which means “God has been gracious.” Zechariah has been unable to speak since Gabriel appeared, because, unlike Mary, he doubted the angel’s word. But when he writes on a tablet “John is his name” all are amazed, and a great fear comes upon everyone. Fear, along with joy and praise, is for Luke the appropriate response to God’s mercy. People ask, “What, then, will this child be?” But this question has already been answered by the angel. “He will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.”

https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection/nativity-of-saint-john-the-baptist-cycle-c

 

We Pray for the Sick: Nicholas Nelson, Donni Coakley, P J Tunney, and Carmel McCrann. Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon and Pat Hillman.

Mass this week:

Sat 23/06 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Ann O Neill (Anniversary (RIP))
Sun 24/06 11:00 am Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist Michael McGuire (RIP)
Mon 25/06 10.30 am Requiem Service for John Greer  
Tues 26/06 6 pm Feria Richard and Celia Ward (RIP)
Wed 27/06 11 am Feria  Rose Poole (RIP)
Thurs 28/06 6 pm Vigil Mass of St Peter and St Paul Edward Griffith (Anniversary)
Fri 29/06 10 am &

6 pm

Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul

(10 am – School Mass in the main Church)

Celia Ward (RIP)
Sat 30/06 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Ruth de Pimentel (RIP)
Sun 1/07 11:00 am Thirteen Sunday of Ordinary Time John Greer (RIP)
Second Collection

Today there is a 2nd collection for Peter’s Pence

St Peter and St Paul

Friday is the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul, a Holy Day of Obligation. Please do your best to attend Mass. The Thursday Vigil Mass will fulfil the obligation if you are unable to attend Mass on Friday. The 10 am Mass on Friday will be attended by the children of St Catherine’s Primary School. There will also be an additional Mass on Friday evening at 6 pm.

Rosary

June is the month dedicated to the Scared Heart. There will be Rosary on Sundays in June at 10:30 am followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart

Red Mission Box

Please return your Red Mission box money in the brown envelopes. The APF do incredibly important work with Christians in the developing World.

5 pm family mass followed by bring & share meal

On Sunday 15th July we will hold another 5 pm mass, this time in honour of St Benedict and to celebrate the end of the school year for children.  We will invite a guest priest to say the mass.  It will be followed by dinner and a children’s party in the back garden.  Please bring a dish to share with others.

 

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes at Hednesford

Fr Jeremy has invited us to this and it would be nice to pilgrimage together as a parish.  A coach has been organised.  It will depart after mass on Sunday 1st July from St Catherine’s and will return to the church at 7 pm.  53 spaces available – £15 per person, pay in advance. See poster on the notice board.  If you would like to sponsor a seat for someone else to attend please contact Monica Todd for details.

Baptismal preparation course: The next course will be held on Friday 20th July 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 entrance.

A new Conference Hall for St Catherine’s parish

Our target is to raise £50 K over 5 years to fund the creation of a large conference hall in the presbytery with service kitchen.  There are many things we can use this space for – parish social events, charitable activities, private hire space. A second collection will be taken on the 1st of every month – please give generously and if possible gift aid your donation.  Please also consider setting up a regular donation by standing order.

2018/19 Holy Communion and Reconciliation programme for children attending non-Catholic schools, please email your child’s details to the church office.

 

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Newsletter-3 June 2018

                                                 

Reflection: This is my body. This is my blood.

It is unique to our Christian faith that God becomes present in a real way in ordinary bread and wine – food for the journey of life in the bread, energy and joy for the journey of life in the wine. Each time we come to Mass, we recall in a real way the death and resurrection of the Lord.When we receive the Eucharist we are not commemorating something that happened many years ago.  We become living tabernacles of the Lord, we allow God into our lives when we receive Holy Communion, we allow his love, his trust, his compassion to be part of who we are, but these gifts are not ours to keep to ourselves.  We are called to share Gods love with the people we meet in daily lives.

We Pray for the Sick: Nicholas Nelson, Donni Coakley, P J Tunney, and Carmel McCrann. Veronica Ugo, Lily Rahim, Patrick O’Reilly, Trisha Weldon.

Masses This Week.

Sat 02/06 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Patrick Meade (RIP)
Sun 03/06 11:00 am Solemnity of the Most Holy Body of Christ Kevin Andrew Collum
Tues 05/06 6:15 pm Memorial of St. Boniface Toko Michel (RIP)
Wed 06/06 10 am Feria Paul Sutton (RIP)
Thurs 07/06 6:15 pm Feria Paul Sutton (RIP)
Fri 08/06 10 am Solemnity of the Most the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Paul Sutton (RIP)
Sat 09/06 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Paul Sutton (RIP)
Sun 10/06 11:00 am Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Paul Sutton (RIP)
Rosary

June is the month dedicated to the Scared Heart. There will be Rosary on Sundays in June at 10:30 am followed by the Litany of the Sacred Heart.

National Justice  and Peace Network– 40th Annual Conference, with programme for children and young people. Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July 201. See poster for details

Vigil of Reparation in honour of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary takes place on Friday 8-June 2018 at St. Francis church, Handsworth, B19 1EB. Commencing with mass at the Sacred Heart at 9 pm. Mass of the immaculate heart is at 11:45 pm. The vigil ends with divine mercy chaplet at 3 am, exposition of the blessed sacrament rosary and other prayers

 

 

Baptismal preparation course: The next course will be held on Friday 20th July 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 entrance.

Mass Intentions please take an envelope in the church entrance and return to the office.

2018/19 Holy Communion and Reconciliation programme for children attending non-Catholic schools, please email your child’s details to the church office.

Corpus Christi Procession Sunday 10th June at the Oratory Church on the Hagley Road B16 8UE at 12:45 pm, following the 12 noon Mass. This procession is held annually in honour of the Blessed Sacrament.