News letter 17 June 2018

Eleventh Sunday In Ordinary Time B

Reflection: Today’s Gospel Reading consists of two parables about seeds. These parables help us discern something about the kingdom of God and our own faith. In God we live and move and have our being, but God is a mystery and his kingdom, though present, has not yet come into its fullness. Today, the Kingdom of God is present in the Church. The mission of proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom given to the Apostles is now given to us. But just as seeds need time to come to fruition, so does the Kingdom of God. That is why in the Lord’s Prayer, we pray, “thy kingdom come.” We know that it will come in its fullness at the end of time. All we need is faith.


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

Mass this week:

Sat 16/06 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Mrs Scrocio (Intentions)
Sun 17/06 11:00 am 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time Joyce Banda (Anniversary (RIP))
Tues 19/06 6:15 pm Feria Srs. Dismas and Genny (Intentions)
Wed 20/06 10 am Feria  Dana Hixon (RIP)
Thurs 21/06 6:15 pm Memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Val Goldrick (Recovery Mass)
Fri 22/06 10 am Feast of Ss John Fisher and Thomas More Bess Goldrick (Recovery Mass)
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)

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.

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

5pm family mass followed by bring & share meal

On Sunday 15th July we will hold another 5pm 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.

Second Collection

Today there is a 2nd collection for the Day for Life.

Next Sunday there will be a collection for Peter’s Pence.

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 £50k 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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