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.


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.



2 thoughts on “Newsletter- 08 July 2018”

  1. The idea of a conference centre is a folly which should not be pursued. We have at our disposal a perfectly adequate school hall which serves our festive needs. It would make more sense to provide Carpets and soft furnishings improving the acoustics inside the church and attention paid to the heating system. Would help us repurpose a church space to a conference/ceremonial space. This is just a cynical fund-raising exercise.

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