Newsletter 19 August 2018

20th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Reflection: In the Eucharist we deepen our relationship with Jesus by becoming more and more like him. We meet God in this mysterious and dramatic way: God gives himself to us, and we try to shape our lives so we can live as Eucharistic people.  Jesus gives us himself to us, asking us to, ‘Abide in me as I abide in you’ (John 15:4).  He uses bread and wine to describe himself, food and drink that the earth provides and nourishes our bodies. But ‘living’ bread is an effort to reveal more deeply how profoundly God nourishes us. He offers us more than food, he offers us a relationship where we can share in the His life. The Eucharist is Jesus; truly present with us. When we receive Jesus in Holy Communion, we become, for that very short period of time, one with Christ. Next time you receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, remember that he is truly there and give Him thanks.

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

Please Pray for the Souls of the recently departed: Nicholas Nelson, Carmel McCrann and Michael Dorris.

Sat 18/08 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Kevin Andrew Collum (RIP)
Sun 19/08 11 am 20th  Sunday of Ordinary Time Fr. Michael McKenna
Tues 21/08 6 pm Memorial of St Pius X Dermot Sullivian
Wed 22/08 11 am


Memorial of Queenship of  Blessed Virgin Mary Lizzy Duffy (RIP)
Thurs 23/08 6 pm Feast of St John Wall Anonymous (Special Intention)
Fri 24/08 11 am


Feast of St Bartholomew Michael Kleen (Anniversary)
Sat 25/08 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Eric Purvis
Sun 26/08 11 am 21st  Sunday of Ordinary Time Mary Hanrahan (RIP)
Our Lady’s Birthday Celebration

Our Lady’s birthday falls on the 8th September, but at St Catherine’s we will be celebrating an extra Sunday Mass on the 9th September at 5:30 pm. As part of Mass we shall crown the statue of Mary. Following Mass, there will be a Birthday Cake and some light refreshments. Please join us to celebrate this most special occasion.

Journey in Faith

Are you interested in learning more about your Faith?Beginning Thursday 6th September at 7 pm in the Lady Chapel, there will be a weekly event to discuss the Catholic Faith. This program is aimed at people wishing to join the Catholic Church, but also to those Catholics who wish to learn more about their own Faith. Tea and Coffee provided. Anyone interested in attending, please speak to Fr Mario.

2018/19 Holy Communion and Reconciliation programme

For children attending non-Catholic schools, please email your child’s details to the church office.

Confessions and Rosary

Rosary in the Lady Chapel on Sundays at 10:30 am. Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm.

Mass Intentions

Having a Mass offered up for a special intention is a very old Catholic tradition. It is a great way to pray for our dearly departed friends and family. It is also an excellent way to ask God to intercede in our prayer requests. If you would like to have a Mass offered for a special intention, please use the envelopes provided at the entrances to Church.

SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence)

Archbishop Bernard Longley has commissioned a review of our current safeguarding/child protection practices in light of the National Catholic Policies and Procedures. This review is to be welcomed as a means of ensuring that our systems to protect our children and young people are as effective as possible. This review is being conducted by an independent charity called SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence). As part of the review, SCIE would like to speak with any individuals who have experience of working with our parish safeguarding representatives and the safeguarding team at the Archdiocese. Anyone who is impacted by abuse issues can contact the safeguarding team on 0121 230 6240 (emergency out of hours 07976 516629).

If you are able to contribute to this important review and share your experiences with SCIE then please contact Hugh Constant ( or 020 7766 7374 or 07872 602207).

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


Parents Mathew and Stephanie Omegara will have I’nez Bethany Kanayo-Onyiyechukwu Omegara Baptised on the 25th August 2018 at 11 am in St Catherine’s Church.


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