Newsletter 2 September 2018

22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Reflection: We can become very shallow if we only fulfil our ‘obligations’ and pay no attention to where our heart is. God tells us that we are important, that we are loved by Him, and helps us to live that deeper life. Jesus often impresses upon us the need to act upon his word. It is not enough to just speak of him, we need to act on them, deeds speak loader than words.  In the words of the Apostle James, “let me be a doer of the word, and not a forgetful hearer. If I am a doer that acts, I shall be blessed in my doing.” God judges us on the love of our lives and our efforts to love others. In the evening of life God will know not just what we spoke with our lips but what we did and the way in which we lived.

Please Pray for the Sick: Donni Coakley, 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 01/09 5:30 pm Vigil Mass of Sunday Joseph Flanagan (RIP)
Sun 02/09 11 am 22nd  Sunday of Ordinary Time Anonymous (To Be Pregnant)
Tues 04/09 6 pm Optional Memorial of St Cuthbert, Bishop Jimmy McLaughlin (RIP)
Wed 05/09 11 am


Feria Brian Nicholls (RIP)
Thurs 06/09 6 pm Feria Mary Kelly (RIP)
Fri 07/09 11 am


Feria Mgr. Thomas Fallon (RIP)
Sat 08/09 5:30 pm Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Biggins Family (Intentions)
Sun 09/09 11 am


23rd  Sunday of Ordinary Time

Celebration Mass in honour of Our Lady’s Birthday

Holy Souls

(Souls in Purgatory)

Second Collection

Today there is a collection for Church Repairs and Conference Centre. Next Sunday there is a collection for Catholic Education fund.

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. Tea and Coffee provided. Anyone interested in attending, please speak to Fr Mario. All welcome.

Baptismal Preparation Course

The next course will be held on Friday 21st of September and 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.

2018/19 Holy Communion and Reconciliation programme

For children attending non-Catholic schools and have registered interest, the first meeting will be held on the 16th of Sept 2018, at 10:45 am in the Lady Chapel.  Please email your child’s details to the church office if you want your child to join.

Confessions and Rosary

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.

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)

SPUC is urging people to send a postcard to the Home Secretary urging him not to recommend or promote legislation to outlaw peaceful pro-life vigils, which have helped many women to choose life for their unborn baby. The freedom to oppose abortion and offer help in public places is at risk. Postcards are available at the doors of the Church. For more information, please call SPUC on 020 7091 7091.

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

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