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.”


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.


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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