Newsletter 9 September 2018

Reflection: Today’s Gospel invites us to consider how we witness the healing presence of Christ in our care for and ministry to those who are sick. When we pray for those who are ill, we ask God to show his healing power. When health is restored, we share that good news with others. As you gather as a family, recall a time when a family member was ill. What steps were taken to help restore this family member to health? We continue to celebrate Jesus’ healing presence in our lives by giving thanks to God for the gift of healing and health.

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 08/09 5:30 pm Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Biggins Family (Intentions)
Sun 09/09 11 am

5:30 pm

23rd  Sunday of Ordinary Time

Celebration Mass in honour of Our Lady’s Birthday

Holy Souls

(Souls in Purgatory)

Tues 11/09 6 pm Feria No Intention
Wed 12/09 11 am


Feria No Intention
Thurs 13/09 6 pm Memorial of St. John Chrysostom No Intention
Fri 14/09 11 am

(9:15 am)

Feast of Exultation of the Holy Cross

(School Class Mass in the Lady Chapel)

No Intention
Sat 15/09 5:30 pm Memorial of our Lady of Sorrows No Intention
Sun 16 /09 11 am


24th  Sunday of Ordinary Time Anne O’ Reilly (RIP)
Second Collection

Today there is a collection for Catholic Education fund.

Confessions and Rosary

Rosary in the Lady Chapel on Sundays at 10:30 am.

Confessions on Saturdays at 5 pm.

Journey in Faith

Are you interested in learning more about your Faith?

There will be a new group starting to learn more about the Catholic Faith. Anyone interested in attending, please speak to Fr Mario or write your contact details on the contact sheet at the doors of Church. All welcome, so feel free to invite others along.

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.

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.

Lunchtime Supervisor Vacancies at St. Catherine of Siena School

Please call the school office on 0121 692 1051 if you are interested. Applicants must enjoy working with children and have good communication skills. Training will be provided – start a career in education.

Mass Intentions

As you can see above, there are some Masses this week with no intention. Each Mass is offered up for a particular person or prayer request. The Mass is the greatest collective prayer of the Church.

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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