15th August 2021, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
THIS NEWSLETTER COVERS TWO WEEKS
I can understand the feeling Elizabeth had when Mary came to visit. It wasn’t just that Elizabeth knew and understood Mary’s role in our salvation. It was the joy of someone whom she admired and loved visiting her and sharing in the experience of pregnancy -a full participation in co-creation, and the perpetual birthing of God’s love.
Sometimes, it just takes a visit from an old friend, or a new friend, or family to make our life less difficult and even more hopeful. Sometimes it takes a visit and companionship of someone filled with light to remind us of the presence of the Holy Spirit around us and within us. Is there someone who might need the assurance of our visit? Is there someone going through a transition in life who might need your friendship and your love as they take on new roles? Is there someone afraid of the possibility of dying alone, even with the promise of new life?
As I reflect upon the Assumption of Mary, I think about how often I have found myself seeking her intercession and asking her to stay close by. I find great comfort when Blessed Mother Mary sits with me for a while and keeps me company, especially when I have nothing else to say and no more tears to cry. When my day is challenging and long, in prayer, I rest my head on her lap, and she simply whispers, “Rest……rest awhile.”
Considering my temptation to have a list of requests when I come to God in prayer, it is nice to rest quietly on the lap of the Blessed Mother while God works on what troubles me, and either lightens my burdens or strengthens my spirit. I, like Elizabeth, feel a leap of joy within me when Mary spends time with me. Today, let us take off our heavy shoes of worry, set down our heavy bag of self-doubt, past trauma, and the heartbreak we sometimes carry around with us. Let us put aside our list of many needs, wants, and desires, and just for a moment, ask the Blessed Mother if we can just lay our head on her lap to rest awhile as we entrust our life path to God.
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THE WEEK AHEAD
Deacon Don and Francesca Khaliq are on holiday until 1st September.
Fr Shaun is around for August.
ECUMENICAL HOLIDAY CLUB
Thanks to all adults and teenagers who helped run the Holiday Club on Saturday. It was a great success and the children really enjoyed themselves. Our teenage were fantastic.
DISCOVER CHRISTMAS is the next ecumenical activity afternoon on 11th December. More details in the autumn.
Next summer’s HOLIDAY CLUB will be from 22nd – 26th August 2022. Make a note of the date now! It is great fun and a great outreach to families who can’t get away.
NEWSLETTER IN AUGUST
A simpler version of the newsletter will be published every FORTNIGHT from Sunday 1st August. Please email any items to the office by 9.30am Tuesday.
DAY TRIP TO CLACTON
Appreciating that some people will not be able to get away this summer we have organized a day trip by coach to Clacton, with its sandy beach, bracing prom and pier on Thursday 19th August leaving at 9am. Seats are £8 per adult and £5 for children. Children must be accompanied. There are 6 seats left so please contact the parish office today to reserve seats. The coach will leave at 9am prompt – we will not wait!
SPONSOR A BIT OF THE GARDEN
Would you like to care for the triangle of garden opposite the office door or the triangle by the back gate to the garden. Speak to Fr Shaun if you can help.
TEA AND COFFEE
Thank you to all who have volunteered so far – there was a great atmosphere after 9am and 11am Mass last Sunday. It is good to relax together, to welcome new parishioners and to make good use of the refurbished patio. It is important that all is set up COVID-safe so we have things like individual packs of biscuits and tea bags. All cups and cutlery must be washed in the machine to ensure the best hygiene. Drying-up cloths must not be used – the machine will dry things. We still need volunteers if this is to work. Please email the office TODAY if you can help, even once.
A small team works on Saturdays to keep the grounds around the church and presbytery neat and tidy. We need more help. You can work at a time to suit you and tools are provided. At the moment the surroundings of the car park are in need of weeding and cutting back. Can you help? Contact the Parish Office if you can help in any way.
‘WOMEN AT THE CROSS’ CARDS
Sheila, who did the powerful painting for our Holy Week cards has had some cards made for sale in aid of the Sisters of Mercy’s ‘place of mercy and hope’ in South Africa. They make beautiful Mass and sympathy cards and are available in the narthex at £1.50 each (incl envelope)
EILEEN GEOGHEGAN RIP
Eileen died last summer and so the number able to attend her funeral was limited due to COVID precautions.
There will be a memorial Mass at 12.30pm on Sunday 29th August to which all parishioners are welcome.
Tea and coffee after 10am Mass on Tuesday has recommenced. All parishioners are very welcome to come together for refreshments and a chat. It needs volunteers to continue!
Following guidance from the diocese we politely ask that you
• Use the test and trace app or sign in for each service
• Sanitise your hands
• Wear a face covering to help others who are vulnerable or anxious
• Do not attend church if you have COVID symptoms.
We are now permitted to sing and so we will gradually start reintroducing music with words being on the screen above the doors as we can’t share hymnbooks yet.
Babies are normally baptized in the first few months of life but COVID has delayed this for some. We are now gradually catching up with baptisms. The Church requires parents to attend Baptism Preparation sessions beforehand and we are planning our next course in September. If you have a baby for baptism, or if you are pregnant, please register with the Parish Office today for the course.
INTERESTED IN THE CATHOLIC FAITH? – COME AND SEE
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a journey in Faith for those who want to know more of the Catholic Church or wish to become a Catholic. For further information, please contact Francesca Khaliq, Fr Shaun or Deacon Don. Meetings will start in September at a time to suit you. Who can you ask?
HOLY COMMUNION TO SICK AND HOUSEBOUND PARISHIONERS
We are able to resume the very important ministry of taking Holy Communion to sick and housebound parishioners. If you or a member of your family would like us to visit your home please contact the office or speak to Fr. Shaun or Deacon Don. Please be assured that we will be following all the guidelines issued by the government and the diocese.
FIRST RECONCILIATION/HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION COURSES
Forms should have been handed in and those who have applied should have received a confirmation email. We cannot be specific about dates for First Communion and Confirmation yet until we see how things develop over the next few months. Thanks for your understanding.
A meeting for anyone interested in becoming an altar server has been arranged for Saturday 11 September 2021 from 3.45 to 4.45pm. The aim is to introduce new servers on how to serve mass. There will be a follow-on training session on the following Saturday 18 September, from 3.45 to 4.45pm. Please put the dates in your diary and come along and see how we can help in the celebration of the mass.
UNDERSTANDING THE SUNDAY GOSPEL
‘Understanding the Gospel’ sessions will recommence on Tuesday 7th September. The group meets on Zoom every Tuesday (during term time), at 7.30pm for about an hour, to reflect on the readings for the following Sunday.
MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING 17TH SEPTEMBER
We will be holding our Macmillan Coffee morning at 10.30am (after 10am Mass) on Friday 17th September. We will need all your support and donations of cakes and raffle prizes will be greatly appreciated. Please bring along raffle prizes to the Parish Office and if you are able to help with baking cakes, or you can help on the morning, then please contact Francesca Khaliq. Many thanks.
Team B, Saturday 28th August, 9.30am (third Saturday of the month, swapped from 21st) Linda Ahearne, Agatha Okafor, Naomi Foya, Sharon Valencia.
Can you help? Contact the parish office if you can.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
Please remember in your prayers
The sick, their, including: Damien Grafton, Marsaili MacAuley, Linda Brooks, Patricia Wallington, Grant Davis, Bridie Spelzini, Frank Casali, Susan Lundrigan, Jean Rudd, Theresa Round, Joan Bonner, Antonia Cox, Margaret O’Loughlin, Jean Lowery, Jamie Giles, Mary Lindsay, Paige White, Bernadette Whelan, Christakis Christofides, Philomena O’Sullivan, Cheryl Pereira, Daniel Sardison, Bernard Keown, Ann O’Neill, Jason Mosely, Robert Chambers,Tamara Parrott, Abbey Cummings, Kathleen Gershlick, Anne Conlon, Kathy Lavelle, Vincent, Lee & Abigail Clark, Ellen Stachowiak.
Recently dead:, Bridie McGuhern and for all those whose anniversaries occur about this time: Bernard Gray, Davina Rappai.
READINGS FOR NEXT TWO SUNDAYS
22nd August, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)
Joshua 24: 1-2a, 15-17, 18b
29th August, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Deuteronomy 4: 1-2, 6-8
James 1:17-18, 21b-22,27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Newsletter deadline – Tuesday 9.30am
TIMES OF MASS & OTHER LITURGIES
Saturday 14th August 5.15pm-5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Vigil Mass 6pm Baby Quinn Lias Parker RIP & Ints of the Parker Family
Sunday 15th August, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9am People of the Parish
11am Sean Fitzgerald RIP
Monday 16th Aug 10am Ossie Smith RIP
Tuesday 17th Aug 10am Intentions of the Soska Family
Wednesday 18th Aug 10am Intentions of Alice O’Connell
Thursday 19th Aug No Mass
Friday 20th Aug 10am Intentions of Pat McGorman
Saturday 21st August 5.15pm-5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Vigil Mass 6pm People of the Parish
Sunday 22nd August, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
9am Sinnie Talty RIP
11am Bernard Gray RIP Anniversary
Monday 23rd Aug 10am Ints of Michael Hvozdik
Tuesday 24th Aug 10am Rena Guarnieri RIP
Wednesday 25th Aug 10am Ints Ann McGorman
Thursday 26th Aug No Mass
Friday 27th Aug 10am Thalia Chivers RIP Anniversary
Saturday 28th August 5.15-5.45pm Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday Vigil Mass 6pm Davina Rappai RIP Anniversary
Sunday 29th August, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
9am People of the Parish
11am Sean, Catherine, Suzane & Tom Burke RIP & Theresa Quirke RIP
12.30pm Memorial Mass for Eileen Geoghegan RIP