MARCH IS THE MONTH OF ST JOSEPH
The month of March is dedicated to St Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of the Lord. St Joseph was the favourite saint of St Teresa of Avila, and of many popes, including St Pius X and St John XXIII. St Joseph is the patron saint of fathers, workers, and the Universal Church. St Joseph, pray for us!
Please pray for the sick and homebound of our parish community and all those who are in need of our prayers especially: Elizabeth Bain, Marie Bartlett, Mary Belston, Harry Carter, Joan Chapman, Rose Duddigan, Mavis Francis, Daphne Gibson, Mary Gilburt, May Gregory, Leo Harrison, Frances Hawker, Jean Lobb, Josie Mursell, Tony Obeysekere, Mary Porter, Olive Roch, Peggy Ryan, Stephanie Shortt, Pat Sinclair, Peter Trafford, Liz Watling and Ross Young.
For those who have died especially Alan Barringer, Brion McBrearty and Yvonne Rowles and for those whose anniversaries occur at this time. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
BOOK OF INTERCESSORY PRAYER In each of our churches, near the Lady Altar, is placed a book in which we are invited to write any intentions we may have. Each week the parish will pray for the intentions recorded in these books.
READINGS AT MASS Palm Sunday Year B – Mk 11:1-10; Is 50:4-7; Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1-15:47 Easter Sunday Year B – Acts 10:34.37-43; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9
MAKING THIS WEEK HOLY This coming week we are invited to make this week holy; we are called to be humble and enter into the spirit of the week that has changed the world. Why not be humble and make yourself accessible to come and celebrate these great events of God’s love.
MAUNDY THURSDAY 29 MARCH 1830 St Michael’s and 1930 St Mary’s Evening Mass of the Last Supper followed by watching at the Altar of Repose. We celebrate this Mass as the great gift of the Eucharist and the institution of the priesthood, then the washing of the feet, we are reminded to simply follow Christ’s command of love. After the Mass, the Blessèd Sacrament is taken to the Altar of Repose where we are invited, if we wish, to spend some time with Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane.
GOOD FRIDAY 30 MARCH Day of fasting and abstinence.
1500 St Mary’s and St Michael’s - The Solemn Liturgy 1000 St Michael’s, 1830 St Mary’s - Stations of the Cross
At 1500 we will celebrate the Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord and the opportunity to venerate the wood of the cross.
HOLY SATURDAY 31 MARCH 2000 St Mary’s - Easter Vigil and the First Mass of Easter
The Vigil Mass is the most important Mass in the Church’s year. It is a wonderful celebration, full of simple Easter joy.
LENTEN ALMS Our Lenten alms will be collected during the Offertory at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday evening. Alternatively, please place your offerings in the purple bucket by the altar.
HOLY PLACES COLLECTION The collection on Good Friday is for the upkeep of the Holy Places of the Church. Please give generously.
EASTER OFFERINGS It is the custom in the Diocese for the Easter Sunday collection to be given to the parish clergy for their personal use. This forms a significant part of their annual income.
FUNERAL SERVICE Brion McBrearty RIP, Monday 26 March, St Mary's 1200.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION Friday 30 March 1100 St Mary’s – the last opportunity for confession before Easter.
PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES The Gift Aid envelopes for 2018/19 are now available from the back of the church. Please note that your number has changed from last year. If you are unable to find your envelopes, please contact the parish office. Thank you.
SAFEGUARDING TRAINING DAY There will be a compulsory training day for all volunteers in the parish who work with children or vulnerable adults on Saturday 14 April in St Thérèse Hall, Presentation House. Please put this date in your dairies.
CAR PARKING AT ST MARY’S CPM will be managing both car parks on St Mary’s site. If you park here outside of Mass times and without having a parking permit you may be fined. Charges will be effective from Tuesday 3 April. If you would like to arrange for a daily permit (£5 per day) or discuss longer-term parking, please contact Ron Standbrook in the parish office.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION The next session, after Easter, is on Saturday 7 April at 0900 sharp in St Thérèse Hall, Presentation House.
THANK YOU FOR LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTION: £435.82
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