1.- Irish Referendum – 25th May
In their Spring Statement eh Irish Bishops wrote: “Article 40.3.3 is a declaration of equality and respect for human life. It represents, at the very foundations and substructure of our laws, a conviction that all human life is worth cherishing equally. To repeal this Article would leave unborn children at the mercy of whatever permissive abortion laws might be introduced in Ireland in the future. We invite people of faith to pray earnestly that Ireland will “choose life” and that the lives of all women and their unborn children will always be loved, valued , welcomed and respected in this country. Let us pray:
Heavenly Father, may the Holy Spirit guide the people of Ireland with wisdom and courage in the forthcoming referendum. In all circumstances may they show love and care for children and their mothers. Amen
2.- Music Ministry
We are looking for a keyboard player for our family Mass. Music is a vital element of our worship, so I would ask you to give this some active thought and prayer. If you are able to help, or can point us in the direction of someone who can, then please have a word as soon as possible. Thank you for your help.
3.- Little Sisters of the Poor
We are looking forward to the visit to our parish this weekend by the Little Sisters of the Poor. There will be a 2nd Collection after all Masses in support of the Little Sisters and their work with the elderly and frail at St Anne’s Home in Stoke Newington. I know you will be as generous as you can.
4.- Celebrate Twickenham–Catholic Charismatic Family Weekend
COME AND JOIN US!!
5.- Lenten Alms – Cardinal Appeal
The Cardinal has asked that our Lenten Alms collection be directed to his appeal fund. The funds raised will go to support parishes in their work to further the mission of the Church; to serve the evangelisation of youth, to develop marriage and family life projects and to help those on the margins of society. There are leaflets for you to take home next weekend as well as special envelopes please return them to the Presbytery. Many thanks.
6.- ADOREMUS – EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS 2018 LIVERPOOL 2018 7-9 September
“Adoremus will be a unique opportunity for the Church to gather and re- flect on the centrality of the Eucharist and particularly to explore the place of Eucharistic Adoration. Over three days, we will hold a Eucharistic Congress to celebrate the place of the Eucharist in our lives, and will draw together 10,000 people from England and Wales.”
The last International Eucharistic Congress in England was held in 1908 when permission for a public procession of the Blessed Sacrament was refused! Participants will engage in a series of sessions focusing on different dimensions of the Eucharist and the daily celebration and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. We seek to rejuvenate Eucharistic adoration in our parishes as the source of strength for our lives and for our mission, that of making present the love and compassion of Jesus in our society. A number of places have been reserved for our parish – more details, re cost etc, may be had from Gerald in the front office or by speaking to Fr Dennis or by going to http://catholicnews.org.uk/adoremus2018
7.- Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony Westminster Cathedral, Saturday 19th May at 3pm.
Once again the Cardinal is inviting all couples in our diocese who are celebrating a significant wedding anniversary of marriage in 2018 to attend this special Mass. If you are interested, please give your parish clergy the following details as soon as possible: husband and wife’s names. Wedding date, full postal address, email or phone number .
8.- Chori of the Sistine Chapel
The Sistine Chapel Choir is touring London this month and will perform at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 26th May at 8 pm. The concert, which will last one hour, is free of charge and promises to be quite splendid.
9.- Westminster and Cardinal Vincent Nichols News
WESTMINSTER YEAR BOOKS
The new Diocesan Year Books are still on sale at the newspaper table. Also
available are the latest editions of Bible Alive.
THE WESTMINSTER RECORD
The latest edition of the Diocesan Newspaper is also available on the
newspaper table – always a good read; get your copy today!!
CARDINAL VINCENT NICHOLS PASTORAL LETTER
There is a pastoral letter for the Feast of the Holy Family from our Cardinal,
to be listened to at all Masses this weekend copies of the letter are also
available for you to take home after Mass, they too are on the newspaper
table – please help yourself.
10.- First Holy Communion
The parents of those children who will be making their First Holy Communion next Saturday 26th May (12.30 pm) are reminded that there will be a rehearsal for their children on Monday evening, in church at 6 pm. Please be punctual so that we may finish well before 7 pm.
11 .- Parish Catechesis
Every year we prepare many children and adults for various sacraments.
To accomplish this we depend on the support of our dedicated catechists.
To find out more about this wonderful ministry please speak to Fr Dennis, Fr Emmanuel or Sue, or email email@example.com
12.- Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
23rd – 29th JULY 2018
The Cardinal will once again be leading the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this summer. More details, and booking forms, may be found on the newspaper table. Please help yourself. Fr Dennis and Gerald can also furnish you with further details. Bookings appear to be going very well and there is considerable interest from within our own parish of St Thomas.
The 200 Club is a monthly parish lottery open to all. Membership is £60 for the year or £5 by standing order. Half the money raised is paid in prizes, half goes to fund parish activities including the soup kitchen.
To join or renew membership please complete a membership form, copies by the door, or email Charles Noel: firstname.lastname@example.org
The prize winners in the April draw are:
21. £141.25 Nancy McDermott 93. £28.25 Edward Noel
85. £28.25 Angela Moyna 107. £17.00 David Rolls
160. £17.00 Peter Hrekow & 145. £17.00 Jeremy Jones
Congratulations to the winners, the prize cheques will be in the post. If you are one of the 15 members who have not yet renewed your subscription there is still time to join – and this will increase the prizes!
14.- WORLD ALIVE- BIBLE STUDY
Fr Emmanuel’s Bible Study Group meets on Thursday afternoon at 4.30 pm in the Bowden Room – all welcome.
15.- Art Exhibition
The Society of Fulham Artists and Potters invites you to its spring exhibition and sale at Fulham Library, 598 Fulham Road from Tuesday 1st May until Sunday 20th May. Admission is Free: Open during library hours. Artists will be demonstrating their printing skills throughout the week (All Welcome – Private viewing Monday 14th 6.30 – 8.30 pm)
16.- Gift Aid Notice
- For those who have signed a Gift Aid Form
We submit a Gift Aid claim asking HM Revenue and Customs to give us back the tax that you have paid on your donations. So if you have stopped paying tax, please contact Martin O’Byrne on email@example.com so that we don’t ask for tax that has not been paid.
- For Donors who have not signed a Gift Aid Form
If you have not signed a Gift Aid form but do pay tax, please consider signing one (please contact Martin O’Byrne on firstname.lastname@example.org) as we can claim 25p per £1 at no cost to you.
17.- Going to Hospital?
In the event that you are admitted to Hospital, in light of data protection, please indicate on entering hospital that your details are to be passed to the RC Chaplain. Also mention that you would like the RC Chaplain to visit you.