CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR  SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY:
Saturday 8th June, Westminster Cathedral
The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2019.  If you would like to attend, please let us have: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

THANK YOU:
Thank you to everyone who contributed towards, helped or participated in the celebration of our parish feast day last Monday - a very special occasion for all who came to celebrate. Thanks also go to everyone who helped us host the deanery meeting and lunch last Tuesday. Your efforts and generosity are greatly appreciated.

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES:
Monday is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to St Bernadette. It is the patronal feast of our parish. There will be a special Mass here at 10 am when parishioners will also be joined by children from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School. There will be tea and coffee and other refreshments in the parish centre after Mass for parishioners. Fr David will be at a day for school teachers and chaplains with the diocese but will be praying with you in spirit!

CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR  SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY Saturday 8th June, Westminster Cathedral:
The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2019.  If you would like to attend, please let us have: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

COUNTERS ROTA:
New rotas are available for collection from the Paper Shop today.

SUNDAY MORNING REFRESHMENT ROTAS:
Volunteers please collect your new rota from the Paper Shop today.

THIS WEEK IS THE OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY:
As the name suggests, this is a time of prayer when we unite our own intentions with those of the Lord Jesus who, before his death and resurrection, prayed for the unity of his followers. Children from our primary school (Year 1 and Year 4) will join us at 10 am Mass this Thursday morning to lead us in a special Mass for unity and reconciliation. The Mass will be followed by Benediction.

FR DAVID ON THE CHRISTMAS SEASON:
Today is the Feast of the Lord's Baptism which marks the formal end of the Christmas season. Liturgically, however, the Christmas mystery reaches forward towards the Feast of Candlemas on 2 February. I know that some of you keep your cribs out till then. This is an opportunity for the priests once again to send you all Christmas blessings and thanks for your gifts and cards. Tomorrow we begin the season of Ordinary Time until the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, 6 March.

CRIB OFFERINGS:
The Catholic Children’s Society supports disadvantaged children and families across London, Hertfordshire and the South East, working with individuals of all faiths and none; our sole aim is to help those in greatest need.  Thank you for your donations to the Crib this Christmas.

THANK YOU AND WELL DONE:
Many thanks to all involved in a number of successful and enjoyable events last weekend, including the Bernadette Club Christmas lunch, the Anointing Mass, the Volunteers Christmas Party, Sunday tea party and the Carol Service at St Paul’s. Your generosity and commitment is greatly appreciated by everyone.

FLOWER POWER’
Thank you to all those who supported the sale last weekend. Our Monday Group for vulnerable adults will be holding its next sale on Sunday 16th December after all Masses in the Parish Hall.  Unique original dry flower pieces for sale as well as table decorations.

WELCOME BISHOP SHERRINGTON:
This weekend we welcome Bishop John Sherrington as he visits our parish. The visit began with a wonderful school Mass on Thursday. Thank you to all involved.