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PARISH LOTTERY PAYMENT

We are very grateful for the people who organise our Parish Lottery and have kept it operating during the past three months.  We are at the stage now of asking people to pay for their new six-month subscription which many of you already do through Standing Orders.  For anybody who pays be cash, if you are able to, please an you place it in an envelope with full written details - stating Parish Lottery, your name and Lottery number (if you know what it is). If you do not know your number then please give your address as it makes researching it easier on our records.  There is not hurry or stress about this so if you are not sure about leaving your homes yet, please DO NOT WORRY.  When somebody has not been able to pay their cash subscription but win a lottery prize, the subscription would be deducted from the prize money.
Thank you always for your support. It is a great financial help to our parish and helps boosts the spirits at this time.

 

CHURCH OFFERING

We are very grateful for your generosity of your Church offering that many have you given to us over the past few weeks.  We did not want anybody to make any special journey to the priest house just to drop off an offering for the Church during the period of lockdown - but now we are moving quite freely, many people have very kindly given what they can and even saved up from the weeks before.  This has been a tremendous help, so may we remind anybody else if they were thinking to give to the church what they may have missed during lockdown, then place it in the collection bowl that is available after Mass, even weekday. If it is more convenient for you, you can place it through the letterbox on the priest house door.

STANDING ORDER 

The ideal form of giving to the church, especially during these times, is by Standing Order.  So many parishioners have placed themselves on this system and it has proved to be very helpful.  If you wish to make a Standing Order (regular payments automatically from your bank account to the Church account), then please do not hesitate to contact the parish office.

GIFT AID

We have entered the time of year when new Gift Aid envelopes are usually available for people to collect, but of course arranging them has not been possible - and many people would not be able to collect them from the church.  You can, however, place your church offering in any envelope you have at home and write your Gift Aid number down on the envelope.  As long as we have a record of your number and the amount you offered then we can still claim it back.

MASS INTENTIONS

At the beginning of our lockdown we gave people the opportunity to make Mass Intentions without giving an offering yet.  We did not feel that a trip to the priest house would be deemed as essential travel, so bookings were made with the promise to pay at a later stage.  As lockdown has eased and mobility easier, we would gladly welcome anybody to give their donations for the Mass intentions they requested but have not been able to do it yet. There is no fuss, hurry or deadline but just a reminder that we are able to carry this out now.  We have kept a record of everybody who had requested an intention, so if you cannot remember the details then please contact us and we will gladly remind you.  If you could post an envelope through the letterbox of the priest house with details of your name, intention and date the Mass was/will be celebrated we would be most grateful. We stress again, there is no hurry and if you are not leaving your homes yet, DO NOT WORRY.

 

FOOD DONATIONS

We are always touched by the generosity that is shown by so many people in food donations which we continue to ask for (see below).  In future, please can we ask that when you donate a bag of groceries, please ring the doorbell and then leave it on the doorstep.  Do not wait for an answer at the door.  Somebody will come and collect the food.

 


PLANNING ON GETTING MARRIED?

ringsIts always exciting news that a couple have announced their engagement and wish to be married in the Catholic Church.  Please remember that we need at least six months notice before the wedding date to give enough time for all the preparation that needs to take place.

 

PRESBYTERY (Priest's House)

Following the pastoral guidance that has been issued to us regarding social distancing and unessential gatherings, the priest house is now for the priests only, so all groups, meetings, classes and counting have been suspended until further notice.   

As access to the presbytery is restricted to essential persons only, parishioners are asked to limit communications to e-mail (preferably) or phone where possible.

 

 

 

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The Aylesford training programme is Ecumenical and teaches both the theory and practice of spiritual direction. It aims to deepen understanding of the process of spiritual growth and the insights of different spiritual traditions. The course offers a supportive environment where you will learn to give and receive accompaniment.

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Mass Intentions and General Data Protection Regulation

On Friday 25th May the legislation of GDPR was enforced.  This means we need to uphold the right of privacy for everyone and cannot publicise any information about any individual.  This affects Mass Intentions – so if you have requested a Mass Intention for another individual, whether it is for health, wellbeing, thanksgiving etc. we cannot display the individual’s name. If it is for the repose of the soul of somebody then we can include their name.  We understand that many of you have already put forward a Mass Intention mentioning people’s names long before the issue with GDPR arose with best intentions but we apologise that we cannot publicise their names anymore.  When you put the request forward you would have been informed of the date and time of Mass and the Mass intention will be the same; however on our newsletter and announcement at Mass we can only say ‘Private Intention’.  A lot of changes have had to take place to be consistent with the new GDPR law and we are working hard to carry out appropriate measures. We thank you for your understanding in this matter. 

 

RCIA - Rite of Christian Initiation of Adultsrcia


If you, or anyone you know, would like to learn more about the Catholic Church, please come along. For further information, contact the Parish office.

Safeguarding Issues

Parents and guardians please do not allow your children to light votive candles unsupervised.

Children should not be allowed to go unaccompanied to the porch, toilets or the Children’s Chapel. Many thanks.

 



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This is the monthly Diocesan newspaper, which is available to download here.

 

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The Catenian Association

The Catenian Association is a brotherhood of over 10,000 practising Catholic men. The Catholic faith and the family are bedrocks of the Association which gives an opportunity to:

Meet Catholic men with similar values.
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Be part of a group that helps each other and their families in all aspects of life.
Provide families with opportunities for friendship and social activity.

A core aim is to advance the interests of young Catholics and assist them in their choice or pursuit of their career.

The Catenian Bursary Fund helps young Catholics between 16 and 25 to take part in a community-based project at home or abroad, which has a clear benefit for others as well as widening the life experience of the participant.

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