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PARISH PHOTOS – Prints from recent parish celebrations are now available to Order/Buy on goo.gl/dAPO6u (or see the Gallery section on our website). 


Notices for w/c 9th June 2019:

READINGS/PARISH FUNDS:

SUNDAY 9 JUNE READINGS: PENTECOST: Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 103; Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20: 19-23 – Receive the Holy Spirit (Pg. 294 Parish Mass Book) Psalter: Week 2

SUNDAY 16 JUNE READINGS: Proverbs 8: 22-31; Psalm 8; Romans 5: 1-5, 12-13; John 16: 12-15 When the Spirit of Truth comes… Everything the Father has in mine Psalter: Week 3

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTION – £1073.51; Loose £303.46; Planned Giving £770.05. Many thanks for the £210.00 donation and lots of arrears in Planned Giving. Our May bankers order was a total of £1627.00.

MISSIO RED BOXES – this is one of the two times in the year when we need to collect your red boxes and count up. So, whether your box is full or only has a few coins rattling inside, please return it to presbytery asap.


MARY'S MEALS July 2018-June 2019 - If you would like to make an online donation towards our new year please click link below: 





THIS WEEK



SUNDAY 9 JUNE - PENTECOST CAKE SALE – we continue our annual tradition of a cake sale after the 9am and 11am Masses this Sunday. All money raised will go to our Mary’s Meals school sponsorship project in Malawi. 

SUNDAY 9 JUNE - CATHOLIC MOTHER’S GROUP next meeting will be this Sunday soon after the end of the 11:00 am Mass in the Mid-Week Chapel.

MONDAY 10 JUNE - OVER 50s BOXING FITNESS 2-3pm - A new weekly group organised by Open Age& hosted in our parish centre. This is a fun & full-on boxing fitness class for women & men in your 40’s/50’s. Improves heart health, coordination & strength. All abilities welcome & equipment supplied. Only £1 a class! 

TUESDAY 11 JUNE - OVER 50s PILATES CLASSES 10-11am: Organised by Open Age, continue in our parish centre. £1 per session. This is a regular weekly class with Carol our wonderful teacher. Classes presently full!

FRIDAY 14 JUNE - CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION – this week our twelve Confirmation candidates will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. This year we are joining forces with Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Stephendale Rd in Fulham where the celebration will take place this Friday, June 14th, at 7pm. Please keep all the candidates and their families in your prayers.

SATURDAY 15 JUNE - FIRST HOLY COMMUNION REHEARSALS: For children receiving FHC on Sunday 16th June the rehearsal is at 10.30am on Saturday 15th June. Rehearsals will take place in the church.

SATURDAY 15 JUNE - TABLE TOP SALE in the Parish Centre. We need to raise another £1,000 by the end of June to meet our target of raising £4,000 for Mongola Primary School in Malawi which we sponsor through Mary’s Meals. This sale is one of our main ways of raising this money – Saturday only (no second part on Sunday 16th June), 11am – 2pm. Lunches and teas/coffees and cakes available as well. If you have any saleable items which you could donate please bring to the presbytery. Please spread the word and come along to yourselves to support if you can. Please do not leave items in the porch or outside of the church.



LIVESIMPLY:

FOODCYCLE FREE COMMUNITY LUNCH IN EAST ACTON – Foodcycle is a brilliant project which uses food which might otherwise go to waste to make delicious community meals which bring people together. As part of our parish Live Simply project we would like to start one here. If you want to see what it’s like, there is a weekly free Foodcycle Sunday lunch at 2pm the Old Oak Community and Children’s centre, 76 Braybrook St, East Acton, W12 OAP. See eastacton@foodcycle.org.uk /02077292775

LIVESIMPLY UPDATE – many thanks to those parishioners who have met in recent weeks to decide what our parish projects will be for the Live Simply Award. We have put the list of projects we would like to happen at the back of the church on the Live Simply display area. Have a look and see what you think. We are hoping that as many parishioners of all ages will get involved in these projects over the coming months. One of our projects is for the parish to become more active in campaigning, for example on climate change issues. We will therefore be inviting you this weekend to sign up for the CAFOD Climate Lobby of Parliament on Wed. 26 June. See www.cafod.org.uk/climatelobby for more details. 




DONATIONS/THANK YOUs:

LIVESIMPLY FEEDBACK: Thank you to all who joined us for our meeting to discuss what our LIVESIMPLY parish projects might be. We had some inspired ideas – centring on initiatives to reduce/use food waste, promote better understanding & practice of recycling and responding better to the needs of those in our own community. We will soon have the full list of possible projects ready & will be asking you to get involved! 

Thank you to all who took part in our survey last weekend on new ways of giving in the parish. See survey results at the back of church

HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who in so many different ways has contributed to making our parish celebration of Holy Week and the Triduum such a truly wonderful experience. In a special way, thank you to our musicians, altar servers, flower team, readers, cleaners, Eucharistic ministers and our events team for giving so magnificently of their time and talents. God bless you all and A BLESSED EASTER TO ALL!

CAFOD LENTEN COLLECTION: CAFOD’s focus this Lent is on the effects of global warming on people’s lives in some of the poorest countries on earth. Droughts, floods and storms are having a devastating impact, especially the poor. Thank you for your donations – we managed to break through the £1,000 barrier! Thank to everyone who contributed.

MARY’S MEALS DONATIONS - Thank you to all who donated to make the most of the UK government’s pledge to double any money given by March 1st. We were able to send almost £3,000 to Mary’s Meals, which included money from our sponsored walk/run last autumn. HUGE thanks!


For further details about the generous donations we have made as a parish, please view the Donations page.



SACRAMENTS:

BAPTISM PREPARATION COURSE – Our next two-session course will begin when we have enough couples registered. Please collect a registration form from the presbytery/Fr Richard ASAP.

JOURNEY IN FAITH FOR ADULTS - Wednesdays 6.30-7.30pm - next session TBC. This weekly group is for adults keen to find out more about the Catholic faith, and possibly be baptised into the Church, as well as for baptised Catholics who haven’t yet celebrated First Holy Communion/Confirmation.



PARISH MINISTRIES (GROUPS/TEAMS):

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME AN ALTAR SERVER? If you have received your First Communion, complete a form at the back of church and return to Fr Richard or Andrew Kelly, our altar server co-ordinator. 

FIRE SAFETY OFFICERS – each parish is urgently being asked to nominate/train two or three fire safety officers for their parish. These need to be adults who attend a particular Sunday Mass every week. Thank you for those who have already volunteered from the Sunday 9am and 11am Masses – we just need a volunteer from the Saturday 7pm and Sunday 6pm Masses. See Fr Richard



CHILDREN/YOUNG ADULTS:

Key4LIFE is a free 6-month programme to help young men, aged 18-30, to turn their lives around starting in White City. See leaflets at the back of church/email Yasin Ali at yasin.ali@key4life.org.uk 

CONGRATULATIONS to ST JOHN XXIII PRIMARY SCHOOL - which has been rated OUTSTANDING in its Section 48 diocesan RE Inspection. This is the highest rating possible for the religious life and teaching of the school – very few schools are awarded this level so this is a huge achievement.

SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES – TBC.

YOUNG MUSICIANS NEEDED! – We are trying to establish a new tradition in the parish of a monthly youth Mass on the evening of the third Sunday of each month. But we really need some musical help. If you can play an instrument and/or feel confident helping to lead singing, see Fr Richard asap.



FAMILIES/ADULTS:

FAMILIES ANONYMOUS is a self-help fellowship of families & friends of drug users and those with behavioural problems. Through shared experience, the programme's focus is on the family and those close to the drug user to support them in coping with the person using drugs.  It helps people to put their lives back together and to find a sense of serenity. If you would like to learn more, come to our next monthly group meeting (Sun 7 Jul) 7.15pm in the small meeting room of the parish centre. See also www.famanon.org.uk 

SIDE BY SIDE - Our parish is working with Side by Side to support people suffering from Dementia. This simple idea from the Alzheimer’s Society will connect people suffering from dementia with local volunteers who provide free one-to-one support and companionship, in person, or over the phone.  What they do together is based on what the person with dementia wants. Volunteers can help them to access local groups/activities, or simply visit them at home for a cup of tea. This can be done in the day time, evenings or weekends.

If you are interested in referring someone you know who suffers from dementia or if you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer please contact: whitecity@rcdow.org.uk or call 020 8743 8334.

SENIORS (but open to all adults):

NEW ACTIVITIES for the OVER-50’s - we are delighted to announce that following the great success of our Tuesday morning Pilates Class 10-11am, we will be launching two new weekly groups organised by Open Age and hosted in our parish centre - Fitness Boxing on Mondays 2-3pm from 29/4 to 15/7 & Ballroom Dancing on Wednesdays 1.30-4.30pm from 8/5 May to 17/7.

WHAT THE TECH?! is a free drop-in gadget workshop for elderly local residents run by friendly Imperial College staff and student volunteers  every Thursday 14.00 – 15.30 at the Invention Rooms Café at 68 Wood Lane. Do you need help learning to use your phone, laptop, tablet or other gadget? Free tea, coffee & cakes! See also Mary Sweeney.



GENERAL:

NEW COMMUNITY GYM at BURLINGTON DANES SCHOOL. Ark Burlington Danes Academy (to give it its full title!) has just opened its gym for community use from Mondays to Fridays from 6pm to 10pm. There is an opening offer of £9.99 per month with no joining fee and there are other offers available for family membership. See www.burlingtondanes.schoolbookings.co.uk ; tel. 0800 107 6397 or email: fitness@schoollettings.org - the school benefits from this scheme.
 
POPE FRANCIS - If you would like to receive regular news of  his work and his teaching, sign up to the free Catholic news service: www.zenit.org. Zenit is a great resource for deepening your faith – strongly recommended!

PILGRIM STATUE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA – Bishop John Wilson blessed a special pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima which will be available for families and households to “host” for a week, Sunday to Sunday. It comes with a selection of prayers, dvds and books about Fatima to help the hosting household to really get to know the story and message of Fatima. To host the statue at some stage this year, please see Fr Richard. Our Fatima Centenary monthly leaflets can be found on our Fatima Centenary page.



SUPPORT GROUPS:

CANCER SUPPORT PRAYER GROUP - next session TBC – an opportunity for anyone suffering from cancer, at whatever stage, to share and listen to others, together with a time for prayer.




SUPPORTED CHARITIES:

WHITE CITY FOOD BANK LATEST NEWS 

Please keep bringing your much-needed donations, even just a tin a week – demand is incredibly high. The current most needed items are: fruit juice, pulses, rice/rice pudding, tinned fish, e.g. tuna, cartons of milk and tinned tomatoes. No pasta & baked beans! If you know any local residents in need, they can come to the presbytery for a voucher Wed & Fri, 10am-4pm. Just ask for Collise or Fr Richard. 

STOP PRESS – great news: the Food Bank successfully raised the £45,000 it needed to refurbish its new office. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this.

The Hub@75 on Bloemfontein Rd. 020 8746 7718.













For further details about the charities our parish supports, please view the Supported Charities page.





LOOKING AHEAD – Key dates for your diary: 

 

        • RETURN PILGRIMAGE of parishioners from Our Lady of Fatima in Harlow for a joint day of celebration TBC


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        • WELCOME TO COLLISE! Collise Lynch, our new Parish Administrator, started this week and is here to help you in the parish office on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays between 10am and 12.30pm, and then 1.00pm-4.00pm. She will also deal with enquiries about renting the parish centre. 
          Posted 10 Dec 2018, 02:19 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
        • SATURDAY EVENING MASS TIME CHANGE  – please note that, due to popular demand, our Saturday evening Mass is now at 6pm not 7pm. The Holy Hour with the Sacrament of Reconciliation now starts at 5pm.
          Posted 13 Oct 2018, 01:46 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
        • EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOS Photographs and Videos of recent events can be found in our Gallery link on this site.
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