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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 21 January 2018:

READINGS/PARISH FUNDS:

SUNDAY’S READINGS – Jonah 3: 1-5, 10; Ps 24; 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31; Mark 1: 14-20. Jesus calls the first disciples (Pg.129 Parish Mass Books) Weekday Readings: Year 1, Psalter Week 3. 

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTION - £1246.95; Loose £382.80; Planned Giving £864.15; Many thanks for the £250 donation and for the arrears in planned giving. Thank you also for your donations for the work of SPUC.



THIS WEEK'S EVENTS:

THE REQUIEM MASS for Anthony Gay, husband of Frances, will take place on Friday 26th January at 9.15am here in our church.

WEEK of PRAYER for CHRISTIAN UNITY – we continue this week with a short time of shared prayer after our morning Mass together with members of St Michael and St George Anglican church up until this Thursday which is the feast of the Conversion of St Paul. The theme for the week of prayer in 2018, "Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power" is inspired by Exodus 15:6.



DONATIONS/THANK YOUs:

CATHOLIC CHILDREN'S SOCIEITY - We collected £388.69 for the Catholic Children’s Society from the Christmas Crib and New Year’s Eve Mass. Thanks you!
Huge thanks also for all the toys you brought for the Catholic Children’s Society.

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



GENERAL:

LOCAL JOB OPPORTUNITY - Personal assistant needed for director of small local social enterprise to help with book-keeping, IT, organisation and scheduling. Initially 8 hours per week on a flexible basis, easily within the school day. Please contact Julia at the parish office for contact details.

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!

PARISH FATIMA CENTENARY BOOK – we are putting together a simple book of prayers and personal reflections about Fatima from this special year. This week is the last chance for any contributions – see Fr Richard asap.

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 Begina or Fr Richard.

Our Fatima Centenary monthly leaflets can be found on our Fatima Centenary page.



SACRAMENTS:

BAPTISM PREPARATION COURSE – our next course will begin soon – please ask for a registration form.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION – the next session for our Confirmation candidates is today Sunday 21 January, 3-5pm. All candidates are then invited with their sponsors and families to the 6pm Mass for the Rite of Signing, when they will formally declare their wish to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. 

JOURNEY of FAITH for ADULTS continues on Wednesday evenings, 7.30-8.30pm in the mid-week chapel.

PARISH MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE – the registration form for the 2018 course here in our parish is available at the back of church. The course takes place across four Saturday afternoons – February 10th, 17th, 24th and March 3rd. For more information see Fr Richard.

SPECIAL WEDDING OFFER for 2018! For those of you who missed it last weekend, we reported the sad news that 2017 will be the first year since the founding of our parish in 1955 that there has been no wedding here in our church. In order to reverse this trend we are offering a special offer for 2018 – bearing in mind that the number one reason couples give for not getting married is “We can’t afford it!”, we are offering the church, the parish centre and the parish gardens free of charge for any parishioners who get married here. You do of course need to meet the Church’s requirements for marriage.

SPECIAL “MARRIAGE TASTER” DAY! We are delighted that on Saturday 27th January the Marriage Care team is coming to our parish to offer a special “one off” retreat day for any couples, whether they are already engaged or not, to help them answer the question: “What difference would it make for us to get married? And also – “What difference does it make to get married in Church?” 11am to 4pm in the parish centre and it’s free! It would help though to know how many couples are coming – so please register/let us know you are coming by emailing Julia at whitecity@rcdow.org.uk 



PARISH MINISTRIES (GROUPS/TEAMS):

SPECIAL CELEBRATION for all ALTAR SERVERS – at the 6pm Mass on Sunday 4th February we will be marking the 60th anniversary of the affiliation of our parish to the Guild of St Stephen. All altar servers – both those currently serving or those who have served here in the parish over the years – are invited to come to the 6pm evening Mass when we will also be welcoming back Fr Keith as our guest preacher! After Mass all are very warmly invited into the parish centre for a party!

BOWLING TRIP for ALTAR SERVERS – as a way of saying “thank you” to all of our wonderful altar servers we are organising a trip to the Queensway Bowling/Ice Skating centre on the afternoon of Sunday 11th February (the first Sunday of half-term). Can altar servers please collect a letter about this and let us know asap if you would like/are able to come.

THE UNION OF CATHOLIC MOTHERS (UCM) - is in the process of being reformed in the parish after a “dormant period” over the last couple of years. Congratulations to Lola Ojewale on being chosen as President of our White City group. If you would like to find out more, see Lola or UCM Group. Ave Maria!

CALLING NEW READERS! If you have a love for God’s Word and feel called to serve the parish through the Ministry of Reading, please contact Gay O’Connor or Fr Richard. There will soon be a training session for new readers.

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:

STREET DANCE GROUP on SATURDAY MORNINGS in the PARISH CENTRE for children. The “Hypnotick” dance group has started weekly sessions from 11am – 1pm in our parish centre. Call 07856100307 or register at: info@hypnotickdance.com or just come along and try! Next session TBC.

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 TBC in parish centre. See also www.famanon.org.uk 

FOOTBALL for men aged 16+ at Play Football centre – we had another epic game of football last year with a fine group of the parish’s menfolk. The PlayFootball centre has changed its rules concerning use of the community pitches so we need to sort out some paperwork before we can play again. Watch this space and hopefully we’ll be playing again in 2018!



SENIORS:

SENIORS GROUP – the next meeting for our parishioners aged 60+ is TBC. Come and join us for friendship, faith sharing and cake!




SUPPORTED CHARITIES:

WHITE CITY FOOD BANK 

THANK YOU for another very good collection of food over the last week. KEEP IT UP!

Please keep bringing in the donations – there is a really urgent need for more food as since the introduction of Universal Credit the number of people using the Food Bank has doubled which means that our Hammersmith and Fulham food bank is now having to buy food to keep up with demand.

Items required: UHT milk, jam, juice, powdered milk, rice pudding, sweets/chocolate, pasta sauce, drinking chocolate, razors, deodorant, toilet rolls, but please no alcohol! 

As well as collecting food/drink for the Food Bank, our parish is also a voucher partner, so if you know of anyone in the local community who is in real need of extra food, they can come to receive a voucher from us. 

The Food Bank also needs volunteers who could offer a couple of hours every month to help clean and tidy The Hub@75 on Bloemfontein Rd. If you could help, drop in to see Kate at The Hub or phone her on 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: 

 



        PARISH PILGRIMAGES
        • On Friday 9th February we will launch the WHITE CITY FAITH FORUM. This is a new initiative to create deeper bonds of understanding and friendship between the different faith communities in White City. We will begin with our own parish community, the Anglican community of St Michael and St George and the Muslim/Coptic community based at Egyptian House. The idea is to share food together and to have a time to share with each other different aspects of our faith. We will have a special “PANCAKE FRIDAY”, as this will be the last week before Lent begins and we can learn from each other about our different traditions of fasting. We will meet at White City Community Centre.
        • RETURN PILGRIMAGE of parishioners from Our Lady of Fatima in Harlow for a joint day of celebration TBC
        • PILGRIMAGE to LOURDES July 21-28 (tbc) – Thank you to all of you who have already expressed an interest in going to Lourdes this summer – it looks like there is a lot of interest! I hope to have a definite proposal to share with you next weekend.
        • 2018 – THE HOLY LAND - This is still just an idea but God has very clearly been opening doors between White City and Bethlehem in recent years and we would love to deepen these bonds through a pilgrimage, possibly staying for part of the time in Bethlehem. Watch this space...!
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        Announcements

        • A WARM WELCOME to Julia Gawel, who started her new role as our Parish Administrator this week. Julia will be helping to coordinate the every-day running of life in the parish and in the parish centre. Our new parish office hours are: Monday and Tuesday/ Thursday and Friday, 10am to 12.30pm & 1.00pm to 4.00pm. We will also do our best to offer similar office hours on Wednesdays. I am sure that we would all like to firstly offer our huge thanks to those such as Gillian and Hilda who have offered their time for a number of years to help with the parish office and also to pray for Julia in her new role. May it be a blessing ...
          Posted 21 Jan 2018, 10:06 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
        • #ADVENTCHALLENGE During this past Advent our parish signed up to the #AdventChallenge. To read the reflections & challenges which were set by the Bible Society please see Fatima Centenary page. 
          Posted 21 Jan 2018, 10:09 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.
          Posted 8 Nov 2015, 06:06 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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