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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 December 2018:

READINGS/PARISH FUNDS:

SUNDAY’S READINGS: Baruch 5:1-9, Psalm 125; Philippians 1:4 – 6, 8-11; Gospel: Luke 3: 4, 6. A voice cries in the wilderness: Prepare a way for the Lord.  (Pg 84 Parish Mass Book)  Psalter: Week 2

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTION: £1373.20; Loose £350.00; Planned Giving £1023.20. Many thanks indeed for the £400 donation and large arrears in planned giving. HUGE thanks also to all who have returned their MISSIO RED BOXES in recent weeks – we have raised £968.63 for 2018. Well done!

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:

TUESDAY 11th DECEMBER - PILATES CLASSES - for the over 50’s, organised by Open Age, continue in our parish centre this Tuesday, 10-11am. £1 per session. This is a regular weekly class until December with Carol our wonderful teacher.

SUNDAY 16th DECEMBER – COLLECTION of CHRISTMAS GIFTS for local children from needy families supported by the Catholic Children’s Society. Please bring new gifts (not second hand) wrapped or unwrapped. If wrapped please indicate if it is for a boy or girl and for what age group. 

SUNDAY 16th DECEMBER - FIRST HOLY COMMUNION SESSIONS - Please remember that all the FHC children come to the 11am Mass and there will be a short session for the children after Mass in the parish centre (they need to bring their books). 

SUNDAY 16th DECEMBER - PARISH BIBLE STUDY GROUP - 4.30-5.30pm in the Chapel. 
We made a great start last Sunday. Next Sunday we’ll have our second session on the Gospel of Luke as we enter “The Year of Luke” in our Sunday Mass readings. This is simply a group for people who would like to understand & live God’s Word more deeply – All welcome! 


 THIS ADVENT IN THE PARISH…
 
THURSDAY 13th DECEMBER - 6.30-7.30pm: HOPE IN WHITE CITY – A COMMUNITY ADVENT SERVICE - here in our church, we are inviting local people/organisations who are bringing hope to our community to come and share in word and music something of what they do. It will also be an opportunity for us to share with the wider White City community something of our Advent story and the reason for the hope that we have within us. This promises to be a really inspiring evening, so please try to join us! Food & drink to share afterwards. If you would like to help in any way, please see Fr Richard
 
SUNDAY 16th DECEMBERNext Sunday after the 11am Mass, Mark Cazalet, the artist/designer of our new stained glass windows, will come to talk about them and answer questions.

WEDNESDAY 19th DECEMBER - 6.00pm: ST JOHN XXIII PRIMARY SCHOOL CAROL SERVICE - Come and be inspired by the children!

THURSDAY 20th DECEMBER - 6.00pm: CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGING AROUND the WHITE CITY ESTATE - This is the fifth year of our wonderful Advent tradition of joining members of St Michael and St George church to sing carols around the estate. God always does beautiful things with this every year. Delicious mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. All ages welcome!
 
SUNDAY 23rd DECEMBER - 1.00pm (after 11am mass): CHRISTMAS CAROL SINGING AROUND the WHITE CITY ESTATE - This is the fifth year of our wonderful Advent tradition of joining members of St Michael and St George church to sing carols around the estate. God always does beautiful things with this every year. Delicious mulled wine and mince pies afterwards. All ages welcome!

TUESDAY 25th DECEMBER - 1.00pm: CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH in the PRESBYTERY– we are once again inviting anyone who might be alone to come and join Fr Richard and other parishioners for a delicious Christmas lunch and good company. Just let Fr Richard know you would like to come so we know how many Brussel sprouts to prepare!








DONATIONS/THANK YOUs:

PAULINE BOOKS & MEDIA VISIT – the Pauline Sisters who visited us last Sunday have sent a beautiful card with deep thanks for the welcome they received and for all your support. They will be back before Easter!

TOASTER - Thank you to the several parishioners who so kindly brought a toaster to replace our broken presbytery toaster. You are wonderful!

SICK & RETIRED PRIESTS - Many thanks. Thank you also for your donations for the Sick and Retired Priests special collection which so far total £465.00.

LAST SUNDAY – WORLD DAY OF THE POOR - Thank you to all of you who responded to Pope Francis’ invitation to remember “the cry of the poor” by bringing a contribution for our local Food Bank. We collected 5 large boxes of food, which is urgently needed. Please keep it going! It would be so good if as many of us as possible could remember to bring something every week.

THANK YOU CHRIS, MARLENE, ANTONIA and ASTA! For organising and leading the most beautiful concert in our parish centre last Friday evening. It is an evening which will long stay in our memories – huge thanks to the superb musicians who filled the hall with such powerful and moving music. We also raised over £300 for local mental health charities & Mary’s Meals.

TABLE TOP SALE – a HUGE “thank you” to all who took part in last weekend’s table top sale. We raised almost £800 for our parish charities!

MARY'S MEALS SPONSORED WALK/RUN - Huge “thank you” to everyone who took part in our sponsored walk/run Saturday 29th September to raise money for our Mary’s Meals project. You are awesome!

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



SACRAMENTS:

JOURNEY IN FAITH FOR ADULTS - Wednesday 6.30- 7.30pm in the presbytery. 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:

PRIMARY SCHOOL PRIEST REFERENCE FORMS – Fr Richard continues to offer appointments for parents who want to apply for a place at a Catholic/Christian Reception/Primary school. Sign-up sheet at back of church. 

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 on Sunday 2nd Dec, 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:  Julia on whitecity@rcdow.org.uk or call 020 8743 8334.

SENIORS (but open to all adults):

THURSDAY MORNINGS WITH A DIFFERENCE – Our chair based exercise and smoothie making sessions, led by Julia, next session TBC. Please come along to the parish centre after the morning Mass and join us in our sessions covering all things healthy and fun.



GENERAL:

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.

PARISH FATIMA CENTENARY BOOK – we are putting together a simple book of prayers and personal reflections about Fatima from 2017, a very special year. (on hold) – see Fr Richard asap.



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 

–  Thank you for another really great collection of food over the last week!

The current ‘Top Ten’ most needed items are: long life juice and milk, tinned meat (including Fray Bentos pies, meatballs & hotdog sausages), tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, puddings (eg rice pudding), biscuits, cereals, spreads and coffee. 

The Food Bank now has large reserves of pasta & baked beans!

If you know of anyone in the local community who is struggling, our parish is a voucher distributor. Simply come to the presbytery (Mon/Wed/Fri between 10am-4pm) to see Fr Richard/Collise. 

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.

OUR FOOD BANK ALSO URGENTLY NEEDS OUR HELP TO RAISE FUNDS FOR ITS NEW OFFICE...










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





LOOKING AHEAD – Key dates for your diary: 

 


        • THURS 13 DEC - HOPE IN WHITE CITY – A COMMUNITY ADVENT SERVICE 6.30-8pm  together with Fr Ben from St Michael & St George church, we are planning something a bit different for Advent this year. We are inviting local people/organisations who are bringing hope and life to our community to come and share in word and music something of what they do. It will also be an opportunity for us to share with the wider White City community something of our Advent story and the reason for the hope that we have within us. This promises to be a really inspiring evening, so please try to keep it free in your diaries as they fill up before Christmas. If you would like to help in any way, please see Fr Richard
        • SUN 16 DEC - BIBLE STUDY GROUP - 4-5pm. This is simply a group for people who would like to understand and live God’s Word more deeply – no previous theological training necessary! All welcome!
        • WED 19 DEC - ST JOHN XXIII CAROL SERVICE - 6-7pm in Church
        • THURS 20 DEC - CAROL SINGING around the estate with St Michael & St George - 6pm
        • SUN 23 DEC - CAROL SINGING around the estate with St Michael & St George - 1pm
        • TUES 25 DECCHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH for anyone who wants to join us!
        • RETURN PILGRIMAGE of parishioners from Our Lady of Fatima in Harlow for a joint day of celebration TBC
        • PARISH PILGRIMAGE to the HOLY LAND, 27 May - 4 June 2019 (half-term week). We will be staying in Nazareth and Bethlehem and visiting many of the most significant places of Jesus’ life, including Jerusalem and Galilee. The cost is £1275 per person, which can be paid in regular instalments between now and May. 

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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.
          Posted 8 Nov 2015, 06:06 by Our Lady of Fatima Church - White City London
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