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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 23rd September 2018:

READINGS/PARISH FUNDS:

SUNDAY’S READINGS: Wisdom 2:12, 17-20, Psalm 53; James 3:16-4:3 Gospel: Mark 9:30-37. If anyone wants to be first, he must make himself servant of all. (Pg135 Parish Mass Book)  Psalter: Week 1

LAST SUNDAY’S COLLECTION: £1096.41; Loose £305.71; Planned Giving £790.70. Many thanks for a huge donation of £210 and lots of arrears in Planned Giving. Very much appreciated! Bankers Order – August £1442.00.

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'S EVENTS:

PILATES CLASSES for the over 50’s, organised by Open Age, continue in our parish centre this Tuesday 25th September, 10-11am. £1 per session. This will be a regular weekly class, from now until December. Come and give it a go! Last week’s first session, with Carol our wonderful teacher, was a really great experience. Why not come along and see what this is like for you…?

MARY’S MEALS SPONSORED WALK/RUN – Our sponsored 5km/10km walk/run on Wormwood Scrubs is this Saturday, 29th September at 10.30am. Together with pupils, parents & staff from St John XXIII school we will be running/walking to raise money for Mary’s Meals. Sponsorship forms are still available at the back of church. Mass is at 9.00am for the intention of our walkers/runners, then we’ll walk to the Scrubs at about 10am from the church. Alternatively you can meet us at the Scrubs behind the prison/hospital. Our next Rags to Riches clothes collection for Mary’s Meals is Sunday 14 Oct.




DONATIONS/THANK YOUs:

STAINED GLASS WINDOW UPDATE – Many thanks once again to all who gave us your feedback on the proposed designs for stained glass windows next to the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Fatima statues in the church. Mark Cazalet, our artist/designer, is now doing his best to incorporate as much of your feedback as possible into the final design. Just in case anyone missed this in August, we have received sponsorship for this beautiful project from a parishioner – the windows are designed as an act of thanksgiving for the canonisation of Sts Jacinta and Francisco last year. 

CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION – Warmest congratulations to our 21 Confirmation Candidates who were confirmed by Bishop John Wilson. It was a really beautiful (if very warm!) celebration and HUGE thanks to all who were a part of it, as well as to our wonderful team of catechists who have worked so hard with the group over the last 9 months

MARY'S MEALS UPDATE – We can share the wonderful news that we have successfully surpassed our target raising £4359 over the last 12 months for our partner school – Mongola Primary School in Malawi. HUGE thanks to all of your great support of this project and for all who have contributed to this wonderful project in so many different ways over the last 12 months. This is a beautiful thing we have done together.

Also a big thank you to all who have continued to support our sponsored Spinathon – the latest figure for the amount raised is an amazing £805.06!

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



GENERAL:

POSSIBLE SATURDAY EVENING MASS TIME CHANGE – a number of our older parishioners have asked if we could change the time of our Saturday evening Mass from 7pm to 6pm. Especially during the winter months the current time is very late for a lot of people. If you have any strong opinions why we should not make this change, please let Fr Richard know asap.

STAINED GLASS WINDOW UPDATE – Mark Cazalet, the designer/artist for our stained glass windows next to the Our Lady of Fatima and Sacred Heart statues, is now making the windows! So watch this space, as they say. 

BIBLE BENCHES - Thank you to everyone who suggested their favourite Bible quotations to be included as plaques on our new parish benches. The four most popular quotations suggested were:

1) Love one another as I have loved you.
2) For God so loved the world that He sent His only Son…
3) Come to me all who are overburdened and I will give you rest.
4) This is what God asks of us – that we act justly, love tenderly and walk
humbly with our God.

We now need to cement the benches into the ground – if anyone has any time and energy to spare to help with this, please see Fr Richard asap.

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. – see Fr Richard asap.



SACRAMENTS:

BAPTISM PREPARATION COURSE– Our next course is taking place this afternoon, Sunday 23rd, and next Sunday, 30th September. See Fr Richard to register. Ideally only the parents need to attend but if you need to bring your child with you, then that’s fine.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2019 – The final deadline for applications is this Sunday. The introductory meeting for parents only is this Thursday, 20th September 7-8pm in the church. It is essential to attend this meeting.

CONFIRMATION 2019 - Many thanks to all who have registered for this year’s Confirmation programme – we will be contacting you very soon to let you know when we are going to start!

JOURNEY IN FAITH FOR ADULTS begins with a “Come and See” evening this Friday 28th September, 7-8pm (my sincere apologies – not Thursday as previously advertised). This is a weekly group for adults who would like to find out more about the Catholic faith, and possibly be baptised  into the Church, as well as for baptised Catholics who have not yet celebrated First Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. Why not just come along to the first session and see what you think! For more info see Fr Richard and complete one of the registration forms at the back of church.



PARISH MINISTRIES (GROUPS/TEAMS):

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME AN ALTAR SERVER? If you have received your First Holy Communion and would like to try, complete a form at the back of church and return to Fr Richard or Andrew Kelly, our altar server co-ordinator, asap. We are in the middle of training our newest servers and will be having more training sessions in the second half of September.

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:

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 TBC, 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.



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 your food donations coming in.

The current most urgently needed items are: puddings (rice and steamed), long life juice and milk, biscuits, cereals, spreads and coffee (not tea).

If you know of anyone in the local community who is struggling, our parish is a voucher distributor. Simply come to the presbytery (Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 4pm but, please, not on Saturdays/Sundays) to see Fr Richard or Julia.

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: 

 


        • MARY’S MEALS Sponsored Walk/Run - Our sponsored 5km/10km walk/run on Wormwood Scrubs is only a few weeks away - on Saturday 29th September at 10.30am. Together with pupils, parents & staff from St John XXIII school we will be running/walking to raise money for Mary’s Meals. Sponsorship forms are at the back of church – all ages welcome!
        • EVENING PRAYER - Monday 1st October Rita West, a really gifted young worship leader and speaker, is coming to our church to lead us in an evening of prayer and worship. It will be from 7-8.30pm and is free! See www.ritawest.com. We are organising this event together with the Westminster Diocese Youth Services. This should be a really blessed evening – spread the word!
        • TABLE TOP SALE in the parish centre is on Sat 6th October, 12-3pm. Please bring any donations of saleable items to the presbytery.
        • CATHOLIC BIBLE WEEKEND - October 19th – 21st.  We are excited to announce that David and Sarah Beresford, Directors of the Catholic Bible School, will be coming to lead our parish in a special weekend of workshops, liturgies and faith-sharing celebrations, all focused on helping us to deepen our love for the Bible. There is a leaflet available at the back of the church with the full programme. Why not keep these date free – it will be like a mini-retreat for all the parish. 
        • RETURN PILGRIMAGE of parishioners from Our Lady of Fatima in Harlow for a joint day of celebration TBC
        • PARISH PILGRIMAGE to the HOLY LAND! We are very excited to be able to announce that, in response to popular demand, we are organising a parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land next year between 27th May and 4th June (this is the 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. Such a pilgrimage is expensive but we have looked around for the best value we can find. The all-inclusive cost is £1275 per person – a lot of money I know! But this can be paid in regular instalments between now and May which might help. Brochures are available at the back of church. If you are interested in joining this pilgrimage, please see Fr Richard asap.
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        • STAINED GLASS WINDOW UPDATE Many thanks once again to all who gave us your feedback on the proposed designs for stained glass windows next to the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Fatima statues in the church. Mark Cazalet, our artist/designer, is now doing his best to incorporate as much of your feedback as possible into the final design. Just in case anyone missed this in August, we have received sponsorship for this beautiful project from a parishioner – the windows are designed as an act of thanksgiving for the canonisation of Sts Jacinta and Francisco last year. Watch this space!
          Posted 8 Sep 2018, 04:42 by OLOFC Tech
        • 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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