Newsletter w/c 27 Feb 2022

The Church will be open for private prayer Mon- Friday until 5pm

This Sunday there will be a retiring collection for Clergy Support. This enables the diocese to care for retired priests or priests in times of ill health. Envelopes are available at the back of the Church.

Ash Wednesday this Wednesday 2nd March and it is a day of fasting and abstinence. Ashes will be blessed and distributed on that day at all Masses; 9.15am, 12 noon and 7pm (School at 10.30am & 1.30pm). the Priest says the prayer for blessing the ashes. He sprinkles the ashes with holy water, without saying anything, then addresses all present and only once says “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return”. The Priest then cleanses his hands, puts on a face mask and distributes the ashes to those who come to him, or those who are standing in their places and sprinkles them on the head without saying anything. Let us know if you can bring ashes to family members who can’t attend.

Lenten Books At the back of the church we have booklets and children’s items with readings (Day by Day) and reflections (Walk With Me) for Lent. Please also collect a St John’s Lent/Easter card outlining some of the events in the Church during this season of grace.

Stations of the Cross – There will be Stations of the Cross Friday 4th March and every Friday during Lent (confessions 5.30-6.15pm).

Women’s World Day of Prayer Friday 4th March Mass will be celebrated at St John’s this Friday at 7.15pm when we especially remember women all over the world and the injustices that some women receive in many communities. Everyone is welcome to join us.

Baptisms We welcome into our parish family Lacey Martin and Jax Kemp who were baptized this weekend. Application forms for Baptism are available from a steward in the porch or the parish office. Dates for the baptism course can be seen in the porch. Please phone or email the office if you wish to attend.

Please pray for the souls of all deceased parishioners, family and friends. May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Bernadette Walsh – service at Thames View Crematorium Thurs 3rd March at 11am

Luigi Antoncini – requiem at St Johns Thurs 3rd March at 12 noon

Ashleigh Wallis – requiem at St Johns Fri 11th March at 12.30

Choirs – Next week we welcome back the Folk Choir who will contribute at Mass on the 1st Saturday of the month at 6pm and the organ and choir on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Please support them by singing.

Sick/housebound Please contact the parish office and let us know of neighbours/family members who are unable to come to Church and would like to receive Communion. Remember in your prayers those who are sick, housebound or in hospital & those who care for them.

Children’s liturgy – There will be Children’s liturgy on the first and third Sundays of the month. Are children at home in your presence? Why not consider helping to teach our children? Please contact the parish office or speak to Pip or one of the Priests.

Divine Mercy Chaplet is said daily online. Please go to the parish website for the link.

Padre Pio Prayer Group each Tuesday straight after 9.15am Mass in the Cry Chapel. All welcome to join us in prayer.

School Forms Fr John will be available to sign school forms on Monday1-4pm in the Presbytery.

Thursday Mass 9.15am Mass will be held at St John’s Primary School for the pupils during term time. There will be no Mass in the Church on those days.

Vacancy The diocese currently has a vacancy for a Priests’ Welfare Officer. More details can be found on the Diocesan Website.

Newsletter From next week we will be changing to newsletter to an A3 size folded. The readings of the day and main prayers will be included for you to take home. This format will allow us more space for parish information, events, anniversaries etc in our parish. There will be laminated order of the mass cards to use if you wish, but please return to the basket at the back of the church at the end of Mass

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