As announced a couple of weeks back our SYNOD member is Andy Finch.
Please remember you can still purchase maize vouchers at £10 from reception. Each voucher enables the Mavambo trust to feed a child headed family or group of orphans for a month.
Thank you to everyone who has already supported the Brother Benjamin feeding project and the Repository. Total amount to be confirmed.
Some of Fr Michael's painting are still available to be purchased, all monies raised go to Project Zimbabwe. To take a look at those paintings still available click here
A thought from CAFOD
This place that we call home does not belong to us. The earth is God’s gift to us. We are part of this creation. We are not separate from the rest of what God has made 🌏🌏🌏— CAFOD (@CAFOD) December 20, 2018
Give thanks to God for all that he has made and the love that surrounds us ❤️
COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS:
During this last week before Christmas, we still have many preparatory celebrations in the schools and in the parishes. They are designed to help us focus on the wonder of the gift God has given us and thereby prepare for the great day itself.
Each year Christmas provides us with a unique opportunity to reach out to the wider community. For some, it is the one time in the year when they choose to come to church. I hope the welcome they receive may prompt them to think about how rewarding it would be to be part of our communities of faith throughout the year.
I realise that some of the Masses draw unusually large congregations and we do need to be careful regarding the whole question of health and safety. For those Masses we will ensure that votive candles are not available; we will put some extra chairs out and have a couple of standing areas, but at the same time try to ensure that the church does not become so overcrowded that evacuation in the case of an emergency was impossible.
It will be wise to arrive early and be as accommodating as possible. We will be able to bring some children onto the sanctuary as usual, but obviously, if the church is packed then some people may be disappointed. Hopefully, anyone in that situation will understand.
Project Zimbabwe, “Shine a light this Christmas”.
Thank you for your support, we raised £2100 and more will be on sale after the Carol Service on Tuesday. Christmas cards (inc a bag of maize voucher, which will feed a family or group of orphans for a month) £10 each and will be on sale from the Monastery reception, Monday—Saturday 9.00am—6.00pm. We have made a difference!
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