Becoming a Dementia friendly parish - From Fr. Tim
From St. Mary's Newsletter 22nd & 23rd July 2017
Becoming a Dementia Friendly Parish: I would like to congratulate Ann O’Neill for organising the Dementia Information Session last Monday evening and thank you all for the wonderful turnout. We have something very positive developing here and it is my hope that we can all work together to support our parishioners living with dementia and their carers, to enable them continue to come to church for as long as possible. In conjunction with Dementia Friends UK we will continue to provide information and ‘Dementia Fact Sheets’ at the back of church and keep you informed of any further developments in our own community. In the meantime, if you need any further information, please contact Ann in the parish office. You will also find a wealth of information on the Dementia Friends website at: www.dementiafriends.org
TODAY IS THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY REDEEMER: Brother Michael Taylor, our Redemptorist student, will speak at all the Masses. As always we thank you for all the support you give us in the mission both here in Britain and in Zimbabwe, the region under our Province’s special care.
And regarding Zimbabwe: a huge ‘Thank you’ to Frances Sibert, Jess, Joshua and Matthew for their recent visit to our mission. I know their efforts were greatly appreciated and in spite of a hiccup on the way back that they had a wonderful time
There will be a retiring collection for the education of our students and we thank you in anticipation of your usual generosity. Gift aid forms are available in the porch.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR: TUESDAY 27 JUNE. Our Novena comes to an end on Tuesday. The final Mass at 7.30pm will be sung. Thank you to all those who have faithfully made the Novena, but remember it is never too late to join your prayers with everyone else’s, so let us have a wonderful final celebration on Tuesday evening.
NOVENA IN HONOUR OF OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL SUCCOUR—We made a tremendous effort last year to mark the 150th anniversary of gift of the icon to the Redemptorists. Once again we will prepare for the Feast on Tuesday 27 June by having a Novena of Prayer, beginning on Monday 19 June. There will be extra Mass at 7.30pm each weekday and the Novena Prayers will be said at all the Masses in St Mary’s and Bishop Eton during the nine days.
Zimbabwe Mission. I want to express a great debt of gratitude on behalf of our Zimbabwean confrères for the continuing support you give them. As you know in recent times we have been sponsoring three young people who this week will leave with Frances Sibert to spend a few weeks working on the mission. You will have a chance to meet Matthew and Joshua Pearson and Jess Noonan (Frances’s niece) after the Masses this Sunday.
Pentecost or Whit Sunday is often described as the birthday of the Church. It is the day on which the shackles finally came off the minds and hearts of the apostles and, enlivened by the gift of the Holy Spirit, they fearlessly began the mission of proclaiming the good news of Jesus. I suggest we use this feast to pray that the Spirit of God will free us from anything that prevents us from being similarly fired with an enthusiasm to spread the word today.
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