Certificates of Religious Practice for Faith Schools
I understand that the Archdiocese has revised its position with regard to these references and left it to the discretion of the parish priest. I have resolutely followed the previous diocesan policy that I should give only factual information regarding the reception of the sacraments, which protects me from the potential conflict of having to determine what is meant by religious practice and therefore I do not intend to start giving personal testimonials now. If particular schools are willing to accept others as referees, then there is nothing I can do about that, but I insist that such references DO NOT carry any form of official approval from the parishes for which I am responsible: e.g. parish letter-headed notepaper or an official stamp.
Barcelona: Once again we have been faced with terrorist atrocities in Europe during the past week. We pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives and all those suffering the effects of these outrages. Let us never grow weary from praying for peace and striving to be peacemakers.
Bro Michael Taylor CSsR: We warmly congratulate Michael on renewing his vows as a member of our Redemptorist Congregation last Tuesday, the Feast of our founder, St Alphonsus. We thank him for all he has contributed to our two parishes during his four week pastoral placement and wish him every happiness and success as he continues his studies for the priesthood. After a short holiday, he is due to go to Lourdes for three weeks, working in the City of the Poor before returning to London and the new term.
August: There will be no 7.00am Mass on weekdays during the coming month. It will recommence on Monday, 4 September. We thank Fr Charles and Bro Michael for providing doughnuts, tea and coffee after the last 7.00am on Friday morning. It was a huge success and attended by nearly all the congregation.
Also there will be no Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until further notice.
SUMMERTIME: Although the weather seems to be taking a turn for the worse, all the schools have now broken up and we may legitimately move into holiday mode. As usual there will be no 7.00am Mass during August, but we will retain it for the coming week. Please note that from this weekend St Mary’s has the summer timetable of just one Mass on Sunday mornings at 10.00am.
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.
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