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Sacramental Preparation 2017 - 2018

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This forthcoming year new arrangements are being made with re-gard to the preparation for the sacraments. I am sure that I am not the only person to see a sharp drop off in the numbers attending Mass since First Holy Communion in May. This is a welcoming Parish, the standard of Liturgy is good, and children are welcome here. It is not for me to judge such families, and I have no wish to do so, but I do as a Parish Priest have a duty of care towards the precious things of God that runs in parallel with the commitment made by parents when they had their child baptised.

Our 2017 Lenten Project Breakdown

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Big Raffle £285.00
Book Stall £78.00
Cake Stall £44.00
Chocolate Tombola £5.00
Fiesta Latina £1507.00
David Rose– Half Marathon £553.00
Murder Mystery Evening £1576.00
Name Pink Teddy £63.00
Shrove Tuesday Pancakes £21.00
Silent Auction (Opera Tickets) £100.00
Table Top Sales £60.00
Teddy Bears Picnic

Parish Pastoral Council

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The first steps have now been taken to establish the St Margaret’s pastoral Council. The original meeting of Thursday 23rd March was well attended. For which I am very grateful.

The Council will be composed of fifteen members, three from each of the five different areas of Parish Life; Supporting Parish Life; Pastoral Outreach; Liturgy, Catechetics and Care of the Property. The Council members would help animate, with other volunteers the life and mission of the Parish.

Parish Pastoral Council Formation

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Last Thursday, 23rd March, the groundwork for the formation of a Parish Pastoral Council was laid. The meeting was a very positive experience thanks to the able leadership of Patricia Erhardt-Lewis who led us through the evening assisted by Sarah Watts and Ann Edes. Those who came to the meeting divided themselves up into the five areas of parish activity identified beforehand namely the Liturgy, Catechetics, Parish Life; Pastoral Outreach and Care for the property. Each group was given the immediate task of helping prepare the Parish for Holy Week.

Lenten Project 2017

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The results of our Ballot last Sunday to select 2 charities to bene-fit from the Lenten Project the results were as follows:

Home Start, Richmond 166 votes (Local)
GETA 142 votes (International)
Jesuit Refugee Service 134 votes (International)
INS 110 votes (Local)

Congratulations to Home Start & GETA who are the successful charities.

Would you like to join the Parish Communications Team?

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We are seeking to form a small team to assist with communication in the parish. Primarily this will be to help run the parish website (www.stmargarets-church.co.uk) along with its social media accounts, but also to produce some printed materials. The only requirement is to be comfortable using a computer. There are many roles you could take on within the team, for example:

Parish Stewardship Campaign

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Over the next 3 weeks the Parish will be holding a Stewardship Campaign to reflect on our commitment and involvement in the Parish (these topics will be discussed at our Evangelii Gaudium meetings) and our regular financial contribution to the running of the parish; over the next 3 weeks you will receive a leaflet at all Masses identifying the current financial situation; an encouragement to reflect on your current contribution and an opportunity to make any changes you might feel appropriate.

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