Many years ago St Margaret's was part of a rota of Christian churches that provided Sunday lunch for the homeless. Fr Peter would like to reactivate this event and has placed St Margaret's on the list of participating churches.
There is still time to enter and we really need some more people for our team. Anyone can register free on www.parkrun.org.uk. The course is 5k, family friendly and people of all ages, shapes, size and fitness levels run, jog or walk and have a go. All you need is to get as many people as possible to sponsor you for doing it. Remember the more sponsorship you get the more we raise for our two chosen charities. And of course we will have great fun doing it along the way too. Please sign up using the sheets at the back of the church and Vicky Phelan will be in contact with further details.
Boxes of offertory envelopes for the coming tax year - 2018/19 - are available for collection from the back of the church at all Masses this weekend i.e. 17th and 18th March. Please do make sure you collect yours if you use this method for your giving.
St Margaret's is linked to St James's Primary school in Strawberry Hill and the school reserves 15 places at Reception to families who worship in our Parish. Richmond Council is now proposing to introduce a CPZ (controlled parking zone) in the Strawberry Hill area affecting roads surrounding St James's. Some parents at the school are concerned that this CPZ might have an adverse effect on current families and on the future uptake of places in our parish and parishes such as St Theodore's and St Francis de Sales, that are further away from the school, thereby jeopardising the Catholic character of the school.
This year the reading of the Passion will be accompanied by a simple series of acted out scenes, a few songs and some music. If there are any children in years 5-8 who would like to be involved, please speak to Fr Peter.
There will be rehearsals after the 10.30am Mass on Sunday 11th and 18th March.
The financial report to the Parish for 2017 is now available. Some highlights are the 70% increase in committed regular giving as a result of the Stewardship campaign and an increase in the offertory income compared to 2016. On behalf of the Parish, the Finance Committee are grateful to all those parishioners who have generously committed to regular giving. If you are a UK taxpayer and have not yet signed a Gift Aid Declaration, we would like to encourage you to do so as Gift Aid brings in a significant portion of our income.
First Holy Communion will be on Saturday 19th May this year, and yes, the FA Cup and Royal Wedding are on that day too! But, the tradition at St Margaret's is that the families from the previous year's First Holy Communion group host the breakfast in the hall after the Mass. We are therefore looking for parents from the 2017 cohort to help with this.
We need helpers for the following:
There are Lenten project envelopes available for those who wish to give their alms on a weekly basis. Please take five envelopes for each of the weekends in Lent and return them by posting in the big black box at the back of the church. All donations will go to our chosen charities - Together as One and Mary's Meals.
Thank you for your generosity.
The two charities that we will be supporting for our Lenten Project 2018 are Together as One and Mary's Meals, but without fundraising events we won't be as effective. This is where we need you. We know you have great ideas and talents; please put these to use and help us raise as much money as we can for them.
For any ideas or offers of help, please contact Sarah Watts on firstname.lastname@example.org