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London Borough of Hounslow - Referral Order Panel Members

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Hounslow Borough are looking for new panel members to help support first time offenders, between the ages of 10 and 17, so that they do not descend into potential further offending. This involves meeting once or twice a month for about three hours, mainly in the evening, with the young person, his/her family and professionals. These meetings are to establish the contract between the young person and community and to review progress on a regular basis. Training is provided by the Borough.

Lenten Project 2019

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The total money raised from the Lenten project this year was £11,200. Our two chosen chartiies - CAFOD in Venezuela (Overseas Charity) and Otakar Kraus Music Trust (Local Charity) - have each received a cheque for £5,600.

This is due to be supplemented from Gift Aid tax when this has been reclaimed.

The events which raised the monies were:

Visit of Fr Paul Bigirwa

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St Margaret's Parish is pleased to announce that Fr Paul Bigirwa will once again be covering part of Fr Peter's holiday over the Summer. Fr Paul is scheduled to be with us from Sunday 28th July until Wednesday 14th August.

GETA will be organising a social event for Fr Paul to provide an update on St Theresa's School, and an opportunity for him to renew his many friendships within the parish. Further details will be in the final edition of the Page before the Summer break.

David Rose, Chairman, GETA
Charity no 1167092
www.geta.org.uk

Project 2019 Update

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The long-awaited appeal has now been launched in the Parish, and may I thank those who attended the briefing sessions. I am very pleased to say that we have made some headway already with regard to reaching our total of £100,000.

Fr Patrick Fitzgerald MAfr RIP

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Fr Fitzgerald (Fr Fitz) known to many older parishioners died in a nursing home on Wednesday morning, 26th June, after a long illness. His funeral will take place in the USA. The White Fathers intend to hold a memorial Mass for him at some point and there will be a Memorial Mass for him here at St Margarets after the summer holidays:

Details to be given later.

Pastoral Council Meeting

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Last week the Pastoral Council held an open meeting and about 20 parishioners attended. The aim was to give short reports of the five different areas of Parish Life; Catechetics, Liturgy, Parish Life (Love your Parish), Pastoral Outreach and Care of the Property. This was a very helpful exercise as it gives a chance to hear of the many activities that take place here in the Parish over the course of a year. A reasonably full list of activities will be given in a forthcoming edition of ‘The Page’.

Lourdes

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Summer Retreat for Young Adults: The Assumption Sisters and Fathers invite young adults in their 20-30s for an English-speaking spiritual retreat in Lourdes, France in the summer of 2019.

Dates: Sat 3rd August - Fri 9th August 2019 with talks, prayer, silence, pilgrimage, desert day and spiritual accompaniment.

Project 2019

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The refurbishment of the Hall, the facilities and the basement

May I thank all those who completed the cards last weekend. The cards will be there for the next two weekends for those who still wish to be involved with the project. Everyone who has completed a card will be invited to attend one of proposed meetings to hear in more detail about the project,
and hopefully wish to assist in realising the proposal of restored facilities in the Hall, lavatories and basement. The proposed dates are Wednesday 5th June 7.00pm; Sunday 9th June 12:00pm; Saturday 15th June 11:00am.

First Holy Communion 2020

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If you have a child currently in Year 2 or above who would like to receive First Holy Communion in May 2020 please collect a Mass Attendance card from Fr Peter. The reason for the cards is that preparation required for every sacrament is not simply attending the course but of encouraging a way of life that gives any formal preparation a solid grounding. The acceptance of the Church as being a bygone relic of communal family memory rather than the community of living faith is fast drawing to a close. The culture of this country is so profoundly secular that it can no longer carry the token Catholic.

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