Over the last four years Joseph has been preparing for Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate and will be ordained on Saturday 22nd June at Westminster Cathedral. Once ordained he will serve the parish and at Feltham Young Offenders prison. I look forward to him assisting me here in the parish. Please keep him in your prayers as he prepares for his ordination.
Last June over 1000 letters were sent out to those on the existing Parish Census. Under new regulations for storing of personal information, permission from the individuals concerned must be sought. Many have replied. These replies form the basis on our new up to date List. If you have not completed one of these forms, please take one from the back of the church, complete it and return it to the Parish Office as soon as possible.
Thank you for your kind co-operation.
Why not pick up a form today from the back of the church and join our monthly draw. It is very easy to set up and to donate to our parish. And you may win! First prize is £100 and second prize is £50.
All proceeds goes to the Parish Funds
Giver of Life,
Who hears the cries from Yemen;
of mothers choosing between medicine or food,
of parents grieving children lost to starvation,
of those who have given up everything in hunger.
Hear our cries for hope, for change, for peace
In your mercy,
Break political deadlocks,
Soften hardened hearts,
Change closed minds,
Open unhearing ears.
Let people come before power
Let life be holy again
Let your justice and peace
Shape the nation of Yemen
And the lives of all people
The course will begin on Sunday 10th February with enrolment at the 10:30am Mass. This will be followed by a half-day’s retreat from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. The classes will take place on Tuesdays in the Lower Sacristy, and will be led by Pat Keane, Molly Bayliss-Conway and Sophia Swinford, a third year theology student from St Mary's.
The celebration of Confirmation will take place on Wednesday 26th June at 7:00pm with Bishop John Wilson.
If you have not already registered please bring your yellow Mass attendance cards to Fr Peter in order to receive the application form for the course.
Over the last few months numerous sets of hall keys have been lent to different parishioners. If you have a set, please return them to the parish office as soon as possible.
We have had a spate of break-ins in the church complex. Last week Molly had her bag stolen from the lower sacristy. It is important that we are all security conscious especially with regards to door that should be locked when not in use.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously please let Fr Peter know. Thank you.
Just before Christmas I met with the newly appointed Diocesan Fundraiser, Kelly Tattersall, who will be helping St Margaret’s raise the necessary funds to renew the hall, kitchen and lavatories. One of the better ways of approaching grant making bodies is to demonstrate that the applicant, in this case St Margaret’s Parish has consulted with the Community about the use of the Church’s assets. This is best achieved by holding an open meeting to show what the Church wishes to achieve, and to invite all existing hall users to make their views known about the hall and complex as a whole.
There will be two categories - one local charity and the other overseas. The timeline for applying and consideration of potential charites is:
Sunday 27th January - application forms will be available
Sunday 10th February - project applications submitted to the Pastoral Council for consideration
Sunday 17th February - presentation to Parish by the 4 shortlisted charities after the 10.30am
Sunday 24th February - announcement of selected charities
If you would like your child to join our team of Youth Readers please let Fr Peter know. They will be required to participate in some training before they can be included on the rota.
The Parish Celebrations
May I firstly thank everybody who was so generous over the Christmas period, both with regard to the Christmas collection that will help make up my annual allowance, and with the many presents too – though I plan to pace myself with the drinks!