Thank you to all helpers May I offer my public thanks to all those who helped with running this year’s course. This was the first course that I have run since my ordination since neither Oxford University nor the City of London had many seven-year-olds! I very much enjoyed working with the families of the children and with Kathryn James the co-ordinator. Kathryn and her daughter, Maya were there every week to lead the classes and manage the activities, and always remained good-humoured in front of the ever-impending chaos.
Firstly I would like to thank on behalf of the Parish all those involved with the Liturgy over the Easter Triduum, the musicians, ably led by Emma Higham and Gavin Evenhuis, the altar servers led by Pat Keane. I thought all the liturgies were very prayerful and opened a way into the drama that the Church was celebrating. May I also thank those involved with the post Mass refreshments by Joe and Fran Early, and the bar by Adrian and Kathy McGuiness.
Over the spring Bank Holiday, 27 members of staff from St Richard Reynolds will be undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowden in 24 hours in order to raise money to complete the school Sports Hall. This has remained a shell but will soon be completed by the school with money loaned from the Diocese. If you would like to sponsor the staff and realise the vision of a Sports Hall for St Richard Reynolds please donate at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/srrccthreepeaks?page=1.
We are looking for a calligrapher in the Parish who might like to inscribe the First Holy Communion Certificates, or if not a calligrapher then someone with neat handwriting.
This year Christian Aid week runs from 12th-18th May.
Over the years our faithful band of collectors has diminished and we desperately need more volunteers to deliver and collect Christian Aid envelopes for this invaluable work. If you can spare an hour or two to deliver and collect envelopes this year please put your name down at the back of the church after Mass.
The Collection taken at Easter is your offering to the clergy of the Parish and together with the Christmas offerings, Mass stipends and Stole Fees makes up an annual amount which is then transferred to the Parish Priest on monthly instalments with income tax and NI contribution deducted.
Your generosity this Easter will be greatly appreciated.
The Parish is looking for both Readers and Eucharistic Ministers for Saturday evening 6:30pm, Sunday 8:30am and Sunday 6:30pm Masses. If you would like to serve the Parish in these ministries please contact either Paddy Walsh or Fr Peter at the parish office on 020 8892 3902 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This year the St Margaret’s Stall at the fair will be to advertise St Margaret’s Church and its universal nature. My hope is that we will have a stall of small religious artefacts to sell. We will not be selling bric-a-brac this year. Sean de Souza, Jimmy Green and Fr Peter will be organising the table but if any parishioners would like to join them please contact the Parish Office on 020 8892 3902 or email email@example.com.
As part of the continuing renovation of the building the old discoloured roof lights have been replaced by new ones and the leaks to the roof have been plugged for the present, but this will be an ongoing problem due to the roof’s construction. The cost of the works will be taken out of remaining Growing in Faith Funds.