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Lenten Project 2018 update

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Thank you to everyone who has already contributed to our Lenten fundraising. We have managed to raise £2,523 so far for our two charities - Together as One and Mary's Meals.

The three Lenten markets raised £100 and the Irish coffees £120. Thank you to everyone who supported these events and a special thank you to Rachel McKendry and Torsten Strunz for making the Irish coffees.

Please remember our fundraising will continue after Easter with the Parish Poetry evening with Cheese and Wine on Saturday 14th April and the Children's Film Night on Saturday 21st April.

Sponsored Parish Parkrun

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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.

New offertory envelopes

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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.

Proposed CPZ affecting St James's RC Primary School

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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.

The Annual Financial Report

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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 Breakfast 2018 - help needed

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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:

Lenten Project 2018 envelopes

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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.

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