Please take note of the mass times for Ash Wednesday and slight changes to weekday mass times during Lent. As always, all mass times can be found here: http://www.stmargarets-church.co.uk/church-information/mass-times.
Although a majority vote has sadly been passed this week in the House of Commons of the British Parliament, to approve regulations for the creation of human embryos using genetic material from 2 maternal sources at the moment of artificial conception, this still has to go to the House of Lords at the end of this month for further approval.
We urge you to circulate to all your colleagues wherever they are based the link to the petition against this proposal.
The human embryo is (One of Us), and the arrogance of the UK to imagine that they should meddle so drastically with the germline of the human embryo is extraordinary.
On Sunday 1st February 2015, Pat Keane was presented with his Gold St Stephen's Medal in recognition of 50 years of service at the altar. Fr Christopher also presented Pat with a Papal Blessing for his dedication. This is the first Gold St Stephen's medal to be presented at St Margaret's, and it is well deserved.
Photos from the event can been viewed here: http://www.stmargarets-church.co.uk/events/reviews/guild-st-stephen-medal-ceremony-2015
We had 1,639 visits to the website during December 2014, a new record. We also regularly have approximately 150 readers of online page, and there is plenty of interest in items on the site from the new weekly website newsletter.
Other updates in 2014 included:
Please sign up ASAP if you would like to be part of this year’s Confirmation programme (those in year 9 and above). Forms are available in the porch, please fill them out and return to Becca. Our Retreat is booked for 30th January - 1st February.
Every year ACAT-UK publishes a list of Victims of Torture who are still at risk in prisons around the world. Please consider sending a card to one of those listed - you can find their information on the ACAT website given below. Thank You.
Action by Christians Against Torture- UK http://www.acatuk.org.uk
Please donate empty glass jars to Becca. These will be made into lanterns by the Children for their Crib procession on Christmas eve. Lots of jars needed desperately!
Many thanks to those of you who have donated already, but please keep them coming!