Suggestions for efforts we can make individually or as part of our Parish. If you’d like to join in our Parish Lenten Witness you could place a blue pebble in one or more of the labelled jars in the porch when you have made an effort or intend to.
1. Add to our monthly collection for the Diocesan Refugee Project. Leave toilet rolls or biscuits in the narthex for Sunday 4 March.
2. Collect toiletries* for prisoners leaving Low Newton. Leave items in the narthex throughout Lent. (Only toiletries please)
3. Help reduce carbon emissions, leave your car at home and walk to work.
4. Donate unwanted items to your local charity shop.
5. Sign the CAFOD online petition asking the PM to take a lead in developing new UN agreements on migration and refugees.
6. Put something in the food bank when you leave the supermarket
7. Fast on Family Fast Day in Lent and give the money you save to CAFOD. The government will double your money during Lent this year
The items for the Diocesan Refugee Project are always very gratefully received, as are the items for Low Newton and the women there express great appreciation.
Items requested* Shampoo, shower gel, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant (roll-on please NOT spray), STs- (NOT tampons please)
Our parish collects biscuits and toilet rolls to help provide basic supplies to asylum seekers in the diocese. These are collected regularly, on the first Sunday of the month. If you would like to donate items and haven’t brought anything in yet then please remember to bring them to Church on or before Sunday 7 January and place them under the bench in the narthex ready to be collected.
Our annual Shared Harvest will take place on Sunday 17 September. Please bring the fruits of your summer that you wish to share with the parish community; that may be flowers and plants you have grown, fruit and vegetables you have nurtured or your own home-made jams, chutney, cakes and cordials.
Proceeds from the Shared Harvest are to support Peter Hampshire who left for Vietnam this week. He is working with the Salesians of Don Bosco at the Dong Thuan Vocational Training Centre (South West of Ho Chi Minh City). Peter will be living with the community and helping particularly with teaching English. Peter is very grateful for this opportunity and to all the people in the parish who have supported him up to this point.
This coming Lent there will be a pledge board on display for parishioners to sign up for their Lenten effort and donations will be collected at the end of Lent. Funds to be divided between a World Challenge project and CAFOD. Chocolate and alcohol have been suggested as give ups. If you have any other ideas for giving up or positively doing please talk to us. Members of the Justice and Peace group will be at the back of church on Sunday 12 and 19 February to collect your suggestions.
The Justice and Peace group are holding a collection of unwanted / broken jewellery / watches to be recycled in support of Traidcraft. More than £16,000 has already been raised through this scheme which helps families in Bangladesh to grow tea and so provide themselves with an income that will feed their malnourished children for years to come.
Please have a clear-out of old costume jewellery, gold, silver or watches that you don’t wear or need and bring them to church next Sunday 9 October.
Thank you for supporting the Shared Harvest on Sunday 11 September.
We raised £175.61 which will be put towards the purchase of Winter Survival Kits from CAFOD, to support Syrian refugees arriving in Europe with nothing.
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The Parish Justice and Peace group meets after the 10:00am Mass on Sunday 28 August over refreshments in the Parish Room. All are welcome to join in planning for our work supporting Justice and Peace at home and abroad.
Pope Francis recently said: “My thought goes to all the populations who thirst for reconciliation and peace. I think in particular, here in Europe, of the tragedy of those who are suffering the consequences of violence in Ukraine: of those who remain in lands shocked by the hostilities which have already caused thousands of deaths, and of those — over a million — forced to flee from the grave situation which is ongoing. It involves above all elderly people and children. Besides accompanying them with my constant thoughts and with my prayers, I have decided to promote humanitarian support in their favour. For this purpose, a special collection will be taken up in all Catholic Churches in Europe… I invite the faithful to join in this initiative with a generous contribution. This act of charity, in addition to alleviating material suffering, seeks to express my personal closeness and solidarity and that of the entire Church. I sincerely hope that it may help to promote, without further delay, peace and respect for law in that land so afflicted.” (Regina Caeli, 3 April 2016)
The collection requested by the Pope will be taken in this diocese on Sunday 1 May. Please give generously.
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