News for the weeks 24th March 2013 and 31st March 2013

23 Mar

PALM SUNDAY is also known as Passion Sunday. Today we are invited to recall three key features of Jesus’ ministry: His kingship as Lord and Saviour of all mankind, as he fulfilled the prophecies of Isaiah and Zechariah when he entered the Holy City amidst cries of acclamation, praise and worship and how He did this, not as a warrior seated on a horse, surrounded by his troops, but as a humble servant, seated on a lowly colt. Then, in the context of the Institution of the Eucharist, we recall how Jesus presents Himself as “one who serves”, and how He is calling us to imitate Him in this. Finally, as the Passion narrative unfolds we learn much about His loving and gentle attentiveness to those around him – (e.g. the way He affirms the disciples and was sympathetic towards them when they were sleepy, the way He reassures Simon Peter and how He forgave His critics and executioners).

 Let us begin this most holy of weeks by pondering the message and example of our Lord and Saviour and strive to put it into practice in our own lives.

Fr. Philip Sainter

 Warning:

 Please do not believe those who are saying:

          – that the Catholic Chaplaincy at Loughborough University is being abandoned

        – that there will be no more Sunday evening Masses at 6.00pm.

 These and similar alarmist statements should be ignored as they are not contained in the Proposals Questionnaire recently disseminated.

 For Online Synoptic Gospels in Parallel see: www.utoronto.ca/religion/synopsis/meta-4g.htm

 ANNUAL YOUTH PASSION: enactment of the events of Holy Week, presented by young people (age 10 to 16) from both parishes at 6pm on Palm Sunday.  Suitable for all ages.  Do come if you can – a lot of effort has been put into preparing this. Many thanks to The Knights of St Columba who organise this every year.

 PENITENTIAL SERVICE: Tuesday 26th March, 6pm. Write on a piece of paper those things that are weighing you down and are preventing you from journeying forward in life, and leave them with the Lord who loves us, forgives us and heals us.

 ST. MARY’S HAS A NEW WEBSITE! When contacting us regarding items you wish to have inserted into the newsletter, please send them to: newsletter@stmarys.org.uk by Wednesday at the latest (the earlier the better). Our heartfelt thanks to Sunday Eleode for his invaluable help.

 CHILDREN’S FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The parents’ meeting will take place on 18th April at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Please don’t miss it – it is vitally important for children wishing to receive their first Holy Communion that their parents attend this meeting.

 CHRISM MASS: will be celebrated by Bishop Malcolm at Nottingham Cathedral at 11.30am on Wednesday 27th March, with the Blessing of the Oils and the Priests and Deacons’ renewal of their dedication to their devotion. You are all invited!

 LOUGHBOROUGH CHURCHES PARTNERSHIP invites you to take part in 2 activities on Good Friday. The first, to stand next to a cross for a half hour slot between 10.00am and 2.00pm and to talk to passers-by about the cross and its importance in our own journey. Secondly, to join a Procession of Witness assembling at the Carillon Tower in Queen’s Park at 11.15am.

 PRE-EASTER CLEAN FOR THE CHURCH: Easter is nearly upon us and this is a wonderful opportunity to show our love for our church by supplementing our marvellous volunteers who clean the church, with more helpers so that we may have a church fit for the risen Lord. If you can offer a couple of hours during Easter week, please give your contact details to the parish office or to one of our priests.

Preparation of the statues for Holy Week and the Passion will take place on Wednesday, 27th March at 7.00pm, when there will be a team working in the church covering the statues.

 ST. MARY’S EASTER CARDS for sale. All images from our church interior. £0.60 each, 4 for £2. All profits to our church funds. The following are also available at the Repository: Lent Extra £1.50, Children’s Activities Poster £0.50, and ‘walk with Me’ £1.00. Do have a look after all weekend Masses.

 LIVING STONES: Please don’t forget that the revised date for St. Mary’s update on Living Stones is now Weds. 10th April, at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall. Please come along and hear about the progress made so far and our plans for the future.

What’s on at ST. MARY’S

Sun 24th 6.00pm

KSC Youth Passion Enactment in Church

Mon 25th 7.00pm

Volunteers’ Meeting in Front Room

Tues 26th

No Scripture & Tradition Group until 16/4/13

Weds 27th 2-4 pm

Senior Citizens Club in the Hall

Tues 2nd 7.30pm

Visiting Group – Front Room

Sat 6th 10.00am

Pre-Baptism Class in the Church Hall

SAME SEX MARRIAGE: The Report Stage of the Bill approving this will be debated in May in the House of Commons. SPUC has asked its branches if they could leaflet the voters in constituencies where they believe the MP could be swayed to oppose the Bill if enough of his/her constituents contact him/her.

 ANNUAL SPUC YOUTH CONFERENCE: 22-24th March in Derbyshire. Please contact Arthur Clarke if you would like to go, or if you know of anyone under 25 who might be interested. Loughborough branch will pay all expenses.

CHRISTIAN AID LUNCH: This will be TODAY, Palm Sunday, 24th March, at the United Reformed Church in Frederick Street, Loughborough, at 12.30pm

JOHN AND DEBBIE ROBINSON wish to thank parishioners for the generosity of their gifts and for the many messages of goodwill received.

LEICESTER FAITHS SUPPORT GROUP for Asylum Seekers and Refugees seeks voluntary secretarial help. Also more (paid) situations vacant. See board.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kellan Cafferky on his Baptism last weekend.

PARISH VOICE: on sale after all weekend Masses on 23/24th and 30/31st March.

EASTER EGG DESIGN COMPETITION – please see our noticeboard!

COLLECTIONS for February amounted to £2,339 (non gift aided) and £3,273 (gift aided). Thank you very much. There will be a Family Fast Day on 12th April in aid of Kwediboma. Envelopes will be distributed after all Masses on the weekend of 6/7th April & collected on 13/14th. Baby clothes urgently needed for Kwediboma.

Newsletter for 5th Sunday of Lent – 17th March 2013

18 Mar

Look ahead, not back!

It’s so hard for us to move forward in life if we keep on letting the things of the past drag us down; and we certainly can’t move forward if we’re constantly looking behind us, lamenting past years and past experiences, or if we persist in grumbling about the present not being like the past.

What are some of the things that prevent us from journeying forward in life?  Bereavement, past grave sins, bitterness, anger, resentment, regret, or a misunderstanding that has now become a cancerous tumour of loathing, or perhaps it’s an innocent mistake or act of forgetting, that has now become a wedge, prizing apart any kind of normal friendship!

Now is the time to be reconciled, to be freed of your burden – to be set free!  Seek reconciliation, healing and forgiveness!  Go to Confession!

Why not join St. Paul in saying: “All I can say is that I forget the past and I strain ahead for what is still to come;  I am racing for the finish, for the prize to which God calls us …” (Phil 3.  Today’s second reading)

 

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING FOR POPE FRANCIS :

 O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful,

look favourably upon your servant, Francis,

whom you have set at the head of your church as her shepherd.

Grant, we pray, that by word and example,

he may be of service to those over whom he presides

so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,

he may come to everlasting life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

Amen

DIOCESAN PAX CHRISTI:  St. Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, on Monday, 18th March at 7.30pm.  Further info. from the Parish Office.

LOUGHBOROUGH CHURCHES PARTNERSHIP  invites you to take part in 2 activities on Good Friday.  The first, to stand next to a cross for a half hour slot between 10.00am and 2.00pm and to talk to passers-by about the cross and its importance in our own journey. Secondly, to join a Procession of Witness assembling at the CarillonTower in Queen’s Park at 11.15am.

LEICESTER FAITHS SUPPORT GROUP for Asylum Seekers and Refugees seeks voluntary secretarial help – more info. on noticeboard.

NATURAL FAMILY PLANNINGCourse of 3 sessions over a period of 3 months beginning on 18th March at The Good Shepherd, Arnold.  This method is in full accord with Catholic teaching.  Poster with further info. on noticeboard.

PACTNext meeting Wednesday 20th March at 8.00pm in the Church Hall.

INTERESTED IN THE CHOIR?  Keep checking the Newsletter for the 1st meeting (after Easter).  To those who have volunteered for any other roles within St. Mary’s – we will be reviewing applications this week.  Thank you.

CHRISTIAN AID LUNCHThis will be on Palm Sunday, 24th March, at the United Reformed Church in Frederick Street, Loughborough at 12.30pm.

KNIGHTS OF ST COLUMBA will present its Youth Passion at 6pm on Sunday 24th March.  All welcome!  Do come if you can!

PARISH VOICE on sale on Passion Sunday, after all Masses 23/24th March.

 THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

 “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church

 VIA CRUCIS – PASSION PLAY:  by Eddie Orton – Sunday 17th March at 6.00pm in St. Mary’s Church.  Do come.  Ladies, please wear a head covering.

PRE-EASTER CLEAN FOR THE CHURCHOur regular volunteers do a sterling job keeping the church clean at all times and we warmly thank them for this.  However, Easter is coming and this is a wonderful opportunity to show our love for our church by supplementing the team with more volunteers, so that we may have a church fit for the risen Lord.  If you are keen to help, and can offer a couple of hours during Easter week, please give your contact details to the parish office or to one of our priests.

CHURCH SECURITYDue to recent incidents, we have no option, in the short term, but to lock the church outside of Mass times.  We regret having to do this and will be reviewing our security options urgently.

ST. MARY’S EASTER CARDS for sale.  All images from our church interior.  £0.60 each, 4 for £2.  All profits to our church funds.  Our thanks go to Elvira for her great designs. The following are also available at the Repository: Lent Extra £1.50, Children’s Activities Poster £0.50, and ‘walk with Me’ £1.00.  Do have a look after all weekend Masses.

LIVING STONES: Please note that the revised date for St. Mary’s update on Living Stones is now Weds. 10th April, at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall.  Please come along and hear about the progress made so far and our plans for the future.

On Thursday 21st March at 7.00pm there will be a rehearsal for the Holy Week Liturgies for all those with specific roles:

              »   The Altar Servers

              »   The Readers

              »   The Eucharistic Ministers

              »   Those who are having their feet washed.

In the meantime, we will be approaching the various team leaders (such as the cleaners, altar servers, Senior Citizens Group, the UCM, the choir, the Philipinos, Polish and others) to ask them to give Fr. Philip the names of those who will be having their feet washed on Maundy Thursday.  We will also be producing a list of those who will be committed to watching before the Blessed Sacrament on Maundy Thursday.

On Monday, 25th March (the Monday after Palm Sunday) at 7.00pm there will be a team working in church to prepare the statues for Holy Week and the Passion.

SALE OF CAKES, marmalades & lemon curd after the 9.00am and ll.00am Masses today.