Today’s scripture readings marking Christ’s Ascension into Heaven, challenge us to reflect on how we bear witness to our faith and to Jesus. As we apply the readings to ourselves, let’s try to be like those early disciples who “…worshipped him and then went back to Jerusalem full of joy; and they were continually in the Temple praising God” (Lk 24:53):Let’s be men and women of prayer who worship Jesus; let’s clap our hands and cry to God. Let’s not be frightened of bearing witness to our faith.
Fr Philip Sainter
DO YOU FIND LIFE A PUZZLE? It can be. Most of us at one time or another have wondered how to cope with hurt, shock, bereavement and disappointment. Our lives twist and turn, we reach dead ends, and we search for answers. Jesus is the answer to everything that troubles us. But are we searching for Him in the right places? We encounter Him in Holy Mass, in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in the Scriptures, in prayer, in meditation, in reflection, and in service to others, and sometimes in ‘allowing others’ to render a service to us. He is our friend, lover, confidante, the one we can trust absolutely, the one who emptied Himself on the cross. For each one of us. He is the one who said ‘Father, I want them to be where I am’. He will never abandon us – we have His word. Believing that His spirit is everywhere, however, does not mean that we don’t need to come to Mass (it’s easier to pray at home because He’s here too ..) – for it is in the Mass that we meet Him in the closest encounter of our lives – we profess to love Him, and those who love want to be with their beloved, in order to deepen the relationship.
GIFT AID: New boxed sets of numbered envelopes will be available at all three main Masses during the weekend of 18th/19th May. Please remember to collect your box. Those folk using monthly standing orders will receive their annual letter in the usual way. St. Mary’s total Gift Aided income for the year 2012/13 exceeded £43,000 which is bringing in tax refunds from HMRC of over £10,000. If any income-tax paying member of our congregation wishes to join this worthwhile (and painless) form of fundraising, please complete one of the forms at the back of the church and drop it into the church post box. Thank you.
MARIST LOURDES PILGRIMAGE: Sat. 25th May – Sat 1st June. Cost £400.00 includes insurance, coach and ferry travel & full board in Lourdes. Deposit of £100.00 required. Further details from Vera Hurry on 01509 231282
PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: Sunday, 16th June. For more information please contact Séamus O’Looskan on 0116 241 4057 or see our noticeboard.
GUIDED RETREAT: Led by the Secular Discalced Carmelites, an individually guided retreat is to take place between Monday 13th May and Friday 17th May at Mount St. Bernard’s Abbey, Coalville. This is open to all and you may either take part on a non-residential basis or organise to stay at the Abbey for the duration.
HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE: Itinerary on church noticeboard. For full details, please contact Jonathan Baylis at firstname.lastname@example.org
FAITH IN FAMILIES: Once again it is time to hand in your Faith in Families children’s boxes. Thank you for all your support.
FOREIGN AND PRE-DECIMAL CURRENCY: With the summer holidays just around the corner, please, on your return, if you have any unwanted foreign and/or pre-decimal coins and notes, keep in mind that CAFOD, Nottingham, can convert them to an amount in sterling and put the money to good use.
VARIOUS JOB VACANCIES: (at De Lisle) Please see noticeboard at back of the church.
PARISH VOICE – Summer Issue: We would be grateful for items of interest from any age group for issue 17 of the Parish Magazine. Articles, comments, photos, letters, ideas etc. from the past or present are all welcome. Items can be emailed to: email@example.com or put in an envelope and delivered to the Parish Office. Deadline for items: Sunday June 9th.
Our Second Collection today is for the Clergy Formation Fund whose aim is to inspire a Christ centred approach to the formation and well-being of priests and deacons by supporting and resourcing their human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral development, to enable growth in ministry for the service of the Church and the Gospel.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASS FOR CHILDREN will take place on Saturday May 18th at 5.00pm, the last session in this series. The First Holy Communion for our children will be celebrated on Sunday, 16th June at 3.00pm. There will be an opportunity for Reconciliation / Confessions on the previous Sunday, 9th June, at 3.00pm for the children and their families which ALL FHC candidates should attend.
WHITE FLOWER APPEAL: The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will be holding its previously postponed annual appeal next weekend, 18th/19th May. In common with the Catholic Church, SPUC upholds the sanctity of human life until natural death. The Society’s work covers a wide spectrum of pro-life, pro-family issues. It seeks to protect unborn children and defends the rights of the disabled, elderly and incapacitated. SPUC also provides trained speakers for schools and offers pro-life support for teachers, parents and medical professionals. Please give generously to this worthy cause.
FR. PHILIP SCANLAN is recovering nicely after his operation, and thanks us all warmly for our cards and spiritual bouquet.
FORTY HOURS of EUCHARISTIC ADORATION in the Loughborough Deanery 28th-31st May. Details of venues and times on our church noticeboard. Please support this Deanery event for the Year of Faith.
IF you could do one thing to support the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign this year, we’d encourage you to please join the CAFOD Rally in Hyde Park, London from 2-5pm on 8th June, and bring some family, friends or fellow parishioners with you. The day will see thousands of people from across the UK coming together to experience what we hope will be an amazing, unforgettable atmosphere. More details on the noticeboard.
A NEW CATHOLIC SCOUT GROUP – 10th Loughborough (St. Mary’s)
sponsored by St. Mary’s Parish will open later this month. It will be open to Beaver Scouts (6 – 8 years old), Cub Scouts (8 – 10½ years old) and Scouts (10½ – 14 years old). Parents wishing to enrol their children may contact the GSL Michael on 07877131723 or the AGSL Pauline on 07877717861. Application forms are available from the back of the Church. Any adults also wishing to enrol themselves as Leaders or to help on some occasions may also contact the GSL/AGSL on the above mobile numbers after 6.00 pm or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Our annual Parish Picnic will be held on Saturday, 22nd June from 2-4 pm in the grounds of Sacred Heart School, Beacon Road, Loughborough followed by Mass at 4.30pm. More details to follow.
CHRISTIAN AID LUNCH: This will take place today, Sunday, 12th May, at the Loughborough Baptist Church, Baxtergate, at 12.30pm. All welcome!
TRAIDCRAFT SALES: after all weekend Masses of 18th & 19th May.