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PARISH NEWS

Pope's Prayer Intention for June: For those fleeing their own countries

Parish News & Events

Diocesan Vision

'To be a Catholic diocesan which is faithful to the mission entrusted to us by Jesus Christ, full of missionary desciples who work together co-responsibly in vibrant communities of faith, joyful in their service of God and neighbour.'

The Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation

The Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation is offered on Saturday mornings after Mass and evening from 5pm to 5:30pm. Also avaliable at other times by appointment.

Kevin Barry RIP

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Kevin Barry. He is the brother of parishioner Mary Brown and died a few days ago in the Philippines. Please also keep his family in your prayers at this sad time.

Confirmations 2025

Our initial meeting for the sacrament of Confirmation next year will take place in the parish hall at 7 pm on Mon 15th Jul. Please spread the word!

200 Club

If you wish to renew your 200 Club membership, please note that the new year starts in July. Please pay on-line or leave a cheque at the church.

New Lectionaries

In Advent this year, we will start to use the new translation of the Lectionary (the book on the lectern from which we get our readings). After a 15% discount, they cost £803.25 for all eight books. If you would like to give a donation towards the cost in memory of a family member, please contact the parish office.
The Mass sheets will be automatically updated, but if you wish to order a new Sunday Missal, please use the sign-up sheet in the narthex so we know how many copies to order. Materials will also be arriving later in the year to explain the changes.

St Joseph's Ceilidh

6th Jul 2024, 7 pm, Chinnor Village Hall. Adults £14, children £7. Buffet catering, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Join us for a night of fun and dance, laughter, music and merriment. We can’t wait to see you there!

New Altar Servers

For all children who have received their First Holy Communion and are interested in becoming altar servers, there will be a practice in church at 10:30am on Sat 6 th July, followed by an additional practice at 10:30 am on Sat 13th July. Please let Fr Michael know if you would like your child to attend.

Sts Peter & Paul

As 29th June this year is a Saturday, the feast is transferred to a Sunday, i.e. it will be celebrated at the Sat 6pm and Sun 9 & 11am Masses. The Saturday morning Mass will be a Saturday Mass in honour of Our Lady.

Events within the Local Area and Diocese

Thame Hurstings

To be held at St Mary's Church on Wed 26th June, independently chaired by a member of Thame Church with no party affiliation or membership. 6/7 candidates have confirmed they will be attending. Written questions will be put to each of the candidates on the night. Those choosing to submit a question will need to supply a name and confirmation of living within our constituency. Open to all, no bookings are required. 7 pm for a 7:30 pm start. Please note that parking close to the church is restricted and the car park belonging to the Barns Centre and Cricket Club will not be available on the night.

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in Hednesford, Sun 7th July

Please see here.

Impact Thame Holiday Club - Mornings of July 29th-31st at St Mary's, Thame

If you would like to be a part of sharing the Good News with children this summer, do sign up to our Holiday Club team. There are spaces both to work with children and behind the scenes. Ages from 12 to octogenarians are most welcome to book on team! Go to www.impactthame.org.uk/team and scroll down to the yellow section at the bottom of the page to book your place. Please sign up by the end of April if at all possible so we can be sure you get through DBS and if you'd like to chat about what you could offer do, contact sue.civval@impactthame.org.uk

General Election 2024

The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has put together a website about the forthcoming General Election and Catholic teaching on different areas of political life, including criminal justice, economic matters, education, the environment, armaments, war and peace & life issues. Please see here.

SVP, SPUC, CAFOD and CSAN Guide for the General Election

As Catholics, we know that tackling poverty and injustice are among the most important issues politicians should act on. St Vincent de Paul Society and CAFOD have produced a guide for Catholics for the General Election, with suggested questions to ask candidates. For more information, please see here or here.

 

The threats of abortion up to birth and assisted suicide are sure to return. It is therefore vital we elect MPs who will oppose these threats to life. To contact your candidates and see their voting intentions, visit here.

CSAN has launched several resources to help Catholics inform their conscience and navigate the political landscape at this time. Find more here.

Appeals & Vocations

"Lift the Cap" Campaign

For many years, the government has made it mandatory that all new faith-based academies can only select 50% of their admissions by faith, i.e. Catholic schools would only be allowed a maximum of 50% Catholic pupils. This policy is now up for review by government consultation. To take part, please go here.

Deadline is Thursday 20th June

Come and See Weekends 2024

Fri 16th – Mon 19th Aug. We are Cistercian nuns at Holy Cross Abbey, Whitland, Pembrokeshire, SA34 0QX, inviting single Catholic women ages 25-45 who are discerning a vocation, to experience our monastic life. www.hcawhitland.co.uk For any enquiries and registration, please e-mail us at comeandseehca@gmail.com

Please pray for the sick of our Parish

The sick of our Parish

Molly McVasey, Jon White, Kieron Carberry, Marion Wierszycki, Pat O’Connor, Anne McKay, Thomas White, Alexander Sparkes, Beryl Long, Veronica Smith, Ellen Mongan, Andrzej Geppart & David Harbour.

Rest in Peace

Joan Glendinning, Anthony Brown & Godfrey Caldwell.

Anniversaries of deaths this fortnight

Fr Anthony Meredith SJ, Jean Reid, Mary Tuck, Michael Boynton & Paul O’Brien

Offerings

Last Weekend Totals

Last weekend - Parish: £265.11

2nd Collection Last Week - Day for Life: £189.00

2nd Collection 29th/30th - Peter's Pence.  2nd Collection 13th/14th July - Apostleship of the Sea

Gift Aid

To keep giving regularly to support the Parish, please give standing orders, with Gift Aid where possible. The forms are always avaliable in the Sacristy for Gift Aid or standing order set-up, or talk to our treasurer, Jim.

Other Methods of Giving

DONA Website

Our DONA website can be found here.

Direct Payments

Name - RC Birmingham St Joseph's

Sort Code - 60-21-21

Acc - 69377065

DONA

Just use your contactless debit/credit card or smartphone/device to make a donation. Simply choose the amount you wish to donate and hold your card onto the reader. Contactless donations are simpler to administer, secure and conventient. Please opt in for Gift Aid if you are a UK Tax Payer, it means we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 received.

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