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PARISH NEWS

Pope's Prayer Intention for March: For the new martyrs.

Parish News

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.

First Holy Communion 2024

For those who have children who are NOT in Catholic schools and would like to make their First Holy Communion, please see Father Michael or phone the Parish office in the first instance.

Confirmation 2024

Please see Andrew Collins if interested.

Children's Stations of the Cross

4pm on Thu 29th Feb, in church. All welcome, children both big and small.

Quiz Night with Soup and Pudding

Fri 8th Mar, 7.45pm, in the parish hall. Adults £10, children £2.50, family £25. Snacks, soup and pudding provided. BYOB. Teams of eight - organise a team or join a table of new friends. For catering purposes, payment by Sun 3rd Mar please. In aid of CAFOD Family Fast Day Lent Appeal. For bookings, contact Theresa Buchanan, on 01844 218083, or email: theresabuchanan1@gmail.com

LiveSimply Lenten Actions

Is it possible to walk or cycle instead (for your journey to church, did you know we have a bike rack in the rear car park)? For longer journeys, could you use public transport, or share a lift with someone? Perhaps make your car journey shorter by walking some of the way. Click here to view the LiveSimply Lenten Actions document.

Extra Prayer for Lent!

There will be evening Exposition on Thursdays 7:30 – 8:30pm and Stations of the Cross will be on Fridays at 7pm.

Use of Mobiles in Confessionals and Other Private Settings

The Bishops of England and Wales have been advised that, due to the sacred nature of the confessional, clergy should not have active mobile phones with them whilst hearing confessions. They should not be on silent but turned off, and penitents are advised to do the same. This is because, even if in silent mode, phones can still listen-in to conversations and artificial intelligence algorithms identify items of interest to potential advertisers. This technology does not affect every network but must be presumed to be operative because it cannot be proven otherwise.

Avoiding meat on Fridays

Following the papal visit in 2010, in 2011 the Bishops of England and Wales re-instated abstinence from meat on Fridays as a collective witness by Catholics, remembering the suffering of Christ on Good Friday, just as Sunday Mass honours His Resurrection. But what if I am invited round for a meal and there is meat on the table? See here.

Upcoming Events

Listening to God's Call

In February, the Dudley and Wolverhampton Deanery will be hosting a series of online vocation events, on Tuesdays at 7pm:

Tue 27th Feb: Marriage & Single Life

Tue 5th Mar: Priesthood and Diaconate

There will be the opportunity to ask questions. Everyone is welcome. The Zoom link for all three events can be found here.

Meeting ID: 880 3319 9202

Passcode: 218505

World Day of Prayer 2024

Fri 1st Mar, 10.30 am, at St Mary's. Service prepared by the Christian women of Palestine. Theme: I beg you, bear with one another in love. Refreshments after the service. Collection to support Christian charities around the world. For further info., contact: Theresa Buchanan on 01844 218083, or email: theresabuchanan1@gmail.com

Impact Thame Holiday Club - Launch Event

Sun 3rd Mar 8.00-8.45pm on Zoom. Hear about our exciting plans, Impact Thame Holiday Club Launch event (meeting ID 746 085 0496). We'd love you to be part of the team and are excited to tell you more about it. The holiday club will be based around St Mary’s Church, the Barns Centre, and the Cricket field, on the mornings of Mon 29th – Wed 31st Jul. Come and hear how you can be a part of sharing the Good News with children and families.

Exploring Prayer - A Lenten Retreat

Sat 9th Mar, 9.45am - 2.30pm at the hall of St Michael's Catholic Church, 18 Peppard Road, Sonning Common, RG4 9SU. Discover or rediscover traditional prayers and explore alternative ways of praying. The day will be between you and God. It will be a day of prayer for all attending, not a day telling people about prayer. Please bring a packed lunch.

Altar Servers' Retreat - "Called to Serve" 8th-10th March 2024

KYT is working in partnership with the Diocesan Vocations Office by creating our first weekend retreat especially for altar servers at Alton Castle. Called to Serve is for those in school years 5-13. During the retreat, there will be reflection, fellowship, fun and outdoor activities. His Grace, the Archbishop will be celebrating Mass. We are also looking forward to a special candlelight procession.
Contact Deacon Owen to find out more or book a place. He can be contacted at: deacon.owen@vocations.org.uk

Financial Statement of the Archdiocese

The report for 2022 has been released, which runs to twelve pages! If you would like a copy, either in print form or via e-mail, please contact the parish office. A note on page 8 states “An increase of just £1 per person per week to the weekly offertory collection would generate enough income to close the current operating loss to zero.”

Appeals

CAFOD Family Fast Day

Your generous donations given in love, will support families around the world and help them with the resources to feed their families. You can still give online here.

Please pray for the sick of our Parish

The sick of our Parish

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

Rest in Peace

Joan Glendinning & Anthony Brown

Anniversaries of deaths this week

Michael Cooke, Bertie Richards, Beatrice Morgan, Florian Fox.

Offerings

Last Weekend Totals

Parish: £344.07

CAFOD: £295.10

This Weekend's 2nd colletion for Cathedral Maintenance.

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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