Sadly our boiler has broken down and we need to raise £11,800 to replace it.
Total contributions received so far amount to £10,480 – which is fabulous and thank-you for your extraordinary generosity.
Please do help us to complete this important work and give what you can, either through donations in the church or even online using the free BTMyDonate service. Remember, please consider gift-aiding any cash contribution by using one of your special envelopes or a yellow envelope which you will find at the entrance of the church. A donation amounting to £20 will then become £25 as we claim the tax back from HMRC. Cheques to be made payable to St Mary of the Angels, thank-you.
This week a member of the Parish Finance Committee (who do great work on our behalf!) will be speaking at all Masses. We will be asked to reconsider our financial giving to the parish and there will also be a very brief presentation on Planned Giving alongside an appeal for special donations for a renewed church heating system and boiler. You will be asked to take home, complete, and return, a Promise Card.
Please do think carefully about how best you can support the parish financially. Remember you can also make a donation to the parish using our online giving tool “BTMyDonate”. This is a free charity donation service, which also allows you to Gift Aid your donation.Go here (https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/stmaryoftheangelscatholicchurchworthing) to access our BTMyDonate page.
Daily on our television screens we see the plight of destitute refugees who have left everything, desperate to escape the war in Syria.Can we help?
Here’s a way we can.
Our Justice and Peace Group has teamed up with English Martyrs, Goring, to collect items that will go directly to refugees in Syria and Iraq. Working in partnership with the charity “Samara’s Aid Appeal” (http://www.samarasaidappeal.org) boxes of aid are sent directly to our brothers and sisters in the camps.
So, what’s needed?
It’s a big list:
- Adult and child clothing and underwear;
- blankets, sheets and towels;
- baby bedding and Moses baskets;
- disposable nappies, sanitary towels and incontinence pads;
- bars of soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Items may, please, be brought to any Mass on Sunday 1st May. They will be packed and sent to English Martyrs ready to shipment to the Middle East the following weekend. Last weekend on Lesbos Pope Francis said, “refugees are not numbers; they are people who have faces, names, stories and need to be treated as such”. Please do help.
Some easy ways to help you save water around your home and garden. See the website for 10 water-saving tips. Water also saves energy and reduces CO2 emissions http://www.foe.co.uk/living/articles/water_saving_tips_39606
The next meet is Tuesday 2nd February in the Parish Centre at 7.45pm. New members are very welcome.
We are very blessed with those who work so hard to decorate our church with flowers and greenery; thank you so much, ladies! However, we wish to increase the numbers on the team … Can you help? It would be good to take the pressure off the small team, who do such a great job – and perhaps you are someone who could assist? Male or female, old or young, you’d be most welcome to join the enthusiastic team.
Please speak to Fr Terry in the first instance. Thank you.
Christmas Eve Vigil:
24th December at 6pm
24th December at 9pm
(Confessions from 8pm, Carols from 8.30pm)
25th December at 8.30am & 10.30am
In the Octave:
Each day at 10am (followed by confessions)
Our annual WCHP Christmas Tree has a number of tags on it with ideas for a present for a homeless person.
Please take a tag and return the gift you are buying at the Christmas Gift Service on 13th December. Gifts will then be delivered to the Worthing Churches Homelessness Project. It would help if the gift could be Christmas wrapped.
Please attach the tag from our tree, describing the gift and, if relevant, saying whether it is for female or male. There is also a WCHP Christmas Wish List on the notice board, which gives gift ideas, including food items.
Thank you for your generous donations last weekend for this year’s Homeless Project. Every Monday night from now until mid March 2016 we will be providing food, drink, shelter and friendship in the Parish Centre for 14 homeless men and/or women.
We will also provide food for the homeless who are not able to be included in the project. Would you be willing to spend a few hours helping us, may be by cooking and bringing it along on Monday Night or cooking it at home and getting one of us to pick it up? We provide an evening meal, dessert and breakfast.
The weather is changing and many of the homeless are in need of a change of clothes
(sizes medium to large); jumpers, jeans, and socks etc. Sleeping bags also needed. Can you
help? Please contact Rod Thick on firstname.lastname@example.org, or Heidi Walker on email@example.com Items to be considered: tea, coffee, fruit juice, sugar, jams and marmalade, home-made cakes, flapjacks …
“I ask you in the name of God to defend Mother Earth.” (Pope Francis, ‘Laudato Si’).
Next Sunday (29 Nov) over 1 million people are expected to march in nearly 3,000 cities around the world before the start of the U.N.’s Paris Climate Summit. Hundreds of thousands of them will be Catholics.
Will you be one? Will you respond to the Pope’s call to care for creation? Journey with us as we put Laudato Si into action and join the London Global Climate March on November 29th.
Visit www.CAFOD.org.uk for more details or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for local information.