The Winter Night Shelter has now started again in the Parish Centre and continues every Monday night/Tuesday morning until next March. We have a brilliant team of volunteers in place. If any new faces want to join us, you are very welcome to call in from 7.30pm onwards. We would be grateful if you would keep this project in your prayers.
Fr Terry and a number of parishioners attended a meeting to learn about this excellent recently-launched local charity.
Please watch this space for news of fund-raising events and information evenings.
Are you a landlord? Do you have ‘spare’ property or rooms to rent? Could you consider housing, for a short time, a Syrian refugee family?
Please speak to Fr Terry or Rod Thick if you can assist with this.
Be bold! You can do it!
More information at worthing4refugees.org.uk
Daily on our TV screens we see the plight of destitute refugees who have left everything, desperate to escape the war in Syria. Again we have been asked to help with this never-ending tragedy. Our Justice & Peace Group has teamed up with English Martyrs to collect items that will go directly to refugees in Syria & Iraq. Working in partnership with the charity Samara’s Aid (www.samarasaidappeal.org), boxes of aid are sent direct to our brothers and sisters in the camps.
So what’s needed? Adult & child’s winter shoes, boots, wellies, trainers; winter clothing, sleeping bags, bedding, Moses baskets, baby bedding, travel cots; nappies, incontinence/sanitary products, soap, washing powder. New only underwear. Everything must be either new or, if used, in good condition.
Please bring items to any Mass on Sun 25th September. On Tuesday 27th an army of volunteers will be needed after 10.00am Mass to sort the clothes in the Parish Centre. Pope Francis has said that “refugees are not numbers; they are people who have faces, names, stories & need to be treated
as such.” Please do help.
Maurice has very kindly offered to raffle this painting, executed by his own hand, to raise funds for the parish. We are most grateful. Raffle tickets will be available from next Sunday (when the painting will be on view) and the draw will take place on Sunday 9th October.
Please be generous in purchasing raffle tickets for this high-quality art work.
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.
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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.