There is a WORTHING4REFUGEES Fundraiser event on Tuesday 27th March.
Our Parish project, Worthing4Refugees, invite you to support their concert on Tuesday 27th March 7.30pm at Offington Park Methodist Church. Chantry Quire will present a meditation in words and music for Holy Week. Tickets are £5 from email@example.com or from a member of our J&P group. More details of the event are on the notice board.
This year the Fast Day takes place on Friday 23rd February. Fast, if you are able, or give up a meal in solidarity with the poor. The money you save can be donated to CAFOD’s appeal. Gift envelopes will be available at the church today and the collection will be taken up on the following Sunday, the 25th. Help is desperately needed; for example, over 600,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar to escape persecution and death. They face infectious diseases such as diphtheria and starvation. CAFOD and Caritas Bangladesh are providing as much aid as they can. Your efforts can help them do more.
All donations to CAFOD will be match funded/doubled by the Government up to £5 million from 13th February to 12th May this year. Please give what you can and please fill in the Gift Aid section on the envelope if you are a UK tax payer.
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER Friday 2nd March. The women of Suriname have prepared an excellent service, “All Gods Creation Is Very Good”, for 2018. There are a number of services around town. Details are on the poster on the noticeboard in the church entrance. St Mary of the Angels is represented at the service in Christ Church at 2.30pm. Men and women are very welcome to join in the celebration. We hope to see you there.
Once again Fr Terry and Fr Stephen have planned an annual pilgrimage; this time to Romania – an interesting Orthodox country with a fascinating history. There will be daily Mass, visits to the famous painted churches and monasteries, cultural experiences, accommodation in 4* hotels, time for prayer, rosary, confession, delicious food (of course!) and a huge amount of fun and laughter. If you are interested, please ask Fr Terry for a brochure. The pilgrimage (not holiday!) is from 8th – 14th May 2019 and costs £779 for a shared room, half board. Please note that there will be some walking involved. (PS I believe that there is one place still available for our pilgrimage this year to Italy. Speak to Fr Terry).
POPE REQUESTS DAY OF FASTING AND PRAYER for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in South Sudan and in all the world. The designated date for this is Friday 23rd
February. Please make a personal note and do your best to offer your fasting and prayer, that day, for this most important intention.
We have a selection of large print booklets on various subjects. The Lent Bible Alive is now available. There are greeting cards for Mothering Sunday [11th March] and St Patrick’s
Day [17th March ] in the Church Shop. Come in and see the wide range of cards and religious goods we sell. Thank you for your support.
In order to try and reduce productions costs and to open a route to more immediate communication, the weekly newsletter will, from 4th March, be additionally available as an email subscription, for those who would like it. In order to receive your copy, which will be in a PDF format (for which a free reader is available), please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. Thank you.
Lent is like a long ‘retreat’ during which we can turn back into ourselves and listen to the voice of God, in order to defeat the temptations of the Evil One. It is a period of spiritual ‘combat’which we must experience alongside Jesus, not with pride and presumption, but using the arms of faith: prayer, listening to the word of God and penance. In this way we will be able to
celebrate Easter in truth, ready to renew the promises of our Baptism.
Pope Benedict XVI, Lent 2010
The next one is Tuesday 6th February in the Parish Centre at 7.45pm. New members very welcome.
On 20th December last year, the Government announced a public consultation to formulate new proposals for ‘Relationships Education’ in primary schools, and ‘Sex and Relationships Education’ in secondary schools. The results of the consultation will probably be enshrined in law and will affect our Catholic schools. You have a chance to tell the Department of Education to halt the over-sexualisation of our children. At present, the Government’s proposals include compulsory (i.e., without parental agreement) lessons for children between five and eleven, covering homosexual relationships, same-sex ‘marriage’, and transgenderism.
To make your views known before 12 February, go to: http://www.consult.education.gov.uk/life-skills/pshe-rsecall-for-evidence. Visit Coalition for Marriage website here: https://www.c4m.org.uk/ and see their ‘Guide on Responding’.