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Thank you for your prayers last weekend for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Please continue to pray for these vocations. Thank you also for your generosity towards the diocesan collection for the Priests' Training Fund and the seminary. This weekend there is a statement from the Bishops' Conference available at the back of church. This message, called 'The Day of the Lord,' is a reflection by the bishops on the importance of Sunday in our post-pandemic lives. Please take a copy if you would like to, or you can read it on the diocesan website at www.rcdow.org.uk Please remember that the restrictions continue for the time being, and we do not know yet how the lifting of restrictions will work in practice for churches and other places of worship.

Please remember, as announced last recently at Masses and in the newsletter, that the Sunday 11am Mass is reserved for the children and families involved in the First Holy Communion programme. This arrangement will last for the next six weeks. They have been long delayed in this programme of preparation and we owe them the essential opportunity to be formed at the celebration of the Eucharist. Please pray for the children and their families as they are enrolled at the 11am Mass this weekend and next weekend.

Monday is a holiday so please bear in mind that the parish office will be closed all day. Mass will be celebrated as usual at 12 noon, thereafter the church will be closed.

Please take special care on the way in and out of church, and around the area of the car park. The car park is busy with cars coming and going, and also reversing. The car park is on an incline which means extra care should be taken. Please use the route without steps on the way out of church if necessary. However, the central doors are 'exit only'.

Congratulations to Tommy Anthony O'Donoghue, Marylisa O'Donoghue, and Maggie Doll O'Donoghue who made their First Holy Communion at the 12 noon Mass on Thursday.

Please pray for the people in India, the Philippines and the many others across southern Asia as they face the terrible situation with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or phone Michael on 07723 376616, for a list of our recently updated Stock, which we will deliver to your home.

Baptisms become possible again from 17th May (restriction 30 people). From 21st June (no restriction other than the church limit). Please note that this Government guidance may change. At the moment, we are asking for applications for baptisms to be made to the parish office either by phone or email. Baptisms are by arrangement only.

Confessions resumed a while ago and are still available every Saturday afternoon at 2pm in church. Outside of this time, Confessions are by pre-arranged appointment. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank you for the many generous contributions to the Food Bank during Lent. We are now in a new enterprise working with St Paul’s CoE Church and Primary school, and our own Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School.  If you are able to, you can still bring contributions for the Food Bank and leave them at the back of church. We take the food to St Paul’s each Thursday.  Please don’t bring anything perishable. Thank you!

Thank you to all who have taken your new envelopes.  There are still quite a few left—if you would rather not have a box please let the Office know so that it can be cancelled.  Please also let us know if you don’t want it this year, but hope to resume when the regulations allow—we can keep it for you in the office.

A Covid-19 vaccine confidence webinar has been organized for the of Dioceses of Brentwood, Southwark and Westminster, with the cooperation of Hertfordshire County Council and Hammersmith & Fulham Council, and other local authorities. It will take place on Saturday 15th May from 10— 11.30am and will feature a panel of eminent medical experts led by Prof Kevin Fenton, Regional Director of Public Health London. The panel will share the latest information on COVID-19 vaccination.  There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions anonymously. To join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/99627319556 Passcode: 546617