FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES:
Monday is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes and the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to St Bernadette. It is the patronal feast of our parish. There will be a special Mass here at 10 am when parishioners will also be joined by children from Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School. There will be tea and coffee and other refreshments in the parish centre after Mass for parishioners. Fr David will be at a day for school teachers and chaplains with the diocese but will be praying with you in spirit!

CARDINAL’S MASS OF THANKSGIVING FOR  SACRAMENT OF MATRIMONY Saturday 8th June, Westminster Cathedral:
The Cardinal will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 5th 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2019.  If you would like to attend, please let us have: husband and wife’s names, wedding date, full postal address and email (or telephone number, if no email).

THIS WEEK IS THE OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY:
As the name suggests, this is a time of prayer when we unite our own intentions with those of the Lord Jesus who, before his death and resurrection, prayed for the unity of his followers. Children from our primary school (Year 1 and Year 4) will join us at 10 am Mass this Thursday morning to lead us in a special Mass for unity and reconciliation. The Mass will be followed by Benediction.

COUNTERS ROTA:
New rotas are available for collection from the Paper Shop today.

SUNDAY MORNING REFRESHMENT ROTAS:
Volunteers please collect your new rota from the Paper Shop today.

FR DAVID ON THE CHRISTMAS SEASON:
Today is the Feast of the Lord's Baptism which marks the formal end of the Christmas season. Liturgically, however, the Christmas mystery reaches forward towards the Feast of Candlemas on 2 February. I know that some of you keep your cribs out till then. This is an opportunity for the priests once again to send you all Christmas blessings and thanks for your gifts and cards. Tomorrow we begin the season of Ordinary Time until the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, 6 March.

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