Newsletter 19th April 2009

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Dear Friends,


On Tuesday this week 42 parishioners will travel with me on pilgrimage to Roma and Assisi.  The highlights will be the Papal Audience on Wednesday morning and then on our second last day in Assisi I am officatiting at the wedding of two our parishioners in the parish church there.  The couple thought they would be just having a quiet wedding, but now all 42 of our pilgrimage group will be there to pray and sing with them, and their 15 other guests, at their wedding Mass.  What a lovely place to marry! Assisi.  And especially for this couple!  They both work in the world of Art, and Donal who I baptised at the Easter Vigil last year is an expert on the works of Giotto whose frescoes are to be found the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi.

 As you see, the decorators are here in Holy Apostles.   They will be painting the Church over the next few weeks starting with the ceiling.  No frescoes sadly!  We hope there will be as little disruption as possible and ask you to be careful if there are any decorators ramps and the like that have to stay in the church over the weekend.  When they finish we will then sand and reseal the church floor as well as the floors in the well in the hall and the stage itself. Daily Mass will sometimes be in the White room and sometimes in Parish Hall, when it is not in the Church. For this reason there will be no Adoration on Wednesdays or evening Prayer for the next few weeks.

 It is crazy, the things that are happening in our politically correct secular society.  An employee at a Christian ‘homeless’ charity, whose Patron is the Archbishop of Canterbury, has been suspended for answering questions about his faith to a colleague at work.

David Booker, aged 44, a Christian from Southampton, has worked for the English Churches Housing Group for almost four years .On 26 March, whilst working an evening shift, he had a 35 minute conversation with female colleague Fiona Vardy.  Ms Vardy asked him about his faith and beliefs.  During the conversation he was asked the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and same-sex marriages, which Mr Booker explained.  The conversation was free-flowing and Mr Booker clearly explained that he had homosexual friends and that he was not homophobic.

The following day he was summoned by his employers and told that he was suspended for “events that happened last night”.  On March 30, he was given a formal suspension  notice alleging that: “ On 26 March 09, whilst on shift with Fiona Vardy, you seriously breached ECHG’s (English churches House group) Code of conduct by promoting your religious views which contained discriminatory comments regarding a person’s sexual orientation.”

Threatened with the sack for ‘gross misconduct’ under the charity’s Culture and Diversity Code of Conduct, Mr Booker has sought the advice of the Christian Legal Centre (CLC),  who in turn have instructed Paul  Diamond, the leading human rights lawyer to represent him.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, barrister and director of CLC said: “Mr Booker has been suspended since 27 March for two weeks pending investigation. No date has been set for the investigation and disciplinary hearing. This case shows that in today’s politically correct, increasingly secularized society, even consenting reasonable discussion on religion between two employees is being twisted by employers to discriminate and silence the Christian voice and freedom of expression.

“To date, the English Churches Housing Group is funded largely by churches throughout Hampshire,  who we are sure will be shocked at the attitude and action taken by a Christian organisation towards a Christian employee.  The Archbishop of Canterbury, as Patron, has confirmed the Church’s teaching on marriage, same-sex relationships and homosexuality and that is in the public domain.  We are interested to know whether his Patronage is now under threat under the charity’s Culture and Diversity Code of Conduct?”.



Yours devotedly

Canon Pat Browne

Parish Priest


First Communion Parents and Children meet again at 3pm on Sunday May 3rd

Are you getting married?  Our next pre-marriage course is 3 sessions. Mon, Fri, Mon 11th, 15th and 18th May from 7pm-9pm in the Parish Hall. Contact Fr Pat for Application form or just send in your names and addresses with Cheque for £30 made poayable to Holy Apostles. Only a few places left so do it soon!.

Monday Club starts again 20th April

Next Meeting of Turkana Committee today Sunday 10 May after the 10.30am Mass in the hall.

Calling All Mothers   Please join us for the very first meeting of the Pimlico Union of Catholic Mothers on THURSDAY APRIL 30th at 8PM in the White Room at Holy Apostles. It will be a very informal get-together to meet each other, chart a way forward and offer each other friendship, advice, sympathy and practical help. The aims of the UCM are supporting the parish, families, mothers and all Catholic women, who meet to discuss their faith and the responsibilities of marriage, to assist fellow-members in bringing up their children as good Catholics and as public-spirited citizens and to share Christian values in family life and in society. If you want more information pease contact Nicol at or on 07774581159 – or just turn up at the meeting to find out more.

Do you need a handyman? To install kitchen, bath, toilets , hang curtains, paint or decorate? Conatct Jan on 077175 666 05

Volunteers wanted in local Westminster Primary Schools to help children with their reading and or maths. Ring Judi on 0207 643 1322

Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single practising Catholics meet up, either one to one or through social events. For more information please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website or email

Table Top Sale  SW1 Radio is holding a Table Top Sale at the Holy Apostles on the 2nd May 2009.  We would be grateful if you could circulate this flyer attached to all your contacts to generate interest. Tables are selling for £10. To book a table please call 07950-577-260.

A Night at the Opera  Wed May 13th at in Central Methodist Hall at 7.30pm in aid of the St Vincent’s Family Project.  Tickets £15 Concessions £10 from 020 7654 5353 or or at door.  Connecting Catholics in their twenties in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. See Website

Understanding CAFOD training day – Saturday 25th April 2009 Join us to learn about how CAFOD chooses and works with partners overseas and utilises your valuable donations. Hear first hand experience of CAFOD’s work in Latin America from Clare Dixon. This day looks at our inspiration from Catholic Social teaching and why we campaign. It will also give information of how you can support CAFOD through volunteering work in Parishes, Schools, Youth, and through the Media. For further details or to reserve a place please contact CAFOD on 0208 449 6970 or

Going into Hospital?   If so, the chaplain will have no idea you are there unless you ask for him/her. So ask to see them when they are checking you in – say you would like the RC chaplain and then again when you get on the ward.


Music Makers A music class for toddlers in the “Yellow Room” Info: Jeremy 0207207 5501 or Mob 0796 764 0072


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