Newsletter 23rd May 2009

May 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Newsletter

Dear Friends,


In our parish 46 children have celebrated First Communions over the last two weeks.  100 people prepared for Marriage.  We have just seen a new Archbishop installed on Thursday in Westminster Cathedral – Archbishop Vincent.  And now we prepare for our international Mass next Sunday, the Feast of Pentecost, the birth of the church; the feast of the Holy Apostles at last getting about and doing what the Lord asked them to do, empowered by the Holy Spirit.  There is much to celebrate.


As a first attempt to get to know people, the new archbishop is having a Mass in 5 different parts of the diocese within the next few weeks.  For us that Mass will be on this Thursday (28th)  in Our Lady and St Joseph, Balls Pond Rd, Dalston at 7.30pm.  He will meet with all the clergy of this eastern part of the Diocese at 5pm before the Mass.  I know it is very far away for us from Pimlico and we will have opportunities to see him at the Cathedral but I just want you to know he is immediately making the effort to get out and about among the parishes.  His name is now being used in every Mass ….we pray for Benedict our Pope, Vincent our Bishop…..


The painting of the Church should finish this week and then we hope to sand and reseal the church floor – that will take two weeks more.  I know it is depriving many people of dropping into the church for a prayer during the day as well as prolonging the celebration of the weekday Masses down in the hall, but it will be worth it!

Thank you for your patience.


A case of swine flu has been reported in a school in this area so it is important we are all careful and exercise  “cough etiquette” – covering the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, and disposing it as soon as possible in a bin. If there were to be a very serious outbreak in this country, it is most likely this would occur in the autumn.


There are now 101 confirmed cases in the UK – 92 in England, eight in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland. There are ten new confirmed cases in London, one in East of England, and three in South East of England.

Agreements have been signed between the UK Government and vaccine manufacturers to secure supplies of up to 90 million doses of pre-pandemic H1N1 vaccine before a pandemic begins.


The deals signed between Secretary of State for Health, GlaxoSmithKline, and Baxter, will enable production of pre-pandemic vaccine to begin as soon as possible.  The agreements could provide enough vaccine to protect the most vulnerable in our population before a pandemic is likely to arrive, without affecting our supply of seasonal flu vaccine.

Yours devotedly

 Canon Pat Browne

Parish Priest

Last Week’s Collection came to £1406.00  .The Sunday before it was £1267.50  The April Standing Orders came to £3770.85. There was a £100 from teas and coffees towards Ambulance Fund.  Thank you

Next Weekend the Little Sisters of the Poor will make an appeal at all Masses for support


Weekday Masses Monday to Friday are at 9.15am in the Parish Hall while the church is being repainted. The church will not be open weekdays.


Nigerian Mass today Sunday at 1.30pm led by Bishop Augustine Okubeze here in Holy Apostles.


Solid wooden bed for sale, with mattress for £100.
(Buyer would have to organise transport…) in Belgravia.  Contact Michael on: 07811 87 00 68


Diocesan Young Adult Pilgrimage to Taize, France – 8-16 August 2009.   Join Bishop John Arnold and young Adults (18-30s) to this unique Christian Community. Meet other young adults from the diocese. Meet other young people from around europe & the world. A time for prayer, space & reflection. Spend time with the Taize brothers. Price: £220. contact Dave Burke,  tel: 020 7798 9357,  Web:


St John Bosco Holiday Camp for Boys and Girls

In Essex.  For Boys 18th July to 18th August 3 separate weeks. For Girls one week 8th to 15th August. Cost £130 for a week inc fishing, climbing, swimming, boating, art and craft etc. If you have difficulty with the cost contact Fr Pat.  For Boys ring 01708 509 790 between 6 and 9pm. For Girls ring 01634 311 350 between 6 and 9pm only. Sponsored and run by the SVP


Theology of the body study day: living God’s plan for life and love. Saturday 6th June, 2009, 10am-4pm  Place: Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London  SW1P 1QN,  


Urgent help needed at the St James the Less Meal for Homeless – next one is Thursday 28th May. Contact  or    0773 304 7265


First Communion Photos – 10th May

If your child celebrated on Sun 10th May. Contact Rupert on who took them.


Join CAFOD and Pedal Against Poverty – Sunday 7th June Join CAFOD for a sponsored bike ride to help raise funds to CAFOD’s poverty-fighting work overseas. The ride will take place on Sunday 7th June in the beautiful Lee valley country park, Hertfordshire. contact CAFOD on 0208-449-6970 or   download a registration form from CAFOD’s web page


The SVP would like to thank all those who supported the frugal lunch during Lent – raised £175 for the SVP- and the SW1 Radio Table Top Sale which raised £70.  Also a big thank you to parishioners who attended the Tea Dance run by St.Stephens, Rochester Row & St Margaret’s Drop in Centre,Vauxhall Bridge Rd where the SVP assisted with refreshments & the raffle.

The SVP will be represented at the St.Vincent’s Family Fun Day in St.George’s Sq Gdns on 11th July – watch this space for further details.


Passage Volunteers Urgently Needed  The Passage, next to Westminster Cathedral, is a wonderful charity run by the Daughters of Charity serving the homeless. They urgently need volunteers, in particular someone with some office skills who could work a few hours twice a week. This would be ideal for a retired person. For more information contact Andrew Hollingsworth on  020 7592 1855 or


Experienced Nanny

35 years working with a diverse range of families, some in USA, is seeking an interesting position. Call 020 7931 9892 for further information





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