FR TIM'S GOLDEN JUBILEE OF ORDINATION
Our Parish Synod rep Pauline Volk, invites us to watch the attached video: What Sort of Church Do We Want? presented by Fr Chris Thomas – Director of the Irenaeus Project
CAFOD CORONAVIRUS APPEAL – DEC APPEAL
If you wish to go donate please visit https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Coronavirus-appeal
Lockdown in UK parishes: CAFOD's support
Through their network of volunteers, young CAFOD leaders and staff are keen to support, in whatever way possible, the opening up of churches.
They are offering various online resources to help parishioners and schools to pray and to engage:
- Online children’s liturgy,
- Programme of online talks, prayer and Masses
- Summer of Hope ideas for families and parishioners to transform lockdown and cancelled summer events or things they've been missing into some fun fundraising and easy ways to brighten up lockdown
- CAFOD have also allowed their staff the opportunity to use their CAFOD working hours to help in their local parishes as stewards.
When lockdown started, we looked at our list of contacts and each member of the SVP took responsibility to ring the same group of contacts each week. This means that all our contacts have somebody to talk to, fetch any shopping, run any errands and be available at anytime on the end of a phone. Members have been delighted at being able to offer this and we have all benefited from the calls. I know I speak for us all when I say it is a privilege to be able to do this.
We deliver shopping for those who have been unable to get out, take home baked cakes to our Carmelite friends at Maryton Grange each week on behalf of one of our ladies and shared many a laugh over the phone during what has been a difficult time for so many.
A big thank you to Woolton Round Table who kindly donated Asda vouchers that we were able to distribute to those who we knew would be grateful for them.
The lockdown has taught us many things. When we face challenging times, by working together as a team, we can still do great things and support each other. If anybody knows anybody who needs some support, please do not hesitate to contact the parish office so that we can get in touch. New members are always welcome and if anybody is interested in volunteering, again, please contact the parish office. Thank you to those who support us by giving up their time and generously donate to the SVP. We are extremely grateful
Chair - St Mary’s SVP
If you've been decluttering, why not donate your unwanted tools to Tools with a Mission?
They refurbish them and send them across the world, particularly focussing on creating livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa. As well as tools, they take material, buttons, wool, needles (sewing & knitting) and bibles.
Take a look at the website for a list of what they accept.
BISHOP BARON ON TROUBLESOME ONLINE BEHAVIOUR
HELP NUGENT WITH ‘EASY FUNDRAISING'
Many of us have favourite Charities that we support and we would like to encourage you to share ideas with others in the community, particularly if the Charity collects certain things: stamps, printer cartridges, etc. There are of course local shops selling fairtrade items, such as Shared Earth on Bold Street but we want to give you just some ideas of websites that you may not yet know about, that support charities. Some do not cost you anything but give a % of your bill back to the Charity of your choice.
Note that other charities and websites are available!
This is an online fundraising platform allowing users to shop at over 4,300 top stores and raise free funds for charity. The store pays Give as you Live a percentage of your total purchase price in commission and of this, 50% is passed on to charity.
VIRTUAL TOUR OF SFX
SFX have produced a virtual tour of the school for those who will become pupils there in September
an ideal opportunity for anyone in the Catholic Church to come and find out more about the course and what’s involved in setting one up both online and in person.
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