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19th April, Requiem Mass for Margaret Gammon


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Dear Friends,

         There are none reading this that will not have memories of returning “home” after a funeral. The deceased person may be one of the building blocks of your life, e.g., a parent, sibling, or trusted friend. People use many words to express their emotions or at least make conversation, e.g., numb, crying, recalling the good qualities of the dead person, etc. We are pretty illiterate at times like this, but even in situations that we’re far from harmonious, we always find a good word, NOT a bad one. It is one of the masks of human nature that while in theory we could say anything we like, including a list of negative things we do not choose to go down that path. It is the response to our own guilt that while we may not always have agreed with the person, we now have no chance to say “sorry”. This whole area of how we treat each other while we have life is the focus of the Gospel, not only at Eastertime I might add.

         Think of Jesus’ approach to the disciples as their teacher. He was trying to move their way of thinking from competition with one another “Who is the greatest?” (Matt 18:1-4), to “Love one another as I have loved you, by this shall all people know you are my disciples” (John 13:35).

         Let’s make a resolution this Eastertime, that if we have nothing good to say to or about a person, we will keep our opinions to ourselves.

  • Thank you ever so much for your very generous Easter offerings.
  • The Requiem mass for Margaret Gammon will be live streamed at 2pm on Monday April 19th.
  • Scripture readings for the Easter season are now available in the porch.
  • The Diocese is advertising a Pilgrimage of Mission, Healing & Renewal to Lourdes from July 23rd to 29th thus year. Leaflets on the porch table.
  • There will be contractors and some heavy machinery working around the area of the bus stop below the entrance to the church from Wednesday, 21st. it may be wise to approach the church from the direction of the hospital roundabout coming down or Grove Cross Road, until the weekend.
  • The Sacramental Programme is rattling on at a great pace. Please pray for families, catechists and all receiving the sacraments.
  • CAFOD envelopes in the porch. For anybody who wants to extend a helping hand to the millions who are in need of food and basic items, take an envelope and return it when you can.

Finally: An old nun who was living in a convent next to a construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers and decided to spend some time with them to correct their ways. She decided she would take her lunch and sit with them, so she put her sandwich in a brown bag and walked over to the spot where the men were eating. Sporting a big smile, she walked up to the group and asked: “Any of you men know Jesus Christ?”. They shook their heads and looked at each other, very confused. Then one of the workers looked up into the steelworks and yelled out, “Anybody up there know Jesus Christ?”. One of the steelworkers yelled back down, “Why?”. The worker yelled back, “Cause his mum’s here with his lunch.”

Blessings and a very happy Easter to you all,

Fr John

Mass Intentions

                                    Third Sunday of Easter

Sat 17th Apr     6.00pm            Rosalind Cheah RIP (Cockle/Cheah Family)

Sun 18th Apr    8.30am            All Parishioners

                        10.30am          Helen Campbell RIP (Grandparents) and

Margaret Murphy 80th Bday (Kathleen Twomey)

                        5.30pm            Andy Hoolan RIP (Anniv.) (Paul & Family)

Mon 19th Apr 2.00pm            Margaret Gammon RIP

                        7.30pm            John O’Neill RIP (Anne French)

Tues 20th Apr  10.00am          David Allen RIP (Anniv.) (Grace)

Wed 21st Apr   10.00am          Sybil Vallint RIP (Anniv.)

Thur 22nd Apr 10.00am          Majella and Reg Ross RIP (Family)

Fri 23rd Apr     10.00am          George & Eileen Collier RIP (Mary Coulston)

Sat 24th Apr     6.00pm            Michael & Sally Keane RIP (Bernadette Proud)

Sun 25th Apr    8.30am            Ian Knowles RIP (M & P Harker)

                        10.30am          Michael Watkins RIP (Jean)

                        5.30pm            Edgar Azores RIP

New Gift Aid Envelopes

New boxes of envelopes will be available from the weekend after Easter, namely Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April. If you have envelopes and wish to continue doing so, you need to tell Tony Duhig as soon as possible.  Envelopes will only be allocated to those who request them and only a very few donors have so far done so. Contact Tony soon on 01276-29596 or giftaid@olqh.com as in the letter most envelope donors received recently.  Thank you.

More Stewards Needed

If you are able to help as a steward at Mass, then please complete the blue form in the church porch. Your kind help would be greatly appreciated.

Worth Abbey- The Open Cloister Online Retreats

Online day retreats for Saturday 24th April and Saturday 8th May, led by Fr Peter Williams OSB, available. Book your place at www.worth.co.uk/retreats/online-retreats. For enquiries, please email toc@worth.org.uk.

For Sale

Electric guitar – Indie. £80. Please contact Jean 01276685067.

Collections for Weekend 10th/11th April 2021

Offertory Collections                            £240.56

Gift Aid Collections                                 £ 91.00

Standing Orders (Weekly Average)       £1016.00

Total                                                   £1347.56

 

Please pray for all those who have died recently:

Margaret Gammon; Joan Forward, Gerry Duhig, and Shila Baxter

May they rest in peace.

Please pray for all those who are sick at this time:

Joe Buttaci, Maureen Bowers, Marie Bellizzi, Pauline Brookman, Robert Burbridge, Vivian Charlton, Lally Clarke, Joan Cottrell, Zita Falber, Pat Farrell, Freda Fernandes, Hermanthe Fernando, Margaret Gammon, Kath Grant, Mary Higton, Gill Kirwin, Georgia Mackinlay, Miriam McDonnell, Helen McLachlan, Eric Miller, Maura Morris, Valeria Penkova, Paul Pullen, Wilson Rabanos, Donal Reidy, Gill Shaw, Sherry Small, Godelieve Vandersloten, Alfonsa Varghese, Lorainne Vella, Mark Wardell and all those named on the noticeboard in Our Lady’s Shrine. May they find consolation in their suffering.

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Alton Day of Renewal Prayer Requests

We will pray for anyone feeling isolated, anxious, depressed, or physically ill. We will help you draw close to the love of Jesus, who said “come to me all of you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”. On weekdays 10.00am-4.00pm tel 07579 824523. Full details at www.altonrenewal.com/prayer_request


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