Parish of Our Lady of the Rosary & St. Patrick
61 Blackhorse Road E17 7AS
Tel: 020 8520 3647
Fr. Kevin T. Conway SMA
Monday – Friday 09.30am / Saturday 10.00am / 7.00pm
Sunday 09.00am / 11.30am / 1.00pm (Polish) / 6.00pm
Tuesday 7.30pm – 8:30pm and after Friday Morning Mass
Every Friday 8.00pm – 9:30pm (Polish)
Confession Saturday 10:30 am – 11:00 am & 6:15 pm – 6:40 pm
SUNDAY 18th FEBRUARY 2018
FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT
LOURDES SICK AND HELPERS PILGRIMAGE FUND SECOND COLLECTION last weekend amounted to £600.75. Thank you all for your generosity.
CAFOD SECOND COLLECTION next weekend 24 and 25th February, in all Masses. This Lent, if you donate to CAFOD's Lent Appeal, your gift will be matched by the UK Government. This will fund new project to combat malnutrition and hunger. Whether it’s a pound gained in weight or a pound donated to CAFOD, every pound is vital for a malnourished child. For each pound you give to our Lent Appeal, the UK Government will also give a pound to our nutrition work. So your generosity will grow. Help God’s children grow healthy and strong. For more information visit cafod.org.uk/lent. Please use CAFOD envelopes.
DAY OF FASTING AND PRAYER FOR PEACE in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and all the World. The Holy Father announced last Sunday that Friday 23rd February – the Friday of the First Week of Lent – has been given this special designation. Please do take whatever initiative you think opportune to favour the participation of the local churches in this Papal initiative.
NURSERY SIGNING. Fr. Kevin will be offering Certificates of Catholic Practice on Thursday 1st March from 3.30 – 6pm in the Presbytery. Practice is estimated on your weekend Mass attendance. When the Priest has evidence that the Parent’s statement is true he will present them with a “Certificate of Catholic Practice”. APPLICATION FORMS WILL ONLY BE GIVEN AFTER WEEKEND MASSES AND NOT FROM THE PARISH OFFICE. Completed forms must be RETURNED by Monday 26th February.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING ON TUESDAY 20TH FEBRUARY AT 7PM IN THE PRESBYTERY. All council members are asked to attend.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS every Thursdays after morning Mass and Friday evening at 7 pm.
ARE YOU AWAREthat the Rosary is said each morning in the church at 9.10am (just before the morning Mass)?
THE CANONESSES OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE invite you to a talk entitled ‘Hope in times of vulnerability’ which will take place February 18th at Blessed Sacrament Church Hall, Melbourne, Chelmsford at 2pm. The talk will be delivered by Dr Lea Verstricht, a Belgian theologian. To book a place please visit the Community’s Events Bookings page www.canonesses.co.uk/event-bookings/ or call 01206-867296.
LENTEN RETREAT AT PARISH OF CHRIST THE KING will be on Sunday 25th February starting with soup and a roll at 1pm and finishing at 4pm. All parishioners are very welcome to join.
ST. PATRICK’S NURSERY: Nursery applications for admission in September 2018 are available from the school office. We are anticipating the opening of our brand new nursery by June 15th 2018. If you would like your child to start in the June intake, please see Miss Allen when you submit your nursery application form. The final date to submit your application forms for the Nursery June and September intakes is Thursday 29th March 2018. Practising Catholics: When applying for a school place, please ask your priest for verification of practice (signing date will be announced soon in the parish bulletin), which is only available from your church. You will not be able to get this from the school.
ST. PATRICK’S PRIMARY SCHOOL are looking for books for their library. It can be of any Genre- Classic, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poems etc. Please contact the school on 020 8509 4321.
PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND – led by Fr Eamonn Power. The Parish of Our Lady of Canvey & the English Martyrs (Canvey Island) invites you to join their parish pilgrimage to the Holy Land – In The Footsteps of Christ & the Holy Family. (Travel dates: Thursday 10th May to Thursday 17th May 2018). This pilgrimage is organised and coordinated by Anam Cara Travel. Cost is £1,370. This includes 4* Hotels on a half board basis, flights, gratuities and all excursions. If you are interested or require further information, please contact Cathy on 07885 577 342 – by 31st March 2018. *LAST PLACES REMAINING.
DIVINE MERCY- every Wednesday at 4pm in the Church.
LEGION OF MARY meeting will be held in the church on Thursdays after Mass at 10:15 am. If anyone is interested they are welcome to attend.
UNABLE TO MAKE IT TO MASS? The church offers a service called Mass Link. At 6pm Sunday Mass, via Skype, we call people who want to listen to the Mass and broadcast the Mass to them over their phones. This service is available for anyone who can't make it to Mass if you are ill or housebound. If you would like this service, please give your number to the Parish Office and we will ring you every Sunday at 6pm to listen in!
A PURSE WAS FUND IN THE CHURCH. YOU CAN COLLECT IT FROM THE PARISH OFFICE (Please check the opening hours).
Why Do We Call It Lent? Think of the 40 days preparing for Easter as something precious and to be celebrated, days lent to us–lent by God. We’re deep into Lent–the 40 days leading up to Easter, historically a time of fasting and prayer, getting ready for the celebration of the Resurrection. The word “Lent” comes from the old English “lencten,” which means spring. This is the early spring–and if your area is anything like mine, the crocuses are pushing up through the earth, a sure sign that spring is on the way. The early Christians celebrated baptism at Easter and so they would dedicate the weeks beforehand as a time to prepare, to be reconciled to God by a period of penitence and fasting. At first it was just a few weeks and then it became the 40 days that we know today–and remember that’s 40 not counting the Sundays which are technically feast days and not fast days. So Lent was a description of the time of year this was all happening, spring coming to the earth as renewal was making its way to us. But let me try out another felicitous way of thinking of the word “Lent.” Lent, as in lending something to someone, letting them have it because it’s yours to loan. Sometimes you’ll hear the phrase, “borrowed time,” as in “He’s living on borrowed time.” But recently I read how in the 18th century a different expression was used. They would say “lent time.” It’s a switch in emphasis. “Borrowed time” focuses on us and our notion of controlling our future. “Lent time” puts the emphasis back on God. Every moment is precious, every moment is lent by the divine. Think of these precious days as something to be celebrated because they have been lent to us, lent by the greatest of all. The Bible says, “You are dust and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19), a phrase that we repeat at Lent, a reminder of our mortality. We are lent to the earth, lent to a life of joy and sorrow, lent to a life of love because we are loved. Happy Lent. By Rick Hamlin.
Telephone: 020 8520 3647
61 Blackhorse Road
LONDON E17 7AS
Marife and Marta
Monday – Saturday 9am – 1pm
PARISH OFFICE IS CLOSED
ON THURSDAYS. FOR APPOINTMENT RING
020 8520 3647
Monday – Friday09.30am
Saturday: 10.00am / 7.00pm
Sunday: 09.00am / 11.30am /
1.00pm (Polish) / 6.00pm
Tuesday: 7.30pm – 8:30pm
Friday: after Morning Mass
Every Friday 8.00pm – 9.30pm
Led by a Polish prayer group.
Saturday 10:30 am – 11:00 am &
6:15 pm – 6:40 pm