This weekend we celebrate our parish feast day in our worship and gathering
When our newly built Church was opened in July 1963 Fr Edward Fooks PP of St Mary’s requested it be given the Dedication of St Thomas More. Martyr and Lord Chancellor of England . who was executed on Tower Hill in 1535 on July 6th. Annually we are ordered to celebrate on a Sunday Mass near to that date.His exceptional witness to the Catholic Faith as a member of the Lay Faithful and his devotion to the Eucharist inspires us in our belonging and membership of Christ’s Church.
We offer our prayer for those who have gone before us enabling us to worship here in our church. The 12 Consecration stones anointed with Chrism and the Altar consecrated by Bishop Cormac remind us that the physical buildings reflect the spiritual reality of the People of the Parish , Baptised and Confirmed and daily witnessing to our Faith.
Our scripture reminds us that we are living stones making up the Body of Christ
We pray for him on the 3rd July as he celebrates his ruby jubilee of his priestly ordination.
Growing Up Catholic
Children from Years 3 & 4 will be at Mass next Sunday to receive Jesus in Holy Communion as they participate for the first time in Mass in the fullest way. Let us all remember our joyful response to the great Gift for our spiritual nourishment and deepening of our relationship with Our Lord.
Ordination to the Priesthood
We rejoice with Deacon Nick Harden and Family as he is Ordained in Arundel Cathedral by Bishop Richard for service in the Diocese.
Pope Francis July Prayer Intention for the Elderly
As the Church gears up to celebrate the 2nd World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on 24 July, Pope Francis is calling on Catholics to pray throughout the month for the elderly.
His July prayer request comes on the heels of last month’s intention for families, and was accompanied by The Pope Video.
“We cannot speak about family without talking about the importance of the elderly among us,” said the Pope in the video, tying the two prayer intentions together.
He noted that never before in human history have there been so many elderly people, saying “we don’t quite know how to live this new stage of life: there are many plans for assistance for the old age, but few projects for existence.” Read more here
The Synod – The National Synthesis Document
This is now available to read reflecting views from around the Diocese. It runs to 27 pages.
The Relics of Saint Bernadette
These will be visiting our diocese in mid-October.
Cardinal Newman Catholic School – Newman Festival
This is taking place next Saturday 9th July from 12 Noon until 4pm. See poster in church for further details.
- Sunday 3 July 10am Patronal Feast Mass (People of the parish)
- Wednesday 6 July 9:30am St Maria Goretti
- Friday 8 July 9:30am Weekday Mass
- Sunday 10 July 10am 15th in Ordinary Time
A Prayer of St Thomas More
“Give me good Lord, a humble, lowly, quiet, peaceable, patient, charitable, kind, tender mind, with all my words and all my thoughts, to have a taste of Thy Holy, Blessed Spirit.”