The Messenger 17th September 2021

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Sacrament of First Holy Communion 2022 
Sacrament of First Holy Communion 2022 

Preparation begins on Sunday 14th November 2021. Children taking part in the programme are required to attend eleven sessions in preparation for First Reconciliation and eleven sessions for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Sessions will take place 45 minutes before Mass begins:

Our Lady Star of the Sea – Session begins 8:30am followed by Mass.

St. Joseph’s Church – Session begins 9:45am followed by Mass.

NB Sessions do not take place during the school holidays.

Your commitment:

Regular attendance at Mass and the session preceding Mass.

Your child’s register card to be marked weekly.

Children must remain in church throughout Mass and not attend the Children’s Liturgy Group.

Purchase a pupil workbook (from your school or parish office) £8.

Please ensure your child brings their workbook each week.

Complete weekly tasks with your child.

Enrolment forms are available at the back of Church and through the schools.

Dates For You Diary: 

First Reconciliation Service – Friday 10th June – St. Joseph’s Church

Sacrament of First Holy Communion – Saturday 18th June 2022 – St. Joseph’s Church

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group - 20th Sept - 7:00pm - St Joseph's Parish Room
The Holy Spirit Prayer Group – 20th Sept – 7:00pm – St Joseph’s Parish Room

The Holy Spirit Prayer Group on Monday 20th September in St Joseph’s Parish Room.

Tea/Coffee from 7:00pm and the prayer group starts at 7:30pm.

Annual Charybdis & Limbourne Service - 26th Sept - 3:00pm - Le Foulon
Annual Charybdis & Limbourne Service – 26th Sept – 3:00pm – Le Foulon

Fr Chris will be in attendance at the Annual Charybdis & Limbourne Service on Sunday 26th September at 3:00pm at Le Foulon Cemetery.

Missio
Missio

The good news is that the “Missio Today” magazines have arrived. I am afraid only a limited number. There is an excellent article on pages 16-17. So far this year we are very short of donations. If you have a box that’s nearly full please bring it in for counting. Thank you so much for your continued support. Richard

Prayer Vigil for our Youth - 1st Oct - 8:00pm-Midnight - Delancey
Prayer Vigil for our Youth – 1st Oct – 8:00pm-Midnight – Delancey

On Friday 1st Oct there will be a Prayer Vigil with ‘Adoration’ to pray for our young people and youth work in the parish during the coming year. This will be at Delancey from 8:00pm-midnight and will consist of music, prayers and silent ‘Adoration’ until 11:00pm which will be followed by an hour of Taize prayer around the cross from 11:00pm until midnight. Everyone is invited to pop in for a short time, or longer, to pray for our youth.

CAFOD Family Fast Day - 1st Oct
CAFOD Family Fast Day – 1st Oct

Our local experts are helping people all over the world adapt to climate change and to protect our common home. By donating to CAFOD this family fast day you can help communities affected by the worst impact of the climate crisis. Envelopes and more information will be available next weekend.

Radio Guernsey Guidelines - 20th Sept-24th Sept
Radio Guernsey Guidelines – 20th Sept-24th Sept

Radio Guernsey Guidelines will be presented by Larry Malcic airing from Monday 20th September – Friday 24th September (approx 6:35am and 8:35am).

Reflecting on Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato si, with references to his more recent encyclical, Fratelli tutti, and his joint letter issued this month, For the Protection of Creation.

Mass of Remembrance - Sister Marie Paul - 23rd Sept - 6:00pm - Notre Dame Church
Mass of Remembrance – Sister Marie Paul – 23rd Sept – 6:00pm – Notre Dame Church

Mass of remembrance for the late Sister Marie Paul, former head teacher at Notre Dame school.

Thursday 23rd September at 6:00pm at Notre Dame du Rosaire Church.

All welcome especially ex teachers and pupils.

Befrienders Group
Befrienders Group

Encouraged by Canon Michael, the Befrienders group first met in November 2012. Members were aware that there were a number of parishioners who for reasons of age or incapacity were unable to come to Mass or join in Parish events. Many had contributed greatly to parish life and needed to know they were not forgotten by the parish community.

The first task was to identify people who would appreciate the hand delivery of a Christmas card on behalf of the parish. This small gesture was greeted with great joy and opened our eyes to the extent of the need and the numbers involved. These have stayed fairly stable between 70 and 90 people. Preparation for visiting then began. Anyone providing a regular service on behalf of the Church has to be cleared by the safeguarding service with a police check. With the help of technology this is now a more straight forward and quick process. Now, if anyone is interested in becoming a Befriender they can accompany someone who has a police check while awaiting their paperwork.

In the decade since this group started the Service has evolved. The first Service of Healing and Blessing took place In 2014 and has been held annually since then. A pattern of ‘get together’ tea parties, roughly quarterly, are also very popular.

These have required support from the Parish Youth Service as well as the wider parish as lift givers, cake-makers and servers. A close relationship has built up with the Youth Service who now regularly contribute to making the cards at Easter and Christmas. The group also values support from the Legion of Mary and the Catenians If you or someone you know who would value a visit from a Befriender please get in touch. Contact details below.

We do need more Befrienders so if you feel you would like to help and have an hour or two to spare we would love to hear from you. Meg White: 252401/07781 403378 mwhite@cwgsy.net

A life Line for Married Couples
A life Line for Married Couples

‘Retrouvaille’ to date has offered help, hope and support to over 6,000 couples experiencing difficulty within their marriage or who have already divorced or separated. Reconciliation is never too late. There is no group therapy or group work involved and the next on line course commences with a virtual weekend from October 21st/ 24th 2021.

For more details in complete confidence – Call or text 0788 729 6983 or 0797 388 0443

retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com or www.retrouvaille.org.uk