UCM have been looking at “ LAUDATO SI” ‘Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment. In it he states that the two greatest aims of his papacy are solidarity with those living in poverty and the protection of the planet which he calls Our Common Home. He urges us to do likewise. We live in a beautiful island but how we live affects a wider world. We had a lively discussion on how we damage the planet and what we can do even in small ways to protect it and have made a list of things we can try to commit to this LENT. We thought that parishioners might like to join us in committing to one or all of the following:-
- Cutting down as much as possible on plastic, especially one use plastic
- Along with our obligation as Catholics to abstain from meat on Fridays – perhaps we could extend it to more than one day.
- Contributing to the Food Banks at the back of St. Joseph’s, Our Lady Star of the Sea and Notre Dame du Rosaire.
- Supporting Fair-trade
- Walking, cycling, using the bus more and the car less.
- Being responsible consumers asking ourselves “ Do I need it or just WANT it? Campaigning for fair working conditions for those producing“ “cheap as chips clothes”
- Buying local where possible.
- Taking a bag when out walking to collect litter.
- Acting local, thinking global.
Waitrose Tokens at Admiral Park store will be for St Mary & St Michael’s school during March.
Le Platon 100 Club Lottery winners for February
First Prize £100 – 23
Second Prize £50 – 6
Third Prize £25 – 69
Anyone wishing to join in the monthly draw please call 722461
Mother’s Prayer Group meet on Monday 11th March at 4.00pm.
Contact Christine for more details – Tel: 259995 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Confirmation preparation for Year 8+
Video, meal & discussion
Session 8: Telling Others
Tuesday 05th March – St Mary & St Michael School
Wednesday 06th March – NO SESSION – Ash Wednesday
Session 7: Evil
Friday 08th March – St Joseph’s Parish Room
Tom Saddington – Tel: 07781 129310 / E-mail: email@example.com
Mondays – 11.30am (from 11th March) – Our Lady Star of the Sea followed by 12noon Mass
Fridays – 7.00pm (from 8th March) – St Joseph’s preceded by 6.30pm Mass
Saturdays – 5.00pm (from 9th March) – Notre Dame followed by 5.30pm Mass
Lenten almsgiving will be used to support BAMENDA
Colm Lennon, the Chair of the Diocesan Bamenda Committee, will speak at all Masses next weekend to give us a further insight into the situation facing the peoples of the Cameroon.
Rosary during Lent will take place on Monday evenings at 7.30pm commencing the 11th March to allow attendance at the Mass and Stations of the Cross in St Joseph’s on Friday’s.
Ash Wednesday (6th March) is a day of Fasting & Abstinence
Distribution of ashes at all Masses.
St Joseph’s – 7.00am, 9.30am, 7.00pm
Our Lady Star of the Sea – 11.00am
Notre Dame – 12.05pm
Blanchelande College – 2.30pm
Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or anniversary over 60 years?
If so Bishop Philip would like to invite you to a Mass of celebration. This will take place at St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on Saturday 6th July 2019. It is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and witness to Marriage. If you would like to come, please obtain a form from the Parish Office or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note this address is not monitored daily and you may have to wait for a reply, so please be patient. Alternatively you can contact Liz Murphy at St. Bede’s Parish Office on 01256465214.