SEPTEMBER IS THE MONTH OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS.
Twenty-Second Week of Ordinary Time
Next Sunday, on 10th September from 12.00 noon, in loving memory of Bob Penny, St Thomas More parish invites you all to our Family Fun Day. Bob Penny gave so much to his parish over many years in the organisation and promotion of many happy celebrations supporting family life in the parish. One of my first celebrations in the parish was a family disco organised by the Social Club, of which Bob was the dedicated Chairman for many years, and he introduced me to many more people in our parish.
We miss Bob greatly, but in supporting family life through parish celebrations that also help to raise money for the parish as he did, we honour his memory in the best way possible. The 11 o’clock mass on Sunday 10th will also be offered for the repose of Bob’s soul.
St Thomas More Family Fun Day activities include:
Tea & Coffee
Face Painting for children and adults
Balloon modelling stand
Bouncy Castle for children and adults
Guess the weight of the Cake
How many sweets in the jar
Guess the name of the Teddy
Hook a duck game
Kids Lucky Dip
Music by Sadie
Please speak to Melissa or one of the organisers after mass on Saturday/ Sunday and buy a ticket in advance, payable by cash or contactless. This will help a lot in knowing the quantity of food we need to purchase. If you are able to help -out in any way, please let us know. We still need more raffle prizes. If you have any new items still in their packaging boxes that you do not need and could donate, these would be welcome.
We are also looking for any bottled items for a bottle tombola: these bottles can include wine, spirits, beer, olive oil, non-alcoholic drinks, sauces, tabasco etc.
On Sunday 10th, we will thank God for our parish family through fun after mass, but every Sunday we celebrate family life at the Holy Sacrifice of the mass. The parish supports our parents in the passing on of a strong catholic identity to our children in a hostile world. What can parents do to strengthen the catholic identity of their families?
1. Bringing your family to Holy Mass every week, come rain or shine, no matter where you are and show that the worship of Almighty God, our creator, comes first.
2. Making your confessions, twice a year at least, so that you are prepared to receive Holy Communion in a state of grace.
3. Receiving Holy Communion with visible reverence to the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the sacrament, on the tongue and kneeling if you can.
4. Raising your children in Holy Matrimony so that Christ is King of your family homes and with help of the prayers of Mary, Queen of the Family protecting you.
5. Doing good works for the benefit of one another in the family, in the parish and in the community.
ST THOMAS MORE GOLF DAY to be held Thursday 21st September 2023 at Birchwood Park Golf course, Swanley. Anyone interested in taking part please contact Tony Brooke. 07833707016. There will be the usual charity raffle attached to the day in aid of taking sick /disabled to Lourdes. You will be offered a chance to be involved in the raffle in early September.
War On The Catholic Family Conference.
Saturday 14th October 2023 9am-5pm
Our Lady and St Peter Church
15 Victoria Drive, Wimbledon, SW19 6AD
This pivotal conference gathers seven distinguished Catholic voices to address challenges arising from poor catechesis and media misinformation. They bring rich insights, rooted in research and experience, to support today’s Catholic families. Tickets available for in-person and online Zoom attendance at: www.familyandlife.co.uk/conference. Tel: 020 88579950. Tickets: Single £10.00/ Family £20.00.
Areas of exploration will include:
Methods to strengthen children’s faith amidst growing secularism.
Fostering the enrichment of children’s spiritual lives by guiding them in prayer, engaging with sacraments, and nurturing emotional well-being.
Strategies to counter ‘culture of death’ and ‘woke’ ideologies.
For further information and tickets go to www.familyandlife.co.uk/conference
DIVINE MERCY APOSTOLATE PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK
The Divine Mercy Apostolate, London is hosting a Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, Co Mayo from November 9 to 14 to pray for the Holy Souls. It will be led by the Marian Fathers. Package includes: Return flights by Aer Lingus from Heathrow Airport, half board, 5 nights, accommodation in en suite twin rooms, hand-luggage (10 kgs), all transfers and Airport Development fee. The Retreat will include daily Mass and Hour of Mercy and retreats at Glendalough and Kylemore Abbey. Cost £800. All Welcome. Please call Millie Fernandez on 07957594646 for more information
EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION AND LECTORS - Formation Day 2023
Saturday 14th October 2023, 10.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m.
For Parishes in the Deaneries of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich
Venue: St Stephen’s Church, 26 Deepdene Road, Welling, Kent DA16 3QL
If you are a lector or extraordinary minister you are encouraged to put this in your diary and attend it. Please let me know if you are going so I can let them know numbers.
Tickets and Raffle tickets are available after mass and we are looking for donations for raffle prizes and cupcakes. Raffle items must be in new condition and in original packaging and can be given to Fr. Jonathon, Melissa or ticket sellers. Raffle prizes we need include bottles (wine/spirits/cooking ingredients etc.), gift sets, toys, gift vouchers and decorative homeware (candles, ornaments etc.). Please contact the parish office if you are able to help with any of the above or if you are available to lend a hand on the day by emailing email@example.com.
MASSES AND INTENTIONS FOR THE TWENTY- SECOND WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME