`NEWSLETTER FOR ST JOSEPH’S & THE ENGLISH MARTYRS Parish Clergy: Mgr John Nelson (Parish Priest & Co-ordinating Pastor) Fr. Richard Maniak Registered Charity Number: 246871 64 Liebenrood Road The Presbytery, Berkshire Drive Reading, Berkshire, RG30 2EB RBH Chaplaincy - Tilehurst, Reading, Berkshire, RG31 5JJ Tel: 0118 957 2149 - email: Fr Richard Maniak Tel: 0118 942 8632 e-mail: email@example.com Youth Development Leader - firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.englishmartyrs.org.uk Peter McGeady website: www.st-josephs-tilehurst.org.uk (Tel: 958 6637 or 07769258378 or Secretary: Gwen Price email@example.com Secretary: Sheila Jones th/ th THE TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME – YEAR B 29 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 When I went to Stratford a week before the Olympics I thought that I would get a glimpse of the Olympic Village. Little did I know that you were only allowed to go so far and no further! There were some people let in because they had passes, what they were doing I did not know then! But many people to their surprise were told that the best vantage point was the third floor in John Lewis’s. The shop also took advantage of the forthcoming events with the third floor full of souvenirs to buy!! My first impressions were, “this could easily be mistaken for Guantanamo!” the high fencing must have extended the perimeter of the village! Well, I thought, it was a day out in London!! But, what I did see that caught my attention and imagination was taking a walk near part of the perimeter where you could hear music and a gate where a lady with an odd contraption, balancing on her shoulders waited for her entry! What could she be doing? You could not see what was inside, there was some music playing which made some tourists climb stone slabs and try to peep through a canvas partition. Not something I was keen to do myself! I thought I can wait a week!” Yes, peeping in to get a glimpse of what was happening inside…………..it made me think of how we would like to peep in to see what it was like in heaven! Someone once said to me, “but Father Richard, no one has come back to tell us!” I said, “Jesus came back!” They said, “Yes, but nobody else!” Jesus gave us the story of Lazarus lying at the gate of a rich man. It concludes, ”If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one rises from the dead.” Lk 16:19-31. The Olympics were fantastic! It was a focal point for all nations to come and enjoy and celebrate. But I had to wait with everybody else. That waiting for us as Christians is a Life of Faith. Fr Richard MASS INTENTIONS ENGLISH MARTYRS DAYS ST JOSEPH’S Sean & Andrew Morris RIP 6.30 pm Vigil Michael & Nicholas Godfrey RIP 9.30 am Sunday 8.30 am John Condon RIP Sean Davis RIP 11.30 am 5.00 pm 10.30 am Una Quinn RIP Paddy Halion RIP 9.30 am Monday NO MASS NO MASS Tuesday 9.00 am Jack Barry’s Intentions Nora Halion’s Intentions 9.30 am Wednesday NO MASS Bridie McGlynn RIP 8.00 pm Thursday 9.00 am Graham Palmer RIP Rachel & Harold Fearns RIP 9.30 am Friday 7.00 pm Theresa Norton-Roberts Intns. Saturday 10.00 am Rosemary McCloskey’s Golden Jubilee Thanksgiving FEASTS OF THE WEEK: Monday – St Thérèse of the Child Jesus Tuesday – The Holy Guardian Angels Thursday – St Francis of Assisi Saturday – St Bruno Thursday 7- 8 pm EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT Saturday - 9.30 – 10 am Saturday – 5.30-6.15 pm CONFESSIONS – SATURDAY Saturday - 10.30 – 11 am Responsorial Psalm: “The precepts of the Lord gladden the heart.” DIARY: A WARM WELCOME TO th Church Cleaning: Group 4– 5 October. th Counters: 7 October – Mrs Ennis, Mr Desombre, Mrs Walsh, Mrs Ryce. Thomas Briggs, Joshua Gonzalez, Oliver Heath, rd Collection: 23 September £1,010.75 Taanaye Newman, Ryan Symolon, Isabelle Sheridan, There will be a Special Collection this weekend for Joseph Parham and Taig Hartigan, who are being baptised this weekend. The Cathedral. MASS COUNTS ARE REQUIRED EVERY WEEKEND CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO DURING OCTOBER BEGINNING NEXT WEEK. TH CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY – FRIDAY 5 OCT Stephen Lutwyche and Una Carr who celebrated their Please pray for the work of CAFOD this Harvest Fast marriage on Saturday afternoon. Day, focusing on hunger and food. The attached envelope describes how families, formerly reliant on th Youth Leaders Meeting in Reading–Mon.15 Oct. food aid in Zambia, have become self-sufficient. Please help more families out of poverty by returning English Martyrs Church Hall, 7.30–9pm. the envelope with your usual generosity (Gift Aid if This meeting is for all volunteers currently working applicable). Thank you so much in advance.. with young people aged 11-25, and for those who FIRST HOLY COMMUNION - 18 MAY 2013 are interested in getting involved. Come and join in If your child will be aged 8 or over by next August with the discussion and planning for the involvement (Year 3) and you would like him/her to receive their of young people in the Catholic Church here in First Holy Communion, please complete and return Reading. For more information, and to confirm you the enrolment form (at the back of the Church) to the are coming, contact me, Peter McGeady, on st Parish Office by 21 October. Late applications firstname.lastname@example.org or cannot be accepted because groups will be arranged 07769258378. Light refreshments available. st and Catechists organised after the 21 October. Youth Leaders Day-Called to a Noble Adventure It is essential that your child attends all of the classes if he/she is to be properly prepared for the sacraments A day including youth leaders and Confirmation of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, and catechists to engage with the new National Vision also that he/she attends Mass on a regular basis. Document for Youth Ministry – ‘Called to a Noble Adventure’. An opportunity to meet others working It must also be stressed that the meetings for parents with young people and get involved in workshops as part of the Programme are not optional – so please providing resources and ideas. Saturday, 20th ensure you are able to attend these. October, in St Swithun Wells Primary School in Chandlers Ford SO53 2JP, 10am – 4pm. Free but CONFIRMATION - JUNE 2013 packed lunches should be taken. . Go to portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/forms/youthleadersday If you are in Year 8 or above and are interested in joining Contact Peter McGeady 07769258378 or Dave Hill the Confirmation programme, please complete a on 01329835583 registration and consent form and return to the Parish Office. The forms are available at the back of the APF/MISSIO – BOX HOLDERS/PROMOTERS church) or contact the office to receive a copy by email. st It is time once again to empty the Red Mission Boxes The closing date is 31 October, to allow us to plan the Many thanks in advance. Contact Anne on 9428198 resources required. The programme will begin with a ‘Come and See’ evening in November. Divine Mercy Holy Hour to be held at St Anne’s in Caversham on 7th October at 2.15pm HOSPITAL – Requests for a Chaplain to visit If you, or a member of your family are admitted to A talk given by Father Peter Prusakiewicz, ex- Hospital and would like a visit from the Catholic chaplain to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Chaplain, and perhaps receive Holy Communion Lady of Mercy in Warsaw where St Faustina whilst a patient – PLEASE make this known to started her religious life. He learnt much from the the staff when you are admitted. sisters who knew St Faustina. All are welcome. TH Followed by refreshments. CRAFT SESSION IN THE HALL – SAT. 27 OCT. A Craft session will be held from 2-5 pm. The aim is to DUCHESS OF KENT HOSPICE knit/sew a crib/figures in preparation for the Posada during Advent. To join in this activity, please bring A Fundraising Dance in aid of the Duchess of along bits of yarn and a set of size 3 knitting needles. Kent at the Irish Club, Chatham Street, on 20 Oct., 9 This is a taster session! If sufficient interest to pursue pm till late. Music by Eugene Doonan. Tickets £5. these sessions emerges the Workshop can continue on a monthly basis. Whether amateur or talented in Mass at the University of Reading starts again this crafts, all are welcome and it should lead to some very Sunday at 6pm in William of York Church, Upper enjoyable afternoons amongst friends with plenty of Redlands Road. laughs. Older children who are keen to learn are most welcome.
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