Thursday 27th June: Vespers will be sung (in English) at St. Mary’s at 7pm. It is for the vigil of the feast of the Sacred Heart on 28th. There will not be a Mass.
Peter’s Pence: The annual collection for the charitable works sponsored by the Holy Father is next week. You will be pleased to know that for the first time Pope Francis is giving information about the destination of particular donations he has made relating to crises and urgent causes. Naturally, it is good to know something of how our money is being used.
Annual Butterfly Release raising funds for The Butterfly Hospice Trust will be held in the Presbytery Garden Sunday 14th July following 9.30 a.m. Mass. Please contact Sadie to reserve your butterflies, £6
TOGETHER IN SPIRIT
Please pray for these intentions recently received;
. We pray for local people affected by the recent spell of rain.
Lord give them shelter and help them to return to their homes safely.
. We pray for the emergency services who work day and night tirelessly at times of
catastrophe and human suffering
. We pray for all of our young people as they receive the Holy Spirit in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
We pray for their catechists and families who support them in their faith journey.
. We pray to two of our English saints who died to keep Catholicism in this country.
St John Fisher and St Thomas More are remembered on Saturday. May we always feel able to practise our faith in freedom and safety.
. On the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi, we pray for our Eucharistic Ministers who will be renewing their commitment. May they serve with joy and enthusiasm.
. We pray that the Corpus Christi Procession will bring great blessings to our parish and to the town of Boston.
God bless – Sharon and Carolyn
PLEASE PRAY WITH US AND FOR US THROUGHOUT THE COMING WEEK
We ask God’s blessing on Soniya, Chris & Ethan who were confirmed on Friday evening in Spalding by Bishop Patrick. Thanks to Maria, their catechist, for her patient and committed work with them.
St Mary’s Academy – Friends of Saint Mary’s Summer Fair: This event will take place on Friday 5th July between 1530 and 1730. There will be bouncy castles, various stalls including the ever popular tombola and a BBQ. All welcome.
Repository: Don’t forget that the repository has a range of gifts and cards available. Items not in stock may be available to order – please ask after weekend Masses.
The charity, Centrepoint Outreach in Boston continue to be in need of our help so that they can effectively help and support the homeless and the needy in our town, of which there is an increasing number. As a church community we can effectively support Centrepoint through donations of tinned and dried food, just as we do at Harvest Festival. We would like to do this all year round so there will be a storage container placed in the Lady Chapel beneath the notice boards and we invite you, whenever possible, to donate. Thank you for your charity.
David Locking writes: Dear Parishioners, Our church, your church, needs your help. We have a congregation of over 900 every weekend. With this amount of people, we need to keep it all clean and tidy and to respect and be proud that we have a wonderful Catholic church in Boston. The Presbytery courtyard and church surroundings should be tidy and welcoming to everyone passing by. We have at the moment a small but wonderful team of volunteers doing their best to keep everything in order, but with the best of intentions we can only achieve so much. We need more help, PLEASE!
If you can give a little of your time please phone 366403 or see me at church.
The Friends of Saint Mary’s (FOSM) work really hard raising money for our school. Discos, musical evenings, Christmas & Summer Fair, Christmas and Easter Bingo and a BBQ at Sports Day are just some of the events held last year which helped pay for new books for the library, compost and plants for Gardening Club, Smarties for the Smarty Challenge, Pantomime at Blackfriars, breakfast for SAT’s, Year 1 dressing up outfits, Autism support and Y6 diaries and pens. The FOSM are looking for new members, if you feel you can offer some of your spare time, please let the school office know – Thank you, FOSM
Saint Mary’s School: Our Twitter account is the best way to keep up to date with everything happening in school. Recently we have tweeted about upcoming events and even posted some children’s fantastic learning online. Make sure you follow us on twitter @bostonstmarys
On-line Catholic Directory: This allows you to find Mass times for any church when you are away from home. Now you can do so very easily at the click of a button: www.CatholicDirectory.org
St. Mary’s Church Choir appeal: As most of us in the choir are “seniors” we are concerned that it is quite some time since we appealed for new singers and we all feel that the time has come to try and recruit some new and hopefully younger members of the Parish to our choir. We would like to appeal to anyone who likes to sing, male or female, to come and join in with us on Sundays at the 9.30am Mass. We have had two recent additions, and sadly two retirements. You do not have to be able to read music, and we have a practice every other Tuesday evening at 6.30 pm in church.
Our other major concern is that the time will surely come when both Gwyneth and I will need to step down, but at the moment we cannot foresee any replacements. So if anyone is willing to have a go at playing the organ we will be only too happy to talk to you. Please think about this appeal, it is so important that the magnificent singing tradition in St. Mary’s is not lost.
If you are interested please come and speak to Gwyneth or Margaret after the 4pm and 9.30pm Masses.
POOR BOX: Supporting the poor and homeless: As a church and Parish we have always supported those who are in most need. There is a box at the rear of the Church for any contributions which you feel you are able to give to help these very disadvantaged people. Thank you.
Newsletter Contact: If you have any items for inclusion (apart from mass Intentions) please either see me at Mass or email me on email@example.com Please notify me by Wednesday, 5 pm each week. Thank you, Maria