HARVEST THANKSGIVING – 28th / 29th: Please bring your gifts to be placed around the Ambo. NB If you contribute regularly to Centrepoint (for which many thanks) please on this occasion bring them to the front of the church for display. Thank you.
FIRST COMMUNION 2020: Application forms are now available at the back of church and in the school. The deadline to return forms to church or school is NOW.
Holland Places of Worship Festival – 14th/15th September: We are open this Saturday from 10.00am – 3.00pm.
CAKE SALE: There will be a bake sale to raise funds for the Parish at both Masses this weekend. Donations of cakes will be gratefully received.
DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: On 19th September there will be a Parish outing to Houghton-on-the -Hill, where Fr Alex will celebrate Mass. All are welcome. If you are a car driver, can you offer your empty seats to those who are not? Full details to follow.
COLLECTING BOXES: Anne has now handed over responsibility for the red boxes to Teresa Turpin. Many thanks to them both. It is the time to empty all collecting boxes i.e. the red Missio boxes and the Faith in Families boxes (the little houses). Please bring the boxes to Mass on Saturday or Sunday over the next three weekends. Please hand your box to Teresa or Carolyn or take it to the sacristy. Do not leave boxes containing money in the Lady Chapel. Thank you for your prompt co-operation. If you would like to take a collecting box or make a one-off donation please speak to Teresa or Carolyn.
World Day of Prayer 2019/20: A meeting will take place on Saturday 21 September 2019, commencing at 1030am, in St Mary’s church hall. At this meeting we will take a look back at this years’ service and begin planning for the 2020 service. This next service will be my last as Area Organiser so I would like to make it a really good one. Please come to this meeting if you possibly can and bring your female friends with you. Refreshments will be available. Margie Allday, Boston Area Organiser Phone 01205 353539 Mob. 07765556484 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Natural Fertility Matters: Are you an engaged or married couple looking for a scientifically proven, ethical and effective natural family planning method? Or a married couple struggling with infertility or early miscarriage and looking for answers and a natural way forward? Or a woman suffering with PMS / polycystic ovaries / unusual cycles and would like to improve your gynaecological and reproductive health? Amanda Adebisi (Fertility Care Practitioner Intern) teaches the Creighton Model System. Please contact Amanda on 07793 350882 or email@example.com for more information about the learning programme and to see how she can help you.
TOGETHER IN SPIRIT
. Please pray for these intentions recently received
. For a friend struggling with pain and awaiting an assessment
. For a couple getting married. Lord give them happiness and a lifetime of commitment to each other.
. In thanksgiving for two friends who have just received clear results after operations
THOUGHTS OF POPE FRANCIS
Faith must lead to concrete actions” marked by love of God, by a great life, by a life with so much love of neighbour”.
People may end up on the wrong path. “Looking for happiness only in things, or in people we treat as things.”
Loving, Lord Jesus, help us to make the necessary change in our lives and lifestyle,
so that we may become true or truer disciples
With commitment to those who are poor. Amen.
God bless – Sharon and Carolyn
PLEASE PRAY WITH US AND FOR US THIS WEEK
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Please notify me by Wednesday, 5 pm each week. Thank you, Maria