BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN: This Sunday, 13th, Pope Francis will declare John Henry Newman to be a saint. Thanks be to God. Saint John Henry Newman pray for us!
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY – 20th OCTOBER: In many parts of the world the Church is growing! Many new churches are now self-sufficient, but up to 40% still need our help and support. Please heed the Gospel precept to give generously to our brothers and sisters wherever there is real need. It is all to the greater glory of God.
Could all parishioners please be aware that this Sunday, 13th October from 7.00am until 9.00pm the church hall will be used as a polling and counting station in the Polish Presidential Election. There will, of course, be no tea and coffee after Mass on that day and we apologise for any inconvenience this event may cause to you (though it will be a good additional source of income for the parish as well as a healthy exercise in good community relations).Please note that we anticipate that this is likely to severely reduce the amount of car parking available…Thank you for your patience and understanding.
October Devotions – Rosary & Benediction Our Lady’s Message to our world is: please say my Rosary as often as you can and offer it to my Immaculate Heart. Our Lady is reminding us our time on earth is short. Please listen to Our Lady’s message and join us in our October Devotions. Devotions are every Tuesday afternoon at 2pm during October. David Locking
Our Parish is blessed with volunteers who work behind the scenes to ensure the administration and services run smoothly.
One of the areas we could do with some help is on the finance side.
– We need people to help us count the weekly collections on a four-week rota.
– The finance committee which works with Fr Alex and oversees how we use our money could also do with another member. There are six meetings a year.
For further information have a chat with either Fr. Alex or myself. Many thanks, Chaz
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. We’ll be getting Christmas items in for repository this coming week, so, if you are looking for anything specific, let me know. Thanks, Paul Ward
PLEASE NOTE 1st Communion classes will begin on WEDNESDAY 30th October at 3.45 and not as previously stated.
PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO ITALY- HOME OF ST PADRE PIO: Monday 28th September to Friday 2nd October 2020. From Stansted. Half board. Hotel near the Sanctuary. 2-day trips to Pietrelcina and Monte Sant Angelo included. Cost £550 per person plus coach from church to the airport and return. We need a minimum of 20 people to run this pilgrimage through Northern Star Travel Ltd. The travel company comes highly recommended and I am assured it is a good price. Please see Carolyn for further details.
TOGETHER IN SPIRIT
Please pray for these intentions recently received;
. For Father Peter in the Sleaford parish who is in hospital
. For Pete Read, a former teacher at St Bede’s, who is in Pilgrim Hospital
. For Peter who is awaiting a diagnosis.
Lord we pray you keep them in your care and give them courage.
THE CANONISATION OF CARDINAL JOHN HENRY NEWMAN: Sunday October 13th sees the canonisation of this saint by Pope Francis in Rome. Cardinal Newman wrote many inspiring hymns and has words of wisdom for us in difficult times. God bless – Sharon and Carolyn
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