Diocesan Year book 2019: One copy remains at £3.50.
ADVENT TREE FOR LIFE: During Advent we will be selling angels, doves and stars to raise money for the LIFE CHARITY. Each decoration is priced at only £1. You can dedicate your angel to someone living or departed and hang it on the tree, or alternatively take it home to hang on your tree. This is a fitting way to remember someone and also the tree brightens up the Lady Chapel, shows the true meaning of the approaching feast of Christmas and gets people involved. Please give a donation, if you feel able, to this worthwhile charity. On sale December 1st to December 16th. Father Alex will kindly say a Mass over the Christmas period for all of the people and intentions included on the Advent Tree for Life. Please see the newsletter for the day and time. Annie & Carolyn
FAMILY MASS OF CHRISTMAS EVE – 4 PM ON MONDAY 24TH OF DECEMBER : All families and children of all ages and nationalities are invited to this first Mass of Christmas. The children will accompany Jesus to the crib. Children please dress up as angels or shepherds to herald the arrival of baby Jesus. If you would like to read at this Mass please see Margret Fretwell, Ann Larkin or Carolyn. Thank You.
Church Cleaners: My sincere thanks to everyone who helps with our church cleaning. Thank you for giving your time each week, all year round, to keeping our Church looking spotless through all your hard work. Wishing you and your families a Holy & Peaceful Christmas. David Locking
Remembrance: We would like to update our list of service men and women from our parish, who have died in conflicts after the Second World War such as Malaya, Aden, The Falklands, The Gulf War, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. If any parishioner has any information, I would be grateful if you would bring it to my attention. Many thanks, Deacon Martyn
TOGETHER IN SPIRIT
Please pray for these intentions recently received
. For all the people in Anchorage, Alaska, including Tim and Amber Chambers.
Pray for them all at this difficult time.
. For peace in France and an end to the scenes of violence and destruction
. For Members of Parliament as they make important decisions which will affect us all
FOCUS FOR ADVENT
Lord, I have ears to hear, a mouth to sing your praises and feet to bring the good news of the birth of Jesus Christ to others.
May we be filled with hope so that, like John the Baptist, we will prepare the way for Jesus
by telling the good news of your amazing love and mercy. Amen.
PLEASE PRAY WITH US AND FOR US THROUGHOUT THE COMING WEEK
God bless – Sharon and Carolyn
The Art and Craft clubs have now finished until January 7th when there will be the Christmas party starting at 12.30 pm.
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.
GIFT AID ENVELOPES: For parishioners who pay income tax on their earnings and are not using the Gift Aid envelopes, could I ask you to consider doing so? There is a brochure in the entrance to the church together with the relevant declaration should you wish to start giving. Each £1 you give will generate a further 20 p for the parish at no extra cost to you. If you have a question or query, please do not hesitate to contact me either at Mass or leave a message on 01205 369942 and I will get back to you. Many thanks Chaz Mayhew
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