Parish News

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A blessed Easter to you all in the joy of the risen Lord and many thanks to all who have put in so much over the last week to help enrich and deepen our celebrations. A good deal which goes on behind the scenes is simply hard work, but all of a part with the worship of our offering to the glory of God. Fr Alex

Sunday 28th April: Deanery celebrations of Divine Mercy Sunday will take place at Holy Trinity Holbeach, beginning with Devotions at 2.00pm and Mass at 3.30pm. More detail can be found on the parish website: www.holytrinityparish.org.uk

Joaquim Antao, whom you may have seen playing alongside the Choir on a Sunday morning is looking to offer music lessons within the parish for anyone (children or adult) wanting to learn the violin. If you are interested to know more, feel free to speak to Joaquim or Margaret Fretwell on Sunday mornings.

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 Diocese has a vacancy for a Chief Operating Officer based at Willson House next to the Cathedral in Nottingham.  This new role will provide an exciting opportunity to make a pivotal contribution to the Church’s mission by managing the resources of the Diocese in a creative and professional manner. The COO will report to the Episcopal Vicar for Finance and Administration who is a member of the Board of Directors.  The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Tuesday 28th May 2019.  Further information and application form can be obtained by emailing financial.secretary@nrcdt.org.uk

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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.

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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

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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 makezo@hotmail.co.uk Please notify me by Wednesday, 5 pm each week. Thank you, Maria