Parish News

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FR. ALEX WILL BE ON LEAVE 3RD – 18TH AUGUST.

Please welcome:   17th/18th Fr. Colin Patey & his wife Cyndy

In emergency please contact Deacon David 01205 760298 or 07958142213

FIRST COMMUNION 2020: Application forms are now available at the back of church and in the school.

Holland Places of Worship Festival – 14th/15th September: Once again, many churches in our area will be open. There are fliers about this in the Lady Chapel. We will once more be open on Saturday from 10.00am – 3.00pm. If you would like to take a turn in being present to offer hospitality, please have a word with Sadie or Carolyn.

THE ALPHA COURSE  is a series of interactive sessions to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. It will take place over 11 Thursday evenings, at 7.15 p.m., starting on Thursday 12 September at Holy Trinity Church Lounge, Boston. To register contact Holy Trinity Church Office on 01205 310221 or online at www.holytrinityboston.org.uk

Catholics Working in Healthcare in the Diocese of Nottingham: Bishop Patrick invites you join him for a Mass for Catholics Working in Healthcare in the Diocese of Nottingham at 11.30am on Saturday 7th September 2019 in St Barnabas Cathedral Nottingham

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.

ART AND CRAFT CLUB: Please note that there will be no art and craft on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26th. Thank you, Geraldine

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.

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TOGETHER IN SPIRIT

Please pray for these intentions recently received;

. For Pat, in pain awaiting a hip replacement. Dear Lord comfort and reassure her.

. For students receiving A level and GCSE results. Lord guide them in their decisions about the future.

. For the work of the Street Pastors and Prayer Pastors in Boston who support the community and give their time freely and unconditionally. Lord inspire and uphold them.

A PRAYER OF ST AUGUSTINE

O ,God, teach me to love you, with all my heart,

With all my soul, with all my mind,

with all my strength and my neighbour as myself.

Help me this day to trust my past to your mercy,

my future to your providence

And my present to your love. Amen.

God bless – Sharon and Carolyn

PLEASE PRAY WITH US AND FOR US THIS WEEK

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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.

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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