Today is Racial Justice Sunday – Dignity for all Workers: We pray today that all workers may be treated with dignity and respect and protected from exploitation. While our prayers should reach across the world, we might be particularly mindful of immigrant agricultural workers in Lincolnshire. Here there is good practice, for which we should give thanks, but also exploitation and a disregard for just conditions of work and pay.
YOU ARE INVITED TO: ST PATRICK’S CEILIDH on Saturday 16th March 2019
From 7.30pm to 11pm in St Mary’s Church Hall
Live band THE BELTONAS
Light supper included
Bar and Raffle
Tickets only £7.50 per person
TICKETS ON SALE NOW. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS FOR ANY AGE
Having done a survey on such events, most charities charge at least £10 often with no food included. If you have not attended this event before please consider it this time. You do not need to dance. The music is excellent. All donations and raffle prizes gratefully received.
THE SOCIAL COMMITTEE
TOGETHER IN SPIRIT
Please pray for these intentions recently received;
- For the sister of two of our parishioners, who has terminal cancer
- For Joshua, may he find calm and comfort
- For the drivers in Boston, Lord give them patience and help us all to be safe.
- Congratulations to Paulina and Pedro as they await the birth of their second child
As our church is under the patronage of St Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, it is always appropriate to pray to Mary for all our needs.
In the shadow of your mercy we shelter,
O Mother of God.
Do not ignore our supplications
In our temptation,
But deliver us from danger.
O pure one, blessed one.
[SUB TUUM PRAESIDIUM – A prayer found on an ancient Egyptian papyrus in the second century]
WORDS OF ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOMOS
Prayer has power to destroy whatever is at enmity with the good.
I speak not of the prayer of the lips
But of the prayer that ascends
From the inmost recesses of the heart.
God bless – Sharon and Carolyn
PLEASE TAKE THIS NEWSLETTER HOME AND PRAY WITH US AND FOR US THIS WEEK
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