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Walk With Me: This attractive guide to accompany you through Advent with Scripture and prayer is once again available from the sacristy at £1 per copy.

Advent Service of Penitence & Reconciliation 7.00pm Thursday 12th December: Here is an opportunity for us to join together to get ready for the coming feast, with the chance (perhaps long overdue?) for individual confession. (The Sacrament of Reconciliation)

THE YEAR OF THE WORD 2020 – THE GOD WHO SPEAKS: The Holy Father invites us, from now until the end of 2020, to explore the riches of Scripture. Opportunities will be offered to help you in this, including the gift of a pocket-sized Gospel According to St Matthew (the Gospel of the year, Year A). In Lent Fr Alex hopes to offer weekly opportunities for moving more deeply into the gift of Scripture and there will be other things besides as the year progresses. Meanwhile, you can download an e-book, created by Fr Ted Tyler, which offers you a reflection on the Gospel of the day for the whole of the coming year. It is free and created ‘to be of service to the average parishioner in his or her prayer life and reflection on the daily gospel.’ You will find it here: www.catholic-thoughts.info/ebook/

Weekend of 14th/15th – Offering for Poor & Needy Parishes: There will be a retiring collection at both Masses. Relative to some parishes, we are quite well off. As we read in his letters, St Paul was very keen that Christian communities should help one another, especially with money. So we stand in a honourable tradition in contributing to this fund.

FAMILY MASS – CHRISTMAS EVE 4 pm: All children and their families are invited to join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus at the 4 pm Christmas Eve Mass (TUESDAY December 24th). Children are asked to dress as shepherds or angels and sit at the front of the church. If you would like a speaking or non-speaking role please see Carolyn at the Saturday Mass, or Eileen and Margaret at the Sunday Mass.  Please arrive by 3.30pm to take your place and to be part of our first Mass to welcome Jesus. Thank You. Carolyn.

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St Mary’s Primary Academy

Christmas Fayre

13th December

3.45 – 5.30 pm

Don’t forget to come along & join us on the 13th!

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Amazing Grace – the story of Gospel Music, Holy Trinity Church, Foxes Low Rd, Holbeach PE12 9PA Tuesday 10th December @7:30 pm: Praise God with the sound of the trumpet and the loud clashing cymbals. Psalm 150. Could the Old Testament prophet have envisaged the exciting music born out of an oppressed and enslaved race? Jazz drummer and historian, John Petters premiers this exciting journey through black gospel history.

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TOGETHER IN SPIRIT

Please pray for these intentions recently received;

. For Eamon and Gwyneth Lynch. Lord help them to cope with their health challenges

. For Margie Allday. Dear Lord give her the strength to find peace of mind

. For the victims of the London Bridge stabbings. We pray that good will overcome evil

and our country may remain safe and in the hands of the Lord.

. For the elderly and weak in the winter weather. Check on your neighbours.

. For the homeless, especially in Boston. Thank God for Centrepoint and the work

they do all year round.

ADVENT

We are asked to focus on three aspects of this Holy time. We heard in the readings at Mass that we must be prepared for the second coming of Christ when He will take us to His kingdom. We, in the present time, hunger for the Sacraments of the Church to nourish us and prepare us for the unknown future. We remember the Christ Child born in Bethlehem and given to the world to save us and secure our eternal place. There is a lot to ponder and reassure us.

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.  Thank you, Paul Ward

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.

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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