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ENCOUNTER JESUS & BE MISSIONARY DISCIPLES THROUGH ST MATTHEW’S GOSPEL A Day of Prayer organised by the Spirituality Network Saturday 29th February 10.00 am – 3.00 pm here in the church hall. Please bring a packed lunch.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2020 – Praying with Zimbabwe Here in St Mary’s at 2.00 pm on Friday 6th March

The Boston Ukuleli  Group  are playing in the Hall on Friday 13th March for the Care Home Project lndia at 7pm , tickets are £6 with light refreshments….l am giving a donation to the Church to thank you for all your support….God Bless You, Maureen

The directors of the Nottingham Roman Catholic Education Service are seeking to appoint an Assistant Director to take a leading role in the continuing development of all areas of Catholic Life within our diocesan schools. Full details are available at www.dioceseofnottingham.uk/education/recruitment/diocesan-education-service   Closing date: 2 April 2020

Please note that there are no First Communion classes until March 11th.
Thanks, Eileen Busby

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TOGETHER IN SPIRIT

Please pray for these intentions recently received;

. For Nick, misdiagnosed. Please may God aid the doctors in the correct treatment

. For a sister-in-law after surgery. Please dear Lord guide the doctors in their diagnosis

. For all the sick and housebound and the team of carers whose job is relentless

and pure dedication. Lord give them patience and tenacity to bear their load.

. For a friend who is undergoing knee surgery. Lord give her strength and comfort.

THE HOLY FATHER’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR FEBRUARY

May the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters who are victims of criminal

trafficking be heard and answered. Amen

RECOMMENDED READ

On the subject of refugees “The Optician of Lampedusa” by Emma Jane Kirby

Is a tale of rescue and the awakening of conscience. It is an eloquent, extraordinary story for our time

In which everything is true.

WORDS OF ST JOHN CHRYSOSTOMOS ON PRAYER

When our prayer pleases God it will be answered. If we ask God for things which are worth His giving, when we ask for them with eagerness, when we make ourselves worthy to receive them, then He listens to us and fulfils our requests. Let us pray for what we want and let us wait with confidence for what He wants to give 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

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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 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 Margaret after the 9.30am Mass.

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