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SEA SUNDAY – Apostleship of the Sea: This weekend at both Masses there will be a retiring collection for the work of the Apostleship of the Sea as we pray for all seafarers and their chaplains. Deacon Martyn is Port Chaplain here in Boston and he will be preaching.

Annual Butterfly Release: This will take place after the 9.30 am Mass. Please make your way to the Presbytery garden as soon as possible after Mass.

First Communion Application Forms: These are now available for you at the back of church and at the school. The deadline for returning your completed form is 16th September. Applications will not be accepted after that date.

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TOGETHER IN SPIRIT

Please pray for these intentions recently received

              – Please help us to pray for what we are going through right now

– Please pray for Florde-Liza Bleza on her cardiac cath operation

– Please pray for all seafarers as they work in such a difficult and dangerous occupation

(we rely on them for goods and food)

– Please pray for all young people and their families as they nervously await their

exam results

– Please pray for a friend undergoing further leg surgery

– Please pray for a parishioner temporarily in a care home

FOR THE FEAST OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL 16TH JULY

This prayer to Our Lady was composed by St Simon Stock when he received the Brown Scapular from the Blessed Virgin Mary, when she appeared to him on July 16th 1251.

A Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel. Fruitful Vine, Splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God,

Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity.

O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succour me in this my necessity.

There are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein that you are my Mother.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. (3 times)

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in your hands. (3 times).

God bless – Sharon and Carolyn

PLEASE TAKE THIS NEWSLETTER HOME AND PRAY WITH US AND FOR US THROUGHOUT THE COMING WEEK

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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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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

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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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Repository: Don’t forget that we’ve got cards for all occasions; some of them are being sold to raise money for the Retired Priests Appeal. Cards are less than normal retail store prices & individually hand crafted by members of our parish. Come & see what we have to offer!

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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