The Parish Fundraising Group met on Tuesday 30th January. It was decided that a ticket only event would be organised to celebrate St Patrick’s day 17th March 2018. This will be held in Bourne immediately after 6pm Mass. Please keep the date free. Tickets will be £10 each and will be available soon Also a list of fundraising events for the year will be published in the Newsletter as soon as it becomes available.
CAFOD Family Fast Day is on Friday 23rd February, and this year’s appeal is helping malnourished families by providing skills, knowledge and equipment to grow their own food. To reduce costs and wastage we have fewer envelopes available, but please still give generously as the government will match fund our donations until 12th May 1018. Collection boxes are available for those who wish and will be collected at the end of Lent. Thank you for your support.
First Holy Communion application forms are available in the porch in both churches. Please fill one in and return it to Father Victor before the first meeting which is on the first Sun-day after half term. Classes will be every Sunday after the 8.45am Mass
Do you know a lapsed Catholic on your street? A letter is available in the porch for parishioners to put through the door of those who have lapsed to let them know we are reaching out to them. If you know of such a person or family please take a letter and a newsletter and post it through their letterbox.
A parish census will take place in 2018. Forms will be distributed at Mass in the near future.
Parish Lenten Lunches will start in Monday 19th February at 12.30pm. A donation is given by those who attend and all monies taken will be donated to a named charity. Please come and join us for homemade soup, bread and cheese and great company!
Lenten Stations of the Cross Lenten Stations of the Cross will be held on Tuesdays at 7pm in Our Lady’s, DSJ and at 3pm on Sundays in Sacred Heart. Bourne.
Please Sponsor a Seminarian training for the priesthood in a poor country.At the moment Missio in England and Wales is helping the training of future diocesan priests in Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, India and Sri Lanka. If you would like to sponsor a seminarian by donating £1.37 per day (or £42 per month), please let me know so that together we may support the many vocations in these countries. I have just sponsored one myself. The seminarian allocated to me will write and keep in touch until his ordination to the priesthood. With your help we hope no vocation will be discouraged or turned away. For further details, please read the Society of St Peter the Apostle leaflets in the porch or visit our website which is: www.missio.org.uk Thank you very much to everyone who is able to help.
Fr Clement Orango, Mission Director, Nottingham Diocese.
Please pray for the sickMargaret Kline, Martin Dowse, Brian Davies, Chris, Adrian Howarth, Verity Elliott, Father Dakwan (Father’s father), Pauline Smith, Mr Thomas, Sylvia Fleming, Helene Currell, Anne Bostock, Terry Westwood, Robert Carter, Matthew Gallagher and Joyce Willis.
Mary, Mother of GodIn the narrative of the Annunciation we see how the Virgin Mary welcomes God’s mercy, which brings her out of herself and leads her toward new paths. It shows to us the importance of making ourselves available, so that our hearts and our whole being are ready to welcome God when he enters into our lives. When we see how this astonishing encounter between Mary and the Archangel Gabriel unfolds, we understand better what prayer is. Perhaps the most beautiful thing is to see how the Holy Virgin uses the same words that God just addressed to her through the Angel. When we hear her exclaim “Be-hold the handmaid of the Lord. Let everything be done for me according to your word” How wonderful is God’s mercy at work in our lives!
Work for your Parish, Work for God!
Help is needed in the following areas.
- Flower arrangers in Bourne Church.
- Cleaners in both Bourne and Deeping Churches.
- People to help with the Children’s Liturgy in both Bourne and Deeping. NB it is not a necessity to have children of your own before you undertake this role.
- Urgently needed an organist for Deeping Church. If you are a pianist who is hiding your light under a bushel, why not let it out to enlighten the whole world!!!
If you can help with any of these tasks please inform Fr Victor and he will put you in touch with the relevant group leader (make sure Fr Victor writes your name & telephone number down !!!!) Also you will be abundantly blessed by God!
St Vincent de Paul
A little Sunday Humour ....
A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables when a voice in the dark said, 'Jesus knows you're here.'
He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more, he shook his head and continued.
Just as he pulled the stereo out so he could disconnect the wires, clear as a bell he heard 'Jesus is watching you.'
Startled, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.
'Did you say that?' he hissed at the parrot.
'Yes', the parrot confessed, then squawked, 'I'm just trying to warn you that he's watching you.'
The burglar relaxed. 'Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?'
'Moses,' replied the bird.
'Moses?' the burglar laughed. 'What kind of people would name a bird Moses?'
'The kind of people who would name a Rottweiler Jesus.'
Bishops Visit 2016-02-07
Father Kenneth visits the parish