The Month of the Immaculate Conception
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Robert Wills’ father (Elwyn Wills) died suddenly earlier this week. Please do pray for Robert at this sad time.
Christmas Carol Service – Sunday 17 December: We are again looking for carol requests for our Carol Service. Please put your choice(s) on the list in the Hall! If you choose a carol, please make sure that you come!
Coffee Rota: Thank you so much to all those who have prepared and served refreshments after the Sunday morning mass this year. It provides a vital opportunity to socialize and to build our community. It’s now time to prepare next year’s rota; if you could help occasionally, please let Sally Atkinson know as soon as possible.
SOLW Cell Subscriptions: Cathy Toms is now collecting the annual subscriptions of £10. It is hoped that all money can be sent off before Christmas.
Stewardship Envelopes for 2018 are now available for collection in the Hall. If anyone would like a set of envelopes, please let Robert Wills or one of the Churchwardens know.
Readers: The rota for the next 4 months is about to be drawn up. If you are not on the rota currently, and would be interested in reading lessons/intercessions, please speak to Fr Christopher.
Flowers for Christmas: It is our custom to beautify the church with flowers as part of our celebration of Christ’s Nativity. Please let Jenny Daybell have donations as soon as possible.
A reminder, while you are busy with Christmas preparations, that there will be some people in our community who will struggle to make ends meet this month. Therefore, please be generous in bringing in goods for the Food Bank over the next few weeks.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.” Luke 4:18
The Social & Fundraising Programme for 2018 is now on display in the hall. The Committee has decided to have fundraising other than Summer and Winter Fairs next year. Any ideas and/or offers of help with fundraising would be gratefully received. Please speak to Cathy, Jenny, Joan, Mike or Sally.
The “50 Club”: After the deduction of monthly prize money, the 50 Club has raised £1,050 towards church funds this year! Thank you to everyone who has taken part so far. If you would like to be a member of the 50 Club, starting from January 2018, do please speak to Jenny.
Scams: One member of the congregation has been subject to a scam recently so it is timely to remind everyone that you should never give out your bank account or credit card details unless you are certain of who you are dealing with. If you have a call from your bank or a similar organisation you should call them back but from another phone, such as a mobile phone or landline, or wait at least five minutes before doing so. Also, use a telephone number you know to be that of your bank or credit card company.
The Companions of the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden: Is anyone interested in becoming a Companion of the Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden? There are leaflets in the Hall giving details – the minimum annual donation is £10. Also see the website (www.shrineofmary.org).
For here we have no abiding city, but we seek the city which is to come.
Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have,
for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Give your bread to those who are hungry, and your clothes to those who lack clothing. Of whatever you own in plenty, devote a proportion to almsgiving; and when you give alms, do it ungrudgingly.
When someone is given a great deal, a great deal will be demanded of that person; when someone is entrusted with a great deal, of that person even more will be expected.
Of your charity, please pray for the recently departed Elwyn Wills, Jean d’Ormesson and Johnny Halliday, and for those whose names are inscribed on the Chantry List of this parish and whose year’s mind falls at this time: David Hadler, Edward Drake, Lena Roos, Muriel Helena Davis, Edwin Waller, Arthur Lewis Hadler, Dietrich Martin Kessler, Charles Richard Samuel Lloyd, Marie Josephine Jackson, Michael Anthony Stanway, Alexander Frazer, Gladys Ann Toms, Richard Wakerley Hardy, Valerie Milne, Albert Lord, and John Short Lindsay.