CHURCHES AND COVID – though restrictions have been lifted in England we are encouraged to exercise caution and consideration for others in the parish, especially those who are more vulnerable and anxious. Bishop Richard has issued some guidelines which he strongly urges us to continue: the use of sanitization on entry and exit from Church buildings, the wearing of face coverings for the protection of others, Communion under one kind only.
PRAYER FOR A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION Please use this prayer if you need to isolate, or are unwell, or unable to come to Mass: My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there, and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. (St Alphonsus Liguori)
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF
Maria Rosa Da Conceicao Correia RIP her funeral has not yet been arranged.
Please remember her and her family in your prayers.
Second Collection Next Weekend: The Apostleship of the Sea
Thank you for your generosity
Apostleship of the Sea: Seafarers and fishers play a vital role in all of our lives, but they often work in difficult, hazardous conditions. In the last year, more crews have been abandoned by their employers than ever before. Many are still being denied the right to leave their ships for even a short break away from the relentless noise and pressure onboard. Many are reporting more stress and poorer mental health. Next weekend 10th July is Sea Sunday It is when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Your support will make a big difference to seafarers and fishers in need. You can donate in church, by visiting www.stellamaris.org.uk/donate, or by texting ‘SEA’ to 70460 to donate £5. This collection is vital to enable Stella Maris to continue its important work, so please give generously. Thank you.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (RH1 1EA)
There will be one Mass for Sunday 17th July at 10.30am, taking place outside, for all of the parish, in the grounds of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. (Saturday 5.30pm Mass as usual). Mass will be followed by a free BBQ and shared lunch (bring a plate/desert to share if you can). BYO drinks. There will be entertainment by our talented parishioners and fun and games for all the family. Some parking is available at the school and there is easy access on the level for our less mobile parishioners, but consider parking at St Joseph’s Church and walking. If you can help organise, or be an entertainer, contact the parish office. Meanwhile, continue prayers for fine weather on the day!
Holy Hour for Ukraine – Sunday afternoons 3pm at St Joseph’s Church – come and pray in quiet before the Lord in Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Why not bring the children for a few minutes visit before the Lord?
Yellow Bucket Collection. The weekly parish donations to the food bank at St Matthew’s Redhill are very welcome. Check www.redhillfoodbank.org.uk You can also support the food bank with a financial donation via the website.
Our parish SVP groups are reaching out to those in need of any kind and have a mobile phone for this purpose, please ring 07918980330 and they will call back.
50/50 Club – £30 winning ticket for June No. 4. To join, or for more information email: email@example.com
Refugee Tales comes to Merstham 2 July. Refugee Tales is a walk in solidarity with those who experience immigration detention; many have experienced long and dangerous journeys as they flee war and persecution to seek sanctuary. This year the five day walk is from Merstham to Winchester. On Saturday 2 July the walkers will leave Merstham Station to walk to Dorking. That evening at St Martin’s Church at 7.0 p.m. there is a free event hosted by Amelia Gentleman with tales by Tessa McWatt and JB, with music from pianist Margaret Fingerhut. There are day walk tickets available, see the website www.refugeetales.org
PNL Book + Circle, meets every 6 weeks (reflections via email welcome if you can’t come). Past discussion notes can be found on the parish website. Next meeting: Wed 6th July 8pm St Joseph’s meeting room – “God and you: Prayer as a personal relationship” by Fr William Barry SJ
Bereavement coffee morning – Grief is a very personal experience but it can help to talk about one’s feelings to someone who is not family or a close friend. If you feel that this would be of comfort then please come along to our Coffee morning on Saturday 9th July 10:30-12:00, St Joseph’s meeting room. Trained Befrienders will be there.
Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from 12th-19th September 2022 Cost £630 if sharing, £130 single room supplement. Includes flights, transfers, guide, breakfast and evening meal. Please contact the parish office if interested.
The National Synod Synthesis, published earlier this week, reflects on diocesan Synod reports received. The Bishops of England and Wales will now gather to discern their response to this National Synthesis with the fruits of their work – together with the synthesis document – sent to the Synod Office in Rome as the formal submission to the Synod from England and Wales. You can read the report on the Bishops conference website www.cbew.org.uk
Thinking about becoming a Catholic? An informal group meets on Tuesday evenings and you would be very welcome to come along, without any obligation, to find out more about the Catholic faith. Contact the parish office.
Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) This course, which is for anyone interested in finding out more about their faith, begins again in the Diocese in the Autumn. For more information, contact the Formation Adviser, Jon Harman E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Catechism of the Catholic Church How can you deepen your Catholic faith without going on a course or sitting down and reading the whole book from cover to cover? The answer is that each week we are publishing short extract summaries from the Catechism of the Catholic Church which have been thematically arranged in bite-size chunks that take no more than 10 minutes to read. Teach yourself and deepen your faith: click here to take you to our feature page.
A new issue of the Parish Justice & Peace Newsletter is available here: https://thenativityofthelord.org.uk/news/newsletters/justice-peace
TELEPHONE SUPPORT If you would like to have a chat with someone for whatever reason in the parish, or would like to offer a bit of support at this time, please contact the parish office to share your details
Telephone Support of the bereaved, our Bereavement Team are able to offer you the time and space to talk If you have been recently bereaved. If you would like to talk to someone then please contact the Parish office and this can be arranged.
THE ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY (www.svp.org.uk) works locally in parishes through volunteers helping anyone in need. Join them and work with them to help in whatever way you can. During this pandemic many people are suffering terrible hardship. Contact the parish office for more details of how you can help the SVP’s work.
Visiting Sick and Housebound as our Extraordinary ministers of Communion are recommencing bringing Communion to our parish’s frailer members if you know of anyone who cannot come to Mass please contact the parish office after obtaining their permission.
Are you Deaf or Hard of Hearing? Would you like to attend the monthly diocesan Mass signed in BSL, with specific Liturgical Mass Signs for the Mass? If you would like further information about our Signed Mass or the diocesan Deaf Group please text or email the diocesan Inclusion Adviser Margaret Fraher; M: 07508459315 or E: email@example.com
DO YOU SHOP ONLINE? AND WISH TO HELP PNL? If you shop online at no cost to you a small donation can be made to the parish for each purchase you make! All you need do is enter your details by going to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pnl and clicking ‘Support us for free’. Then, when shopping online, you will be asked if you want to claim a donation for PNL. Click ‘Claim Donation’ and a small percentage of what you spend will be sent to our Parish Development Fund. So, please get clicking. Thank you.
SAFEGUARDING IN THE PARISH Some roles in the parish require volunteers to have a DBS check which are renewed every 3 years. Katie Jones, our Safeguarding Rep, will be contacting people if a re-check is needed. However if you are in a role in the parish and have not had a recheck or if you have any query on the DBS process please contact Katie on 01737 761017.
BEQUESTS THANK YOU We are very grateful that a number of parishioners from our three churches have assisted our parish by gifting a donation to the parish in their wills. A sheet has been prepared by the diocese outlining the wording that should be used for this. It also includes information on Foundation Masses and bequests to our diocese. If you would like more information please contact the parish office
Resources for families and faith a revamped website offers many fun and helpful ways to develop faith – you might like to take a look: www.colourandshapeonline.com
MARRIAGE CARE write to say: Please encourage your parishioners to seek support if they are experiencing relationship distress. Our professional relationship counselling service is provided on a donation-only basis and seeking help at whatever stage can make a real difference. You can find out more and book counselling sessions at www.marriagecare.org.uk
ST JOHN VIANNEY GROUP “I have a vocation from God. If I already know what it is, I pray to be faithful. If I am still searching, I pray to hear God’s voice and to respond generously.” Is God calling you to the priesthood? The St John Vianney Group is a group for men, aged 18-45 who wish to explore whether they have a calling. For further details contact Fr Con Foley via email foleycon@gmail .com or call 01932 842 64
“You did not choose me; I chose you.” These words of the Lord in this Sunday’s Gospel are for each and every one of us. The Lord chooses me; he chooses you. This choice of the Lord begins at the very first moment of our existence. At the moment of conception we are loved by God, we are His creation.
Bishop Richard Moth