TIMES OF MASSES AND INTENTIONS

Please see the Times of Service tab.

 

GUIDANCE ON CORONAVIRUS AND THE OMICRON VARIANT

Following the government’s announcement that England will move to Plan B, the Diocese requires that face coverings must be worn in all Churches and Church Halls, unless individuals are exempt. This includes during tea/coffee after mass unless you are seated. Please keep your distance and use your common sense. We will continue to keep the situation under review.

We anticipate additional numbers for the Christmas masses and additional seating has been provided. Please ensure you continue to use your common sense and keep your distance from those not in your household and co-operate with mass stewards.

 

PARISH DISCERNMENT PRAYER MEETING

These meetings will be suspended until the new year, replaced on Wednesdays by the Advent Communion Meetings.

VOCATIONS EVENINGS

Diocesan meetings to explore vocations on the 1st Friday of each month in Sacred Heart Presbytery, Fareham, See poster on notice board in the Narthex.

 

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND

At this time we remember in solidarity the peoples of the land of Jesus’ birth. Please visit friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/christmas to make a gift-aided donation

 

SALESIAN CALENDARS

are available in the Narthex. These are paid for by parish funds, but any contributions gratefully received.

ROY OWEN RIP

Roy Owen, a faithful servant of our parish community, passed to the Lord last weekend. Fr. Dan Donoghue has kindly agreed to preside at Roy’s Requiem Mass with Deacon Paul at 10:00am Monday 10th January 2022, followed by his committal at Aldershot Crematorium at 11:00am. We keep Roy and his family in our prayers.

REPOSITORY STALL

We are opening up the Repository Stall again but there is urgent need for volunteers to help run it. Please contact  Kate Boardman or Deacon Paul of you can help.

DIOCESAN VOCATIONS EVENINGS

See poster on notice board in the Narthex.

CAFOD CHRISTMAS CATALOGUES

Available at the back of the church.

CATECHISTS

We are in the process of forming parish catechists teams.

If you have received training as a Catechist or wish to join the Parish Catechist team, please contact Deacon Paul.

HOSPITALITY MINISTRY

With thanks to Anne-Marie Maher-Williams for getting this ministry going again post-COVID and to the team who have stepped up to join her. We just need one volunteer at each 9.30am mass. We are looking to have a rota of six smiley faces!

PARISH PRAYER TREE AND PARISH INTENTIONS BOOK

We will be starting our parish prayer tree again in the Narthex for the new liturgical year. Please take a star and add your prayer requests to the branches.

We are also starting a new Parish Prayer Intentions Book, with thanks to George Still for inscribing this for us.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

We need to finalise numbers for first Holy Communion and Reconciliation. If you are parents of children aged 7 and over and wish them to receive formation for receiving these sacraments, please complete the form at the back of church or contact Deacon Paul over the next two weeks.

CONFIRMATION

In the New Year we will also begin our own Confirmation preparation course for baptised Catholics in Year 10 and above. Please get in touch with Deacon Paul if you are interested. There will be an information meeting in due course once we have finalised the structure and dates for next year.

FINANCE COMMITTEE

We have a new Parish Finance Committee, which met recently for the first time since COVID. In the current circumstances, this reports to the Diocesan Vicar-General via Deacon Paul and Fr. Pat.

Helen Priestley (resuming the Chair), David May and Joe de Bono have kindly agreed to join. The purpose of the Finance Committee is to provide financial over-sight and recommend items of expenditure and budgets for approval, to keep the parish mission and parish infrastructure running smoothly.

CALLED AND GIFTED

Further details of this course will be announced next weekend. Please take a look at the diocesan website for details. This has been approved by our Finance Committee as a parish expense.

FRIENDS OF THE HOLY LAND

At this time we remember in solidarity the peoples of the land of Jesus’ birth. Please visit friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/Christmas to make a gift-aided donation

PLEASE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER FR. PETER  AND THE SALESIAN COMMUNITY IN YOUR PRAYERS

PARISH FACEBOOK PAGE

Please consider joining our Parish Facebook group at ‘Our Lady Help of Christians RC Church Farnborough’. 

MESSAGE FROM BISHOP PHILIP

Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 18th to 22nd July 2022

“I am now very pleased to be able to invite you to once again join me and many others from across the Diocese on Pilgrimage to Lourdes.  Our Diocesan Pilgrimage will be leaving from Bournemouth airport. Once in Lourdes we will stay at the Hotel La Solitude, celebrate Mass daily, and take part in all that Lourdes has to offer. If you would like to know more about joining me either as a pilgrim or as a youth pilgrim,  serving our pilgrims and helping to make our pilgrimage a success please email: lourdes@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk