Contactless card reader: From next weekend we are introducing two new ways to donate to the parish. Firstly there will be a contactless card reader at the back of the church which will take all major credit and debit cards, and secondly there will be a “donate” button to a link on the parish website. Please think about using these ways to contribute to the parish. For obvious reasons our income over the last year has been dramatically reduced.
SECOND COLLECTION: There will be a second collection next weekend, 25th April 2021, for the Clergy Training Fund. Please, support the training of our seminarians.
FUNERAL: The Funeral of the late Patricia Wilson will be on Friday 23rd April 2021 at 11:00 am here in our church. We pray for the peaceful repose of her soul.
GIFT AID: Gift aid generates an additional 25% of the donations you make to the parish, helping the parish to generate more funds. We are appealing to parishioners who pay tax to please consider gift aiding their donations to the parish. If you are interested in gift aiding your donations to the parish or setting up a Standing Order into the parish account or both, the forms are available in the porch as you leave the church.
Fr Mark thanks all those who have already set up Standing Orders to the parish account, and those who made a donation using the contactless card reader and indicated that the donation was to be gift aided – but please remember that subsequent donations on the card reader have to be made using the same card (or it will ask for your name and postcode again), and that cash donations will not be gift aided unless you use the envelope gift aid scheme. Thank you.
THE BIBLE TIMELINE COURSE APRIL 2021 from Wednesday 7th April at 7:00pm Understand the Bible from start to finish, the Old and New Testament, with this FREE OF CHARGE, worldwide-famous course delivered online LIVE by Mauro Iannicelli. (x8 Wednesday evening sessions). Info & Registration: comeandsee.org
Marston Community Choir is fundraising for REFUGE with a lockdown choir. REFUGE believes that no-one should have to live in fear of violence and abuse, and on any given day Refuge supports more than 6,000 clients, helping them rebuild their lives and overcome many different forms of violence and abuse. To watch the video (with our own Margaret!), click https://youtu.be/l0OLt_kdw18. To donate click on https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/marston-community-choir. They hope to develop the choir over the following month with the aim of being able to sing live at the Love Marston Love Life event in September.
PLEASE NOTE that from Easter Sunday there will be a regular 8.30am Mass on Sunday mornings (no music). We will need more stewards and cleaning help with this so PLEASE consider helping and email email@example.com or talk to Fr Mark.
CAFOD – The Big Walk for Water virtual event. Help give the boot to water poverty across the world by walking a 5 mile route on Saturday 20th of February at 2pm. The idea of this is you undertake your own walk either individually or in a family bubble and ask others to sponsor you. Or Walk for Water as a personal Lenten Challenge by walking 10,000 steps a day every day for 40 days. Find out more at cafod.org.uk/walk
CAFOD – family fast day. Envelopes to be distributed this weekend for collection next weekend (27th/28th February). Consider this story: Abdella lives in an extremely remote and mountainous part of Ethiopia. It takes 10 hours a day to collect water. He says his life is being wasted as he has no time for anything else. Please give generously to reach vulnerable communities around the world with water and to provide vital support. Either donate online at cafod.org.uk/give or by using one of our envelopes given out in church this weekend, or you can also easily give by text. Text LENT TO 70460 to donate.
The Divine Mercy National Conference is being held from Friday 19th – Sunday 21st February. Full timetable available from www.divinemercyconference.com. Watch from the website or churchservices.tv or audio only on www.RadioMaria.ie or Saorview 210 or dial up listening service at 014373277.
CBCEW, DEPARTMENT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE The department for Social Justice at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) has reacted to the “Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) orders”, a statement issued by the Care Quality Commission. Read more from https://www.cbcew.org.uk/do-not-resuscitate-orders-learning-disabilities/