The Archdiocese of Birmingham - The Parish of the Immaculate Conception

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Parish news this week

Beginning Sunday, 18h April 2021 - Third Sundat of Easter.

Lectionary - Sundays Year B, Weekdays Year 2.

 

Please refer to the Weekly Newsletter for further information.

BAPTISMS: Please contact the Parish Office through email or phone to make necessary arrangements.
CONFESSIONS: Every Saturday from 10.30 am to 11.30 am. (Masks compulsory)
HOLY HOUR: Every First Friday from 6.00pm to 7.00pm (not during Lent & Advent)
WEDDINGS: Please contact the Parish Office through email or phone to make necessary arrangements.
ROSARY: During weekdays 25 minutes before Mass starts.

POPE’S PRAYER INTENTION FOR APRIL: Fundamental Right: We pray for those who risk their lives while fighting for fundamental rights under dictatorships, authoritarian regimes and even in democracies in crisis.

EASTER SEASON

Talks on Zoom Platform - Father Robert Carey

During the Easter Season our talks are going to be on “Christology —The Person of Christ.” On Wednesdays - April 21st, 28th, May 5th, 12th and 19th. From 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 577 771 1999

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REQUEST: TO SPEED UP ENTRY INTO CHURCH FOR MASS PLEASE BRING ALONG A SLIP OF PAPER WITH YOUR NAME AND CONTACT NUMBER AND PLACE IT IN THE CONTAINER PROVIDED IN THE ENTRANCE. ALTERNATIVELY IF YOU HAVE A SMART PHONE, REGISTER BY USING THE NHS TRACK AND TRACE QR CODE WHICH IS DISPLAYED ON THE NOTICE BOARDS IN THE ENTRANCE. THIS APPLIES TO BOTH CHURCHES.

As we enter a gradual relaxing of restrictions may we still remind you: Not to come if symptomatic or self-isolating. That masks are compulsory. To observe social distancing at all times, and tempting as it is, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when you attend Mass.

Please refer to the bulletin for our Mass times if you are able to attend. We are grateful to all of you who faithfully comply with the Government’s regulations and we must continue to do all we can to keep every-body safe in church.

CONFIRMATIONS: The first group of young people will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this coming Saturday 24th April during 11.00 am Mass. Each candidate will be given 6 entry tickets and I expect one of the parent to be a proxy as a sponsor in order to follow the Covid restrictions. And for the second group of young people will be on Saturday 1st May. I would like to congratulate them as they make their commitment to be our Lord’s messengers. God bless them. My sincere thanks to teachers and catechists for preparing these young people to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: First Holy Communions will take place on Saturdays 15th & 22nd May at 11.00 am. Due to restrictions there are limits on numbers attending, therefore each family will be given 6 tickets, this number to include the candidate. Contact details of all family members and guests attending will be re-quired 10 days before the actual date. School will contact you with more information, so please do not contact the school and the same with all non St Mary’s, Mrs Clare St John will contact you. Please keep all children wishing to prepare for these sacraments in your daily prayers.

MARKET STALL: Jackie Flynn is organising a stall on Sheep Street on Friday, 23rd April to raise funds for the Parish. Why don’t you try and pay a visit to the stall, you may find something interesting to you for a reasonable costs. I hope that you will support our fundraising event.

100 CLUB: Renewals for the next 12 months are due from 1 April with the first draw in the new financial year taking place on Sunday, 25 April. The annual fee remains at £60, payable in full by cheque or monthly standing order. In the coming year there will once again be three monthly prizes; £100, £50 and £25 and a £100 Christmas bonus in December. Payments can be made online using the reference '100 Club' with your name, by cheque with '100 Club' on the back or by cash in an envelope with your name and '100 Club' written on it posted through the Henley House door. If you would like your payment collected, please call Paul Cousins (01869 242838) or Tim Lane (01869 277523). If you currently pay by Standing Order no further action is necessary. With sincere thanks for your support, both in the past and in future. My sincere thanks to Tim Lane and Paul Cousins.

STALL OUTSIDE THE CHURCH: Jackie and Les are organising a sale of Sweet & Savoury items this Sunday after 9.30 am and 11.00 am Masses. I look forward to your support.

APF/MISION BOXES Now is the time to please empty your boxes and deliver your donations to the piety shop or parish office. Thanks.

WAYS YOU CAN FINANCIALLY SUPPORT YOUR PARISH: Join the 100 club £5 a month; Set up a regular Standing Order; Gift Aid any of your donations; Sponsor a Sanctuary lamp £10; Buy a Commemorative brick £250; Purchase from the Piety shop

ARCHDIOCESAN E-NEWSLETTER To keep up-to-date with all the latest news, information and online events from across the Archdiocese and beyond please sign up to the newsletter, is-sued every few weeks via email. Please visit www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/e-news to sign up.

SPONSORING SANCTUARY AND OUR LADY’S LAMPS As you may be aware, there are lamps which burn perpetually on the sanctuary (Blessed Sacrament) and in the Lady Chapel. Would you like one of these to burn in memory of a loved one, or for a particular intention? If so, we are asking for a donation of £10 per week, which will go towards the costs of running the sacristy: candles, hosts, wine and other necessities for the celebration of Mass. Please hand in to one of the priests or in one of the donation boxes in an envelope marked ‘Sanctuary Lamp or Our Lady Lamp Donation’, together with a note stating your particular intention. The intentions will be published in our weekly bulletin. Thank you.

WELCOME VISITORS & NEW PARISHIONERS: If you have moved to the area, or have recently joined our Church Community, please speak to Canon John and take one of the welcome leaflets from the back of the Church. There is also a Registration Form (which also includes a Gift Aid registration form) which we hope you will complete for the Parish records. We hope you will enjoy our lively and inclusive parish, and participate in our worship and activities

LET US PRAY FOR THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND: K Cashman, Tim Charles, Joyce Thornley, Mary Ashley, John Dunn, Marie Olive.

HELPFUL WEBSITES For care givers or those working in the mental health sector: https://www.welcomemeasiam.org/resources/resources-forcarers

Webinars are on 13 Feb & 13 Mar: https://christianheritagecentre.com/events/spiritmind body/

 Marriage Preparation: Marriage Care offer online courses.   https://www.marriagecare.org.uk/ptwebcam-course-availability/

Engaged Encounter - Booking link https://engaged-encounter.org.uk/book-aweekend/