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Pastoral Letter

for the First Sunday of Advent

2021



Synodal Pathway Prayer


We stand before You, Holy Spirit,

as we gather together in Your name.

With You alone to guide us,

make Yourself at home in our hearts;


Teach us the way we must go

and how we are to pursue it.

We are weak and sinful;

do not let us promote disorder.


Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path

nor partiality influence our actions.

Let us find in You our unity

so that we may journey together to eternal life

and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.


All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time,

in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.

Amen.



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CHRISTMAS BAZAAR 2021:


Special thanks go to everybody who was involved in different ways

in our Parish Christmas Bazaar last Saturday

(helping, running stalls or simply visiting).


We made £5700.51 with some monies still to come.

The Grand Draw was so well supported,

we made £2379 on that alone which is the best it’s ever been in the 6 years

we have been recording the accounts the way that we do.


That is all down to your great support and cooperation

while working well together as the Parish Community of St Cedd.


One more time thank you for yesterday,

it truly was a great day to have everyone together again.



Parish Christmas Bazaar 2021

Raffle Prizes List



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WE REMEMBER IN OUR PRAYERS:



SYMPATHY & PRAYER:

We offer our sympathy and prayers to the Families and Friends of:



EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT:

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the month of December from Monday to Saturday at 9.30am followed by the Morning Mass.



ALTAR SERVERS:

Those altar servers who did not attend the meeting and would like to start serving after the break are asked to contact Father Marek.



SUNDAY COFFEE MORNINGS:

This is a good opportunity to meet and have a relaxed chat. If you feel that you could help with this please let either of our priests know or contact Phil on 07777663724.



STEWARDS:

We are very grateful to our Stewards for their wonderful Ministry of Welcome. We will still need stewards to welcome people at the door as well as to help at the time for Holy Communion and also to collect the offertory at the end of Mass. If you feel you can help with this ongoing Ministry please contact Phil Butcher via 07777 663724 or email phil.sog@btconnect.com


CLEANERS:

We are also very grateful to our Cleaners that make sure that our church is clean and ready to welcome you. If you would like to help with cleaning of the church you may either help with quick cleaning after each Mass or help with deeper cleaning on Friday after the Morning Mass.



ST CEDD’S PARISH HALLS:

If you are interested in hiring either of our halls or the committee room, please contact the Venue Manager via either 07709 000866 or email hallsbooking@btconnect.com



REPOSITORY:

Should you require anything in the meantime please contact Kathy Butcher via 07777663724.



ST CEDD’S YOUTH CLUB:

We are now entering our 47th year and would welcome more youngsters. St Cedds Youth Club, Blythswood Road, Goodmayes (opposite Homebase) is a youth club open every Friday evening for Youngsters in School Year 5 upwards through to Year 10 from 6pm to 9pm. Come along to play Pool, Badminton, Table Tennis, PS4, Table football, air hockey or just come along to relax and hang out, listen to music or just to see friends. We are looking for new members, membership and your weekly fee is just £1.00, pop up and try us any Friday evening. Any questions please ring John 07803116729



SAINT CEDD SOCIAL CLUB - NEW OPENING HOURS:



SAINT CEDD SOCIAL CLUB / SUNDAY NIGHT MUSIC:
Sunday Night Music every first Sunday of the month from 7:30pm to 10:30pm in the lower hall:



LAST SUNDAY COLLECTION:

Thank you for your last Sunday offerings. Total £911.00 (envelopes £533.00 & loose £378.00).



FLOWERS COLLECTION:

There will be a special (bucket) collection next Sunday for flowers.




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INAUGURATION OF ADVENT SERVICE this Sunday 28th November at 4.00pm in Brentwood Cathedral. Presider: Bishop Alan Williams with the Brentwood Cathedral Choir. This is a beautiful and uplifting way to prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christ’s birth and for that time when He will come again.


A DIFFERENT CHURCH IS POSSIBLE:

On the eve of our global synod Pope Francis invited us all to create not another Church, but a different Church. You are warmly invited to the inaugural lecture of the Centre for Ecclesial Ethics on Thursday 2nd December at 6pm on zoom, in which Professor Jim Keenan SJ will explore how an ecclesial ethics of vulnerability can offer a pathway of renewal for our Church and enable us to become the different, attentive and vulnerable Church that God calls us to be in service of a fragile world emerging from Covid. Tickets are free and bookings can be made at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/centre-for-ecclesial-ethics-inaugural-lecture-tickets-192356893647 - All are welcome and further details at www.mbit.cam.ac.uk