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TOM FLYNNE RIP: It is with great sadness that we heard this week of the death of Tom, our Club Steward. For more than 25 years, Tom has been a both head barman of St Cedd’s Catholic Club and a great friend of the parish. His gentle and kind approach and a warm smile were Tom's trademarks. He will be sadly missed by everyone who used the Club and we send our deepest condolences to his wife Mary and their sons David and Kenneth. We understand that Tom will be buried in Ireland and that it is hoped that, in accordance with the wishes of Tom's family, we will be able to offer a Mass at St Cedd’s for the repose of his soul followed by an opportunity to celebrate Tom's life afterwards in the Club. 

NEW LECTIONARY: The Lectionary, which is the book that contains the Scripture readings for Mass is changing as part of the process of revising liturgical translations. It will become mandatory for use from Advent 2024. The new Lectionary is divided into 4 volumes. The cost of 4 volumes set is £695. Each set comes with four stickers that can be inscribed with the names of those who donate to the new liturgical books on behalf of their parish. Donations can be received until 16th June. Please see Fr Marek for more details.

CHURCH PREPARATION: We are very grateful for our team of cleaners who regularly clean our church. However, we do need some volunteers to check the church after our Masses and make sure nothing is left in the pews and the hymn books are put away. It is important that the church is prepared and ready for the next service.

BELONGING GROUP: Belonging is an outreach programme that is currently held monthly on the first Saturday of every month in the Lower Hall. Belonging sessions provide hot food, companionship and a warm safe space for anyone in need. If you know of anyone who may benefit from these sessions or would like to find out more then please contact: Stellamaris (07939821690), Maggie (07538293357) or Mark (07984169087). Having now been established for over a year the intention for the future is to grow Belonging into other spaces within the wider community therefore if you want to be part of the Belonging outreach programme then please call Mark, Stellamaris or Maggie. Next meeting 6th July from 1-4pm in the Lower Hall.

THE LEGION OF MARY prayer meetings is held in the committee room on the first floor of the Parish hall every Tuesday at 6.30-8pm. Further inquire please get in touch with: Sr Stellamaris on 07939821690; Sr Esther on 07958485383 or Sr  Veronica 07724876198.

REPOSITORY: Our repository in the lower hall is open on Sundays after 11am Mass. Should you require anything in the meantime please contact Kathy Butcher via 07777663724.

PARKING NEAR OUR CHURCH: Whilst many of our parishioners who drive to church park considerately, there seems to be some who continue to block the driveways of our neighbours. Everyone is reminded that it is every individuals responsibility to park safely, legally and considerately. Remember that the disabled bays are strictly for the use of Blue Badge Holders and that the driveways of local houses must never be blocked by parked cars. If you are able, it may be time to reassess how you get to church and, if possible and practical, walk or use public transport. We and our neighbours thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

ST CEDD’S PARISH HALLS: Due to the changes to the use our halls and recent events we will, for the time being, only let our halls to people or families known to the Parish. For more information on how to hire our halls please contact Phil on 07777663724 or email hallsbooking@btconnect.com

BINGO in the lower hall every Wednesday at 1pm. All welcome.

PALMER PARTNERSHIP CATECHISTS & MINISTERS MEETING (22ND JUNE FROM 2PM TO 4PM): If you are a catechist, a reader or an Eucharistic minister, you are invited to join us on 22nd June (Saturday) for Palmer Partnership meeting. The meeting will start at 2pm in St Cedd’s church and will be continued in the lower hall until 4pm. The meeting will give an opportunity to share best practice and also work more effectively together. For more information or details, please contact Phil Butcher (phil.sog@btconnect.com or 07777663724).

GIFT AID SCHEME & NEW GIFT AID ENVELOPES: The Gift Aid scheme remains an important way of increasing your offertory collection. It is available to all UK taxpayers. You are not required to give a specific amount every week but, whatever you give through donations, offertory collections, Mass intentions, etc. will be increased by the Government by 25%. If you are not on the scheme and would like to be part of it all you need to do is to complete and sign the Gift Aid declaration form. If you need any help contact the Parish Office, please.

CASHLESS/CONTACTLESS PAYMENTS: If you would like to donate via credit card/mobile this is possible at the door while leaving the church after Sunday Masses. This will not affect your GiftAid as long as you remember your GiftAid number.

LAST SUNDAY COLLECTION: Thank you for last Sunday’s collection of £908 (envelopes £451; loose £346; contactless £111).

DAY FOR LIFE COLLECTION this Sunday (16th June) after all Masses.

MISSION DONATIONS: If you would like to support La Salette Missions in Ukraine & Madagascar use the special envelopes provided (from the porch) for your donations. Also, if you would like your donation to be GiftAided put your Gift Aid number on the envelope. Alternatively you may use treasury boxes located on both sides in the porch. Your donations will be very much appreciated.


THE GENERAL ELECTION: This week the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have launched a set of informative resources to help us think about our election choices. It covers pro-Life issues as well as the criminal justice system, education, poverty, the environment, refugees and migrants. The Bishops remind us: “We are not merely the passive recipients of politics but active citizens. An election is the best time for us as Christians to speak out, to get involved, and to lead.” The resources include suggested questions for candidates, links if you want to go deeper, and actions we can take to make a difference. You will find everything at: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/election24/

THE ST JOHN BOSCO CHILDREN’S CAMP is now open for bookings! Children age 9 – 12 can enjoy an amazing week, packed with fun activities, including many sports, from 27th July – 3rd August. The Camp is a special work of Caritas Diocese of Brentwood and this year there is space for just 100 children – book early! All details are www.boscocamp.co.uk, including booking information and an FAQ section for parents.