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LENT AT ST CEDD’S:



Stations of the Cross:

Friday at 7.00pm in St Cedd’s church


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament:

Monday to Saturday half an hour before the Morning Mass


Confessions:

Saturday after the Morning Mass until the last person awaiting


Lenten Lunch:

Saturday 2nd March from 12noon to 2pm at St Paul’s Church (Barley Lane)


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WE REMEMBER IN OUR PRAYERS:


SYMPATHY & PRAYERS:

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


WE WELCOME INTO OUR COMMUNITY Fr Paweł (Paul) Raczyński one of our Polish La Salette Priests who will be staying with us for the next month learning English.


THE BISHOP’S VISITATION & SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: On 6th March (Wednesday) we will host Bishop Alan in our Parish for visitation. A special Mass with Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at 7pm on this day. Everyone welcome.


NEW ALTAR SERVERS TRAINING: There is a plan to start another new altar servers training during Lent time. So if you would like to join collect the form from the sacristy or/and contact one of the priests please.


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 on 2nd March 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.


GIFT AID SCHEME: 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 simply 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’S COLLECTION: Thank you for your last Sunday collection of £1097 (envelopes £593; loose £349; contactless £150).


CAFOD COLLECTION this Sunday (25th February) after all Masses. Use special collection envelopes from the porch if you would like to GiftAid your donation, please.


LONDON MARATHON 2024 FOR BCCS: Mark Butcher, Reneé Butcher & Fr Marek are running one more time in the London Marathon in April 2024 on behalf of the Brentwood Catholic Children’s Society. If you would like to support them, simply forward your donation using the link: www.justgiving.com/page/mark-renee-marek-londonmarathon2024


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.


MARY’S MEALS UPDATE: If you still would like to donate your foreign/unwanted/old coins/notes you may simply bring them to the Parish Office or hand them to one of the priests. Once we have right amount (at least 3kg) they will be posted.



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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER 2024 is celebrated on Sunday 3rd March. A special service for everyone will be held at St Paul’s Church, Barley Lane, Goodmayes at 3.00pm.


ENQUIRERS’ EVENING: The next Enquirers’ Evening for those considering or interested in a vocation to the priesthood is on Tuesday 5th March at Brentwood Cathedral. The speaker will be Deacon Frank Westcott. For further information please contact Fr Mark Swires vocprom@dioceseofbrentwood.org