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150 Club

The February prize draw of the parish 150 Club will be made after 10:00 Mass on Sunday 10th March. This is delayed slightly due to the absence on holiday of the organiser.


Racial Justice Day

Next Sunday, 17th February, is Racial Justice Sunday. Promoted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, this day is established to recognise the problems faced by people due to racism and ethnic discrimination in the workplace. In a world steeped in violence, conflict and discrimination, the Gospel demands that we acknowledge the dignity of the human person, the necessity of building peace, prosperity and justice for all. We are called to ensure people are not exploited while they work and to open our hearts to those who face this hatred. “As you did this for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me…” Please take one of the special prayer cards that can be found on the table in the narthex. Further information can be found on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales web site - click here.

There will be a retiring collection after all Masses next Sunday for the Catholic Association of Racial Justice.


Day of Renewal

The Catholic Charismatic Renewal in East Anglia, is organising a Day of Renewal to be held in the Bowthorpe Church Centre, Bowthorpe Hall Road, Bowthorpe, Norwich, NR5 9AA on Saturday 9th March between 10:00 am and 4:30 pm. The theme is Inspirational Lives and the guest speaker will be Fr Stefan Park, Prior of Clare Priory. The day will include praise and worship, Holy Mass, adoration, reconciliation and prayer ministry. Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch. Further information can be found on the organisation’s web site - click here.


RCIA Class

We will be holding a series of RCIA classes (the Right of Christian Initiation of Adults) for adults wishing to be received into the church. The classes will be held in the Guild Room on Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, commencing Monday 11th February and will continue until Easter, when those prepared will be received into the church. Martin Pakes will be leading these classes and has separately contacted those who have already provided their names and contact details. Any other interested persons should speak today with Fr Mathias or Martin Pakes.


Sunday 17th February is Racial Justice Sunday. Promoted by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, this day is established to recognise the problems faced by people due to racism and ethnic discrimination in the workplace. In a world steeped in violence, conflict and discrimination, the Gospel demands that we acknowledge the dignity of the human person, the necessity of building peace, prosperity and justice for all. We are called to ensure people are not exploited while they work and to open our hearts to those who face this hatred. “As you did this for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me…” Please take one of the special prayer cards that can be found on the table in the narthex or you can download one by clicking the image above. Further information can be found on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales web site.

There will be a retiring collection after all Masses next Sunday for the Catholic Association of Racial Justice.



CWL Valentide Tea Party

You are invited to a Valentide Tea Party on Tuesday 19th February in St Pancras Hall 2.30 pm - 4 pm. Tea and delicious refreshments will be served and there will a Raffle and Bring & Buy stall . Come along for a chat with friends . Proceeds support Local and CWL Charities .


ChurchLighting

For some time, it has been hoped that we could make some changes to the church lighting. These changes would have three objectives:

  • To eliminate the health and safety issues associated with regular high level access to the lights in order to replace lamps;
  • To reduce the significant running costs – when all the lights are on, we are consuming nearly 8 kW of power on lights alone!
  • To provide something which is a little more elegant and aesthetically pleasing at reasonable cost.

We have sourced what could be a suitable LED fitting to replace the existing halogen lamps and a single unit has been installed as a trial before any decision to replace the whole installation is made. If you have any views or comments on the new light, please speak to Jim Poll, Chris Croker, Andrew Ford or Michael Long, or alternatively email your comments to contact@marymagdalens.org. If it is decided to go ahead, it is hoped the work can be completed in March.


Vacancy

St Albans Catholic High School is seeking to expand its team of exam invigilators and is seeking professional, organised and flexible individuals who would be able to provide support during the busy exam periods on an ad-hoc basis. Successful applicants will be paid £8.82 per hour on a casual contract. Full details, and an application form, can be found on the school web site - click here. Applications must be received by 10:00 am Monday 25th February.


Message from Fr Mathew

Fr Mathew writes: “Thank you very much for your prayers and support. I am fine. My mother and other family members are fine. I am slowly thinking about planning my return. For now, I am keeping the option of a retreat in Kerala and a few free days at home open, so there are no firm dates at the moment. I am looking forward to coming back to Ipswich.

The ‘enjoying the sunshine’ part is getting over as it is getting very hot here. Mornings and evenings are pleasant. The rains will start only after mid April with the monsoon in June and July. Please continue to pray for me. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.”


Eucharistc Ministers

Will Eucharistic Ministers please note a change in practice for the 10:00 Mass on Sundays. We will be reverting to the previous practice of using three ministers, one to assist with the distribution of the Body of Christ and two to administer the Precious Blood. The rota for Eucharistic Ministers has been rearranged accordingly, with the first named minister at 10:00 Mass each Sunday distributing the Body of Christ. Please review the revised rota in the narthex, or download a copy here.

An Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, often referred to as a Eucharistic Minister, may be required at Mass to assist the celebrating priest with the distribution of Holy Communion. Outside of Mass, an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion may be required to assist the priest to minister Holy Communion to the sick or housebound, to expose and repose the Blessed Sacrament or to assist at a Celebration of Word and Holy Communion in the absence of a priest to celebrate Mass. We are in need of additional persons to join this ministry. If you feel you would like to become a minister, please speak in the first instance to Fr Mathias.