Children's Liturgy Group

Our Children’s Liturgy Group has been, and continues to be very popular. Each week, at the 10:00 Mass, the children go into the Guild Room for their own simple service of prayer, readings and activities following the same theme as the Sunday Mass. As with all things, there is an amount of time required from the session leaders to prepare for these services, and in order that this should not become onerous, it would be wonderful if a few more would volunteer to assist in this ministry and spread the workload. All session leaders will need to be DBS checked but the parish will arrange that. If you would like to get involved in this, helping to educate our young about our faith, please speak to Fr Mathew or use the contact form, or, to get an idea of what is involved, why not sit in on one of the sessions to see if this is for you?

Parish Vacancy

Unfortunately, due to ill health, our parish treasurer has been forced to retire and we are still seeking to appoint a new parish treasurer. If you have some finance / accounting experience and are happy to give generously some of your time for the parish, please contact Chris Croker, Chairman of the finance committee, Declan Moore or speak to Fr Mathew. Alternately, you can email or use the contact form on the parish web site to send a message to Finance.

New pilgrim Web Site

This website is inspired by Pope Francis’ enthusiasm for the internet. He urges Christians to ‘walk the streets of the digital highways … in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ.’

New Pilgrim Path explores and shares the rich spiritual resources of the internet. Visitors are helped to find sites that are relevant to them at the particular stage of their journey. There arepages devoted to a range of resources, including daily prayer, online retreats, inspirational reflections, spiritual poetry, religious broadcasts and many others. Each week a ‘Website of the Week’ is featured. For more information visit the web site - click here.

Parish Accounts

A summary of the parish accounts for 2018 has now been published and is displayed on the notice board in the narthex. Copies are available to be taken home and reviewed at leisure. Alternatively you can download a copy from the finance section of this web site.

Food for Thought

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

There are a number of lists in the narthex asking for names of volunteers for various things – to help with church and hall cleaning, to help with food for the proposed parish Christmas party next week, readers and Eucharistic minsters for the Christmas services, vacancy for the position of parish treasurer etc. At the last check these were all woefully blank! Don’t be a Nobody.

New Altar Ware

The family of the late Noel Andrews are making a donation of new altar ware to St Mary Magdalens church in memory of deceased members of the Andrews family.

The presentation will be made by family members at the 10:00 Mass on Sunday 23rd December, which will be said for the intention of deceased members of the Andrews family, and these items - two chalices, a ciborium and a paten - are being donated in memory of Ambrose, Noel, Doreen and Pamela Andrews.

Emergency Contact List

Fr Mathew's recent illness highlighted a problem we have in contacting people who normally attend Mass at St Mary Magdalens on Sundays. To try to improve on contact arrangements in the event of any future emergency situations we are going to prepare an email list of people who normally attend 8:00, 10:00 and 6:00 pm masses so that we can quickly get a message to these persons if something has to be changed due to unforeseen circumstances.

In order to comply with GDPR, if you would like to have your name on this distribution list, you will need to specifically request it to ensure we have your consent to use your data for this purpose.

If you would like to receive such email notifications, please send an email to giving your name, your email address and requesting that you be added to the contact list for the mass you normally attend. Alternatively you can submit the same request using the web site contact form.

We also have a Facebook page @marymagdalens which is used to publish any emergency arrangements, so it is recommended you follow St Mary Magdalens in order to receive any such news posts this way too

Families In Need

FIND is a Christian-based registered charity that was founded in 1990 to provide emergency assistance to families or individuals affected by poverty or dispossession. It helps those that are deprived of a minimum standard of living, whether they are single, families, lone parents, children, elderly, sick, disabled or homeless. The FIND tub in the narthex could be your opportunity to reach out to those who have fallen on hard times locally. Gifts of food, particularly non-perishables, especially welcome. Did you know FIND also supplies free of charge household items? If you have any usable appliances or furniture to dispose of, why not contact FIND to see if someone else can benefit. You can learn more about the work of FIND by visiting its web site

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."(Matthew 25: 40)

Changes to the Data Protection Law

Churches hold a lot of data about their worshippers, like Baptism, Confirmation, First Holy communion, marriage and death records. They also hold some financial data regarding standing orders and to satisfy Gift Aid requirements. Most importantly churches have their worshippers address and contact details. Diocesan guidance on the new GDPR regulations, which came into force in May, mean that parishioners need to explicitly authorise the church to allow the use of this data for contact purposes, and to define the manner of that contact. Forms are available in the narthex or can be downloaded here - if you have not completed a GDPR form, please do so this week and give it to Fr Mathew.

Web Site Content

If you have any items of news, publicity, celebration or anything else that you would like to share with our community, please pass details to the web master by using the contact form.