There is Mass at 4:00pm every Saturday in Portuguese.
Easter Season : Our Easter Celebration continues for 50 days until the Solemnity of Pentecost. This period is called ‘the Great Sunday’ as the joy of Easter overflows into these 50 days and they are celebrated as a single day.
Next Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. There will be a second collection for the clergy training fund. We pray for all vocations remembering particularly to pray for vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and religious life. Gift Aid envelopes are available and some ‘Praying for vocations’ leaflets will be available next weekend.
First Holy Communion Programme : There will be a parents meeting this Friday (7:30pm – 9:00pm) in the convent. The retreat day is the following day, Saturday 21st April. Children need to arrive at Holy Family Primary School for 10:00am. They will need a packed lunch, and as there will be a number of craft activities during the day it is advisable that they do not wear their best clothes. Parents should return to the school for Mass at 2:30pm, which will conclude the day.
The Venerable Nano Nagle is the foundress of the Presentation Sisters and 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of her birth. Throughout this year it would be good to pray in a particular way for some of the intentions which were important to her. She would visit the those in prison, so during this month of April we can pray for prisoners. As well as making this intention part of our daily prayer, there will be an extended period of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday 30th April from 9:45am (after Mass) until 12:00 noon.
Confirmation : Bishop Declan will be with us on Tuesday 5th June for Mass at 7:00pm during which he will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to some of our young people. Application forms are available. The programme is open to young people who are in Year 9 or above and who are members of our parish. The cost of the programme will be £10 per candidate. Application forms need to be returned by Friday 20th April and can either be given to Father Gary or Mrs Fraser at Saint Joseph’s School. The first preparation session will be at 7:15pm on Thursday 26th April in the convent.
There will be a preparation session for Catholic parents seeking baptism for their children (up to 6 years of age) on Saturday 5th May at 2:00pm in the convent. The session will last about 90 minutes.