SATURDAY AFTERNOON GET-TOGETHERS
The next meetings will be on Sat Day 21st July. The get together group gathers for a bit of friendship, chat and games on Saturday afternoons .All are welcome.
BECOMING A CATHOLIC
Are you interested in finding out more about becoming a Catholic? It may be that you are married to a Catholic or you want to be able to answer your children's questions about Catholicism. If you want to know more, please come along to one of the following sessions, at the Retreat Cafe in the PNL Centre at St Joseph’s.
• Tues 17th July 8-8.45pm
• Wed 18th July 9.15-10am
For more information, please contact the parish office 01737 761017.
SVP STRAWBERRY TEA
The annual parish SVP ‘Strawberry Tea’ will take place in the Retreat Café at St Joseph’s between 2 - 4pm on Fri 20th Jul. This is open to any parishioner who would like to come along, especially those who live in sheltered/ residential accommodation or are less able to access our other community celebrations. It would be helpful if you could please let us know via the parish office if you are coming.
TRISTAN CRANFIELD ORDINATION
Please pray for Tristan Cranfield who is to be ordained at Arundel Cathedral on Friday 20th July, at 5pm, followed by reception in Arundel Castle. His First Mass will be at Arundel Cathedral on Sunday 22nd July, 11.15am, followed by reception in the Cathedral Hall.
Please see note below from Tristan. ‘It would be wonderful to see as many people there as can make it - everyone is welcome. Thank you again for all your parishes have done to help me in my journey so far.’ Tristan Cranfield
ROSARY PRAYER GROUP
The Rosary prayer will be said on Wed 1st August at 6pm in St Joseph’s Church. All welcome.
PNL BOOK+ CIRCLE
Our next book is ‘Conscience Before Conformity. Hans and Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Resistance, by Paul Shrimpton. It tells the story of German students who dared to speak out against Hitler. We will meet on Friday 10th August, 10.30am in the Retreat Café, PNL St Joseph’s.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES PILGRIMAGE
Only Limited Places still available! Bishop Richard invites you to join him for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin with the Holy Father, Pope Francis. 21st - 26th Aug 2018 sees the arrival of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland. The Diocese is making the most of this wonderful opportunity by organising accommodation and transport for those who would like to attend. It is open to families of all shapes and sizes, from tiny tots to Grandma and Pops! We will be staying together in Dublin City University accommodation and travelling to events together by coach. A three day congress will be followed by a Festival of Families and a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration with Pope Francis. If you would like more information about the event visit www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en or contact Lizzie of the Diocesan Pastoral team: [email protected]
ADOREMUS EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS
The bishops of England and Wales are to hold a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress in Liverpool this year (7th- 9th Sept 2018). You can find more information on the Catholic Bishops' Conference web-site. The Diocesan Contact for the Congress is Canon Tom Treherne who you can contact via his assistant for the event Liz Fitch on 01424 420815 or by email [email protected] ofgoodshepherd.co.uk.
SMALL FAITH SHARING GROUP
We are looking forward to reconvening after the Summer holidays, in the Day Chapel at St Joseph’s. We plan to meet on Tue 11th Sept for six weeks to continue and finish the ‘Take and Read St Luke’s Gospel resource (Alive Publishing). All welcome.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE SKYDIVE
To raise money for the Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund, Bishop Richard and Lucy Barnes will skydive from an aeroplane on Friday 14th September 2018. Please give generously in one of the following ways:
By purple Gift Aid parish envelope, marked ‘+R skydive’
By Lourdes pilgrimage envelope, from the parish office. (please hand into the parish office)
By going to the BT MyDonate website.
All funds go to the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage. All cheques made payable to A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage.
THE ASCENT - Discipleship Process for Young People
This October, the ASCENT - a three-year discipleship process involving three residential weekends a year and weekly online group sessions, will be launching at Worth Abbey with the support of the diocese. It’s open to any-one in year 10, 11, or 12. It’s designed to take people with a real interest in their faith and to help them to make a deeper commitment and to explore who God created them to be, while making a few friends and hopefully having some fun in the process. For more details, visit theascentuk.co.uk or email [email protected] dabnet.org
THE DIOCESAN VISION - PLANNING TOWARDS 2030
Bishop Richard has written to say that the text of the plan is now coming together and meetings will take place in the Autumn. These meetings will be open to everyone in each Deanery and the plan will be presented by a team of people. The Redhill Deanery meeting will be held at the Sacred Heart, Caterham on Monday 10th December at 7pm.
Aged 18-35 with a year to spare to live in a faith-filled community and make a difference serving the needy in our society? Then visit www.vincentianvolunteers.org.uk
THINKING OF GETTING MARRIED?
Wonderful! Bishop Richard has asked that you give the parish at least 12 months notice so that we can help care for your Sacramental preparation, and paperwork can be completed in good time, even if you are intending to get married elsewhere - Contact the office for more details.
12 DAY PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
with Fr Stephen Hardaker KHS and Fr Terry Martin, 31st March 2019, visiting all the holy sites and with daily Mass. Some moderate walking involved. To request a brochure with full details, please contact Fr Stephen on: 01883 713776 or [email protected]
Come and join us in the Café in the PNL Centre at St Joseph’s on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and have a FREE tea or filter coffee when you purchase any hot food.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Retreat Café is run entirely by volunteers from Monday to Friday 10.30am - 1pm during school term only. We need more volunteers to join this friendly group. No experience necessary, we all support each other. If you can spare a couple of hours please speak to one of the volunteers during Café opening hours or the parish office 01737 761017.
SURREY’S FIRST COMMUNITY CAFE
A not-for-profit community cafe has just opened in the new Merstham Hub called the Merstham Mix. The objectives are to strengthen the local community bonds, promote healthy eating, provide affordable food to all and free hot meals to all our local food-bank users. We will also be reducing food waste by supplementing our kitchen with food surpluses from supermarkets and farms. Merstham Facilities Community Trust and Loveworks are on the organising end and although we have a wonderful chef, we need volunteers for the kitchen and FOH to keep our costs low. If you would like the opportunity (training given!) please contact Anna on 07929498430 or [email protected] gmail.com for more information. Our website is www.mersthamcc.org.uk to read all about it!
SATURDAY AFTERNOON GET TOGETHERS We are a friendly group of adults that meet every Saturday in the PNL Café area between 3-5 pm. We play games, chat and enjoy company over a complimentary hot drink. Parishioners, people from our local community and visitors are always welcome to come along anytime during the session. Please don't hesitate to contact the parish office if you would like to meet with me prior to coming along.
SAFEGUARDING IN THE PARISH
Some roles in the parish require volunteers to have a DBS check which are renewed every 3 years. Katie Jones, our Safeguarding Rep, will be contacting people if a re-check is needed. However if you are in a role in the parish and have not had a recheck or if you have any query on the DBS process please contact Katie on 01737 761017.
BEQUESTS THANK YOU
We are very grateful that a number of parishioners from our three churches have assisted our parish by gifting a donation to the parish in their wills. A sheet has been prepared by the diocese outlining the wording that should be used for this. It also includes information on Foundation Masses and bequests to our diocese. If you would like more information please take one of the blue sheets at the backs of all our churches.