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A SUMMER SCHEDULE. It is essential that each of our priests have some leave during the summer. At times there will only be one or two priest resident at the Rectory and so a Summer Schedule of Weekday Mass times will be adopted for July and August. At OLEM Mass will be celebrated on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 08.00 and on Tuesday at 08.00 and 18.15 (with Confessions at 17.30). There will not be a 12.15 on a Monday and Wednesday and no evening Mass on Thursday. Also at Our lady of Lourdes, Sawston there will be no weekday Masses in July.
ORDINATION: On Saturday 6th July at St. John the Baptist Cathedral at Noon, The Rev Henry Whisenant is being ordained priest. To allow all priests to attend, there will be no confessions or 10am Mass on that day at OLEM. It is proposed that we run a Coach (if sufficient numbers show interest). If you would like to attend please inform the parish secretary before the 15th June by e-mail: email@example.com
SOLEMNITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI: On Sunday 2nd June, Pope Francis has invited all Catholics around the world to spend some time with him that afternoon in adoring Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Here at OLEM at 14.30 we are responding to the Holy Father's request with a time of prayer and praise before our Eucharistic Lord culminating in an outdoor procession, returning to the Church for Benediction. Not only will this be a great act of Christian witness in this Year of Faith but also a time of celebration and thanksgiving for Our Lord's gift of Himself in the Sacrament of Love. Please make every effort to come, bring your friends and pray for good weather!
YEAR OF FAITH LECTURE 3: On Wednesday 5th June at 1930 in the church. Following hard on the heels of Fr. Gunter's thought provoking lecture on the Sacred Liturgy, we look forward to welcoming Fr. Alban McCoy OFM (Conv) Chaplain of Fisher House, and Dean Designate of St Edmund's College, who will speak on the document 'Gaudium et Spes' -the Church in the Modern World.
CHAPLAINCY FOR STUDENTS AT ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY AND OTHER STUDENTS WHO COME TO MASS AT OLEM: Sunday 26th May is the last Sunday of term so we will have a farewell party for students in the parish centre at 6pm to say goodbye for the summer and to those who are leaving Cambridge. Do come if you can.
The Diocese would very much like to thank all those parents, parishioners and St Alban’s School staff who took the trouble to fill in our questionnaires on the need for primary school places in Cambridge. We received a total of 359 responses and these involved a total of 674 children. There is a lot of data analysis to do, but some initial headline data indicates:-
· A strong desire for a new Catholic school in the Cambourne and Cherry Hinton areas. In the CB1 and CB23 postcode areas alone there are 94 children of pre-school age, all of whom (except one who’s only 2 weeks old), have been baptised and whose parents would like them to attend a Catholic school.
· A high level of interest in extra places at St Alban’s, particularly in the CB1, CB2 and CB22 areas.
That there are 153 pre-school children included in the responses received. This shows that for each year between 2013 and 2017, there are at least around 30 pre-school children in the Cambridge area whose parents would like them to have a Catholic school place when they start school. We know there are more than this as not everyone with pre-school children filled in a questionnaire.
It was also evident from the comments made in the responses that transport is a real issue for many parents with particular concern expressed about the difficulty of travelling into the centre of Cambridge. This makes the need for school places close to where people live even more important.
The next steps include more analysis of the data, supplemented with further information from St Alban’s School and the St Philip Howard and OLEM parishes. The Diocese then intends to meet with Cambridgeshire County Council to discuss the main findings of the questionnaires. The aim is to submit a formal document to the Council in the next 6 months that they can consider in their discussions about the need for extra places in the Cambridge and surrounding area. We will keep you up-to-date on how things progress via parish and school newsletters.
Helen Bates Assistant Director (Buildings & Capital) Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia
SAINTS HELPING US TODAY: The next sessions will take place between 12.00-14.00 in the Parish Centre on the following dates June 1st & 15th. Refreshments available. There is no charge.
MASS OF ANOINTING: Will be celebrated at 15.00 on Saturday 8th June at OLEM, followed by tea and a Raffle in the Parish Centre. The afternoon events are organised by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul who are also able to offer transport to and from Mass. Please phone the Rectory between 09.00 and 14.00 on weekdays if you require assistance. Anointing of the Sick is the Sacrament by which those who are unwell, or have health worries, or bear the burden of the years receive comfort, strength and the grace of healing. All who live with such acute or chronic conditions are encouraged to seek the sacrament.
THE BIDDING PRAYERS: at the 9.30 Mass are usually read by children between the ages of 7/8 (after they have made their first communion) and 15 and is a lovely way for the children to be part of the community and to take an active role in the celebration of Mass. The rota is about to be written to cover the next 6 months so, if anyone would like to join the rota, please contact Jo Wager on C. 504050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CATHOLIC WOMEN'S DISCUSSION GROUP :Join us for a meal and an informal conversation on the role of women in the Church today. The group will next meet on Wednesday, 5th June from 7-9 pm at the Fisher House Chaplaincy (located just south of Market Square, on Guildhall Street) in the Fisher Room. We will continue to discuss 'Mulieris Dignitatem', with an emphasis on the vocation of women. Please bring a small dinner dish to share. Women of all ages are welcome. Please contact Julia (email@example.com) or Monica (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, or to be added to the email list.
PARISH FORUM: The next meeting of the Parish Forum will be held in the Parish Hall on Thursday 6th June, at 19:30 - with tea & cake at 19.00. Please can items from parish groups and others for the compendium of information, which will be available with the agenda on 2nd June, be notified to email@example.com by 12.00 on Tuesday 28th May. Minutes of the last Forum are available via the Parish website. (Please note that due to some unforeseen planning difficulties, the 8-9th June celebration of ministries and activities has to be postponed and a new date will be discussed at the Forum)
WALSINGHAM ASSOCIATION: The Cambridge Branch of the Association will meet at St Laurence's Church on Saturday 1st June at the 09.30 Mass. Rosary, coffee and meeting will follow. All are welcome to attend these meetings.
CAFOD: is working with 200 other organisations as part of the campaign to make the global food system fairer for everyone. Before the G8 leaders meet in the UK CAFOD would love you to come along on June 8th to ensure they hear our demands for a food system that works for the world's poorest. There will be an ecumenical service in Westminster Central Hall at 11.30pm and a rally in Hyde Park from 2pm, which will include music, speakers and activities for the family. It promises to be a great day with an unforgettable atmosphere. Further details of the campaign and event can be found at http://www.cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Take-action-today
THE MARGARET BEAUFORT INSTITUTE OF THEOLOGY: Are you looking for an opportunity to learn about and discuss theology? Would you like to do so in an informal learning setting with other Roman Catholic women exploring their faith? Perhaps you would like to build on parish experience? The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology invites interested women to join their Thursday afternoon discussion groups on 'Life and Service in the Catholic Tradition". We are also recruiting for the Cambridge University Certificate in Theology for Ministry, for those considering theological education, personal formation, or developing skills for professional pastoral practice. To find out more, get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org 01223 741039 and ask for Ela or http://www.margaretbeaufoit.cam.ac.uk/ 12 Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DU
CHILDRENS' PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: on Tuesday 28th May. Procession will start at 10.45 from the village to the shrine. Mass will take place at 12.00 followed by a picnic and fun afternoon at the beach. Further details available from Christine Storman on 01603 713390 or e-mail email@example.com
WORLD YOUTH DAY: “at Home” 26th – 29th July National event for all young people age 16+. With guest speakers, catechesis, live bands and a satellite link up to World Youth Day in Rio at the time of the Papal Mass, this is the next best thing to being there! A group will be going from the diocese. For more information see www.catholiceastanglia.org/youth
BE STILL DAYS AT CLARE PRIORY: led by Fr. Ben. On Tuesday 18th June and Thursday 20th June. "Sitting still, doing nothing. How?" Just sitting still is a challenge for most of us not to mention "doing nothing" which of course includes thinking nothing. Rosa Richardson will be offering us helpful guidelines in her talk and in the discussion that will follow. The programme will be identical on both days. Each day will begin at 9.30 am and end at around 3.30 pm. A soup lunch is provided and the cost is £20.00. Please book through Kathy 01787 277326.
DIOCESAN JUNIOR SUMMER CAMP: This years Junior Camp for 8-14 year olds will take place from Friday 23rd -Monday 26th August at Eccles Hall, Norfolk. Please see poster and application forms at the back of church or contact Christine Storman on 01603 713390 for further details
YOUNG PEOPLE'S PILGRIMAGE TO TAIZE - An invitation to anyone age 17-29. Why not come and join the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Taize this August? More information at the back of the Church or go to . www.catholiceastanglia.org/youth (Deadline for booking June 14th).
YOUNG HELPERS FOR LOURDES: If you are aged 17-25 and would like to come to Lourdes as a young helper for the Catholic Association Pilgrimage on 22-31 August 2013 please contact David & Judy Ball on firstname.lastname@example.org or see the notice board at the back of church for further details.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES. SAWSTON
Fairtrade Stall - Food, jewellery, and greetings cards will be on sale in the hall after both Masses next Sunday 2nd June.
Children's classes on the Catholic faith - aimed at children aged 6 and above who do not attend a Catholic primary school. The classes will be held in the Parish House 10-11 on: 9th June, 23rd June, 7th July, 21st July. New children are always welcome, please let Hilary (email@example.com) or Charlanne (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01223 842462) know if you wish your child to attend or if you have any questions about the classes
CAMBOURNE & AROUND
Morning Prayer Monday and Fridays 09.00-09.20 in Cambourne Church. You are welcome to stay for coffee in Cafe 19 afterwards.
READERS ROTA :New rota available in the sacristy, usual place, the file on the left of the priests' bench. Help yourselves.
THE FOOD BANK: is moving its storage to a new warehouse in June and until it is established we re asking for monetary donations. Donations of non-perishable food-stuffs will resume at the end of June when a 'shopping list' will be published with the Newsletter. Cash donations can be Gift Aided, forms available at the back of church or you can download from the website donations page at www.cambridgecityfoodbank.org.uk
TEACHING POSITIONS ON DIOCESAN WEBSITE: Our diocesan website www.catholiceastanglia.org links you to the Schools Section, where teaching jobs are advertised. It is being updated all the time, so it is a very useful resource.
DIOCESAN CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE: You are warmly invited to the 8th Diocesan Celebration of Marriage and Family Life on Saturday 22nd June 2013 at 1100, at St. John's Cathedral, Earlham Road, Norwich. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and bear witness to the true nature of marriage. Mass with renewal of Marriage Commitment at 11.00am, followed by a buffet lunch in the Narthex and Cathedral garden. Certificates will be presented to those couples Celebrating 1st, 5th, 10th, 20th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th,, 60th (and above!) anniversaries this year, and to families where there is a baby under 1 year. Please inform us in good time if you wish to attend, especially if you will be receiving a certificate. There is no charge for the event, but donations will be welcome on the day. To book please contact Juliet by telephone: 01603 417355 or email email@example.com
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES: Takes place this year on the 23rd to the 30th August. If you wish to come on this pilgrimage and would like further information please visit: www.catholicassociation.co.uk/home/FAQ.shtml or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCIETY OF ST VINCENT DE PAUL: If anyone you know has lost touch with the Parish through illness or other misadventure, and wishes to regain contact through a visit by the Society of St Vincent de Paul, please phone or write to the Parish Office: tel.350787, email email@example.com, postal address: The Catholic Rectory, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 IJR.
DIOCESAN VOCATIONS TEAM: If you are interested in discovering more about vocations to the Priesthood and religious life, visit our Diocesan Vocations Website www.callingeastanglia.org.uk, speak to your Parish Priest or contact a member of our Diocesan Vocations Team. Contact names are posted on the notice-boards.
GOOD NEIGHBOURLY PARKING: It has been brought to our attention that in an effort to get to Mass, parishioners are making unauthorised use of nearby car-parks. The Parish has not entered into any arrangements for parking at offices close to our Churches. When Parish car-parks are full and on-street parking is not available, please use the nearest public car-park. Always ensure that emergency access routes remain clear.
SOULFOOD PRAYER GROUP: Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 20.00 in the Parish Hall at OLEM and every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at St Laurence's
ONE-OFF GIFT AID ENVELOPES: If you have a stock of one-off Gift Aid declaration envelopes at home, please check the reverse. If the tax information notice is missing from the back of the envelope, they are no longer valid and should be shredded.
WEEKLY OFFERTORY ENVELOPES: Were discussed at the Finance Committee meeting and it was decided that these envelopes will not be reinstated due to the cost of administration. Wherever possible we would ask you to consider making your weekly offering by standing order. Standing order forms & gift aid declarations are available from the Parish Office.
MASS INTENTIONS: Sadly, we are unable to claim gift aid on donations received for Mass intentions.
5 ALIVE would like to recruit helpers to assist specifically with the set-up of our sound system. One of our existing members is away for a year and another leaves at the end of this academic year, so we will need some additional assistance in the near future. Most of the work is purely physical (moving chairs, setting up lights, microphone stands, speakers, running cables). There is also the opportunity to learn how to operate the sound desk during Mass. Please contact Ray on firstname.lastname@example.org or c.872733.
FUNDING BY THE PARISH: We would like to remind any groups requiring funding by the Parish that they must in the first instance submit a completed Funding Application Form. None may enter into any financial commitment on behalf of the Parish until this application form has been approved by the Finance Committee, which meets quarterly.
7-UP: We have some great events planned this year, please see our new notice board at the back of Church, and our website. www.7-up.org.uk
SAMUEL GROUP: The Diocese is running a new discernment group called the 'Samuel Group' for single people in their 20s and 30s. It will meet in Cambridge, but is open to anyone from East Anglia. For further information contact Fr. John Warrington, Tel. 01473 728115 Email: email@example.com
VOCATIONS: Interested in discovering more about vocations to the Priesthood or religious life? Please speak to Fr. Peter or to our Diocesan Vocations Director Fr. John Warrington, who can be contacted at St Mary's Catholic Presbytery, 322 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. IP4 4BD (01473 728115) or firstname.lastname@example.org
PRAYER FOR THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW BISHOP
Eternal Shepherd of your people,
you lead your Church with unfailing providence,
you guide and nourish your flock with steadfast love.
in your goodness grant to your Church of East Anglia
a holy, wise and gentle Shepherd
under whose watchful care we may grow in faith.
We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen
PARISH CENTRE: The Parish Centre Manager, Richard Peroni is on-site every weekday between 10.00—15.00, or otherwise by appointment. You can telephone him on 07760955324 or e-mail email@example.com
MASS INTENTIONS. While we do our best to accommodate the Masses you request on the day and at the time specified it is not always possible especially on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation when the Parish Priest is obliged to offer one Mass “For the People of the Parish”. You will be reminded of this when you request a Mass for your intentions. It makes life a lot easier if any cheques for Mass offerings are made out to OLEM rather than to individual priests. It is a kind and generous thought on your part, but not how it works out in practice. Likewise requests for Masses are best handled through the parish office.
AGED 10-13? Like adventure? Got questions about faith? Visit www.yfaith.co.uk : the site that is written by young people for young people.
ADDENBROOKES HOSPITAL: Please remember: Chaplains are no longer able to access computerised hospital lists to find the names of Catholics who have been admitted. If you are aware of anyone who is Catholic being admitted to Addenbrookes Hospital who would like to see a chaplain or receive one of the sacraments, please inform the Chaplaincy on 217769 and leave the information with the secretary, or, in her absence, on the answer-machine.
No information is given to the Chaplaincy if you just put your religious denomination on the hospital form. Please check with the ward clerk that the patient is registered as a catholic and that the patient has ticked the box giving their permission for a member of the chaplaincy team to visit. Helpful information can be found on http://www.addenbrookes.org.uk/serv/nonclin/chaplaincy/rc_customs.htm.
BILLINGS: We are trained Billings Ovulation Method (BOM) teachers of natural family planning in the parish, able to offer fertility care to all women of child-bearing age, e.g. helping couples plan for pregnancy achievement, avoidance or postponement, as well as helping and supporting women after childbirth, miscarriage, while breastfeeding, nearing menopause and for those with irregular cycles. BOM is a natural and highly reliable alternative to contraception and a genuine aid to the sub-fertile. For further information and an appointment contact Mrs Josephine Wager (504050)