Notices

Please see the Church Bulletin and Porch notice boards
for further notices of events and dedications in our parish.

ADVENT: our spiritual preparation for Christmas. As part of your personal preparation consider something special e.g. set aside time each day for prayer, perform little daily acts of self-denial for the conversion of sinners, make an honest effort to restore a broken friendship or a strained relationship, celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation, think of the poor and be as generous as you can, visit a sick, aged or house-bound person, spend quality time with your spouse and children. You are welcome to join in the Morning and Evening Prayer of the Church before weekday Masses. Make this Advent spiritually extra special!

ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE:
will be held at St. Michael’s on Monday,
18th December at 7.00pm. All are welcome.

CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES

Christmas Eve
Midnight’ Mass
6.00pm at St. Mary’s
6.30pm at St. Michael’s

Christmas Day
10.00am at St. Michael’s

There is a card availabel with the Mass Times for the combined Benedict Partnership of Parishes:

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION: there is an opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) after Mass on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and at other times by appointment.

EXPOSITION & ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: this Friday, in the meeting room between the end of Mass and 6pm. Please add your name to the list in the Church porch to ensure there is always someone in attendance. Our intentions include World Peace, Persecuted Christians, Asylum Seekers and Refugees, the Renewal of our Parishes of St Michael’s and St Mary’s within the partnership of St Benedict's and Personal intentions.

LOAVES & FISHES: there will be a special collection at St. Mary’s, Easington Lane this
weekend in support of the local foodbank.

SOCKS & STEWING STEAK FOR THE HOMELESS: please leave your donations of new socks and steak in the boxes in the church porch over the next two weeks. Many thanks!

St. Michael’s Cleaning — Group 4 D Harrison, P & B Common

READERS & MINISTERS: please put your name on the list in the church porch if you are available for the Christmas Masses. Thank you.

THANK YOU: to everyone who has contributed to the White Elephant stall at Friday coffee mornings during 2017. Bringing and buying has raised £387.00 which has been sent to various charities and groups.

50% CAP NATIONAL CAMPAIGN:
Last year the Government promised to lift the 50% cap on faith admissions for new religious schools. This policy had proved to be an effective ban on any new Catholic schools as our Bishops ruled that opening a Catholic school that turned away Catholics for being Catholic was against Canon Law. The 50% cap was a policy that specifically targeted Catholics as Catholic schools are popular with parents of all faiths and none. The Government acknowledged the cap was unfair to the Catholic community and pledged to scrap it - the Conservatives even included a commitment to remove it in their manifesto. We are becoming increasingly aware that the Secretary of State for Education will be making a U-turn on this and breaking the Government’s promise to
Catholics. At the Bishops’ Plenary this week it was agreed that a national campaign was needed for the Catholic community to make its collective voice heard and tell the Secretary of State that this level of discrimination against Catholic schools, parents and children will not be tolerated and as such we are urging Catholics to write to the Secretary of State and their MP expressing their concern that this promise to our community could be broken. An online tool can be found on the homepage of our website www.catholiceducation.org.uk or on the Bishops’ Conference website http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/ By providing your name and address it automatically generates an email to the Secretary of State and sends a copy to your local MP. Please support this campaign and ask friends and family to support it too!!

Consultation on Admission Arrangements for St Robert of Newminster
Catholic School and Sixth Form College & St Michael’s Primary School 2019-20:
Where changes to admission arrangements are intended, all schools are required to consult before these are determined and published. Please find on the schools website http://www.strobertofnewminster.co.uk/admissions-2019-20-consultation/ http://www.stmichaelscatholicschool.co.uk the policy for consultation for 2019-20. A paper copy is available on request from the school from Monday 4 December. The consultation will run from Monday 4 December 2017 to Monday 22 January 2018. Again a consultation response form is available by request from the school or can be downloaded from the website. The governing body will consider all comments received by the deadline before they determine the arrangements for 2019-20.
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