Ralph Waldo Emmerson a great literary figure in nineteenth century America wrote:
“Only so much do I know as I have lived. Instantly we know whose words are loaded with life. I learned immediately from any speaker how much he has lived. One person speaks from within, or from experience, and as a possessor of fact; another speaks from without, as a spectator, or as acquainted with the facts on the evidence of a third person. It is no use to preach to me from without. I can do that myself. ”
In the spiritual life the second hand, is of limited worth. Here the only person who speaks with authority is one who has experienced what is being talked about.
Jesus possessed that kind of authority. No fake news in him. Every Christian is called to that same integrity, that nourishes the soul of self and others.
Racial Justice Sunday 2024
This years theme “Seeing One Another in the Life of the Church”.
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love,
a tender heart, and a humble mind.” 1 Peter 3:8
As Catholics, we believe in the common humanity of every person and the importance of fraternity in overcoming differences.
This year, in the face of turbulent and often divisive global events, it is more important than ever to see one another, in all of our similarity and diversity, in the life of the Church. For more information see here: Racial Justice Sunday - Catholic Bishops' Conference (cbcew.org.uk)
Congratulations to the family of Micaela Rogue who was baptised
on Saturday 13th January.
Congratulations to Carol and Jay who were married in Cratloe, Co. Clare, Ireland
on Saturday 20th January.
Congratulations to Hala and Luca who as adults received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 20th January.
Thank you to Sr Margaret Correa who prepared them for this sacrament.
We Dare To Say – Lent Faith Sharing Groups
Group 1 will meet after the 10am Mass on Friday’s in Lent in the Galilee Room of the Parish Centre. Dates:16th February, 23rd February, 1st March, 8th March and 15th March.
Group 2 will meet after the 6pm Mass on Saturday’s in Lent in the Galilee Room of the Parish Centre. Dates: 17th February, 24th February, 2nd March, 9th March and 16th March.
Please sign up using the sheets on the noticeboard at the back of the Church. If you are unable to make either of these times but still would like to have a copy of the resource booklet for individual meditation, contact Fr Francis, in person or email: email@example.com Poster here.
14th February will be Ash Wednesday.
Masses in Our Lady of Victories will be at 10.00am and 6.30pm.
Roseline Harvie-Watts RIP
Our condolences to the Harvie-Watt family. Rosaline’s funeral Mass will take place in the Church on 6th Feb at 12.00Noon.
Jesu Mercy, Mary Pray.
Sean Swiny RIP
Our condolences to the Swiny family. Sean's funeral Mass will take place on in the Church on 7th Feb at 12.00Noon.
Jesu Mercy, Mary Pray.
Thank you for your generous response a total of £892.63 was collected.
A message from Cardinal Vincent Nichols Archbishop of Westminster about Gaza and the West Bank
In response to the Parish Priest of the Church of the Holy Family in Gaza City and from the CEO of the Latin Patriarchate.
There are 600 people sheltering and being cared for in the parish compound, together with over 50 seriously disabled and vulnerable children. The parish is also providing for 200 people in the Orthodox property as well as for local Muslim neighbours.
The situation in the West Bank is grave with more than 100,000 families to be assisted.
You can still donate via our parish office. All monies will be sent to the work of the Latin Patriarch Catholic Diocese of Jerusalem.
Young Married Couples Group
Are you a young married couple seeking to build friendships and desiring to connect with other young married couples? Well, a young married couples group is present in our parish.
The purpose of the group is to offer support and foster friendship and connection among the many young married couples present in our parish. The ideal age range of the group is under 40.
The group meets every month to socialize and foster communion and support. Among the different activities offered are meals together, trips out, games nights and social exercises. If you’re interested in attending, please email Steve and Annie Caprio at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join our Whatsapp group using the QR code below:
Young Adult Group
This is a group for people in their 20s and 30s and aims to build a community in the parish. More events will be coming soon. If there are any questions, please send us an email at:email@example.com join our WhatsApp group using the QR code:
Leaving a Legacy
In the last year, the parish has received a number of legacies from parishioners who have remembered the work of the parish in their wills.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of those parishioners. They will be remembered in our annual donors Mass.
Please consider remembering the parish in your will.
See the leaflets at the back of the Church or call 0207 798 9375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sisters of the Pauline run their shop in the repository at Our Lady of Victories Church from Tuesday to Friday and Sunday from 9am to1pm. The contact number is 07561456074.
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GIFT AID DONATIONS:
We have worked with our colleagues in the Parish Support Team towards procedures for processing the Gift Aid from contactless donations through the Dona provider.
When signing a Gift Aid declaration on the device, you will also be asked if you would like your previous contactless donations to be Gift Aided.
Further, as entering a Gift Aid declaration on the device can take a couple of minutes, we want to help reduce the amount of time you may spend on the device, and reduce the queue for it. Leaflets have been created and placed at the back of the church and on the notice board. These contain a QR code that will enable you to use your smartphone to make your Gift Aid declaration. You can also access the Dona portal and leave your donation by simply scanning the underneath QR code:
You can also donate securely by debit or credit card by clicking on the button created at the section end.
Eucharistic Adoration and Confession
On Wednesday's, after the 10am Mass, there is Eucharistic Adoration. This is an opportunity to spend some time in prayer before the exposed Blessed Sacrament. During that time a priest will also be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Adoration concludes at Noon with the prayer of the Angelus.
Confessions are also available every Saturday from 5 pm to 5.45 pm.