Death is a subject most of us avoid discussing but talking about it can help reposition how we feel about our mortality, the fact that we will one day die. We all want a good death, to die well, but what does that actually mean? Thinking about our life ending can be anxiety provoking, so make time for periods of calm, contemplative reflection. This time should help us to see things more clearly, making it easier to take the necessary steps toward living the best version of our life.
Accepting our mortality can also be freeing, as one of the consequences can be making more conscious choices in the present. For example, what kind of send-off do we give our children, or spouses when leaving home in the morning for school or work? Could we, or they, live with the memory of the last thing that was said or done in the tragic event that it actually was the last thing? Might we consider making an extra effort to visit an elderly relative or contacting someone who is estranged from the family?
The Art of Dying Well (https://www.artofdyingwell.org/) offers practical and spiritual support to those faced with the prospect of death and dying. It has abundant resources, Q&A’s, podcasts, and links to further support. I also recommend thinking about your funeral, perhaps planning the readings, or whether you would like to be buried or cremated? More information found here: https://rcdow.org.uk/liturgy/preparing-for-a-funeral/
Mary’s Meals Appeal 18th/19th November
Representatives from the charity Mary’s Meals will be speaking after all Masses next weekend, the 18th and 19th November. Your generosity will be highly appreciated.
Deanery Mass Tuesday 21 November 10am
The priests of the deanery will join us as a parish for the 10am Mass to concelebrate Mass for the deceased priests of the Deanery and for our own parishioners, relatives, benefactor’s and friends who have gone to the Lord.
Welcome Knights and Dames of EOHSJ
Next weekend we welcome Knights and Dames of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem to our noon Mass. The Order will have celebrated their autumn investiture weekend which includes a visit to a local parish for Sunday Mass.
The Order under the Popes express mandate supports the social welfare, educational and pastoral work of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, who has the care of the Catholics in Israel, the Palestinian territories, Gaza, Jordan and Cyprus. To learn more about the work of the EOHSJ go to: www.eohsj.or.uk
Advent Retreat for Young Adults (18-30s)
with the Assumption Sisters on Sunday 3rd December 2023 in Kensington. Young people are invited for a day retreat to prepare spiritually for Christmas, with reflections, prayer, adoration, and confessions. Venue: Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St Simon Stock, London W8 4BB. Timings: Mass at 12.15pm, Lunch at 1pm, Retreat from 2pm-5.30pm. Donations only. Register: email@example.com
Sacrament of Confirmation 2024
Deadline for submitting registration forms for sacramental preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation 2024 is Sunday 26th November. Forms can be returned to Fr Francis or to the Parish Office.
Chorister Opportunities at Westminster Cathedral Choir School
Every September, Westminster Cathedral Choir School welcomes up to six choristers into Years 4 or 5. Boys also receive an outstanding education at one of London’s leading schools, up until the end of Year 8. Choristers board during the school week only. If you are interested and would like further
information, the next Zoom session for families is on Wednesday 22nd November at 6.30 pm. Please contact Lucy Auger for a link: firstname.lastname@example.org
News from the Holy Land and the Holy Family Parish In Gaza
Pope Francis continues to call the Parish Priest of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza every day. Please keep our brothers and sisters in your prayers. For further information, please see: www.vatican.va
PACT Annual Advent Carol Service
Tuesday 5th December 7pm at Our Lady of Victories.
Free Admission. Everyone welcome.
Christmas is a tough time to have a family member in prison. Pact has been supporting people in prison and their children and families for 125 years. This event will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 5th December 2023 and you are warmly invited to join us. The Rt Revd Richard Moth, Liaison Bishop for
Prisons, will be presiding at the service. One of Britain's best-loved poets, Roger McGough, will be reading his poetry at the Carol Service. With the choir of Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith. After the service there will be a collection for Pact’s work with prisoners and their families. Stay for
refreshments in the Hall downstairs. We look forward to meeting you in person and continuing the conversation. There is full disabled access for this event. To register and for further information contact: email@example.com See poster here.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org join our WhatsApp group using the QR code:
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 email@example.com. You can also join our Whatsapp group using the QR code below:
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.