The World Council of Churches (WCC) invites people and churches all over the world to pray, advocate, and stand in solidarity with people in the Holy Land during the World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel which begins on Saturday, 16 September.
While commemorating 75 years of Nakba (catastrophe) of the Palestinian people since 1948, the preparatory committee for this year's materials questioned the injustice in all this for the family and chose the Bible verse Matthew 8:20 to lay down the issue as presented by Jesus Christ: 'Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.'
For more information see: www.oikoumene.org/events/world-week-for-peace-in-palestine-and-israel
During this week, which includes the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September, church organizations, congregations, and people of faith are encouraged to bear a common witness by participating in worship services, educational events, and acts of support in favour of peace and justice for Palestinians and Israelis.
WCC Resources: www.oikoumene.org/resources/documents/materials-for-world-week-for-peace-in-palestine-and-israel-16-23-september-2023
Pax Christi Events and Resources: https://paxchristi.org.uk/campaigns/israel-and-palestine/world-week-for-peace-in-pi/
Cardinal Vincent has written a Pastoral Letter to all the faithful in the Diocese of Westminster, you can read the letter (available here) or listen to the audio version (available here).
Timothy Macklin and David Bednall play the third concert in the 2022 Grand Organ Inauguration Festival at Our Lady of Victories, Kensington. The two parts to this concert are available in two videos, linked below.
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625: J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Erstanden ist der heilige Christ: BWV 628: J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier BWV 731: J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Offrande à Marie: IV.Regina pacis: Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Chant de Paix: Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Adagio in E: Frank Bridge (1879-1941)
Toccata Nu La Oss Takke Gud: Egil Hovland (1924-2013)
Incantation pour un Jour Saint: Jean Langlais (1907-1991)
Mariales: Incantation - Pastorale - Antienne - Hymne - Danse: Naji Hakim (born 1955)
Toccata on All For Jesus: Malcolm Archer (born 1952)
Meditation on Pange lingua: Richard Jeffrey-Gray (born 1966)
Fanfare-Postlude on Hyfrydol: David Bednall (born 1979)
Chorale Prelude on 'Solothurn': Sarah MacDonald (born 1968)
Celebration: Cecilia McDowell (born 1951)
The new Grand Organ (IV/53) at Our Lady of Victories is by Anton SKRABL, and was completed in 2022. It is built and voiced in the French Symphonic style. The design process was overseen by Timothy Macklin, assisted by David Bednall, in collaboration with SKRABL.
Dear parents and candidates,
Just to let you know that our next confirmation class will take place here in the parish hall on Saturday 30th April from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. On this occasion, we will have the pleasure to guest some seminarians from Allen Hall Diocesan Seminary who will lead us in some activities to reflect on the call of God, speak about the seminary and to share a bit of their own vocation journey.
See you there,
The collection on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday are the two main sources of income for the priests. Clergy income is derived from the Christmas and Easter Offerings as well as Mass Stipends and offerings from baptisms, wedding and funerals. This is paid into the parish and then distributed to the clergy. These offerings can also be gift aided.
We do so, aware of the constant need of the youth to be trained and formed in their faith as active member of our parish community.
We are starting a group for young Catholic couples to help build friendships and community in the parish. Once we form the group we can decide what activities we do. Suggestions include meals together, games nights and social exercise. We looking forward to hearing from you! If you’re interested in being involved please email Ellen on email@example.com
Caritas Ukraine and Caritas Poland are working on the ground.
They have asked us to donate direct to the central appeal fund: AUGB Ltd, 80038237,20-65-89, with reference HelpUkraine.
Or you can donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal (The Catholic agency CAFOD is part of the committee) https://www.dec.org.uk/
or through Aid To the Church In Need https://acnuk.org
Thank you for your kind generosity.
This year, we celebrate 10 years of Caritas Westminster, the social action agency of the Diocese, working with parishes to restore hope, and enable people to lead a life of dignity and worth. Funds raised in this year’s Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal will be shared between parishes and Caritas Westminster. Cardinal Nichols has expressed his gratitude to everyone who supports the Appeal, with whatever they can.
Please take a donation envelope. You can use the QR code to make your donation online. Thank you for your generosity.
Please come and join us for the Stations of the Cross during the season of Lent. Every Friday at 6.30 pm, commencing on Friday 4th March till Good Friday.
CAFOD’s Walk Against Hunger Lent challenge
There are 200 million children in the world whose lives are at risk from malnutrition. This Lent, challenge yourself to walk 200km, and help give hunger its marching orders. Do 5k a day, your way, for 40 days, get sponsored and you’ll conquer your 200km target in time for Easter – and help people around the world to live free from hunger. To find out more or take part, go to cafod.org.uk/walk.
Family Fast Day Friday 11th March
This Family Fast Day, we remember that there are many people who need our love and support all around the world. Children experiencing malnutrition like Amie’s daughter Lombeh did in Sierra Leone or as we are seeing now in Ukraine, families affected by conflict. Your small act of love can make big things happen. Donations to CAFOD this Lent will reach families around the world, enabling local experts to provide support to families in times of need or conflict. You can donate in church using a CAFOD envelope or by visiting the CAFOD website: cafod.org.uk/lent