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EAST HENDRED CATHOLIC PARISH St Mary’s East Hendred St Patrick’s East Ilsley www.catholichendredandilsley.org.uk Week Commencing Sunday 11th January 2009 Sunday Cycle B Weekday Cycle

THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

The Diocesan prayer today is for those who are to be baptised this year, their Godparents, families and catechists SUNDAY MASSES: St. Mary’s, East Hendred 9.30am Gilbert & Majories Jones (FM) St. Patrick’s, East Ilsley 11.15 am Mrs Mary Clerkin RIP Anniv Mrs Helen Horgan RIP Anniv. WEEKDAY MASSES: St Mary’s Wednesday 12.15pm St Amands Chapel, Hendred House 8.30am Patrick Ryan RIP Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday between 3 and 4 pm. in St. Amand’s Chapel, Hendred House. The 9.30am Mass at St Mary’s next Sunday,18th January will be said for Fr. Sean Murphy’s anniversary . Anniversaries.Alice Harper, Margaret Duhig,Charlotte Hunt, Joseph Anns, George Dauglish, Catherine Massey, Louis McCoy, Roger Tomlin and Winifred Day. May they rest in the peace of the Risen Lord At the meeting of the Pastoral Area Leadership Team held on Wednesday Dec 10th the following items were discussed: Pastoral Area confirmation programme and arrangements; a meeting for all the parish pastoral councils with the pastoral area leadership team to explain what work the leadership team has already done and to discuss the scenario of all parishes being amalgamated into one parish within two years with perhaps two priests and one deacon in the new parish; this to take place on 19th January in St Edmund’s parish centre at 7.30; a series of talks on St Paul to be given on Thursday evenings in Lent by local, interesting and entertaining scholars: the dates will be March 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th and the speakers who have so far agreed to take part are: Nicholas King, S.J., Richard Ounsworth, O.P. and Fr Jerome Bertram. For more information contact Fr Tom or Denis Smith.

BIDDING PRAYERS REQUESTS Before Mass please have a look in the book of prayer requests at the back of the church and if possible include briefly any recent requests in the Bidding prayer. Prayers please for Tony Pickup who after a very short time at home was rushed back to hospital. St Amands Catholic Primary School St Mary’s Road, East Hendred, Wantage, OX12 8LF Tel: 01235 833342 www.st-amands.oxon.sch.uk School started on Wednesday following the Christmas break, with the children and staff rested after what was a very busy end to the Christmas term. We wish them all a very happy and successful 2009. St. Amands is your local Catholic primary school, with a free bus from Didcot. You are welcome to visit the school at any time. Please contact Debbie in the school office to make an appointment. Applications are welcome from children for all classes. Please remember our school in your prayers. SHELTERBOX As a direct result of the Advent ecumenical carol service that was held in St.Augustine’s this year the best part of £100 was raised for this really worthwhile cause. How good to hear a combined choir too! For those of you who are not familiar with this charity it aims “to provide on a world wide basis humanitarian relief and aid in the form of material and equipment that provides


shelter, warmth and comfort to people displaced by natural and other disasters” These happen worldwide on a daily basis. Floods, earthquakes, wars etc. Often thousands of people are left injured and homeless. Each box provides shelter and warmth for up to 10 people for a prolonged period and contains a large high quality tent, plus blankets and other survival essentials. I am delighted to be able to confirm that the Wantage Rotary club donated the additional funds to ensure that a whole box would be purchased. Thank you to all concerned. Geoffrey Bailey OXFORD NIGHT SHELTERA VERY big thank you to all of you who so generously contributed things for the Oxford Night Shelter, O’Hanlon House.One of the night staff was over the moon about the lovely soaps and smells that people had given as these make the perfect gifts for Christmas. The toothbrushes were set upon as soon as I arrived as the cold weather meant they were absolutely full and in dire need of basic bathroom items. The staff and users really appreciate your thoughtfulness and send heaps of gratitude. Think of them all especially in this cold weather. ECUMENICAL GATHERING AT KINGS MANOR – Wed. 21st January 7.30pmFollowing last year’s very successful gathering during Christian Unity Week at King’s Manor, we are having a repeat session. Anglicans and Catholics in small groups talk and discuss themes taken from a variety of spiritual readings. The evening will be introduced and led by Denis Smith & Geoff Bailey. All those who attended last year said it had been so helpful and encourage those who might not normally come to such a session, to try it.


EH News 11 January 2009