Food Bank

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First Sundays of every month (only).

Please use your Premier Radio distinctive blue bags-for-life to bring only the items stated in the bulletin, placing them in the coloured boxes, and retain your blue bag for the following month.

THANK YOU!

 

Ecumenical Winter Night Shelter (update – 1/2/14)

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Gifts for the homeless

Thank you so much to everyone who provided the necessary kitchen items. We now need some personal gifts for our guests – Articles needed include socks, men’s pants, small packets of tissues, antibacterial wipes or spray and individually-wrapped biscuits. Please place items in the coloured boxes at our usual drop-off point after this weekend’s Food Bank collection.

Catholics, Come Home!

 

Whether you’re…

a Protestant, or of another faith;

or a Catholic, but not currently coming to Mass;

or a Catholic who wants to know more, either for yourself, or in order to help family and friends, ‘Come Home’…

CatholicsComeHome.org

is for you!

We are Catholic, Welcome Home!


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For Such a Time as This (new date)

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For Such a Time as This

An Evening with Lord Alton of Liverpool

New date : Monday 12th May 2014

The evening will begin with music from the band Ooberfule, including songs dedicated to the martyred Pakistani Catholic Shahbaz Bhatti, freedom for Burma, and World Youth Day.
At 8pm Lord Alton will speak on political engagement, the place of conscience, religious liberty and the right to Life, in Britain and around the world, including in countries such as North Korea, Burma, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as here at home.
For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today is an independent Cross-bencher Life Peer.  In 1972 he was elected as Britain’s youngest City Councillor, in Liverpool, the youngest member of the House of Commons in 1979, and in 1997 was made a Life Peer of the House of Lords.
Ooberfuse is a Catholic band which performed the official English language song for World Youth Day 2013, and has performed around the world, including Rome & Rio de Janeiro, as well as across the UK.

The evening is in aid of two Christian organisations working for religious freedom around the world:

Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), a Catholic charity supporting churches facing persecution,

and

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an ecumenical advocacy organisation
documenting and reporting injustice and persecution and promoting religious freedom for all.
For more information visit:  www.acnuk.org  and  www.csw.org.uk

Food Bank | "Lord, when did I see You hungry?"

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Food Bank

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world;  for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’  And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’

St Matthew’s Gospel, 25:34ff

500 Premier Christian Radio bags will be distributed early in January for you to return with items to help those struggling to buy food.
The ONLY items needed are:
Milk (long-life or powdered) fruit juice or squash (fresh and long-life), Sponge pudding (tinned) Biscuits or snack bars, Instant or tinned potato Tinned meat / fish, Sugar (500g bags) Rice pudding, Instant coffee, Tea bags.
Thank you for helping!

The Coalition for Marriage

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The Coalition for Marriage is an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and oppose any plans to redefine it.
The Coalition is backed by politicians, lawyers, academics and religious leaders. It reaches out to people of all faiths and none, who believe that marriage is the most successful partnership in history and should not be redefined.
The Coalition draws upon a substantial body of evidence showing that marriage – as it has been understood for thousands of years – is beneficial to society, and that changing its definition would undermine that benefit.
The Coalition’s petition demonstrates that there is broad public opposition to redefining marriage. The Coalition is committed to a reasoned and courteous debate on this issue, and will highlight any intimidation or intolerance shown to supporters of traditional marriage.
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Find out more…

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C4M Resources

 

Download the briefing for the Lords’ Second Reading debate

The ‘Second Reading’ debate in the House of Lords on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, 3 and 4 June 2013. Our briefing gives clear reasons to support keeping marriage as the union of one man and one woman. You can download a copy of the briefing here.

Download the latest Campaign Update

Our Campaign Update newsletters will bring you up-to-date on the work so far. You can download the latest issue (April 2013) here. A printer-friendly black and white version is also available here.

Download the Petition

You can ask your friends, neighbours and work colleagues to sign a paper version of the petition and then send it to our office address given on the form. Download a printable PDF of the Petition here.

Download the briefing for the ‘Second Reading’ vote

The ‘Second Reading’ vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was held on 5 February. Our briefing gives clear reasons to support keeping marriage as the union of one man and one woman. You can download a copy of the briefing here.

DOWNLOAD ‘GAY MARRIAGE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS’

This booklet outlines the impact of redefining mariage on education. You can download a copy here.

Download 10 reasons why the government is wrong to redefine marriage

You can download a copy of the leaflet here. A printer-friendly version is also available here.

Download a summary of a legal opinion on the civil liberty implications

You can download a copy of the summary here.

Download C4M’s consultation response

Our response to the Government’s consultation on redefining marriage. To read our response, click here.

Download a consultation briefing

The Home Office consultation on redefining marriage closed on 14 June 2012. However, our briefing contains information and arguments about the issue which you may find useful. To read the briefing, click here.

DOWNLOAD A PAPER ON THE IMPLICATIONS FOR LOCAL COUNCILS

This paper looks at the issue of redefining marriage as it relates to local councils. Download a copy here.

Support marriage in Scotland

A separate organisation is campaigning against the Scottish Government’s plans to redefine marriage. Residents of Scotland can also sign the Scottish Marriage Petition at the Scotland For Marriage website here.
– See more at: http://c4m.org.uk/resources/#sthash.fePcaMpe.dpuf

You, a Street Pastor?

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Everyone is very welcome at the next meeting of the Union of Catholic Mothers, on Tuesday 12 November, when David Rosemeyer & Isabelle McGrath will be talking about their work with Kingston Street Pastors. If you would like to find out more about the Street Pastors, and how you might help in this valuable ecumenical apostolate, please do speak to them afterwards.
The Union of Catholic Mothers meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 19.30 – unless otherwise advised.
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Ecumenical Winter Night Shelter

St Joseph’s is again hosting the Ecumenical Winter Night Shelter for the Homeless on Monday nights from January 20th to February 24th 2014.
If you could help please contact Rosemary Matters on 020 8949 3556 or by email:  rosemarymatters@hotmail.co.uk.   Rosemary will soon be contacting our regular volunteers. Thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way in previous years.