Food Bank

helping hand

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!

 

Read the Catechism (or the 4 Gospels) in a Year

bible

Read the Catechism (or the 4 Gospels) in a Year as part of our Year of Renewal…

To engage with our Parish Year of Renewal all our Parish Organisations, Groups and Departments are being asked to consider and report on how they might be renewed and developed in early 2014, especially during Lent.
Our Parish Year of Renewal is aimed to focus on the New Evangelization, on Catechesis and Catholic teaching, and the beauty of Holiness – both in living holy lives and enhancing beauty in the Sacred Liturgy and our homes.

Read the Catechism (or the 4 Gospels) in a Year…

… with daily bite-sized emails direct to your in-box or device.  Get the links from our website, or go to:

flocknote.com/catechism             flocknote.com/gospel

They start  on Monday 9th December, but join in at any time.  Over 135,000 Catholics have already signed-up to these daily Faith feeds.

Other initiatives for our Year of Renewal include:

Sunday Mass … for every Parishioner to re-establish our absolute commitment to Sunday Mass as the source and summit of our week, and that choosing to miss Mass or consider something else of higher priority is not a Catholic option.  (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church 289, 290, 305).  Arriving in good time before Mass begins is also the aim for us all this year.
Catholics Come Home is a way of welcoming back our fellow Catholics who (for whatever reason, or none) have lapsed from the Faith,  Each of us has responsibility to encourage others to return to the Faith, to set good examples, and to engage with those who need our care and our prayer.
The Light is On for You (an initiative from the Diocese of Lancaster) gives an extra mid-week evening time for Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation) in addition to the regular Saturday times, ie. 6.30-7.30pm every Thursday.
In addition to care and encouragement of the spiritually impoverished, lapsed and marginalized, our Year of Renewal develops special care of the poor and homeless.  See our current projects in the Bulletins as and when.

As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me…

MoC

I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?  And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?  And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’

Matthew 25:35ff

Food Bank

Premier Radio blue bags will be available for every household from the weekend of 30th November / 1st December for you to bring Food Bank items the following weekend (7/8th Dec). More details next week, so start collecting tinned & packet food so that we can help those who are 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.

Gifts for Christmas and the New Year

Could you buy an extra gift for a needy child or baby? Bring your gifts to Mass on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, the weekend of 14th / 15th December. This year, as well as Christmas presents, we are collecting new baby blankets and new baby clothes (0-12 months) which will be used by a little one throughout the coming year. Please leave the baby blankets, unwrapped, in the original packaging. All other gifts should be wrapped with a label indicating gender and age (0-15 years). Please leave your gifts in the coloured boxes at our usual drop-off point just inside the doors of the Pastoral Centre corridor. The gifts will be divided (as in the past few years) between The Good Counsel Network and the Westminster Catholic Children’s Society. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.

Our St Vincent de Paul Society

invites you to join them in visiting the sick, needy and lonely in our Parish and in various caring projects. Find details here, or via the Parish Office on: 020 8942 2602 or email: secretary@stjoseph-newmalden.org.uk
Our Parish is currently involved in four projects to help the homeless and hungry:

  1. Anonymous provision of 6 months rental for an otherwise homeless Parishioner.
  2. Our Annual Pre-Advent Charity Fayre – this weekend…
  3. Involved in the local Food Bank, and vouchers for those too poor to buy food.
  4. Preparations for our annual participation in the ecumenical Winter Night Shelter. St Joseph’s Parishioners also serve as Street Pastors, and in various other caring missions.

Synod of Bishops on the Family 2014

synodfamily
Family life will be the focus of an extraordinary general session of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014. Around 150 Synod fathers will take part in the meeting to discuss the “pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” It is expected to last two weeks.
The Bishops’ Conference has prepared resources where one may read a full introduction, download the synod’s preparatory document – or Lineamenta – and most importantly,  respond to an online questionnaire in preparation for the 2014 Synod. Click here to prepare your questionnaire response. (They’ve also provided a link to the last Synod of Bishops meeting on the family held in 1980 that resulted in the document Familiaris Consortio.)

Comment

In preparation for responding to this questionnaire, Catholic commentators have made reference to this initiative, and you might like to read their opinions, here:
Fr Ray Blake
Protect the Pope

The Coalition for Marriage

c4m
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlkCoiGa8j8&w=640&h=360]
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.
Petition

Find out more…

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ww54O5FgL1Y&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MsQYqgEhWw&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk_zL613CVc&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjYXCFupPTU&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db2z58nrWzc&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNh2NUlkyfQ&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLe7vO9nkbY&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjmZJbFCSxs&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXXuHs7bq6c&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsX7Dj6fyVQ&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL5VMTeLkAQ&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbq74Kww8M0&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8CpZngo9Oc&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdz9gZ-ffE4&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO_tGXb_dpM&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgVkdq1eW1g&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRRya9puzgw&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C1I9Fx2trQ&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l95Xf-h955o&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_0qyjuxKuM&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE2JGMnA0mM&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9jkgBRf7A8&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSIEkiUb8aI&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy2napVKsJY&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEQyPMpdRCU&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1Tjr1qIHL0&w=640&h=360]
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9ZI6gOtrro&w=640&h=360]
 

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