The 'One of Us' EU petition – time is running out. Have you signed yet?

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The human embryo is “One of Us”

You can help to protect and respect

its dignity and integrity

With 1 million signatures (including a minimum number from at least 7 EU member states), theEuropean Citizens Initiative allows One of Us to propose new European legislation at the European level that would recognise the dignity of the human embryo and block any future European funding for any activity that damages or destroys the human embryo.

It’s a beautifully simple step but could help save millions of lives.

ONE OF US HAS SURPASSED THE MILLION SIGNATURES!!!!

Join the chorus of voices speaking up for the human embryo

55,000 signatures are needed from the UK

(less than 0.1% of the UK population)

let’s play our part!

JOIN THE INITIATIVE AND ADD YOUR NAME BEFORE THE DEADLINE OF NOVEMBER THE 1ST:

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European Citizens’ initiative ONE OF US

What is a European citizens’ initiative (ECI)?

A European citizens’ initiative is a new instrument of participative democracy. It is an invitation to the European Commission to propose legislation on matters where the EU has competence to legislate. A citizens’ initiative has to be backed by at least one million EU citizens, coming from at least 7 out of the 27 member states. A citizens’ initiative is possible in any field where the Commission has the power to propose legislation.

The ECI “One of Us”  – 1 Million signatures – a historical step forward in the protection of life in Europe

“One of Us” is one of the first registered ECIs in the European Union. It’s goal is to greatly advance the protection of human life from conception in Europe – within the possibilities of the competency of the EU. Based on the definition of the human embryo as the beginning of the development of the human being, which was given in a recent ECJ judgment (Brüstle vs. Greenpeace), “One of Us” asks the EU to end the financing of activities which presuppose the destruction of human embryos, in particular in the areas of research, development aid and public health.
This will be done through a change of the financial regulation of the EU that determines the spending of the EU budget. A ban of such funding will greatly contribute to the consistency within the EU.

Potential Impact

The ECI „One of Us“ has a greater political potential than any other initative that has been undertaken so far to protect the dignity of the person and life from conception at a European scale. If a consensus will be achieved among 1 Million citizens or more, a concrete ethical standard could be established across Europe with regards to the respect of the dignity of each member of the human family, no matter how young it is. The desired outcome of the initiative is a concrete ban of life-destroying policies in the EU budget, as well as a political change and greater awareness of the need to respect the wish of so many European citizens. Furthermore, jurisdiction at the European Court of Human Rights, where many bioethical cases are pending, could be positively influenced.

Organisation

“One of Us” is build on wide support: churches, politicians, MEPs and civil society leaders are committed to support the initative in various ways. Besides the responsible committee, composed of seven citizens from different countries, a central coordination office is steering the initative campaign.
The ECI “One of Us“ will be launched……. During this year, at least 1 Million. signitures of support (paper and online) need to be collected.
Your support of the initiative will be of crucial importance!

Stations of the Cross

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St Joseph’s is blessed to posses a beautiful set of early 20th Century bas relief Stations of the Cross.  A popular aide to our Lenten observance, they may also form part of our year-round devotions, as we reflect on how our Lord has won for us Salvation through His Passion, Death and Resurrection.
If you should find yourself unable to visit church on a particular occasion, you might like to use our new Sations of the Cross page, which depicts each of St Joseph’s Stations, together with a brief verse from Scripture. You’ll find the page by clicking here, or via ‘Our Parish’ > ‘Galleries’ > ‘Stations of the Cross’, above.

Year of Faith Pilgrimage to Littlemore and Oxford

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Our Parish YEAR OF FAITH PILGRIMAGES  continue on Monday 28th October (please note change of date from 14th) to Blessed John Henry Newman’s Rooms at Littlemore College, and the Oxford Oratory Newman Shrine. Coach seats are £25.  Please book and pay the Parish Office by next Sunday, 29th September.
 

Why I am Catholic

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Why I am Catholic is the title of a series of articles which we hope that St Joseph’s Parishioners will write for our Sunday Bulletin during the remainder of this Year of Faith (and beyond), to share their faith journey and encourage us all in our own way .  Each submission should be 400-500 words and will be published anonymously (although Fr Peter needs to know the authors).  Send to him at:   stjoseph-newmalden@btinternet.com
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Grief to Grace

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At all Sunday Masses on 22nd September, Fr Dominic Allain will make an appeal on behalf of Grief to Graceof which he is the International Pastoral Director.
Grief to Grace is a psychological and spiritual programme for anyone who has suffered degradation or violation through physical, sexual, emotional or spiritual abuse.  It is appropriate for those who have endured sexual abuse, rape, incest or other forms of traumatic violation in childhood, adolescence or as an adult, including those who have suffered abuse by a member of the clergy. Grief to Grace invites the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through prayer and sacraments, and by providing skilled behavioural health services for victims of abuse, with professional excellence, Christian integrity and compassion. Our five-day residential programmes provide a process for helping victims of abuse to discover spiritual healing and transformation. Grief to Grace was created to end the isolation and secrets of abuse within a healing process that is fully centered on the person and presence of Jesus Christ, the Divine Physician.  For more details see:  www.grieftograce.org Today’s appeal raises awareness and seeks Grief to Grace “Co-operators” to support and enable this apostolate in various small but significant ways.

Some Testimonies:

Once I arrived, with much fear and trepidation, and began to enter into the process I cried tears from depths I didn’t know I possessed. Hearing the stories from others helped me to access deep emotions I was burying or trying to deny. The exercise of drawing a picture of ourselves as God created us, then depicting the damage from the abuse onto our image was very powerful. I didn’t realize how that distorted image of who I was had sent my life on a trajectory and formed patterns that were not God’s plan for me. Only by realizing that, could I begin to change my expectations and allow Him to rebuild my self image… Click to Read this Entire Testimony

In my deacon year, 2003, word of the Boston priest scandal spread across the country and the world. The seminary I attended, talked about this, taught about this, gave conferences and seminars about this ad nauseam. I had never revealed my own abuse at the hands of a priest that started with the grooming process in 1980 and culminated with the first physical, sexual contact in August 1982…Click to Read this Entire Testimony

Through this journey has always been a deep struggle within me regarding a feeling of shame and unworthiness. It was never the kind of thing that was overt but rather always an undercurrent running through my life. It created in me a deep sense of loneliness and isolation. I found it extremely difficult to develop deep and meaningful relationships with others, to share feelings, or be myself around others…Click to Read this Entire Testimony

I want to share with you the graces that I received and the depth of healing that occurred in my life in those three days of retreat. I grew up in a home that looked quite “normal” on the outside, but due to my father’s anger, rages, and abuse, my family suffered much on the inside. Throughout my childhood and most of my adult years, I lived in denial about what had happened in my family of origin. I was unable and unwilling to confront the abuse that my mother, my siblings, and I had endured. I wore ‘rose colored glasses’, so to speak… Click to Read this Entire Testimony

“Totally awesome! So Christ – centered and spiritual! It has been an incredible gift to go on this healing journey. There was so much love and acceptance radiated to each hurting man and woman.”

“I can’t believe how much better I feel. It seems like the Lord changes you more when you do really not want to be taught. I appreciated all the sharing. It was great to hear others responses. This experience was wonderful. Thank you.”

“Inspiring! It gave each of us a chance for new life. I loved the Living Scriptures!”

“Because of this retreat, I don’t hate God anymore.”

“Each and every one of the Living Scriptures was so anointed. I loved each of the activities/exercises that followed. A “hands-on” experience that penetrated to the soul – the water, the rocks, the pictures of our wounded selves we affixed to the cross– all so powerful. The journey through the Sorrowful mysteries and joining in the suffering of Jesus was very healing for me.”

“Incredible! Each session went deeper and pulled my emotions up and out of the darkness. I have never been on a retreat like this. Your insight and knowledge is amazing. You seemed to cover most areas in the lives of abused women. Only the spirit working in you could have created something such as this. Thank you!”

“This retreat was specific to my personal needs in woundedness – which nothing has ever touched so completely – even though I have worked for 18 years on inner healing issues through therapy, Al-anon, Life in the Spirit Seminars, contemplative prayer and journaling.”

“To be completely honest, I did not want to come to this retreat. I was hardened as I walked in. But this retreat really opened me up. The Holy Spirit spoke to me so clearly and beautifully. It really started the healing process and a new confidence in me. The only thing I wish was different is that the retreat was one day longer. This has truly changed my life.”

“It was more than I could imagine. The exercises made it so real.”

“The Living Scriptures were so moving and facilitated the work. I appreciated the liberating of my inner child and a chance to respond to the Holy Spirit. The Living Scriptures were incredible, especially the one where Jesus gave me Mary. The transformation! Wow!”

“It was very powerful in every respect. The multi dimensional aspects of this retreat provided so many ways in which God could touch our lives and speak his truth to us. As difficult as it was to hear some of the stories of participants, it was necessary and important part of the process.”

“From Grief to Grace is an amazingly spiritual experience. A journey involving safety, bonds, connection, merging of hearts, grieving together towards transformation. A wonderful instrument for healing of those with sexual abuse wounds! This is an extraordinary opportunity to live through Christ’s redemptive work.”

 

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.

The World's Biggest Coffee Morning!

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Friday, 27th September

St Joseph’s UCM Coffee Morning, after the 10am Mass, in our Pastoral Centre, supports the Macmillan Cancer Charity which provides hope and help to many cancer patients and their families, and is very appreciative of fund-raising that is done on their behalf.
Please do some baking for the Cake Sale, and donate items for the Raffle.

27th September – UPDATE

Thank you to EVERYONE who made it such a successful event! Today’s coffee morning raised £1,104.53 towards the wonderful work of Macmillan Cancer Support!
Here are some pictures from today’s fabulous Coffee Morning.
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New Polish Toddler Group at St Joseph’s

A New Polish Toddler Group at St Joseph’s started last Thursday, 10.30 – 11.30am for babies and toddlers aged 0-5 years, and meets on 1st and 3rd Thursdays.
The focus, songs and conversation are in Polish, but everyone is welcome!