Dates For Your Diary

On Holy Saturday, April 15 

We welcome Sue Stevens when she becomes a Catholic during the Easter Vigil Mass. 

Sunday, May 14 

1st Communion Mass 
at 9:30am at Saint Joachim. 

Sunday, May 21 

1st Communion Mass
 at 11:30am at Christ the King. 

Sunday, June 4 

1st Communion Going Forth Mass at 9:30am at Saint Joachim. 

Sunday, June 18 

1st Communion Going Forth Mass at 11:30am at Christ the King. 

Saturday, July 15 

Confirmation Mass

Lent begins – Wednesday, March 1

The season of Lent, like all Fridays,
is meant to be marked by some sort of penance,
which we do in our own way,
but we can try to help each other to do so, by doing something together.
So at our Friday Mass and lunch in the Hall
we pray together, we have a simple meal,
and we raise money to support CAFOD in helping the poor.

Ash Wednesday is referred to as a Day of Fasting and Abstinence.

Sometimes the words “Fasting and Abstinence” cause confusion,
and it is not always easy to work out what they mean
and what we are supposed to do about them.

As far as Catholics are concerned:

“Abstinence” means abstaining from some form of food,
and is meant to be taken seriously by
those of us who have had our 14th birthday,
and it should continue for the rest of our lives.

“Fasting” means going without something
and is meant to be taken seriously by
those of us who have had our 18th birthday
but not after we have had our 60th birthday.

Anyone who is not in these age groups
can always do some fasting and abstaining,
but they do not have to do so.
Sometimes it can be more in keeping with the idea of fasting + abstinence if we do something extra,
rather than give up something, for Lent.

Some Events During Lent

Friday Lunches to support CAFOD
on March 3, 10,17, 24, 31, April 7.

Quiet Prayer + Reflection Time 
on the Sundays of Lent:
4:00pm to 5:00pm 
at Christ the King
March 5, 12,19, 26, April 2, 9 
More details on February 25/26

Reconciliation Evening
is on Friday, April 7 @ 8:00pm

News From Nigeria

​​​​​​​​23 January 2017
Dear Fr. Anderson and Parishioners,

Thank you so much for your ongoing support and encouragement. Many people give a once off donation but very few are able to continue giving so generously. Our sisters in Jalingo who are working in the Women Centre are always amazed when we tell them you have sent another donation. Truly you have made a huge difference in their lives. 

We have asked them many times why they cannot get more funding from their own diocese and their Bishop. The project has his full support but they simply do not have the resources to give the necessary financial backing. The southern part of the diocese has experienced crisis for the last 5 years and many of the Churches and parish houses have been burnt. So the Bishop actually doesn’t have the money at the moment. 

At our District Assembly this Christmas we asked the Sisters if there was any way they could raise some money themselves. They talked about buying canopies and chairs which they could rent out. Everybody thought it might be a good way of raising funds but the initial capital was a problem. 

Then we got a phone call to say Eastbourne had sent another generous donation. It was a real sign from God! Hopefully if the Women Centre can involve themselves in a small business, they will eventually be able to support themselves and train the women and girls without always feeling that the Centre will have to close due to lack of funds.

They had a very successful graduation on the 6th of December 2016, and all those graduating were presented with sowing machines. Again this could only happen as a result of your support.

Thank you so much, and please convey our gratitude to all those who have contributed. Please support us with your prayers as Nigeria is going difficult times. God bless,

Sr Anne and Sr. Antoinette
Infant Jesus Sisters
Plateau State.