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29th May 2020
RESTORE HOPE GAP YEAR/INTERNSHIP

Restore Hope have a brand new and exciting Gap Year Internship programme starting this September. Click here for the flyer.

22nd May 2020
PENTECOST NOVENA

In this time leading up to Pentecost we invite the Holy Spirit to fill out hearts and minds. Please click the following links for resources produced by the Diocese of Northampton Liturgy Commission and NORES for Pentecost.
Pentecost Novena 1
Pentecost Novena 2

MISSIO APPEAL
The Holy Father has established an emergency fund to come to the aid of those people and communities who are being tragically impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. He has asked each one of us to contribute what we can to help the Church overseas, through Missio. Please click here to read a letter from Fr Anthony Chantry, Missio National Director, and find out how to donate.

12th May 2020
BISHOP LEO'S FUNERAL MASS
On Sunday, after the streamed Mass at the cathedral it was announced that Bishop Leo’s funeral Mass will be at 12.30pm at the Cathedral on Tuesday 12th May, celebrated by Bishop David. His remains will not be in the cathedral but in compliance with restrictions taken straight to the cemetery. He was a wise and pastoral Bishop and a friend to many of us. He died aged 94 a man of prayer. May he rest in peace. The mass can be seen via streaming by going to the diocesan website www.northamptondiocese.org

8th May 2020
STOREHOUSE UPDATE - MAY

Please click here to read the May update from the team at Restore Hope.

RELATIONSHIP UNDER STRESS?
SmartLoving BreakThrough Online is for anyone whose relationship is going through a period of stress and disillusionment. It's from the providers of the SmartLoving Marriage Preparation Course that currently runs in our Pastoral Area.

BreakThrough is an online course that teaches participants how conflict arises, and how to take simple steps to heal the wounds and restore hope. It is private, confidential and effective and can be worked through in three hours. BreakThrough Online can be taken by a couple, or just one of them individually, and can be accessed at any time. For more details please use this link: https://smartloving.org/bto-uk

Currently there's a reduced price of £24: if that cost is prohibitive for you, and we know that finances are a major difficulty just now for so many people, email mflnrcd@gmail.com as we will be able to offer some assistance for those in greatest need and we will send you an access code. Your email will be strictly confidential and used in line with GDPR.

THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSE
The publishers of the catholic newspaper ‘The Catholic Universe’ have asked us to let you know that you can subscribe direct by going to www.thecatholicuniverse.com/shop

 

1st May 2020
CAFOD CORONOAVIRUS APPEAL

CAFOD launched its coronavirus emergency appeal on 30th April. The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at www.cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal 

LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO THE FAITHFUL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY
Please click here to read the full letter from Pope Francis, referenced by Fr Ken in the newsletter, and here for more information about praying the Rosary.

LETTER FROM BISHOP DAVID TO FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES
If your child has been preparing for the sacrament of First Holy Communion or Confirmation, please click these links and show them the letter Bishop David has written to them.

Letter to First Holy Communion Candidates

Letter to Confirmation Candidates

PRAYER AND SUNDAY LITURGY FOR CHILDREN
Mr Holdsworth, of Our Lady’s School, has asked us to share this link to the school website, which links to resources provided by Ten-Ten Theatre to support parents prayer life and help them with Sunday Liturgy while group gatherings are not allowed.

https://www.olschesham.co.uk/ten-ten-theatre-prayer-and-sunday-liturgy/

28th April 2020
CHILTERN CATENIAN CIRCLE HELPS LOCAL FOOD BANKS

The Catenians are an association of Catholic laymen who are committed to their Faith, their families, to those in need and to each other. Our primary purpose is to establish a network of friends which enhances their family life, strengthens their faith and sustains them in difficult times. We support each other, the Catholic Church, young people and those in need in our community.

In 2012 the Chiltern Catenian Circle, adopted a scheme to collect money at their meetings to help the destitute and the homeless. The concept was that there was to be an "Empty Chair" at each meeting to represent a poor person who could not afford to join us and we were invited to "make a donation" to buy this person a meal.

This has proved to be a very successful project and during the past seven years the Chiltern Catenians have been able to donate a total of £6,500 to local charities supporting those in need.

As we were unable to meet physically in April our meeting was held with the help of the Zoom Application. One of the matters of concern to us was the need to support the local food banks who are in urgent need of financial support.

At that time, we had £350 available for the Empty Chair and we agreed to set a target of £1,000 to provide £250 to each of four local food banks. Within two days of the meeting contributions to the Empty Chair exceeded £1,000 and £250 each was given to the Chiltern Foodbank in Chesham, the Aylesbury Vineyard Storehouse, Leighton Buzzard Homeless and DENS in Hemel Hempstead.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Catenians, please email the office who will pass your details on.

24th April 2020
THE VINE – OUR DIOCESAN NEWSPAPER

While our churches are closed, the Vine is not being printed. However, it is still available to download from the Diocesan website. Please go to https://northamptondiocese.org/the-vine/

17th April 2020
CHILDREN'S LITURGY FROM CAFOD
CAFOD are hosting a virtual Children's liturgy every Sunday morning at 10.00am. Either join them live, or watch the recording afterwards. There are also various resources available - worksheets, prayers and activities. Please go to https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Children-s-liturgy

STOREHOUSE BOXES OF HOPE VIDEO UPDATE

https://www.restorehopelatimer.org/

Dear Parish,

The first week of the Storehouse project has been amazing! Thank you so much for your prayer and financial support as well as sharing with your church families. In the first week of Storehouse over 1500 families were reached, 6000 Easter eggs were distributed, 2000 Easter Hope Mags were sent out, 400 Kids Big Boxes of Hope were distributed and over 50 partner organisations have been involved!! This has truly been One Lord, One Church and One Hope!

The level of generosity for the project has been wonderful with over £35k of the £40k target already donated! As well as getting practical support, many families have gratefully received prayer on their doorstep when boxes have been hand-delivered! It’s been a remarkable gospel opportunity with the Lord's presence bringing some to tears. Messages and photos coming in from families who have received boxes have been overwhelming.

Please see this link https://vimeo.com/408094448 for a short video compilation of some of them.

We will continue to distribute Kids Big Boxes of Hope through community partners but our main focus now is on Emergency Food Provision. The food is here and in partnership with Chiltern Foodbank we have already packed over 750 boxes and will have completed 1200 by the end of the week! We are also exploring options for fresh food distribution and will share more on this soon.

The Lord's provision in all of this has been simply wonderful, seemingly impossible prayers are being answered day by day! Over the next 3 months, we now need to raise another £60k to cover all the costs associated with this massive food project. We’ll be launching a fundraising appeal this week but staggeringly almost £30k has already been committed to the food project in the last few days! (Any donations can be made at www.restorehopelatimer.org/donate).

Thank you so much for your prayers and support and please do let me know if you need any further information.

Blessings to you and your families.
Graham Wakeman
Director

 

14th April 2020
Easter Message from the Missionaries of the Poor

Please click here to read an Easter Message from Fr Henry Lozano of the Missionaries of the Poor in the Philippines

7th April 2020
Pope's Holy Week Message

Pope Francis has sent a video message as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Holy Week in an unusual manner due to the COVID-19 coronoavirus pandemic. Please click the link to watch the video or read the message https://www.cbcew.org.uk/pope-francis-holy-week-message-2020/

Storehouse Funding Update
We wanted to write to you with an update following our requests to you last week. We have been overwhelmed by the response that we have received to date, and wanted to say a huge thank you to those of you who have volunteered to help out with the Storehouse volunteer partnership programme in a variety of different ways. We have already been able to start delivering the 'Boxes of HOPE' and the Easter Blessing boxes to some of the most vulnerable families in our community.

We received this message this afternoon from one of the families: "A lovely woman delivered two boxes. It was absolutely wonderful. It did seem selfish to keep all of these goodies so I delivered some toys to my neighbours. A boy round the corner said it was just like Christmas!!! It was lovely to hear. I can't thank you enough for these toys... thank you so so much for your kindness, it has meant so much to us."

As you know, we are seeking to provide 1000 Boxes of Hope as well as 1000 Easter Blessing boxes which we are giving away free. Thanks to your generosity, we have already raised £30,000 towards our target of £40,000 which is helping to fund this scheme. If you would still like to make a donation to help us reach our target, it's not too late! Donations can be made here https://www.restorehopelatimer.org/donate/

If you are interested in volunteering, please email info@restorehopelatimer.org

Once again, thank you so much for your response. We really believe that whilst this current crisis is deeply impacting all of us, we have an unprecedented opportunity to love and to serve those in need.

6th April 2020
Do you have facebook? Fr Andy in Our Lady's Chesham Bois has a facebook page up and running for the parish and transmits Mass via Facebook live when it's due to be said as per their parish newsletter (weekdays too). Details are on their webpage: https://ourladyschurch-cheshambois.org/

3rd April 2020
STOREHOUSE - COVID-19 CRISIS

https://www.restorehopelatimer.org/

In response to the increasing level of demand from vulnerable children and families, Restore Hope has set up a new volunteer partnership project called ‘Storehouse’ in partnership with volunteers from local churches, Chiltern Foodbank and others from across the community. They are planning to give away free 1000 Kids Boxes of Hope. (These will contain all sorts of craft items, indoor and outdoor games and fun stuff to keep children happy) and 1000 Easter Blessing Boxes. (These will contain quality Easter Eggs for the family, details of The Easter Story of the Death & Resurrection of Jesus and other items for children). Every box will also have a flyer inside it saying that this is from Storehouse and is a gift from Local Churches working in partnership with Foodbank.

With demand for emergency food forecast to escalate rapidly, they are also working with Foodbank to source significant quantities of food from wholesalers so they can pick and pack 1000's of boxes a week and distribute to Foodbank and Church hubs across the region. They have the following critical needs and if parishioners could help in any way, details can be found below:-

1) They urgently need financial donations to pay for the Easter items in the Easter Blessing Box, the craft items in the Kids Box of Hope and all the packaging and health equipment to pack them safely. (2000 boxes). The average pack boxed cost to Restore Hope will be approx. £20 so they need to raise a minimum of £40,000 to fund this.
Donations can be made here https://www.restorehopelatimer.org/donate/

2) Many more volunteers are needed for picking and packing. More specialist volunteer roles are also required. E.g. Shift Supervisors, Order Clerks, Volunteer processing, admin support, phone lines, Fundraisers, Printing, Cleaners, Drivers.
To volunteer please email info@restorehopelatimer.org

3) Chiltern Foodbank is now based at Latimer and will need more financial donations to enable the purchase of food that they will pack. https://chiltern.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/

4) Pray for the whole project and the families who receive these items. Pray for provision of the food we need to fill the foodbank boxes.

1st April 2020
To read Fr Ken's Easter Letter to the Parish please click here.

31st March 2020.
Making financial donations while the church is closed.

If you normally support the parish via a weekly offering at Mass, and would like to continue this while the church is closed, please go to the Diocesan website where there is information on how to donate online. Thank you

24th March 2020
Journey into Freedom
https://www.pathwaystogod.org/lent-retreat-2020

As we won't be able to meet in person, if you wish, please send a sentence or two on what you've noticed in this week's prayer material to Joanna at jchale@earthling.net or phone and leave a message on 01494 724487 by the end of Saturday. She will compile and circulate the contributions to those contributing and anyone else who has been praying with the material and requests it. Please say if you would like your Christian or full name to be included with your sentence(s) or if you prefer to remain anonymous, that's fine - just say so. The note will be blind copied: no-one else's email addresses will be revealed.