PARISH OF ST. BONIFACE, SOUTHAMPTON SEPTEMBER 14th., 2014 Feast of the TRIUMPH OF THE HOLY CROSS “The Son of Man must be lifted up” Presbytery: St. Boniface House, 413 Shirley Road Southampton SO15 3JD Tel: 023 80771231 Parish Priest: Father David Sillince Safeguarding Officer: Diana Agacy 023 80907128 Chair of Parish Pastoral Council: Mike Wood 023 80630396 Parish Secretary: Eileen B. Aylett Parish Office opening hours Monday Thursday and Friday 9.00am to 12.30pm Newsletter deadline 9.00pm on Tuesday for inclusion on following Sunday, space permitting. Parish Website: www.st-boniface.org.uk Parish Office e mail: [email protected] This Parish is within the Pastoral Area of Southampton Central & West. RC Diocese of Portsmouth Regd. Charity 246871 The Church is normally open on weekdays 8am-5pm, Saturdays 8am-7.45pm, Sundays 7.30am-5pm CALENDAR FOR THE WEEK (Divine Office week 4 from Monday) Saturday Sunday September 13 September 14 ] ] Feast of the TRIUMPH of the HOLY CROSS Monday Tuesday September 15 September 16 Wednesday September 17 Thursday Friday September 18 September 19 Saturday September 20 Our Lady of Sorrows (Week 24) St. Cornelius, Pope & St. Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs (†Civitavecchia 253; Carthage 258) [St. Hildegard of Bingen, Religious, Doctor of the Church †1179; St. Robert Bellarmine, Jesuit, Bishop, Doctor of the Church †Rome 1621] Feria, week 24 [St. Januarius, Bishop & Martyr †Pozzuoli c.4; St Theodore of Canterbury, Bishop †690] SS. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang, Priests, & Companions, Martyrs (†Korea 1839-67) 6.30pm Mass is of 25th. Sunday of Ordinary Time We pray especially for:6.30pm 8.30am 10.30am 10.00am 10.00am Mass Mass Mass Mass Mass Paul Shannon, RIP Eileen Riley, RIP Father Pierre-Marie Coussens Marie Holland John Giffney, RIP 10.00am Mass Michael Sedotti, RIP 10.00am 10.00am Mass Mass 10.00am Mass Canon Terry Walsh, RIP Fr. Peter Robertson, RIP [Shrewsbury] Eric Biddlecombe, RIP Confessions Saturdays after 10am Mass and from 5.45pm to 6.15pm PARISH PRAYER GROUP: Fridays 11am-12noon in the Hall, all welcome. REFRESHMENTS in the Hall every Sunday after 10.30am Mass, also Fridays after 10am Mass (for our Parish charity) Please pray for those who are sick especially: Colette Morfett, Jane Willcox, Sheila White, Kathy White, Edward Standley, Aileen Lynn, Geoffrey Milford, Mary Hoskins, Katie Smith, Linda Atkinson, Beryl Lyons. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Eileen Simonds who died recently [Requiem St. Joseph’s Monday 10am] and for those with anniversaries at this time: Phyllis Finnegan, Ann Downie, Thomas Traynor, Jean Macdonald. May they rest in peace and rise in glory. PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL meets this Sunday 7pm (Prayer: Diana Agacy). SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM: at the 10.30am Mass this Sunday Tommy Stasio Draper will be baptised. May the Lord grant him a long life. FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2015: Invitations to apply will appear in the Newsletter from next weekend. Programme begins in February. COLLECTIONS: Aug 24: Loose £416.31, Envelopes £412.10. Apportionment: Bankers’ Orders £320.00, Gift Aid £180.00. Total £1328.41. Building & Maintenance £268.41. ‘Connect2Ethiopia’ charity £151.44. Aug 31: Loose £714.57, Envelopes £451.50. Apportionment: Bankers’ Orders £320.00, Gift Aid £180.00. Total £1666.07. ‘Connect2Ethiopia’ charity £26.06. Sep 7: Loose £463.46, Envelopes £487.30. Apportionment: Bankers’ Orders £320.00, Gift Aid £180.00. Total £1450.76. Building & Maintenance £348.47. ‘Connect2Ethiopia’ charity £190.99. (£10246.59 Ethiopia total so far / £33859.58 Ethiopia + previous Kainmari ‘Connect’]. Very many thanks. CONFIRMATION 2015: The list is now closed. As announced, the first session is deferred from this Sunday to Sunday October 12, in our Hall at 2pm. THIS WEEKEND we pray especially for Racial Justice and next weekend for Home Missions. SAFEGUARDING: Parishioners who volunteer to work with children or vulnerable adults must have been CRBchecked and also attend a training session. Those who are already working need an updated training session. To allow for this, there will be a session in our Hall on Saturday October 4 (Child Protection 10am.-12.30pm; Vulnerable Adults 1.304pm). Leader: Maureen Wiltshire. Book via our Safeguarding Officer Diana Agacy (023) 8090 7128. If attending both parts, bring packed lunch. OPEN DOOR RETREAT: Another retreat begins Monday, September 22, to run for 9 weeks in St Edmund’s Hall, 7pm. Contact: Tina Quinn 07827 810457 or [email protected] IN THE PORCH: Cafod Connect 2 Sebeya, Ethiopia. Poitiers Care food box for needy local families: suitable items list on lid of box. Apostleship of the Sea box (blue) for toiletries for seafarers visiting our port. SHOEBOX APPEAL 2014 This is the 15th. annual appeal and we have sent 6,500 boxes from this parish since 2000. You are invited this weekend or next to take an empty shoebox from the church porch, to fill it with simple gifts as per the suggestions list in the box, wrap it and return the box to the welcomers at weekend Masses up to Sunday October 12. Please do not leave filled boxes unattended in the church porch on weekdays. Full instructions are given in each box, but please note:tape £1 coin to outside to cover transport secure each box with elastic band or string/shoelace, but not sticky tape include a plastic cup as most of the children have none This year Christmas beneficiaries are in Albania and Moldova, and among children living on rubbish tips in Manila in the Philippines. If you have never filled a box before, you might like to try it now. Alternatively, you can take a “Sponsor a Shoebox” envelope and make a donation – details inside each envelope. Diocesan PRAYER INTENTIONS: Su: Catholic Association of Racial Justice; M: St. Patrick, Sandown IOW; T: N.E. Hampshire Pastoral Area; W: Reading Pastoral Area; Th: Franciscans & Secular Franciscan Order; F: St. Thomas of Canterbury, Newport IOW; S: St. Matthew, Coin Varin, Jersey. YOUTH CLUBS: Junior [‘Frogz’] for ages 8-10, SECOND & FOURTH Fridays of the month during termtime [note change], 6-7.15pm. Next meeting: Sept. 26. Come and join us if you have made your First Holy Communion, for faith, fellowship and fun. Senior [‘Fanning the Flame’] for ages 12-18 Fridays weekly during termtime (unchanged), 7.15-9pm Come and Join us for games, pizza, Bible study and lots of laughs. Both in the Hall, all welcome. Details and dates from Angela Wood (023) 8063 0396. St. MARY’S COLLEGE Open Evening, Monday Sept. 22, 6.30-9.30pm. ‘CELEBRATE’ CONFERENCE at St. Mary’s College, Sept. 27/28. Theme: “Jesus, the hope of all the world”. Bookings via Peter & Linda Szymanski (023) 8029 2058 or [email protected] NEW HEATING PROJECT What has happened? In the week beginning August 18, the old and lifeexpired system was dismantled, an arduous and very dirty job, prior to which many items needed to be removed temporarily from the church We have obtained a good price for the redundant metal. Many thanks to those who cleaned the church afterwards in order to make it usable. The opportunity was also taken to thoroughly clean the church windows inside and out; it has made quite a difference. In the week beginning August 25 the new system was installed. Because the increased gas supply could only be provided on September 5 (hence further trenches in the car park) final testing and commissioning was scheduled for week beginning September 8, with essential instructions on how to operate it being given. What remains to be done? Items need to be returned to the church, including the statues, all of which have been thoroughly cleaned (the massive statue of St. Anthony of Padua required professional movers), the display boards and numerous smaller items which will be placed, as far as possible, in their former location or near to it. The copper pipes for the gas (not hot water from a boiler as before) need to be boxed in, beginning with the Confessional. And lastly the church needs redecorating, something which was clearly becoming necessary even without the recent work. And as you probably know by now we do not have to appeal to you for a penny to pay for all the above as we have been the beneficiaries of a most generous legacy from Canon Walsh, blessed be he, which provides for all of this and more besides. Please try to be patient as we gradually get back to ‘normal’. And many thanks to our Property Manager Chris Barber and to Eileen our Secretary for coordinating all the work which has taken place. The ROSARY GROUP meets in the Hall next Saturday after 10am Mass; all welcome. POETRY SHARE: On the theme “Glory in all creation”; come and share at St. Joseph’s, this Wednesday Sept. 18 at 7pm. IMPROVE YOUR SPEAKING SKILLS: talk by Ken Amy of ‘Hamwic Speakers’ in the Hall this Wednesday Sept. 18 8pm, introducing a fortnightly course at Taunton’s College. UCM sponsored, but open to all. EXHIBITION at Central Library this month features former parishioner and World War I pilot, Charles Collet, DSO, the first to fly long-distance. THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK The politician Albert Reynolds, who died on August 21, was Taoiseach or Prime Minister of Ireland between 1992 and 1994. A controversial figure, his time in office was marred by coalition trouble and by alleged corruption. He was also notorious for threatening to sue at the slightest provocation. But he paid a very important part in the Irish peace process, and was several times recommended for the Nobel Peace Prize. Reynolds’ youth was blighted by his parents’ poverty and the dire economic situation which forced emigration on so many. But he managed to get a job as a railway booking clerk at Dromod, near Mullingar. One day a very shabbily dressed man came to the station with the proverbial suitcase tied up with string and asked for a single to Birmingham – clearly another migrant. The fare was then £3 (now rather more). The man put down exactly £3 on the counter and said that was his entire worldly wealth. Reynolds looked around him and then took a ticket out from the very bottom of the rack, where its absence would not quickly be noticed by supervisors. He stamped it, handed it over, pushed the money back at the man and told him to go in peace. Years later at a gathering in the Black Country a prosperous businessman approached Reynolds in the crowd and said: “I owe you £3”. Reynolds remembered the occasion and replied: “Actually you owe it to CIE” (the Irish railway company). This raises the interesting question of when an illegal action is justified by circumstances of dire necessity. Jesus had things to say about that in the Gospel. I don’t personally know the answer, and I don’t know whether CIE ever got their £3, and anyway, like Reynolds, they don’t exist anymore in their original form. .............................................................. When The ‘Islamic State’ (ISIS) fighters burst in on the northern Iraqi village of Karamless, the Christian population fled. Except for eleven old and disabled who could not, including an 80-year-old woman with breast cancer. ISIS told them all to convert to Islam or be put to death. To a man (and woman), they said they would not renounce their faith, and would die. After a fumbled pause, ISIS told them all to leave – after taking all their possessions and leaving them only the clothes they wore. They are now safe in a camp in Kurdistan. These people are true ‘confessors’ (like Saint Edward the Confessor); people who professed their faith in time of crisis but were not martyred. The early Church valued them highly as intercessors. The Christian situation in Iraq is horrible, but as in the case with the Gospel, the horrible throws up great good.