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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.
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