News and notices
Preparation for the sacraments has, inevitably, been difficult over the past year. However, restrictions are now being eased, and planning is in progress for resumption of the preparation programmes.
Would you like to be involved with these programmes? The main requirement is an enthusiasm for sharing elements of your faith with others. Training and materials are available. It can be a rewarding role in which you learn a lot yourself too!
The First Holy Communion programme is to start in September, using a simpler course than previously. Most of the children will be in Year 3 at school.
There is also a need for people to help with Baptism and with Confirmation preparation.
The parish needs your support for this! To find out more, please speak to one of your Pastoral Team or send a message.
Covid-19 and poverty
A recent report from the UN’s International Labour Organisation assesses how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world of work.
In 2020, the working hours lost were the equivalent of the hours worked by 255 million full-time workers. This has translated into a sharp drop in employment income and an increase in poverty. Compared to 2019, an additional 108 million workers worldwide are now categorized as poor or extremely poor (meaning they and their families live on the equivalent of less than $3.20 / £2.25 per person per day). Women and young people have been badly affected.
Communion, Participation and Mission
These words form the three-fold theme for the next Synod of Bishops scheduled to be held in Rome in October 2023.
Pope Francis is keen to involve everyone in the preparation for the Synod: “The fullness of the synodal process can only truly exist if the local churches are involved in that process.” Diocesan Bishops around the world are being asked to set up a consultation process in their own diocese.
Appointment of English Archbishop
Archbishop Arthur Roche, who was formerly the Bishop of Leeds, has been appointed as Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship (CDW) to succeed Cardinal Robert Sarah who has retired.
Among other functions, the CDW is concerned with the regulation and promotion of the sacred liturgy, primarily of the sacraments.
At Masses on 16 May, Fr Alistair announced that Bishop Richard had appointed him as Parish Priest of Cranleigh and Bramley parish in Surrey. Fr Tony Milner, currently Parish Priest at Dorking parish, will be coming here and his first Sunday with us is expected to be 25 July.
Fr Alistair has written a letter to parishioners, which tells you more.
There will be thanksgiving events prior to Fr Alistair's departure in July, to mark his years of service to our parishes.
Artwork at St George's
If you'd like to know more about the amazing collection of artwork - paintings, wood sculptures and ceramics - that are in the church at St George's, then this book (£15) with its full colour photos may be of interest to you. Speak to Helen at St George's on a Sunday or send an email.
The Pastoral Team invites you to a
on Saturday 26 June, 2pm
at St George’s (in the parish hall if wet)
We need to know numbers for catering, so please tell us no later than Friday, 18 June if you would like to come.
Other dates for your diary
Sunday 4 July, 3pm at St Theresa's
Sunday 11 July, 11am at St George's
Memorial Masses, remembering those of our parishes who have died during the time of the pandemic.
Saturday 10 July, at the parish hall at St George's, evening
Thanksgiving Party for Fr Alistair.
Saturday 17 July, 5:30pm at St Theresa's
Sunday 18 July, 11am at St George's
Thanksgiving Masses for Fr Alistair.
More information about the events will be given in due course.
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