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A Devotional Guide to St Paul’s Church
Fr Ben’s Letter, Intentions & Intercessions for March
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This Sunday 25 February – 2nd Sunday of Lent
Sunday 18 February – 1st Sunday of Lent
25 February 2024
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday : 11.30am – Low Mass
Other days Mass will be at St Bartholomew’s: Monday 9.30am; Tuesday 6.00pm; Thursday 12noon.
Sunday: 11.00am – Solemn Mass
WE WELCOME all visitors today. Following Mass, refreshments are served in the Fishermen’s Vestry.
If you would like a copy of the music for congregational singing, please ask one of the welcomers.
GIFT AID ENVELOPES are available for your offertory contribution or donation.
REFRESHMENTS: Please join us for tea or coffee after the Sunday Mass.
WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE 2024:
Monday 29 July – Thursday 1 August
Please let Fr Ben know if you’d like to book for the Walsingham pilgrimage this year.
A deposit is required of £30. We will be travelling by coach and the cost will be no more than £329.50 (full board) or £302.50 (half board). However, it is hoped that the final cost will be less than this. Also, do have a confidential word with Fr Ben if you’d like to go but would find the cost prohibitive – funds are available to subsidise pilgrims in this situation.
FR ROWLANDS’ SECONDMENT:
Fr Rowlands is going to be covering elsewhere a fair amount over the next 6 months. Firstly, at St Pancras Old Church and secondly as Acting Administrator at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham. Please keep his ministry in your prayers.
The March newsletter has been published. Please let us know if you’d like to receive it via email. Hard copies are available in the narthex.
KEEPING QUIET IN CHURCH BEFORE AND AFTER MASS:
Please do keep a prayerful atmosphere in church before and after Mass to allow church to be a place where people can prepare for Mass and to offer prayers at the end. It’s great to have fellowship and to catch up with one another, but please try and save it for the Narthex and Fishermen’s Vestry away from people who want to pray! It would be good for each of us to make it a discipline to pray privately before and after Mass.
LAST WEEK’S RAFFLE AND SHERRY:
Thank to everyone who supported last week’s raffle. The raffle raised £33 and sherry raised £16 respectively.
During Lent we have a retiring collection for Easter flowers.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
With Lent having begun, we continue to pray the Stations of the Cross
► at St Bart’s on Thursdays at 11.30am
► at St Paul’s on Saturdays at 12noon
LENT COURSE: THE YEAR OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Each session will run twice a week:
► 6.30pm on Tuesdays at St Bart’s (starting 20 February)
► 12noon on Wednesdays at St Paul’s (starting 21 February)
The focus of this year’s Lent Course is the New Testament.
If you would like to attend, please could you sign up using the sheet at the back of the church or email Fr Ben, so we know how many course booklets to produce.
FRIENDS OF ST PAUL’S QUIZ NIGHT:
7PM, SATURDAY 9 MARCH
Join us for a quiz night.
Tickets are £8 (Friends £6) and includes a jacket potato supper. Teams of up to six and a bar will be available.
Tickets can be bought on the door or in advance from
Mark Gourley (firstname.lastname@example.org).
APPOINTMENT OF DIRECTOR OF MUSIC: MARTIN MCPHERSON-POTTLE
Our new Director of Music, Martin McPherson-Pottle, will be with us from next Sunday.
ADULT BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION
The Bishop of Lewes will be with us at St Martin’s Church, Lewes Road on Ascension Day (Thursday 9 May) when, with others in our Deanery, he will be baptising and confirming. Please speak to Fr Ben or Fr Thomas by Easter Day if you wish to be prepared for baptism and/or confirmation. We will offer sessions after Easter to help prepare people for receiving these sacraments.
As many at St Paul’s are aware, our finances are not in good shape. We are working hard to address this. The PCC has agreed that all expenditure must be authorised. For expenditure under £250 this can be authorised by Fr Ben, for larger amounts it require the authorisation of the Vicar and Churchwardens, Standing Committee or the PCC. If you are spending money on behalf of St Paul’s then please make sure you have it authorised in advance otherwise it may not be reimbursed.
FRIENDS OF ST PAUL’S ANNUAL DINNER
Please note that a new date has been confirmed for the dinner on Friday 14 June.