There is normally Mass at 4:00pm every Saturday in Portuguese.
On Easter Sunday Mass will be at 7:00pm (there will be no Mass on 31st March) .
There will be rosary after the morning Mass on Wednesday.
Sister Catherine of our Presentation Convent died on Thursday morning. We pray for her that she may be with God in heaven. We also pray for our Presentation Sisters and all of Sister Catherine’s family and friends that they may be consoled and strengthened at this time. Her Funeral Mass will be on Monday 9th April at 11:30am at Holy Family. There will also be Mass and time for prayer during the afternoon of Sunday 8th April.
Holy Week : Next Sunday is Palm Sunday and this marks the beginning of Holy Week. The 6:30pm Mass on Saturday will begin with the blessing of palms. On Sunday morning we gather outside of the church for the blessing and then process into the church. Holy Week is the most important week of our year. Please try to attend the three principle celebrations of the The Sacred Triduum which begins on Thursday evening at 8:00pm with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, continues on Good Friday afternoon at 3:00pm with the Solemn liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, and concludes with our Great Easter Vigil at 8:30pm on Holy Saturday evening.
Visitation : The visitation of Bishop Declan to our parish last Sunday was a wonderful occasion in the life of our parish. The Bishop visits every parish in the diocese over a number of years and his visit last week completed the visitations to our deanery.
Stations of the Cross : There will be Stations of the Cross this Sunday at 4:00pm (concluding with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 5:00pm). There will be a similar celebration next Sunday.
Lenten Course : Our Cafe Course this Lent, helping us see how our Blessed Lady helps us to be filled with God, concludes this Wednesday in the convent (7:00pm – 8:30pm) with the final session. The session will include a video presentation and the opportunity to explore it with other parishioners. Even if you have not been to any of the other sessions please consider making this last session part of your Lenten practice.
First Holy Communion Programme : The next children’s session will be next Saturday 24th March at 10:00am in the church.
Divine Mercy : On Sunday 8th April in the Sacred Heart Church, Royal Wootton Bassett there will be a Divine Mercy Service beginning at 2:00pm. Refreshments will be provided.
The Chrism Mass takes place at Clifton Cathedral at 11:00am on the Wednesday of Holy Week, 28th March. There will be a coach leaving Holy Family at 9:00am. If you would like to reserve a place please sign the sheet in the parish room. The cost will be £7 per adult (£2 per child) and will be collected on the coach.
First Holy Communion Programme : The next children’s session will be next Saturday 17th March at 10:00am in the church. There will be a sheet available next Saturday for parents to indicate which First Holy Communion Mass they would prefer (11:00am on 12th on 19th May).
Confirmation : Bishop Declan will be with us on Tuesday 5th June for Mass at 7:00pm during which he will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to some of our young people. Application forms are available. The programme is open to young people who are in Year 9 or above and who are members of our parish. The cost of the programme will be £10 per candidate. Application forms need to be returned by Friday 20th April and can either be given to Father Gary or Mrs Fraser at Saint Joseph’s School. The first preparation session will be at 7:15pm on Thursday 26th April in the convent.
The Venerable Nano Nagle is the foundress of the Presentation Sisters and 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of her birth. Throughout this year it would be good to pray in a particular way for some of the intentions which were important to her. She would visit the poor and and try to help them, so during this month of March we can pray for the alleviation of poverty. As well as making this intention part of our daily prayer, there will be an extended period of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Wednesday 21st March from 10:15am (after rosary) until 12:15am.
Walsingham Pilgrimage : There will be a pilgrimage to Walsingham from the parish from Saturday 14th April until Monday 16th April 2018. For more details please contact the parish.
Preparing for Mission - Life in the Spirit Seminars : On Tuesday evenings during Lent, Clifton Cathedral is hosting Life in the Spirit seminars on five Tuesday evenings beginning on Tuesday 20th February at 7.30pm. This is a great way to help us all prepare for mission. The speakers are Monsignor David Oakley from Oscott Seminary; David Payne and Jenny Baker from Cafe; Father Richard McKay from our Diocese of Clifton; and Father Chris Thomas from the Archdiocese of Liverpool. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.