There is Mass at 4:00pm every Saturday in Portuguese.
There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for about 30 minutes
after the Mass on Thursday.
Stations of the Cross will take place at 4:00pm this Sunday and will conclude with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 5:00pm. Next weekend there will be no Stations of the Cross on Sunday as they are included in the time of prayer on Saturday morning. There will be Stations of the Cross at 4:00pm on the final two Sundays of Lent : 7th and 14th April.
The Big Picture : The next session will be this Wednesday at 10:30am in the convent. The time has changed due to the funeral later in the day. The following session on 3rd April will be at the normal time (1:30pm – 2:30pm).
Morning of Prayer next Saturday 30th March which is just before the 4th Sunday of Lent. The morning will begin with Mass at 9:15am. This will be followed by the rosary. After a break for coffee the time will continue with Stations of the Cross about 10:45am and then Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 12:30pm. During the period of Exposition there will be a mixture of silence, readings and prayers. There will not be a focus on the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the morning as Bishop Declan will be with us later that week to lead our Reconciliation Service.
Saint Francisco Marto is one of the children to whom our Lady appeared at Fatima. Thursday 4th April is the centenary of his death. The 9:15am morning Mass will be followed by an hour of prayer (including rosary, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and veneration of the relics of Saints Francisco and Jacinta).
Reconciliation Service : Bishop Declan will lead a reconciliation service on Thursday 4th April at 7:00pm at Holy Family. Bishop Declan together with priests of our deanery and diocese will be available to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the service. While there will be other reconciliation services around the deanery this will be an important parish and deanery occasion.
Chrism Mass : The Chrism Mass takes place at Clifton Cathedral at 11:00am on the Wednesday of Holy Week, 17th April. 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.
Confirmation : Bishop Declan will be with us on Tuesday 4th June for Mass at 7:00pm during which he will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to some of our young people. The programme will be open to young people who are in Year 9 or above and who are members of our parish. The preparation sessions will begin soon after Easter Sunday, with the first candidates session probably 24th or 25th April from 7:15pm until 8:30pm. This will be confirmed by next weekend when full details and application forms will be available.
First Holy Communion Programme : The next parents session is on Wednesday 1st May at 7:30pm in the convent, and the next children’s session will be the retreat day on Saturday 4th May.
Baptism Preparation : There will be a session for parents seeking baptism for their children (up to 6 years of age) on Saturday 13th April at 2:00pm in the convent. The session should last about 90 minutes.
Golden Jubilee : In 2019 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of our church. During each quarter of this year we can focus in a particular way on one of the members of the Holy Family, and so during the first three months of 2019 we can ask Saint Joseph to pray for our parish:
Glorious Saint Joseph,
powerful protector of Holy Church,
we implore your heavenly aid for the whole Church on earth;
for our Holy Father, bishops, priests, deacons and religious;
and especially for the people of our parish of Holy Family.
inspired by your example,
may our lives manifest God’s love
and may we rejoice forever in his peace.