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. There will also be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
on Friday after Mass until 12:00 noon. This extended time is part of our celebrations
of the Tercentenary of the Birth of the Venerable Nano Nagle (see below)
Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary : On Wednesday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be Masses at 9:30am and 7:30pm at Holy Family.
Paul Thompson will be ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Declan during Mass on Saturday 6th October at 11:00am at Holy Family. We congratulate Paul and assure him of our prayers as he continues to journey towards ordination. All are welcome to the ordination. He will make is Profession of Faith during the Saturday evening Mass on Saturday 15th September.
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 gathered others around her to assist in her work and was an inspiration to many, and so during the month of August we can pray for the Presentation Associates and all those inspired by the Venerable Nano Nagle As well as making this intention part of our daily prayer, there will be an extended period of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament this Friday 17th August from 9:45am until 12:00 noon. The letters of the Venerable Nano Nagle can now be viewed at https://digital.ucd.ie/view/ucdlib:153347. Bishop Declan will be with us to celebrate Mass on Thursday 8th November at 2:00pm as part of our celebrations for this special; year.
Introduction to Islam is a talk and conversation on Wednesday 5th September from 7:30pm until 9:00pm. The Swindon Catholic Deanery Justice & Peace Group is pleased to welcome Waleed Ahmad, Vice Chair of the Swindon Interfaith Group and a leader at the Al-Habib Islamic Centre in Gorse Hill, to talk about Islam in general and in Swindon, with an emphasis on Social Justice. If you’d like to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, as the venue will depend on numbers. All welcome.
Cafod Talks: As we approach the October Cafod Fast Day there are three opportunities to hear about Cafod’s work overseas: Saturday 8th September (1:30pm – 3:00pm) at English Martyrs Parish (Tuffley Lane, Tuffley, Gloucester GL4 0NX) with Giovanna Reda; Thursday 13th September (7:00pm – 8:30pm) at Saint Bonaventure’s Parish (Egerton Road, Bristol BS7 8HP) with Zoe Corden; or Saturday 15th September (7:00pm – 8:30pm) at Saint John the Baptist Parish (2 Wingfield Road, Trowbridge BA14 9EA)S7 8HP) with Zoe Corden. Please contact Liz Baldwin (0117 942 8328 or email@example.com) to book a place.
Baptism Preparation : There will be a preparation session for Catholic parents seeking baptism for their children (up to 6 years of age) on Saturday 13th August at 2:00pm in the convent. The session will last about 90 minutes.
Primary School Film : There is a new film showing our primary school. It can be found on the school website https://www.holyfamily.swindon.sch.uk.
Nursery : Our primary school is opening a nursery for September 2018. For more information please contact the school (01793 521933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that this is not replacing Holy Family Pre-School, which will continue to operate.
Holy Eucharist : During these five weeks our Sunday Gospel readings come from the sixth chapter of Saint John’s Gospel. This gives us a particular opportunity to explore the mystery of the Holy Eucharist. There are a set of video reflection available on the diocesan website at https://cliftondiocese.com/mystery-of-the-eucharist/. It is also an opportunity for us to pray for the success of Adoremos, the National Eucharistic Congress taking place in Liverpool from Friday 7th September until Sunday 9th September, culminating in a procession of the Blessed Sacrament. It is 110 years since the last Eucharistic Congress in England which was held in London and the intention was to hold a procession of the Blessed Sacrament around Westminster. However, the Prime Minister of the time, H. H. Asquith, would not allow the procession to take place. Let us pray for the success of this year’s congress, that it will bear rich fruit, and that we will all be immersed us in a deeper understanding of the real and abiding presence of Christ in the Eucharist. For more information about the congress please visit http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Special-Events/Adoremus-National-Eucharistic-Pilgrimage.