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Fundraising at Good Shepherd


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You can use the code reader scan or the link below to make a contribution.

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All churches are suffering financial hardship since the pandemic and now further exacerbated by our current economic climate.

You may not be a regular attender at Good Shepherd but have family links or fond memories of the church of your youth. Your parish is dependent on your generosity to continue serving our community.

Thank you for your support.

Latest News

This Weekend.

We celebrate 

Trinity Sunday (B).


The Feast of the Most Holy Trinity

Trinity Sunday.

The last day for fulfilling the precept of Easter Communion.


“After [receiving their First Communion],

each of the faithful is obliged to receive holy communion at least once a year.

This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season

unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at another time during the year” (Canon Law #920).

Gift Aid totals for Year 2023/2024.

Please find your Gift Aid Donatons to the parish.

You may need this figure for Income Tax Returns.

Click the link.

Please remember to collect your Gift Aid box of envelopes after Mass this weekend.

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Corpus Christi

The Question of Assisted Suicide.

A response from Archbishop John Wilson 

See link for details.

Assisted suicide debate

There will be an important debate on assisted suicide in the House of Commons

on Monday 29 April at 4.30pm.

This debate is taking place as a result of the campaign

by media personality Dame EstherRantzen

who wants a change in the law to legalise assisted suicide.

It is vital that as many MPs as possible speak up in the House

to oppose any move to make assisted suicide legal in England and Wales.

Please go to https:!/www.spuc.org.uk/livesworthliving for:

• A briefing on the case against assisted suicide

• Three video stories opposing any change in the law

• An online tool to contact your MP


Taekwondo European Champions.

Two of our young parishioners have achieved the status of European Champions 

and are members of the British Squad.

See link as we honour these two young men -

Timi since 2019

and Gabriel in 2023.

CAFOD Israeli-Palestinian Crisis Appeal.


Donate to CAFOD’s Israeli-Palestinian Crisis Appeal at cafod.org.uk/ipc or call 0303 303 3030 to support those affected

and get funds to local trusted experts in Gaza and southern Israel who have been working alongside communities,

helping those most in need.

Your donation will help support aid workers providing urgent humanitarian aid

including food, water and emergency shelter to those in need.

Thank you for your prayers.”


A donation box is available at the back of the church.


 For fuller details on how Cafod is already working in the region

 


First Holy Communion.

Celebrated on Saturday 11th May at 10.30 am.


See link for full details of the course.

Sacrament of Confirmation



Celebrated on 20th February 2024.

Next course will begin in October 2024.




Sunday Mass at 11am (Children's Liturgy).


Worksheet suggestion and Reading sent by email


Child and parent work together at home


Child presents work at Sunday Mass


Join us: email downhamparish@gmail.com


Our First Holy Communion children will lead this liturgy from Sunday 22nd October at 11am Mass.


See link for further details.



Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults  (RCIA)

(For those who wish to learn more about the Roman Catholic Church and teachings).

Enquiries: speak with Fr John or email:     downhamparish@gmail.com

see link for further details.


Our Course is now completed for this year.

We begin again in October.

Applications available from August.

Mass for New Catholics


Please note that further to our previous email, the 25 May Mass for New Catholics has changed location and will now be celebrated at St Anselm’s Tooting Bec. Please kindly inform your neophytes of the opportunity to celebrate Mass with Bishop Paul Hendricks or Bishop Philip Moger, on any of the dates mentioned below. They are very welcome to bring friends and family and refreshments will be provided after Mass.


This year, the Mass for New Catholics will be offered, to all those who are being received into the Church this Easter, in three different locations. Please invite those who will be new Catholics (neophytes) to attend the Mass of their choice (along with any friends, family or supporters) and ask them to register their intention to do so through the relevant link, provided below.


Mass for New Catholics (05-May-2024) · ChurchSuite Events(main celebrant: Bishop Paul Hendricks)

St Teresa, 4 Maidstone Road, Ashford, Kent TN24 8TX


Mass for New Catholics (15-May-2024) · ChurchSuite Events(main celebrant: Bishop Philip Moger)

St Peter the Apostle, 103 Woolwich New Road, Woolwich, SE18 6EF


Mass for New Catholics (25-May-2024) · ChurchSuite Events(main celebrant: Bishop Philip Moger)

St Anselm's, 309 Balham High Rd, Tooting Bec, London SW17 7BA

Good Shepherd Primary School

currently has places in its Nursery class from September 2024,

for children aged 3 years and above. 

To find out more, simply contact the school

on 020 8698 4173, or visit the school website to view the Nursery pages: www.goodshepherd.lewisham.sch.uk

Application packs can be collected from the school at any time.


Diocesan Youth Ministry.


Under 18's

Young adults (18 - 35).


Pope Francis has called young people to be,

'Living stones in the Church'.


See link for details of events



Young Adults (18+). Mass on First Sunday at the Cathedral followed by Social.


Weekly Socials on Thursday evenings.


Advance notice of Flame 2025.

Largest gathering of Youth in UK.




Join the register for future updates



Discernment Workshops 28th May, 11th June, 25th June

A series ofonlineworkshops looking at the principles and practice of Ignatian Discernment. Open toyoung adults (20s and 30s).

In these workshop we will consider what Ignatian spirituality teaches us about clarifying our choices, ways of listening to God's Spirit in our lives and discerning the way forward.
To register please email:FCJCentreStHughs@gmail.com

Jesus invites each of us to 'Come and See' - this weekend will give the opportunity to explore the vocation to religious life and to reflect on God's call to you.


If you are wondering if God is calling you to religious life and would like to find out more why not come along? You are welcome to stay for the weekend or just come along on Saturday for the day.There will be opportunity for prayer, reflection and input, chance to ask questions and to meet others who are also wondering where God is calling them.


For more information contact Sr Lynne fcJ atfcjvocationeurope@gmail.comor visit our websitewww.fcjsisters.org

Latest News

from

Archdiocese of Southwark.

See link.


Archbishop John Wilson challenges his diocese to respond.


Pope Francis reminds us,

 ‘Each individual Christian and every community,’

he says ‘is called to be

an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor,

and for enabling them to be fully a part of society.
This demands,’ says Pope Francis ‘that we be docile and attentive to the cry of the poor

and to come to their aid.’

(EG 187)

Some Reflections in Light of the Synod on Synodality.

Summary by Archbishop John Wilson.

See link

Latest  Bulletin   May 2024

See link.

CSAN (Catholic Social Action Network).   

Do Justice Campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage Catholic parishes and schools to discern the needs of their local communities in the light of the Gospel and to act with the skills and resources they have at their disposal to bring about a more just society.


See link for details

Called to be Peacemakers

A new document of the International Affairs department of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

A Catholic approach to arms control and disarmament.

See link for details.

More than 1 in 5 of the UK population is living below the poverty line.


Here is the best way to access local services


click  below for further details


Lewisham Foodbank | Helping Local People in Crisis

Catholic Children's Society.


Crisis Fund  (Emergency Support for families in crisis).


Who is eligible?


One-off financial Support


We have helped

Families whose homes have been destroyed by fire.

Families where redundancy has brought hardship.

Families affected by illness/death of a loved one.


See link for details.

Would you be willing to open up your heart and home

and welcome individuals displaced

by the unnecessary war in  Ukraine?


Help St John of God find homes for Ukrainian families (mailchi.mp)


See link for latest newsletter January 2024


Newsletter of the Commission for Promoting Racial Justice and Cultural Inclusion


February  2024 ISSUE 8


Joint Initiative between Cafod and St Vincent de Paul Society,

to engage with political candidates

in the upcoming general election.

See link.

Read stories of Christians being martyred for their Faith in various parts of the World.

We are asked for help none more so than by our prayers and solidarity in faith.

Nigeria

Democratic Republic of Congo


See link for details or 

visit

Aid to the Church in Need | About us (acnuk.org)

The people of Sudan need our help urgently. We are launching an emergency appeal for donations to get aid to them on the biggest scale we can muster.

When violence broke out last year in Sudan between government and paramilitaries, most aid agencies evacuated. Now, humanitarian workers are struggling to get back into Sudan to help, meaning severe delays in getting aid to the people, and the challenges of getting into areas where fighting is still going on remain. Many borders are shut as the government say they need to keep weapons out.

But the Church and our local partners are still there. Please, stand with them today.

The situation has gone from serious to desperate very quickly. The UN is calling it ‘the world’s worst displacement crisis’. At least 8 million people have had to flee their homes; famine looms.


“At least 25 million Sudanese need immediate, emergency help. Families are already going hungry and famine is looming. This crisis threatens to become the worst in living memory.” Telley Sadia, CAFOD’s country representative for Sudan.


Let us, as Cardinal Nichols and Bishop Swarbrick wrote recently to Cardinal Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla, Archbishop of Juba and president of the Sudanese Bishops’ Conference,

‘extend to you the prayerful support of the Church in England and Wales and… express our solidarity with you in your current circumstances of profound distress. We have heard your cry in your recent statement, in which you reminded the international community of the need for support to bring about an end to the civil conflict and allow for immediate humanitarian access to alleviate hunger across Sudan.’

Organisations supporting

Respect for Life and all of God's Creation.


The Society for the Protection of Unborn Child


The Question of Artificial Human Embryos.

Are they really human?

See link.

 

Life is a UK pregnancy support charity.

See link for details.

The General Election on 4th July has ended all legislation relating to Life Issues that were laid before Parliament.

CARE.


EngaGE24 website now live!

Offer a Christian perspective on how we engage with the Electoral Process in preparation for the General Election.

See link.

Pax Christi


Annual Report.

See link.


June Edition


now available from the back of the church.

This is a useful little book (A5) which contains the daily Mass Readings.

Link yourself with the Universal Church in taking a few minutes,

on your way to work or during a break,

to unite with God's Word,

as it is received throughout the world on each day.


Available from the back of the church. Price £1.

  Is your marriage under stress?!!

Couples celebrating significant anniversaries in 2024.

Special Mass for couples with their families on 13th July at St George's Cathedral.

Booking essential. 

See link for details.

Trustee Vacancy with Marriage Care


Marriage Care is a Catholic organisation

providing marriage preparation and relationship counselling services

across England, Wales and Gibraltar.

We are looking for trustees to strengthen our board

and to help us continue to provide vital relationship support services

to the Catholic community and beyond.

For more information please visit:www.marriagecare.org.ukor email:volunteer@marriagecare.org.uk

Saturdays during the year at varied venues.



Press link for full list of engagements.

Escorted Pilgrimage to Knock & Co Mayo,

3rd March 2024. £899.00 pps.

Price includes flight, 10kg hold luggage, 5 nights in 4* Castlecourt Hotel, Westport with Dinner, Bed & Breakfast. Lunch on three days.

All entertainment, excursions and transport are included.

Visit Knock, Galway City, Kylemore Abbey, Croagh Patrick & Ashford Castle. Single supplement on enquiry.

Contact Patricia or Natali on at 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.

See link.


Further information

A Day With Mary 2024 Pilgrimages

to Fatima (7-14 June)

and Italy (4-12 September)

is available at

www.adaywithmary.orgor email adwmary.uk@gmail.com

See link for details.


MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE PILGRIMAGES APRIL - OCT 2024:


7 Nights Apartment B&B from €273 per person sharing. Airport transfer is available on request. Contact us for details and book the dates that suit you.


Tel. 020 3239 8662 or website www.med-irishcentre.com



MEDJUGORJE: 00387 36 651 518
ENGLAND: 0044 20 3239 8662
Email:reservations@med-irishcentre.com
Website:www.med-irishcentre.com


See link

Shrine of St Jude.

Faversham, Kent.

Saturday 1st June 2024

Summer Celebration.


11:00 – Devotions with Anointing

13:30 – Open Air Mass

14:30 – Procession past the Shrine of Saint Jude.

See link for details


Volunteers Required.

Sense Charity.

Downham shop

Location462/464 Bromley Road, Downham, Kent, BR1 4PP


See link for further details.

YOUTH MINISTRY LEADER IN THE LAKE DISTRICT?


Castlerigg Manor (Diocese of Lancaster Retreat Centre) are looking for a Programme Leader to join their youth ministry team.

The work involves working on retreats in the heart of the Lake District, and occasionally working on outreach visits around the area.

The post is residential and comes with a salary package in the range of £26-28k, made up of paid salary, accommodation, food etc.

Would suit somebody with youth ministry experience perhaps recently graduated. Interested –jack@castleriggmanor.co.uk

Jack Regan,

Director of Youth Services, Diocese of Lancaster.

Laleham Lea,

a Catholic Independent School in Purley,

is looking for a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) to start as soon as possible.

For more information and application forms please visit our school website -www.lalehamlea.co.ukor call 0208 660 3351.


Christ the King

Sixth Form College

seeking Governors.

See link.

Two Diocesan roles.

Group Secretary to Bishop and Episcopal Vicars.

Priests' Wellbeing Officer.

See link for details.

Catholic Papers and Magazines.

We have no demand in our parish for printed newspapers

but it's important to provide access to digital newspapers

or an opportunity for those who might wish to subscribe to

a physical or digital copy of our popular UK Catholic media. 

Newspapers and Magazines offer us a fuller perspective 

on the issues of the day rather than settle for headlines.


Below you will find the means of accessing the subscriptions.


Forthcoming Funerals 

Conrad Joseph Piers RIP.



Funeral Mass.

Tuesday 25th June at 11.30 am.

 

Committal at 1 pm.

Hither Green Crematorium