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Fundraising at Good Shepherd


This is the Justgiving site where you can contirbute to our parish finances.

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

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Good-Shepherd-Church-Downham


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

Second Collection.

Letter from Archbishop John

to The Nigerian community in Southwark.

See link for details.


For Catering Purposes.

You are asked to register

your name and the number of family members

who will attend,

either by adding your name to the board by St Anthony's Statue in church

or 

by filling in this registration form.


Please click below.


Register for Food on Funday


Sunday 21st July from 12 noon to 3pm.


Burgers/Hot Dogs/Music/Drinks.


Activities for the children

Bouncy Castles and Go-Karting.


Come and Join us after Mass.


See Volunteer list at St Anthony Statue.

Special appeal for teenagers to supervise the activities.

 

Car Park Closure.

Due to setting up for the Funday the car park will be closed on Sunday.

Spaces made available at the front of the church for our disabled parishioners.

You may add your petition to the box

at the back of the church

which will be collected on the weekend of 4th August 

and taken to the grotto, in Lourdes, the following week.

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

 

Summer Break for the following Programmes.

We re-commence in October.

Details available from mid-August.


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.

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.

Appeal for School Governors.


Governors have an important role to play in ensuring sure schools are run effectively.

They work as part of a team with the Headteacher and other staff

to provide a happy, safe, and thriving learning environment as well as an excellent education for all the children.


Being a school governor can be challenging but hugely rewarding,

which can serve as an oppounity to give something back to our local community,

while making a real difference in the lives of our young people.

For an informal chat about becoming a school governor

please, contact the school office on 0208 698 4173

or email: headteacher@goodshepherd.lewisham.sch.uk


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



Vocations to Priesthood, Diaconate and Religious Life.

The Diocesan Vocations Team

assists those considering a vocation to ordained or consecrated life within the Archdiocese of Southwark.

The team offers guidance, helpful resources, and running Galilee Groups in different locations around the Diocese.

These are suitable for men considering an ordained vocation and offer an opportunity to meet together in prayer and reflection

whilst exploring their calling. 

If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch with our Vocations Director.

 

Vocations Director

Father Paul Kyne
Email: vocations@rcaos.org.uk
Tel: 020 8300 2480

Discernment and Formationare a process during which we grow.

No one is perfect, but, if you wish to become a Deacon,

you must be open to growth and to developing in faith and ministry.

If you would like to make an initial enquiry about becoming a Permanent Deacon,

then please contact the Director of Formation for Permanent Diaconate,

Deacon Ian Black ianblack@rcaos.org.uk.

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 at fcjvocationeurope@gmail.comor visit our websitewww.fcjsisters.org

See link for further details.

Latest News

from

Archdiocese of Southwark.

See link.

Latest news on Jubilee Year 2025.

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   June 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.


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.

Pax Christi


Annual Report.

See link.

March for Life

London. Saturday 7th September 2024.

Abortion isn't HealthCare.


See the link for further details.


July 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?!!

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

Archbishop John to lead pilgrimage to Lourdes - August.

Join Archbishop John and Bishop Paul

on a pilgrimage to Lourdes from 23 - 30 August.

Details of the pilgrimage, including volunteering and accommodation options can be found on our website.

Experience the unique spirituality of Lourdes, along with people from parishes around the Archdiocese.


Volunteers Required.

Sense Charity.

Downham shop

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


See link for further details.

Christ the King

Sixth Form College

seeking Governors.

See link.

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 

Thomas Patrick O Flynn RIP.



Funeral Mass.

Tuesday 16th July at 1.30 pm

 

Committal at 3 pm.

Hither Green Crematorium

Aston Roy Campbell RIP


Funeral Service.

HIther Green Crematorium Chapel

Tuesday 23rd July  at 12 noon.


Committal at 1.30 pm.

Hither Green Cemetery.