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St. Augustine's R.C. Church

First Holy Communion
It is wonderful news that First Holy Communions will be able to resume this year.
The candidates attending St Augustine's will be making their First Holy Communion on Saturday 26th June at 11 a.m..
There will be a separate day in July for the other candidates who do not attend St Augustine's.
Please spread the word to friends and family with a child aged 8 or over who would like to make their First Holy Communion this year. Please ask them to contact me as soon as possible as instruction sessions will soon be commencing.
Please do continue to pray for our young people. Thank you, Father Michael

Covid As we move forward there will be reduced stewarding so we must all take responsibility for making sure we sign in/scan the QR code when we attend Church and to remember we should maintain 1m+ social distancing at all times and particularly when going up to and returning back from Holy Communion.
Please be sensitive to those around you allowing one row to proceed at a time and maintaining a safe distance throughout.
Face coverings should be worn at all times whilst in the Church unless you are exempt under Government guidelines.

Whilst the obligation to attend Mass on the Sabbath remains suspended for the time being Father is currently saying ten Masses each week so sincerely hopes that you will be able to attend at least one of these.
There has also been plenty of capacity at each of the weekend Masses so please do come along to one of these if you feel able.

Please do listen to and co-operate fully with the Stewards as they seek to help us respect the Government guidelines.
Their role is vital to us all if our Church is to remain open safely and successfully and for the enjoyment of us all.
We are very grateful for the support of our Stewards throughout the pandemic and for all that they continue to do for us.

If you are unable to attend Mass live Masses can also be viewed via https://www.churchservices.tv/ or at https://mass-online.org/
Holy Communion will not be available online so you may like to make an Act of Spiritual Communion

How could your parish benefit from Some Definite Service, our response to Archbishop John's call to be an 'evangelising and missionary archdiocese?' No parish is the same and we have a rich and diverse range across the diocese. We want to recognise all the good work that is already being undertaken and then reflect together to see the areas where growth is possible.
The Church is made up of people and so is Some Definite Service - Catechists, Formators, Evangelisers, Deanery Mentors, Parish Leads. It is the goal and intention of the Agency and the archdiocese to invest time and energy in all involved in Some Definite Service, to ensure that those working in ministry are supported and do not feel isolated.
Are you being called to be part of this network in a particular way? For more information,at: https://aec.rcaos.org.uk/sds

An online 'Building a Better Marriage' opportunity is being held on JULY 10th 2021 running from 9am -1pm.
The course offered means that you can attend the course from your own living room and there is no group sharing!
A recent Building a Better Marriage course received the following comments from married couples who logged on …
'The topics were chosen well and we could really relate to them. The personal stories you shared were very insightful and helped us to reflect on our own relationships more deeply… It was relaxed and you put us at ease, being friendly and personable...'
'We thoroughly enjoyed attending the course and have certainly been practicing a few of the things we learnt already. It puts a smile on our faces when we do because we know that we are certainly richer from participating in the course.'

For further information and to book contact: Carole - Tel: 07983524727 - email: mflkent@rcaos.org.uk

India - Covid - CAFOD
As coronavirus brings devastation across India, CAFOD is working with experienced local Church agency, Caritas India, to provide vital support to poor and marginalised communities. Donations to CAFOD's Coronavirus Appeal will help Caritas India distribute PPE kits to frontline health workers, promote COVID & vaccine awareness campaigns, and set up safely run isolation & quarantine centres. You can donate online here: https://cafod.org.uk/Give
Please keep praying for the people of India and all those affected by the pandemic.

17 have signed up so far and they have generated donations of £162.35 which is pretty impressive. If more parishioners sign up Easyfundraising has potential to generate over £1,000 p.a. for St Augustine's which would be very valuable in these difficult times.
Please support St Augustine of Canterbury - Parkwood on Easyfundraising, you can raise FREE donations when you shop online with over 5,000 retailers. It's simple and only takes 2 minutes to sign up! Please sign up now at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/staugustineofcanterbury/
It is a simple process. When you register please select St Augustine of Canterbury, Parkwood as your preferred charity. Each time you shop on line please log on to Easyfundraising first and then select your retailer e.g. Argos and you will be directed to their site and you then shop in the usual way. There is no additional complication involved. As an initial target for St Augustine's it would be great if we could see 50 parishioners signing up. Please do try and give it a go. Thank you.

If you are a taxpayer signing up to GiftAid would be another easy win as the Parish would receive an extra 25p for every £1 you put in the weekly collection without any extra cost or hassle to you. Please speak with Father Adams or our GiftAid co-ordinator Joe Flannery if you are interested in this. Or e-mail them on parkwood@rcaos.org.uk

Second Collection causes 2021 can be seen here.