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The Bankers Orders for June totalled £1,636.50

We have planned another Parish Day trip to City Europe on 14th November.Those who have reserved seats please remember to pay your £55 as soon as possible, see the newsletter for more information.

Our next Prayer Group meeting is on Thursday 25th July, 6.15pm for 6.30pm start. Please take a copy of the Sunday readings we will be discussing from the tray in the Narthex. If you are unable to come you are welcome to take a copy for your own private study and prayer.

Fr Peter's Annual Leave
I will be away for the month of August on my annual leave. I have arranged for Fr Joe Feeley to provide cover from the 1st - 4th August inclusive and then Fr Michael Ryan for the rest of the month. There will be no Mass on Wednesdays (although there will be the usual Communion Service) and no Mass on Friday evenings. Confessions will be on request whilst Fr Joe and Fr Michael are here. Fr Peter

The Spiritans Mission Appeal
I have arranged for our Parish to host a Mission Appeal by The Spiritans (Holy Ghost Fathers) on the weekend of 24th and 25th August. For the past 300 years the Spiritans have been pioneers in the service of the Church and the Gospel. They have over 3,000 professed members, priests and brothers from Europe, Africa, the Americas and South East Asia working in over 60 countries standing beside the powerless in society. They require our support in prayer and funds so that they may continue to be faithful to Jesus' commissioning to go out and proclaim the Good News as powered by the Spirit. The essence of the Church is Mission so we very much look forward to this Mission Appeal. Fr Peter

School Governors Required: St Augustine's School is looking for new Foundation Governors. If you would like to consider volunteering, there is a notice in the Narthex with further information and contact details.

Pastoral Message from Archbishop John Wilson regarding his recent visit to Nigeria
Archbishop John has recently returned from Nigeria where he was invited to ordain ten priests for the Missionary Society of St Paul of Nigeria. He says it was a remarkable trip on many levels and he has prepared a Pastoral Message to share his experiences with us. Some printed copies are available in the Narthex and can also be found via the following links. I do commend it to you. Fr Peter
The Pastoral Message can be found on the Archdiocese of Southwark website here
The news story, which links both photos and the message, can be found here

Summertime 2024: 29th July - 1st August: Altar Servers Trip to Westminster Pastoral Centre, £189. For aged 11-16. We commend this excellent residential trip which is not just for altar servers but for anyone aged 11-16 who regularly attends Mass who would appreciate good Catholic formation. In an event that has now gone on for more than 20 years, it is a few days for deepening one's catholic faith, in a great social atmosphere, including sports activities and a visit to Thorpe Park. For more details please speak to Fr Peter or contact Fr. Stephen Boyle, chaplain to the Guild of St, Stephen, Dartford@rcaos.org.uk,
Tel:01322 220075. (n.b. If the cost is an issue please speak to Fr Peter as a subsidy may be available).

The Divine Mercy Apostolate, London is holding a Celebration of St Faustina at Aylesford Priory, Aylesford, Kent on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August 2024 from 10 am to 4:30 pm. The reflection day will include teachings on the Message of Divine Mercy, Holy Mass, Hour of Mercy with Stations of the Cross, Adoration and Benediction and Veneration of the Image of Merciful Jesus. All welcome.

Archbishop John warmly invites you to join him as he leads the Southwark Archdiocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage, from 23rd to 30th August 2024. Details of this can be found here on the Archdiocesan website: Experience the unique spirituality of Lourdes, along with people from parishes around the Archdiocese.

Tea/coffee will be available after the 9am Sunday Mass. Any volunteers to help please speak to Carmel.
Please respect the parishioners arriving for the 11am Mass by departing from the car park by 10.20am.

Transport needed for parishioner living in Sandgate Court, off Bayswater Drive, Parkwood to Saturday 6pm Mass. If anyone can volunteer for this, please let Roger or Teresa know. It would be helpful if we had a few volunteers to cover.

The 2nd Sunday of each month we will resume our collection of food, toiletries and clothing, which can be left at the back of the Narthex, only on this week please. All food items will be donated to St. Margaret's Food Bank in Rainham and everything else (clothes, toiletries, money) to The Gillingham Street Angels. Emma MacQuillin has kindly volunteered to oversee this project but would like a reserve to call upon. Volunteers, please let Emma or any of the social committee know

The Southwark Catholic Youth Service has several activities in 2024 for youth and young adults. For regular updates on forthcoming events, please sign up to the network at www.tinyurl.com/scysnetwork or see our website at at www.tinyurl.com/scys1

.Fr Michael's Retirement. Fr Michael has moved into St Peter's. Many of you will wish to visit him once he has settled in and he will certainly be delighted to see you. Kathleen will be your first point of contact as she will manage Father's diary and ensure visits are suitably spread out. Accordingly please telephone Kathleen in the first instance on 01634 710748. Father's new address will be St Peter's, Little Sisters of the Poor Convent, 2a Meadow Road, Vauxhall, London SW8 1QH. He will have a Landline in his room and once we have the number for this we will share it with you.Thank you to all who came to Aylesford to honour Father's retirement, and especially to the organisers and caterers. Some photos can be seen here.

Retrouvaille: A Programme for Couples Struggling in their Marriages Help Your Marriage - Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille is a programme to support couples who have difficulties in their marriage. It brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage. It helps them through difficult times whether they are disillusioned or in deep misery. There is no group therapy or group work.For confidential information about 'Retrouvaille' or to register for the next programme call or text 07887296983 or 07973380443 or email retrouvailleukinfo@gmail.com- or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk

PASSING ON THE FAITH
Help your family get to heaven! Celebrate Trust has downloadable resources and family events to attend that bring faith alive, whatever your age. Go online at https://www.celebratetrust.org

The Poor Box If you or someone you know are struggling financially and would benefit from a donation from our Poor Box funds then please do let Father know. It will be in the strictest confidence.
Also if you /know of a local charity working to help the poor and needy in our community that would benefit from a donation.

Easyfundraising
Total raised
is £889.48 so far.
Please do consider signing up and helping the Parish with this easy fundraising initiative.
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 free process. Instructions can be found here

Marriage Care - Volunteers are needed to train as Counsellors and/or Marriage Preparation Providers for Marriage Care. If you have a few hours a week to spare and would be interested in joining us please contact: Mrs Alma Payne for further details on 01634 362896 or e-mail, almapayne1@gmail.com

Eucharistic Adoration is on Thursday mornings from 10am until 11 am, straight after 9.30 Mass.
Come and sit before Jesus and soak up the peace that comes from His presence….. Even a short visit is very rewar

We are still looking for new members to join the Parish Social Committee so if you are interested please mention it to Father or e-mail parkwood@rcaos.org.uk.

Latest documents from Synod of Bishops can be found here and on our FaceBook page.

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

Second Collection causes 2024 can be seen here.
Dew Association
causes can be seen here
200 Club
winners can be found here