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The Feast of Christ The King
23rd November 2014


St. John Paul reminds us that it is important that all of us help to develop the Parish. Each of us has our own contribution to make and this weekend I am asking you to consider how you can help in the on-going development of our Parish. Click here to see a presentation given at all masses in our Parish last Sunday (16th November 2014), and to see how you can do more in your parish.

Parish Market Stall Volunteers needed to hand out our Christmas card to shoppers on Saturday, 13th December, 9am-3.30pm. If you can help for some time during the day please call Eric Harber (838598).


Pastoral Letter about
the recent Synod

       
Click here for the full text of a Pastoral Letter from Cardinal Vincent Nichols which was read out in all parishes in Westminster recently

Congratulations Fr Sandy
right) on the 25th Anniversary of your Ordination.  Click here to read more and see some photos. Fr. Sandy would like to thank all those who attended the Mass and party for his 25th jubilee. He was very moved and grateful for all the cards and gifts and for your support.

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- are you on Facebook, and if so, have you visited our Parish Page there yet?? It's a great place for you to express your views, post your stories, ask others for info, ideas, thoughts etc.   Click here to have a look
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The PPC
The Justice & Peace Group - a PPC priority group

What is the PPC ?
The PPC (Parish Pastoral Council) works in collaboration with the Priest/Clergy for the time being of the Parish under the direction of the Bishop of Westminster. The PPC is called to participate with the Priest/Clergy for the time being in the Pastoral Ministry of proclaiming God's word, celebrating the sacraments,
caring for the faithful, promoting the mission of the Church to the world, and being a good steward of parish resources. The scope includes all the practical matters of Parish life, responding to the call of Christ to Peter "Feed my lambs, feed my sheep."

PPC Priority Groups

Six groups/activities were identified to be "priorities" at the 2011 Parish Assembly.  Click here to read about any of them

  Mission
       
  Parish Friends
       
  Worship
       
  Communications
       
  Youth
       
  Justice & Peace

Click here to return to the main PPC page
       
Contacting the PPC
Feel free to approach any of the PPC members after Masss, or you can e-mail the PPC as a group at
ppc@albanstephen.com


The Justice and Peace Group

“The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or are in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.”
Preface to Gaudium et Spesa

Background
The J&P Group was set up at the Parish Assembly in 2011 as one of the areas of catholic doctrine on which the Parish should concentrate.  Justice and Peace lie at the heart of the message of Christ and the Doctrines of the Church.  This has long been made clear by the Church in Synods and Papal Encyclicals and was reaffirmed this year in Pope Francis’ Message of Peace.


The Group is really a network of individuals involved in a variety of activities but linked by a common desire to live justly and to give practical effect to the teaching of the Church through our support for people and organisations in St Albans, elsewhere in the UK and in other places around the world.  Those involved in the Group support its aims in different ways by raising awareness of issues, such as homelessness, discrimination and poverty, through talks and discussion sessions with outside speakers as well as doing practical things to raise money for or to support in other ways those in need.

2014  This year the group is especially seeking to support and increase awareness of the three charities chosen by the parish for its support: The Living Room, Centre 33 and the Catholic Workers’ Farm.  Working with the Mission Group, special open evening meetings have been arranged at which representatives of these Groups talk and answer questions about their aims and needs.

Fairtrade, Live Simply and Cafod  Members of the Group work to promote the Parish’s commitment to Fairtrade by promoting the use of Fairtrade products. The Group is also becoming involved in the ‘Live Simply’ campaign. This is an initiative co-founded by Cafod with the aim of helping people lead a simpler life so that others are able ‘simply to live’.

Meetings  The Group normally meets in the Presbytery at 8 pm on the third Thursday of the month – though not in April this year as the third Thursday is Maundy Thursday.
                
Welcome: We welcome new members
         
Contact us
                  
James O’Hare Tel:  01727 851352.   email:  jandm.ohare@waitrose.com
         
Sheila Clegg Tel:  01727 835004.     Email: mummyclegg@googlemail.com
   
James O'Hare

Sheila Clegg

Events for 2014: Tea, talk and discussion in the Hall on the Catholic Worker Farm by Scott Albrecht;  Bruce Kent will speak on Justice and Trident on 10 April 2014; in the autumn we will be having a session on the ethical purpose of war.  All are welcome to these talks and full details of these and any other events will be published in the Weekly Bulletin

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that can.”
Margaret Mead


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