Parish News for the 4th Week in Ordinary Time

January 26, 2023 by James Elston in Weekly News

This Sunday is Candlemas, also known as The Presentation of The Lord and The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast commemorates the presentation of the baby Jesus in the Temple which is recorded in the Gospel of Luke. In accordance with Jewish Law, a woman was to be purified by presenting a lamb as a burnt offering and either a young pigeon or dove as a sin offering, 33 days after a boy’s circumcision. It falls on February 2nd, which is the 40th and final day of the Christmas season.

In the Gospel reading, we hear the old man Simeon declare the child Jesus to be the light of the world, which is why we begin mass with the blessing of candles in the Parish Room and then process into church to symbolise the entry of Jesus into the Temple.

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch
S.Paul’s Camden Square Woodland Garden 12.30 to 2.00 Sunday 29th Jan with tea and homemade cake. All Welcome.

Cinema Club The release of What’s Love Got To Do With It? has been postponed so Sunday afternoon the Cinema Club will see A Man Called Otto starring Tom Hanks. Meet at Picturehouse Central, corner Great Windmill Street/ Shaftesbury Avenue, at 2.30pm for 2.40pm showing. Tickets £17.90; £15.20, students/ over-60s. See Sandra for more details.

Corsican Sunday
This is now on the 5th February our Corsican friends will be joining us for their annual celebration of Filippo Antonio Pasquale de’ Paoli (1725-1807), the Corsican leader who was buried in our churchyard. After Mass there will traditional Corsican refreshments, we will also be joined by 30 students from the Lycee Ajaccio in Corsica.

Pilgrimage to Walsingham
The annual Old S.Pancras Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady is 16th-18th June, the cost is £240 in total. Places are limited so book soon. Pick up a booking from me or Jonathan after mass.

Pat Clift RIP

Pat’s body will be received into church at 3.30pm on 1st February. The church will remain open for prayer until 5pm and she will rest here overnight. Her funeral Mass will be the next morning, Thursday 2nd February at 10.30am. Donations in Pat’s memory to the Motor Neurone Disease Association

Kristian Hewett
Our former pastoral assistant Kristian Hewett will be ordained a C of E priest in The Church of the Good Shepherd, Cambridge, on 4th February at 10.30am. Please pray for him and his wife Laura.

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Mass Times

Sunday 29th January
Solemn Mass 9.30am followed by coffee

Monday 30th January
Charles I, King and Martyr
Mass 9.30am 

Tuesday 31st January
S.John Bosco
Mass and Benediction 6.30pm followed by drinks

Wednesday 1st February
Mass 11am at S.Paul’s followed by coffee

Thursday 2nd February
Purification of the BVM
Solemn Requiem Mass 10.30am NB TIME CHANGE THIS WEEK

Friday 3rd February

Mass 1.05pm at S.Marys Fr James’ Day Off

Saturday 4th February
Our Lady
Mass 10am followed by coffee

Sunday 5th February 5th per Annum
Solemn Mass 9.30am followed by coffee

Sung Mass at S.Paul’s Camden Square 11.30am for Candlemas followed by Bring & Share Lunch