X NOVEMBER ENVELOPES FOR THE DEPARTED We’re well into November now, but throughout the month we will keep those who were special to us close to heart of our liturgical prayer, and November envelopes are still available at the back of church for names and envelopes to be added to those laid on the altars at both St Joseph’s and Our Lady’s. Write the list of those whom they want to be remembered on a piece of paper, and then put the paper in a NOVEMBER ENVELOPE - the buff envelopes at the back of church - and hand it in. (It is customary to put some money in the envelope along with the list: thank you, if that is what you do - but if you don’t, your list is treated just the same as all the others.) The envelopes are laid on the altars. The names on the list are not disclosed, and at the end of the month the lists and the copies are burned.
X IMPORTANT - MASS INTENTIONS! This is important firstly because Mass intentions are a solemn agreement that a mass will be offered; and secondly because (usually) money is involved. If the parish’s specially-made envelopes are used, there’s (firstly) a clear written record of the request; there’s (secondly) an implicit acceptance of the request [we ask for phone numbers so that we can clear up any double-bookings or questions about the request]; and there’s (thirdly) much less chance any money will go astray. Sometimes people phone, or email, or have a quick conversation - and these requests can easily be forgotten or lost or mixed up. So please help the clergy and the office staff by using THE WHITE ENVELOPES provided at the back of the church for requests for Mass intentions. (Not the buff coloured November envelopes!)
X ADVENT CAROL SERVICE - DECEMBER 1st AT 6.00pm Our annual Advent Carol Service will take place Our Lady, Help of Christians, on Advent Sunday (December 1st) at 6.00pm and will feature Advent carols, rousing Advent hymns, the inspiring Advent readings and the haunting “Great O” Advent Antiphons - around which the service is built. This is a joyous and thrilling celebration of the Church’s time of longing and anticipation as the Church looks eagerly forward to our Lord’s coming at Christmas. There will be mulled wine and mince pies in the OLHoC Parish Hall afterwards!
X CHRISTMAS CAKE RAFFLE - the tickets for the annual Christmas Cake Raffle are now on sale at the back of the church (OLHoC) - £1.00 each. “WELL WORTH WINNING!” says someone who’s eaten a Christmas Cake made to this recipe since 1987. It will be drawn after the 11.00am mass on Advent Sunday (December 1st).
X TRADITIONAL CHILDREN’S CAROL SERVICE – Sunday, December 8th at 4.00pm at St Joseph’s Church followed by mince pies, mulled wine and Christmas Prize Draw. Proceeds will go to the Winter Shelter and St Joseph’s Hall expenses.
X UCM CHRISTMAS COFFEE AND SALE will take place in the Parish Hall at OLHoC after the 9.00am and 11.00am Masses next Sunday, November 24th, the Feast of Christ the King. There will be a raffle and lots of goodies for sale as well as tea, coffee and cake. Anyone wishing to make a cake for the coffee morning should bring it to OLHoC Parish Hall next Sunday morning. All proceeds of the Christmas coffee morning will go to the church.
X OUR LADY & ST JOSEPH’S 100 CLUB – the November draw will take place today, November 17th.
X RCIA CATECHETICAL COURSE continues every Monday evening at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall at OLHoC. Over recent weeks we have settled into a pattern of using an Alpha Course video, and discussing its ideas, and our own ideas - which has proved very fruitful. We have hot drinks and biscuits and each session last approximately ONE HOUR! Many thanks to Nathan and Ciara McCarthy, indispensable members and facilitators of the group.
X STELLA MARIS SCHOOL will be joining us for the 11.00am Mass at OLHoC next Sunday – the Feast of Christ the King.
X THE FOLKESTONE FOODBANK – As it gets colder and wetter, our generous and constant giving to the foodbank becomes increasingly important. Well done and thank you to our regular contributors - and to our occasional contributors, too! Urgently needed items are long-life milk and juice, deodorant and instant mash. Keep up the good work!
X THERE WILL BE A SPECIAL MEETING AT OLHoC PARISH HALL on Tuesday, December 3rd, at 7.30pm to look at how far we have got and the wonderful progress that has been made with the Hall - AND ALSO to hear some suggestions and think about the best and most practical way forward in terms of our administration and use of the Hall and its facilities So, OLHoC people - please put this date in your diaries!
X TEA AND CAKE FOR THE WISE AND MATURE FOLKS: tomorrow, Monday, November 18th, 2019: 2.00pm - 4.00pm for tea, cake and conversation.
X THE CHRISTMAS LUNCH at St Joseph’s is on Sunday December 1st at 12.30pm. See the poster in the porch for details.
X A PARISH EVENING ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25th - the Parish Justice and Peace Committee invite you to A PARISH EVENING AT THE CONVENT OF VIRGO FIDELIS (25 Marten Road, Folkestone CT20 2JR, to hear from the sisters the work of Virgo Fidelis and how God called them into the Religious life. There will be light refreshments. Because space is limited at the convent this open evening will be limited to a maximum of 25 parishioners - 15 spaces for Our Lady Help of Christians, and 10 for St Joseph’s. If you would like to come, please sign up on the sheet at the back of the church as soon as possible.
X WINTER NIGHT SHELTER begins its 12-week season on Sunday December 1st and the first night of operation at Our Lady Help of Christians will be Wednesday December 4th. Please pray for our guests, volunteers, Rainbow Centre staff and all our generous supporters who have funded equipment, essential provisions and meals including cooked breakfasts. Rotas are being planned however we still urgently need overnight volunteers. If you can help, please let John Philpott or Liz know ASAP.
X FRIDAY MORNING PRAYER AT ST JOSEPH’S - an informal service of Morning Prayer, based upon the Divine Office, is held each Friday at 11.00am in St Joseph’s Lady Chapel. It lasts about 20 minutes. All are warmly welcome.
X THANK YOU TO COUNCILLOR ANN BERRY – who has made a very kind and generous donation of £1,000 from her District Councillor’s Ward Grant towards the refurbishment of the Parish Hall at Our Lady, Help of Christians.
X MISSIO RED BOXES at OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS – If you missed Terry and Rose, MISSIO Local Secretaries for Our Lady, Help of Christians, last weekend, and you would like your red box emptied, please ring them on 01303 245476. Please DO NOT leave your box in the church!