Wearing of face masks in Church is once again mandatory

It is now mandatory to wear a mask whilst in church. You should sanitise your hands on entering church and to please be aware of your proximity to others. Thank you.

This Sunday is Peace Sunday

The second collection on Sunday 16th January will be to support the work of Pax Christi, the Catholic Movement for Peace in England and Wales. The work of Pax Christi is based on the gospel and inspired by faith. Their vision  is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, they work will all who share in their values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice.

White Flower Appeal 2022 – Second Collection Next Sunday

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children is currently campaigning to protect Pro-Life speech. Pro-life witness is being restricted now more than ever; we must be able to speak freely to protect unborn babies.  Please be as generous as you can to help SPUC defend unborn babies and their mothers from this new attack.

How You Can Answer The Holy Father’s Call

Play Your Part in The Synod

Dear friends in Christ, I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and I’m praying for a happy and healthy 2022 for all of us.

As you know, the church is currently involved in a Synodal process. Confession: I had to look up what that meant and how we were all supposed to be involved. The Church wants us to take stock of where we are as a parish community, a diocesan community, a world community and to look forward to where we should be headed and how to achieve the goals we need to reach.

Ideally, we should be able to gather together to pray for guidance and to discuss the questions being asked of us. This has not been an easy thing to arrange over the past few months but I hope we can do this in an alternative way. Hopefully you will have time this week to discuss with your family the questions being asked. I also have a simplified question sheet that can be used by or with children.

Please email me at stsimonsouthashford@gmail.com and I will forward you the questions. Please return to me by dropping them off at the church or via email.

Hopefully we can get together after the Saturday or Sunday masses on 8th/9th or 15th/16th for about 15 minutes to discuss the responses.

Lesley Perk, St. Simon’s Parish Synod Delegate

Prayer For The New Year

“Lord, you make all things new, You bring hope alive in our hearts, and cause our Spirits to be born again. Thank you for this new year, for all the potential it holds. Come and kindle in us a mighty flame, so that in our time, many will see the wonders of God, and live forever to praise Your glorious name. Amen.”

Admissions to reception at St. Simon Of England School 2022

The deadline for application is 17th January. Please see noticeboard for full details.

Help Needed at Our Church

We are looking for volunteers to help with the various tasks that take place to make the parish run smoothly in particular church cleaners. If you have a couple of hours to spare to volunteer for these roles, or any of the other behind the scenes roles that help the parish function, please speak to Fr. Hans or Thereza. Many hands make light work!

Flower Arrangers Needed

We are looking for some more volunteers to join the team of flower arrangers who decorate our church each week. If you are interested, please see Fr. Hans.

Choir Members Needed

We are looking for new members for the choir. If you would like to join, no special aptitude is required just enthusiasm and a willingness to learn, please see Thereza Baker or Titus Msoka. The day and time for practices is yet to be agreed, but it will be a weekday evening.

Eucharistic Adoration Each Wednesday 6.00 p.m.

There will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 6 p.m. for half an hour before the 6.30 p.m. Mass. Please come and spend some time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

Please come and spend some time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

First Holy Communion Classes 2022

For children in school year 3 and above. If you wish your child to take part in the classes to prepare to receive the sacrament of First Holy Communion that will take place this year. Please contact the parish office for a registration form.

Mass Intentions

You can ask the Parish Priest to offer Mass for a specific intention of yours. It could be for: yourself or your family, a friend in need, a deceased relative, our community or the wider world or a private intention. If you indicate a preferred date, the Mass will be offered on or about that preferred date. If you would like to be sure of a specific date, please speak to Fr. Hans. Simply fill in a Mass Offering envelope and either give it to Fr. Hans or place it in the collection box.

Care Of The Sick

If you would like a sick member of your family, or a friend, to be visited and the sacraments administered please let Fr. Hans know. If you know of someone who would like to attend Mass but is unable to get here please let us know and a lift may be able to be organised.

Some Definite Service

The Church is made up of people and so is Some Definite Service. 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, please visit: https://aec.rcaos.org.uk/sds

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network

In August 2021 the Pope asked us to pray for the intention of evangelization.
Let us pray for the Church,  that She may receive from the Holy Spirit the grace and strength to reform herself in the light of the Gospel. Visit the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network for further information and to download resources https://www.popesprayer.va.