TURNING REMINDERS INTO ACTIONS
Jesus has reminded us today that we have to strive to enter through the narrow gate,
that we cannot take for granted our friendship with him.
It's a real relationship that needs attention and effort.
It's an encouraging reminder - it proves that he hasn't given up on us!
But if we leave it at the level of a reminder, we will be missing the point.
We need to ask ourselves today: what more can I do to know, love, and follow Christ better?
During this Mass, we should ask Christ to show us.
He knows, and since he is the first one interested in building up our friendship,
he won't keep it a secret if we sincerely ask him.
Most likely, he will invite us to strive more intelligently or energetically in one of three areas.
The first is our life of prayer.
Daily prayer and frequent confession are essential aspects of striving to enter
through the narrow gate.
For a Christian, slacking off on those is the equivalent
of a professional athlete slacking off on exercise and skipping practice.
The second area is relationships.
All the basic relationships of our lives are opportunities to build Christ's Kingdom,
by being like Christ.
But it takes effort. Maybe that's the area that Christ wants us to focus on this week.
The third area has to do with building up our own character.
We have to constantly be exercising virtues of self-control and self-discipline,
otherwise our character will get flabby, and we will make ourselves vulnerable to temptation.
Jesus will never let us strive for the narrow gate all by ourselves.
He always helps and strengthens us, especially through Holy Communion.
But he needs us to decide to put that strength to work.
This week, let's not let him down.
PREPARING TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION
On the way to Mass, think about what you are going to do:
Gather in your mind and heart your joys and burdens and prepare to present them to the Lord.
As you come into church bless yourself with Holy Water and before entering the pew,
genuflect and make the sign of the cross. As you wait for Mass to start be still in mind and heart.
As you wait to receive Holy Communion speak to God in prayer –
use prayers you know or use your own heartfelt prayers.
When the priest or minister shows you the Sacred Host, look at it and say ‘Amen’ with faith and hope.
Return to your place and join in the hymn and also thank God that you now have
communion with Him.
FR. JOSEPH’S SCHOOL SUPPORT FUND
Fr Joseph Kimoga has now returned to his home parish in Uganda and has expressed how much
he has enjoyed his ‘holiday’ in Chesterfield and meeting the parishioners.
He has expressed special gratitude to those who have been able to support his fund which
enables children the opportunity to go to school.
If you would like to contribute to this project, details can be obtained from the parish office
on request, and pictures/information flyers are currently on display.
MARY’S MEALS BACKPACK PROJECT
Our parish is involved in the Mary’s Meals Backpack project which provides children
in developing countries with school-wares and clothes.
Items such as stationary, children’s’ clothes (4 – 12 years), balls etc can be placed in a backpack
and labelled boy/girl accordingly and brought to the church/parish office.
Please note: no foodstuffs or liquids due to customs.
August and September editions of Magnificat are now available for collection by those
who subscribe… However, due to a [fortuitous] clerical error we presently have an additional
forty editions of August Magnificat for sale to parishioners who do not already subscribe:
please purchase yours from the sacristy and place monies in the box labelled ‘MAGNIFICAT.’
EYRE CHAPEL MASSES
Wednesday 21 August – 7.00pm
Wednesday 18 September – 7.00pm
All are welcome.
The next jumble sale to be held in the Church of the Annunciation Parish Centre will take place
Saturday 31 August. As always your donations of clothes, shoes, toys,
bric-a-brac and old coins are welcomed as well as help setting up/packing away on Friday
and Saturday. To arrange a collection or drop-off, please call Chris on 01246 229517.
ANNUNCIATION MUSIC GROUP
Please note, the music group will resume contributions to the 10.00am Mass as of
Sunday 1 September (rehearsal from 9.45am).
Thursday evening rehearsals will resume on 5 September at 7.30pm in church.
BEREAVEMENT FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP
Please note: there will be no bereavement friends support meeting on
14 August as previously arranged. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday 11 September,
10.30am in the Church of the Annunciation Parish Centre.
MARRIAGE IN 2020
If you are planning to get married in 2020 and wish this to take place in any of the churches
of our parish then there will be a meeting on Wednesday 25 September, 7.00pm
in the Annunciation Church.
A DATE FOR THE DIARY
13 October - All about us Sunday
A chance for all groups within our parish to tell us about what they do,
and to invite parishioners to join them.
To let us know if your group will be attending please click below or ring Lisa on 07583 391823.
PARISH BOOK SALE
The next book sale will take place on the weekend of 2nd/3rd November for which
your donations of books and DVD’s are welcomed.
OF OUR RENOVATED ORGAN
The inaugural concert of our renovated 1881 Father Henry Willis Organ will take place
on Friday 22 November (Feast of Saint Cecilia) at 7.00pm and will be performed by
Dr. Colin Walsh, organist Laureate to Lincoln Cathedral and renowned Willis expert.
This promises to be a very exciting concert and an opportunity to hear our
historical and praiseworthy organ in its restored glory.
JOURNEY IN FAITH 2020
Applications are now invited for the 2019/2020 RCIA course.
Forms can be collected from the sacristies of our churches.
Would those who have already taken a form please return it as soon as possible.
Please be aware that all Catholic newspapers must be paid for (with the exception of Hallam News). Please place monies for newspapers in the tin labelled ‘newspapers’ at the back
of Annunciation church/narthex and not in the repository stall box.
GIFT AID 2019
The Diocese has provided individual letters for each parishioner who had a current
Gift Aid Declaration for the tax year 2018/19. These letters are now available for collection
at the back of Annunciation Church and will be handed/posted out at Holy Family.
For Holy Family, a small number of names were not transferred to the merged records last year.
A separate claim for these has now been submitted and letters will be provided shortly.
Please note that for Annunciation the addresses shown may not have been updated
from the date the original declaration was signed.
Could we please ask that everyone in the scheme collects their envelope and checks the details.
If these are incorrect, or if there is no envelope, or if you are a tax payer and would like to join
the scheme then please contact Peter Sharp - Tel 01246 569417 or click below (for Annunciation).
For Holy Family please speak to Tony O’Malley. To join the scheme you need to pay by standing order
or have an offertory box, both of which can also be provided upon request.
As a result of the promotion at Annunciation earlier this year, 57 additional gift Aid declarations
were completed. Most years we are made aware of parishioners who have signed declarations
but aren’t included in the Diocese records and we are able to claim back
up to 4 years providing substantial additional funds for us.
IT ISN’T TOO LATE TO SIGN-UP!
If you missed our recent sign-up opportunity,
you can still do so at any time via the Volunteer page in the Parish menu
by clicking below, or by using a form from the back of church.
Please post forms in the sealed boxes at the back of church
(in envelopes at Holy Family).
CARDS FROM KIRK EDGE
Now available from both our churches - a variety of beautiful cards
made by the Sisters at Kirk Edge Convent.
PARISH CENTRE/BAR BOOKINGS
For info about hiring the Parish Centre for groups, and other events
please click below.
PARKING FOR MASS AT
CHURCH OF THE ANNUNCIATION
Please note: The blocking of residents driveways on Spencer Street is prohibited,
and the Parish Centre car park on Queen Street is strictly for use
by those with physical disabilities.
Food collections are still needed for the various organisations.
Please click below for more information.
Coping with Loss
Coping with loss of any kind,
(bereavement, separation, divorce, health, employment, trust)
St Joseph’s Convent, Newbold Road, Chesterfield S41 7PL.
To arrange an appointment please call 01298 872 645.
This is a free service.
Donations can be made at a person’s discretion.
MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE 2019
5 October for 7 nights half board (flying from Leeds/Bradford Airport) at a cost of £579 per person.
The single room supplement is £130pp and travel insurance £30pp.
For more information , see the poster in the porch or contact Pete Marshall bellow
on 07807 955836 or click below.