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St Martin de Porres Catholic Primary School, a very successful school part of the St Thomas Catholic Academies Trust, is seeking to appoint dynamic and passionate teachers to join their teaching team from September 2022. For further details, please contact Cheryl Harris– Senior Office and HR Manager/ PA to the Head Teacher by email admin@smdpluton.co.uk or call 01582 617600. Application forms through MyNewTerm at their website Vacancies- St Martin De Porres Catholic Primary School (stmartindeporresluton.co.uk) Interview Date: Monday 16th May 2022.

Saturday 21st May 2022, 1.00pm to 2.00pm Act of Prayer and Witness in support of life and against abortion outside the Luton and Dunstable Hospital. Please come to witness to our faith, to pray for all involved and to give these innocent children a voice.

Pilgrimage to Walsingham for the Sanctity of Life on Saturday 6th August led by Bishop Philip Egan & Fr David Donoghue. Adults £23.00, children, teenagers and students £8.00. Seats reserved only with payment. Bring a packed lunch and drinks. For full details visit www.prolifepilgrimage.org and to book kevin.drew@btinternet.com or 07802 525581. Please see poster and booking forms at the back of the Church.

Solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians on Tuesday 24th May from 6.00pm Rosary with Bible Reflections and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 7.00pm Mass followed by 30 minutes of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady Help of Christians Church. Praying especially for Peace in Ukraine.

Eucharistic Ministers: Holy Hour – Sunday 12th June, 3pm – at the Cathedral- livestreamed.

St Joseph’s Scouts are calling all Tea Makers, Tidy-uppers, Activity Planners, Leaders & Helpers for as little or as much time as you can spare. Please visit www.bricksite.com/stjosephsscoutgroupluton  Thank you.

Homes for Ukraine– If anyone who would like to learn more about how they can help the people of Ukraine please get in touch with Deacon Jim at the Diocese Caritas office on 01604 434362, or email caritas@northamptondiocese.org or visit northamptondiocese.org/ukraine and he will be able to answer any questions you may have.

‘Light Has Come Tour’ NYMO has arranged for International Speaker Dom Quaglia and recording artist Sarah Kroger to lead an evening of music & prayer from 7.00-8.30pm on Monday 16th May at St John’s Church aimed at 12-18 year olds but is also ideal for families.

As part of our diocese desire to reach out to all those who have suffered any kind of abuse within our Church, you are all invited to join Bishop David at the opening of our Healing Garden at Northampton Cathedral at 3.00pm on Sunday 15th May. We hope that the garden will be a place that provides spiritual and emotional calming relief, reduce stress and anxiety and improve a person’s sense of well-being and hopefulness. The garden has been designed and created by our diocesan safeguarding team, the healing and reconciliation group and the Hope Centre.

Sacrament of ConfirmationRegistration has closed

Sycamore is an informal course about the Christian faith and its relevance for life today. It gives you space to meet other people, share ideas, explore your beliefs, and think about questions that really matter. Each session involves a short film and time for discussion. Everyone is welcome. Please visit https://www.sycamore.fm/

CAFOD
Thank you so much for your support of CAFOD’s Lent Family Fast Day, the Walk Against Hunger and the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Your support means we can respond in crises such as Ukraine where our Caritas aid workers and volunteers could quickly help families fleeing conflict. It also means we’re there in the long-term and can continue to respond to crises around the world, including in Afghanistan, Syria, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. We work alongside communities as they rebuild their lives once the conflict is over, as in Sierra Leone. For lots more detail on how your donations are being used, please go to the CAFOD website cafod.org.uk

Devotion in Reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the first Saturday of the Month at Sacred Heart Parish there will be Adoration and Confessions starting at 11.00am, Rosary at 11.30am and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 12noon, all very welcome. Please visit https://fatima.org/first-saturday-devotion/ for full details.

Parish bereavement self help group ‘Stronger Together’. The aim of the group is to provide an opportunity for those, who have suffered the loss of a loved one, to meet together to support each other in their shared experience through friendship & understanding, meeting on 14th June at 7.00pm in the parish room at St John’s. For further details please call Kim on 07488 275949 or contact Deacon Jim.

Life Issues:  We are being invited to urgently contact our MP asking them to support proposed law changes to ban sex-selective abortion, reduce the abortion time limit and stop the abortion of babies with disabilities right up to birth.  It only takes 30 seconds to contact them using this easy-to-use tool: https://righttolife.org.uk/takeactionabortion
Temporary Parish Mass Schedule Changes–  At Holy Family Church, Mass will be on Saturday at 6.00pm, Sunday at 9.00am & 12.00pm, and Tuesday & Friday at 9.30am. At St John’s Church, Mass will be on Sunday at 10.30am, and Monday & Thursday at 9.30am.  Please note that the weekday Mass schedule may change due to Funerals, please check the Parish website or the weekly newsletter for up to date information.
Supported by the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, Luton Irish Forum will be making small grants to people who are having difficulty with their heating costs or need other small essential items. Anyone who is interested should call 01582 720447 or email info@lutonirishforum.org.

Volunteers Needed Please! St John’s & Holy Family Churches really need more Cleaners so please see Fr Andy if you can help and for more details. Thank you.

Parish Social– Come along, bring a friend and play bingo and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, a slice of cake and a chat on Thursday 26th May from 10.30am at St John’s Parish Centre. All are very welcome.

An invitation to all Mothers, Grandmothers & Women who want to pray together for the children they love. A weekly prayer group will be held at Holy Family Church from 10.15am-12.00pm on Fridays. For more details please call Helen on 07917 532768.

Planned Giving Envelopes– are no longer in use, the Parish would be very grateful if those that used envelopes could move to Standing Order, forms are available from the Parish Office or at the back of the Church. Please return the completed form, and if you pay UK income tax to also complete the Gift Aid part as this is worth 25p for every £1.00 you donate, to the Parish Office for processing. Thank you for your understanding.

ESOL Teachers Needed- NOAH Academy delivers ESOL training throughout Bedfordshire as part of their work to help those who are disadvantaged and marginalised. The ESOL training work touches the lives of those who may be looking for work, struggling with mental health or emotional problems, refugees, or who have a history of homelessness.  NOAH would be interested in hearing from those who share their core values of Care, Compassion and Commitment, and can demonstrate these values in the classroom.  For more information, please contact NOAH via their website at www.noahenterprise.org or email Academy@noahenterprise.org or phone 01582 726152.

Catholic Bible Chronicles:  This well produced illustrated hardback book printed on quality paper with easy to read text, tells the story of God’s family in seventy stories for primary age children.  It follows the narrative books of the bible making the big picture of the history of God’s people to be easily learned and remembered using twelve colour codes, with a presentation page, this gift will be treasured for many years costs £19.99 with a free gift of ‘This is My Body’ Experiencing the Power of the Mass (usual price £5.99).  Available from Good News Books at St John’s 10.00am-4.00pm Monday-Friday, 01582 571011.  Access to the shop can be gained from the road leading up to the bungalow on the left hand side.

Bishop David has recorded a series of teaching videos focused on ‘The Church’ on YouTube.  The videos can be viewed at any time.  The link for the series is here.

Volunteers needed for Level Trust, a local Luton charity, who support children in school with everything they need to help them learn. They provide free uniform, coats, shoes, learning resources and holiday provision with food.  For more information please contact Sam on 07480 753905 or admin@leveltrust.org or visit www.leveltrust.org.

Online Marriage Support – Is your marriage under stress? SmartLoving BreakThrough can help! Identify your conflict triggers, learn strategies to de-escalate an argument and find constructive ways to re-establish connection. Available anywhere, anytime through our online platform, the course is completely private and doesn’t require your spouse to participate. And it’s subsidized by a generous UK donor. Restore hope for your relationship now. Visit: www.smartloving.org/bto-uk

CAFFE (Computers Are Free For Everyone) is a small charity, run by some of our parishioners, that teaches computing skills to young people in Sylhet, Bangladesh. With schools closed and many people in Bangladesh facing difficulties in seeing doctors for even mild illnesses, they are now also offering access to online doctors and basic medical tools to poor families. They have an online shop for which TESCO donates brand new clothing to raise much needed funds for the charity. Take a look at https://caffebd.shop/ and tell your friends. Last year, like all schools in Bangladesh, the CAFFE computer school was forced to close. At the same time, they also lost our income from the charity shop in Bedford. This meant that they had to give up our rented school building. Now they are looking forward to reopening in 2021 but instead of spending on renting a new place, they and building their own school so that they will have a home forever. At the moment, there is only have enough money to build three classrooms and they need another £10,000 to build a second level on the school to provide more space as well as a kitchen to train students in catering. Their goal is to open a restaurant to help the students learn but also to provide free food for the local community. The area around the new school is very rural and a lot of children do not get enough food each day. 2021 marks ten years since CAFFE first opened. In that time, they have trained over 2000 young people and seen many find work in local companies and schools as well as earning an income as online freelancers. Now, with their very own school, they hope to achieve even more in the next ten years. If you would like to donate you can visit www.caffebd.org or send a cheque made payable to CAFFE to Iris Doyle, 4 The Pyghtle, Westoning, Bedfordshire, MK45 5LJ.

For baptism as an adult or for your child please see Deacon Jim.

A new website https://www.vitaeopus.co.uk has been set up by a parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish, Luton providing a wealth of information, tools, practical advice and activities to support parishioners with job hunting or becoming self-employed.

Cor et Lumen Christi (Heart & Light of Christ), a Catholic Charismatic Community of which Fr Andy is a member, invite you to events on their YouTube channel Click here.  On most Sunday evenings at 8pm there is a talk followed by a time of ministry.  There are also talks and videos that can be accessed at any time.  The community are recognised internationally as having a charism of healing, and already testimonies have been received of people receiving physical healing while watching from home.  Fr Andy hopes that this may help to build your faith during this challenging time.

At Young@Heart – we’ve been providing support, signposting & song for people with memory difficulties and their carers in the Luton and Dunstable. More information here

To our Catholic Universe and Catholic Times readers in the parish,  you can now get it delivered direct to your home every week.   Please go to www.universecatholicweekly.co.uk or call 0743 661 7650.

Confessions are available on request.  The Bishops have announced that, during this time, all of us can make a Perfect Act of Contrition, which means true sorrow for our sins and a resolution not to sin again when we realise how we offend God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to the immeasurable love and mercy that He continually shows us. We also resolve to confess the more serious sins to a priest at confession. Below is a video of Pope Francis’ message in this regard.

The following is one example of such an Act of Contrition:  “My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.  In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.  I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.  Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.  In his name, my God, have mercy.”

Mass Intentions will be offered by Fr Andy daily.  If you would like to book a particular intention then please contact the parish office on 01582 502400.

Holy Communion to the sick or housebound, whether at home or in hospital, has ceased until further notice.  They will, however, be kept in touch with by phone where possible.

Anointing of the Sick will take place only in emergencies.

Funerals can be celebrated in church with as many attendees as can be accommodated while observing current social distancing guidelines.

Weddings Please contact Fr Andy to discuss.