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SLAVERY ON OUR DOORSTEPS

Modern Slavery takes different forms, with thousands of victims in the UK. It is present right here in our community and it is possible that you, unwittingly, see victims of modern slavery every day.

17th-23rd October marks Anti-Slavery Week. You are invited to learn more about modern slavery, how we might spot it and what we can do about it by attending a short presentation on Monday 17th October 2022 at 7.45pm, at St Dunstan’s Church, Shaftesbury Rd, Woking GU22 7DT. Tea/coffee provided.

You may also join on Zoom via the link accessible (from 14th October)- see details below.

Topic: Modern Slavery presentation 17 Oct 2022

Time: Oct 17, 2022 07:30 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86112342322?pwd=ZCtIeXBhRHAwa1pCdkp6VVI4M0tFZz09

Meeting ID: 861 1234 2322

Passcode: 160453

CAFOD and Live Simply 

Recently the Cafod team have, with Fr Rob’s support, taken the decision to work towards becoming a LiveSimply Community. Our primary school, St Dunstan’s,  has already achieved the LiveSimply award so many families will be familiar with this.

The LiveSimply award is an opportunity for Catholic communities to respond to Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’ to “work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”. (quoted from the Cafod website).

As a Parish, we hope to work together to show that its members are striving to follow a more simple lifestyle, to live in solidarity with people in poverty and live more sustainably with creation.

Take a look at our Advent calendar, which has a different suggestion each day for living a greener and more climate friendly lifestyle. You can access this calendar using the following link:

https://calendar.myadvent.net/?id=w5ktf4ybxlxb80748ylmvz4tyiasenky

Discover a new challenge each day from 1st December.

           SAVE the DATE! 14th January 2023 7pm

           LiveSimply Launch! Join us for Film Night!

The Cafod Team

Please check here for changes to services as a result of Covid. 

UPDATE (17th August): 

Normal services will be held on weekdays this week including morning prayer, Mass, rosary and exposition. There will be NO morning prayer, Mass, rosary or exposition on Saturday morning.  Church will be closed until evening Mass.
Saturday evening vigil Mass and Sunday Masses as usual.

A special Station Mass for all those who have died this year

The last twelve months have been challenging for people across our community, particularly those who have been bereaved during the Covid-19 pandemic, or before.

Many of us have found it difficult to get to Church through the various lockdowns, to sit with the Lord, share our thoughts and find comfort in His embrace. Those who have lost someone may also have been unable to be with their families and friends, with limited numbers of people able to attend funerals in person. Join Bishop Richard as he offers Mass for our intentions, our friends and our loved ones who have died.

Deanery Station Masses will take place on the following dates and times:

  • Lewes Deanery – Wednesday 3 November at 6pm, St Wilfrid’s, Burgess Hill.

  • Eastbourne & St Leonards Deanery – Thursday 4 November at 6.30pm, Our Lady of Ransom, Eastbourne

  • Brighton & Hove Deanery – Monday 8 November at 7pm, Sacred Heart, Hove.

  • Weybridge Deanery – Tuesday 9 November at 7.30pm, Our Lady of Lourdes, Thames Ditton.

  • Guildford Deanery – Wednesday 10 November at 7.30pm, St Joseph’s, Dorking.

  • Epsom & Redhill Deanery – Friday 19 November at 7.30pm, St Michael’s, Ashtead.

  • Crawley Deanery – Monday 22 November at 7pm, St John’s, Horsham.

  • Cathedral Deanery – Tuesday 23 November at 6.30pm, Arundel Cathedral.

  • Worthing Deanery – Wednesday 24 November at 6.30pm, St Mary of the Angels, Worthing.

  • Woking Deanery – Thursday 25 November at 7pm, St Dunstan’s, Woking.

  • Mayfield Deanery – Monday 29 November at 7pm, St Mary’s, Crowborough.

ALPHA cancelled for the time being. All being well, the next course will start around Easter 2021.

Alpha is a series of weekly interactive sessions, where anyone can explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.
Every Alpha session has three key elements: a meal, a talk and a discussion.
Alpha provides an environment where people can once again ask the fundamental basic questions about life: Why are we here?; Who are we?; What is our purpose?

It is a fantastic way to explore these questions, and if you’re already a believer, to gain a deeper understanding of your faith, who Jesus is to us, and how we can enter into a more intimate relationship with him.

If you would like to know more, please phone 07308 952908 and one of the team will call you back and be happy to answer any questions you may have.

This short video clip explains more: https://youtu.be/LNWsW_Ps1Hkaround Easter 2021

An alternative Rosary – A COVID-19 Rosary
There are many ways to pray the rosary. Marija Pavlović, one of the Visionaries in Medjugorje, suggested that: “It is far better to say one decade slowly and prayerfully or even just one Hail Mary and meditate on the decade or sit quietly and contemplate the words of one Hail Mary than to rush through a whole rosary.”

Click here for more information.

We have to conform to Government restrictions, so please remember to come wearing a mask, follow all the directions when moving about the Church, sanitise your hands on arrival and departure and check in, preferably using the NHS Covid-19 App – see below.
Please also take special care not to interact outside the Church in groups of more than 6. 

Over the last few weekends the numbers coming to the Sunday morning Masses have gone up to the point where, at times, it has been difficult to ensure that the social distancing guidelines required by the Government are being followed.
Every weekend until further notice, if you wish to attend either the 9.00 or 10.30 am Mass then you must book in advance. This can be done by clicking on the button below . Bookings for each Sunday will open at about 7.00 pm on the previous Sunday evening and close at 4.00 pm on the Friday so that the lists can be printed for the Sunday.
If you know of someone who would like to come to the Sunday morning Masses but cannot book online then please offer to book a place for them. If you do book and then cannot come, please cancel your ticket so that you do not prevent someone else from attending. You can do this by going to your email confirmation and click on “view and manage your order online” and then click on “cancel order”.

(9th April) COUNTY LINES AWARENESS  If you would like to learn more about this serious and disturbing means of drugs trafficking, an awareness session is being run on-line by the Clewer Initiative on Wednesday 21st April at 7pm.  To register go to:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/county-lines-awareness-raising-tickets-145002998873

(24th March) GOOD FRIDAY ACT OF WITNESS, 2nd APRIL 2021

The  Good Friday Act of Witness is available on YouTube for you to view : https://youtu.be/k-K0mK5GJI0

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES

You will only be able to attend the following services if you have booked:

Palm Sunday Masses
6 pm (Sat), 9 am, 10.30 am, 12 noon (in Italian) and 5.30 pm.

Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8 pm.

Good Friday, Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 
3 pm, 5 pm
and 7 pm (in Italian)

Holy Saturday, The Easter Vigil     
8 pm

Easter Sunday Masses 
7.45 am, 9 am, 10.30 am, and 12 noon (in Italian) (no 5.30 pm Mass)

If you do book and then find that you cannot attend, please cancel your booking so that someone else may take your place.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SERVICES

You will only be able to attend the following services if you have booked:

Palm Sunday Masses – 6 pm (Sat), 9 am, 10.30 am, 12 noon (in Italian) and 5.30 pm.
Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 8 pm.
Good Friday, Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion – 3 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm (in Italian)
Holy Saturday, The Easter Vigil – 8 pm
Easter Sunday Masses – 7.45 am, 9 am, 10.30 am, and 12 noon (in Italian) (no 5.30 pm Mass)

If you do book and then find that you cannot attend, please cancel your booking so that someone else may take your place.

(27th February) Check out a new way to pray the Rosary.

(25th February) Together with Music Surrey Hub are creating a safe space for people to meet and make connections through the universal language of music. For more detail click here.

(3rd February) Click here to see letter from the Government to Faith Leaders.

(30th January)  Click here to see information about Invited, the Diocesan Mission for Lent.

The Catholic Church in England and Wales welcomes the Report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse relating to the institutional response of the Church in its duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.
Click here to read the statement issued by Bishops’ Conference on
20th November or here for a video of the Cardinal. 

Survey about for us all about loneliness 

Whether or not you are affected, ROC Woking – the community needs organisation set up this year – would like everyone to take just a few minutes to complete a simple on-line survey which asks about loneliness and social isolation and tries to identify their causes. The intention is to follow up the results of this survey with action and practical provisions to help make Woking people feel happier and more connected.  The link to access the survey is: https://www.facebook.com/WOK.ROC  Or search @WOK.ROC from within Facebook.  A hardcopy version, if anyone wants one will be available, on request, in mid-January.

For the present, Mass with congregations will continue. Any further updates will be posted here. For latest guidance from the government on this subject click here.

There will be no Morning prayer before weekday Masses but the rosary and exposition after Mass will continue.

A Christian response to COVID-19 and beyond

Next Saturday, 28th November 11.00-13.30, the diocese has arranged a Zoom meeting to address the question of how we, as Catholics, as Christians, should respond to the call to serve the wounded world? Whatever your situation, come along to reflect, pray and explore this call put forth in the new document from the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council of Churches called “Serving a Wounded World in Interreligious Solidarity”.  You can access a copy of this document via the following link.  It is a short document and quite easy – and interesting – reading. 

http://press.vatican.va/content/dam/salastampa/it/bollettino/documentazione-linkata/ServingWoundedWorld_.pdf#:~:text=Serving%20a%20Wounded%20World%20in%20Interreligious%20Solidarity7%20body,ve%20been%20most%20aff%20ected%20by%20this%20pandemic

 Katharina Smith-Muller, Interreligious Adviser to the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, was involved in the drafting of this document and will be a guest speaker at the meeting.   

Invite your friends from other churches. Everyone is welcome.

To book or for more details , please email: catherine.martindale@abdiocese.org.uk.

Statement by the Bishops’ Conference on the the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
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Click here to see the latest Covid related news from the Diocese.
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Check the News page for details of a zoom seesion next Saturday 28th November discussing “A Christian response to COVID-19 and beyond”
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CHRISTMAS MASSES

This year services will be at the following times:
Saturday December 24th, Christmas Eve,  There will be no 10.00 am morning Mass.     Masses 7.00 pm and 10.00 pm with Carols from 9.30 pm 
Sunday December 25th, Christmas Day, 9.00 am, 10.30 am and Mass in Italian at 12.00 noon (note that there will be no 5.30 pm evening Mass),
Monday December 26th, St Stephen’s Day, 11.00 am.