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Golden Jubilee - The Church Reopens

Over 22 weeks since we handed over our Church space for a renewal and a refresh, the Church will be returned to us this week! There is have a lot to get through this week including fitting the frames for our new stained-glass windows and completing the Narthex (entrance), carpeting the sanctuary, tiling around the baptismal font and building up the ramp to the church entrance among a number of items outstanding. That said, the builders assure us that the church will be ready, even if there will still be one or two loose ends to tidy up in the next couple of weeks.

The new altar was consecrated by Bishop Richard on Friday 9 September 2016 at 7.30pm.

For an update on fundraising read more on our Jubilee Pages.

This has been a long journey. We’ve put up with discomfort, brick-dust and inconvenience. Perhaps more importantly, we’ve been unable to celebrate key moments of parish life (baptisms, first communions, a wedding, several funerals of dear friends ...) in their normal proper context. But I really believe our little ‘Exile’ in the hall will have been worth it (quite apart from the fact that it has forced some of us to change the habits of a lifetime and sit next to someone new!).

As you will discover, the building looks cared for. It feels more prayerful. It is better able to welcome our existing congregation and – crucially – visitors from outside who come in search of faith and friendship. Thank you everyone who has got us to this point – and everyone who has patiently put up with the dislocations of recent months.

Refugee Crisis

Pope Francis has asked every Catholic community in Europe to respond to the Refugee Crisis and Bishop Richard has written a short letter outlining how we should channel our efforts. The letter can be read on the Diocesan website.

If you wish to offer help in response, please contact Father Rob, priest@olchurch.org.uk, or the Parish Office, office@olchurch.org.uk, by email and we'll put you in touch with the right contact.

Laudato Si'

CAFOD have produced a Study-Guide to the Pope's Letter, Laudato Si', on 'Care For Our Common Home, with material for four sessions.It's simple to use and we're encouraging parishioners to get together with friends, family-members, neighbours to explore it at home this autumn: How should we respond to the Ecological Crisis facing us? The text can be downloaded using this link.

Our Lady of Lourdes Golden Jubilee

On November 1st, 2015 we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the opening of our church with a Mass celebrated by our Bishop, Richard Moth.

Our Golden Jubilee Project offers us the opportunity to improve our church and strengthen our parish community.

The progress bar at the top of this page shows how our fundraising appeal is progressing and you can click on each of the images below to find out all about our project. To keep up to date on everything that is going on subscribe to our mailing list using the form at the bottom of this page.

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Ways to support the Golden Jubilee Project

  • Pray for the success of the Scheme
  • Volunteer to assist with the planned events and/or other fund-raising activities
  • Make a financial contribution to our Appeal
  • Actively support fund-raising events and activities

We would be grateful for any raffle prize donations for future events. Ideal items are new toiletries, luxury chocolate, alcohol -anything at all large or small will be gratefully received. Please contact Karen Haizelden using the email address social@btinternet.com if your donations need collection, or hand them into the office as soon as possible.

Our Parish Ball is approaching and we are on the look out for some more fantastic auction prizes. We need any donations that would appeal as an auction lot that people can bid for on the evening or beforehand. Past items have included Corporate entertainment, tickets for sporting events, tickets for shows, restaurants, holiday homes for a week, electronic items. Your generous donations have been fantastic in the past so please help us again.

If you can make a donation or have any contacts that will be useful please get in touch all offers will be considered positively and gratefully.

Our Golden Jubilee Appeal target is to raise £375,000 by November 2017

Find out all about our Golden Jubilee Project and how you can help our Appeal by clicking here or on the image above.

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