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Grandparents - Passing on the Faith
What practical steps can we take and what sort of conversations can we have which can help anchor our grandchildren's faith?
Four online sessions starting Wednesday 3rd August from 7:30 to 9pm. Please contact Lisette at mflse@rcaos.org.uk

In response to requests, we are holding a Coffee Morning in the Narthex on Wednesday 3rd August from 10.15am - 11.30/11.45am. This is open to everyone, no age limit up or down!
If you fancy a chat or you just want a change in scenery, come along and join us. All are welcome!
We are hoping this will become a regular event, possibly once a month ( or more depending on demand). Why not come along and give us your views? Itís all good for community spirit and keeping in touch with each other.
Look forward to seeing you soon!!

Parish Skills Audit
If you have a skill that you would be willing to use in supporting the Parish then I would be delighted to hear from you as ideally I would like to have a register of the skills enjoyed by our Parishioners so that I may call on you if ever required. Some Parishioners have been undertaking various roles for many years and they may welcome some support and perhaps a break. I also need to ensure we have succession plans in place for all of the key Parish roles. So if you feel you could help with any of the following areas please do let me have a note of your name and contact details. If easier please e-mail me on parkwood@rcaos.org.uk or have a word with me or Charlie after Mass.
" Finance
" Health & Safety
" Safeguarding
" Gardening
" IT
" Social Media
" Teaching
" Property
" Event planning
" Fundraising
" Any other skill you feel would benefit the Parish
Thank you Fr Michael

We are still looking for new members to join the Parish Social Committee so if you are interested please mention it to Father or e-mail parkwood@rcaos.org.uk.

Tea & Coffee after the Sunday Morning Masses
We are looking to resume this starting this weekend. Everyone is welcome and if you would be willing to take a turn to help serve the tea and coffee then please do let me know. It is a valued opportunity to meet and chat with your fellow parishioners and indeed to welcome any new parishioners joining us for the first time. Thank you. Fr Michael.

Holy Communion for the Housebound and Hospitalised:
If you know of anyone who is housebound or in hospital who would like to receive Holy Communion for Christmas then please give me their contact details and I will arrange a visit. Thank you. Fr Michael.

Relics of St. Bernadette Visit, The Friars, Aylesford
The relics will be here from Monday 24th-Friday 28th October 2022. There will be confessions each day from 10.30am-11.30am and on Tuesday-Thursday at 2.30pm-4.00pm. Mass will be every day at 12 noon and an evening Mass with a torchlight procession at 5pm on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation to resume from PentecostFrom the feast of Pentecost - Sunday 5th June - all Catholics who have not yet done so are invited to return to attending Mass in person. As has always been the case if a person cannot attend Mass due to ill health, legitimate fear or caring for others then this is not a breach of their Sunday obligations.
f you are unable to attend Mass live Masses can also be viewed via https://www.churchservices.tv/ or at https://mass-online.org/
Holy Communion will not be available online so you may like to make an Act of Spiritual Communion

was raisedthis month bringing us to a total of £546.31 so far. Please do consider signing up and helping the Parish with this easy fundraising initiative. Thank you. Fr Michael.
You can raise FREE donations when you shop online with over 5,000 retailers. It's simple and only takes 2 minutes to sign up! Please sign up now at https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/staugustineofcanterbury/
It is a simple process. When you register please select St Augustine of Canterbury, Parkwood as your preferred charity. Each time you shop on line please log on to Easyfundraising first and then select your retailer e.g. Argos and you will be directed to their site and you then shop in the usual way. Please do try and give it a go. If you are a taxpayer and do not currently use Gift Aid either via the envelopes or Bankers Order then please do consider signing up as the Parish will receive an extra 25% on what you give without any hassle or additional cost to you. There is a simple One Page Form to complete, a supply of which is available on the table in the Narthex.Thank you for your support.

Poor Box.
Whilst we included Medway Foodbank in our recent round of donations from the Poor Box I am conscious that there may be people even closer to home and perhaps within the Parish who might also welcome our support. If you or someone you know are struggling financially and in need of a little help then please do get in touch with me. This will of course be in the strictest confidence. Thank you. Fr Michael.

The Catholic Post
Please ensure you take your free copy of The Catholic Post which is a brand new monthly Catholic newspaper. Whilst the Parish will cover the cost so that each edition is free of charge to you the intention is that you may wish to donate £1 per copy which you can place in the Papers moneybox in the Narthex. The paper provides thoughtful articles and news from around the country and beyond from a Catholic perspective and the content will grow as the paper becomes established and circulation increases. I commend it to you. Fr Michael

Second Collection causes 2021 can be seen here.