Synodal Response: Thanks to Roger Peacock and Emma MacQuillin
for their help coordinating this.
There continued to be overwhelming acknowledgement
of Father Adams' hard work and commitment to the Church. We
have received 20 written responses and 10 attendees at the meeting.
The responses will be presented sometime between 24th January and
18th February, via an online meeting, with the Archbishop of Southwark.
If anyone would like to make an online submission the closing date
is the 18th February.
A full summary can be found here
Participation : There were many suggestions to aid participation
including coffee mornings, parish council, quarterly magazine, Annual
Fete, social media presence etc. It was felt the young and lapsed
were least included and this could be tackled with community activities,
social gatherings, helping hands group among other things. There was
a suggestion made around celebrating the churches 30th anniversary
this May and inviting all the community including the school, and
deepening the involvement with the school.
Communion: Many felt the opportunity to access Communion at
St.Augustines was excellent and that we should continue to pray for
others to return to the Church. We need to improve on reaching out
to the lapsed, we hope to remain welcoming and maybe by being included
in the Action Forum and with the delivery of the Easter/Christmas
cards we could make a start.
There was talk of how to develop more of a community - possibly with
coffee mornings and/or toddler/baby groups, maybe one group to accommodate
Mission: The mission of the Church was listed as spreading
the Good News with love, help and support for one another and that
this could be shared within the Diocese with more 'get-togethers',
communication and pilgrimages. There is a lot of fundraising within
the Church for various charities but we could do more in the wider
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.
Operation Christmas Child 2021 Shoebox Appeal.
We managed to send off 152 boxes, which is
an incredible achievement in this current climate.
Of the 152 boxes I put together 57 boxes on behalf of the parishioners
who had generously donated £876, so thank you to all those who
donated money and to the rest of the Parish that kindly made up the
other 95 boxes, with a special mention to Maureen Chapman who knitted
all the hats and gloves for the shoeboxes, which she does each year
and has already started for next year!From the South East processing
Centre in Tonbridge they have sent out 63,637 boxes and they are all
on their way to Liberia, Central Asia and Albania. I will update you
with the worldwide total early next year.
Thank you once again for supporting this wonderful charity Andrew
The Bishops have issued a statement regarding
the importance of Honouring Sundays.
The full text can be read here
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
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.
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
We Miss You - Come Home.
This Advent we can all play our part in this very important evangelisation
mission to encourage the lapsed in our parish back to Mass. Please
take an appropriate supply of Invitation Cards and The Ultimate Relationship
booklet and give these to anyone you know who are lapsed or who perhaps
have not yet started returning to Mass after the Covid lockdowns.
The Invitation Cards contain my contact details so that anyone can
get in touch with me to discuss any issues or concerns about coming
back to St Augustine's. It also contains our website address so that
they can check the Christmas Mass times and dates and times for Confessions.
I know I can depend on your enthusiasm and support for this initiative.
Thank you. Fr Michael.
We have singing at Mass on Sundays -
if anyone knows of an organist, please let me know.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding in these exceptional
times. Fr. Michael.
Collection causes 2021 can be seen here.
So far this has generated donations of £378.34
which is pretty impressive. If more parishioners
sign up Easyfundraising has potential to generate over £1,000
p.a. for St Augustine's which would be very valuable in these difficult
Please support St Augustine of Canterbury - Parkwood on Easyfundraising,
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. There is no additional complication involved.
As an initial target for St Augustine's it would be great if we could
see 50 parishioners signing up. Please do try and give it a go.