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Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation to resume from Pentecost

The Bishops' Conference of England & Wales realise that most people have resumed the wide range of their normal activities, no longer being impacted by the Covid restrictions. Accordingly they believe the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass no longer apply.Therefore looking forward to the forthcoming 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.
A beautiful hallmark of our Catholic Faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist. With humility we glory in being a Eucharistic people. So we look forward with renewed faith and confidence in all being back together again attending Mass in person supporting each other on our journey of faith and being a visible sign of faith in the world.
Fr Michael

Have you ever considered you may be called to the priesthood or the religious life? Southwark Vocations will be hosting a 60 minute webinar on Tuesday 24th May at 7pm entitled 'Here I am, send me' where different presenters will speak about discovering God's plan for each one of us. Please join us by registering for the event in advance by following the link here

A Concert for Ukraine: Medway Singers and St Simon Stock choir invite you to St Simons Stock Church, Bleakwood Rd., Walderslade , ME5 0NF on Sunday 22nd may at 6pm. Entry is free but there will be a collection during the concert,

There are some job vancancies within the diocese See: https://www.rcsouthwark.co.uk/get-involved/vacancies/

Parish 30th Anniversary Celebration
Date for your diaries: This year it is the 30th Anniversary of our church, 29th May to be exact! We thought it would be lovely to celebrate this by having a 'parish picnic' on Sunday 29th May from midday onwards. The school have kindly agreed to let us use their field. Please do put this date in your diaries, we would love to see you all there. More details to follow.
From the parish social committee.
P.S. 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.

was raised in February bringing us to a total of 478.27 so far. 2 more Parishioners signed up in February making a total of 20. 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.

Mass Intentions - New Envelopes
Please note there are now new WHITE envelopes for Mass Intentions. These are general purpose envelopes although there is space under "Other/Comment" to include the name of the person who the Mass is for and the preferred date etc. Please remember to annotate with R.I.P if appropriate.
A supply of these new envelopes can be found on the table in the Narthex. Please fully complete both sides. Thank you

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.

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 Bishops have issued a statement regarding the importance of Honouring Sundays.
The full text can be read here
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

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

Second Collection causes 2021 can be seen here.