SUNDAY 8th May 2011


This weekend, 53 young people from our parishes will be Confirmed . This celebration marks an important moment for them in their lives of faith. They will be sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to become witnesses for the Risen Jesus. We offer to them and their families our congratulations and best wishes, and we ask you all to keep these young Christians in your prayers. On Saturday we will welcome Cardinal Cormac to celebrate the Confirmations, and on Sunday Archbishop George Stack, the newly-appointed Archbishop of Cardiff.

For the next two Saturdays we will celebrate First Holy Communion with our children. They too have been preparing well, and they have already celebrated their First Confession before Christmas last year. We are really looking forward to their special celebrations when they will have the beautiful experience of receiving the Lord Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion: the beginning of a great journey of friendship with Jesus in their lives.

Monsignor Jim Curry will celebrate his Silver Jubilee as a priest on Thursday 19 th May with a special Mass at 6.30pm in Our Lady of Victories Church, Kensington High Street. We wish him many congratulations on this joyous occasion. All are welcome!

May is the month of Our Lady . On the final Sunday of May, Sunday 29 th May, there will be May devotions at 4.00pm in church: Rosary and Benediction. Please do make a note of this special and beautiful celebration in honour of Our Lady now so that we are ready to participate in this beautiful, traditional and Catholic devotion.

7th & 8th May            Confirmations (3.00pm)

14th & 21st May         First Holy Communions (12.00pm and 3.00pm)

19th May                   Mgr Curry’s Silver Jubilee (6.30pm OLV Kensington)

29th May    Devotions in Honour of Our Lady & Benediction (4.00pm)


The annual appeal for the Priests’ Training Fund takes place next weekend. All the money that you give will be used to pay for the training of priests for this Diocese. Please take one of the donation envelopes at the back of the Church and return it with your contribution next Sunday. The Fund relies on donations, it has no other support and needs your help.


We say Morning Prayer at 9.40am every weekday morning in the St. Edward’s Room. All welcome.


Thank you to those who completed evaluations on the Lenten Talks. If you took an evaluation sheet home we would appreciate receiving your comments. Your thoughts will help us in planning similar activities in the future. Completed forms should be returned to the Parish Office, from where evaluation sheets can be obtained.


Although Lent is now over our Lenten Project continues until the Feast of Pentecost, which is celebrated on June 12 th . So far £8006.43 has been contributed. Our contributions this year will be supporting ‘Hope for Children’, and their projects in Sri Lanka. Contributions can be placed in the ‘Lenten Alms’ box at the back of the church, or for those who wish to ‘Gift-Aid’ their contribution one of the Lenten Project envelopes should be used and returned to the Parish Office.


The group that met on Wednesday evenings during Lent was well attended and enjoyed by all who came. As it was so successful we will begin the group again in the summer. More information will be given nearer the time in the newsletter.


The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 10th May at 8.00pm in St. Edward’s Room for those parents wishing to have their child baptised. If you wish to attend, please book with the Parish Office.


Connect 2 is a new initiative by CAFOD. As always, spirituality is the mainspring of this endeavour which seeks, through knowledge and understanding, to connect peoples of different traditions and cultures. The newly formed Chiswick CAFOD group intends to communicate with a parish community in Biera, northern Ethiopia. They will launch their Connect 2 programme on the evening of Tuesday 10th May. Please come along to the Parish Centre, Dukes Avenue at 8.00pm and support this initiative. Find out more about the group and Connect 2.



The Diocese are advertising a special session this Wednesday (11 May) of on-going formation for catechists and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Ss Michael and Martin, Bath Road, 7.30-9pm, based on the theme of the Mass. Although it is short notice, there are spaces available. If anyone is interested and would like to attend you can book by contacting or call 020 7798 9150.

JUSTICE & PEACE -  On Saturday, 21 May, at 10 am, the West London Justice and Peace Network is holding its next meeting at The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Centre, Botwell Lane, Hayes, UB3 2AB, when Lauri Clarke  will talk about her recent visit to Palestine, and there will also be an opportunity to network and share news of  parish Justice and Peace initiatives. Tea and coffee will be available from 09.40.

Chiswick Churches for Justice and Peace - On Tuesday, 24 May, at 7.30pm, the Comboni Missionary Sisters in Chiswick Lane will be giving a presentation on their Order and on the life and work of modern missionary sisters in deprived rural and urban areas of Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, at the Parish Centre in Dukes Avenue. Entrance is free and everybody is welcome. Refreshments from 7pm onwards.


In Aid of the Lenten Project

Today in the Parish Centre, Dukes Ave. 10.30am. Come along to the Cake sale,

donations welcome for this worthy cause.

All welcome


In the Catholic Centre, Dukes Ave, during the 9.45am Mass. (term time only) Children's liturgy for 2 to 4 year-olds . Parents can leave the children while they attend Mass in the C hurch.


As always the Pioneers extend a warm welcome to all who would like to join them on their Annual Pilgrimage on Sunday May 15th. Coach leaves the Church at 9am and returns approx. 7.00pm. Fare £10. Contact Alice on 020 8840-4552 to book now.


The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 10th May at 8.00pm in the Parish Centre.


The next meeting takes place on Monday 16th May from 2.00pm in the Catholic Centre, Dukes Ave.


St Mary's year 6 parents are organising a Chiswick Children's Disco on Friday May 20th, at the Catholic Centre, Dukes Avenue, W4. 2 sessions:

5.45 – 7pm for 6-8 year olds

7.30-9pm for 9-12 year olds

All proceeds go to St Mary’s PTA, Year 6

Yearbook. Tickets are £5.00 in advance or £6.00 on the door. Available from Karen Frain 07885 846254, Dorinda McNestry 07917 403 042 or Kathy Collis - St Mary's School Office.



Let’s help raise money for local charities to make sure that 2011 helps as many people in our community. In order to make the event a success, we really need your help in a number of areas. Please take a look at the list below and contact the committee on the details shown if you would like to be involved.

Next Parish Fair Meeting: the next parish fair meeting is scheduled to take place in the parish centre from 8pm on 16 May. We want your help and input so please do come along!

Auction Prizes: If anybody would like to help with getting donations for the auction or have a prize that you would like to offer please contact Gina on or tel: 07813 682638

Sponsorship : If you would like to either sponsor the fair or would like to help raise sponsorship funds please contact Gillian on or tel: 07702 801328

Stalls : If anyone knows someone who would like to take a stall or advertise in the programme please contact Jola on Jolanta@

Volunteering : If you would like to volunteer to help with the fair, either pre-event or on the day please contact Claire on:

Talent Spotting: We are looking for actors, authors, singers,  TV presenters,  radio broadcasters to be involved on the day - please get in touch if you can help.Email Peter on: or Penny on

Join our Online Community ! We are setting up a facebook page as we would like everyone to become more involved! Watch this space for further details!

Estate Agents’ Boards: We need your ADDRESS!!! Edward D’Arc have kindly offered to sponsor 100 boards and they have been very generous with their level of donations per board. We really want to get to the 100 target! Please can you email Gillian on with your address to confirm you are happy to have a board for 1 month outside your house.


Congratulations to the following families whose children were baptised during March/April in the Church:-

Adam & Alysson Kilbane

Baby Molly

Richard & Emilie Ashley

Baby Frederick

Oliver & Lisa Zago

Baby Isabella

John & Laura Crowley

Baby Christopher

Brian & Maria Fleming

Baby James

David & Fiona Scorer

Baby Benedict

Saviour Agbeve & Janet Buah

Baby Kyrie

Walton Martin & Jacqueline Ince

Baby Bernadette

Please keep in your Prayers:


Robert Stein

Recently Deceased:

Teresa Maurer, William Neil

Those whose Anniversaries occur at this time:

Paddy Quinn, Eddie McManus, Sebastiao Martres Correia, Mary Patricia Smith, Michael Corrigan, Denis Bourke, Rosie McManus, Major Dilys Davies

Mary Lally

The Recently Deceased:
Rose Foley (Funeral at St. Vincent De Paul, Osterley on Friday 22nd Dec. 10am, Reception into Church Thursday 21st Dec. 6.00pm.)

Those whose Anniversaries occur at this time:
Ernest Neal, Peter Collinson, Elizabeth Sinn, Margaret & Peter Boyle, Mary & John Reynolds, Manuel Luis Pires, Jose Pires Goncalves, Agatha Fraser, Alwyn Alfred, Mary Joyce, Maria Beschizza, Patsy Sweeney, Maria Amelia Martin, Sidney Martin, Michael McAffee, Mary Travers Alfred, Percival Benjamin Alfred, Mary Theresa Molloy, John Deverell, Roger King, Brian Neville, Patrick Joseph Tierney