St Mary Magdalene †
St Bartholomew †
St Alban †
Sunday 17th August 2014
Climb every mountain……..??
Clare Vengente was born to a rich family in Umbria, Italy, in about 1268. Clare’s older sister was already living as a member of the Third Order of St Francis in a local hermitage and so – age 6!!! – Clare joined her and then, when she was about 20, Clare took the full vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as an Augustinian nun.
Clare once had a vision of Jesus, dressed as a poor traveller, carrying His cross with great difficulty. Clare went to help Him and Jesus planted His cross in her heart. Clare went on to become the Abbess of her order and was said to govern wisely. When Clare died, on August 18th 1308, they found a crucifix and symbols of Christ’s passion – or they may have been three gall stones – in her heart, which is displayed to this day in her church at Montefalco.
When I was about 16, I started going to St Philip and St James’s Church, Plaistow – strangely, the area where I am now a Councillor – and I was very taken by the Franciscan Friars and Nuns who worked there. I thought I’d like to become a nun. The idea of having plenty of time and space to do holy stuff and not having to worry about money or what to wear seemed very attractive - and still does, some days!
But if I’d become a nun, I’d never have had my children – still, in my book, the best things in my life, regardless of Her Majesty, the BBC and all the rest – and I would have had to learn to keep quiet for long periods of time.
Perhaps not then.
St Bart's : 10.00am Rob is Celebrant and Preacher
St Mary's: 10.00am Quintin is Celebrant and John is Preacher
Fr Fred is at All Saints
In Our Prayers
Our Mission: +Stephen our bishops, our clergy and our mission to East Ham;
Worshipping Communities who share our buildings: Lay Ministers: John & Shirley; Staff: Brenda, Chrissie, Bill, May, June, Win, Mary, Sue & Debbie;
Churchwardens: Andrew, Mary, Laurine, John, Hazel & Ajith.
We pray for those preparing to be baptised: Jackie Bish, Dean Bish, & Penny.
The sick and suffering: Clarice, Jean Skelton, Martin & Yvonne Gammon,
Alice Singh , Joyce Deslandes, Janice Wenlock, Peter Wilson,
Ron Heard, Graham Davis, Daniel & Liam Kearney.
Those who have died: Albert Bailey. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
Readings for 17th August 2014
St Bart’s: 1 Kings 19: 9-18 Romans 10: 5-15 Matthew 14: 22-33
St Mary’s: Genesis 37: 1-4, 12-28 Romans 10: 5-15
Readings for 24th August 2014 ST BART’S PATRONAL
Isaiah 43: 8-13 1 Corinthians 4: 9-15 Luke 22: 24-30
St Mary’s Birthday’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY to
Anthony Bonham & Dorothy James
Today at St Mary’s we welcome for baptism Freddy.
Please keep him, his family, Godparents & friends in your prayers.
Clare & David will be married at St Mary’s on 6th September.
Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for their very special day.
Anointing The Eucharist today at St Bart's includes the laying on of hands and anointing. Please come forward during the liturgy
just before the peace to receive this ministry.
At the back of church are sheets for signing up for various jobs in the Church. If you are interested in taking a more active role in the services please do add your name.
Book Club. The Book Club read some engaging summer poems last week and enjoyed an hour of fun and friendship as ever. At our next meeting on Monday 8th September Marion MacCaulay, our parish ordinand, will introduce some of her favourite books in a session entitled "My Books".
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
St Mary’s DCC Wednesday 27th August 7.30pm in the Parish Room
Standing Committee/PCC The Standing Committee will meet in the Rector's Office on Tuesday 2nd September at 8pm.
The PCC meets on Thursday 4th September at 7.30pm (venue tbc).
Study Day: Thanks to all those who attended the parish study day on Thursday. Rob led the day on St John's Gospel. There were representatives from all the Anglican churches in East Ham and ecumenical friends from E6 and further afield. More than 20 people enjoyed the day. These days are much appreciated by many of those who attend them. Three are more planned between now and Lent. Watch this space.
Iona: Rob is leading a pilgrimage retreat to Iona from 29th September - 3rd October. Some from the parish have already booked. There are two rooms left. Please contact the parish office
if you would like a brochure.
Children, young people and the young at heart are especially welcome at our Little Sing this week when we will be enjoying light-hearted choruses and action songs. Join us round the piano at St Bart's for an hour of fun 2.00 - 3.00 Wednesday 20 August.
BBQ There are obviously more people coming to the BBQ next Saturday
at the Rectory than have let on because the list is quite small and the number of people who have said they are coming is much greater!?
So please email or let the parish office/or cafe know if you do intend to come. Some of our young people will be doing the BBQ.
There will be baked potatoes and salads.
If anyone wants to bring a salad - please let us know what you can bring. Otherwise, we ask people simply to bring something to drink which can go with all the other drinks and be shared. Full details of next week's Patronal
are on the back cover including our trip to St Paul's on the Sunday afternoon. LOOKING FORWARD TO ST BARTHOLOMEW'S DAY
Quiet Day Our 2014 Quiet Day will be held at Haggerston Priory on Saturday 27th September. It will be led by our new Diocesan Director
of Ordinands, Philip Lambley. Booking opens next week.
More details then but keep the date.
You are invited to come and welcome Bishop Peter.
People from across Newham, Redbridge & Walthan Cross will be gathering to welcome the new Bishop of Barking, Peter Hill and his wife Ellen
and to pray for them. Wednesday 10th September 8.00pm
St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow E17 9RJ
St Bart’s Patronal Festival
THE FEAST OF ST BARTHOLOMEW
Saturday 23rd August
BBQ IN RECTORY GARDEN 6pm-9pm
(if the weather is wet to be held in Bart’s Cafe)
Burgers, hot dogs, baked potatoes and salads
Please bring your own drinks
PLEASE LET THE CHURCH OFFICE KNOW IF YOU ARE ATTENDING SO THAT WE CAN FEED YOU ALL
ALSO LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE A VEGGIE!
Sunday 24th August
8.00am Mass at St Mary Magdalene
10.00am Joint Service at St Bart’s
Preacher & Celebrant
Archdeacon Douglas McKittrick
3.15pm Choral Evensong for St Bartholomew
at St Paul’s Cathedral
Meet at East Ham Tube Station at 2pm
or you can meet us there!!
The Parish Office is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm
Website: www.easthamparish.org.uk twitter@easthamteam
Registered Charity No: 1127847
Midweek Services continue throughout the summer If you have not been to
St Mary’s on a Wednesday evening (1830) or St Bart's on a Thursday lunchtime (1230) you don't know what you are missing! During August the lunchtime Eucharists at St Bart's will focus on "Favourite Psalms". ALL WELCOME.