Every three months or so, we hold a Memorial Service here at Saint Francis' to remember those whose funerals have taken place in that period.

The Christian hope is that far from being a 'dead end' death is but a gateway to the nearer presence of the God who sent his Son Jesus to share our life and death to redeem us, that Heaven's gates might be thrown wide to receive his faithful people.

Pray that the departed may know light and peace in our Father's presence, and that those who mourn their loss may know consolation and hope.

The next Memorial Service here at Saint Francis' will be held on Sunday 15 May 2016 at 4.00pm. 

One of the recent additions to church has been a 'whole heap of beans' (to use an American expression), and a whole heap of other tinned stuff as well, near to the Altar of the Lady Chapel. Our first two metres of tins, nearly 4000 of them, were collected by the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd. While it looked fairly impressive in church (and it took a fair while to pack and move the tins to the transit van which arrived to take them away) the sad reality is that within days all those tins will have been used up in the daily distribution ... Now in May2015 our third metre of tins is nearly complete   

Over Christmas 2014 we raised over £400 to send to the Little Brothers to support their work. Much of this came from our Tree of Memories, which commemorates departed Loved Ones. That Tree was blessed at our Christmas Carol Service on 14 December. Thank you to all who contributed to this important fund-raising effort. 

The 2015 Tree of Memories was blessed at the Carol Service on 20 December and the monies raised again went to the work of the Little Brothers.

 Can you help us build another metre of tins for the work of the Good Shepherd Ministry? Just bring your contribution to church before or after any Mass. 

Each month the Good Shepherd Ministry supplies over 7700 meals for people in need, many of them families with children. Without the work of the Little Brothers of the Good Shepherd many of these people would not eat.   


fuller details nearer the time 

If you would like to sponsor one of the Lamps that burn in Church, either before the Blessed Sacrament at the High Altar or in front of the statue of our Lady of Walsingham in the Chapel, for a specific intention or for a person, living or departed, please sign the list at the back of Church in the narthex area.

Each lamp costs £5.00 per week.

If you would like to support the Church financially, one of the easiest ways is to set up a regular standing order from your bank account to ours.  Or you could have a supply of weekly stewardship envelopes if you prefer.  If you pay tax and fill out a gift aid declaration, we are able to reclaim the tax you have paid on any donation you make.  E-mail or phone for further details. 


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