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PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES
This year eleven people took part in the annual Pilgrimage to Lourdes. We were able to travel to Stansted Airport using St. Edmund’s School Minibus and then flew directly to Lourdes arriving in time for the evening meal and the torchlight procession.
During the week we were able to take part in many of the events. One the highlights was the HCPT Mass where many of the young people and helpers dress up in the theme selected by their Group.
We lit a candle and prayed for the people of the parish.
We were very fortunate with the weather and enjoyed some fine sunny days which enabled some of us to make the Stations of the Cross on the Hill behin the Grotto and to walk to The Grotto and to and from services without getting the soaking which is often a feature of spring in Lourdes.
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PALM SUNDAY 2018
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SISTER JEAN BAPTISTE
This week we said ‘Au revoir’ to Sister Jean Baptiste of the Sisters of the Christian Retreat as she returns to France.
Sister has been staying at the convent in Kearsney with Sister Columba and we were pleased to welcome her at Mass at Our Lady’s during her stay.
We look forward to meeting her again on her next trip to Dover.
Sister Jean Baptiste third from left & Sister Columba second from left, with Father Panario and parishioners from Our Lady’s.
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The Pieta and the Crib 2018.
In January the afternoon sunlight shines through the Rose Window at the rear of the Church and lights the Pieta and the Crib.
PHOTOS OF THE CHILDREN RECEIVING PRESENTS EPIPHANY 2018
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PHOTOS OF CHRISTMAS EVE 2017
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CONFIRMATION 28th NOVEMBER 2017
We were pleased to welcome Bishop Paul Mason to Our Lady‘s this year to confer the sacrament of confirmation on some of our younger parishioners.
We were joined by candidates from the Duke of York’s Royal Military School and from the parish of St. Thomas of Canterbury in Deal.
The first photograph shows candidates from the Duke of York’s and Our Lady’s, the second and third show, in two parts, all candidates together and the third shows candidates from St Thomas’.
We would like to take the opportunity to congratulate the parents, sponsors and others who supported the candidates in their preparation for the ceremony.
It was a memorable occasion, the church was very full, and special thanks to the parishioners from St. Thomas’ for the lovely cake which we enjoyed with our tea afterwards.
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We have geat pleasure in welcoming a new arrival to our parish.
Many congratulations to Sarah and Adam Hollamby on the birth of their daughter,
Georgia Marie, on Tuesday, 26th September 2017.
MISSION MASS AT OUR LADY'S
EVENING AT ST. PAULS
Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes 17-21st April 2017
Above: During the pilgrimage the group lit two candles on behalf of the Parish. One for the people of the parish and one for our deceased parishioners.
Easter Garden 2017
Wishing everyone a Peaceful and Happy Easter
Easter Garden showing the work that the Children's Liturgy Group
made througbout their Lenten Journey
Polish Ceremony Swieconka: The Blessing of Easter Baskets 2017
GOOD FRIDAY 2017
THE BLESSING OF PALMS PALM SUNDAY APRIL 2017
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We started our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday and we continued with a Lent Lunch of soup and
bread after Mass on Family Fast Day, Friday 10th March.
The money raised at the lunch goes to CAFOD, these donations will be used to help our brothers and sisters living
in extreme poverty in other parts of the world.
Many thanks to those who made food and helped with the lunch, and to everyone who came along to share the meal.
A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS SEASON TO EVERYONE FROM ALL AT OUR LADY'S
AND BEST WISHES FOR THE NEW YEAR
On Christmas Eve we celebrate a Family Mass at 6pm to which everyone is welcome.
This Mass includes many of the carols which are familiar to us.
The children are particularly encouraged to join in.
The Crib scene below the Alter is a focus of our attention on this
special day of the year when we gather to celebrate the vigil Mass of Christmas.
The Children of the parish have been preparing for Christmas throughout the Advent season and have worked together
to produce the ' Tree of Jesse' shown below, which is placed close to the Alter for our celebrations over the Christmas season.
During the Mass the Christmas Tree is blessed and the youngest member of each family is given one of the red
baubles to take home to put on their own tree at home.
After Mass Santa visits the parish with small gifts for the younger people.
On Sunday 20th November we welcomed Archbishop Peter Smith who conferred the sacrament of Confirmation on our younger parishoners. It was great to see so many young people and their families, together with parishoners, present on the day. Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to make the day memorable. Congratulations to all those confirmed and to their parents, sponsors and other who gave support.
Many thanks to Archbishop Peter for visiting our parish. We were grateful for the opportunity to meet him and talk with him over coffee in the hall after Mass.
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World Youth Day
On 19 July 2016 Our Parish was pleased to provide a venue for Mass for about 120 young people from the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
The group were traveling by coach to Dover to take the Ferry to Europe on their Journey to Krakow in Poland where they will join in the celebration World Youth Day. WYD is an international Catholic event focused on faith and Youth.
Our thoughts and prayers go with them.
Holy Door Pilgrimage
On the 18 June over 30 parishioners from Our Lady's made a Pilgrimage to the Holy Door at the Shrine of St.Augustine of Canterbury in Ramsgate.
We were welcomed by Father Marcus Holden who later explained to us the significance of St.Augustine's journey to Thanet and the history of the church which was designed by the renowned nineteenth century architect Augustus Welby Pugin who is buried in the church. The Shrine was dedicated in March 2012 as the official shrine commemorating the coming of the Gospel to the Anglo-Saxon peoples. St. Augustine, who landed near Ramsgate, was sent by Pope Gregory the Great in 597AD.
We were able process into the church by the Holy Door which was dedicated by Archbishop Peter Smith to emulate the most famous Holy Door, in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Following this we took part in devotions and Mass.
Our Parish Cat - Dougal
We are sad to say that our much loved Parish Cat, Dougal, passed away in his sleep during the night in the last week of July.
He was about 16 years old and spent most of those years with us after being rehomed. He enjoyed roaming in the overgrown area at the back of the Presbytery.
He was quite a character and was well known to the parishioners as he liked to spend time in the church, and even used to curl up on the Priest's chair. This gave a few worrying moments as we were concerned he might get sat on during Mass.
He had a long and hopefully happy life, we will miss him, and remember him with great affection.