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Golden Jubilee Latest Update

The major works to refurbish our worship area have been going on since early April. These include enlarging our porch and installing the stained glass windows donated by Whyteleafe church and are scheduled for completion in early September. The parish continues to operate with most worship taking place in the Gillespie Hall.

For full details of progress and an update on fundraising read more on our Jubilee Pages.

Prudential Ride London 100 - support Jon Brooker

Jon writes “I managed to complete the Prudential 100 on 31 July in a ride time of 5 hours 43 minutes which I was delighted with. A very big thank to all who have sponsored me and contributed £1,285 to the Jubilee Buildings Fund - It certainly made it easier for me to train and on the day knowing everyone was behind me.”

And a very big thank you Jon from the Parish for undertaking this challenge in support of our works. A great achievement Jon - you are an example to us all! Should you wish you can still sponsor Jon his BTDonate webpage or drop a donation by the Parish office.

And Lastly!

This has been a long journey. We’ve put up with discomfort, brick-dust and inconvenience. Perhaps more importantly, we’ve been unable to celebrate key moments of parish life (baptisms, first communions, a wedding, several funerals of dear friends ...) in their normal proper context. But I really believe our little ‘Exile’ in the hall will have been worth it (quite apart from the fact that it has forced some of us to change the habits of a lifetime and sit next to someone new!). As you will shortly discover, the building will look cared for. It will feel more prayerful. It will be better able to welcome our existing congregation and – crucially – visitors from outside who come in search of faith and friendship. Thank you everyone who has got us to this point – and everyone who has patiently put up with the dislocations of recent months.

Now a new journey begins, and it’s about much more than our buildings. It’s the journey to becoming what Pope Francis calls “a Church of Missionary Disciples” at the service of the poor and the broken, a sign of God’s Kingdom. Ultimately, our task is simply this: to turn our building into a vibrant hub from which the joy of the Gospel radiates. It needs the contribution and vision of every one of us.

Please join us on that journey and get involved.

Fr. Rob

Refugee Crisis

Pope Francis has asked every Catholic community in Europe to respond to the Refugee Crisis and Bishop Richard has written a short letter outlining how we should channel our efforts. The letter can be read on the Diocesan website.

If you wish to offer help in response, please contact Father Rob, priest@olchurch.org.uk, or the Parish Office, office@olchurch.org.uk, by email and we'll put you in touch with the right contact.

Laudato Si'

CAFOD have produced a Study-Guide to the Pope's Letter, Laudato Si', on 'Care For Our Common Home, with material for four sessions.It's simple to use and we're encouraging parishioners to get together with friends, family-members, neighbours to explore it at home this autumn: How should we respond to the Ecological Crisis facing us? The text can be downloaded using this link.

Our Lady of Lourdes Golden Jubilee

On November 1st, 2015 we celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the opening of our church with a Mass celebrated by our Bishop, Richard Moth.

Our Golden Jubilee Project offers us the opportunity to improve our church and strengthen our parish community.

The progress bar at the top of this page shows how our fundraising appeal is progressing and you can click on each of the images below to find out all about our project. To keep up to date on everything that is going on subscribe to our mailing list using the form at the bottom of this page.

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Ways to support the Golden Jubilee Project

  • Pray for the success of the Scheme
  • Volunteer to assist with the planned events and/or other fund-raising activities
  • Volunteer to assist with some of the building works
  • Actively support fund-raising events and activities
  • Make a financial contribution to our Appeal

Our Golden Jubilee Appeal target is to raise £375,000 by November 2017

Find out all about our Golden Jubilee Project and how you can help our Appeal by clicking here or on the image above.

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