Whereas HCPT primarily assists British pilgrims, the work of Mary's Meals is directed at numerous countries overseas. Mary's Meals grew from the initiative of two Catholic brothers, Magnus and Fergus MacFarlane-Barrow. Back in 1992 they were so moved by the devastation caused by the conflict in Bosnia that they organised a special appeal for blankets, delivering the aid in person. This proved to be a life-changing experience, which eventually led Magnus to devote all his energies to the relief of suffering.

Aid to the Church in Need has made an initial aid payment of £45,000 to help the victims of the earthquake which struck Haiti on Tuesday, 12th January. The earthquake, which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale but not even the best, struck at around 5pm near Port-au-Prince, the capital of the Caribbean country – which is one of the poorest countries in the world. The charity’s project staff are endeavouring to reach bishops in Haiti to establish the full extent of the disaster and to offer funds to help provide essential emergency supplies such as drinking water, food, medical supplies and blankets.

Our pre-Christmas Confession needs priority. Choose the Confession time that suits you (either here or at any other Catholic Church of your choice) and schedule it on your calendar or in your diary. Ensure that you have time, a day or two in advance, for your Examination of Conscience so as to make a good and thorough Confession. There were guidelines on the front of last Sunday’s Bulletin (and on the Parish Blog, or the more detailed version here) and leaflets at the back of church and booklets in the Bookshop to help you.

The new Parish Priest of New Malden has been appointed but, as a successor for his present post is awaited, no further details are available at present apart from his plan to arrive in September. The Diocese will meanwhile provide cover for the intervening few weeks of the summer holiday period.