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   Charismatic Prayer Group

We are a group of parishioners from the two parishes who formed a prayer group following the Sion Community Mission in our parishes in November 2011

We meet to praise, worship and thank God.  We sing joyful, uplifting songs of praise and worship.  We pray and sing in the Spirit.  We may have a talk on some aspect of our faith.  We share what the Lord is doing in our lives.  We have intercession and prayer ministry.  We remain true to the teachings of the Catholic Church.  We aim to grow in our faith and deepen our relationship with God, so we can take our faith out to others.

At Saints Francis & Therese Catholic Church, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ, in the O’Donnell Room. at 7.30pm every Monday (except the 1st Monday of the month when we join up with other groups for ecumenical prayer and praise - check newsletter for details)

Contact Kate on 01327-811748

 

   Choir

The choir sings at Mass about once a month, with more frequent singing at Advent/Christmas and Easter, and a break during the summer.  During Mass we lead the congregation in singing the hymns and the sung parts of the Mass:   Some of the sung Masses are in English, some Latin.  The choir also sings the verses of the Psalms and leads the congregation in the responses and also sings one item, unaccompanied by the congregation, during Communion.  The Easter programme contains more items.

We target having two practice sessions before the Sundays on which we are singing.   These practices take place on Thursday nights from 7:45pm until about 9:00.  There is an additional practice from 10:15 before the Mass at which we are singing.  

Most of the singing we do is in unison, although we do some singing in parts and in rounds, which adds variety and complexity.  We always welcome new members and if you can only make the Sunday practices please don’t let that put you off coming along and giving it a try.

Contact: Arthur Young, email: arthurjyoung@hotmail.com or text on 07810 372841.

 

   Folk Group

The Folk Group plays regularly at Sunday morning Mass, usually on the second Sunday of the month (although this is not a hard and fast rule, especially around Easter time). It also plays at the Children's Christmas Mass on Christmas Eve. Whilst there is a core of musicians and singers who play regularly, it is an open group and anyone is welcome to join in either on a regular or and occasional basis. Any and all instruments are welcome and the only qualification is that you are willing to play! Most of the music is adapted to suit the abilities of the musicians who are available at each occasion.

Rather than have regular rehearsals, the Group meets about an hour before Mass in order to run through the music and agree an arrangements. The Hymns and Mass settings are usually decided up to a week in advance and emailed to regular members and also downloadable from the Folk Group entry on the events page of the website

To find out more contact Chris Nikel either after Mass (usually at 11a.m. Mass each Sunday), by e-mailing folk-group@saint-thomas-more.com or either calling or texting 07801 862453

 

   Julian Meetings

We have a Julian Group that meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 8pm.

We are an ecumenical group who come together to practise silent, contemplative prayer.

At the Meeting we sit and learn to relax in the presence of God. A short reading from the Bible or other devotional work and/or a piece of music leads us into a time of silently waiting on God, listening to Him, resting in Him.

We welcome anyone who wishes to join us whether they belong to a worshipping community or have no formal church links.

For further information e-mail Wendy Moore


Be still and know that I am God

 

    St Vincent de Paul Society

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is a lay organisation which was established in 1833 by a young Frenchman, Frederick Ozanam, to look after the poor, the lonely and the destitute in his native Paris. Since then SVP branches, or 'Conferences' as they are called, are to be found throughout the world carrying on this work by serving vulnerable members within their communities.

Members of the Towcester conference visit the housebound, the sick and those in need and organise simple parish activities such as a pub lunch and coffee after Mass. We hold our meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 8pm and they normally last an hour.

In 1992 our conference set up links with Polokong, an orphanage for street children in South Africa. To find out more about Polokong use this link: and/or this one

We have eight regular members and others (auxiliary members) who support us in many practical ways.

Do you know someone who is housebound and would like one of our members to visit them? Could you help us by sparing an hour a week to visit someone? Or perhaps you would like to know more about the work of the SVP? If so, contact our parish priest, Fr Brendan, or e-mail us and we will arrange for a member of the SVP to get in touch with you

 

Updated7/5/14