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Towards Advent: Festival of Catholic Culture

Towards Advent 2014The 2014 Towards Advent Festival is on Saturday, 22 November at Westminster Cathedral Hall Ambrosden Avenue SW1. Stalls and displays from a range of Catholic groups and organisations selling DVDs, books, Christmas cards, gift etc. Musical opening at 10.30am with the choir of the John Fisher School, Purley. Talks and workshops during the day: ‘Teaching the Faith’, ‘Latin chant: learn how to sing it’. Refreshments available. All are welcome.

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Catholic Underground: November


Our next Catholic Underground London event is on Saturday 15th November, 2014. The evening starts with Eucharistic Adoration and the opportunity for confession followed by entertainment from ‘The St. Antony’s Youth Choir – Directed by Edwin Fawcett’.

We look forward to sharing another great evening with you!

When: 7.30pm -10.30pm
Where: St. Aloysius, Euston
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Suggested donation is £5.

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Youth 2000 New Years Retreat: Take Heart

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Youth 2000 New Years retreat: Take Heart will be an epic event – the perfect way to start the New Year is with Jesus at the centre of it all. There will be hundreds of young Catholics celebrating our faith and reconnecting with the Church. We would love to see you all there!
‘HAVE NO FEAR’ – Mt 14:25-33

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Advent Mission at St. Patrick’s Soho


Friday 5th December, 2014
From 3pm – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and arrivals.
7pm – Carols around Soho with street evangelisation
10pm – Night Prayer

Saturday 6th December
Adoration and Street Evangelisation during the day
6pm Vigil Mass of the Second Sunday of Advent
7pm – 10.30pm Nightfever

Sunday 7th December
11am Sung Mass
Afternoon – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Street Evangelisation
6pm International Mass with Procession of Our Lady

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Now in London: The Zero Course!

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We begin our journey at Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell on Thursday 23 October with supper at 6pm and depart after lunch on Sunday 26 October.

Corso Zero is an initiative of our Franciscan brothers from Assisi.  They will lead the event and share with us their experience and enthusiasm for this unique program which they have developed for over 25 years in Assisi and have already initiated the program in other European cities. It’s now in London for the first time!

Why ‘Corso Zero?’  or ‘Course Zero’ in English?

The literal translation doesn’t convey the ideals of the program.  It means to begin at ground level, to initiate a new way of looking at my life’s journey and ultimately, where God is making God’s presence known in me. 

What is my history, my dreams, my desires?  What roads lie open to me?

The content of the program is based upon an inner journey through different cities, we will journey together as pilgrims.  The only physical journey in this pilgrimage will be a day visit to Cold Ash Franciscan Centre near Newbury.

Cost:  the course will be subsidised by the Franciscan friars (OFM) and depending on numbers we hope to keep the cost under £70.00 full board, coach journey included (return journey from Chigwell to Cold Ash).

Corso Zero takes place at Domus Mariae Centre, 803 Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, Essex IG8 8AU.
Nearest station: Chigwell
The centre is about 15 min walk from the station.

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Or you can contact the friars directly:

Fr Danny, OFM: 01635865353
Fr Juniper, OFM: 01316612185

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Called to Prayer for the Middle East

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A beautiful evening of song, poetry, story and prayer in Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew and English.
Poets and singers from a variety of communities from the Melkite Church, the Syrian Orthodox, the Maronite Church, the Mosque, the Synagogue,Soul Sanctuary Gospel choir and beyond, will open our hearts and inspire our prayers. Fr Dominic Robinson will also share his impressions of a recent trip to the region in the Lebanon where the refugees from Syria are now placed.

When: Saturday, October 18 at 7:30 pm
Where: Farm Street Church, 114 Mount Street, W1K 3AH

There will be a middle eastern Bring and Share supper afterwards. Please note that there is a capacity for up to 350 in the Church but only 100 in the hall for the bring and share

Entrance is FREE so that all can attend and pray, but a call for donations will be made during the evening. All profits will go to the aid of Jesuit Refugee Service Aid for Syria, supporting refugees in and from Syria. We are hoping to raise £10,000 so please do invite all those who are passionate about helping our Syrian brothers and sisters.

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Tea Dance fundraiser, Ealing Abbey

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Brush up on your Latin and Ballroom dancing with a glass of sparkling wine thrown in! Cream Tea and Sandwiches will be served. Proceeds go to the Good Counsel Network who help destitute mums and babies. Tickets £10. Contact Sarah on 07776256838

Saturday, September 27 at 3:00pm
Ealing Abbey
Charlbury Grove
W5 2DY

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Daytime or Late Night – Jesus Will Be Waiting!

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The next 24-hour Eucharistic Exposition at St. Patrick’s Soho, aptly named “A Day for the Lord”, will be held starting Friday, October 17 at 6:00pm to Saturday the 18th at 2:00pm. At the request of Pope Francis, this happens once a month at one church in every diocese. Many of us spend time in adoration during normal waking hours, but the special challenge offered here is to sign up for a late, late slot (or a really early one, depending on how you look at it) in the wee hours. Might you be able and willing to do that? Before you decide automatically in favour of sleep, pray about it. Let Jesus decide.

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Heartbeats: A Celebration of Life


“Heartbeats – A Celebration of Life” will be showcasing a wide array of music and arts 7pm to 10pm on the 20th September in the Hall attached to Farm Street Church, 114 Mount Street, London W1K 3AH,to raise funds for
the Life charity’s care services. “Life” provide vital support to anyone facing a crisis pregnancy, suffering from pregnancy loss or coping with the effects of abortion. The evening will feature art from cartoonist and author Simone Lia (, music from soprano opera singer Cheryl Coutinho ( the Soul Sanctuary gospel choir ( and singer songwriter Charley Pinfold (
Tickets can booked via the events website

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Transitus of St. Francis led by the Franciscan Friars & Sisters of the Renewal (UK)


The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal from St Fidelis Friary in Canning Town (East London) & St Pio Friary in Bradford invite you to celebrate the memorial of the Transitus (passing) of St. Francis with them!

The Transitus of their Holy Father Francis (the eve of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) will be on Friday 3rd October. The Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal from Leeds will also be attending.

Evening Programme:

(i) The evening will begin with light refreshments at 7pm in the parish hall. (The friars have asked for everyone to bring some light snacks & food to share).

(ii) The Transitus will commence in the Church at 8pm.

(iii) Depart at 9pm.

Location Details:
Saint Margaret and All Saints Roman Catholic Church,
79 Barking Rd
East London
E16 4HB.

2 min walk from Canning Town Station

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