News items added on Thursday, February 28, 2008

OLR School: praise from Bexley Council

The following is from a letter received by Our Lady of the Rosary School from Bexley Councillors following their recent Ofsted report:
“We have read the very good inspection report for the school published on the Ofsted website and wanted to express both our appreciation and congratulations to you and your staff for achieving such a positive accolade of your work. The opening quote of “The school is committed to the welfare, happiness and education of the children” by parents and pupils of the school represents a succinct statement that validates the high level of esteem with which the school is held. That pupils were found to be confident, were very well behaved and eager to learn, work hard and make good progress are all attributes of a highly successful school and characteristics of which you should be very proud.”
Congratulations to the Headteacher, Mr Murphy, to all the staff, pupils and parents of the school.


News items added on Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cross Section Bowling evening

Recently, the "Cross Section" youth group went to Bexleyheath for an evening of bowling. Julie sent me some photos to share with you:

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News items added on Sunday, February 24, 2008

Missa Cantata - 1 March

Every week at Blackfen, our Mass on Saturday morning at 10.30am is celebrated in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (Traditional Latin Mass). On the first Saturday of each month, a small Schola of men kindly comes to us so that the Mass can be a sung Mass with the chants from the Roman Gradual.

The next occasion will be this coming Saturday, 1 March.

(Fr Robinson will be available to hear Confessions during the Mass from 11am to 12noon.)

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Aylesford Men's Retreat

Today, a group of men from the parish spent a Day of Recollection at Aylesford. After beginning with Holy Mass in the Cloister Chapel, Fr Finigan gave a meditation on the first three sorrows of Mary. The Friars provided a wholesome lunch in the Pilgrims Hall, after which the men were guided in a meditation onthe last four sorrows of Mary. The day concluded with Benediction in the Choir Chapel and a short tour of the relic chapel and the chapels to the English Martyrs and the Carmelite saints.

NB - any family can visit Aylesford Priory, for example, on a Sunday afternoon. The chapels, the tea room and the excellent bookshop are open to visitors.

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News items added on Sunday, February 17, 2008

DOR for men at Aylesford

After the success of last year’s North Downs walk to Aylesford, this year’s Day of Recollection for men, will be on Saturday 23 February, again at The Friars. (However, there is no walk thus year.)

There will be Mass at 10.30am, and spiritual talks from Father Finigan before and after lunch. The Day will conclude with Benediction. We return to Blackfen at approximately 4.30pm.

The day will give us time for reflection and an opportunity to ask Father Finigan questions. Cost £20 including tea/coffee and lunch. Transport is not provided but there will be an opportunity to car share. Please put your names on the list in the porch or contact Trefor Bevan

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Children’s Choir for 9am Mass

Two young parishioners, Anna Marie and Jenny, have volunteered to lead a children’s choir for the 9am Mass on Sundays to help lead the singing of the hymns and occasionally sing choir items on their own. Any children who would like to join are invited to come to Mass ten minutes early and sit with the choir at the front of the Church. There will also be a short practice after Mass in the Small Hall.


Lunch Club restarting 28 Feb

Now that the kitchen in the Large Hall has been completed and we are fully compliant with all the current regulations about food safety, Tricia and the team will be re-starting the Lunch Club on Thursday 28 February. There will be a notice in the porch of the Church for you to sign up if you would like to have lunch.


UCM -newsletter correction

Unfortunately, there is a mistake in this week's newsletter. The Union of Catholic Mothers will not be meeting for Stations of the Cross this week but on Tuesday 4 March at 7.30pm, followed by the usual UCM meeting.

The coffee morning this week ahs been cancelled because of a clash with the Deanery meeting.


Cross Section pancake evening

Here are a couple of photos from the Cross Section Youth Group's pancake evening. Sorry for the delay in posting these.