News items added on Monday, January 12, 2009

"Be proud of your faith" - Family and Youth Day

There will be a Family and Youth Day at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Blackfen, on Saturday 21st March.

In the morning, we have our usual programme: Low Mass, (usus antiquior) at 10.30am, followed by Confession, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at midday.

After Benediction, there will be an address by Margaret Mizen, mother of Jimmy Mizen who was killed in May 2008. Barry and Margaret, Jimmy's parents, showed a tremendous example of faith and peace-filled courage when speaking to the media after the tragic death of their son and it is a great privilege to have Margaret come to speak to us.

(See this video on - "At the funeral I urged all the young people 'Be proud of your faith'"; "The only thing that's going to come out of this is a peaceful response.")

A light lunch will be provided in the Hall and in the afternoon, there will be various talks and activities for children and young people as well as a talk on parenting by Greg Clovis. We will finish with prayers at 3.30pm followed by tea, juice and biscuits.

Our usual Saturday schedule continues with confessions at 5pm and a Mass in English at 6pm.

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News items added on Monday, January 05, 2009

Vote to improve Parish Wood Park - and our School environment

Work is being undertaken at Our Lady of the Rosary School in connection with the development of a pathway through the Nursery and the development of Parish Woods in which the school will be given an area of woodland in exchange for the area of school grounds being taken for the pathway. Part of this project is developing the Parish woodland area which will include the wider development of the site, such as improving the wetland area and the River Shuttle improvements.

This project has just been short listed by the Mayor of London to win a grant of £400,000 for major improvements works. Whether Bexley gets this vote or not will be based on the number of votes cast by local people. You can vote either online, by phone to request a postal vote or by text.

And here is your direct link to vote for Parish Wood Park. Please do this now - it only takes a moment and the children at Our Lady of the Rosary School will benefit from this work.

To find out more, here is a link to general information about Help a London Park and here is a link to information about Parish Wood Park.

Voting closes on Friday 30th January 2009.

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