St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Dubai- Announcements

World Mission Sunday – Celebrations on 14,  15,  16 October 2011
Collections made on these days will be sent to Rome for the Propagation of Faith.
We request your support for contribution in the boxes kept at the Church entrance until Sunday 16th October. 
Cemetery Clean-up

In preparation for the Holy Mass at the Cemetery on All Souls Day, we are putting together a special team of volunteers for the clean-up of Al Jaddaf cemetery (on Friday mornings).  Interested parishioners are requested to register their names at the Parish Office.
St. Mary’s LOGO Contest
WE call on all interested to join in a LOGO Design Contest for the St. Mary’s Church, Dubai. The winning LOGO will be issued as the official logo of St. Mary’s Church. Entries may be submitted to the parish office or sent to stmarysdxb@gmail.com.
Last date for submission is 20 October 2011.
Marriage Encounter Weekends:
Marriage Encounter Dubai is organizing two live-in weekends for married couples:
October 27 evening to October 29 evening;  and
November 3 evening to November 5 evening.
We urge all couples married for over 3 years to attend one of the two weekends.  Your home and family will be blessed by your loving marriage and this will enable you to radiate your love to your children and families.  For details and registration forms please contact the parish office or the ME team couples.
Retreat in Singhalese:
Sri Lankans community please note that the Annual retreat in Singhalese will be held from 25 to 28 October:
25th, 26th, 27th – from 7:00pm to 9:30pm in the mini hall
Friday 28th – from 12:00 noon to 9:00pm in the main hall
The preacher will be Rev. Fr. Vajira Silva.
All are welcome.
Youth Retreat
iReflect a 3 day live-in youth retreat for all those aged 18-30 years will be held in St. Mary’s Church,  Al-Ain during the Eid holidays with tentative dates being the 4th to 6th of November. Registrations in the church compound and parish office, for more details check the notice board.
 New Catechists Training Course
A training course for new Catechists will commence on 11 November with lessons on every Friday from 8.30 am to 11 am.  The completion of the course will be in May 2012.  It is open to Catholics with basic knowledge of Christian Doctrine and the Bible.  The registration form can be collected and filled in the Catechism Office every Friday till 4th of November. The Office reserves the right to choose the candidates as only 30 people can follow the Course at one time.  As the number of children attending catechesis is constantly increasing (we now have more than 5,000 children), we need more and more trained and committed catechists. 
PC Development Course:
The 2nd batch of the PC Development course commences from 15th October 2011 – Those interested to join kindly register at the Parish Office or contact samaritandubai@gmail.com
Pilgrimage to Holy Land:
Parishioners are invited to join a pilgrimage organized by St. Mary’s Church to the Holy land from 2nd December to 9th December 2011. Those parishioners interested may   inquire at the Parish office.
The Parish Bible Study:
The Parish Bible Study for Adults is held every Monday’s after the evening Mass from 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. Children’s Bible Study will be held at the same time to allow  parents to attend the Bible Study and focus on developing their faith.
St Mary’s Family Festival 2012:
The Family Ministry is proud to announce that the annual grand event of the parish namely, St Mary’s Family Festival 2012 will be held on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 January 2012.  We kindly request your co-operation in obtaining sponsorships from companies and associates.  We are also looking for donations by way of gifts and prizes.  With the theme of “One Family, One Community, One World”, the aim is to build the community life among the parishioners, and also to generate funds for the charitable causes within the parish.  We urge every parishioner to take an active interest and look forward to your support. For further details please contact the parish office.
English Language Lessons:
St. Mary’s Samaritans are offering a Survival English Programme. Those interested to learn English please register at the Parish Office. Limited registration per batch.
Job Vacancies
1. St Mary’s Samaritans Ministry is looking for needy nannies / drivers / labourers, who are looking for a job. Please contact samaritandubai@gmail.com. Also if you know of any existing vacancies in your organization please contact Samaritan Website.
2.  St. Mary’s Samaritans Ministry requests all parishioners who know of any existing jobs/ vacancies and can assist in recruiting our needy ones to email details of vacancies to samaritandubai@gmail.com. Please note the sender’s name and company information will remain confidential unless the organization wishes to let the public know. 
Mass Wedding 2011
The Family Ministry of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, is inviting all the interested parishioners, for Mass Wedding 2011, to receive the blessing of the Holy Sacrament of Matrimony on Saturday, the 3 December 2011. For more details please contact Bro. Lito Daminiano 050-1499665 or Bro. John Thomas 050-7263242.   Alternatively contact the Parish Office or check the posters on the notice boards.

Fr.Tomasito Veneracion OFM Cap. 
Parish Priest

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