St. Mary’s Catholic Church ,Dubai- Announcements

Special Announcement from our Bishop:
This is an important notification from Bishop Paul Hinder to all the parishioners of St. Mary’s Church, Dubai:
“ Fr. Tomasito, who is your parish priest, has taken ill.  As per medical opinion he has a burn out due to over exertion and related tensions.  He has been advised to take a break.  Hence I have granted him leave to be away from the parish.  In the meantime Fr. Fransquinho Gomes will discharge the duties of the parish priest in St. Mary’s, Dubai.  I request your special prayers for Fr. Tomasito’s recovery.
Bishop Paul Hinder.”

Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent:

                        Time                Language                                 venue:

                        10.15 a.m.         Konkani                       Girls School compound

                        11.00 a.m.         Urdu                             Mini Hall – Hall no 1

                        11.15 a.m.        Tagalog                        Girls School compound

                        12.30(noon)     Malayalam                   Girls School compound

                        4.00 p.m.          Sri Lankan                    Mini hall

                        5.30 p.m.          English                          Main church / compound

                        6.30 p.m.          Tamil                              Girls School compound

                        7.30 p.m.          Arabic                            Main Church

His Excellency Bishop Paul Hinder’s Pastoral Letter for 2012:    Please click here to download a soft copy of this document. 

Please collect the brown envelopes, “My Sacrifices for Lent” from the church premises or Parish office.  These may be returned either during Lent or on Good Friday with your “Lenten Sacrifices”.
Urdu Community of our parish has organized a musical evening to remember the Passion of our Our Lord and Saviour, on Thursday 29th March 2012 at 6.30 pm in the Main Hall of our Church.  ALL Parishioners & their friends are cordially invited to participate.
Friday 30 March at 6.30pm there will be a Tamil mass along with Stations Of The Cross at the Girls School Compound.
Retreats for Catechism children:
Two separate retreats are organised for Grade 8 Catechism Children and Grade 9 to 12 youth on Saturday 31 March commencing at 8 am in the Main Hall and Mini Hall respectively. Parents of these children are requested to take note and ensure their children participate in these retreats.
Bible Study to Resume:
The weekly Parish Bible Study will resume this Monday, 2 April in the Main Church after 7.00pm mass. All parishioners are requested to attend and to invite their families & friends also.
Holy Week Programme – 2012

Please obtain a copy of the Holy Week Programme in the Church compound, or click here to download.  Please note that during the Holy Week there will be no other activities in the Church premises.
For all matters concerning Security / Discipline / Orderliness during Holy Week parishioners are requested to follow the instructions / guidelines of the Volunteers on duty. They are there to help you.
Confessions during Holy Week will be from Monday 2 April to Wednesday 4 April:
–          Morning: from 8.00 am to 12.00 noon
–          Evening: From 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Friday, 7 April: First Friday of the month:
As it is Good Friday, there will be no Holy Hour of Adoration.
Leadership Training Course:
The (ICCRS) International Catholic Charismatics Renewal Services is organizing a Leadership Training Course  in Singapore, from 10 to 16 June 2012. This will be only for leaders. For registration please contact the parish office. The registration closes on 15 May.
Christian Life Program
On behalf of Couples for Christ and Singles for Christ, A3 Dubai would like to invite all single man and woman, to attend the Christian Life Program (CLP) every Friday evening from 7 pm- 10 pm, starting on 9 March. It will be held at Coral Deira Hotel. For more information, you may contact: Bro. Mike Alacapa- 055-2425965 or  Sis. Onie Apilada- 050-8430190.
World Youth Day Celebration:
The Young Adults Ministry of St. Mary’s Church Dubai is organizing the World Youth Day on 31st March from 8 am to 5 pm. We invite all youth above the age of 20 years to participate and have an enriching faith experience.  Registration is done in the parish compound and in the parish office.
Mission Bell Conference for Youth
Jesus Youth is organizing a “Mission Bell Conference” for the youth aged 14 to 20 years, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Abu Dhabi from 12 to 14 April 2012. For details and registration please contact the parish office.
Religious Articles
Please note that the Religious Articles have been moved to the room next to the Priests House. Parishioners are requested to kindly patronize.  Opening timing: after all masses and Fridays whole day.  For those interested, “God’s Word 2012”, a good book to have for daily reading and reflection is available at the parish bookshop.
Requesting Lawyers Assistance:

Samaritan Ministry is inviting lawyers to help with various activities and confidential cases. Those lawyers who are interested in serving the needy are requested to contact samaritandubai@gmail.com 
Fr. Fransquinho Gomes OFM Cap.
             Asst Parish Priest

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