The phrase, 'what man proposes, God deposes' has never been more true than at the moment. I am sure we all feel that every plan we try to make needs to be changed or postponed or even cancelled. Nonetheless, we keep going. One day all our plans and hopes will come fruition!
This week we set out the plan to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation with our candidates from St Teresa's school. Over the last week of November, we hope to celebrate 4 Confirmation Masses with 10 or 11 candidates together with their household. This will mean that we will be unable to welcome anyone else into church for those celebrations, but you will be able to be with us via the livestream. Keep the candidates in your prayers, and say a prayer that it can go ahead!
Nigel will speaking about 'Beyond Adversity' at the Sunday morning Mass. This is a great project inviting you to be part of a kind of Advent calendar sharing stories of how you have overcome adversity. The hope is by sharing these stories alongside readings from Scripture, we can see beyond other adversities we face in life and look with hope to the future. More details below.
I know many will see Advent and think Christmas. I am working on how we might keep Christmas this year. With all the restrictions that may be in place, to adapt a quote from A Christmas Carol, 'it was always said of us that we knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge'!
God bless and pray for me!
Tier Two Restrictions
Please note, the new restrictions in Stoke do not affect St Teresa's.
Following current guidance, you are still able to come to Holy Mass
Month of November
It is hard to believe that October is almost over. As we head towards November, our thoughts and prayers traditionally turn to those who have died. In the past we had Holy Souls envelopes which were placed in the Holy Souls Box as our focus for prayer during this month. With so many not ready to come to Holy Mass and our reduced capacity at the moment, we have had to find different ways of keep this traditional custom. On the link above (and here) there is a printable leaflet where you can record the names of deceased family and friends that you wish to pray for especially over November. Send them to the Presbytery or bring them to church when you come, and these will be added to the Holy Souls box which will be positioned by the altar as a focus for our prayer. As in the past, any money included with these envelopes will be used to celebrate Holy Mass for the Holy Souls throughout the year.
All Souls Day - 2nd November
This is the day we commemorate all the souls of the faithful departed. In particular way we pray for those who have died this year during the pandemic. While we have, at least, been able to celebrate funerals in a small way, we have not been able to gather as families and friends to pray the Mass for those who died.
It is customary for priests to pray 3 Masses on All Souls. There will be 2 public Masses (9.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.) Fr Michael will also celebrate Mass in private. While it is not a Holy Day of Obligation, it is a day when it is good to go to Holy Mass.
As advent is about to begin we are facing a Christmas like no other in living memory, when we may not even be able to celebrate with our families. We have all been limited by the coronavirus pandemic. It has taken so much from us, from simple pleasures such as socialising normally with friends, holidays and jobs, basic freedoms, and even loved ones. However it is in this shared hardship that we can find strength, and feel less alone, as an earlier generation did in WW2. We really are all in this together.
We are looking for some experiences that we could place on the parish website, which is going to have its own very unique style of advent calendar. These could be your own personal experiences, or ones that you have heard about from your friends, colleagues or members of your own extended family.
The experiences can be a series of photos that you would like to share, maybe a story that you have written, it could be a poem that you have created, or a piece of artwork that you have designed. The list of possibilities is endless and is only limited by your imagination. The only linking theme will be the idea that we are rising above the challenge of the pandemic, beyond adversity towards the hope of Christmas time!
In addition, we are going to record one reading from a daily selection of Old Testament, new testament and gospel readings that are appropriate to that day. We hope that each day of the advent calendar will have a different theme, leading to a feeling of excitement as Christmas day and the birth of Jesus approaches.
If you would like to be part of this, contact Nigel and Laura here.
Mike is just waiting for the last of the subscriptions. It's been tough but we are almost there! Thank you to everyone who has participated this year.
Becoming Catholic and Growing in Faith
There will be a meeting on 26th October at 7.00 p.m. for those who are interested in becoming Catholic and those who want to know more about your faith. This will be online and we can discuss the practical details of how we will meet, the steps to becoming Catholic. Sign up here.
If you have any broken jewellery or jewellery you no longer want or need, please consider donating it to the parish. For example, single earring, cufflinks, rings with missing stones etc. We are able to sell them to help with our own fundraising. Recently, we sold some broken odds and ends for over £100! Just hand to Fr Michael in an envelope at Mass or push through the presbytery letterbox.
Red Mission Boxes
It is time to empty the red boxes which support the missionary work of the Church in other countries. This something that needs to be done in a safe way. If you can bring your red box to church, they will be left and count. If you are not able to come to church, please call Christina to make arrangements for a safe collection on 01782 643076 (please leave a message if there is no response).
Deanery, Diocesan and Local Notices
National, International and Other Notices
Liturgies This Week
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass (Saturday Vigil) - Holy Souls
Sunday 25th October
30th Sunday Ordinary Time
9.30 a.m.Holy Mass - Catherine and Richard Ledgar
5.30 p.m. Holy Mass - Pro Populo
Confessions after each Mass
Monday 26th October
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Holy Souls
Tuesday 27th October
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - Holy Souls
Wednesday 28th October
Feast. Ss Simon and Jude, Apostles
2.00 p.m. Monica Prayers (Livestream)
Thursday 29th October
Votive Mass, Bl Chiara Luce Badano
6.30 p.m. Holy Mass - Alan Booth R.I.P
Friday 30th October
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Private Intention
2.30 p.m. Requiem Mass - Alan Bird
6.30 p.m. Rosary in church
Saturday 31st October
Memoria, Our Lady on Saturday
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - End to the Pandemic
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass (Saturday Vigil) - Intentions of the Kuwald and Rowley families
Confessions after Holy Mass
Sunday 1st November
Solemnity of All Saints
9.30 a.m.Holy Mass - Pro Populo
5.30 p.m. Holy Mass - Theresa Dudson R.I.P
Confessions after each Mass