Earlier this week the Becoming Catholic and Growing in Faith group met for the first time. We are going to be using a video resource together with YouCat (a book which is a summary of the faith of the Catholic Church for young people - so that I can understand it!) to explore our faith over the coming months. We have a great mix of people who have joined the group for different reasons. It's not too late to join us, our regular session are going to be on Fridays 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Please pray for us as we journey together!
I am giving a lot of thought to Christmas and I do have some ideas of how we can make the most of the situation we are in. It is most likely there will be a reservation system but there will be more details very soon. Say a pray for this too!
A big thank you to everyone who has already signed up to help with 'Beyond Adversity'. If you have a story to share, please get in touch with Nigel and Laura.
We have had few requests asking us about how to send in Offertory Envelopes/ Donations. Just in case you've not spotted, there are two baskets by the exit in church. One is for the First Collection, the other for Second Collections. Thank you all for your generosity over the course of this year, especially those who have changed over to give by standing order, it has been a tremendous help.
As we enter the month of November remember, we begin praying for the dead by celebrating the saints. They remind us of our true home which is in heaven. We ask all the saints to pray for us, that we will remember that what we experience here and now, is nothing compared to the joy that awaits us in heaven. Let's keep our gazed fixed on our true home!
God bless and pray for me!
Month of the Dead
Traditionally, November is a month of prayer for those who have died. We pray for those of our family and our friends who have died over the years. This year, we pray also for those who have died during 2020 when funerals have been particularly difficult to celebrate.
Monday there will be Holy Mass at 9.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.
The Holy Souls Box will contain all the names of people who you wish to pray for during this month of November
Click the button below to download and print a sheet which you can post to the presbytery or bring to church to be placed in the Holy Souls Box.
All Souls Day - 2nd November
Holy Mass for the Commemoration of all the souls of Faithful Departed will be celebrated at 9.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.
Holy Mass on Thursday
Slight change to the Mass time. From this Thursday the evening Mass will now be 7.00 p.m. Do feel very welcome to come.
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.
Becoming Catholic and Growing in Faith
These sessions begin on 6th November at 7.30 p.m. on zoom. If you would like to join us, it is not too late. Sign up here.
Samaritan's Purse/ Christmas Shoebox Appeal
It will soon be time for the Christmas Shoeboxes to be collected by Samaritan's Purse. Please could all completed Shoeboxes be brought back by November 9th or as soon after as possible, Ideally, they should be returned to St Teresa's School as they are being collected by Samaritan's Purse from there but if this is difficult, boxes can be left in the Church Narthex when the church is open and they will be taken across to the school for pickup. Thanks to all who have been able to participate in this venture this year. The Covid 19 pandemic has and is making the process very difficult but it is now more important than ever that the joy of Christmas is brought to the children who receive them.
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
Many thanks to everyone who has either brought their box in or arranged to have it collected and counted. Empty boxes are ready for collection in the narthex.
Deanery, Diocesan and Local Notices
Celebration of Marriage
Livestream Mass from St Chad's Cathedral on Sunday at 12.00 p.m. in thanksgiving for the gift of marriage.
National, International and Other Notices
Liturgies This Week
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
Monday 2nd November
Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed
- All Souls -
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Holy Souls
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Holy Father's Intentions
Tuesday 3rd November
8.00 a.m. Holy Mass - James and Carmel O'Connell
Wednesday 4th November
Memoria, St Charles Borromeo
2.00 p.m. Monica Prayers (Livestream)
Thursday 5th November
7.00 p.m. Holy Mass - Pro Populo
Friday 6th November
First Friday - Sacred Heart
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - Davies Family
11.30 a.m. Funeral Service
Saturday 7th November
Memoria, Our Lady on Saturday
9.30 a.m. Holy Mass - End to the Pandemic
4.00 p.m. Holy Mass (Saturday Vigil) - Dr Kathleen McCartie R.I.P
Confessions after Holy Mass
Sunday 8th November
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
9.30 a.m.Requiem Mass for the War Dead
5.30 p.m. Holy Mass - Theresa Dulson R.I.P.
Confessions after each Mass