Although it is not usual to offer Lenten treats we wanted to break with tradition – but in a good way! Therefore, along with this issue of the newsletter we are including a few additions to the web.
First of all we are including a Safeguarding section
Secondly, we now have a policies section which covers security of information and also the terms of reference for publication of items in the parish newsletter and on the parish website
The third big treat is a new article by Fr Austin which you can find in Our Faith
You are invited to our Lenten talks.
We want to hear from you. More importantly, perhaps, Pope Francis wants to hear from you. He wants to know what we are all thinking. We all need to listen to each other: that means Pope, Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Lay People. This also means those who agree with him and those who disagree with him. All are welcome to voice their opinions. Every view is important and must be heard.
We need to start thinking about the renewal of our church and need ideas from people of ages.
Come to our three evenings to meet and discuss together.
DISCUSSION THIS WEDNESDAY 21ST MARCH
It is time to take stock. We have been teasing away at the basics of our faith and church for more than 3 years. What is now my feeling about the church? What is my part in it? Has Pope Francis caused any changes in my thinking, in what is important, in what I do?
Everything around us in in a process of rapid change – for better? for worse? What can we do about it together? The worst scenario would be if we were to sit back and do nothing. But you have come out many evenings and engaged in the debate with great generosity, trying to see what God is doing in SToC. So on Wednesday we will look to see where we are, and a little about where we will go next.
This year’s Lenten lunches continue weekly until 27th March, 12.15 to 1.30pm. Why not come along and enjoy a bowl of home-made soup and French bread and meet with other parishioners and friends from other Churches in the area – still only £3! This will be the ninth year we have run these lunches and over that time we have raised over £12,000 for Mary’s Meals, a charity which ensures that children in dire circumstances in various parts of the world, have one good meal a day.
Stations of the Cross
During Lent each Friday there will be Stations of the Cross after the 10am mass and at 8pm. Also exposition each Saturday for an hour after the morning mass.