Bishop Alan called all priests to a meeting last week. As always he was positive and affirming of all the good things that we enjoy and all the dedication evident among people and priests. The restructuring of the Diocese is not an imposition of a pre-set pattern. Bishop Alan stressed that different solutions are needed in the differing local situations and encouraged initiatives and diversity. This was an important communication of fundamentals. It chimes well with what we h
Bishop Alan also spoke of the excellent provisions the Diocese has built up with regard to Safeguarding. We are all under the scrutiny of the National Inquiry into abuse of minors which reminds us forcibly of the need not to relax our vigilance. He spoke of how fortunate we are to have Simon Moules as our SG Coordinator. Locally we know how blessed we are to have his watchful, wise and gentle vigilance. If you are interested to know what the much trumpeted Vatican Conference
For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. £1.86 is the amount a cocoa farmer in West Africa needs to earn each day in order to achieve a living income. A typical cocoa farmer in Cote d’Ivoire lives on around 74p a day. For the women the situation is even worse. They may pl
Thank you to the ladies who have returned laundered cloths to the sacristy. We did purchase a considerable stock of these cloths not so long ago, but most have disappeared. Could you look again at your laundry baskets to see if any are lurking there?
I am most grateful to the many ladies who launder the altar linen every week. Alas though we have a good stock of these small cloths—the number in the sacristy has greatly diminished. Could you have a look to see if any are lurking in your domestic laundry, awaiting a return home? Thank you.
New regulations aimed to prevent fires and health hazards are constantly appearing. The Parish Council and the Parish Office keep abreast of requirements. This week work has been done to update warning systems. Soon we must move to the next stage. We all need training: in how to use the precautions and particularly how to vacate the church and premises quickly.
Baptisms take place on the first and third Sunday each month. First time parents will need to attend a course. Forms can be found on the website or are available by contacting the Parish Office—firstname.lastname@example.org. The dates for the next course are 20th March, 27th March and 3rd April.
Last Sunday a Range Rover was parked well before 11.30, blocking exit to 3 cars whose occupants were trying to leave. Despite two public requests in church the car did not move till 12.35. Do you think a person so inconsiderate was fit to join in the mass? Jesus said: “Leave your gift before the altar. Go and be reconciled with your brother and then come and make your gift”. In any public carpark it is universally recognised that no one may double-park to impede cars in marke
I have been asked about the availability of a priest when someone is ill or in distress. Of course we are on call at all times on 85041688. Please do particularly ask in good time for the sacrament of the sick and/or for holy communion. It is our privilege to offer these sacraments. Do not think you are ‘troubling’ us.
If you are interested in your daughter joining rainbows please go to www.girlguiding.org.uk to register. Please note we have a waiting list. We meet on a Tuesday from 5.20 to 6.20pm for girl aged 5 to 7 and then they move to brownies.