You know your homes need regular maintenance. Through the years the Church, Friary and the rest have received this regular attention. But some more areas that have served us long are now crying for replacement. We are about to embark on the first stage of a major renewal of the property. The roof tiles, probably 130 years old, are cracked and many held together with sticking plaster. We did renew most of the church roof when in 1976 we reordered the church. Work will begin th
It will be a big job. Thanks to you we do have some reserves to start paying the immediate bills, but we need to raise a considerable sum. I am looking to gather a team to manage this efficiently. We are fortunate to have many and varied talents within our community. Efficient fund-raising today has special skills. So I ask you, if you have any of the skills that are useful, and are willing to help, do let me know. I have no clue of how to go about it.
This provides instruction for children not in catholic schools. Numbers have dwindled. We hope to relaunch the school after Easter. There are very many children in the parish who need it. Parents please think hard. Their faith and life with God are the most important gifts you can help your children to receive. Do not let them miss out. You and they are busy. But their future has many hurdles to surmount, and a basis of faith was never more needed.
Readers, Ministers of Communion, Ushers & Sacristans: If you will be attending any of the services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday or Holy Saturday please add your name to the lists located at the back of the church.
We are in need of more volunteers to join us to help with serving a lunch for the elderly in our parish. It is a commitment for new members of 2 Fridays per year 9.30am till 3pm, that’s all! The teams have fun and the guests really enjoy the lunches monthly. Please contact Dolly on 07940429815 (eves only).
In Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe hundreds have lost home and livelihood and many their lives. Today as you leave each Mass we shall make a special collection to bring them the essentials of life. Please be generous.
On April 20th it will start at 9pm this year because it has to begin in the dark. It is the most important event in the year for anyone living a Christian life. It centres on the sacrament of baptism. Do you ever think of your baptism and the lasting effect it has in shaping your life? Inevitably we are preoccupied with the demands of daily life in a fast-moving world. Job, career, family, home-making, money, health: these are the urgent matters that demand our attention. But
The Repository sold out its stock of this letter of Pope Francis, but now has a fresh stock. I recommend it as good reading for Lent, as are his other encyclicals. Reading Joy of Love is a must for anyone contemplating marriage. Global warming is much in today’s secular news. There is no better treatment of its many aspects than in Francis’ letter: Lodato Si – on Care for our Common Home.
Parishioners are invited to a musical evening with Fr. Stan, a Franciscan of the Friars of the Renewal on March 27th from 7.30pm in the Ratcliffe Hall on Upper site, Mornington Rd. Free admission, refreshments will be served. Alan_mair@fc.tchs.uk.net