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last updated : 28/5/17


Manchester Arena Bombing:

We have all been shocked by the terrible events at the Concert in the Manchester Arena on Monday Evening; many young people from our area were at the event. On Tuesday morning Bishop Mark wrote:

“Following the suicide bombing in Manchester over-night I know that you will be remembering in prayer all the victims and their families.  Let us continue to pray for those who have died and their families and all who are suffering as a result of the terrible events of last night.  Let us also keep in our prayer the police and emergency services together with all hospital staff and chaplains. Together with church and religious leaders in Greater Manchester, I ask the prayers of your parishioners for peace and solidarity in all our communities that the hate which inspires such indiscriminate violence may be overcome by that love which faith and prayer inspires in our hearts.  I hope the days ahead, over-shadowed by this atrocity, will lead us all to such prayer and active charity. United with you in this prayer,

 + Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury”

Many Prayer Gatherings and Vigils have taken place this week. In our LPA this Sunday, 28th May there will be a Holy Hour for ‘The Nation’ at 4.00pm in Our Lady’s and on this Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May, the 12.noon Mass at Our Lady’s will be offered for all suffering as a result of these events.

Mass of Thanksgiving for those received into full Communion with the Catholic Church this year:

Bishop Mark invites you to attend this Mass on Saturday 10th June at 12 noon at the Church of the Holy Angels, Wicker Lane, Hale Barns, Altrincham, WA15 0HF followed by refreshments. All those received into the Church this Easter, with their Godparents, Sponsors and Catechists are welcome.
For catering purposes, please register by Friday 2 June with Helen Jones at the Curial Offices. 0151 652 9855 or 

Hospital Mass:

The regular “First Thursday” Mass will be celebrated on 1st June at 12.15pm in the Countess of Chester hospital Chapel. This is for patients/outpatients, staff, families and friends, and the wellbeing of our hospitals, including the Bowmere. All are welcome.

Shrewsbury Diocese Youth Mission Team Job Vacancies:

The Diocese is seeking to establish a Youth Mission Team and there are two vacancies, for a Director of the Team and for a Team member.  Details can be found on the poster displayed on the noticeboard or on the Diocesan Website at:
The establishment of this team has been made possible through the Our Mission Together initiative and the generosity of those parishes which have already taken part.

Are you a Catholic Teacher, but not Teaching in a Catholic School? Your Diocese needs you!!!:

The Department for Education wants to recruit as many Catholic teachers to its schools as possible and is aware that across the Diocese there are a number of Catholic teachers who are not currently or have never worked in a Catholic school.  Sometimes making the transition back to Catholic education can be perceived as being difficult and therefore we would like to offer support to those teachers who are considering returning to the Catholic sector or would like more information on the appointment process in our schools. We are holding an informal session on Saturday 1st July at Blessed John Henry Newman Parish Centre, Knutsford Road, Warrington WA4 1JE from 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. If you would like to attend or want further information about returning to Catholic education please e-mail Sue Jenkinson on

Pentecost Praise 2017:

Saint Bede's Local Pastoral Area (Birkenhead) would like to invite you to their "Pentecost Praise' on Tuesday 30th May at 7pm in Saint Michael & All Angels Church, New Hey Road, Woodchurch, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH49 5LE. Everyone is welcome.

Singing the Mass:

A workshop for anyone who sings or plays an instrument in church. It will be led by Frances Novillo, Music Director for the Parish of Mary Immaculate & St Gregory the Great, High Barnet. Saturday 24th June 10am – 3pm St Winefride’s Church, Burton Road, Neston CH64 9RF
Cost £10 including lunch. For further details contact Louise Wilkinson
To reserve a place please download a booking form from: 


‘Nuns and Rosaries’ Concert:

An evening of music & fun in aid of Ellesmere Port & Chester Lourdes Youth Group. ‘Nuns and Rosaries’ are a very talented group of musicians who play sing along and dance along songs. Please do come along for a night of fun, dancing and singing on Friday 9th June 2017 St Werburgh’s Parish Centre Chester.
Doors open at 7:30pm, Tickets cost £5.00 from Anthony Hunt - 07714 160268, John Murray – 07740 203522, St Mary’s Hooton – 0151 327 6158. Please do come along, have a good evening and show your support for our youth in this very important ministry.

SVP Theatre Event:

Bebington Dramatic Society presents “Hobson’s Choice” (comedy) on behalf of the SVP at the Gladstone Theatre, Port Sunlight on Wednesday 7th June at 7.30pm. All proceeds go towards the running costs of the holiday home in Talacre.  Your support for this event would be much appreciated.  Tickets cost £8.00 and will be available after Mass or from a member of the SVP. 

Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land:

Please see the Leaflets and Posters in our Churches regarding the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 23rd to 30th October 2017, and also the ‘Youth Pilgrimage’ to the Holy Land that will accompany it. Full details are available on Diocesan

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes:

27th July to 5th August 2017:
Places are available on the Youth & LPA Coach for this Diocesan Pilgrimage, cost £534 based on sharing. No overnight travel. If you are interested please contact the office at St Saviour’s & St Mary’s ASAP on 327 6158.

LPA Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - February 2018- Only a few places remaining:

If you are interested please contact the office at St Saviour’s & St Mary’s on 327-6158 or speak with Fr Louis or Deacon Tony

If you have taken a brochure please complete it and return with your deposit to Special Pilgrimages ASAP.


For those who have requested places – you should have received your booking form or they are available in the sacristy this weekend. Please could the forms and deposits be returned as soon as possible as we do have names on a reserve list.  Please be advised, your place will only be confirmed when your booking form and deposit is received at St Mary’s Office.  Any queries please feel free to contact St Saviours & St Mary’s on 327 6158.

Lourdes Training:

It is compulsory that anyone travelling to Lourdes who wishes to volunteer whilst there, must attend the annual training given by our Lourdes Medical Team. The dates of all the training sessions are available on the Diocesan Pilgrimage Website, but one of the training sessions be held at St Saviour’s Church on Sunday, 4th June from 6.00pm until 8.00pm. Please note you will NOT be allowed to help in Lourdes unless you have completed this training.

Catenians Evening:

Over £900 was raised at the recent ‘Cheeses & Wine evening’ hosted by the Ellesmere Port & Chester Catenians at St Werburgh’s, Chester. This money will greatly help our Youth as they travel to Lourdes to put themselves at the service of our Diocesan sick & VIPs.


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