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last updated : 18/09/17


Congratulations to Chris Duke:

Our congratulations to Chris Duke who last Saturday, 9th September, at the 12.noon Mass at Our Lady’s, was presented with the Papal ‘Benemerenti’ award in Celebration of his Service to the local Church. Chris, as we know does great work with the SVP, Youth SVP, ‘Minnie Vinnies’, Ministry of the Altar, support for the work & ministry of our parishes, and, as they say, much, much more! A lot of this work is done unseen and in the background. Pope Francis gives these awards not as ‘rewards’ but as a Celebration of Christian Service, and to serve as an encouragement and example to us all. This is a role Chris certainly carries out, though he would be the last person to say it! He had no idea, right until the end of the Mass that this award was for him! A lot of his family, friends, fellow Altar Servers, SVP Members etc. were able to be with him on that day, which helped make it a special Celebration for us all. It was some of the people that Chris works with, and ‘serves’ that asked me about taking this Award forward; a lot of people helped me in this preparation, and I (Father Niall) would like to extend my thanks and appreciation to all who were in the Preparation & Celebration of this Presentation which was a real ‘Joy’ to us all. There will be a piece on this in the next issue of ‘The Shrewsbury Voice’, but you can view an article and pictures on our Diocesan Website, first go to:
Then, on the homepage, click, or tap on the ‘News’ bar in the top right hand corner, then on that page, find the ‘Latest News’ bar on left about half way down, click or tap on this, then scroll down the items until you find the picture of Chris, then open the article.

Mr David Redfield:

At Our Lady & St Bernard’s Parish we have been privileged to welcome several of our Students for the Priesthood, who have worked in the Parish and our wider Pastoral Area. From the weekend of September, 23rd/24th we will be welcoming Mr David Redfield who will be staying at Our Lady & St Bernard’s Parish for an extended placement. David was formally a Police Officer in London, and then became an Anglican Priest, a role in which he served for four years. David & his wife, Laura, then became Catholics and after a time moved, and now live near Ludlow in South Shropshire. David has been discerning, as married former Anglican Priests can, whether to go forward as a Catholic Priest of our Diocese. To help David and our Diocese with this discernment, Bishop Mark has asked him to come and share in the work & ministry of Our Lady & St Bernard’s Parish and wider pastoral Area & Deanery for three days a week for an extended time. This will probably involve three days round a weekend, and three in the week alternately. This will enable David to have four days each week with his wife, Laura, who works in Ludlow. David’s work & ministry will pan out as he gets into a routine with us, but as always, we assure him of a warm welcome and look forward to having him among us.

LPA Confirmation Preparation:

Thank you to all those who came along to the Candidates, Parents and Catechists gathering last Wednesday. We have now begun this time of Preparation for our next LPA Confirmation Celebration, which will be on Wednesday, 8th November at Our Lady’s Church at 7.00pm. This is for those who will be year 9 age or above as of this September. If anyone missed out on this start; John McQuaid in EPCHS has forms available and there are also forms available in our Churches. Please make sure that any forms are returned to the LPA Office as soon as possible. The next meeting for the Candidates, and the first of the formal Preparation Sessions, be on Wednesday, 27th September, 7.00pm to 8.30pm in Our Lady’s Parish Centre. After this occasion it will not be possible for anyone else to join the Programme. Please contact the LPA Office for further details.

Reception into the Catholic Faith:

We will soon be commencing our LPA Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Programme (RCIA) If you are interested in receiving more information about becoming a Catholic or know of anyone considering becoming a member of the Church please speak with a member of our clergy team or contact the parish offices. We are also looking for parishioners who might be interested in joining our team of volunteers and catechists to help with this important ministry. Further information will be available soon.

Justice & Peace Meeting:

The next group meeting will take place Sunday 24th September at 6.30pm in Our Lady’s Parish Centre. Please feel free to come along and join the meeting to help in the promotion of social justice in our church community.

Catechetical Formation:

A National Eucharistic Congress will be held in Liverpool in Sept 2018.  As part of our preparation for this, the theme for the next Catechists' Day is: 'The Eucharist: Food for our Joy'.  Barbara Davies will explore how and where society encourages us to find joy; Deacon Tony Crisp will give the Gospel writers' answer to our search: The Eucharist.
We will ask how, as Catechists working with many different people, we can communicate this great truth of our faith.
Sat 7th Oct 2017. (9:30) 10:00-13:00. Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, CH65 7AQ.
Open to all Catechists and to anyone interested in this question. Please see poster for details. 
Enquiries: Barbara Davies 07730 526821  
Registration: Helen Jones 0151 652 9855

Catholic Certificate of Religious Studies:

 The National Certificate aimed at teachers teaching in Catholic Schools and for anyone interested in developing more understanding of our Catholic Faith starts with the Old Testament module on Saturday 16 September and 7 October. This year’s programme is available at . Sessions are on Saturdays at Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port from 10:00 – 3:30pm (registration from 9:30am).  If you would like to study for the certificate or just to attend the course (no essays!) please contact Helen Jones: 0151 652 9855 or

Administrator Job Vacancy:

Inter-Diocesan Fuel Management Limited is a Catholic organisation currently recruiting an Administrator.  The Company purchases gas, electricity, fuel oil and biomass for the majority of Catholic Dioceses in England and Wales. The role is working with others in the department processing invoices, collecting data and general administration duties.
This is a full time post: 35 hours Monday to Friday based at the Curial Office, Birkenhead, Wirral.
Salary: £16k to17k dependant on experience. Closing date 29 September 2017.  Please send CV to For further details please visit the website

Shrewsbury Diocese Deputy Director of Schools:

The Diocese of Shrewsbury is looking to appoint a full-time, permanent Deputy Director of Schools, who will support the Director of Schools. Further details and an application form are available from the diocesan website and completed applications should be returned to Closing date 22 September 2017.    



LPA Pantasaph Retreat 2017- Spaces still available:

Monday 30th October to Thursday 2nd November, cost £135.00 per person including accommodation and all meals from supper on the Monday to Lunch on Thursday. If you wish to join us please book a place by contacting the office at St Saviour & St Mary of the Angels on 0151 327 6158

Our Lady’s Luncheon Club Trip to Blackpool:

On Wednesday 18th October Our Lady’s Luncheon Club have organised a day trip to Blackpool.  Leaving Our Lady’s and then calling at St Saviour’s.  The cost of the trip is £12 per person, tickets available from the Luncheon Club on Fridays between 10.30am and 1pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre.

Trip to All Saints Franciscan Church-First Saturday Devotions:

Saturday 7th October, transport departing from St Mary of the Angels at 12.30pm and St Saviour’s at 12.45pm. Following 3pm Mass we will visit the nearby Trafford Centre for a meal before returning home. If you wish to book a place to travel with us please contact the office of St Saviour & St Mary’s on 327-6158. All are welcome

Trip to Manchester Christmas Markets & Handel’s Messiah at The Bridgewater Hall:

On Saturday 2nd December we will be running a coach to visit the Manchester Christmas Markets and in the evening attending a performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Hallḗ Orchestra & Choir. Coach will depart from St Saviour’s at 12pm and leaving Manchester at approximately 10pm. Cost for transport and concert ticket is £30 per person. To book a place please contact the office of St Saviour & St Mary’s on 327-6158 and any payments by cheque please make payable to ‘St Mary of the Angels Parish.’ All are welcome.


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