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last updated : 20/01/2020

Ellesmere Port & Hooton Pastoral Forum

Meeting of St Saviour & St Mary of the Angels Parish Advisory Group:

Thank you to all who attended this meeting. Minutes will be available in due course. The next meeting will take place on Monday 23rd March. If you are a member of this group or are interested in joining, please make a note of this date now


Our Lady & St Bernard’s Parish Support Group Meeting:

Thank you to all who came along to the Our Lady & St Bernard Parish Support Group last week. The discussion was helpful, and has given us some thoughts to build on. We’ll keep you posted of developments



These Meetings will lead us to setting up the ‘Ellesmere Port & Hooton Pastoral Forum.

 

LOCAL & DIOCESAN NEWS

Retired Priests’ Fund - Special Collection:

Bishop Mark writes: “Next weekend the annual Collection for the Retired Priests’ Fund will be held. With your help, we can build up the Fund to help meet the future needs of our sick and retired priests.  Special Envelopes are available for you to use.  A Leaflet about the Fund is also available which explains how to make a regular donation to the Fund by Standing Order, or how you can make your donation by cheque.  It also explains how to Gift Aid these donations to the Fund.  If you prefer, you can donate Online via Paypal to the Fund at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/retired-priests-fund where you can also take advantage of Gift Aid.    I ask that you give as generously as you can to this very worthy cause and would also like to express my sincere gratitude for your continued support. With every blessing, + Mark, Bishop of Shrewsbury” 

The Year of the Word ‘The God who Speaks’:

As we have mentioned this Church Year has been designated by the Catholic Church in England & Wales a ‘Year of the Word’ ‘The God who Speaks’. This initiative will ‘permeate’ through all our Work & Mission this coming Church Year, encouraging us to share the Living Word of God.

Sunday Holy Hours at Our Lady’s:

These will resume this Sunday, 19th January at 4.00pm in Our Lady’s Church. They are time for quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, especially when there is so much concern for peace and reconciliation in our world, and also as this Country enters into a time of change.

CAFOD ‘Our Common Home’ Gathering:

Before Christmas we held several gatherings centred around the CAFOD Programme ‘Our Common Home’ based on Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ and the Bishops’ of England and Wales’ videos and presentations about the Catholic response to the Climate Crisis. Our next gathering to help move thoughts forward will be this coming Friday, 24th January 7.00pm in Our Lady’s Parish Centre.

Diocese Annual RCIA Formation Day:

A reminder that the Annual Formation Day for RCIA teams is Saturday 25th  January at Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Enfield Road, Ellesmere Port, CH65 8BY. 10am Registration to 1pm finish. The day is led by Reuben Purchase and Caroline Farey (Diocesan Mission Catechists) and Father Chris Matthews (Diocesan Liturgy Office). Please book via anthony.timothy@dioceseofshrewsbury.org or 0151 652 9855.

The Annual Diocesan Mass to Celebrate Marriage:

will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at 12 noon in St Joseph’s Church, North Road, Birkenhead, CH42 7JY on Saturday, 8th February, 2020.   All married couples and their families are welcome.  There will be refreshments afterwards in the Church Hall.    If you are celebrating a significant anniversary (25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th) and wish to attend the Mass, please let your Parish Priest know (by the 26th January) and you will receive a special letter of invitation.  If you are not celebrating a significant anniversary, but still wish to attend the Mass and enjoy the refreshments, please let the Bishop’s PA know curia@dioceseofshrewsbury.org - 01743 290052, so that you can be added to the numbers for catering purposes.

Stop Human Trafficking:  A New Year Resolution:

Join forces with other local organisations to learn about Human Trafficking and what you can do to help recognise and combat it in your parish.  Kevin Hyland OBE, who was the UK’s first independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and is a member of the Pope’s Santa Marta Group to combat Human Trafficking will be giving the Annual Memorial Lecture on Modern Day Slavery at LACE, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool L17 1AA on Sunday 19 January 2-4pm.  Please come along to see what impact you can have locally.  Info: s.atherton@rcaol.org.uk 0151 522 1080/81.

Foundation Governor Vacancies:

There are a number of vacancies for Foundation Governors within our Catholic schools across Cheshire. 
In looking to such appointments, key requirements of Foundation Governors are:
that they should be practising Roman Catholics; and
that they genuinely believe in the value and the importance of Catholic Schools.
Is this you? Are you able to offer your services?
For more information and/or an application pack please contact Sue Blackwell, Governance Support Officer, either by
email: sue.blackwell@dioceseofshrewsbury.org or telephone on 0151 652 9855.

Foundation Governor Vacancies at Our Lady’s & St Bernard’s Schools:

In the light of the note above, we do have vacancies for Foundation Governors at Our Lady’s and St Bernard’s Primary Schools. If you would like to find out more information, please contact Father Niall or the LPA Office.

Anne Frank Trust Exhibition:

The Anne Frank Trust are coming to Ellesmere Port Catholic High School on Thursday 6th February 2020, and are going to create an exhibition with a selection of year 11 History students, and with sixth form history students, who will act as tour guides, guiding those year groups who are studying the Holocaust, around school. This is an opportunity for parishioners to further learn about the Holocaust, racism in society, current genocides around the world and how we, as a country, and community, should stop any hatred in its tracks. The exhibition starts at 9.00am.

Ellesmere Port & Chester Lourdes Youth Group:

Will now meet on the first Sunday of each month, 5.15pm at Stanley Hall (St Mary of the Angels).If you are a member of the group please come along, new members are always welcome. Next meeting is Sunday 2nd February.

Youth SVP Conference:

The Youth SVP will meet on Monday, 20th January at 4.15pm in Our Lady’s Parish Centre. New members always welcome. For further information contact Chris Duke 355 6954.

 

PILGRIMAGES TRIPS & SOCIAL EVENTS

Music Night in St Columba's Parish Centre:

Friday night 31st January 2020. A night of jazz and swing music played by Chester Catholic High School Jazz Orchestra. A night not to be missed. Doors open 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start, Tickets £10 each, available after all Masses from SVP members. In aid of SVP holiday home.

 

RECENTLY DECEASED:

We remember in our prayer, Mary Green, Father Brian Smith and all who have died recently and all whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray that they may rest in peace.

Funeral Planning Regarding Order of Service:

St Saviour & St Mary of the Angels Parish:

You are invited to take a document home from church and when it is completed return it to the parish where it will be stored securely. There is recorded on this document the option of making an appointment with Fr Louis or Deacon Tony if you wish to discuss the matter. Please do take one of these documents with you from church. If you have requested a clergy visit and not received one, we are now in the process of making appointments & carrying out home visits.

Our Lady & St Bernard Parish:

People from Our Lady & St Bernard Parish will soon be able to meet to discuss this with us. Information soon.

 

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