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In addition to the general news below, each parish has it's own weekly updated news page: St Saviour & St Mary's . Our Lady & St.Bernard's

last updated : 08/01/17

Upcoming Funeral Information

Robert Fletcher – Funeral Service will take place at Blacon Crematorium at 10.40am on Thursday 11th January
John (Jack) Fitzpatrick – Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady’s at 2.00pm on Thursday 18th January
Isabella Bennett - Funeral Service will take place at Blacon Crematorium at 12.noon on Friday 19th January
Ann Davenport – Funeral Service will take place at Blacon Crematorium at 10.00am on Monday 22nd January
Please keep all who have died recently and their families in your prayers at this time

LOCAL & DIOCESAN NEWS

Retired Priests’ Fund – Special Collection 13th/14th January:

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 take advantage of Gift Aid for your donations to the Fund.  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

 There are Special Gift Aid Envelopes available this weekend. Please fill out your name and address and the amount you are giving. In the box please write your Parish Offertory Number and then beside this indicate which Parish you donate to and have numbered Gift Aid Envelopes for. If you donate to St Saviour’s write: SS, for St Mary’s Write: SM, for Our Lady & St Bernard’s write: OLSB. This is especially important if you are donating in one of the other parishes from your usual one. We have not been supplied with a great number of these envelopes, so please only use one if you are ‘Gift Aiding’ your donation, otherwise please use the ‘loose plate’ offerings. Thanks for your support.

A Message from Bishop Mark

-Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard: The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend.  They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to U-turn on their promise to Catholics. Please visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Catechists’ Formation Day:

The next meeting for Catechists will be on Sat 13 Jan, at Our Lady’s, Ellesmere Port CH65 8BY. Registration 9:30am for 10:00am. Topic: Sharing Best Practice. Moderator: Miss Caroline Farey. As this will be a good opportunity to get to know each other better, all Catechists are welcome. For those who would like to do so it will be possible to attend Mass in the parish at 12noon. All enquiries: Barbara Davies  07730 526 821; Registration: helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org.

Peace Sunday 14th January 2018:

Next weekend is designated as Peace Sunday. Although it’s more than 70 years since this country has been at war, there are still many wars being waged throughout the world. Pax Christi is the Church’s official organisation and their work is based on the gospel and inspired by faith. Their vision is of a world where people can live in peace without fear of violence in all its forms. Pax Christi Prayer cards will be available at all LPA churches for you take.

Shrewsbury Online Liturgical Calendar:

For those of you who are ‘Universalis’ users or are interested in an online/mobile app of the Divine Office and Mass Readings and prayers, the Shrewsbury Diocesan Calendar is now available via:
www.universalis.com
or can be downloaded through the app store on your phone or tablet.

Hosanna House & Children’s Pilgrimage Trust (HCPT):

At Easter time 2018, a newly formed HCPT group will be taking a small group of vulnerable and disadvantaged children on a pilgrimage to Lourdes. Overall, we need to raise a total of £10,000 and as part of fundraising we are organising an Irish Dancing Afternoon Tea fundraising event to be held at St Anne’s Parish Centre, Rock Ferry on Sunday 21st January, 12-4pm. Tickets will be available @ £8 for a fun afternoon of Ceili dancing, Afternoon Tea, Irish Bingo, a raffle and traditional Irish dancing!!  We understand that Christmas is just around the corner, and money is a struggle, but we would really appreciate any support for this event. It would make a lovely Christmas gift for a Grandparent!! Please contact Erin McCulloch on 07473 311235 or by email erinmcculloch6@hotmail.co.uk if you are interested or know anyone who might be!! All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards expenses for the trip.

Shrewsbury Diocesan Year Books:

Our Diocese of Shrewsbury 2018 Year Books are now available in our Churches; they cost £5-00 standard and £6-00 Ringbound and contain information about the parishes and structures in our Diocese.

PILGRIMAGES TRIPS & SOCIAL EVENTS

Holy Land 2018:

Fr Paul Standish invites those who have booked on this pilgrimage to join with the parishioners of St Wilfrid’s, Northwich for Mass at 12 noon on Saturday 20th January 2018, and for refreshments afterwards. While there is no transport booked for this day if anyone is going and has seats available or anyone would like to go but has no transport please speak to Deacon Tony so transport can be sorted. 

SVP Holiday Home Fund Raiser:

To be held on Friday 9th February 2018 at St Columba’s Parish Hall, Chester. Tickets cost £10 and are available from SVP Members. The main performers will be the Chester Catholic High School band which goes by the name of City Jazz (website thecityjazzorchestrasingers.co.uk) but also our own ‘Nuns &Rosaries’ will be performing.  Please support this event if you can. It will be an entertaining evening and raise funds for a very worthy cause. Thank you.

CAFOD Quiz Night Friday 12th January 7.30pm:

This will be the fourth CAFOD quiz of the present series and the first in 2018. The December quiz was again very well attended and raised £350 for CAFOD’s Connect 2 Ethiopia project. The venue as usual will be Our Lady’s Parish Centre. The entrance fee will be £3.00 (children £1). Our quizmaster is Mr. Mike Ives who has given valuable support for our quiz nights for many years. The Fair Trade stall and Fair Trade refreshments will be provided at the interval. We look forward to seeing those who have taken part on previous occasions and welcome those who will be coming for the first time. If you have not got a team don’t be put off coming as you can join any of the other teams in the hall.

 

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