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last updated : 18/03/19

LENT 2019

LPA Parishes Website:

Details are available on our LPA Parishes Website of Special Events during Lent and Eastertide. Please pay a visit on: www.rcchep.co.uk - This information will be updated during Lent & Eastertide.

Holy Hour & Evening Prayer:

During Lent there will be a Holy Hour & Evening Prayer from the ‘Divine Office’ at Our Lady’s from 4.30pm to 5.30pm each Sunday up until Palm Sunday, 14th April. The next will be this Sunday, 17th March

Morning Prayer:

Opportunities to pray Morning Prayer from the ‘Divine Office’ this week are:
8.30am, Monday 18th March at Our Lady’s
8.30am, Thursday 21st March at Our Lady’s

Stations of the Cross:

Wednesday, 20th March, 6.00pm at St Saviour’s.
Also Each Friday of Lent with the SVP until Good Friday. The next being at: Our Lady’s: 7.00pm, Friday 22th March.

Penance Services:

The first of our Chester & Ellesmere Port Deanery Penance Services, with the Opportunity for Individual Confessions, will be at St Mary’s, Thursday, 28th March at 7.00pm, the second will be at St Columba’s Church, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1SA at 7.00pm on Thursday, 4th April at 7.00pm. The third will be at St Werburgh’s Church, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester CH1 1QJ, 7.00pm on Tuesday, 9th April.

Diocesan ‘Called to Holiness, Gifted for Mission’ Talks:

These will take place on:
-Wednesday, 20th March, 7.00pm at St Columba’s Parish Centre, Plas Newton Lane, Chester CH2 1PL
-Wednesday, 27th March, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s, Parish Centre
-Wednesday, 3rd April, 7.00pm at Our Lady’s, Parish Centre

Global Healing ‘Laudato Si’ Videos & Discussions:

The next will take place on:
-Friday, 29th March, 7.30pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre, then
-Friday, 5th April, 7.30pm at Our Lady’s Parish Centre
These come from Pope Francis’ Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ on care for our Planet and Environment. The Bishops of England & Wales have produced some Videos and Materials for discussion called ‘Global Healing’. They are very thought provoking and challenging. At these events, and now at the back of Our Lady’s, there will also be available copies of the booklet ‘Catholics & Our Common Home’ by Sister Margaret Atkins. These presentations will take place after the Stations of the Cross, and will start with Tea & Coffee to give people who have been at the Stations at St Saviour’s time to come down.

Funeral Information:

Patricia Lynch – Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady’s at 11.00am on Tuesday, 26th March

Sylvia Armstrong – Funeral Service will take place at St Saviour’s at 1.30pm on Wednesday, 27th March

Moira Smith – Funeral Service will take place at Chester Crematorium Chapel at 11.20am on Thursday, 28th March

LOCAL & DIOCESAN NEWS

CAFOD Lent Fast Day Collection this weekend:

As some of us heard last weekend, the focus for this year's Fast Day is on Bangladesh where Mahinur and her family eke out a living catching fish from a local river. However last year a severe drought caused all the fish to die leaving Mahinur struggling to feed her disabled husband and son. The twice yearly Fast Days are an opportunity for us to support families like Mahinur's in many parts of the world where Climate Change is having a serious effect on food production. Friday was the Lent Fast Day and we were encouraged to eat simply on that day so that we could make a contribution to CAFOD's work with many families in the poorer countries around the world. CAFOD Envelopes will are available this weekend 16th/17th March and there will be a Retiring Collection in all our Churches for the Fast Day. With the Envelopes there is the opportunity to Gift Aid your donation if you are able.

CAFOD Quiz Night Friday 22nd March:

The final Quiz Night of the present series will be held in Our Lady's Parish Centre this coming Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm. The entry fee is still only £3 which includes Fairtrade refreshments and stall. So far in this series we have raised over £1700. From January some of this money is going towards peace projects in Colombia. Please come along and join us on the night and enjoy an evening of friendly entertainment.

Fairtrade Stalls:

The Fairtrade stalls will be open this Sunday, 17th March in St. Bernard's Church and on 23rd/24th March in St. Saviour's Church. We are just coming to the end of Fairtrade Fortnight and the availability of the stalls will provide an opportunity of supporting some of the farmers, their families and local cooperatives in the poorer parts of the world. During the last two weeks there has been a Fairtrade stall open each day in Chester Market. As Fairtrade Fortnight draws to a close, DOUBLE CHOCOLATE biscuits are back in stock and Shortbread Half Coated.  Unfortunately the very popular GINGER biscuits are not back but they should be by the end of this month.  There are also a number of REAL CHOCOLATE Easter Eggs complete with the Easter story.

LPA, SVP Youth Conference:

The Youth Conference will be having their next meeting this coming Monday 18th March, 4.15pm to 5.00pm, in Our Lady’s Parish Centre. New members are always welcome from 10 years of age plus. For further information contact Chris Duke 355 6954.

LPA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) & Faith Meetings:

We recently started meetings for those wishing to know more about the Catholic Faith. All parishioners are welcome and also those interested in coming into the Catholic Faith. This Monday 18th March at 7pm the discussion group will be meeting again at St Saviour’s Church. All are welcome.

Ellesmere Port & Hooton Joint Pastoral Consultation Group:

Information coming soon.

Update on Sacraments Preparation for those in Non-Catholic Schools:

The next meeting will be at 6.00pm this coming Thursday, 21st March in the Upper Room at Our Lady’s Parish Centre. If anyone would like to find out more details please ring the LPA Office on: 0151 355 5877

PILGRIMAGES TRIPS & SOCIAL EVENTS

Trip to Pantasaph Franciscan Church, Stations of the Cross:

On Sunday 7th April we will visit Pantasaph Shrine for Lenten Stations of the Cross. The Parish Minibus will depart from St Saviour’s Church around 12.15pm, following our 11am Mass. Following the Stations of the Cross there will be time for refreshments in the Friary Café and an opportunity to visit the shop.  Places are limited so if you wish to join us please contact the Parish Office at St Mary of the Angels on 0151 327 6158.

LPA Trip to Durham – May 2019:

Those of you booked to join this trip/pilgrimage will shortly receive a letter with further details including how to make final payments. Also on Wednesday 1st May (Feast of St Joseph the Worker) all are invited to join us for the 7pm Mass at St Saviour’s followed by a pre-departure social gathering.

St Patrick’s Night Celebration at St Mary of the Angels’ Stanley Hall:

A night of musical entertainment will take place this Sunday 17th March, commencing at 7pm. The music will again be provided by ‘Anthony & Craig’, light refreshments will be available and bring your own favourite tipple. The suggested donation is £6.00 and all funds will be in support of our Youth Lourdes Fund. If you are interested in coming along please contact the parish office of St Saviour & St Mary of the Angels 0151 327 6158 in order to secure tickets.

 

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