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last updated :21/05/2018

FUNERALS

For details of Funerals taking place this coming week in our parishes, please see the front page of the newsletter.

John Gerard (Gerry) Archbold – Funeral Service will take place at Chester Crematorium at 3.20pm on Wednesday, 23rd May

Irene Flynn – Funeral Service will take place at Chester Crematorium at 11.20am on Thursday, 24th May

Peter Shannon – Funeral Mass will take place at St Saviour’s at 12.noon on Tuesday 29th May

Thomas Aherne – Funeral Service will take place at Our Lady’s at 11.00am on Thursday 31st May

LOCAL & DIOCESAN NEWS

Share the Journey Walk in Rivacre Valley Saturday 2ndJune 11.00am:

In Autumn last year, Pope Francis launched the Share the Journey campaign and called on all of us to show our support for refugees and migrants by taking part in walks of varying lengths in our own neighbourhoods. In September world leaders will be coming together to draw up new UN agreements on refugees and migrants and this will be an opportunity to show our concern for the millions of people who have been forced to leave their homes and go on journeys seeking safety and shelter. It is hoped that the total distance for all those taking part in Share the Journey walks will reach 24,900 miles (the distance round the world) and this will present a powerful message to world leaders. This will be in place of the usual petition and every mile will count. If you are free on that Saturday morning (2nd June) please join us at the Rivacre Valley car park to start a gentle 3 mile walk around the Valley and the adjoining golf course.
The walk will get underway at 11.00am. If you need any further information please have a word with me (Tony Walsh) or one of the J&P group.

‘‘NightFever’’:

“Night Fever” has proved itself a he success across Europe and USA in bringing people back to the Catholic Church. Our first ‘Night Fever’ will take place on Friday 15th June in St Francis’ Church, Chester starting with Mass at 7.00pm, and followed by a small team of volunteers going out into the city streets to invite people to come into Church to light a candle and experience Adoration of the Blessed sacrament. Volunteers are required for the following ministries: Praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament, Welcome Team in the Church Porch, Musicians & Singers for the worship music, Readers & Volunteers to go into the streets. The ministry is being organised by Anthony Hunt (Chaplain at Chester Catholic High School) and supported by members of the Clergy from Chester & Ellesmere Port Deanery parishes. To volunteer or obtain more information speak with Deacon Tony or call Anthony on 07714 160268.

LPA Justice and Peace Group Meeting:

The J&P group will be meeting again on Sunday 27th May at 6.30pm in Our Lady’s Parish Centre. We will be discussing events and activities that will take place in the months leading up to the Summer Holidays, (including the forthcoming ‘Share the Journey’ walk).  Please come along and join us at the meeting if you would like to know more about justice and peace or would like to get involved in the promotion of Catholic Social Teaching in our parishes community.

The Northern Catholic Conference:

this year’s conference will take place on 22nd, 23rd, and 24th June 2018 at Liverpool Hope University.  The theme this year is ‘I am with you always, Yes to the end of time.’ (Matthew 28:20) Father Pat Deegan is the Spiritual Director. For further information, please see notices in Our Lady’s Church.  To register or for more information, contact Denise on 07543800812 or email northerncatholic@outlook.com or visit www.northerncatholic.co.uk

A41 Churches Together:

Recently a meeting of this Ecumenical Forum was held at Stanley Hall. Unfortunately, no parishioners responded to the request to attend and support the clergy in this ministry. As we move forward into one parish for Ellesmere Port, this and other such ministries / tasks will only be able to be maintained if there is engagement and willing volunteers!! As such we are still looking for a parish volunteer(s) to assist the clergy in regular engagement with this forum. If you are interested please speak with Fr Louis or Deacon Tony
Also please note there will be an Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast at Little Sutton Methodist Church 9am Saturday 2nd June- All are invited to attend

Eucharistic Congress – Adoremus, Liverpool 7-9 September:

The Diocesan website has a new link to Adoremus materials and booking forms on the home page, www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/catholic-faith/the-new-evangelisation/adoremus Tickets are available for Saturday’s Congress Day and limited tickets remain for Friday’s Symposium Day. You may join online communities on Facebook: Adoremus Eucharistic Congress; twitter: @adoremus2018 and #adoremus ; and Instagram: @eucharisticcongress  . Please book through the parish as soon as possible if you wish to participate.

Diocesan Welfare Officer:

A vacancy has arisen for a Support Worker to assist the Diocesan Welfare Officer.  The successful applicant will support the Welfare Officer assisting in visiting and participating in the care of sick and retired priests in their own home, or community setting.  Also in an administrative role, booking appointments and dealing with the day to day administrative tasks which support a safe, confidential person-centred service for retired and sick Priests in the Diocese of Shrewsbury.  The work will be facilitated, supervised and supported by the Welfare Officer. For further information please visit our website http://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies or send CV to Pauline.mcculloch@dioceseofshrewsbury.org.  Closing date Friday 8 June 2018.

PILGRIMAGES TRIPS & SOCIAL EVENTS

Altar Servers and LPA Visit to Shrewsbury Cathedral – Numbers Needed!:

A ‘Day Pilgrimage and Visit’  to our Diocesan Cathedral in Shrewsbury has been arranged for our Altar Servers and LPA Parishioners a week on Wednesday 30th May 2018. Several Altar Servers and Parishioners have already signed to go, but we need to know final numbers by this coming Wednesday, 23rd May to give an idea of how many are interested. Please sign the lists at the back of our Churches, or call the LPA Office as soon as possible if you would like to come.  The Coach will be leaving Our Lady’s at approximately 10.00am to arrive at the Cathedral in time for the 12.15pm Mass that day. Other events will include a guided tour of the Cathedral a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Pity in the Cathedral Grounds, and an opportunity to look at the new Visitor Centre there. People will need to bring a packed lunch, and we will either stop at a local park, or have the opportunity to eat lunch in a covered area if the weather is bad. We would hope to be back at Our Lady’s at approximately 5.00pm. Please note that any Alter Servers, or those under 18 travelling without their families, will need a Diocesan Parental Consent Form filling out and returning to us. A donation of £10-00 would be appreciated towards the Coach for Parishioners accompanying. Please see Chris Duke, or contact the LPA Office for details.

BBQ, Music & Song Night at St Mary of the Angels:

On Friday 1st June ‘Craig & Anthony’ will once again provide a concert in support of our Lourdes Youth Ministry. No charge or tickets, donations can be made on entry and all proceeds will go to the Lourdes Youth Fund. The evening includes BBQ food and light refreshments. (No bar so please bring your own bottle of choice)  All are welcome

Holy Hour on Solemnity of Body & Blood of Christ:

The LPA Lourdes Youth Group are hosting this Holy Hour at St Saviour’s Church starting at 2.30pm on Sunday 3rd June. This will be followed by a garden party & light refreshments (weather permitting). Please come along, all are welcome.

S.V.P. Theatre Night - Gladstone Theatre  Port Sunlight, Wednesday 6th June 2018:

This year’s presentation is "DIAL  M FOR MURDER "Tickets £9.00.These theatre nights have been a good success, in both been a good night out, and raising funds for the SVP holiday home project. Tickets will be on sale after all Masses over the coming weekends.

A Night at the Proms – A Date for Your Diary:

‘Flat Pack Music’ will be presenting ‘A Night at the Proms’ on Friday 22nd June at 7.30pm at Our Lady’s Church. Tickets will cost £10 and will be on sale after Mass at Our Lady’s and St Bernard’s over the coming weekends.  Part of the tickets sales will go to the SVP.

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage:

This year marks the 160th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady to Bernadette in Lourdes. The Diocesan Pilgrimage will take place from 26 July-3 August overland and 27 July-2 August by air.  Brochures and booking forms can be downloaded from the Pilgrimage Website www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk  or from the Pilgrimage Office: St Alban's, 30 Mill Lane, Wallasey, CH44 5UD.  This year flight seats are limited so early booking is recommended.

 

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