SECOND COLLECTION – WARNING: there will be a collection for the
Retired Priests’ Fund on the weekend of 14/15 January.
CHURCH CLEANING Group 2, NO Coffee after Mass today.
FR MARTIN’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY: Father will be on holiday in Nigeria
from 28 January.
WHILE I AM AWAY: It will almost be business as usual. The weekend and
weekday masses have all been arranged. If there is any change whatsoever,
Hugh will inform us in good time through the newsletter. We thank the
Franciscans immensely for their generosity in providing most of the cover.
Thanks also to Fr Peter who will be doing one of the weekends for us. For
any issues having to do with liturgy, please contact our Chief Sacristan Tony
Austin. For any important notices for our newsletter, please get in touch with
Hugh. Any issues relating to finance or the office please leave a note through
the presbytery door and Paula, the secretary will sort it out accordingly. She
knows how to reach me, if necessary. For Confessions, may we please go to
St Francis or any nearby parish, or meet the visiting priest before mass,
FLOWERS AND CARDS COLLECTION: Thank you for the generous
response to the appeal. The total donated towards the cost of the cards and the
Christmas decorations was £340.
OPEN PARISH MEETING: At the last parish council, a proposal was made
for open parish meeting/s in the coming year. Please let us know your opinion
on this please. How often will you like such meetings to be held, and what
time of the year? Any particular items for the agenda? Send your feedbacks in
writing please to Fr Martin through the presbytery door. The parish council
will look at your feedbacks in the next meeting and come to a conclusion.
RECENTLY DECEASED: Please pray for the soul of Lorna Woosey who
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SICK: Bernie Ashcroft, Michael Ashcroft, Margaret Borrows, Kathy Bratherton nee Rush, Phil Buckley, Joan Bullough, Helen Creaney, Emmanuelle, Erica Finn, Mary Frain, Eileen Green, Kath Heffernan, Hanna Jones, Alan Joinson, Ann Leach, Sandra Lenel, Win Littler, Monica Mannion, Anita Martin, Mary McDonough, Ann O’Gorman, MarkPatavino, Andrew Prendergast, Rosemary Prendergast, Vera Rattigan, Elizabeth Shaw, Peggy Shone, Eve Stanton, Freda Tyldesley and Martin Walter.
SAFEGUARDING/CRB CHECK: Our parish safeguarding rep is now
Lynette Sloan. She has been interviewed and approved by the diocese. Could
anyone who has not yet had a CRB check, and volunteer in capacities such as
SVP, Eucharistic Minister who visits the sick, children’s liturgists/catechists
and evangelists who may be in the company of young/vulnerable people
please contact Lynette on 07743026029/428125 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org, to go through the appropriate forms. Those
parishioners who have previously had a CRB check will be contacted by the
diocese safeguarding coordinator in the New Year, to update information.
SCRIPTURE/EVANGELIZATION: NO MEETINGS TILL AFTER THE
CHRISTMAS PERIOD, while we still work on the best day and
arrangements. The intention is to have a combined Catechism study and
RCIA discussion group on whichever evening is selected.
CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS: There has been a practice in the past whereby
Christmas and Easter collections are meant to be gifts from parishioners to the
priest. Some have asked if this is the case for this Christmas. No. All our
Christmas collections, just as our last and next Easter collections and all
donations will go into the parish account, unless they are specifically marked
as gifts to the priest or for some other purpose by the donor.
CATHOLIC CHILDREN’S SOCIETY: This Christmas please support the
work of the Catholic Children’s Society who help some of the most needy and
disadvantaged children and families in our Diocese. There will be a Crib
collection over Christmas, many thanks for your generosity.
REFLECTION ON NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS; God loves you
because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
ANTIPHONS FOR VIGIL MASS: See Mass Books page 43.