News 1st of January 2012

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,
if possible.

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
died recently.

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
lynettemone@hotmail.com, 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.

From the newsletter:

FR MARTIN’S ANNUAL HOLIDAY: Father will be on holiday in Nigeria from 27
December.

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, if possible.

PLAYING FR CHRISTMAS IN NIGERIA! Each time I visit home, it has always
been part of my program to arrange as much gifts as possible for people, especially
the less-privileged. I have two boxes waiting to be filled! Do you still have things
you would like to give as gifts? Please drop them off at the presbytery. Clothes,
shoes and things like that are acceptable. I prefer to buy food items in Nigeria,
mainly because of the weight. A report on the distribution will be on our board when
I return. New or almost new items will be preferable, to worth the expenses on their
transportation.

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.

CHURCH CLEANING: The rota for 2012 is now available in the porch.

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 hold, 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.

FUNERAL FOR DAVID BROWN: Wednesday the 28th
of December. Church Service at St Clare’s 12:30. Crematorium 2:00. Celebration at Rossett Hall
afterwards everyone welcome. Anyone who does not want to go to the Crematorium
can go to Rossett Hall. No Flowers Please. Any donations will go to the
mesothelioma and the McMillan Nurses charities. We all know what a great soul and
wonderful parishioner David was. Let’s show it on the 28th.

ANNIVERSARIES: please remember the soul of Joan Acworth whose anniversary
occurs during the week.

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SICK: Bernie Ashcroft, Michael Ashcroft, Margaret
Borrows, 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, Mark Patavino, 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 lynettemone@hotmail.com, 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.

ANTIPHONS FOR VIGIL MASS: See Mass Books page 34 and for Christmas
Morning Mass Page 39

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

As the whole earth and the Holy Mother Church cheerfully welcomes God’s
greatest gift , the gift of Himself in Love to us and to all creation, it is my privilege to
extend a heartfelt wish of a very Merry Christmas to all parishioners of St. Clare’s
parish. This happens to be my first Christmas as your priest, and I wish to thank God
for all His graces for the journey so far, and thank you all for putting up with me and
in many ways helping to make it more of a family affair than a chore. It has been a
long journey in a short time! Many bridges have been crossed and surely there will be
more ahead. I most sincerely wish to register my gratitude to you all for your services
towards the day to day running and building up of this parish. This continues to be one
of the strong points of our parish, that people are ever ready to offer their time and
talent to serve the needs of the parish community. My prayer is that we keep that Spirit
alive, that all may catch that fire and feel called to contribute their own quota in the
building of God’s family here in St Clare’s and beyond.

In a special way may I thank the altar servers, the sacristans, the choir and the
youth band, the Extra-ordinary ministers of communion, readers, the children’s liturgy
group, cleaners, altar decorators, ushers, welcomers, counters, Hugh who helps with our
newsletter, the parish Councillors, finance committee, liturgy committee and the list can
go on and on! I cannot forget those who set up and decorated our Christmas Crib and
Tree! And many more thanks to those whose contributions and sacrifices are hidden and
unnoticed. May the Lord who sees all reward you. We also thank our house-bound
parishioners for the love and continued support they show towards the parish, by their
prayers, good wishes and other wise. May the Lord continue to be with them. As I
leave on Tuesday for my annual leave, you will all be in my thoughts and humble
prayers. Do say one for me too, for a safe and refreshing trip. Happy Christmas!!!
Thanks a million for all your cards, gifts and kind words!
CHRISTMAS – A TIME FOR GIVING:

“Father, you are the Giver of all
good gifts. You are the Giver of the best gift of all, Jesus Christ, your Son,
who set aside His own glory to come to us as a child in a manger. Give us
grateful and generous hearts and grant us the grace to want for our
brothers and sisters what we want for ourselves. Use our hands to build
bridges of peace and love, justice and joy, that your Kingdom may come. We
ask this through your Son, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”