News for 4th March 2012

RCIA (PREPARATION OF ADULTS FOR BEING RECEIVED INTO THE
CATHOLIC CHURCH) 2012 / 2013 – Please help spread
the word . There is still room for enrolments. But that will only happen
when we let people know. It takes off this Saturday, the 10th . (2NDSAT. OF
EVERY MONTH,)

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL GOSPEL CHOIR: We invited the young students
to join us and sing at our youth masses, and they have agreed to join us at the Youth Mass on the first Sunday of April, which happens to be Palm Sunday. We do not yet how regular they can be. Our hope is that they make it every month! But 9.30 am!

Who will wake them up? Fingers crossed.

PARISH COUNCIL: Meeting will hold on Mon. the 5th of March, 7.30pm.
BISHOPS VISIT TO THE SCHOOL: Bishop Mark will be visiting our primary
school this Thursday the 8th of March.

HOME VISITS: Fr Martin will be available all through the period of lent for
home visitations and confessions, especially to the sick and housebound of
our parish, on request please.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Each Friday during Lent, at 7.30pm there will be
Stations of the Cross in the church after the 7.00pm Mass. This Friday 9th
led by Miriam, 16th Hugh, and 23rd Judy. Fr Martin will be available for confessions during the Stations. The 30th will be a Penitential Service at 7.00pm. Many thanks.

CHURCH CLEANING Group 1, Coffee after Mass provided by C.C.Guild

BISHOP MARK’S VISIT; The bishop will have time with us in the parish room
over a cup of tea or coffee after each mass. A list will be made available at the porch
as usual, for people to indicate what they intend to bring along to share. There is still
a lot of room for you to add your names and perhaps a personal message on the
‘Welcome’ card which is available in the porch.

ALTAR SERVERS: All altar servers are please invited for a two-hours practice on
Saturday 10TH of March by 2pm, to prepare for the bishop’s mass. A proforma is
available in the sacristy for you to indicate your availability for the masses.

EXTRA MASSES DURING LENT: A great turn out again last Friday for the mass
and Stations of the Cross. Again this Friday, we begin with the mass at 7pm, expose
the Blessed Sacrament immediately after mass by 7.30 and end by 8pm with a
benediction after the stations. Remember the Thursday morning mass 9.30am
please. See if you can make it this week, just the mass with three minutes silence for
reflection in this holy season. We thank all who volunteer to help set up.

SCRIPTURE STUDY AND EVANGELISATION: Saturday mornings 10.00am,
until Easter. This is a very good opportunity to learn more, helped by one another so
to deepen our faith all the more. Make it a date every Saturday Morning between
10 and 11.30am.

PETITION FOR MARRIAGE TO HM GOVERNMENT: Preaching at the
annual diocesan celebration of marriage on Saturday 11th February, Bishop Mark
urged the Catholics of his diocese to raise their voices in defence of the authentic
meaning of marriage “for the sake of generations to come”. God and not the State is
the author of Christian marriage “he said. Full homily on the diocesan website
www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org. The petition is at http://c4m.org.uk so please sign it.
At Masses next weekend, a Letter from Archbishops Vincent Nichols and Peter
Smith on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales concerning this
will be read and distributed.

PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SICK: Bernie Ashcroft, Michael Ashcroft, Michael
Baldacchino, Lucia Baldaz, 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, Aita Martin, Esme McCarthy, Mary
McDonough, Ann O’Gorman, Mark Patavino, Andrew Prendergast, Rosemary
Prendergast, Vera Rattigan, Elizabeth Shaw, Peggy Shone, Eve Stanton and Freda
Tyldesley

CAFOD LENTEN ACTIONS: “Thank you to everyone who took a CAFOD Lent
Fast Day envelope and prayer cards last weekend and to those who joined us for our
Fast Day Supper. If you have forgotten your envelope today please don’t worry, next
week will be fine. There are still some prayer cards left if you didn’t collect your
copy last week, also some CAFOD boxes so please do help yourself.
Next week we will let you know about another way in which we can support all the
people around the world who do not have access to clean water and by taking a
simple action, how we can really help to bring about change for them
ATTENTION ALL GIFT AID DONORS: The tax year 2011/12 will be coming
to an end on 5th
April and the Parish will then undertake the process of claiming back
the Gift Aid refunds on donations made in the tax year. If your circumstances have
changed and you no longer pay income tax (or if for any other reason you do not
wish to remain in the Gift Aid Scheme) please let Fr know or contact Mike Russell
(659434) by 5th
April, otherwise it will be assumed you have paid sufficient income
tax for the Parish to reclaim Gift Aid on donations made in the tax year.

CHESTER WORLD DEVELOPMENT FORUM. Please see the poster in the
porch about a talk in St Peter’s Church, The Cross, on 12 March on the subject of
Orangutans and sustainable Palm Oil production.

BAPTISM: This Sunday, 4th, Alfie, Emily and Callum Ware will receive the
Sacrament of Baptism during the 9.30 Mass. Please make them feel welcome as
they become members of God’s Church and our parish. Also remember them and
their family in your prayers over the coming weeks. It will be great if masses could
be booked for them over the coming weeks for stability of this young and tender
faith.

NEW LEADERS FOR CHILDREN’S LITURG Y OF THE WORD
This session on Saturday 10thMarch 2012 at St Mary’s, Middlewich, from 9.30am
coffee, 10.00am-12.30pm is offered for those new to leading Children’s Liturgy of
the Word. It is led by Sister Catherine Darby SND and Chris Malone. A donation of
£5 would be appreciated on the day. Bookings by Friday 24thFebruary by email to
kay.orourke@dioceseofshrewsbury.org or phone the Curial Offices and leave names
with Kay O’Rourke or Sue Blackwell.

EASTER CHICKS: Once again the knitteing needles are clicking and donations of
eggs are needed to swell the bodies. Judy will be grateful for donations. The chicks
will be on sale at Easter in the porch, the parish room and in schools where our
young parishioners will be doing their bit too..

AGED BETWEEN 20 & 35? See the poster in the porch about ACTS.

ANTIPHONS FOR MASS: See Mass Books page 71 or thereabouts.

Encouraging news

After years of disaster predictions regarding the low numbers of vocations to the priesthood , prayers are being answered and some seminaries in the UK ,USA and Australia all reporting an increase in vocations. In fact the theological college in Washington is said to be bursting at the seams, and equally important the quality and zeal of the candidates is reported as being very high. At the last Priest’s Day of Recollection, the Rector of Oscott expressed his great delight at the deep spiritual thirst and quality of the present seminarians, our future priests!
Please keep those prayers going. God is surely listening