National Youth Sunday 2020 (NYS) takes place on Sunday 22nd November, the feast of Christ the King. National Youth Sunday represents an opportunity to explicitly recognise young people - their gifts, talents and uniqueness. It also provides the Church with an opportunity to thank them for and affirm their contribution to the life of the local and universal Church.
CYMFed has produced resources to help facilitate the celebration of National Youth Sunday in school, parish and at home.
A host of resources to facilitate the celebration of National Youth Sunday and the Feast of Christ the King can be accessed at www.nationalyouthsunday.com. Resources are split into four categories; For You; For Parish; For School; and For Family.
Resources include Prayers of intercession, Children’s liturgy pack, a Family five minutes video, Form time reflections and Act of Worship.
Keep up to date with developments and resources by following @NationalYouthSunday on
Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We’ll be sharing quotes pertinent to the theme of ‘together’.
Pastoral Letter from Bishop Mark
This weekend (14th /15th November) we have a pastoral Message from Bishop Mark. He also attaches, for anyone who feels that they need it, details of 'Safe Spaces' an independently run support service for survivors of church-related abuse.
Both are available to download here.
A Precious Place of God's Grace
Bishop Mark has written 'A Precious Place of God's Grace'. This document is looking at the long term future of our Diocese, with the shortage of Priests, and the importance of lay people and clergy working together. There will be a time of consultation, with formation for both clergy and laity. I would like you to take some time to read this document and if you have any initial comments, then please send them to me via the parish office.
Message from Fr. John
Lockdown is with again and we all have to take special care of ourselves and others around us.
Both churches will be closed for public worship but St Mary's will be open for private prayer Tuesday - Saturday 10am-11am, St Anthony's will be open on Wednesday's each week 2.00pm -3.00pm for private prayer. I will celebrate Mass privately for your intentions. The Mass can be seen on our parish face book page, other information can be seen on the web site. Sunday Mass will be available on YouTube.
Please support all the clergy in your prayers.
CHURCH ROOF APPEAL
Thank you to our Parishioners. In these difficult and challenging times the generosity and kindness of so many Parishioners has shone through. Many of you, who previously used envelopes for giving, are now using standing orders or direct debits and have, at the same time, increased the amounts you are giving. All this at a time when we had to share with you that St Mary’s church roof needs to be replaced in the next five years at a staggering cost of £250,000.
How good is it to now tell you that, thanks to your brilliant response, the roof fund has now grown to £18,563 . We will also be able to claim Gift Aid on a good part of that fund and many others have pledged to make donations either monthly or annually for the roof fund going forward . Gift Aid and pledges will grow the fund to well over £20,000. Still a huge challenge, but a great start.
Thank you all so much. Peter Moody
We are very grateful to a small group of volunteers who have been stewards every day since we reopened. Without their commitment we would not have been able to keep the church open. Unfortunately the current situation will continue for some time so we would like to have more stewards to share the workload. We have teams of four and they are responsible for cleaning the church after private prayer and once Mass restarts recording the names of parishioners attending Mass, acting as Stewards and cleaning the church afterwards. We need volunteers for both weekdays and weekends and if you feel able to help please contact the church office via email or leave a message on the parish answerphone 01202 675412.
Church Coffee Mornings
Please join us for a zoom get-together on Sundays at 11am.
It is really lovely to see and chat to friends from both our parishes, if there is problem with the link email: email@example.com