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Week commencing - 24th May 2020
FR PAT WRITES:“Today marks the tenth Sunday since our church, like all those across the country, has been closed to you to gather for Mass. No words could convey how much we miss the warmth of your presence, and that spiritual lift we get from being together. However great the variety of ‘Live Stream Masses’ they can never satisfy that human need and desire to take our place at the Lord’s table in St. Hugh’s. Those empty pews are waiting to be filled by you, so let us keep up the fervour of our prayer that this time will come soon.
The energy and power came from the Holy Spirit. They listened to, lived under the guidance of and were encouraged by the Holy Spirit, especially during times of persecution. They were fearless and always joyful. Our culture and our outlook on life tends to have the opposite effect on us. How easily we become despondent and listless, content ourselves with the minimum in living our faith, and become accustomed to decline in our churches as signs of the times.
Every Pentecost brings a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our world and into lives and hearts that remain open to the power of God’s love. How great is our spiritual need.
As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost next Sunday, pray for that same gift in our world, our parish and ourselves. You may find the novena to the Holy Spirit (9 days from Feast of Ascension) helpful or just simply pray each day: ‘Come Holy Spirit, come into my heart and fill me with your love. Come, Holy Spirit, come.’
FR. TOMASZ’S ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION: We rejoice with and congratulate Fr. Tomasz as he celebrates his anniversary of Ordination as a priest on Tuesday. Fr. Tomasz was ordained on 26th May 2001 for the Archdiocese of Szczecin in Poland. We are delighted that his Archbishop has released him to serve as Priest in the Diocese of Shrewsbury and particularly that he is with us in the parish of St. Hugh and St. John. We pray that he will celebrate many more anniversaries here with us. Ad multos annos, Fr. Tomasz.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY: Thank you to all 51 families who joined us for the children’s liturgy meeting, which went very well. We have received some lovely photographs of the work the children have done which are available to view on the website. The next meeting will be on 31st May which is Pentecost Sunday. Details for joining are on the website, they are meeting ID 726 6756 5885 and password 2zW09v (that is a zero, not a letter O).
CAFOD. We would normally be holding a collection next weekend. CAFOD have launched an emergency appeal for funds, because the impact of coronavirus in countries with poor health systems will be even more devastating than our experiences. How can they wash their hands if they don't even have running water? How can they isolate when living in overcrowded housing? If you can give online, please search for CAFOD CORONAVIRUS APPEAL. Whether you can give or not, please remember them in your prayers. Thank you.
MASS INTENTIONS and requests for prayers can be sent through the Parish Office. Fr. Pat and Fr. Tomasz are always happy to receive a call or respond to any request.
RECENT DEATHS: We pray for the happy repose of the souls of Barclay (aged 100) and Trudy Patoir (aged 99) who died on Sunday 17 May within a few hours of each other. We remember their daughters Sr. Martine, Loreto Altrincham and Betty a parishioner of St. Hugh and St. John. They were parishioners of Sacred Heart and St. Peter’s Wythenshawe, and though Fr. Pat is unable to fulfil their request of forty plus years ago to celebrate the Funeral Mass, will be privileged to celebrate Mass for them this week. We remember also the many people who died or are suffering from Corona virus. Please pray for them and their families. Special Masses will be celebrated for the sick, their families, care workers and NHS staff by one of our Bishops every Thursday at 7pm.
ONLINE GIVING TO THE PARISH. An online donation page has been added to the parish website but please note that a minimum donation of £5 is requested if giving in this way. If you want to Gift Aid your donation, please tick the box shown on the screen even if you have previously completed a Gift Aid Declaration form in favour of the Parish for regular giving made by Offertory Envelope or Standing Order. Thank you for your support.
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