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Week commencing 23rd February 2020
FR PAT WRITES: “I’ve been speaking with Fr Tomasz over the last few days and he asks me to convey his appreciation for your prayers and support during the past week. The memorial Mass for his mother Maria on Tuesday evening was very moving and included members of the Polish community offering prayers in Fr Tomasz’s native language. The focal point on the altar added a human touch as it depicts Fr Tomasz’s mother surrounded by her family.
A special word of thanks to Canon Michael Gannon VG, Fr John Daly, Fr Geoff O’Grady and Deacon Peter Lafferty who participated in the mass. Thanks also to those who helped and for the lovely hospitality offered in the hall afterwards.
On his return from pilgrimage next week Fr Tomasz will spend a little time in Poland with his family before returning to his parish family here at St Hugh’s. Times such as this remind us that priests experience the joys and tribulations of family life in all its forms.”
LENT begins this week on Ash Wednesday with the blessing & distribution of ashes: Masses are 9.30am 11.00am & 7.30pm. It is a day of fasting & abstinence. The Key Stage 2 children from St Hugh’s school will come to the Mass at 11am. There are Lenten resources available to help you on your spiritual journey, the “Walk With Me” Lenten booklets are available in the church porch; you may wish to make a donation into the wallbox at the newspapers table. There will be Stations of the Cross on the Fridays of Lent at 11.40am.
For the “Year of the Word” Fr Pat would be happy to provide an opportunity at 9.30am each Tuesday starting this week to reflect on the gospel for the following Sunday.
WELCOMING MEETING . How we welcome each other, visitors and new parishioners to our church is one of the elements to creating an amazing parish. We are looking to develop our Welcoming Ministry here at St Hugh & St John's. On Sunday March 1 we will be having a meeting following the coffee morning after the 10:30 Mass (start approx 12:30pm and finish at 1:30pm). If you are interested in being part of the ministry, have ideas to share, or just want to find out more, then we would love you to join us. This will be an ongoing initiative so if you can't make the meeting there will be lots of opportunities to get involved throughout the year.
RIP. Please pray for Helen O’Brien of Wyncourt Nursing Home who died last week, and for her family and friends
HEALING SERVICES AT HOLY ANGELS . You are invited to the Healing Services, held on the first Sunday of every month, at Holy Angels Church in Hale Barns. In the presence of the Blessed Sacrament on the altar, you can experience the power of the Holy Spirit through prayer, praise, talk and music. Opportunities to receive individual healing prayer and Reconciliation are offered. Services begin at 7pm, following the 6pm Sunday Mass and the next one will be on the 1st of March.
Diocesan spring talks for the Year of the Word: Due to unforeseen circumstances, some dates have been changed. The full schedule is on the noticeboard but here are the local events:
Fr John Britto: Verbum Domini/Word of the Lord (Pope Benedict XVI)
Sun 23 Feb Sacred Heart and St Peter’s, Baguley 19:00- 20:30 (Registration 18:30)
Miss Barbara Davies: The Language we use to speak of God
Sun 01 Mar Sacred Heart and St Peter’s, Baguley 18:30-19:00-20:30 (Registration 18:30)
COLLECTIONS. Thank you for your offerings last week which amounted to £832.55 plus standing orders. The CAFOD collection last week raised £632.82 including a very generous £100 from the weekday coffee mornings, and the clergy retirement fund collection which is now closed, raised £840.50 in total. Many thanks for all your generosity
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