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Week commencing 13th October 2019
FR PAT WRITES : Today is one of great rejoicing for the Catholics in England and Wales as Blessed John Henry Newman is declared a Saint of the universal Church. His well-known prayer, God has created me for some definite purpose, reminds us that each of us has a purpose in life, that we are a link in a chain, even when it remains hidden to us. It is a prayer that invites us to have deep trust in God, especially in times of sickness and perplexity when the future is often hidden, to hold on to the truth that God knows what he is about. These words from his hymn, Lead Kindly Light, composed at the time of his conversion to join the Catholic Church are always appropriate: “l do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me”.
JOHN HENRY NEWMANis to be canonised today (Sunday) in Rome by Pope Francis, the first English non-martyr recognised as a saint for 600 years (the last being St John of Bridlington in 1401), so a great day of rejoicing for all English Catholics. Newman was born in 1801 and was an influential Anglican before joining the Catholic Church in 1845, for which he suffered great personal sadness at losing former friends and colleagues. He sought to encourage an educated laity and in 1879 he was made a Cardinal by Pope Leo XIII, who greatly admired him. His writings later influenced the Vatican II Council. He died at the age of 89 on 11 August 1890. Please offer a prayer of thanksgiving for his lifelong work to promote and defend our Christian Faith.
LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR Representatives will be selling raffle tickets in support of the Little Sisters after Masses this weekend.
PRISONS WEEK: This week is designated as Prisons Week and we are asked to focus our attention on Hope and Freedom. The Catholic charity Pact supports prisons, people with convictions, defendants and their families and brings hope to many in an increasingly difficult environment. There are leaflets available in the porch about their w
The ANNUAL DIOCESAN MASS FOR GRANDPARENTS will take place at 12 noon on Saturday 2nd November at St Alban’s, Mill Lane, Liscard, CH44 5UD followed by refreshments. Please bring your family to celebrate and give thanks. All priests are welcome to support grandparents in their parish by concelebrating. Parking is in the precinct opposite the parish hall in St Alban’s Road.
ROSARY: During the month of October, which is dedicated to Our Lady, the Rosary will be prayed 20 minutes before each weekday Mass. We hope you will find the opportunity to join us.
CONFIRMATION Catechists required to work as part of the team, between late November and the end of January. Please speak to either Fr Tomasz or Sonia Loughenbury if you would like to work with wonderful young people during their sacramental preparation.
TRAINING WORKSHOPS IN CHRISTIAN HEALING PRAYER . The second of four sessions of training in healing prayer is to take place in St Hugh’s church hall on Thursday evening 7.30pm to 9.00pm. All welcome. Please contact Brenda Ackroyd on 07731 517720 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Your prayers for the workshops would be appreciated!
THINKING OF BECOMING A CATHOLIC? The Parish RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) programme started at 7.30pm in the church porch on Wednesday. If you wish to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact Fr Pat or Fr Tomasz on 973 1694, email email@example.com , or David Astin on 0161 973 9154 email firstname.lastname@example.org .
SERRA : Serra Meetings from now on will be held at the Parish Hall, Christ Church at 2.00pm on the first and third Thursday with Mass, tea and biscuits followed by the talk. The next meeting is on Thursday, 17th October at 2.00pm and our speaker is Judge Humphries. His talk is on "The Job".
COLLECTIONS . Thank you all for your offerings for last week £853.08 plus standing orders. The total for Survive Miva reached £978.94. The CAFOD Harvest Fast Collection raised £464.71 (plus standing orders) and will remain open for a while. Please gift aid! Next week is Missio’s World Mission Sunday, and there will be a second collection. See noticeboard for information.
Mass intention envelopes are available in the church porch; when using them please add the reason for the intention (e.g. RIP, anniversary etc). Please add your contact details for specific date requests. Cheques to Parish of St Hugh & St John please.
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