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Please note the Greater Manchester Marathon on Sunday 7th April – the roads including Park Road will be closed sometime between 0500 and 1800, but we are told we can have access to church via Manchester Road with the help of stewards
A Foyer de Charité Retreat will be held at Hinsley Hall, the Diocese of Leeds Pastoral Centre, from Sunday 21 July (6pm) – Saturday 27 July (2pm) 2019. The theme is God’s Plan for the Fullness of Time, and the preacher will be Mgr. Keith Barltrop, with help from Foyer members and past retreatants. Foyer retreats are held mainly in silence, with three talks a day, and offer a holistic way of deepening our faith in the Church’s teaching and our life in Christ. The Foyers are communities of consecrated lay people living with a priest in order to help others grow closer to Christ and live the Catholic faith more fully. For further information or to book a place, contact Mgr. Barltrop: firstname.lastname@example.org; 07879 953953; St. Mary of the Angels, Moorhouse Road, Bayswater, London W2 5DJ
There are also English retreats in Tressaint in February and Châteauneuf in September, details of which can be found on the foyer website, https://www.foyers.org.uk/
Various prayer and social events are organised by parish groups throughout the year. Please join us for coffees and teas after 10.30am Mass on the first and third Sundays of the month. These coffee mornings are hosted by our various parish groups and often act as fundraisers for various causes, although there is no obligation to contribute.
Anybody is welcome to host a coffee morning; they are well attended and are a particularly enjoyable way of meeting people in our community and for getting information on parish activities.
Hosting Meetings and Events
Information on group meetings can be found under Parish groups. Please see the weekly newsletters for all Parish and other local, national and international events. Group meetings are held in the Church, Church porch, Parish meeting room or Parish hall. Some are held outside the church premises. Please check to confirm where your group meets.
The Parish hall is used for events and can be hired by Parishioners and the wider community. For more information, see Parish hall.
Reflections From Events
Pope Francis World Peace Day Message, “Good politics serves good peace”.
The Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP, President of Pax Christi, writes “… Pope Francis invites us to start the new year with a reflection of our role of peace makers and looking at the ‘the signs of the times’, Pope Francis is uncompromising in his challenge to war and violence”. Since 1967 Pax Christi has spread the Church’s message of peace to communities in England and Wales.
Archbishop McMahon asks parishes to join in this work through our prayer and by supporting Pax Christi, of which we are a member. Next week there will be a retiring collection for Pax Christi. It is not a charity therefore donations cannot be gift aided. Pax Christi depends greatly on these collections. It is also an opportunity to pray for peace and the non-violent settlement of conflict. There will be a display on the notice board and more information, including the full text of Pope Francis’s message, is available at paxchristi.org.uk. Thank you for your continuing support.