Newsletter - 03/07/2016





FOURTEENTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (Year C)    03 July 2016  

 Tel: 01254 59331    e-mail

Confessions:  Saturday  11 – 12  &  5.45 – 6.15  





Monday 04 July

St. Elizabeth of Portugal

No Mass

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Eucharistic Service

Tuesday 05 July

St Anthony Zaccaria, Priest

9.00 am Mass


Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Mass

Wednesday 06 July

St Maria Goretti, Virgin & Martyr

10.00 am Requiem Mass for Patrick Lyons

Franciscan Convent

9.30 am Mass

Thursday 07 July

9.00 am Mass

9.30 am Mass

9.30 am Mass

Friday 08 July

12.15 pm Mass

7.30 pm Rosary in Church (with the KSC)

Franciscan Convent

10.00 am Mass


7.00 pm Mass for the SVP

Saturday 09 July

Exposition 10 – 12 noon

12.15 pm Mass

6.30 pm Mass

9.10 Rosary

9.30 am Mass

12 noon Mass  


Sunday 10 July


9.00 am Mass

11.15 am Mass

10.15 Mass

10 am Mass

5.00pm Mass

Please remember the lately dead:-   Maria Bowman, Walter Prochyra, John Baron & Michael McGrail,

Patrick Lyons & Pauline Reeves




FUN QUIZ:  e.g.  Will E beat I on M       Answer.. “Will England beat Iceland on Monday”

50 of these on a sheet…. £1 a go and all we make will go to help Fr Ephraim over in his really poor township in South Africa. The sheets have to be returned for Sunday 10thth July, Please see how many you can ‘sell on’ for Fr Ephraim… every £1 goes a long way with him. Thanks


Fr Joe’s sister.. Sister Aquin (Ella) O’Carroll sent this little hand written note to us all: “With grateful thanks for all the Holy Masses, prayers, candles & good wishes. Please continue to keep me in your prayers as I will all of you. God bless.”


RED MISSION BOXES:  Can owners of Boxes please bring them in for exchanging & collect your Monthly Magazines. Many thanks

Next Sunday… bit of a break from priestly preaching…. Diedre Peden from Marriage Care will speak at mass about her love & care for Married Life & Marriage Preparation:  As Pariah Life is developing these days she will give us some thoughts about we can all help each other in this wonderful area. You will be glad to hear that Diedre is NOT after our money.. only our help!!



The building adjacent to our church has been a significant facility for this parish; firstly as a school since 1866 but in later years it has been supported by parishioners & their families as their social centre.

MEMBERSHIP.  Please consider joining along with friends and neighbours if possible.

MEMBERSHIP FEES for 2016:  Under 65   £5        65 – 79 years £3        Over 80 Free




BOOKINGS  Pop in and talk to June or Lynn or ring the Club:  661193.

If there isn’t a Private Function on a Friday evening: there will be BINGO with the 1st House at 8.30pm : Club opens at 7.30pm AND on these occasions there is a free supper…so please come along and support the Club. Thanks


HELP NEEDED AT PARISH & DEANERY LEVEL: We are seeking parishioners care & assistance with our ‘engaged couple & Marriage preparation’. We are seeking married people (who will be given training) by Marriage Care Counsellors to help with a couple of afternoon sessions for our engaged people who are preparing for marriage in our churches.  Please have a think!

Also The Medaille Trust: which gives assistance to people caught up in ‘People Trafficking’. You might think that this is just an issue in big cities… I assure you that it occurs absolutely everywhere. There are some Booklets at the back of Church… We are seeking a Parish Rep (who will be a sort of Parish Co-ordinator) to help increase awareness amongst us all. This could be just up YOUR street… in more senses than one.. please speak to one of the priests for more details:  Many Thanks


YEAR OF MERCY: HOLIDAY IN POLAND: Fr Jude is Chaplain and going on the trip from 5th – 12th Sept. The Holiday is being run by our Parishioners Gerry & Sue Flynn – ENJOY TRAVEL – we have had many wonderful trips with them over the years. This super holiday includes sightseeing trips every day. Auschwitz, the Famous Salt Mine, Schindler’s Factory, Krakow, Sr Faustina’s Mass & White Water Rafting!! Dinner/B&B,


MOTHER’S PRAYER DATES AT ST. ALBAN’S (All on Wednesdays starting at 4pm)

These are little gatherings to pray for sons and daughters of families who seem to have drifted away from the practice of the faith, and which is very often a great heartache for their mums and dads. These gatherings are specially for mums who want to pray together for this need and intention. They take place as follows:-

18 May                                     1 June          15 June                              29 June

13 July        27 July          10 August                24 August …… and every fortnight



Going to church is good for your health and can slash the risk of dying early by a third!! Attending just once a week is linked to lower rates of heart disease and cancer according to a study.

Researchers cannot say exactly why but it is thought a higher level of optimism and stronger sense of community among church-goers combats poor lifestyles and stresses associated with diseases. The Harvard University Professor responsible said “Our results suggest that there may be something important about religious service attendance beyond solitary spirituality. Part of the benefit seems to be that attending religious services increases social support, discourages smoking, decreases depression, and helps people develop a more optimistic or hopeful outlook on life”


KNIGHTS OF ST. COLUMBA:  Rosary every Friday evening at 7.30pm in Church. All and everyone are welcome, whenever you can make it.: please use the side door near to the presbytery. 

Thanks to the Knights for leading us in prayer.




Monday:        10.30-11.30 Exercise (free with Beez card)

Tuesday:       1.30-4.30pm Over 50's bowling £2;

Wednesday:   Tai Chi 1.30 - 3.00pm £2.50 inc tea/biscuits.

Thursday:     10.15-11.30am Over 50's Line dancing £1; 1.30-4.30pm Over 50's bowling.

 Friday:     7.30 to 9.30 pm    Line Dancing  £2.50p