Joint Newsletter 10th June 2018

TENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

10th JUNE 2018

Saturday 9th June

St. Theresa’s 10.00 a.m.      Parishioners’ Intentions

St. Columba’s 6.30 p.m.      The Parish – Vigil Mass

Sunday 10th June

St. Theresa’s 9.30 a.m.      Min & Joe Gannon

St. Columba’s 11.00 a.m.      Patricia Baker

Monday 11th June – St Barnabas, Ap. M

St. Theresa’s 9.00 a.m.      NO MASS

St. Columba’s 12 noon Requiem Mass for Mary Sherman

Tuesday 12th June

St Columba’s 9.15 a.m.      Kathleen Mullen

St. Theresa’s 6.30 pm      NO MASS

Wednesday 13th June – St Anthony of Padua, P.D.

St Columba’s 9.15 a.m.      Emanon & Geraldine Kennedy (Int)

St Theresa’s 7.00 p.m.      Carol Burgess

Thursday 14th June

St Theresa’s 9.00 a.m.      NO MASS

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.      Clergy Secular Fund

Friday 15th June

St Theresa’s      No Exposition

9.30 a.m.           NO MASS

St. Columba’s 7.00p.m.      Votive Mass for St. Columba

Saturday 16th June

St. Theresa’s 10.00a.m.      Parishioners’ Intentions

St Columba’s 6.30 p.m.      Marie McDermott – Vigil

Sunday 17th June – First Holy Communion Celebration

St. Theresa’s 9.30 a.m.      George Becker RIP

St. Columba’s 11.00 a.m.      The Parish

MORNING PRAYER (St Columba’s):

Until further notice, Morning Prayer will take place in Church at 9.00 a.m. before the Blessed Sacrament Monday through to Thursday, except Wednesdays, when Morning Prayer will commence at 8.50 a.m. followed at 9.10 a.m. by Novena Prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour prior to Mass in the Iona Chapel.

CONFESSION:

St. Columba’s: Between 6.00 p.m. and 6.25 p.m. before the Vigil Mass. At other times by arrangement with Fr. Jonathan.

St. Theresa’s: Confessions are heard after every weekday Mass.

BAPTISMS:

St. Columba’s: By appointment. After speaking to Fr. Jonathan to arrange a date, please contact Maighread Kerry on 07900 668883.

St. Theresa’s: To arrange a Baptism please contact Fr. Isidore or Mike Maxwell on 07851 720217.

We welcome into God’s family, Oliver-James Christopher Cripps, who was baptised at St Theresa’s recently, and St. Columba’s welcomes the Hunter family as they celebrate the Baptism of Theodore John this Sunday. Warmest congratulations to everyone, our prayers and best wishes to you all.

LATELY DEAD:

Please pray for Anne Rooney who died recently. May the Lord grant her Eternal Life and console her family and friends. Anne’s Requiem will take place at 12.30 p.m. on Monday 18th June at St. Columba’s

ST COLUMBA’S AND ST THERESA’S ANNIVERSARIES:

Charles Francis Evans, Thomas Owain Christopher Arnold, Christopher Johnson, Winifred Roche, Maureen Mair, Percy John Tobin, Dieta Fairclough, George Shaw, Clare Walker, Jacqueline Ann Macdonald, Mary Walker, Patrick Green, Michael Reilly, Kerry Patricia O’Reilly, Michael Paul Marianus Farrugia, Theresa Maria Walmsley, Mary Kerr, Frank Tobin (Snr), Jez Loftus, Margaret Welch, Sarah Szostkiewicz, Len Barlow, Bryde Hill, Gerry Edwards, Terence Gibson, Teresa McKeane, Malcolm Patrick Phelan, Min Gannon, Dorothy Barlow, Patrick Murphy, Albert Hodkinson, Rose Elizabeth Ellis, John Fondacaro, Sheila Scanlon, Freda Kate Marshall, Christopher Thomas Keeley.

OFFERTORY:

St. Columba’s: Loose Plate: £389.60. Planned Giving: £342.76. Average Weekly Standing Orders: £735.00.

St. Theresa’s: £331.91 plus £80 average standing orders.

Thank you for your continued generosity and support.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNIONS, ST THERESA’S:

Please remember in your prayers those children making their First Holy Communion on Sunday 17th June, and their families.

BLACON CHURCHES TOGETHER:

There is a joint service on Sunday 17th June at 3pm at united Reformed Church. All welcome.

UPTON & BLACON CHURCHES TOGETHER:

This week we pray for:

· The residents of Cambridge Road, Devon Road,Yerburgh Street, Hatton Road, Pulford Road, Leaside Road and Fernhill Road..

· For our local Councillors and the work they do.

· For our Parish Council and those involved with the Arradon twinning.

ST PIO PRAYER GROUP:

Next meeting is on Thursday 14th June starting at 7.30 p.m. in 10, Totland Grove, Newton, Chester, CH2 2EY. New Members welcome.

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE:

St. Columba’s:

  • 10th June     SUMMER FAIR BARBECUE – THIS SUNDAY
  • 17th June     CWL                Parish
  • 24th June     Scout Jamboree

Tea, coffee and juice are available in the hall after the 11am Mass. Please call Marg Curtis 318424 to choose a Sunday when you can raise money for a charity of your choice.

St Theresa’s:

Tea, coffee and juice are available in the Parish Club after 9.30 am Mass. All are very welcome.

FIRST COMMUNION THANKSGIVING MASS:

All the parish children who made their First Holy Communion in May at St. Columba’s come together this Sunday at the 11am Mass for a joint celebration. We thank their families, their teachers, the parish catechists and all who helped the children at this special time in their lives.

CONFIRMATION:
Our next Confirmation Mass will be on Tuesday 27th November. If you are at high school, or older and would like to join the preparation program please sign up now by filling in a form from the bright pink folder the sacristy marked ‘Confirmation’. Please put completed forms back in the pink folder. If you want more information, please contact Denise Lusk on 379742.

CONFIRMATION INFORMATION MEETING:

There will be a meeting this Tuesday, 12th June at 7pm in the Iona chapel for anyone who would like to prepare to be Confirmed. If you are under 18 years, please bring a parent with you to sign the consent forms. If you’re not sure about being Confirmed please come and find out more. If you wish to be Confirmed but cannot make the meeting on Tuesday please email stcolumbatheresaconfirmation@hotmail.co.uk, or phone Denise Lusk on 01244 379742.

Under 18’s please try to fill in a form in the bright pink ‘Confirmation’ folder in each sacristy. Adults please speak to Father if possible and then fill in the same form, writing ‘adult’ on the form. Please leave all completed forms back in the bright pink folder.

YOUTH GROUP (10-14 years)
The next Youth group is tomorrow 11th June, starting 7.15pm in the Iona chapel, finishing 9pm in the hall/on the field. If you are new to the youth group, please bring a parent to sign the consent form

DATES FOR THE DIARY:

Sunday 10th June Annual BBQ

Our annual BBQ to celebrate the feast of St. Columba will be after 11 o’clock Mass on Sunday 10th June tea & coffee available from 11am.  Burgers & Hot Dogs available AT ONLY£1.50 each.

Friday 27th July Annual Coach Trip

This year our coach trip is to Sheffield, leaving St. Columba’s at 8:45 a.m. and St. Theresa’s at 9 o’clock returning around 7 p.m. There is a list in the front porch of both Churches for names, plus details of some of the attractions you may wish to visit. The cost of the trip is £12 per head.

EUCHARISTIC ROTAS – St Theresa’s:

The new rotas are available in the sacristy.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE CIO:

The next meeting will be on Monday 11 June in St Francis Hall at 1 pm. Guest speaker on the “History of the Poppy Appeal”.

ST. COLUMBA FEAST DAY:

The Feast Day of our Patron Saint is 9th June. Born in Donegal in 521 into a royal family, he trained as a monk and himself founded a number of monasteries in different parts of Ireland. In 565 he and 12 companions sailed for Scotland, setting up a new monastery on the island of Iona. From this base St. Columba and his successors had enormous influence on the course Christian history throughout Scotland – and in NE England through the foundation of Lindisfarne. He died in 597, the same year as the arrival of St. Augustine to the Kentish shore.

FUTURE OF CHURCHES TOGETHER IN CHESTER;

It has recently been decided that Churches Together in Chester is an unnecessary layer between Churches Together in Cheshire and the local Churches Together Groups (such as those for Blacon and Upton). However, the current Chairman (Fr. Paul Shaw) and Secretary & Treasurer (Revd. Brian Holroyd) are holding a short meeting for anyone interested (ministerial or lay) to confirm this decision. The meeting will be at St Werburgh`s Presbytery, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester CH1 1QJ on THURSDAY 14th JUNE at 7.30 pm. All will be welcome. The closure decision will not directly affect the workings of the Blacon and Upton Churches Together groups.

WIRRAL COASTAL WALK. SUN 24th JUNE:

This is an organised sponsored walk around the tip of the Wirral peninsula, in which CAFOD and many other charities take part. In the past fifteen years, CAFOD walkers have raised over £182,000 to support work with some of the poorest communities around the world. This year proceeds will go to CAFOD’s general emergency response fund. The walk can be of varying length 4, 10 or 15 miles, mainly flat, making it suitable for the very young as well as the not so young! For further information and sponsorship packs, please ring 0151 632 5504 or 01244 677594 – Katie Hallows, CAFOD Community Participation Coordinator.

CAFOD dates for your diary:

24th June from 2pm-4pm at Ann McCarthy’s – Strawberry Tea – all proceeds to CAFOD.

22nd July at 2pm – “Share the Journey” Pope Francis has launched this new global campaign for the rights of people on the move. Please keep the date free. Further details to follow.

ALTAR SERVERS:

If anyone who has received their First Holy Communion is interested in becoming an altar server, please contact Richard Curtis on rich.curtis89 or 07787 782255.

DATA PROTECTION PRIVACY NOTICE:

The Parish tries its best to ensure that any information held on parish members is stored in accordance with GDPR. Read the full privacy notice at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/privacy-notice

ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH & HALL BOOKINGS:

If you wish to arrange meetings etc. in either the Church or the Iona Chapel, please make a booking through Carol Galvin, Church Office: 01244 624019, email stcolumbaschurch2016@outlook.com

For all Hall bookings and enquiries please contact Sue Carr on 07553 114531 or email columbashallbookings@gmail.com

NEXT WEEK’S NEWSLETTER:

This will be compiled by Muriel Green

Tel: 01244 383836 email: muriel.green1@btinternet.com

Items for inclusion can be left in the Sacristy at either church. Please ensure that all items are in place by 9.00 a.m. on Thursday. Please include a phone number in case of queries.

Website: www.stcolumbachester.org.uk

ST THERESA’S SCHOOL AND NURSERY:

They currently have some availability to welcome new children to their school and Nursery Classes. 30 hour funded Nursery Places are available. Please contact school for further information and to arrange a viewing: 01244 981070

CHRISTIAN LIFE COMMUNITY:

A new CLC group is starting up in Chester and they will meet regularly to pray and share, supporting one another through the ups and downs of ordinary life. If you would like to learn more about CLC and are interested in this group, please contact Judith O’Neill on 0161 465 1368

LET’S MOVE TOGETHER:

Gentle exercises for the over 55s. £3.50 per session.

St Columba’s – Wednesday 2-3pm

Vernon Institute, Saughall – Thursday 10.30-11.30am

Blacon URC – Friday 10-11am

For more info. Ring 07933 306745.

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