Joint Newsletter 24th Jun 2018


24th JUNE 2018

Saturday 23rd June

St. Theresa’s 10.00 am.     Parishioners’ Intentions

St. Columba’s 6.30 pm.     The Parish – Vigil Mass

Sunday 24th June – Nativity of John the Baptist

St. Theresa’s 9.30 am.     Maureen & Mike Maxwell – Golden Wedding

– Jane Whelan RIP

St. Columba’s 11.00 am     Sydney Crowe & Elizabeth Lambert

Monday 25th June

St. Theresa’s 9.00 am      Priest’s Intention

St. Columba’s 9.15 am     Polly and Hilary

Tuesday 26th June

St Columba’s 9.15 am     A & L (P.I.)

St. Theresa’s 6.30 pm     Jane Whelan

Wednesday 27th June – St Cyril of Alexandria B.D.

St Columba’s 9.15 am     Clergy Secular Fund

St Theresa’s 7.00 pm     Lily Van Sandert

Thursday 28th June – St Irenaeus, B.M.

St Theresa’s 9.30 am     Special Intention

Wedding 12 noon Sian Doran & Adam Pace

St. Columba’s 9.15 am     Sheila O’Donovan

Friday 29th June – Ss Peter & Paul

St Theresa’s 8.00-9.00am     Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

9.00 am     Charles Woods RIP

St Columba’s 7.00 pm     Frank Sullivan. Sung Mass – Choir

Saturday 30th June

St Theresa’s 10.00 am     Parishioners’ Intention

St Columba’s 6.30pm.     The Parish – Vigil Mass

Sunday – 1st July

St Theresa’s 9.30 am.     Mary & Philip Smith RIP

St Columba’s 11.00 am.     Mary Sherman


The Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul will be celebrated in Church on Friday 29th June 2018. Mass will be accompanied by the Choir.

MORNING PRAYER: (St Columba’s):

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


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

St. Theresa’s: After every weekday Mass.


St. Columba’s: By appointment. After speaking to Fr. Jonathan to arrange a date, please contact Claire O’Donnell 07743 704383 (text or ‘phone)

St. Theresa’s: Please contact Fr. Isidore.

We welcome into God’s family Isabella Alicia Logarta-Scott, being baptised at St Columba’s this Sunday. May God bless her and her family.


Please pray for Lilian Eileen Westley and Carolyn Pritchard who died recently. May the Lord grant them Eternal Life and console their families and friends. Carolyn Pritchard’s Funeral Service is on Wednesday, 11th July at 1pm at St. Theresa’s. Lilian Westley’s Funeral Service is on Friday,13th July at 10.15 am at St Theresa’s. May they rest in peace.


Ambrose Bettridge, Kay O’Loughlin, Marie Mahoney, Josephine Cunningham, Amelia Lynn Horton, Kathleen Mary Freeman, Patrick Paul O’Sullivan, John Cotter, Arthur Kirby, Ian Dominic Whitcombe, Winifred Pennell, Anne May Stevenson,Mary Bolland, Patrick John White, Philip Carr, Philip Lewis Gorr, Sydney Martell, Edna Harley, Dennis Lace, Mary Ellen Rogers, Edward Anthony Galvin, William Kirwin, Norman Lofthouse, Douglas Boulton, Mary Millington, Joannes Nicholas, Vincent Eugene Riley, Jeremiah Jeffernan, Mary Patricia Feakins, DanielO’Hanlon, John Maguire, Olivia Mildred Sweetman, Dennis Daly.


St. Columba’s: Loose Plate £361.51, Planned Giving £409.22; Average Weekly Standing Orders £677.00.

St. Theresa’s: £402.45. Average weekly standing orders £80.

Thank you for your continued generosity and support.


It is Fr Isidore’s 50th Birthday on Monday 2nd July. Mass will be at 7pm followed by a shared table in St. Theresa’s club. Please put what you will be bringing on the list at the back of church. Thank you.


To prepare to be Confirmed in November, adults please speak to Fr Jonathan; under 18’s please email

For more information please contact Denise Lusk on 379742.


A big thank you to all who helped in any way with the celebrations last week.


St. Columba’s:

24th June     Scout Jamboree

1st July         SVP                                 Parish

8th July        Badminton Group       Hospice

15th July     CWL                                 CWL

Tea, coffee and juice are served in the Hall after the 11.00 am Mass. Please call Marge 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.


This week we pray for:

· The residents of Somerset Road, The Crescent, Heathfield Close, Durham Road, Canterbury Road, Lichfield Road, and Warwick Road.

· For the Pastoral Groups and Caring and Sharing, and for the pastoral care of the community.


In celebration of 100 years Foundation in Birkenhead, a Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Mark Davies on the Feast of Mount Carmel on 16th July at 7pm. All Welcome.


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.


Senior Trusts & Foundations’ Officer to play a key role in the development and implementation of the Diocesan fundraising activities and those of Caritas Diocese of Shrewsbury in order to secure funding for parishes, programme work, project work (and organisational core costs) by assisting with the preparation of funding bid applications.

Diocesan Health & Safety Officer The post holder will act as the key contact for all health & safety matters throughout the Diocese and will co-ordinate health and safety compliance in all Diocesan Departments and Parishes, trading subsidiaries and associated organisations; supporting, training and assisting in developing risk assessments, policies and procedures required to deliver and promote a first class safety culture. This post is suitable for those holding NEBOSH diploma and Chartered Member of MIOSH.

For more information, please visit our website or send CV to


Several parishioners are taking part in the Chester Mystery Plays being held at Chester Cathedral from 27th June until 14th July. The plays are performed once every 5 years. This year’s production is a great example of high quality, community theatre at its very best. Come and join us on an epic journey from Creation to the Last Judgement. Tickets 01244 500959 or visit


We give a warm welcome to Deacon Tom who has recently been appointed to serve as Deacon at St. Columba’s Church. Deacon Tom has given a short biography of his life below:

I am happy to be known as Deacon Tom. Together with my wife Lyn, we have recently moved to Chester from Maidstone in Kent where I have been a deacon for almost 19 yrs. I have been appointed as a deacon in St Columba’s parish along with Deacon Lawrence.

I was born and brought up in Dunfermline, Scotland, before moving to London where I worked in the Civil Service for 40 yrs. My wife is from Lincolnshire and her career has been in education as a teacher and head teacher. We have two children, both of whom are Social Workers, one in Sussex, one in Manchester. We moved here to be near our son and his family who live in Sale. Before we moved here we came to Mass at St. Columba’s and were impressed by friendliness of people and beauty of the Church, and look forward to getting to know you all better. As a deacon I have a ministry of service and hope that I will be able to continue that ministry here with you as we work together in building up our Christian community and sharing the Gospel of joy.


The Vintage Blacon holds a walk every Monday morning for about 1½ hours. They are looking for a volunteer to walk with a partially sighted gentleman who walks very slowly. If you are able to help please contact Brendan Doyle.


There are 2 free events for carers and patients being held at Florence Grogan Care Home Shelley Rd, Blacon CH1 5XA on Thursday 28th June from 10.30 am – 12 noon and on Thursday,5th July from 2 – 3.30 pm at the Elms Practice, Holy Trinity Church Hall, Norris Rd, CH1 5DZ. Phone Georgina Clarke on 07881 345031 or email for information or to book a free place.


Gentle exercises for the over 55’s. £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 information please ring 07933 306745


Has anyone got a second hand laptop please for people in Sierra Leone? If so, please call 07840 621878.


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

For all Hall bookings and enquiries please contact Sue Carr on 07553 114531 or email


This will be compiled by Rebecca Vaughan

Tel: 01244 350323 email:

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.


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