Joint Newsletter 24th Sept 2017

25th WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

24th SEPTEMBER 2017

Saturday 23rd September – St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

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

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

Sunday 24th September

St. Theresa’s 9.30 a.m.     James Casey RIP

St. Columba’s 11.00 a.m.     The Murphy Family

Monday 25th September

St. Theresa’s 9.00 a.m.     Special Intention

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Rev John Lennon

Tuesday 26th September

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.    Rozanne Shields

St. Theresa’s 6.30 p.m. Priest’s Intention

Wednesday 27th September – St Vincent de Paul, P

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Frank Queenan

St. Theresa’s 7.00 p.m.     The Faithful Departed

Thursday 28th September

St. Theresa’s 9.00 a.m     Special Intention

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor

Friday 29th September – Ss Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels

St. Theresa’s 8.15-9.15a.m.     Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

9.20a.m.     St Theresa’s School

St. Columba’s 10.00a.m.     School Mass

7.00p.m NO EVENING MASS

Saturday 30th September – St Jerome, P.D

St. Theresa’s 9.00a.m.     Requiem Mass Kate Jones

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

Sunday 1st October

St. Theresa’s 9.30 a.m.     Keith Evans RIP

St. Columba’s 11.00 a.m.     Mary & Jim Davies

2.00p.m. Mass with Celebration of Sacrament of the Sick

EXPOSITION & MORNING PRAYER – ST. COLUMBA:

Exposition before the Blessed Sacrament takes place from 8.10 a.m., followed by Morning Prayer, at 9.00 a.m., Monday to Thursday, except Wednesday 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.

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 Claire O’Donnell 07743704383 (text or phone’).

Congratulations to the O’Donnell family and friends as they celebrate the baptism of Agnes Teresa Rose this Sunday at St Columba’s. Please pray for the family as they begin a life of faith together.

St. Theresa’s: To arrange a Baptism please contact Mike Maxwell 07851 720217 (text or phone).

OFFERTORY:

St. Columba’s: Loose Plate £330.44, Planned Giving: £402.70, Average Weekly Standing Orders: £735.00, Candles: £41.02, Mission Sunday collection £109.83.

St. Theresa’s: £277.45 plus Average Weekly Standing Orders £100.

LATELY DEAD:

Please pray for Kate Jones, who died recently. May the Lord grant her Eternal Life and console her family and friends.

A Requiem Mass will be held at St. Theresa’s Church on Saturday 30th September at 9.00 a.m.

ST. COLUMBA’S ANNIVERSARIES:

Elizabeth Conlon, James Watts, Mark Anthony Colegate, Canon Francis Murphy, Michael Paul Smith, Fr. John Lennon, Francis Joseph Dean, Peter Wood, Elizabeth Hughes, Veronica “Ronna” Boyle, Dorothy May Swinton, Kevin McNicholas, Joseph Bullen, Bertie O’Malley, Mathildis Perry, Katie Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Maria McCarron, John McHugh, Brenda Liggett, Philip Addison, Maureen Green, William Baker, Michael Davies, Bernard Joseph Fitzpatrick, Margaret Carol Hughes, Joseph Crimes, Patrick Patten, Margaret Murray, Austin Pinnington, June Semenzato, Marie Tobin.

ST. THERESA’S ANNIVERSARIES:

Mary Catherine Buckoke, James Scanlan, Arthur Mark Stunnell, Theresa Mortlock, Joseph Thompson, Bernard Jones, James Brendan Henneberry, Ian Murray, Lillian Flynn, Brian Anthony Jones, Maria Paulina Lovick, Paula Ann Connolly, Rose Jones, Desmond Parry, Stephen Blundell, Patrick Joseph Hates, Patricia Margaret Evans, Keith Alexander Evans.

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE:

St. Columba’s:

24th Sept     HARVEST FESTIVAL

1st Oct          MACMILLAN COFFEE MORNING – cake donations would be gratefully received

8th Oct        Volunteers needed please

Tea, coffee and juice are available in the hall after the 11am Mass. All are welcome.

St Theresa’s:

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

UPTON & BLACON CHURCHES TOGETHER:

This week we pray for:

· The residents of Lawn Drive, Earl’s Oak, Windmill Rise, Durham Road, Canterbury Road, Lichfield Road and Warwick Road;

· Dorin Park School;

· All who are physically or mentally disabled, their teachers and families.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING MASS (ST COLUMBA’S):

This Sunday we have our Harvest Thanksgiving Mass at 11.00 a.m. As we give thanks for our own harvest, we will be thinking of people in developing countries whose harvests may have failed. We would therefore ask you to kindly take a CAFOD Harvest Fast Day envelope which will be available with Church Newsletters next weekend (30th Sept/ 1st Oct) in readiness for the Harvest Fast Day on Friday 6th October. The envelopes will be collected in the normal collection baskets at Masses on 7th/8th October.

· If you would like to bring your own harvest gifts on Sunday 24th we will have a table in the Hall after Mass for any produce, preserves or plants you may wish to bring for sale at the Harvest coffee morning, proceeds to CAFOD. If you would like to donate tins or packet food, please put them in the baskets placed in either porch in the church. These will go to the Foodbank collection. Thank you.

· Please join us in the Hall for teas/coffees/juices as usual – and also to share the Harvest bread.

MASS WITH CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENT OF THE SICK- 1st October:

This Mass will be at St. Theresa’s at 2.00pm followed by refreshments in the School Hall. All welcome.

Is any among you sick? Let him call for the presbyters of the Church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with the oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

EXPLORING OUR CATHOLIC FAITH THROUGH THE ARTS:

The annual retreat organised by “ACTS” (Adult Catholics Together Spiritually) takes place this year from Fri 20th Oct (pm) until after lunch Sun 22nd Oct. If you are aged between 20 – 35 you will be very welcome. Canon David Roberts will lead the retreat which will take place at St. Winefride’s, Holywell (N. Wales). Payment will be by anonymous donation (suggested cost £100). Please contact Siobhan Cartwright at siobhanbc@gmail.com  / 0161 477 2783 / 07761 138947. Lifts may be available if required.

SCHOOL MASS 29th SEPTEMBER 2017 (St Columba’s):

There will be a School Mass at St. Columba’s at 10.00a.m. on Friday 29th September 2017. All are welcome.

THIRD WORLD GROUP THANK YOU:

Thank you to everyone who supported or helped with the Coffee Morning at St. Columba’s last Sunday. The grand total of £195.00 was raised.

PARENTING TEENS:

The popular parenting course for those with teenage children is running again. The 6 week course starts at 7pm on 4th October at the Catholic High School. If you’d like to join other parents who want to broaden their skills, develop their relationship with their teenagers and negotiate the new freedoms and responsibilities our young people need, please come along. For more information or to book a place, please contact Claire on 07743 704383. Flyers in the porch and Hall have more information.

RECRUITMENT OF CATHOLIC TEACHERS:

Are you a Catholic teacher not teaching in a Catholic School? The Diocese is keen to recruit more Catholic teachers to its schools and is holding an informal session for those who may be interested in transition into the Catholic sector. This will be on Monday 2nd October at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, Capenhurst Lane, Ellesmere Port, CH65 7AQ from 6.00 – 7.30 p.m. Further information from Sue Jenkinson, sue.jenkinson@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

ST THERESA’S FEAST DAY – 1st October:

We would be grateful for donations to buy roses to decorate the church on this special Feast Day. Please put donations in an envelope marked “St Theresa’s Feast Day Flowers” and place in the offertory basket or roses can be left at St Theresa’s presbytery on Friday 29th September. Thank you.

RED MISSION BOXES:

St Columba’s: Could those parishioners holding Red Mission Boxes please leave them in the sacristy for Marg Curtis (01244 318424) to collect. You can collect your box again from the table in the rear porch of the church, thank you for your continuing support.

CATECHETICAL FORMATION:

A National Eucharistic Congress will be held in Liverpool in September 2018. As part of our preparation the theme for our next Catechists’ Day is: “The Eucharist: Food for our Joy”. We will ask how, as Catechists working with many different people, we can communicate this great truth of our faith. The Catechists’ Day is on Saturday 7th October, 10:00-13:00 at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School, CH65 7AQ. It is open to all Catechists and to anyone interested in this question. Please see poster for details. Enquiries: Barbara Davies 07730 526821, barbara.davies@dioceseofshrewsbury.org 

Registration: Helen Jones 0151 652 9855 helen.jones@dioceseofshrewsbury.org

PARISH CATECHISTS (St. Columba’s):

All Parish Catechists involved in preparation programmes for Baptism, First Sacraments and Confirmation, and the Children’s Liturgy team, are invited to renew their commitment at the 11.00am Mass next Sunday, 1st October. Please collect your service leaflets from your team leader.

DIOCESAN MASS IN CELEBRATION OF GRANDPARENTS:

A Diocesan Mass in celebration of Grandparents is being held at St. Columba’s on Saturday 14th October at 11.00am, followed by light refreshments. Please remember to pray for grandparents and their vocation.

FAMILY BEETLE DRIVE:

This year we will be holding the beetle drive at St. Theresa’s Parish Centre on Friday 6th October at 7pm. Please bring the family along to join in the fun, teas and coffees provided. The bar will be open for those who want something stronger.

AUTUMN FAYRE:

We are looking for bottles for the Tombola. If anyone has any bottles they would like to donate to the Tombola for the Autumn Fayre, please leave them in the back porch at St Columba’s or the box provided in the porch at St Theresa’s. Thank you.

QUIZ NIGHT, FRIDAY 13th OCTOBER:

This is our annual Quiz Night, arranged in conjunction with Churches Together in Upton and held in St. Columba’s Hall, starting at 7.30pm. Admission on the door £1, nibbles provided, teas and coffees served, but bring your own wine. The Quiz is arranged for teams of six – these can be pre-arranged or made up on the night, so if you are “unattached” do please come along. Not too serious, it is always a very enjoyable evening. Proceeds go to CAFOD and Christian Aid.

WALSINGHAM APRIL 16th – 19th APRIL 2018:

Staying at New Catholic accommodation. Total cost £215.00pp. Deposit of £30.00pp required to secure places by 20th October please. Please make cheques payable to J Doherty, post to 36 Queens Park House, Queens Park View Chester CH4 7DB with your details & cheques or give to Carol Galvin in the office, or St. Theresa to Gerry Templeton.

CLEANERS’ ROTA B (ST THERESA’S)

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 Harry Sweeney, 01244 327462

e-mail: harrysweeney45@gmail.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

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