Joint Newsletter 21st Apr 2019

1st Week of Easter

SUNDAY 21st APRIL 2019

Saturday 20th April

St Theresa’s 10.00 a.m.     NO MASS

St. Columba’s 9.00 p.m.     George Jones – Easter Vigil

Sunday 21st April – Easter Sunday

St Theresa’s 9.30 a.m.     Parishioners’ Intentions

St Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     The Parish

11.00 a.m.     Mike & Eileen Thornber

Monday 22nd April – Monday of the Easter Octave

St Theresa’s 10.00 a.m. NB     Priest’s Intention

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Private Intention. (STR)

Tuesday 23rd April – Tuesday of the Easter Octave

St Theresa’s 9.00 a.m.     NO MASS

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Mary Carbery

Wednesday 24th April – Wednesday of the Easter Octave

St Theresa’s 7.00 p.m.     NO MASS

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Sr Maria Graziella

Thursday 25th April – Thursday of the Easter Octave

St Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Sylvia Thomley

St Theresa’s 7.00 p.m.     NO MASS

Friday 26th April – Friday of the Easter Octave

St Theresa’s 8.00-8.55am     Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

9.00 a.m. Private Intention

St Columba’s 7.00 p.m.     The Barnes Family

Saturday 27th April – Saturday of the Easter Octave

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

St. Columba’s 6.30 p.m.     The Parish.

Sunday 28th April – Second Week of Easter

St Theresa’s 9.30 a.m.     Marie Becker’s Intentions

St. Columba’s 11.00 a.m.     Eva Satchwell

MORNING PRAYER: (St Columba’s):

Until further notice Morning Prayer will take place before the Blessed Sacrament, in Church at 9.00 am 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.

CONFESSIONS

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

St. Theresa’s: After every weekday Mass.

BAPTISMS:

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

St. Theresa’s: To arrange a Baptism, please contact Fr. Isidore or Mike Maxwell on 07851 720217 or email mike.max28@gmail.com

LATELY DEAD:

Please pray for Harold (Harry) Harrison who died recently. May the Lord grant him Eternal Life and console his family and friends. Harry’s Requiem Mass will take place at St. Columba’s Church at 10.30 a.m. on Friday 26th April.

Please pray for Mary Kiernan who died very suddenly on Wednesday. May the Lord grant her Eternal Life and console her family and friends.

ST COLUMBA’S AND ST THERESA’S ANNIVERSARIES:

Margaret May Weston, Rodney Peters-Jones, Mary Winefred Murphy, Anthony Allingham, Brendan Joseph Nolan, Susan Josephine McLaughlin, Bridgit Ann Garner, Maria O’Sullivan, Alison Margaret Kelly, Mary Grubb, Derrick Wyndham Jones, Leslie Charles Ivor Hutfield, Arnie Williams, Joyce Ahern, Denis Albert Woods, Tommy Piercy, Henry Joseph McAndrew, Kathleen Mary Ward, Joseph Owen Hunt, Margaret Mary Flynn, Richard Henry Littler, Cara Elizabeth Messer, Jeanne Redfern, Lelia Ann Thompson, Elizabeth Barlow, Paul Michael Marsh, Mary Ada Florence Roberts, John Bernard Douggie, Kathleen Curry, Dorothy Tildesley.

OFFERTORY:

St. Columba’s: Loose Plate £469.46, Planned Giving £243.00; Average Weekly Standing Orders £677, Candles £51.25; Donation (Badminton Group) £150.00.

St. Theresa’s: £258.54 Average weekly standing orders £80.

Thank you for your continued generosity and support.

CHURCH:

Many, many thanks to all those who have helped clean the churches, arrange the flowers, prepare the altar linen, prepare the music and helped with the services over the Easter period. It is very much appreciated. Thank you.

PRAYER FOR THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND:

May the Communion we share with those members of our parish family who are unable to be with us today, remind us to live for one another and give them a sense of belonging to our family, and to this celebration.

UPTON & BLACON CHURCHES TOGETHER:

This week we pray for:

· The residents of Owen Close, Shelley Road, Alderley Place, Chaucer Close, Browning Close, Ethelda Drive, Dorfold Way, and Sussex Road;

· For all who serve through the Anglican Diocese of Chester, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury and the United Reformed Church Mersey Synod;

· For our churches that they may be filled with the Holy Spirit.

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY St. Columba’s on 28 April

Programme:

2.00pm   Sacrament of Reconciliation

2.45pm   Blessing and veneration of the Divine Mercy picture

3.00pm   Holy Hour including recitation of the Chaplet, meditation on the Divine Mercy and concluding with Benediction

4.00pm   Mass.

The service on Divine Mercy Sunday is an opportunity to receive Our Lord’s promises of specific, extraordinary graces on the Sunday after Easter. “The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion (on this day) will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment” (St Faustina). There is a novena which is traditionally said in the 9 days before Divine Mercy Sunday. You are invited to attend this service and receive the extraordinary graces from Our Lord.

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE:

St. Columba’s:

21st April     EASTER SUNDAY

28th April     SVP                      SVP

5th May        Kath Murphy     Meningitis UK

Tea, coffee and juice are available in the Hall after Mass. All are welcome. The rota is on the notice board. If you would like to make tea/coffee for a charity, please contact Marg Curtis 318424.

St. Theresa’s:

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

THANK YOU:

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Coffee Morning for OAKS at St. Columba’s last Sunday. We raised £110.

COFFEE MORNING FOR MENINGITIS NOW:

On Sunday 5th May Anne Cadden and I are having a coffee morning for Meningitis Now in memory of Helen and Richard who died 18 years ago. I hope you can support it in some way by coming over to the Hall for coffee, bringing cakes, biscuits etc. to be sold on the day, or by kindly giving a donation to support the charity’s work. Please contact me on 01244-300969 or c.murphy900@btinternet.com

Many thanks, Cathy Murphy.

RED MISSION BOXES:

St. Columba’s donations to Missio were £844.47 during 2018, thank you very much for your continued support. See the poster in front & rear porches.

· There will be a Summer Mass at 12 noon on Sat 29th June for Red Box volunteers & supporters at the Church of St Michael & All Angels, Birkenhead, CH49 5LE. If interested, see poster in front & rear porches.

SPUC ANNUAL PRO-LIFE CHAIN:

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children will hold its annual Pro-Life Chain on Saturday 27th April, at 11.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Hoole Road near Canadian Avenue.

This is a Still, Silent and Peaceful demonstration, advocating the Defence of Unborn Children and their Mothers from Abortion.

PLEASE PRAY for the success of this demonstration and join us if you can, even for a short time. THANK YOU.

CYCLONE IDAI:

The cyclone and its aftermath have left the headlines but it is still an ongoing humanitarian disaster. The Third World boxes at St. Columba’s will be available for any further donations until Easter Sunday. Thank you very much for your support.

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE:

The coach pick up times for the Walsingham Pilgrimage are as follows: Depart Ellesmere Port 7.30am, St. Theresas 8.15am,

St. Columba’s 8.30am. For any queries please phone 01244 374343.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES 2019:

As part of the Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019 Fr. Jonathan is taking a small group of parishioners (by air) from Friday, 26th July – Thursday 1st August inc. If you are interested please contact Either Fr. Jonathan or the Parish Office for details.

21st CHESTER (St Columba’s Guides):

The Guides have recently completed a Period Poverty Badge. This has led them to an awareness of the problem and they now wish to support local homeless women and to reduce the stigma that comes with this topic. They are collecting deodorants, baby wipes and sanitary products. There will be a box in the back porch for anyone wishing to support them. Thank you.

ANNUAL CTU COACH TRIP – THURSDAY 9th MAY:

Churches Together in Upton invite you to their annual coach trip, visiting the Museum of Primitive Methodism at Alsager, Bramall Hall, and finishing with evensong at Manchester Cathedral. Cost: £25 including admission and guided tour at the museum, Tea at Bramall Hall and donation to the Cathedral. Facilities for lunch available at Bramall Hall or bring a packed lunch. Coach leaves St Columba’s at 10.00am. Further details and booking from John Butler Tel: 383703.

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION:

Swing Band Dance Night – Join us for an evening of fun and musical entertainment at the annual PA Dance Night with music from the school’s acclaimed City Jazz Swing Band on Friday 26th April, 7.30 pm until late, in the School Hall. Free entrance. Donations welcome. The bar will be open.

Many thanks for your support.

HEADTEACHER VACANCY, CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL CHESTER:

This vacancy is currently being advertised. Full details of the post, the application process and an application form are available on the school’s and diocesan websites: www.christofidelis.org.uk www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org Closing date Thursday, 2nd May, midday.

CATHEDRAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER:

A vacancy has arisen for a Cathedral Development and Events Officer for Shrewsbury Diocese. For more information and an application form please visit:

www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/about-us/curia/vacancies

Closing date Friday 10 May.

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

Hall availability can be checked by looking at St. Columba’s Church website – section for Church Hall gives a calendar of events in the Hall. Then contact Sue Carr on 07553 114531 or email columbashallbookings@gmail.com to arrange booking.

NEXT WEEK’S NEWSLETTER:

This will be compiled by Amy O’Donnell.  Tel: 07854 290897

E-mail address: amyod@hotmail.co.uk

Items for inclusion can be left in the Sacristy at either church.

Please ensure that all items are in place by 9.00am on Thursday. Please include a phone number in case of queries.

Website www.stcolumbachester.org.uk

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