Joint Newsletter 21st Jan 2018

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

20th/21st JANUARY 2018

Saturday 20th January

St. Theresa’s 10.00 a.m.     Eileen O’Sullivan RIP

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

Sunday 21st January

St. Theresa’s 9.30 a.m.     Margaret Parry RIP

St. Columba’s 11.00 a.m.     May Merchant RIP

Monday 22nd January

St. Theresa’s 12.45 p.m.     Requiem Mass for Jean Barbara Blake

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

Tuesday 23rd January

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Joan Bullough RIP

St. Theresa’s 6.30 p.m.     Parishioners’ Intentions

Wednesday 24th January – St Francis de Sales, B.D.

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Eileen Morgan RIP

St. Theresa’s 7.00 p.m.     Priest’s Intention

Thurs 25th January – The Conversion of St. Paul, Ap

St Theresa’s 9.00 a.m.     Private Intention

St. Columba’s 9.15 a.m.     Winnie Mealing

Friday 26th January – Ss Timothy and Titus, B

St. Theresa’s 8-30-9.25 a.m     Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

9.3 0 a.m.     Jim Barlow RIP

St. Columba’s 7.00 p.m.     Priest’s Intention

Saturday 27th January

St. Theresa’s 10.00a.m.     NO MASS

St. Columba’s 6.30 p.m.     Joan & Frederick – Vigil Mass

Sunday 28th January

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

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

MORNING PRAYER (St Columba’s):

At 9.00 a.m. before the Blessed Sacrament in the Iona Chapel, 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.

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 07743 704383.

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

Congratulations to the Earle family and friends as they celebrate the baptism of Edie Grace this Sunday at St. Columba’s. Please pray for the family as they begin a life of faith together.

LATELY DEAD:

Please remember in your prayers, Jean Barbara Blake whose Requiem Mass is at 12.45pm at St. Theresa’s on Monday 22nd January. May she rest in peace.

ST. COLUMBA’S ANNIVERSARIES:

Please remember in your prayers: Elsie Rowlands, William Woods, Mgr. George Roger Leonard, Joan Connolly, Nora Margaret Connolly, David Noel Beckett, Bridget O?Malley, William Hope, Mary (Molly) Tallon, Monica Tweedle, Olivia Trotter, Tony Comerford, Richard Monet, James Kilcoyne, Florence Donnolly, Dorothy Tallon, Reginald Walpole, Anne Cunniff, Ivy Katherine Vickery, Mary McCallum , Michael Gritten, William Carter, Edward Halligan, John Mahoney, Robert Stephen Macdonald, Vicky Smith, Reginald Paul Harrison, Susan Pollock, Charles Dutton, Christine Elizabeth Colgan, Ann-Marie Loughlin, Gladys Lilian Shanley, Patricia Banks, Margaret Johnstone, Malcolm Anthony de-Monte, Mary (Mollie) Callow, Robert Charles Gore, Julia Jones, Mary Thompson, Sean Murphy, Anne Gritten, Adam Turner, Josephine Patricia Grehan, Phoebe Phillips, Molly Choppen.

ST. THERESA’S ANNIVERSARIES:

Please remember in your prayers: Eugene O’Toole, Denis Ivers, Adrienne Veronica Coles, William Rogers ,Margaret Parry, Kathleen Mary Wynne, William McGeever, Bridget Smith, Henry Swinburnes, Christina (Nina) Delaney, Joseph Franciyer Jaworgyn, Miriam Rownbill.

ANNIVERSARIES:

It was decided at the Pastoral Council meeting to limit the anniversaries in the newsletter to those who have died from 2000 onwards. If anyone wishes the anniversaries to date from before this please inform Carol Galvin (tel 01244 624019 or Eileen Irwin (tel: 01244 371660)

OFFERTORY:

St. Columba’s: Loose plate £423.56; Planned Giving £334.91; Average weekly standing orders £735: candles £62.57.

St. Theresa’s: £242.22 plus £80 average standing orders

Thank you for your continued generosity and support.

THE DIOCESE OF SHREWSBURY CARITAS APPEAL:

Thank you to the parishioners of St Columba’s for your generosity to the above fund, you raised £827.44.

RETIRED PRIESTS’ FUND – SPECIAL COLLECTION:

St. Theresa’s: 28th Jan.

The annual Special Collection for the Retired Priests’ Fund is being held at St. Theresa’s on this date. With your help, we can build up the Fund to help meet the future needs of our sick and retired priests.

Special Envelopes are available for you to use. If you use weekly Offertory Envelopes, please can I ask that you write in your envelope number. If you do not have your Offertory Envelope with you, or you give to your Parish by means of a Standing Order, write in your name and home address. In this way, it will be possible to reclaim the tax on your donation if you have joined the Gift Aid scheme.

A Leaflet about the Fund is also available which explains how to make a regular donation to the Fund by Standing Order, or how you can make your donation by cheque. It also explains how to take advantage of Gift Aid for your donations to the Fund. I ask that you give as generously as you can to this very worthy cause and would also like to express my sincere gratitude for your continued support.

With every blessing,

+ Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury

UPTON & BLACON CHURCHES TOGETHER:

This week we pray for the residents of:

· Shocklach Road, Horrocks Road and Bolesworth Road.

· For the choirs and music groups.

· For uniting all who play and sing from the three churches.

SUNDAY MORNING COFFEE:

21st Jan   SVP                           SVP

28th Jan   21st Guides             Themselves

4th Feb   Chris & Elizabeth    Tombola

11th Feb   CWL                         CWL

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

There are several vacancies on the tea/coffee rota. We do need your support. Please call Marg Curtis 318424 to choose a Sunday when you can raise money for a charity of your choice.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY:

The Churches Together in Cheshire service for the Week of Prayer will be held at 3.30p.m this Sunday 21 January at Chester Cathedral, when the preacher will be the Archbishop of York, the Rt. Revd. Dr. John Sentamu. The liturgy has been prepared by The Churches of the Caribbean. All those interested will be made very welcome.

· Thanks to those who went along to the Week of Prayer service at St Theresa’s last Thursday.

FIRST FORGIVENESS :

On Saturday 27th January 25 children from St Columba’s parish will receive the Sacrament of First Forgiveness in a special service of celebration at 10.00am. Please pray for the children and their families at this special time in their faith journeys.

CHESTER CATHEDRAL PUBLIC WORKSHOP SUNDAY 28th JAN:

There is a huge humanitarian crisis affecting many countries across the world today, none more so than Syria. Come and learn about the work going on locally to support refugees both in Chester and internationally with speakers from Jacob’s Ladder (the cathedral awareness-raising group), P3 (providing housing support), CHAWREC (providing language and social support), and SHARE (working both locally and internationally). Find out how you can get involved.

The Workshop will be in the Cathedral South Transept, 6.30-8.00pm.

MASS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE:

If there are any couples in your parish who are celebrating significant wedding anniversaries during the course of 2018 and who would like to receive an invitation from the Bishop to participate in the Annual Diocesan Mass for the Celebration of Marriage at Our Lady & St Christopher’s, Romiley on Saturday 10th February at 12 noon, would you please let me have their names, addresses and the number of years of marriage they are celebrating. All married couples are welcome to this Mass but invitations from the Bishop will only be sent to those celebrating significant anniversaries this year.

RCIA PROGRAMME 2018:

The Diocese has set the following dates for the RCIA programme:

· The Bishop’s Retreat for catechumens, candidates, sponsors and catechists will take place on Saturday 3 February at Saint Joseph’s Parish Centre, Birkenhead

· The Rite of Election will take place on the First Sunday of Lent, Sunday 18 February at the Cathedral

· The Mass of Thanksgiving will take place on Saturday 19 May at 12 noon at Our Lady and Saint Christopher’s, Romiley

Further details, a copy of the RCIA Information pack and booking forms to download can be found on the Diocesan website at www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/catholic-faith/sacraments/rcia

CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION:

There will be a Bingo Night on Friday2nd February 7 pm at the Catholic High School. A bar and tuck shop will be open. Raising funds for new sport kits and equipment. Adults and children welcome.

SVP COLLECTION FOR JANUARY:

The SVP will be collecting socks and underwear ( male and female) to help people supported by Chester Aid to the Homeless. Please feel free to “re-gift” any unwanted presents or donate any new items. There will be collection boxes in the porch. Many thanks for your generosity.

SVP HOLIDAY HOME MUSIC NIGHT:

There will be a Music Night in aid of the SVP Holiday home in St. Columba’s Hall on Friday 9th February. The entertainment will be provided by the Catholic High School Band (City Jazz), Nuns and Rosaries, and Guests. Tickets are £10 and are available from Mark Traynor tel: 07752 317772 email:  marktraynor96@gmail.com  Bar available

ST. THERESA’S & ST. COLUMBA’S SOCIAL COMMITEE:

Back by popular demand – An evening of music and merriment in St Theresa’s Centre on Friday 16th February (note-change of date) from 7.30p.m. – 10.30p.m. More details to follow but please put the date in your diaries!

WALSINGHAM PILGRIMAGE:

This has now been taken on by a new person so can all of those people who have said they are going please telephone or e mail Gerry Templeton with their ‘phone number and e mail address asap. Many thanks

Tel: 01244 374343 email: geraldtempleton@btinternet.com

THANK YOU:

Thank you for your support for O.A.K.S. coffee morning on 7thJanuary. We raised £70.00 which has gone to help with the running of the school in Bo, Sierra Leone.

THANK YOU:

Survive-Miva would like to thank the parishioners of St Columba’s Chester for their generosity in giving a total of £632.17.

SPIRITAN APPEAL:

Many thanks for the £178 84 collected last weekend for the Spiritan Appeal at St Theresa’s.

THANK YOU FROM THE CHESTER CATENIANS:

The Annual Fish & Chip Supper was a great success, thank you for your support and you raised £800.00 for the ‘Rebuild Dominica’ charitable cause.

For contact information about The Catenians see below:

· Mike Vickers  email: mvickers@mvp-nw.co.uk

· Francis Coxhead  email: fcoxhead@yahoo.co.uk

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 Alison Wrigglesworth

Tel: 01244 382457, email: a.wrigglesworth@outlook.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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