Saturday, 25 April 2015

4th Sunday of Easter

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"


Please remember in your prayers: 

Sick and housebound: Stasia Ryan and Stuart Livesey,

Lately Dead: James Ernest Whiting, Michael Gudgeon, Carole Waring  

Anniversaries: Kenneth Wells, Hannah Ozenbrook, Gregory Heyes, James & Margaret Aspin, Maryellen & Walter Smith, Susie Gleeson


Masses this week:

Mon – No Mass                   Tues – 9.30 am Mass

Wed – 10.30am - Funeral Service for Michael Gudgeon (this is not a Requiem Mass)

6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition (note the change of day)

Thurs – 12noon Mass followed by Packed Lunch (note the change of day)

Fri – 7.30am Mass followed by breakfast (CAFOD Soup Lunch will be on the Fri 8th May)


This weekend there will be a Second Collection for the Training of our Seminarians.


Articles for May's newsletter need to be submitted by Tuesday evening of this week


We are also remembering at Masses those who lost their lives at Gallipoli.

With World War I stalled on the Western Front by 1915, the Allied Powers were debating going on the offensive in another region of the conflict, rather than continuing with attacks in Belgium and France. The Allies decided to launch a naval expedition to seize the Dardanelles Straits, a narrow passage in north-western Turkey. If successful, capture of the straits would allow the Allies to link up with the Russians in the Black Sea, where they could work together to knock Turkey out of the war.

The naval attack on the Dardanelles began with a long-range bombardment by British and French battleships on February 19, 1915. Turkish forces abandoned their outer forts but met the approaching Allied minesweepers with heavy fire, stalling the advance. On March 18, 18 Allied battleships entered the straits; Turkish fire, including undetected mines, sank three of the ships and severely damaged three others.

In the wake of the failed naval attack, preparations began for large-scale troop landings on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Troops from Australia, New Zealand and the French colonies assembled with British forces on the Greek island of Lemnos. Meanwhile, the Turks boosted their defences  positioning Ottoman troops along the shore where expected landings would take place. On April 25, 1915, the Allies launched their invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Despite suffering heavy casualties, they managed to establish two beachheads: at Helles on the peninsula's southern tip, and at Gaba Tepe on the Aegean coast. (The latter site was later dubbed Anzac Cove, in honor of the Australian and New Zealand troops who fought so valiantly against determined Turkish defenders to establish the beachhead there.)

The Allies were able to make little progress from their initial landing sites, even as the Turks gathered more and more troops on the peninsula. In an attempt to break the stalemate, the Allies made another major troop landing on August 6 at Sulva Bay, combined with a northwards advance from Anzac Cove towards the heights at Sari Bair and a diversionary action at Helles. The surprise landings at Sulva Bay proceeded against little opposition, but Allied indecision and delay stalled their progress in all three locations, allowing Ottoman reinforcements to arrive and shore up their defences.

With Allied casualties in the Gallipoli Campaign mounting, 95,000 reinforcements were requested but the war secretary offered barely a quarter of that number. In mid-October, a proposed evacuation of the peninsula would cost up to 50 percent casualties; By early November it was agreed the remaining 105,000 Allied troops should be evacuated.

The British government authorized the evacuation to begin from Sulva Bay on December 7; the last troops left Helles on January 9, 1916. In all, some 480,000 Allied forces took part in the Gallipoli Campaign, at a cost of more than 250,000 casualties, including some 46,000 dead. On the Turkish side, the campaign also cost an estimated 250,000 casualties, with 65,000 killed.