Sunday, 3 January 2016

Feast of the Epiphany

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Mary O'Connor, Bridget Hardwick, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Stacia Ryan, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens

Lately Dead: Fr Peter Birmingham, Fr Anthony Sudlow, James Hogan  

Anniversaries:  Stanley Nicholas Bury, Nancy Pinder, George Clayton Chris Metcalf, Beth Alveston, Andrew Hargreaves, Constance Mary Nuttall


Masses this week.   

Tues – 12 noon Mass (followed by packed lunch)

Due to the Requiems of two Diocesan Priests, Frs Peter Birmingham and Anthony Sudlow, plus a journey down to Torquay, there will just be the one Mass this week


Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

On Saturday 5.45pm – 6.15pm

Sunday - after the 10am Mass


Next Weekend is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord which ends Christmastide.


Review of 2015


Many things took place in the parish in 2015 and this is an opportunity to reflect on them. For the parish one of the most obvious projects was the renovation of the Grotto and blessing of a new statue of Our Lady of Lourdes. This was done in August around the Feast of the Assumption when we had our "Lourdes at Home Day" which was excellently attended.


In July Fr John went to a National Church Congress called "Proclaim '15". Whilst much was spoken about, not a lot has yet come from it, but we are working on becoming more "Missionary Parishes. Some parishioners took part in the consultation through group discussion, and many from the parish submitted their views to the Bishop via the document "Preparing the Way". We wait to see what steps forward will be taken in the diocese. "No Room at the Inn" for Advent and Christmas seems to have gone well with comments I have heard. The one Mass on the Sunday after shows we can all fit into one Mass at the weekend if necessary. As numbers drop then this could be something to look at for the future!


Sometimes we get things right! This past year we decided to re-construct the drainage system at the back of the house. With all the recent storms and rain it proved to be an excellent decision preventing severe flooding of the cellars. We are still waiting for the diocese to come back to us on the church heating and the parish centre proposals for a lift to be installed, and other works to upgrade the downstairs toilets and the upstairs kitchen.


Syrian Refugee Crisis became big news in 2015 and is an ongoing problem. Pope Francis is urging all parishes to take in one family. We await advice from the diocese.


The "End of Life Bill" was something we campaign against, and although our MP did not agree with us the Bill was defeated.


Emmaus Group for the Bereaved has now been formed and hopefully will be involved throughout 2016 as well as the Monday Ossie Mills Coffee Group.


2015 saw the end of the Parish Magazine but we are presently working on a future project. For further news read the monthly newsletter due out next weekend. Any articles should be in by Tues night.  "A HAPPY & BLESSED NEW YEAR" to you all. Fr John