Friday, 19 February 2016

2nd Sunday of Lent

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Florence Jepson, Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Mary O'Connor, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens, Pauline Smith, Maria Twigg

Lately Dead: Patrick Nolan, Donald Devereaux, Jim Dreslin

Anniversaries:  Bridget Batt, Collette Wrenn, Mark Lord


Masses this week.   

Tues – 9.30am Mass                     Wed – 12 noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thurs – 6.30 Stations of the Cross - 7pm Mass                    Fri – 9.30am Mass


Last Friday was Family Fast Day there will be a second collection at Masses this weekend as a result of our efforts.


This Tuesday 7.30pm – 9pm there is a meeting in the Presbytery to organise the Bishop's visit to the parish on 10th July. All welcome who wish to be involved.

What do we want our Parish to be like?


What is our parish for? This is a question that we are having to face today as we try to advise the Bishop how the Diocese and its parishes should prepare for the future. If we are to restructure the Diocese and reduce the number of parishes to 75 then what do we think the purpose of our parish is?

Although our parish has been a thriving community in the past, is this the way we think of it now? Is it what we think our parish should be? What do we think the essential roles of the parish are? There is the Sacramental role, ie to provide the RC Community with the Sacraments such as Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing the Sick and Marriage. The Parish Church is also a place to come to gather and worship. Is there anything else that you think the parish should be involved in? Should it have a thriving supportive community? Should we be reaching out to the poor and those in need? Do we need to be friendly and supportive of each other, and if so how? Are Catholic schools a remnant of history and do they fulfil a need in our parish? How can we reach out and appeal to our young people and our young families? What is there that we are not doing right?


If you think there is a way forward then there will be a meeting this Thursday evening at the Parish Centre from 8pm – 9.30pm to discuss these points. Further points to be discussed are: what do we expect from our priest(s) especially as their numbers decline? What facilities do we need to make our parish welcoming? Can we identify with any particular needs of our area especially where we think people may need help and support?


Your parish needs your input, don't leave it to others to decide?


"24 hours for the Lord" Pope Francis has invited us, as part of the Jubilee "Year of Mercy" to dedicate "24 hours for the Lord" over the period Friday 4th – Saturday 5th March. Fr John is looking at starting this with 7.30am Mass followed with Exposition through to 11pm. Then on Saturday an 11am Mass through to 6.30pm Mass. During this, times of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament will take place with periods of music, reflection, Reconciliation, a "Taize" Service and "Night Fever". Parishioners will be required to volunteer to "Watch and Pray" for quiet periods. There is a rota at the back of Church.