Weekend 16/17th of March Last weekend was a busy weekend for our parish with 2 Social Committee events as well as baby Victoria’s baptism and a special St. Patrick’s day coffee morning. The Wine Tasting evening has been described as successful and very enjoyable and our St. Patrick’s Day event was a roaring success. Thank you to everyone who attended these events but special thanks to contributors at the St. Patrick’s Day event; namely David and his band and Olivia – our little Irish dancer! Photos of the events can be seen on our Facebook page and our website. Here are a few.
St. Patrick’s Day celebration
Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate
On Saturday 15th June 2019 at 11.30am, Des will be ordained into the order of the Permanent Diaconate. This will take place in the parish Church here, and will be presided over by Bishop Alan Williams.
Des would like to formally invite everyone to the ceremony and for a reception afterwards in the parish centre for a buffet and drinks.
As you know, Des has been working towards this day for the last three years and sees it very much as a parish event and would love as many of the parish as possible to attend to join him on this special day for both him and the parish as he begins his ministry.
Parish Pilgrimage to Lisieux
Following on from the announcement made after mass last weekend, Des is looking to organise a parish pilgrimage to Lisieux in France to coincide with the feast of St Therese this October. 30th September – 3rd October 2019. Des has been in contact with Tangney Tours, an established Catholic Pilgrimage operator and is now able to publish details of the proposed trip. Please note the cost of the trip depends very much on the numbers that wish to go on the trip. In effect, this means that the more people that wish to go the cheaper the price. Details of the Pilgrimage can be found in the attachment below.
We are very grateful to Ann Cassidy-Jones (Deputy Head and Head of RE at St. Joseph’s School). She runs Liturgy Sessions for children.
They are once a month, on the first Sunday of each month. Sessions are held in St. Theresa’s room (to the right of the altar) and are open to primary school aged children up until they have received First Holy Communion.
We respectfully ask that parents do not attend sessions with their children as this can cause distractions. If your child has specific needs which require you to attend Liturgy with them, please contact Anna Watkins to make the necessary arrangements.
During the sessions, the room will not be able to be used as it would normally be used to take younger children and babies who are becoming restless. Please take younger parishioners into the foyer at the front of the church when Children’s Liturgy sessions are occurring. We apologise for any inconvenience and invite you to use St. Theresa’s room on all other occasions.
Divine Mercy devotion
Saint Faustina Kowalska, a young Polish nun, spread the speacial devotion in the 1930s. The message is a reminder of God’s mercy and forgiveness. It calls people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is unlimited and available to everyone — especially the greatest sinners.
The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy is based on the writings of St Faustina, who in obedience to her spiritual director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the revelations she received about God’s mercy.
For more information on our new Deacon in training, Des Connors, please read his account of his on-going studies.