Thank you to all those who contributed to and supported our parish Fairtrade
weekend 29th Feb/1st March 2020. A cheque has been sent to the Fairtrade Foundation for £125. This will be used to start up new Fairtrade projects throughout the third world. It will mean that many more people will have fair wages and be able to give their children an education and clean drinking water. The Traidcraft stall took a record £295.81, well done everyone.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Sunday 22nd December 2019 we held the festival of Nine lessons and Carols, followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies. A traditional service of Christmas scripture readings and carols.
Reframe: How to defend your faith without raising your voice
Most of us have been challenged at some point to speak about or defend our faith. This could have been whilst in the pub, on a chat with our friends or even with other people who go to church. At times, it can be difficult to find the correct words or courage to speak out. To help with this, we hosted a series of talks presented by Catholic Voices.
At the heart of the talks is a method called Reframe, which aims to help us understand how to identify values behind the criticism we face regarding our faith and avoid the defensiveness and self-defeating responses which many of us instinctively deploy in the face of hostility.
It was celebrated on Sunday Mass of the 29th September. Gifts of food donated to the local Food Bank.
Parish Pilgrimage to Lisieux
A parish pilgrimage to Lisieux in France organised by Deacon Des to coincide with the feast of St Therese this October. 30th September – 3rd October 2019. It will be operated by Tangney Tours,
Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate
On Saturday 15th June 2019 at 11.30am Des was ordained into the order of the Permanent Diaconate. This took place in our Parish Church and was presided by Bishop Alan Williams.
St. Patrick’s Day celebration
Thank you to everyone who attended the celebration in the evening and the following day for coffee morning. Special thanks to contributors at the St. Patrick’s Day event; namely David and his band, as well as to Olivia – our little Irish dancer! Here are a few photos.
Divine Mercy devotion
Saint Faustina Kowalska, a young Polish nun, spread the special 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.
Please read about Des initial studies for the Diaconate: Des’ Diary