Newsletter w/c 26-02-2023

Please pray for the souls of all deceased parishioners, family and friends

May God console their families. May the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace;


Please pray for those whose Anniversaries occur at this time including…..

  • 26: James Joseph Coleman, Colin Burgess, Sheila Jeffs Mulheran
  • 27: William Edward Boyer, Frankie Conroy, Dorothy May Leggatt
  • 28: Liam O’Callaghan, Edmund Dobbins, Ella O’Bryan, Cedric Edsall, James Frederick Little, Andy Bradley, Baby John Fitzgerald Gardner
  • 1:   Wilfred George Dalton, Anita Ayres,
  • 2:   Fr. Peter McPolin, Willie Strain, Violet Doris Durkin, Virgiglia Hill, Sarah Philomena Harper
  • 3:   Alexander Hair, Eric O’Bryan, Frederick Charles Clark, Nathan James McFarlane, Sister M. Angela Coyle, Marian Chyba, Eleanor Louise Murray, Michael Flood
  • 4:   May Harkin, Rose Ivy Baker, Eamonn McInerney
  • 5:   William Agar, Alonzo Price, Evelyn Margaret Wells

May they rest in peace


LENT: Stations of the Cross at St John’s Friday evening at 6.30pm (Confessions 5.30-6.15pm).

After Stations of the Cross we will follow the diocesan Lenten Retreat ie 7.30pm in the Cry Room for those people who are able to join us. Everyone welcome.

Last weeks collections  First collection: £1297.39, MSP Appeal £142.00, Church maintenance £60.69. Thank you for your   continued support and generosity.

This week: There will be a second collection for Clergy Support. During 2022 the fund provided care for 73 retired priest at a cost of £1.33 million.

Next Week: CAFOD Family Fast Day Lent Appeal: Friday 3 March  This Lent, your donations will help families fighting the climate crisis and ensure that our Church network can quickly respond to emergencies, like the recent earthquake in Syria and Turkey. Envelopes are at the back of the Church (or 

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children  we will be taking a collection next week for SPUC

Lent  The annual Lenten Season is the fitting time to climb the holy mountain of Easter. It has a double character, namely, to prepare both catechumens and faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. The catechumens by the rite of election, scrutinies , catechesis towards the reception of the sacraments at Easter, the faithful by listening to the word of God, prayer, penance and the renewal of their baptism promises. We wish to appeal for active and regular participation at the masses, attendance to the Station of the Cross and the sacrament of penance/reconciliation/confession during this special season of grace. Above all, let us pray for one another, for the Church and world.

Please collect a ‘Lent & Easter’ leaflet outlining events throughout this season.

Baptisms  We welcome into our parish family Noah Davis who was baptized this week. Application forms for Baptism are available from the back of the Church or the parish office. Families need to attend a talk before the baptism. Please phone or email the office if you wish to attend (Next session is 13th March).

First Friday – Divine Mercy to the Sacred Heart of Jesus will be held in the Church this Friday 3rd March. It will start at 2.30pm with Rosary, 3pm Divine Mercy Chaplet and Exposition, 3.30pm Mass. All are welcome to join us.

First Saturday Devotions to the Immaculate Heart of Mary  On the first Saturday of each month a service will be held 11.30-12.30pm in the Church. It was first mentioned by Our Lady of Fatima on 13 July 1917. Everyone is welcome to join us in prayer next Saturday 4th March.

Wednesday Tea/Coffee  Come and join the fellowship after the 12 noon Mass on Wednesday. The 200 club draw will take place this Wednesday.

School Forms  Fr Moses will be available to sign school forms on Friday between 11-1pm in the Presbytery. Please note that the day and times may change each week.

RCIA  We welcome anyone who is searching or wants to review their faith or may be interested in joining the Catholic     community, or wishes to be Confirmed. Please come to the Presbytery on Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Come to me all who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest. Come, pray, rest & watch before the Blessed Sacrament, either on Wed (9.30–11.30) or Sat after 10am Mass until 12.30pm.

Mass IntentionsIf you would like to have a Mass offered for an intention, please fill in one of marked envelopes and hand to one of the priests or call at the presbytery between 10-2pm if you would like a specific mass. We cannot always allocate a Mass on the date requested as it may have already been booked, however, your Mass may be shared if you wish.

Mustard Seed  Bible study every day @ 8.30pm; Lectio Divina on Fridays @ 7.30pm. Please Click Here for instructions on how to join

Come and Rest  is a contemplative group that meets around the Word of God on Wednesdays 8-9pm. Click here for the zoom link.

Divine Mercy Chaplet The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be online at 3pm Monday – Friday. Click Here for how to join the online meetings as well as the prayers if you wish to say the Chaplet privately.

Padre Pio Prayer Group each Tuesday  straight after 9.15am Mass in the Cry Chapel. All welcome to join us in prayer. We especially remember our sick friends and family.

Dona Card Machine We now have a self-service card donation point. It accepts contactless and chip and pin donations for those parishioners who may find this more useful than cash. We will try and have someone with the machine at all masses to help with any enquires about making donations this way.

Sick/housebound Please contact the parish office and let us know of neighbours/family members who are unable to come to Church and would like to receive Communion or call 07405803862. We remember in our prayers those who are sick, housebound or in hospital & those who care for them.