14th Sunday in Ordinary Time 4th July 2021
We are blessed to have a wonderful parish of volunteers and we welcome those who would like to contribute to the smooth running of Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind and St Thomas More.
The role of the Sacristan Team is many and varied. The duties carried out during the year include:
Preparations for Sacramental celebrations and special days, laundering altar linen, and organising altar candles, votives.
Opening and locking up both JCROM and STM
In addition, each Mass needs welcomers, readers, altar servers and [once allowed] Eucharistic Ministers
We also want to reinstate the rota of those that ‘writes’ the bidding prayers.
The churches needs cleaning every week! New helpers for our rotas are always welcome; the commitment is for a couple of hours every four weeks. If you can help any time we’ll find something to suit your schedule. This is an invaluable service to the parish. In addition there is a gardening rota to keep the two churches looking clean and tidy outside.
We are a small group of ladies working each week on a rota basis, but more on special occasions. We have training days and would like to encourage volunteers of any ability to think about joining us.
If you have experience in preparing those for receiving sacraments or running prayer groups or small members groups of varying interests, we would love to hear from you.
All these roles are vital in keeping our Parish alive and thriving and helps the Parish Priest enormously. Please consider joining a rota, we really need your help. The more the merrier! Please speak to Tracy in the Parish Office.
Pokot News. I am delighted to report that recently we sent £4,100 to the Missions at Barpello and Rotu. Apart from £365 for University fees, the donation was to help with emergency food in the present drought. Here are updates from Fr Sean at his Rotu Mission and Fr Paul at the Barpello Mission School. Eugene McGivern (01483-893379 or at firstname.lastname@example.org )
“Good evening Eugene. I hope you and all the Pound a Week Group are keeping well and safe from this new variety of the virus that is causing problems throughout the world. Thank God there is still no sign of it here.
And still not a drop of rain in sight and all the food gardens have long since given up the ghost. Please convey my deepest thanks to your Group for the £2,050 for emergency food which will be a great help to the people here in Rotu at the present time.
We had a great Sunday Mass today. Over a hundred people. Attendance has been increasing bit by bit over the last few weeks. But today was the most I’ve seen. I’ve no explanation for it. But maybe Pope Francis was right when he said in “The joy of the gospel”, It’s primarily Gods work; we are but cooperators with Him. God bless from Sean”
“Eugene, Good evening. I have this evening received a cheque of KSHS 302,000 from Sean, my share of your £4,100. Am so grateful to the Group as there is much pressure here in Barpello and I believe in the wider regions of Pokot where drought has set in. I have on a daily basis at the school gate old men, women and primary & nursery schools looking for food assistance. The Group’s support is such a great help. God bless you all from Paul”
NEW Colour and Shape website launch! Mass resources for families.
Colour and Shape developed over the pandemic providing a weekly video liturgy for families to use at home during lockdown. This video – Connect Sunday – has now changed into a new shorter format, along with a set of accompanying resources on a brand new website. Head over to www.colourandshapeonline.com to check out the resources reflecting on the Sunday Gospel each week, plus links to Spotify playlists, ideas on how to pray together as a family, and information on how to join the online community supporting families.
World Day of Prayer
Formally known as the Women World Day of Prayer. Now all are welcome to the service to be held at Holy Trinity Church Bramley on Saturday July 3rd at 10.30
This year it is the Holy Trinity Church who are organising the service for all our surrounding villages. It is an ecumenical service written by the Christian women of Vanuatu.
Usually, we share the same day over all the world but due to the COVID-19 this is not possible. We will therefore be having a local service. Depending on the outcome of the Covid-19 arrangements we may need to be outside in which case we will use the Garden of Remembrance next to Holy Trinity Church.