The Most Holy Trinity – 30th May 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters
My thanks to Frs David Murphy and Kevin Dring for looking after mass so beautifully for us last week. You will be seeing quite a lot of both those two priests in the weeks to come as they have both kindly agreed to celebrate mass for you once I leave. I am super confident that you will all be in safe hands and will be taught the faith with love and compassion. Fr David has kindly also agreed to take up residence for part of the week in the presbytery so that you will have weekday masses available and be able to contact him to make your confession, or just for a chat. He will live here from Wednesday the 23rd until Saturday after the Vigil Mass each week until Fr Alistair moves in towards the end of July. You might see a cat around the place once again but no dogs! Fr Kevin will also be celebrating the Sunday masses on a number of occasions too which will be nice and provide a great deal of continuity for our community.
At the request of the school, I will be returning to celebrate the end of term mass on the 22nd of July which will give me a chance to say goodbye to the staff and school children with whom I have enjoyed a fantastic time. I am sorry to be saying goodbye to them too.
It is a shame that many of the restrictions will still be in force when I celebrate my last Sunday mass with you on the 13th June. This means, of course, numbers at mass will be limited to our COVID safe number. Perhaps after 21st June that restriction will be lifted, and with Fr Alistair’s permission, we could have a celebratory mass later in the year to give thanks for all that has been achieved over my 10 years with you and share my thanks for all that you have given to Helen and I with your kindness and thoughtfulness. That will all need arranging at a later date though.
With my love and prayers, Fr David
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Fighting Modern Slavery – Steering Group:
The latest edition of the Fighting Modern Slavery Newsletter is available to download here Modern Slavery Newsletter Issue 3 (website-files.com) and also from the diocesan website www.abdiocese.org.uk The Steering Group is seeking individuals to be parish/deanery Modern Slavey Awareness Ambassadors. More information on what this voluntary role entails from Rosie Read at email@example.com
Fri 18th-Sun 20th June (Online) : COME DINE WITH ME: Feasting with Moses and Jesus
Led by Viv Randles and Michael Woodward (both Lay Community of St Benedict) Hanuka, Shavout, Rosh Hashana – come and learn some fresh angles on these festivals and others, which go so far to explain our own. . . Further information and to book your place online: https://worth.co.uk/retreats/online-retreats
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CAFOD offers a gap year programme called Step into the Gap. As part of the 10-month programme, you will be based in either a youth retreat centre, university chaplaincy or a secondary school chaplaincy team gaining new skills, developing as a leader and gaining work experience. Accommodation and travel expenses are included. Full time placements include stipends. Find out more information including how to apply at www.cafod.org.uk/gapyear
The new series of Sycamore sessions on Zoom will start on Tuesday 8 June & run weekly for 5 weeks. Participants are asked to join from 7.45pm so that we can start the session at 8pm. It will finish between 9.00 & 9.30pm. Anyone is welcome to join – you don’t need to have attended the first 5 sessions. The format of the evening will be: introduction; video (all through – no breaks this time); discussion groups (just one rather than 3 short discussions as before) & then feedback & summary.
The themes this time will be: The Bible; The Gift of Faith; The Power of Prayer; Finding True Freedom & The Meaning of Love.
To join, please email Ian Honeysett at: Honeysett@btinternet.com.
We plan to run some more in the autumn with options both online and in person.
Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in Need marks its “Benefactors Day” on 11th June.
On this day ACN will be praying for all our benefactors who do so much to support the charity. We have received messages of gratitude from project partners around the world, which you can see here, with accompanying details about the day: https://acnuk.org/resource/acn-benefactors-day-2021/. In 2020, we supported 4,758 projects – none of this would be possible without you. Thank you to all our wonderful benefactors, you are not forgotten, and we are praying for you!