Parish Notices

Fish and Chip Supper & Quiz

On Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm in St Thomas More Hall. A Fish & Chip supper and quiz for £7.50. Tickets on sale after STM Mass or from Helen (01242 582394).

Bingo

Bingo in the church hall on Thursday evenings (but NOT Maundy Thursday, 29th March). Eyes down 8pm.

Year of Mission

There’s a theme flowing through the readings for this Season in Year B and it seems to be the theme of Covenant. Noah and the rainbow featured in last week’s first reading and this Sunday’s reading of Abraham’s sacrifice speaks to us of God forming a people for himself. This reading anticipates the Covenant God enters into with Abraham. This Lent is a time for renewed relationships – with God and with others. Maybe our focus this second week of Lent rests upon renewing those relationships in our lives that are not quite right! We might have to make a first move but in doing so we truly imitate God who always takes the initiative to enter into love with us. It might be that we take up the opportunity to renew our relationship with the Lord in prayer but also through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. God waits for us there! God waits to heal us, to renew us, to strengthen us and to love us. He will not abandon us for through his Son he has entered into an everlasting Covenant with usI and he will not go back on his word.

Women’s World Day of Prayer

On Friday 2nd March at 10.30am. This year’s theme, prepared by the Christian women of Suriname, addresses the beauty of All God’s Creation, and our need to care for it. You are warmly invited to join this 24hour global prayer link in a service at Cheltenham Minster (St Mary’s).

40 Days for Life - Praying for an end to Abortion

Make every Friday of Lent a “For-Life” Friday. Join us for peaceful prayers outside Cheltenham General Hospital every Friday morning 8am-1pm, during Lent. Meet by the West Block entrance on Sandford Road near the junction with College Road. Stay for an hour, or just a few minutes. We want to promote the sanctity of life, to offer healing for those already hurting, and to seek God’s help in bringing about an end to abortion. Please contact Stella Kinmond on 01242 511371.

Marriage Care

If you are getting married this year in a Catholic Church, do come and join us on one of our enjoyable, revealing and rewarding Marriage preparation days held at Sacred Hearts, Cheltenham on any of the following dates: February 24th, March 17th, May 12th, June 16th, July 14th, September 15th or October 13th. Go to www.marriage care.org.uk to book.

RCIA Programme 2017/18

This programme has now started. It is for people who are thinking of being baptised/confirmed as an adult, or entering into full communion with the Catholic Church. It meets on Thursdays after 6.30pm Mass at Saint Thomas More’s. (Candidates are encouraged to join in the 6.30pm Mass).
Format: Prayer. DVD. Reflection.

March 1 - Catholic Social Teaching & Arrange Confession times
March 15 - Prayer
March 26 – Rehearsal at Saint Gregory’s
March 29 – Holy Thursday Mass including The Washing of Feet
March 30 – Good Friday
March 31 – Easter Vigil – Baptisms/Receptions

Hospitals

The Hospital Chaplains have no way of checking if a particular person is in hospital. Therefore it is essential that individuals and families let either the parish or the chaplaincy know if somebody is in hospital, and Fr Frank can then follow it up. To leave a message on the chaplaincy answer phone, kindly call 0300 422 4286 for Cheltenham, or 0300 422 6200 for Gloucester, stating clearly the name of the Catholic patient, and if known, what ward they are on. If you know that you are going in to hospital, please ask one of the priests to give you the Sacrament of the Sick.

TV & Internet Masses

For those who are housebound or find it difficult to get to daily/Sunday Mass; there are a number of Masses daily on the website www.churchservices.tv as well as on EWTN television which is Channel 589 on Sky. The EWTN Mass is usually at 8.00am, 1pm and 6pm.

Adoption - Clifton Children’s Society

If you, your family or friends are interested in adoption, please contact Clifton Children’s Society. There is a constant need to find more adoptive families for the thousands of children waiting in care. Enquiries are welcome from anyone who can provide these children with the stability and unconditional love they need. You may be single or a couple, with or without children, a homeowner or in rented accommodation. Age is not a barrier – many adopters are in their 40’s and 50’s. For more information visit the CCS website at www.ccsadoption.org or call 0117 935 0005 for an informal discussion.

St Vincent de Paul Society

Do you or someone you know need help from the SVP? All contacts with the SVP are in strictest confidence, so if you or someone you know needs the SVP, you and they can be assured of our complete discretion. You can speak to a member of the SVP or leave contact details for them, via the Parish Office.

Catholic Community Newsletters

Local Catholic community newsletters from the parishes of our deanery are all available as a weekly email. If you are interested, please email Paul McCloskey at p.mccloskey@yahoo.co.uk.

Safeguarding

Mrs Dilys Barrell is our Safeguarding Representative and may be contacted on 01242 513992.

Sacrament of the Sick

If you are a parishioner soon to go into or leaving hospital, who needs the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Sacrament of the Sick or Holy Communion, or with pastoral needs, perhaps a visit for prayer, then please contact the Parish Office who can arrange.

Catholic Singles

This is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events. Please phone 0161 941 3498 or visit the website www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email at info@catholicsingles.org.uk.

Newsletter by email

Anyone wanting to receive a copy of the Cheltenham Catholic Newsletter by email, please email Paul McCloskey at p.mccloskey@yahoo.co.uk

Clifton Diocese Newsletter

Sign-up for this useful round-up of news, views, events and other information from around our diocese. It is easy to do, just go to our website www.cliftondiocese.com - click on the newsletter icon and register your email address.

Do You Feel Trapped?

If you have a problem with alcohol and want some help why not contact ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS on 01452 418515 (24 hour service).