Father David writes...
As you would have heard last week, Fr Frank is to be appointed parish priest of St Joseph in Bridgwater and also to have pastoral oversight of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Burnham-on- Sea. I personally am very sad to see Fr Frank leave, and I am sure that is a sentiment shared by all in Cheltenham. Fr Frank has been a most supportive colleague and friend, and has brought so much to parish life as well as having been a superb hospital chaplain. The people of Bridgwater and Burnham are indeed fortunate to have Fr Frank appointed as their priest. To show our appreciation to Fr Frank, a collection as a farewell gift will be taken up on the weekend of the 18/19 August. There will be a leaving event on the evening of the 8th September at St Thomas More following on from the Vigil Mass. This will be an opportunity to wish Fr Frank well in his new responsibilities.
Father David writes...
I am pleased to inform you that Fr Tony has been appointed as assistant priest for St Thomas More and St Gregory's parishes. He will be resident at St Thomas More and besides his parochial duties, will also be the on call priest for Cheltenham Hospital. I look forward to working with Fr Tony, and I am sure you will all make him most welcome in our community.
Please note that the Thursday evening Masses have been suspended until further notice.
There will be a wine tasting evening in St Thomas More Church Hall on Friday 21st September at 7.15pm for 7.30pm. A chance to sample both red and white wines. Tickets £10 available after Mass or from Patrick Crossan (01242 515431).
Steve and Johannes will be walking the full length of Hadrian's Wall between 10th to 14th September in aid of "help4heroes" and "computers4schools". To sponsor please visit joshan2505.wixsite.com/hadrianswall or contact Johannes on 07815 496902 for more details.
Bingo in the church hall on Thursday evenings. Eyes down 8pm.
You are what you eat! That should be true when it comes to the Eucharist. The food and the drink we receive at Mass is our nourishment to sustain us in all we do to be like Christ. But those gifts of Christ’s Body and Blood are given precisely that we might become what we receive – Christ. We are to become what we eat and drink. Christ is given to us as food and drink so that we might have life in us and so that his life, flowing through us, might enable our world and others to know he is near through us. Christ is truly present to us in the Eucharist; his real presence makes his home in us so that, seeking to be like him, we might be reminders and signs of his presence in the ordinariness of our week – at home, at work, in the places where we encounter others. May our world know ‘Christ living among us’ because of the witness we give and the life we live.
Fr Ian Kelly will lead a Retreat Day on Saturday 6th October which will highlight the ministries of Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Starting with Mass at 9.30am and all are welcome.
Hear about CAFOD’s work for this Harvest Fast Day and come along and hear from one of our CAFOD staff members who have in-depth knowledge about their work overseas on Saturday 8th September from 1.30pm to 3.00pm at English Martyrs Parish, Tuffley Lane, Tuffley, Gloucester, GL4 0NX. The main speaker is Giovanna Reda, CAFOD Head of Humanitarian Programmes Asia, Middle East, Latin America & Caribbean (AMELAC). Contact Liz Baldwin at CAFOD to book on 01179 428328 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GARAS advise us that there will be more Syrian Refugee families arriving during the next few weeks. Amina, their family liasion officer asks if it would be possible for us to donate some toys for children aged 1 to 5 years old, ready for when they arrive. The children will have left behind any toys that they had so the toys will be a big help in them settling into their new homes. If you are able to make a donation please contact Bill Flynn on: email@example.com or call 01242 521004 and arrangements can be made for collection or drop-off of your donation.
After last year’s wonderful pilgrimage to Lourdes and the great success of the visit to Wintershall, Sacred Hearts are planning a visit to the birthplace of Christ. Led by Father Mark, and accompanied throughout by an experienced tour guide, they shall be making an 8-day Pilgrimage to The Holy Land from Wednesday 23rd to Wednesday 30th October 2019. The outline for the visit is:
The price indicator is £1329/person and at this stage they want to establish the level of interest in the parish and Deanery before setting up a meeting, late October, at Sacred Hearts Church for Pax, the travel agent, to take them through the itinerary and answer any questions. If you are interested please add your name to the list in the Sacred Hearts Church porch by Saturday 15th September or contact Andrew von Speyr on 01242 525993 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. He will also be happy to email copies of the detailed itinerary if required.
St Thomas More Parish set up their own finance committee on 19th April 2018 as Father David Mills felt that, with our debts due to be paid off this year, we should now have a degree of autonomy in our finances. The committee currently consists of Father Frank Wainwright, Steve Wright, Jon Sherry and Ann Abrams. If you would like further information then please consult one of the members after Mass.
There is a vacancy for a Foundation Governor at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School. A background in education or finance is ideal but not essential as governing boards need a wide range of skills. There are six Governing Board meetings in an academic year plus working party meetings as required. If you believe in Catholic education and want to play a part in transforming children's lives then please contact Cathy Hipkiss by email: email@example.com.
If you are embarking or (or already doing) teacher training through degree or PGCE and you wish to work within one of our Catholic schools at the end of the training or indeed for one of your teaching practices, please register your details with Charlotte Blanch, Headteacher of St Gregory’s Primary, who will share your details with the other Catholic Hub schools within Gloucestershire. Please register your contact details with her via firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are thinking of being Baptised/Confirmed as an adult, or entering into full communion with the Catholic Church, please come along to the introduction to the course on Wednesday 19th September. The programme will be led by Fr Tony Pazhayakalam, CST. All meetings will be held on Wednesday evenings, (between 7pm and 8.30pm) in the lounge of Sacred Hearts Hall.
Could you spare a little time on a Saturday afternoon? We are looking for people to join the Saturday team at Cheltenham Hospital. The commitment is for 1½ to 2 hours once every 5 weeks. For further details, please phone Liz Sloan on 07491 669592.
The biggest Catholic Youth event in England & Wales is back! Young people from across the Clifton Diocese aged 14-25 are invited to join Bishop Declan at Flame in Wembley Arena on Saturday 2nd March 2019. Clifton Diocese Youth Ministry are offering ticket, travel & Diocesan scarf all for just £50 per person. Places are filling up fast, so go to www.cliftondiocese.com or contact your Parish Priest for more details and to book your place.
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.
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.
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.
Mrs Dilys Barrell is our Safeguarding Representative and may be contacted on 01242 513992.
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.
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