Parish Notices

Margaret Mary Crossan RIP

Thank you to the family and friends of the Late Margaret Crossan who donated so generously to the collection taken in her memory at her funeral on 30th January 2018. The total donated came to £500.00 and this amount will be put towards St Thomas More Development. May she rest in Peace.

St Thomas More Development

We are very pleased to announce the receipt of two generous donations totalling £700.00 towards the St Thomas More Development Fund; this continued support is very much appreciated.

Major Renovation Work in St Gregoryís Church

Please note that between Wednesday 18th April and Sunday 13th May inclusive, St Gregory's church will be closed from major renovation work.

During this time, Sunday masses will take place in the Hall of St Gregoryís School. For this use the school entrance in St James Square. Additional Sunday masses will be added for the duration of the works - 6pm Saturday Evening (Vigil mass of Sunday), 8am, 9.30am, 11.15am and 6pm on Sunday.

Weekday Masses will take place downstairs in the Old Priory Monday to Friday at 9.30 a.m. unless otherwise advised. Please use the entrance in Clarence Street.

Saturday Morning Mass will take place at 9.30 a.m. at St Thomas More Church, Princess Elizabeth Way. Mass will be followed by Confessions, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and prayers for vocations.

Baptism

Miya Giec was baptised recently at St Thomas More, and Lucia Reis Das Neves last week-end at St Gregory. We welcome them into the Church, and offer our love and prayers to the families.

Bingo

Bingo in the church hall on Thursday evenings. Eyes down 8pm.

Marian Half-Day

On Saturday 5th May there will be a Marian Half-Day of Recollection at St. Thomas More's Church, starting with Mass at 9.30am followed by Adoration, Confessions, Rosary, the Crowning of Mary and a talk by Dominic Meigh on "The Renewal of Marian Devotion". Please bring a packed lunch. It will end at approx 1pm. It will be organised by Cheltenham YCA - all ages are welcome to this event.

Year of Mission

Our second reading for this Good Shepherd Sunday speaking of the lavish outpouring of Godís love upon us. He calls us his children and he reveals himself to us as a loving parent. But St John also articulates all that we are called to be as Godís children and as a people of mission. We are called to be like God, we are called to echoes of who he is, reflections of his parental care. Our world at times cries out to know Godís loving, shepherd presence. We can allow the world to know God is near as we allow others to contemplate the love and compassion of the Father in the face of those who call themselves disciples. If we want to know the tender face of God, then we need to gaze upon Jesus. If we want to see the tender face of Godís image, then surely, we should look upon the face of those who are his friends. Let the tender smile of God radiate upon those around you this week..... through you.

Clerk to the Governing Board: St Thomas More Catholic Primary School

Applications are invited for this position. Please email Cathy Hipkiss, Acting Chair at chipkissgov@st-thomasmore.gloucs.sch.uk for a Job Description about the main duties, qualifications and experience of the role. For an initial conversation, please phone 07733 005959.

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 Childrenís Society

If you, your family or friends are interested in adoption, please contact Clifton Childrenís 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 Ė many adopters are in their 40ís and 50ís. 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).