Parish Notices

Fish and Chip Supper & Quiz

This will be held on Friday 8th March at 6.30pm in St Thomas More Hall. A Fish & Chip supper and quiz for £8.00. Tickets on sale after STM Mass or from Helen (01242 582394).

Bingo

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

Year of Prayer – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

There is choice in the first reading, the psalm and the gospel in this week’s readings – a path of blessing or a path which takes us away from the Lord. That beautiful psalm, the first in the book, invites us to ground ourselves and root ourselves in God. Listening to God’s Law, holding it at the centre of all that we are, anchoring ourselves in him, brings tremendous fruitfulness. When our roots are planted in him then there is a security, a certain biblical ‘happiness’. It doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a constant feeling of glee but rather contentedness, blessedness. We know ourselves blessed when we anchor ourselves in God. When we realise that life is poor without him, that there is a deep hunger for him, a certain emptiness that only he can heal... then we are blessed because there is room for God.

Confirmation Programme at Sacred Hearts

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred by Bishop Declan on the Thursday 3rd October 2019 at 7pm. If any young person (Baptised Catholic) in year 9 or above would like to receive Confirmation, then please will they themselves write to Fr Mark to request to receive this Sacrament and to join the programme. Please enclose a completed enrolment form; these are available on the website www.sacredhearts.org.uk.

Cheltenham Deanery RCIA Course

The programme is being led by Fr Tony Pazhayakalam, CST and continues on Wednesday 20th February 2019. All meetings are held on Wednesday evenings, (between 7pm and 8.15pm) in the committee room of Sacred Hearts Hall.

Healing Mass at St Peter’s Church, Gloucester

On Thursday, 21st February. Mass at 7.30pm (doors open 7pm). Healing prayer ministry and the sacrament of the anointing of the sick will follow the mass.

Prinknash Abbey

23rd February: Year of Prayer Retreat Day led by Abbot Fr Martin McLaughlin O.S.B. and Dr Sarah Richards.
   9.30am Mass in Chapel.
   10.45am Praying traditional prayer of the Church. In Meeting Room.
   1.30pm Praying together. In Meeting Room.    3.00pm Adoration & Benediction in Chapel.

2nd March - Divine Mercy prayers & Adoration: Abbey Chapel 3-4pm.

CYMFed Flame

This is the biggest Catholic Youth Event in the UK. It is on Saturday 2nd March 2019 at Wembley Arena. All young people of secondary school age are invited to join Bishop Declan and thousands of young people from across the UK at the fantastic event. To buy your ticket visit www.cliftondiocese.com and click on the Flame logo. Download the booking forms and parental consent, send to us and we will confirm your place! Email:youth@cliftondiocese.com for more information.

Bishops’ Conference Faith in Politics Internship Scheme

The Catholic Parliamentary and Public Affairs Internship Scheme is recruiting at least six recently graduated Catholics to learn from an intensive experience of political and social action in a spiritual context. The scheme will run from September 2019 until July 2020. Internship positions are given with Christian MPs and Peers in Parlaiment, the Catholic Education Service, CAFOD and the Caritas Social Action Network. All interns also gain from retreats and spiritual guidance, as well as living in a vibrant, young Catholic community in the centre of London. During the year, as part of their overall formation, interns will study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Catholic Social Teaching form St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Further information can be found at www.faithinpolitics.org.uk. Applications are open, and the closing date is Thursday 28th February 2019. Applications should be made through the website. Please direct any questions to Stephanie.macgillivray@cbcew.org.uk, or visit @faithinpolitics on Facebook or @catholicinterns on Twitter for more information.

Foundation Governors

These Governors have an important part to play in ensuring the Catholic character of our schools. Skills from all areas are useful, such as; buildings, health & safety, finance, HR, education, parish and community work. Please call Cathy Hipkiss Chair at St Thomas More on 07733 005969 if you would like an initial chat about becoming a governor or email chair@st-thomasmore.gloucs.sch.uk.

County of Gloucester Catenians

If you are interested in joining the Catholic Men’s Association, you are warmly invited to enquire about the next meeting on Wednesday 20th February or on Wednesday 20th March at The Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Cirencester Rd, Charlton Kings GL53 8EA. Please contact Graham Wheeler, Membership Officer at grandpagw@mail.com or phone 01242 269082 for more information.

Hospital Request for Sacrament of the Sick

It is important that on admission to hospital, a patient (or his/her carers) inform the admission staff that they are Catholic. The hospital will not ask for this information, it is up to the patient to make it known and to make sure that a note is made. As of September 2018, Gloucester NHS no longer employ a catholic chaplain in an emergency. Please ask the nusing staff to contact the Chaplaincy Office at the hospital (or ring 03004 222222 and ask for the Catholic Chaplain). Thank you.

Request for Hospital Visitor

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.

Ever Thought About Priesthood?

Perhaps you have wondered whether you might be called to the priesthood. Whether you are a young man or an older man, this could be the case. Why not come along and start a conversation about this and find out a bit more? On Sunday, 17th February, 12.30-1.30pm in the Apostle Room, at Clifton Cathedral, Clifton Park, BS8 3PX (straight after the 11.15am Mass). Alternatively contact: vocations@cliftondiocese.com.

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.

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.

Safeguarding

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

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

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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).