Many thanks to everyone who supported the recent cake sale, either by baking cakes or buying them. It made a magnificent £173.60 for the Development Fund.
There is a Fish and Chip Supper, together with a Quiz, in St Thomas More Hall on Friday 2nd November at 6.30pm. Tickets, priced at £7.50, are on sale after Mass or from Helen on 01242 582394.
Maria Tripodi and Arlo George Harber were baptised recently at St Thomas More. We welcome them into the Church and offer our prayers and support to the families.
You are invited to attend Fr Frank’s Induction Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Binford Place, Bridgwater, Somerset TA6 3NJ on Friday 9th November at 7pm.
During the month of November we pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. We also remember those dear to us who have died, family and friends and the deceased of our parish. Remember, that Purgatory is on the threshold of heaven, it is where we encounter the healing fire of God’s boundless love and mercy. It prepares us for the fullness of life with God. Holy Souls Envelopes are available in the church. Please place the names of your deceased relatives or friends as well as the Mass offering you might wish to make, and return to the Presbytery by the 31st October - please do not leave your envelope & offering in the church. Alternatively, place your envelope in the weekend collection. They will be prayed for at all Masses throughout the month.
Bingo in the church hall on Thursday evenings. Eyes down 8pm.
Jesus, in Mark’s Gospel, reveals himself as the one who serves, as the one who reaches out in tenderness, as the one who lowers himself and empties himself out of love for others. It’s Jesus’ words and his actions that reveal to the disciples the need, not so much to be the first or the greatest or the most powerful or the best or the most successful, but to encounter God in others and serve God, love God, in them. The disciples find that a hard lesson to learn but they have Jesus, not just to instruct them, but to show them. The cross reveals that service and that emptying in action. If we want to be considered great it’s not because we have trampled on everyone to get where we feel we need to be; it’s that we have loved and loved and loved..... giving everything.
The annual Mass for the Dead will be celebrated in St Benedict’s Chapel, All Saints’ Academy on Tuesday 6th November at 7.00pm. This Mass will be offered for all deceased students, parents, teachers, governors and staff of St. Benedict’s School, Christ College and All Saints’ Academy. The celebrant will be Fr David Mills. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For further details please contact All Saints’ Academy 711234.
This year as you probably know is 100 years since the first World War ended (The Great War). Most towns and cities are remembering this occasion and Cheltenham, which lost over 1,200 soldiers, is one of the front runners. We are organising with Cheltenham Borough Council, a march through the centre of town on Saturday 10th November and hoping that whoever takes part will carry the name (which we will provide) of one of the many Heroes who gave their lives in the First World War 1914-1918. We would like very much for you to be there and if possible to take part. Please contact Geoff & Ann Ratcliffe on 07802 349636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Father David writes....
I would like to congratulate the young people who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Declan in Cheltenham College Chapel last Saturday. It was a very special day in their lives as they committed themselves to be active members of the Church. The whole community owes a debt of gratitude to the catechists who prepared them, the sacristans and altar servers who ensured that the chapel was set up and the liturgy celebrated worthily, as well as the administrative support from the office staff at St Gregory's parish. I would also wish to thank the headteacher, chaplain and Alexander from Cheltenham College who made it possible for us to use the magnificent chapel for this important celebration while St. Gregory's Church was not suitable for the big event due to the renovation work. Thanks is also owed to St Edward's school for the help provided by them, especially as regards photographs of the event. All Saints’ Academy provided the music and also produced the Confirmation booklet, thank-you for that. Stella's fine work on the certificates was commented on by the Bishop. Finally, but very specially, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to Tony Kinmond who coordinated the whole course and the celebration on the day itself. It was a huge amount of work, undertaken under sometimes difficult circumstances, especially as we were not able to use our own building. Thank you Tony for a great job, very well done!
Available now! Free for a donation of £1.00 (or more if you wish). Proceeds will go to support St Thomas More Development. Pick up your copy before they’re all snapped up.
Please send submissions for the Christmas edition of Caritas by 28th October. Articles, prayers, poems, reflections and book/film reviews with Advent/Christmas/New Year theme are especially welcome, as is news of Summer/Autumn exploits! Articles on the following Works of Mercy are particularly invited: To feed the hungry, To clothe the naked, To visit the imprisoned. Please send to email@example.com or to the Parish Office marked 'The Editor'.
The programme is being led by Fr Tony Pazhayakalam, CST and continues on Wednesday 31st October. All meetings are 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.
Following an extremely high level of interest there will be a meeting in the Lounge of Sacred Hearts’ Hall on Friday 2nd November starting at 6pm. After a short presentation our travel agents, Pax Travel, will take questions. Anyone interested is most welcome to attend and a cash bar will be available.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone wanting to receive a copy of the Cheltenham Catholic Newsletter by email, please email Paul McCloskey at email@example.com.
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If you have a problem with alcohol and want some help why not contact ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS on 01452 418515 (24 hour service).