Parish Notices

Christmas Draw

We sold a total of 1,955 tickets for the Christmas Draw and received further donations of £125.70. The total raised was therefore £2,080.70 from which we deducted the £100 first prize. Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets and to those who helped to sell them. A special thank you to Helen, Annette and Linda for putting together the three hamper prizes. The winners were as follows:

PrizeItem No Winner
1st £100 2240 Joseph Walker
2nd Drinks Hamper 1822 Corina Turner
3rd Large Food Hamper 1834 David Hemming
4th Bottle of Whisky 0542 Bob Williams
5th Bottle of Rum 1769 Jo Cheetham
6th Small Food Hamper 1213 Angela Boulton
7th Bottle of Prosecco 1513 Mr Jackson
8th Celebrations Chocolates 0940 Rosemary Hurst
9th Roses Chocolates 2950 Dave Hughes
10th Swiss Chocolates 2326 Marianna Thomas
11th Bottle of wine 0829 M Trigg
12th Bottle of wine 0983 Chris Gifkin

We also made £105.50 on the cake sale.

Fashion Show

We will be holding a Fashion Show on Wednesday 24th January. Doors open at 7pm for the show at 7.30pm. High street quality women's clothes available for purchase on the night at bargain prices. Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine) or pay on the door.

Deanery Talks for Advent -The Gospel of Mark and the Christian Life

An Advent series on ‘The Gospel of Mark and the Christian Life’, led by Philip Esler and Hazel Bryan (respectively, the Portland Chair in New Testament Studies and the Professor of Education in the University of Gloucestershire), will take place this Advent in St Thomas More Catholic Church, Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham. The final session is on the evenings of Wednesday 20th December, beginning at 7.00 pm.

Bingo

Bingo in the church hall on Thursday evenings restarts on 4th January after a two week Christmas break. Eyes down 8pm.

Parish Office

Please note that the Parish office will close on Thursday 21st December at 1.00pm and will re-open after the Christmas break on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 10.00am.

Christmas Offering

Traditionally the Christmas Collection, along with that at Easter, are the only collections given to the priest during the year and is an important way in which the parishes support the unsalaried priests of the diocese. Envelopes into which offerings may be placed, are also on the table next to the sacristy.

Carol Singing at Waitrose

Please come and bring some Christmas cheer to the shoppers on Friday 22nd December, 11am-12noon. All money raised will go to Monze, Africa. Wear warm, waterproof clothes. Meet by the entrance.

Catholic Schools

Do you support Catholic Schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it. Ask them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/ or search for ’Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

CONFIRMATION Meeting for Parents & Candidates

The first Information Meeting for the 2018 Programme will take place on Sunday 21st January at 10.45am (after the 9.30am Mass) in the Old Priory at St Gregory's (upstairs) for all parents & candidates. It is important that you attend to receive relevant information regarding the schedule of dates for this Programme. Fr David Mills

Prinknash Abbey - December

16th December: Retreat Day – The Incarnation: The Real Meaning of Christmas
10.30am in Meeting Room.
12 noon Mass in Abbey Chapel.
2.30 to 3.00pm Adoration in Chapel.
17th December: 1pm to 4pm “Always Room for a little one.” Join Sarah, Jane and Ann for Children’s Christmas Stories and Carols in the Christmas Crib at Pinknash Abbey Cafe.
19th December: 11.30am to 2pm “Always Room for a little one.” Join Sarah, Jane and Ann for Children’s Christmas Stories and Carols in the Christmas Crib at Pinknash Abbey Cafe.

2018 Diocesan Directories

The new directories have now arrived and contain a wealth of information about the life and structures of the Church in our area, as well as numerous interesting news items from around our diocese. Also available are the 2018 liturgical diaries. Cost: Diary £6.00; Directory £5.00. Please put monies in the newspaper box.

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 unless otherwise indicated. (Candidates are encouraged to join in the 6.30pm Mass).
Format: Prayer. DVD. Reflection.

January 18 – The Mass. Penance & Anointing of The Sick
February 1 – Matrimony & Holy Orders. A Catholic Moral Vision
February 15 – Mary and the Saints. The Last Things
Saturday February 17 – Rite of Election at Cathedral
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).