Parish Notices

Community Matters Scheme - St Thomas More

Waitrose have chosen STM as one of the three local causes to support under their Community Matters scheme for the month of April.  Please support us by placing your Waitrose green shopping tokens in our box.

Spring Fete

The spring fete is being held on Saturday 18th May from 11am to 1pm in STM Church Hall. Draw tickets on sale – £1 each. Please support us with donations of raffle prizes, bottles, nearly new items, toys, books & quality bric-a-brac.

Cake Sale

Many thanks to everyone who baked cakes or bought them at the recent cake sale. It raised £260 for the Development Fund.

Bingo

Bingo in the church hall on Thursday evenings (but NOT 18th April - Maundy Thursday). Eyes down 8pm.

Year of Prayer – Sunday of the Resurrection

The joy of Easter is like an explosion of love bursting into our lives. The light of Christ is a light so bright that it transforms our lives. We have journeyed through Lent and through Christ’s passion and death. Now we can rejoice, knowing that his death is not the end. Faith and hope are the great gifts of Easter which we are called to share with one another and with the world. The light we have received is a light forall. It is not for us to keep but to take to the far corners of our society where darkness may prevail amongst the lost and the forsaken. Faith lived amongst the poor and the marginalised is a transforming faith. It is the light for those who live in darkness and despair. Like the disciples we are called to run from the darkness of the tomb and proclaim to the world: Christ is Risen, Alleluia, alleluia!

Easter Offering

Traditionally the Easter Collection, along with that at Christmas, 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 on the newspaper table in the Church. Thank you.

2019/2020 Offertory Envelopes

The gift aid and non gift aid envelopes for 2019/2020 are ready for collection from the newspaper table in the church. Thank you to all of you who give your offertory donations by gift aid; the tax relief we receive makes a huge difference to our parish finances. For every £1 donated we receive 25p back from Inland Revenue and last year we received £4,255 at St Thomas More - a real gift from the Exchequer! If you are a UK tax payer and do not already give your offertory donations by gift aid, please consider doing so and contact Ann Greenwood in the parish office.

Where we are: Our Environment

Pope Francis’ invitation in Laudato Si’, asks us “to work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us”. What might God be calling St Gregory’s as a parish, and us individually to do now in response to the Holy Father’s invitation? If you would like to join other parishioners in responding to this question, come to a meeting on Thursday 25th April at 7pm in the Old Priory at St Gregory's Church. Light refreshments will be provided.

United Walk of Witness - Good Friday

Come and join at any part along the way. (Times are approximate). Start with a service at Holy Apostles’ church at 10.30am. Walk commences at 11am; 11:20am Sixways; 11.35am Smith and Mann; 11.50am Library precinct/Kings Hall; 12:15 Cemetry gates. Finishes at the Baptist Church at 12:45pm with Hot Cross buns etc.

Outing to Burnham-On-Sea

The 55 Club invites you to join them on a coach trip to Burnham-on-Sea on Friday 24th May. Fr Frank Wainwright will celebrate Mass for the group at 11.30am at Our Lady and the English Martyrs Church, Burnham. Return at 4pm. Cost of the coach is £10 per person. To book a place, please give your name, contact details and payment to Mary Flood at STM or leave your request at the Parish Office.

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.

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

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).