(Maintained by Alison and Andy Machin)
You will find the news, dates & parish notices further down this page.
(Mass unless otherwise stated)
All masses and public acts of service are suspended from the evening of Friday 20th March 2020 until further notice, due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Please download the Bishops statement on the RC response to Coronavirus here (in Word format) or view it in PDF format
Parishioners are also reminded that Father Dominic will still say Mass for us each day privately. Also do remember to keep bringing your donations for asylum seekers - Carmel will collect them each Sunday - the need is greater now than ever.
|Thursday 6th August 2020|
|0000||Wolstanton||Mass McAtamney families(W)|
|Friday 7th August 2020|
|1030||Wolstanton||Mass In thanksgiving (Emend)(W).Mass with congregation|
|Saturday 8th August 2020|
|0000||Wolstanton||Mass Oran & Libby McAtamney(W)|
|Sunday 9th August 2020|
|0900||Wolstanton||Mass Parishioners of both Parishes.Church open for Mass at St.Wulstans|
|1100||Wolstanton||Mass Parishioners of both Parishes.Church open for Mass at St.Wulstans|
As there will be no further Masses from the evening of Friday 20th onwards, please remember to save your weekly offerings so that you can give them when normality returns. The church cannot survive without these!
FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE BOOKINGS/ENQUIRIES Please note no new bookings being taken at the moment during the current Corona Virus situation
Tues. St. Jon Mary Vianney
Weds. The Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary
Thurs. Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
Fri. St. Sixtus II, Pope & Companions, Martyrs; St. Cajetan
Sat. St. Dominic
Important notice Following the announcement from the Government & detailed guidelines from the Diocese, MASSES will be said for a congregation, beginning on Sunday 12thJuly when there will be TWO Masses. Mass will also be said for a congregation on Friday mornings. Masses for the rest of the week will continue to be said in PRIVATE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, Masses will be said for the Intentions printed on the Newsletter.
Fr. Dominic will say ALL Masses at St Wulstan’s A copy of the Newsletter will be displayed at both Churches and will be available on the Church Website and School face book page. Thank you for your support in this matter.
Please continue to send Mass intention requests via the email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 01782 626611
Or post through the Presbytery door Thank you.
Pope’s Prayer Intention August –The Maritime World We Pray for all those who work & live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen & their families.
Parish Finance: Wolstanton: Direct Debit June £672
Collection banked w/b 26th July £295.68
Chesterton: Direct Debit June £318
Thank you for your continued support
Eighteenth Sunday of the Year On receiving deeply upsetting news we are inclined to with-draw into ourselves. We need time & space on our own to get away from things in order to come o terms with the harsh reality of what has happened. This was what Christ was doing on hearing of John the Baptist’s death. He retreated to a quiet spot, on the other side of the lake, mourning the loss of a close friend. When Jesus stepped ashore an eager crowd greeted Him, & Christ’s compassion knew no bounds. We are all familiar with the Gospel story of the multiplication of the loaves & fishes, a miraculous & marvellous event, the multitude of people returned home satisfied & feeling the better for their time spent in the company of Jesus. Yet again we see that meals played an important part in His ministry. The miracle of this Gospel symbolises the Messiah sharing a meal with His people, satisfying their human needs & providing them with nourishment for earthly & eternal life.
Prayers: Please remember in your prayers all those who are sick or ill, those who are housebound and those who care for them. Also remember those who have died recently: and all whose anniversaries are about this time. Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
If you need a priest to visit the sick, please call Fr. Dominic.
My Condolences to the family & friends of Fr Tynan, who died on Saturday 25th July, at Oulton Abbey, his funeral Mass will at Oulton on 5th August, celebrant Bishop David McGough. The funeral Mass will be celebrated in accordance with present guidelines, please remember Fr Tynan in your prayers.
The Royal Stoke University Hospital ring the Chaplaincy Office on 01782 676400 & leave a name & ward number. If you, or someone you know, becomes ill & is no longer able to get to Mass PLEASE inform Fr Dominic.
Supporting refugees & asylum-seekers living locally Thanks to parishioners for the ongoing supply of food/toiletries. Since the lockdown we have seen increased donation, so a huge thanks, & for passing the message on to friends & neighbours. While our Churches remain locked, donations can be left in my porch, 60 Sparch Hollow, Maybank, ST5 9PF. (email@example.com) Items that are now requested are: shower gel, shampoo, washing up liquid, nappies-newborn, size 4, size 5 only. Tins of red kidney beans, tins of tomatoes, pasta, cornflakes, coffee, sugar. Many thanks again.
CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal COVID 19 is affecting vulnerable people in all societies in the UK & in developing countries. In some countries there are almost no intensive care beds or ventilators. The coronavirus in these areas is likely to be devastating & will exacerbate the inequalities & injustices that these people already face. You can help by donating & adding your name to a petition on line at: cafod.org.uk/coronavirus. By working together to tackle this crisis, we will be able to start to rebuild our common home. Many thanks.
Second Collections 2020, 20 Sept. Catholic Evangelisation, 27 Sept. Father Hudson’s Society, 4 Oct. CAFOD, 18 Oct. APF World Mission, 1 Nov. Johnson Association, 22 Nov. Catholic Youth Service, 6 Dec. Poor Parishes.
Opening of Churches for Mass & Private Prayer we are pleased to announce following guidelines from our Diocese, we are able to open St Wulstans Church for Mass.
Mass for a congregation will only be said on: Sundays at 9am & 11am and on Fridays at 10.30am
The congregation will be limited to 60 people per Mass, so we know numbers please book the Mass you wish to attend with Alison Machin at St Wulstans School on 01782 973722 option5 you can leave a message on this number. Please wear masks, sanitising stations will be available, there will be a one- way system through the Church, only certain benches will be available to sit in, social distancing Must be observed at all times particularly when receiving Communion & leaving the Church. Stewards will be on hand to help & advise, Mass will be shorter, there will be no singing, bidding prayers, or offertory procession, no sign of peace, a collection box will be at the back of Church. All Masses will be lived streamed.
Please remember Sunday obligation is still suspended so consider attending the week day Mass to reduce Sunday numbers, if possible, Thank You for your support
Private Prayer will continue for the next couple of weeks, after that we can only continue if we have enough volunteers to be stewards. We will keep you informed.
Act of Spiritual Communion Please say at Communion:
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and desire to receive you into my Soul. Since I can not at this moment receive you Sacramentally, come at least Spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from you.
Statement from St Wulstan’s Parish concerning JW Playgroup closure
Significant building development is required at the St Wulstan’s Community Centre and this is planned to start next July.
In order to give JW Playgroup sufficient time to find alternative accommodation they were informed in June 2020 of the need to relocate at the end of July 2021
Like many of you we are disappointed to hear that the owners of the Playgroup have decided not to source alternative premises, which has resulted in their decision to close the scheme with immediate effect. We would have been delighted to continue to host the playgroup in St Wulstan’s Community Centre until the end of July next year.
If you would like to set up a standing order to donate to our Parish please visit the following page on the Diocesan website
https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/Pages/FAQs/Category/finance-resources Please consider donating in this way, if you require any information or help please call Alison Machin at St Wulstans School, 01782 973722 option 5
Wolstanton & Chesterton: Thank you to all those who donate their collection via Direct Debit,
Priests’ House: 01782 626611
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.saintwulstans.org.uK
Hospital Chaplain : 01782 676400 Fr Michael Puljic is the new Hospital Chaplain,he is employed for 3 full days other emergency cover is being provided by a number of people. Communion rota to the wards is continuing.
Deanery Website: www.northstaffsdeanery.org.uk