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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.
FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE BOOKINGS/ENQUIRIES Please note no new bookings being taken at the moment during the current Corona Virus situation
Mon. St David, Bishop, Patron of Wales
Tues. St Chad, Bishop, Patron of the Diocese
Thurs. St. Casimir
Mass will be said with a congregation at St Wulstan’s on a Friday 10.30am; Sunday at 9am & 11am & at St John’s on a Saturday at 5.30pm. Guidelines still apply, restricted numbers, signing in, wearing of face masks, hand sanitising.
All Masses for the rest of the week will be said in PRIVATE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, Masses will be said for the Intentions printed on the Newsletter. Except for 5.30pm Saturday, 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 matte
Please continue to send Mass intention requests via the email:email@example.com
Phone: 01782 626611
Or post through the Presbytery door Thank you
Pope’s Prayer Intention March –Sacrament of Reconciliation–Let us Pray that we may experience the Sacrament of Reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God.
Parish Finance: Wolstanton: Direct Debit January £676 Collection banked £ 216.12
Chesterton: Direct Debit January £473
Thank you for your continued support
Second Sunday of Lent (Year B) The Gospel story tells us how Jesus, Peter, James & John left the humdrum of everyday life to climb a mountain. What started out as an opportunity to get away from it all to a private place for prayer & reflection, ended up being a most memorable experience & something they would never forget. For a few moments in that special place, eternity seemed to break into time & Jesus showed them who He was The Lord of Life. What the Apostles saw & heard on the mountain was a spiritual boost to arm them against the horror of His Passion & to help them walk towards Jerusalem in His company. His Transfiguration was something to strengthen their Faith for those dark days on the road to Calvary. The season of Lent is our going apart, taking time out. The Transfiguration is a reminder of our need for God’s guiding light as we make our pilgrim journey a source of inspiration & encouragement .
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.
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. Donations can be left in St Wulstan’s Church porch or dropped off at my porch, 60 Sparch Hollow, Maybank, ST5 9PF. (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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, oil, chickpeas, tuna, cornflakes, coffee, sugar. Many thanks again. I am sorry we cannot accept clothes, shoes or household items.
Chesterton Parish can bring donations to Saturday Evening Mass & pass to Tony Jenkins/Kathy Winter
Parish Newsletter Larger Print Version If you would like to receive a larger print version by email please send an email to Tony Jenkins on email@example.com & he will add you to the Parish Newsletter distribution list. Your email details are hidden from everyone on the list to maintain Data protection.
Mass of Thanksgiving for Guild of St Stephen Livestreamed 6th March 10am access by: www.stchadscathedral.org.uk
Hymn Singing if you are missing singing hymns in Church at the moment, I can offer you the chance to join our Sunday Hymns by Zoom! If you would like to join the 10am Hymns & Prayers, please email Tony Jenkins to be added to the list.
Baptism, Unfortunately, due to the current Tier system & restrictions there will be no Baptisms until after Easter. If you have any queries please contact Fr. Dominic (626611) or Mrs Margaret Oldham. (07751012870)
Google You Tube & search St Wulstans Wolstanton, click on the Church page and the correct date for the Mass/service Please remember the live streaming will not start until the actual time of the Mass/Service.
Lent 2021 Live Streamed from St Wulstan’s, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, (starting 19th Feb.) every Friday morning, 10-10.30am, followed by Mass. Also starting Friday 19th (& every Friday through Lent) Stations of the Cross, by zoom, 7pm. (If you would like to join please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link.
Adult Instruction Are you interested in knowing more about the Catholic Faith & maybe joining the Church? Adult instruction will begin this year with a short online Alpha Course & then continue for those wishing to further explore the Catholic Faith. All welcome, practising Catholics, lapsed & those of no religious background at all. We will be joining people from the Parishes of Holy Trinity & St Teresa’s. To register go to www.catholictrentvale.org.uk & complete the online form. Alpha will run on Zoom on Thursday evenings 7.30-8.30pm from 4th Feb-25th March. For more information telephone Barbara Davies 07401201272.
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY 26TH FEBRUARY 2021 The Big Walk! Abdella lives in an extremely remote & mountainous part of Ethiopia. It takes him TEN HOURS a day to collect water. He says his life is being wasted as he ha no time for anything else. Give today to reach vulnerable communities around the world with water & to provide other vital support. Donate on line at cafod.org.uk/give or by using one of the envelopes, or via text Text LENT to 70460 to donate £10. John Chadburn or other members of the CAFOD group are walking alongside Abdella this Lent by challenging themselves to walk 10,000 steps every day for 40 days. Give your support at justgiving.com/fundraising/John-Chadburn1
USED STAMPS Please continue to save any used postage stamps either drop them off at Church, Presbytery or at school Thank you for your continued support.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION Hopefully you will have noticed & are pleased with the new heating system installed at the Church Hall at St John’s, new windows have been measured up for & once the council have checked everything is ok they will be replaced with double glazed units. At St Wulstan’s Church the flat roofs are all repaired, we are now watertight, there just needs some brick work pointing to tidy up the outside. Plastering will be carried out in the Presbytery now the flat roof at the side of the house is repaired, & in the side Chapel so it can be decorated. The Church guttering is to be checked, any repairs carried out, cleaned & then painted. We are awaiting a quote on replacing the putty (a lot of which has fallen out) & then painting the outside window frames around the Church. We are now completing the second phase of forms for a grant from the Lottery Fund for the work on the Community Centre, & the Diocese are helping with the necessary paperwork for work at the back of Church. Re wiring of St Wulstans is also being finalised. THANK YOU for your support & patience.
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 cannot, 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
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