Saint Wulstan's Newsletter

(Maintained by Alison and Andy Machin)

You will find the news, dates & parish notices further down this page.

Mass and Meeting Times

(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.

Sunday 27th September 2020
0900WolstantonMass Margaret Spilsbury R.I.P(TC).Mass with congregation St Wulstans
1100WolstantonMass Paul & Sue Swinhoe(CD).Mass with congregation St.Wulstans
Tuesday 29th September 2020
1100WolstantonFuneral Service Peter James Gorman (W)
Wednesday 30th September 2020
0000WolstantonMass Bosco Chukka R.I.P(Ch) Private Prayer
Thursday 1st October 2020
0000WolstantonMass Special Intention(W)
Friday 2nd October 2020
1030WolstantonMass Gerald Wells (W) Mass with congregation at St.Wulstans
Saturday 3rd October 2020
1730ChestertonMass Miriam Smith (Anniversary)(Ch)Mass with congregation St.Johns
Sunday 4th October 2020
0900WolstantonMass Our two Parishes.Mass with congregation at St.Wulstans
1100WolstantonMass Special Intention.Mass with congregation at St.Wulstans



Regular Weekly Events at Wolstanton

FOR COMMUNITY CENTRE BOOKINGS/ENQUIRIES Please note no new bookings being taken at the moment during the current Corona Virus situation

Saints the Week



Mon. St. Wenceslaus, Martyr; Ss. Lawrence Ruiz& Companions


Tues. Ss Michael, Gabriel & Raphael, Archangels


Weds. St. Jerome


Thurs. St. Therese of the Child Jesus


Fri. Guardian Angels


Sat. St. Thomas Cantilupe, Bishop




General Notice

Important notice In addition to the Masses which are currently being said at St Wulstan’s for a congregation, (Sunday, 9am & 11am, Friday 10.30am) Fr. Dominic is intending to begin saying Mass at St John’s Parish Hall on a Saturday evening 5.30pm, beginning on 19th September.

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

Phone: 01782 626611

Or post through the Presbytery door Thank you.


Pope’s Prayer Intention October–The Laity’s Mission in the Church We Pray that by the virtue of Baptism, the laity, especially women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the Church.


Parish Finance: Wolstanton: Direct Debit August £556

Collection banked £322.75 collection £183.85 Holy Places £138.90

Chesterton: Direct Debit July £383 August £363


Thank you for your continued support


If you would like to set up a standing order to donate to our Parish please visit the following page on the Diocesan website 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,



Twenty Sixth Sunday of the Year taken at surface level, this short Gospel story of the two sons seems to be nothing more than a typical scene from the ongoing tensions tat arise within family life. The first son is at first rude & confrontational, but on reflection he goes off & does as he is asked. The second son, is eager to please, conscious of his image, he does not answer his father back, but has no intention of doing as he is asked. Jesus addressed this parable to the chief priests & elders of the people in the week preceding His crucifixion. The son who said yes, represented Israel’s religious leaders, who were all smooth professionals, who had lost touch with their followers & their religion was nothing more than an empty ceremonial show. The son who said no, but changed his mind, stood for the Gentiles, tax collectors & sinners, who listened to the word s of the prophets, put their past behind them & repented. The kernel of this Gospel is that Faith runs deep into action, & lip service is no service at all, idle promises & half- hearted actions are worthless. What we profess to believe has no meaning if it is not translated into active commitment & a wholehearted response to Christ.


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.


My condolences to the family & friends of Peter James Gorman who died recently, his funeral service will be on Tuesday 29th September, 11.00am. Please remember Peter & his family in your Prayers, may he rest in peace.


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 he Thank you, donations can be left in St Wulstan’s Church porch or dropped off at my porch, 60 Sparch Hollow, Maybank, ST5 9PF. ( 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: By working together to tackle this crisis, we will be able to start to rebuild our common home. Many thanks.


Second Collections 2020, 27 Sept. Father Hudson’s Society, 4 Oct. Peter’s Pence, 11 Oct. CAFOD Harvest Fast,18 Oct. APF World Mission, 25 Oct Johnson Association,1 Nov. Clergy Training Fund,8th Nov. Catholic Education Service,15 Nov. Catholic Communications, 22 Nov. Catholic Youth Service, 6 Dec. Poor Parishes,13 Dec. Catholic Evangelisation, 20 Dec. Apostleship of the Sea


Second Collections-message from the Bishops’ Conference, Please note there has been a change to the previously advertised second collections, (updated list above) three collections are compulsory, Holy Places, Peter’s Pence, World Mission Sunday. Please do your best to support our second collections


Mass for a congregation will only be said on: Saturday 5.30pm at St. Johns & Sundays at 9am & 11amand on Fridays at 10.30am at St Wulstan’s

The congregation will be limited to 60 people per Mass, You will be required to sign in on arrival 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


Please note Private Prayer will continue for the next couple of weeks, BUT for half an hour only 10.30am-11am


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 Sacramentaly, 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.

Priests’ House: 01782 626611

Email :  website:

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: