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PARISH CELEBRATION: Next Sunday we have our parish event in the grounds of Bishop Eton. This year we have gone to the trouble of felling the leylandii, which virtually prevented any light penetrating that part of the garden. It will be worth coming just to see the transformation! As usual there is a minor panic surrounding the event, with few tickets sold so far, few bottles handed in for the tombola and a dire need for more helpers. All we now need is Andy Murray to get to the final, but we promise regular updates should this happen and in any case if you have a weak heart, it is probably safer to watch the highlights! Following the wise counsel of Julian of Norwich, I am sure it will turn out well as usual, but it reinforces what I am sharing with you at all the Masses today.

PARISH AWAKENING: I am sharing some thoughts with you this weekend at all seven Masses in the two parishes, hoping to lay the foundations for a truly memorable period of reflection and growth in our communities. The scripture readings are perfect for the occasion, reminding us of God’s continual invitation to make ourselves available, with the reminder from St Paul that the power comes from God. I propose that Paul’s paradox – it is when we are weak that we are strong –   provide our meditation for the week….. ThePARISH AWAKENING DAY: SATURDAY, 10 OCTOBER at ST JULIE’S SCHOOL.

Parish Awakening: Please, please put Saturday 10 October in your diaries. I will speak about the idea behind the day and the shape of the day at all the Masses in the coming weeks.

Parish Awakening. We now have a date for this special day: Saturday 10 October in St Julie’s School, and we have secured the services of Fr Paul Cannon and Sharon Beech who head up the evangelisation team in the Salford Diocese and who have co-authored a book, Welcome to Witness, published byRedemptorist Publications.

Welcome to Bro Royston Price. Many of you will remember Royston, who did his initial training (postulancy) here with Michael Taylor a couple of years ago. They are due to go to Toronto for their novitiate at the end of July and Royston is spending a few weeks with us to gain some pastoral experience. You have already made him very welcome. He will speak at all the Masses on a couple of occasions this week as part of our Novena.

Mass Intentions. I understand that a number of people would like us to announce the special intention of each Mass. Accordingly we will try and respond to this, either by mentioning the intention at the beginning of Mass or during any Bidding Prayers. Please be patient with us if there are any lapses. Some of our memories are not as good as they used to be!

Parish Finances. Please note that the annual financial statement is available to be viewed on the north aisle. It is also available by clicking here.

I am immensely grateful to all who work very hard to ensure that the finances are managed so efficiently. You might take note of the huge discrepancy (well over £1,400) between the cost of the Catholic papers and the money we receive for them!

Corpus Christi

This wonderful feast always makes me a little nostalgic because as a youngster I served Mass every Sunday for many years at the church of Corpus Christi, Maiden Lane, just off The Strand in London. The famous Mgr Ronald Knox preached the sermon there on the feast 26 times between 1926 until 1956, so I calculate that I started serving  on the feast of Corpus Christi 1955 because I remember him preaching twice, but don’t remember what he said! However, the sermons were published in two books, the second of which is called The Window in the Wall.

First Communion and Confirmation

Fittingly the last two of our children, Thomas Davies and Joel Stanton, will receive these sacraments at the 10 a.m. Mass this morning. We pray that the Lord will pour out his blessings on them and their families. 

Parish Awakening - I am delighted with the interest which my proposal is evoking. Once we have settled on a date and we have an organising committee in place, I will explain the thinking behind it at all the Masses.

Fr Barrie returned to us last Tuesday and is in very good form. We will take things gently, but he is keen to get involved in the life of the parish again. The medics are monitoring his situation and hopefully he will need no further intervention. I know you will all welcome his return.

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