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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.

Parish Awakening: It is four years tomorrow (June 1st) since I took over as parish priest and I am keen to launch this new term of office with a day in the early autumn on which both our parishes can focus on the challenges of the future. Discussions are underway on an ambitious plan to set aside a Saturday when we can come together and celebrate our faith, looking at the opportunities we have to develop every area of our life as communities of faith. The venue will be St Julie's School. Watch this space!

A very happy Feast Day.  May the gifts of the Holy Spirit be renewed in all of us.

Confirmation and First Holy Communion. As we celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion with our children and their families this weekend, my prayer is that they will experience the joy and wonder of the occasion.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday this Monday. Please note there will be no 7.00am Mass.

Fr Andrew is from Middlesbrough and has been a lifelong supporter of the football team. He will be at Wembley for their play-off final, so maybe they will be playing Sunderland again next season. What an escape for them and my thanks once more to Everton for playing their part!

Happy Half Term to all our young people and teachers as they enjoy a well earned rest.

Fr Stephen Pritchard. Fr Stephen is finishing his time at Hope University at the end of this term and will take up residence in St Mary’s presbytery during the summer until he receives a full-time appointment in the autumn. It will be good to have him around still during the coming months and I would like to put on record how much we have appreciated his support over these past years amidst a very heavy schedule at the university. He has also helped to maintain the excellent relationship our parishes have with Hope University.

Book of Remembrance. In the near future we will have a second Book of Remembrance on display in the church. This is a gift of Dr Norman Russell who responded to the news of the vandalism of our other book by offering to  provide us with a Book which can be kept under lock and key. Over the coming months it will be filled in and open on the anniversary pages, similar to the arrangement at St Mary’s. We intend to keep both books, so that those who wish to look through the book by the Pietà may continue to do so. And obviously we hope and pray that there will be no further vandalism.

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