Fr Tim

The house and grounds. After months of turmoil with the renovation of the monastery, the felling of badly decaying trees in the grounds and the associated problems with parking etc, as spring turns to summer, it is a joy to see everything looking so neat and tidy. Thank you for your patience over the past months and above all thank you to those who have made it possible: you know who he is!

Manchester: Understandably the events of last Monday evening have consumed the nation and rightly the solidarity of the people of the city in their mutual support has been the subject of much acclaim. We unite our prayers with theirs and beg the Lord never to let us grow weary of praying and working for peace across the world.

Half Term. Let us hope that this wonderful spell of weather will continue so that our staff and pupils can enjoy the break. Meanwhile we wish every success to our students taking public exams during this period and assure them or our prayers.

Pastoral Area. During the week, the priests of our Pastoral Area went away to discuss Archbishop Malcolm’s request that we all plan carefully for the future. Obviously, the conversation is, as far as possible, to include everyone. We had a remarkably helpful meeting and the first fruit of our discussions is summarised in the invitation below.

Invitation to Prayer:

Archbishop Malcolm has asked the priests and people for guidance and help regarding the future of the Church and our mission in the local area. The priests of the Pastoral Area met together this week, and we believe that our first response must be one of prayer. We will meet to pray together on Wednesday 7 June at 6.00pm at Hope University Chapel.There will be tea and coffee afterwards and we will be finished by 7.00pm. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US.

First Holy Communion. As we celebrate the sacrament of 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. Pray for the children, pray for their families and pray for yourselves: allow the Lord to fill you with the peace and joy of his abiding presence.

World Communications DayNext Sunday, Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, is World Communications Day, promoting the valuable work done on behalf of the Church by the communications office of the Bishops’ Conference. There will be a retiring collection after all Masses next weekend and prayer cards are available in the porch. 

The Pope has released a message for World Communications Day on the Vatican Website - click here to read it.

Fr Tim returns later this week ready for the First Holy Communions which will be held at 10.00am and 3.00pm Saturday and 3.00pm Sunday.

PLEASE NOTE: there will be no 12.00 noon Mass on Saturday 20 May and no Sacrament of Reconciliation in the afternoon in order to accommodate the two First Communion Masses. 

Mass for Madeleine McCann and the family: 

Wednesday, 3 May at 6.00pm. On this tenth anniversary of her disappearance, please remember to pray not only for Madeleine, but for her parents and all the family.

Comings and goings. Fr Andrew returns in the early part of the week and I leave for a fortnight on Thursday. Fr Charles has happily agreed to deal with all the day to day matters in the two parishes, obviously supported by Frs Barrie and Andrew and the community.

EASTER: Once again I would like to thank all of you who made the Sacred Triduum and the Easter celebrations so special. In both parishes a remarkable number of people have commented on how spiritually uplifted they were as a result of the whole experience, which is very gratifying.

Work around the monastery: Most of the internal work in the monastery is now complete and we are enjoying our newly refurbished rooms. However, there will still be some disruption in the weeks ahead.

In the first place, sadly we are having to dispose of some diseased trees and in the coming week the entrance to the monastery and all the parking area will be out of bounds. The church will be open and access to the monastery through the gates at the back. A temporary bell has been put on the back door

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