VISION DOCUMENT: SHAPING OUR FUTURE
e-bulletin June 2019
Welcome to the June e-bulletin.
Family: Bishop Alan writes:
On Saturday 6th July our inaugural Diocesan Marriage Conference takes place and I am looking forward to celebrating Mass at the end of the conference and preaching about the vital importance of marriage and family life more generally. Stable and Holy families are a key building block of our catholic communities and indeed of wider society, so this conference will explore how we maintain and strengthen that building block for the future. Set firmly in the context of our Diocesan Vision: Shaping our Future, you will hear from key note speakers Brendan and Laura Thompson as well as others involved in supporting those preparing for and experiencing married life. It will be important for every parish partnership to take part if at all possible and I would urge as many as possible to come along to what I am sure will be a very worthwhile step along our road to supporting marriage and family life in our diocese. Bishop Alan Williams sm
Congratulations to John & Kath Gable on their Golden Wedding Anniversary
on the 7th June 2019
Kath & John with there 50th wedding anniversary Papal blessing
Please pray for
James, Tia, Caiden, Erin, Luis, Abigail, Scarlett, Connie, William, Danica, Erin, Ivy, Ruby and Connor who received our Lord for the first time in Holy Communion during this Easter season.
Every Blessing to the children and their families.
Saturday evening, 4 May 2019 saw parishioners and friends and families turn back the clock to the year 1940.
The evening was a great success and was a wonderful evening of laugher, music and entertainment by The Femmes, who were quite simply fantastic and very professional.
Over 80 people attended, many in fancy dress as you can see from the photos!! It was lovely to see so many children/teenagers present with their parents.
We have received lots of positive feedback and quote a few of the comments.
Thank you all for attending and anyone who supported this event in any way. Please keep an eye on the newsletter for the next social event that will be taking place in the parish next.
Fr Gervase travelled to Birmingham on Tuesday 9 April to support Alexander Johnson, second year seminarian at St Mary’s College, Oscott, as he was instituted in the ministry of Reader by the Right Reverend Paul Swarbrick, Bishop of Lancaster. This is one of the first steps toward priesthood and was previously one of the “minor orders” which lead to the major ordinations, first to the transitional diaconate and finally to priesthood.
During the Mass, Bishop Paul invited everyone to pray and ask God “to bless these servants who have been chosen for the ministry of reader” that “they may be faithful to the work entrusted to them, proclaim Christ to the world, and so give glory to our Father in heaven.” On giving each candidate a Bible, the bishop said: “Take this book of the holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people.”
Alexander is one of four seminarians from Brentwood who are discerning for the priesthood at Oscott. Please keep Alexander and the other seminarians in your prayers; pray also for vocations to the priesthood.