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The Diocese of Shrewsbury is
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Liturgy: Prayers and Readings for this Sunday are on page 142 of the yellow mass book (Year A volume 1)
Your prayers are requested for:
Today's Gospel - invites us to journey with Jesus into the wilderness. We need to remove ourselves from our hectic lives in order to BE STILL, to STOP, to BREATHE. It's a bit like a stock take. What's here? What's here that shouldn't be? What's missing? And so we journey today with Jesus into the ‘wildernesses. It is a ‘Spirit led' wilderness; God is in control here. Lent calls each of us to transform our lives and our lives with those we love and cherish; our relationship with the planet: with the global community; our relationship with God.
Lent Holy Hour - please come today and each Sunday from 4-5 p.m.
Afternoon Lent Reflection: today at Evron Centre with Fr. Geoff O'Grady: 3-5 p.m.
Rite of Election - takes places at Shrewsbury Cathedral this afternoon for those who will be welcomed into the Church through Baptism or the Rite of Reception during the Easter Vigil. It is always a wonderful occasion. We remember those who will be going from parishes in our LPA; there is no one from Our Lady's this year.
Morning Prayer - For the weekdays of Lent, beginning tomorrow (Monday), there is Morning Prayer of the Church at 10.00 a.m., to which all are welcome. It is for duration of 15 minutes, after which the Church will remain open until Mass. On Monday, when there is usually an evening Mass, the Church will remain open until 11.00 a.m. Stations of the Cross are on the Friday's at 11.45 a.m.
CaFE- Catholic Faith Exploration - this is an invitation to gather in a relaxed manner on the Tuesdays of Lent at the Evron Centre, 7.30-9 pm beginning Tuesday, 11th "From Strength to Strength - practical steps in daily prayer "has just been released and may parishes are using it this Lent. We are blessed with having the Evron Centre it makes the ideal setting for us to become in the words of Pope Francis ‘a community of disciples'. You are invited to put your name on the list in Church - it helps with planning. We will also run the series in the Presbytery Lounge on Tuesdays, starting this week (11th) from 10.30 a.m. - 12 Noon.
CAFOD Envelopes/Boxes - they are available from Church and can be returned during Lent. Pope Francis in a Lenten message speaks of the Poverty of Jesus; it ‘frees and enriches us'. He is inspired by St. Paul to the Corinthians (2 Cor. 8:9). "For you know the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet or our sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. Visit Website: http://www.cafod.org.uk/
Family Groups - There is a Notice Board with details of information on forthcoming events and who to contact. On Wednesday (12th) there is a Coffee Morning at 11.00 a.m. in the Presbytery Lounge, those who are retired are particularly welcome. The first one, last month, was a great success, and hopefully a good tradition is being established. Bill Walker is the contact person; 0161 4833889 .There is an invitation for everyone to a Parish lunchtime gathering, Sunday 27th April, 11.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m. in the Parish Centre. Everyone is welcome.
RCIA - The next session will be Thursday, (13th) 7.30 p.m. at the Evron Centre. Fr. Pat will be leading this session on the story of the ‘Woman at the Well,' St. John's Gospel which is a focus on the Sacrament of Baptism.
St. Vincent de Paul Society - the next meeting is on Monday, 17th March 7.30 p.m. in the Presbytery. Our numbers are growing and we welcome new enquirers.
Recent Christening - We welcome into the family of the Church Rose Mary Collins who was baptised recently.
Pilgrimage to Poland - 8th - 15h May 2014. - Currently 38 people, the majority are parishioners have now booked their flight and paid a deposit. There still some places available, so let us know if you are interested.
Sacrament of Confirmation - There is an Introductory Meeting on Wednesday, 19th March 7.30 p.m. in the Presbytery Lounge for those wishing to be confirmed on Wednesday, 11th June. It is for young people and their parents. Letters of invitation are available for those have not got one from the Church or the Presbytery.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes July 23/24 - July 30/31 - Booking forms and brochures are available on the website http://www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk/ . A paper copy is available from the Parish Office. As a Parish we would gladly help to sponsor a VIP for the hospital or in a Hotel. Anyone interested, please speak with Fr. Pat
Evron Centre - the trustees and management committee express their appreciation and gratitude for the wonderful response to the recent Fund raising Concert held at Our Lady's Parish Centre which raised a magnificent £1,000.
Bonanza Winners- January £50 No. 61 G Fitzpatrick, £20 No 87 M Maguire, £10 No 15 Michael Carhill. February's - £50 No 139 Mrs P Whitehead, £20 No 125 Hannah Donohoe Birch, £10 No 34 Mary Kenny.
It is not too late to join, applications at the back. Please collect your winnings from the presbytery.
Collections - Offertory £1002.88; Cafod £24; Building Fund £16.16. The White Flower Appeal raised £245.00
Pilgrimage to Poland
8th - 15th May 2014
8th May - we have a flight from Manchester to Krakow at 6:40 am. and will arrive to Krakow at 10:45 am. [local time], then we are going to Czestochowa [Sanctuary of the Black Madonna] where we have diner in a Hotel; and at 21:00 - Jasna Góra Appeal;
9th May - after breakfast we have Mass [at 9:30 am or 10:00 am] in Our Lady Chapel, then we will see with guide [The Chapel of the Miraculous Painting of Our Lady; The Basilica of Jasna Góra; The Knights' Hall; The Treasury; The 600th Year Anniversary Museum of Jasna Góra; The St. Roch Bastion; The Arsenal; The Tower of Jasna Góra - this tour will last about 1 - 1,5 h]; time for shopping; about 15:00 pm we have diner in a Hotel and more or less 16:30-17:00 pm we will leave Czestochowa and are going to Wadowice [Home town of Pope John Paul II]; about 19:00 pm arrival to Wadowice, supper in a Hotel and sleep well :-)
10th May - breakfast; we are going to see The Family House Museum John Paul II in Wadowice; our Mass in The Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary [baptismal chapel where pope JP II was baptized; chapel with the relics of Blessed Pope John Paul II]; time for shopping; about 15:00 pm we will leave Wadowice and on our way to Krakow we can see Weeping Madonna Our Lady of Calvary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska [on this place we can have tea/coffee with sandwiches]; arrival to Krakow about 19:00 supper in The Pastoral House of the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy; voluntarily - walk: The Divine Mercy Sanctuary by night;
11th May - we are in The Divine Mercy Sanctuary [breakfast and supper are included];
12th May - after breackfast and Mass we are going to Wieliczka where we can see [with guide] The Wieliczka Salt Mine [this tour will last about 3h]; cup of tea and sandwich; shopping; back to Krakow; free time; at 19:00 supper;
13th May - after breakfast and Mass we are going to Oświęcim where we can see [with guide] Nazi Concentration Camp: Auschwitz-Birkenau [this tour will last about 3h]; cup of tea/coffee and sandwiches; back to Krakow; free time; at 19:00 supper;
14th May - whole day in Krakow, where we will see [with guide]: The Royal Castle on Wawel Hill, St. Mary Basilica, Sukiennice, and other famous places of Krakow; time for shopping; at.19:00 supper;
15th May - breakfast; maybe morning Mass; transfer to Airport Krakow; at 10:40 flight to Manchester.
Price: £590 (if we have 30 people)
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