6th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
12th FEBRUARY 2023
Saturday 11th February
St. Theresa’s 5.00pm Parishioners’ Intentions
St. Columba’s 6.30pm Private Intention (EE)
Sunday 12th February
St. Theresa’s 9.30am Helen Walsh & Angela Griffin
St. Columba’s 11.00am The people of Syria and Turkey
Monday 13th February
St. Theresa’s Private Intention
St. Columba’s 10.30am Ellie Marsden RIP
Tuesday 14th February – Ss Cyril, Mk & Methodius, B
Patrons of Europe
St. Theresa’s Priests’ Intentions
St. Columba’s Patricia Duggan
Wednesday 15th February
St Theresa’s Mavis Doyle’s Intentions
St Columba’s 9.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
St Columba’s 10.15am Novena Prayers
St Columba’s 10.30am Margaret Allmark RIP
Thursday 16th February
St. Theresa’s Priests’ Intentions
St Columba’s Ron Williams
Friday 17th February
St. Theresa’s 10.00am Kazia Krawiec RIP
St. Columba’s Margery Whatmough
Saturday 18th February
St. Theresa’s 5.00pm Parishioners’ Intentions
St. Columba’s 6.30pm Anne McCarthy
Sunday 19th February
St. Theresa’s 9.30am Eileen Eaton’s Intentions
St. Columba’s 11.00am The Parish
LIVE STREAMING OF MASS:
Mass will be streamed from St Theresa’s at 9.30am this Sunday12th February 2023. www.facebook.com/thecatholicparishofstcolumbaandsttheresa
Please remember in your prayers
Mary Geeleher, George Thomas Noden, Charles Edward Davis, Martin Leigh, Lt. Lynda Taylor and David Joseph Whitby.
There will be Confessions after every weekday Mass until 11.30am. at both churches.
St Columba’s: From 6pm before the 6.30pm Saturday evening Mass.
St Theresa’s: From 4.30pm before 5pm Saturday evening Mass.
WEDDINGS, BAPTISMS AND FUNERALS:
Please contact one of the Parish Offices to make your arrangements.
ASH WEDNESDAY-22 FEBRUARY
St Theresa’s 10.00am Mass
St Columba’s 10.30am Mass
STATIONS OF THE CROSS during Lent
St Theresa’s Friday 9.30am
St Columba’s Monday 10.00am
We Pray for:
- Pray for the residents of Shepherds Lane, Thornton Drive, The Beeches, Windermere Avenue and Barnes, Morgan Close, Griffin Close and Blake Close.
- For the Growth Action Planning in our churches, Commitment for Life, Vision4Life and Fresh Expressions.
St Columba’s: Loose plate – £300.50 Planned Giving – £141.50, Average weekly SOs – £574.00.
St Theresa’s: Loose plate – £261.63 Average weekly SO – £161
RETIRED PRIESTS’ FUND:
Thank you for your generosity – £296.38 was raised in the special collections in the parish.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION ENROLMENT:
Thank you to those who were enrolled at St Theresa’s last Sunday. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.
ST. COLUMBA’S COFFEE ROTA:
12th Feb – Sue Carr for OAKS school in Sierra Leone
19th Feb – Sue McCarthy for SVP
26th Feb – Volunteers needed please
Why not donate a little time to make tea and coffee to refresh the parishioners after 11:00 Mass on Sunday? You can make some money for your favourite charity, too. Call Margaret Curtis 01244 3184234 to book.
COFFEE MORNING for OAKS:
The Sunday there will be coffee and cakes on sale today to raise funds for the OAKS school in Sierra Leone. Our parish has been supporting the development of the school for 16 years and there are now 650 pupils. An article in the Chester Standard (2nd February) gives an update on the school and the work of the charity. Please have a look at the copy on the notice board in the front porch and for further information the website is www.oaks-sl.org
The next youth group will be on Monday 27th February, starting 7pm in the Iona chapel, finishing 8.30pm in St. Columba’s Hall. All young parishioners in school year five or above are invited and very welcome to attend. We have temporarily moved to the fourth Monday because of half term. Would all regular attendees please note the new earlier start and finish times.
The Chester Parishes take it in turns to organise Confirmation. Last year it was St Columba’s and St Theresa’s, this year St Werburgh’s, St Clare’s and St Francis. The date is Wednesday 10th May, 7.00 pm, at St Francis. The Classes will be on Wednesday evenings at St Werburgh’s, 7.00 pm. Flyers at the back of church give full details. Minimum age is Year 8 in the High Schools – no maximum! Launch Meeting is Monday 20th February, and first class is Wednesday 1st March. Contact Fr Paul at St Werburgh’s if you need more information – but the flyer should answer most questions.
A PARISH RITE OF SENDING
At 11 am Mass next week, 19th February, Fr William will ask the parish to support and strengthen Anil Palmar, Lindsay Hasaj and John Toop, who are preparing to be received into the Church at Easter. Fr William will conduct a Rite of Sending by which the parish, and the Church at large, sends the three to Bishop Mark for the Rite of Election at Shrewsbury Cathedral on the 26th February. We will pray for them especially in the Rite next Sunday, in the meantime please remember them in your prayers.
NEEDLES AND PINS:
Needles and pins is a sewing, knitting and nattering group who meet on the 4th Wednesday of the month in St. Columba’s church hall at 2.00pm. Our next meeting is on 22nd February, and we welcome all comers.
SVP THEATRE NIGHT – THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN
This gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moments!! Wednesday 8th March 7.30pm Gladstone Theatre Port Sunlight. Tickets price £10 available from Sue McCarthy 07515 491251 or any SVP members. All proceeds going to support the running of the SVP holiday home.
LOURDES BY JUMBULANCE:
Chester and Wirral Across Groups are again travelling to Lourdes this year. There are vacancies for nurses, helpers, and sick and disabled pilgrims. We have taken folk with a wide range of health problems such as stroke, cancer, MS, Motor Neurone Disease, etc. The cost is £995. Nurses and under 25s in full time education pay half. However, financial help may be available for those who cannot afford to pay the full amount. COVID Vaccinations compulsory. See church notice boards for further information, or please contact Tony Murphy on 07881-656-974 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thought for the week The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard but must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller
We’re all in this together I don’t know if any of you managed to do the RSPB big garden bird watch the other weekend in your garden or local park? Talking to a friend she was saying that the Jays were missing from her garden recently. What aspect of nature would you miss if it was gone? bird song, hedgerow flowers, spiders’ webs in the morning dew, field mice, hedgehogs? The human drive to protect nature starts with us noticing the differences and caring about it and being able to do our bit to help. It might be leaving a log pile or leaves for insects, keeping a bit of wilder ground for insects and smaller mammals, sowing wildflower seeds. Anything that might help nature. It doesn’t have to cost. But every little bit will help nature and our environment. See what you can do.
Resources community bulb planting Tuesday 21st Feb 1.30-3.00pm. Meet at the friendly bench at the Countess of Chester Country Park. Bring gardening gloves and a trowel if you have them, but don’t worry if you don’t have them.
ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH & HALL BOOKINGS
To arrange meetings etc. in either the Church, Newman Room or the Iona Chapel, please book through Nuala Keegan, Church Office, 01244 624019, Email: email@example.com
Hall availability can be checked by looking at St Columba’s Church website – section for Church Hall gives a calendar of events in the Hall. Then contact Sue Carr on 07553 114531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange booking.
NEXT WEEK’S NEWSLETTER:
19TH FEBRUARY edition will be compiled by Muriel Green Phone: 01244 383836, Email: Muriel.email@example.com. Please include a phone number in case of queries, and please ensure that items are emailed or phoned to the compiler by 9.00a.m. on WEDNESDAY 15th FEBRUARY