FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
30th APRIL 2023
Saturday 29th April
St. Theresa’s 5.00pm Vera Joyce RIP
St. Columba’s 6.30pm Frank Stone Jnr
Sunday 30th April- World Day of Prayer for Vocations
St. Theresa’s 9.30am James Casey RIP
St. Columba’s 11.00am The Parish
St Columba’s 4.30pm CTU Fifth Sunday Service
Monday 1st May- Special Day of Prayer for Human Work
St. Theresa’s Parishioners’ Intentions
St. Columba’s 10.30am David Walpole A
Tuesday 2nd May-St Anthanasius B,D
St. Theresa’s Private Intention
St. Columba’s Priests’ Ints
Wednesday 3rd May-SsPhilip & James, Ap
St Theresa’s Mary Lally RIP
St Columba’s 9.30am Exposition of Blessed Sacrament
10.15am Novena Prayers
10.30am Claire Graham RIP
Thursday 4th May-The English Martyrs
St. Theresa’s Private Intention
St Columba’s Private Intention
Friday 5th May
St. Theresa’s 10.00am Sarah (Sally)Gordyk RIP
St. Columba’s Oscar & Lastenia Payne
Saturday 6th May
St. Theresa’s 5.00pm Bart Bradshaw RIP
St. Columba’s 6.30pm Eileen Thornber RIP
Sunday 7th May
St. Theresa’s 9.30am Parishioners’ Ints
St. Columba’s 11.00am The Parish
Please note if there is no time next to Mass it means there is no Mass for parishioners to attend that day but the Priests will say Mass privately.
LIVE STREAMING OF MASS:
Mass will be streamed from St Columba’s at 6.30pm. this Saturday 29 April 2023.
Please remember in your prayers Claire Graham, Ron Wright, Margaret Collins and Gerald O’Hanlon. May the Lord console their families and friends.
Mary Lally, John Bond, David John McGlown.
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.
We welcome Elis Siobhan Bowl and her family to our community this weekend. May Our Lord bless and guide her always.
Next youth group will be on Monday 15th May, 7pm to 8.30pm, at St Theresa’s. Last session we placed our hand painted ‘peace’ stones in the Peace Garden at St. Theresa’s and took a look around the church. Watch this space for what we will be doing next month! All young parishioners from school year 5 and older are invited to join us.
We pray for:
- The residents of Arley Close, Lincoln Drive, Grasmere Road, Imperial Avenue, Embassy Close, Bristol Close and Virginia Drive.
- For the Elderly and housebound
- For all who prepare the food and for those who come and enjoy the fellowship enjoyed at church meals.
St Columba’s: Loose plate: £424.14. Planned Giving: £180.00 Average Weekly SO – £574.00; Sunday Morning Coffee £24.
St Theresa’s: Loose plate & Planned Giving: £343.83; Average weekly SO – £161.
Thursday Badminton £140
Chester & E. Port Keralla Christian Community £150
THANK YOU for all your generous support.
THE WHITE FLOWER APPEAL on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) will take place in
St Theresa’s 6/7 May
St Columba’s 13/14 May
Your prayers and generosity will be much appreciated.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING
The next meeting is on Thursday 4th May at 7pm in the Newman Room at St Columba’s.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING WALK
Every Monday 10:00a.m. for 10:30a.m. Health and Wellbeing Walk sponsored by St Theresa’s and the URC. For more information ring Brendan Doyle on: 07484353841 or Ann Francis on 01244 959061.
CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Highlight from the High: Last week, the CHS held the first ‘Vintage Shop’ event in the school Hall for all the Y11 students to find the dress/suit for Prom Night. A large number of students and their parents came along, and they had the chance to browse and try on a selection of stunning dresses and sleek suits, whilst they enjoyed drinks and delicious snacks. It was lovely to see their faces when they found the perfect outfit!
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN UPTON
St Columba’s will be hosting the Fifth Sunday Service at 4.30pm TODAY Sunday 30 April. The theme will be “Living the Way of Christ”. As part of our commitment to closer engagement with other faith communities all parishioners are warmly invited to attend and welcome our neighbours. Thank you. LIVING THE SYNOD!
SAVE THE DATE – SATURDAY 24TH JUNE:
There is a day of reflection, prayer and discernment about your role and mission in the Church on Saturday 24th June 2023 from 10am-5pm at St Columba’s Church Hall. More details to follow.
ST COLUMBA’S COFFEE ROTA
30th Apr – volunteers please
7th May – volunteers please
14th May – volunteers 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 your date(s).
LIVE SCREENING OF THE CORONATION, St Columba’s Hall
King Charles III coronation will be screened live in St Columba’s Hall on 6th May 2023. We will welcome parishioners who would like to watch this historic event communally, from late morning onwards on the big day. We will provide tea and coffee followed by sandwiches and cake for lunch. We need to know the approx. number, to cater accordingly, so please put you name down on the sheet in the FRONT PORCH of either church.
SOCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Sat 6th May Screening of the Coronation on the big screen in St Columba’s Church Hall
Sun 11th Jun Annual BBQ to celebrate the feast of St Columba
Thurs 27th July Coach trip to York
The date is Wednesday 10th May, 7.00 pm, at St Francis.
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND:
8th – 14th February 2024. For more information please see https://www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/diocesan-pilgrimage-to-the-holy-land-2024/
Any questions regarding the pilgrimage should be directed to Father David Long: firstname.lastname@example.org
NHS AT ST THERESA’S:
The NHS will be in St Theresa’s car park on Saturday 13 May, 23 May and 21 June for Covid booster vaccinations for anyone over 75 years of age or anyone who is immunosuppressed. Health checks are also available. This will be from 10.30am to 4pm on all dates.
Thought for the week “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King Jr.
We’re all in this together The Big Help Out is one of the official projects of the forthcoming Coronation Weekend and it is an initiative aiming to promote, champion and showcase volunteering. Building on the volunteer phenomenon seen during the pandemic, it aims to inspire a new generation of volunteers by making it easy for everyone to recognise opportunities and get involved.
Volunteering can take many forms, a little like a good amateur dramatics show, there is so much that goes on behind the scenes that make the whole; from scene painters, wardrobe, makeup, lighting, sound, script, programme sellers etc, all a bit like our church community, we have gardeners, newsletter editors, web site workers, tea & coffee makers, church openers, collection counters, cleaners, flower arrangers etc. the list goes on and we really need people to help out and keep the church and its community working. Volunteering is so important and we would encourage everyone to take part. The more hands we have to help, the lighter the load.
Resources If you are interested in volunteering or finding out more about the ‘Big Help Out’ visit the official website at: thebighelpout.org.uk or nearer to home, like all good organisations we are always on the look out for people to help us run the day to day work of our parish, speak to one of our priests, church secretaries or member of the Pastoral Council, we have a variety of opportunities, some taking less than an hour every few weeks, other a little longer. You decide how much you want to commit to and we will find you that opportunity!
As we come into Spring if you are doing any gardening and find you have some spare bedding plants, the Peace Garden would love to give them a home. Please leave them in the Peace Garden at St Theresa’s or outside of the garage. Thank you.
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.
THE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL 50TH ANNIVERSARY MASS:
You are warmly invited to join the CHS celebration Mass on Friday 9th of June, 11am at Chester Cathedral. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Mallon by email at email@example.com. There are a limited number of spaces available.
RED MISSION BOXES, ST COLUMBA’S
If you have a Red Mission box for collection, please leave it in the sacristy. When counted I can return your box to your home. Thank you, Margaret Curtis 01244 318424.
ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH REAR DOOR
This door is not opened on Saturday evening for security reasons. Last Sunday morning the door was found to be unlocked. The apparent explanation is that someone left via that door after Mass on Saturday (as it is an emergency exit door it opens simply by pushing from the inside) but it was not then closed properly so it remained open all night and left the church vulnerable to intruders. PLEASE may we ask that you do not leave the church by the rear exit on Saturday evenings unless there is an event in the hall such as a cake sale in which case arrangements will have been made for the door to be unlocked and then locked. Thank you.
RETROUVAILLE: a programme for Couples struggling in their marriages.
Help Your Marriage – Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille is a programme to support couples who have difficulties in their marriage. It brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage. Tens of thousands of couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending and using the tools provided. The programme helps spouses uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. It helps them through difficult times whether they are disillusioned or in deep misery. There is no group therapy or group work. For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the next programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 6 – 9 July 2023 or a Face to Face weekend in Welwyn Garden City on 13-15 October 2023, call or text 07887 296983 or 07973 380443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
NEXT WEEK’S NEWSLETTER:
30th April Edition will be compiled by Muriel Green, phone: 01244 383836, E-mail: 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 3rd MAY