THE HOLY FAMILY
31st DECEMBER 2023
|Sat 30 Dec
|Frank & Gertrude Buddery
|Sun 31 Dec
|The Holy Family
|Keith Evans RIP
|Mon 1 Jan
|Mary The Mother of God
|Tue 2 Jan
|Basil The Great. Mem
|Wed 3 Jan
|Wednesday of the Christmas Season
|Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
|Thu 4 Jan
|Thursday of the Christmas Season
|Mr Scott & Family
|Fri 5 Jan
|Friday of the Christmas Season
|Baker Family Intentions
|Cath Carter RIP
|Sat 6 Jan
|Kath Lawlor RIP
|Sun 7 Jan
|Jessica Baker RIP
|Lily & Keith
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 Theresa’s at 9.30a.m. this Sunday 31st December 2023.
Pope’s Prayer Intentions for January – For the gift of diversity in the church-Let us pray that the Spirit help us to recognize the gift of different charisms within the Christian community, and to discover the richness of different ritual traditions in the heart of the Catholic Church.
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Fr William and Fr Desmond wish you all a very Happy and Holy New Year and thank you for your support throughout the year.
Please remember in your prayers Joyce Backhouse and Terence Smith who died recently. May the Lord console their families and friends.
Mary Patricia Dee, Jean Barbara May Blake, Kathleen Lawlor, Patricia Hainey, Genevieve Suzanne M Jones.
WEDDINGS, BAPTISMS AND FUNERALS:
Please contact one of the Parish Offices to make your arrangements.
There will be Confessions after each weekday Mass until 11.30am.
St Columba’s: From 6pm before the 6.30pm Saturday evening Mass.
St Theresa’s: From 4.30pm before 5pm Saturday evening Mass.
St Columba’s: Loose plate £ TBC; Planned Giving £TBC; Average Weekly SO – £574.00;
St Theresa’s: Loose plate & Planned Giving £TBC; Average weekly SO – £161.00.
THANK YOU for all your generous support.
ST COLUMBA’S COFFEE ROTA
Why not donate a little time to make tea and coffee after 11:00 Mass on Sunday? You can make some money for your favourite charity, too. Call Margaret Curtis 01244 318424 to book your date(s).
We pray for:
- the residents of Newhall Road, Winston Court, Arradon Court, Breton Close, Wealstone Lane, Well Lane, Bank Close, Newton Halol Drive, Willow Drive, Naomi Close, Dentith Drive & Egerton Road.
- For the Care Homes in our parish and for all those who live and work in them.
Thank you to all who donated towards the Christmas flowers, and to those who arranged them so beautifully.
ADVENT JOURNEY – HOSTING OUR KNITTED MARY, JOSEPH & DONKEY FIGURES
Thank you to all who gave lodgings to the Nativity figures on the lead up to Christmas. They have given you all a five start rating on Trip Advisor. They have now safely arrived at St Theresa’s Church.
ST COLUMBA’S CAR PARK
The contractors have informed me that the re-surfacing of the car park is due to commence in the week beginning 8th January. I will provide further information as it becomes available. Pauline Rourke.
HIGHLIGHT FROM THE HIGH:
Thank you to everyone who supported our school in every initiative taking place during this year. The Catholic High School would like to wish you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous new year 2024.
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.
CAFOD WORLD GIFTS are a range of virtual charity gifts that will delight the people you give them to and help transform the lives of families experiencing poverty. Catalogues available in the church porches along with Advent prayer cards.
Thought for the week: “Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!”. Brad Paisley
WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER:
Imagine a world where differences are embraced, not feared, where dialogue takes precedence over aggression, where love reigns supreme. As we enter a new year, let us carry the torch of peace, illuminating the path towards a world where tolerance and harmony reign supreme. Together, we can foster a world where compassion and understanding flourish. Let peace be our guiding light, leading us towards a brighter future. A Happy and peaceful New Year to all.
New year fun facts
From the 12th century until Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, the official new year was not on January 1 but on March 25.
- Officially in England, 1751 was the shortest year ever, lasting only from March 25 to December 31.
- January is derived from the two-headed god Janus, who could look backward and forward, to the old year and the new, at the same time.
ST COLUMBA’S CHURCH & HALL BOOKINGS
To arrange meetings etc. in either the Church, Newman Room or the Iona Chapel, please book through Carol Galvin, St. Columba’s Church Office, phone: 01244 624019, email: email@example.com. Office hours Monday to Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm
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:
7th December edition will be compiled by Alison Wrigglesworth, phone:07708 304246 or Email: 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 JANUARY 2024