This weekend we begin a new Church Year with the Season of Advent as we prepare for Christ to come again in glory and prepare to celebrate the Feasts of Christmas in a few weeks time.
Please join in our Advent activities. This is also the start of the Year of Prayer when we recommit ourselves to our spiritual journey with the Lord.
We are pleased to welcome Fr Marco Egawhary to the parish as our new assistant priest. We hope and pray that his time here will be filled with many blessings. Fr Marco was previously assistant priest in Holy Trinity Parish, Newcastle under Lyme. He replaces Fr Alex Taylor who spent the past three years here in the parish. Our thoughts and prayers are with him as he has now moved to Blessed Carlo Acutis Parish in Wolverhampton.
Fr Marco is looking forward to meeting and getting to know many of our parishioners. Please make him welcome and support him in his priestly ministry.
Today let us pray for our grandparents and the elderly members of our families and communities for the love, wisdom and example they give us.
In his message for this day of prayer, Pope Francis reflects upon the contribution young people can make to the lives of those who are grandparents and those who are elderly and the contribution they make in return to young people.
The Holy Father writes: "Friendship with an older person can help the young to see life not only in terms of the present and realise that not everything depends on them and their abilities. For the elderly, the presence of a young person in their lives can give them hope that their experience will not be lost and that their dreams can find fulfilment."
We thank you for grandparents and elderly relatives
throughout the world, their lives and their vocation.
We are grateful for their love, care and the advice
that they give to each of us.
Protect them dear Lord, in all that they do,
as we continue to be blessed
by their wisdom in our communities.
Guide them in their earthly pilgrimage and
always keep them close to your heart,
so that they continue to generously respond to your call.
We make this prayer through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
On Tuesday we welcome Bishop David Evans to the parish to confirm some of our younger parishioners. May the Gifts of the Holy Spirit they receive and the witness they give to the Faith help them to grow as Christ’s disciples and members of His Church. Please do join in the Mass of Confirmation if you can and please pray for our youngsters at this time.
All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin
and gave them new life.
Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their Helper and Guide.
Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of right judgment and courage,
the spirit of knowledge and reverence.
Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Many prayerful congratulations to Deacon David Bench (on the far right) who was ordained on Wednesday 5th July in Rome. David spent sometime with us as a student and will be coming to visit us later in the summer to exercise his new ministry as a Deacon. He will return to Rome in September to complete his studies for the priesthood. Keep him in your prayers.
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