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Next Sunday will be the celebration of the Ascension of the Lord. Christ commands us to ‘go out to the whole world and proclaim the Good News’ – hence it is also a day of prayer for the Church’s work of communicating the Gospel. There will be a second collection next Sunday.
The Cardinal writes: ‘Around the Feast of Ascension we make an appeal to you to generously support the communications work of the church nationally. It is important work – our main interface with the national media – and the good people in our communications office keep our social communications going.
So if you want to know what’s going on in the Catholic Church, if you want to know how we’re relating to the issues of the day, then this team’s the one that really puts that news out.
But they need your support. They need the support of us all because not only is this work important but it demands a dedication as well.
Please support our communications work in this modern world. It’s so, so important that people can understand what the Church actually does rather than what other people say or think that we do.
This Communications Day please do remember our work and support it generously.
Thank you very much.’ Cardinal Vincent Nichols.
The UK General Election is fast approaching; and with the negotiations about leaving the EU in its wake, many aspects of the future life of this country may be decided by our votes. Our Bishops have produced a letter reflecting on the issues we might bear in mind as we decide which MP is to represent us in the next parliament. You can download and read it here
Aged 13 – 29? Your Voice Matters – Mega Youth Questionnaire
In 2018, Pope Francis will invite Bishops and others to Rome to talk about Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment. At this gathering they will discuss how the Catholic Church can accompany young people in their faith and help them to hear God’s call. If you are aged between 13-29 years old, the Catholic Church in England and Wales would like to hear from you, we want to hear what life is like, your thoughts on faith and how you connect with the Catholic Church. To help you tell us we have created a Youth Poll that you can access using this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/parish-youth-poll or scan
Clergy Support Campaign. Thank you once again to parishioners who supported the diocesan campaign to raise support for our sick and retired priests. £21800 was raised here and another £45000 pledged over the following nine years for this special cause. Some people in our diocese have expressed the desire to show appreciation for particular priests who have had a special influence on their family’s lives by leaving a gift to the campaign in their will. Should anyone here wish to do so, there are leaflets which explain more on the table at the back of Church.
2 July Fr David Standley invited to celebrate 11am Mass. Many of you will remember Fr David, who was Parish Priest here until his retirement in September 2011. On 9 July, he will celebrate the Golden Anniversary of his priestly ordination in 1967. I have invited him to come to celebrate a Mass with us here, and the Parish Pastoral Team is organising a reception afterwards in the Parish Hall to which you are warmly invited.
Why not try the ‘Pray as you Go’ App?
Launched last year by the Jesuits, this App can be downloaded to your phone, to guide you in a simple daily reflection, linked to the scriptures of each day. Just look for ‘Pray as You Go’ App in a search engine – it is free to download.
Just Giving: The Diocese has a page on the Just Giving website, and there is a link to St Vincent de Paul from their page. If you want to make a donation to the parish through the site simply go to our Just Giving page and follow the instructions. These donations can be gift-aided if you pay sufficient UK tax.