St Clare of Assisi Catholic Church DOWNSFIELD ROAD, CHESTER CH4 8HH Priest: Fr Martin Onuoha, mobile: 07748229598 . Tel 01244 671015, Diocese of Shrewsbury, Registered Charity 234025. Parish Website: www.stclareschester.org Psalter Week I FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT 22nd February 2015 St Clare s Year of Outreach DEDICATION: February is dedicated to The Holy Family Day of Prayer for The Unemployed THE NEED OF A CHANGE OF MIND Is there any relationship between what is going on in our world and the message of Christ? Does our faith have any answers to the ongoing tragedies caused by human stupidity, viciousness, and evil that we witness day after day and week after week? Jesus, fortified by his testing in the desert, begins his public ministry by proclaiming the "good news of God." (Mk 1:12-15) This good news is that the moment of fulfilment had arrived, that God's kingdom is near. To believe in this Kingdom, though, repentance is needed, "a change of mind". In a real sense, this sums up the purpose of Lent. Like Jesus we spend time in "the desert" in order to purify our minds and hearts in order to gain "a change of mind." A crucial part of this change of mind is not to act "like the world;" not to repay violence with violence and not to succumb to hatred - even hatred of those who have committed unspeakable atrocities. The good news is only recognizable when we "put on Jesus Christ" and imitate the example he set for us. STATIONS OF THE CROSS: every Friday in Lent, immediately after the 7pm mass. Please volunteer on the sheet at the back of Church if you can lead any of the Fridays. CONFESSION also available at this time THE GIFT OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE The Bishops of England and Wales have asked us to reflect on the gift of Marriage and Family Life. Therefore during Lent after the Saturday evening and Sunday Masses , there will be a meeting (just 30-40 minutes) in the Parish Room, to discuss a bible passage and consider the questions in the leaflet enclosed with the Newsletter, This week the first passage is Genesis 12: 1-9 and the question to consider is What are your joys and hopes of marriage and family life today? The Bishops wish to hear the views of you, the laity, so please pray about the contents of the leaflet, and come to share your views with the group after each weekend Mass. A leader will have been nominated to chair each meeting, and to report back to Fr Martin. He will then report back to the diocese for onward transmission to Rome to be considered at the 2015 Synod in Rome on the Family. Remember please to pray for special blessings on Oldfield Way Each week the parish community is asked to pray for all in our parish area, especially for the intentions of all the residents of a particular road. This week may we please ask you to pray for God s blessings and graces on all on Oldfield Way Next week Argyll Avenue. Weekend Masses: Confessions Saturday 6pm Saturdays 5pmSunday 9.30am 5.45pm and by 11.15am(Latin) arrangement Weekdays: Please see back page Children s Liturgy Sundays 9.30am in Sacristy For Baptisms, Confirmation,Weddings and Funerals: Please call or email Fr Martin at the contacts above. EASTER CHICKS. They are being knitted now so Cream Eggs are needed. Give to Judy please. ANNIVERSARY Please remember Lucia Baldaz in your prayers during the week as her anniversary falls about now. PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SICK Tracy Alman, Margaret Borrows, Joan Bullough, Jack Cannon, Rita Cannon, Pat Cleaver, Andy Cowley, Helen Creaney, Peter Curtis, Marion Davies, Edward, Emmanuelle, Erica Finn, Mary Frain, William Galvin, Michelle Gentile, Halina Holman, Dave & Kim Horton, Ann & Arthur Hunter, Julie May Gibson, Joan F.John Hall, Kath Heffernan, Hilary, Ken Houghton. Injured people in Palestine & Syria Alan Joinson, Gladys Joinson, Elizabeth, Ann Leach, Sandra Lenel, M.D.,Monica Mannion, Mary McDonough, Zoe Murray, Peter Nickson, Ann O Gorman, Enid Owen, Rosemary Prendergast, Pam Roberts, Ann Sanderson, Elizabeth Shaw, Peggy Shone, Freda Tyldesley, J.T, Marcelo Vignau and Gaynor Whitmarsh. DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS ILL? Whether Catholic, non-catholic or non-Churchgoing, Father Martin would be very pleased to visit them. With their permission, just give him a ring to arrange FOOD BANK COLLECTION The next collection will be NEXT weekend, 28 February/1 March, In addition to the regular non-perishable food items slicingTinned meats Sponge puddings tinned or mi crowaveable.Toiletries (but not toilet paper) F eminine hygiene products Disposable razors Tin openers for homeless people TEA/COFFEE is available in the Parish Room after the Sunday 9.30 am Mass. Or even before the 11.15 Mass. Tea or coffee on Sunday provided by CAFOD. SATURDAY EVENING MASS. Tea/Coffee is available on Saturdays after Mass. Church Cleaning Group 2 DATES FOR OUR DIARY: Sundays in Lent: Discussion in parish Room Fridays in Lent: Stations of the Cross/ Confessions March 4 SVP fundraising play Port Sunlight.. March 6 Woman s World Day of Prayer. 1030am Salvation Army Citadel, St Anne Street Newtown. March 20-22. Pantasaph Weekend Retreat. God Alone Is Enough . Charismatic Renewal Retreat led by Fr Chris Thomas. July 11.National Catholic Evangelisation Conference, Birmingham. HOLY FATHERS INTENTIONS FEBRUARY General Intention: That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity. For Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community. JUSTICE AND PEACE. J&P Election Planning Meeting due to be held on Saturday 28 February at St Columba s in Chester from 10.30am to 12.30pm. To register for the day please contact Pauline McCulloch at the Curial Offices telephone 0151 652 9855 or email [email protected] NOTICE TO PARISHIONERS AND FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES Parents, don t forget to bring your signature letter to each Mass, and parishioners you may be asked to sign one as part of welcoming the children into the fullness of our community THE ROSARY is said 20 minutes before every Mass EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION AND LECTORS The Diocesan Liturgy Commission invites all Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion on the Wirral to: A TRAINING DAY on 28th February at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School Capenhurst Lane, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 7AQ. Please inform Fr Martin that you are willing to attend and he will be submitting a list of names from the parish. The Day will start 10am and conclude at 3pm with the commissioning of all the attendees at 3pm. Please see the poster at the back of church for more details. PROCLAIM 15 PRAYER: Loving Father, You so loved the world that you sent us your only Son, that we might believe in him and have eternal life. May we encounter Jesus Christ anew this day and live the Good News with joy. Through the power of your Holy Spirit, help us to go out to the whole world and proclaim our faith with confidence. Give us the courage to witness to the Joy of the Gospel by our words and actions. Help our parish to become more welcoming and missionary, so that you may be known and loved by all people. We make this prayer through Our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever, Amen. Our Lady, Star of the New Evangelisation, Pray for us. Blessed John Henry Newman, Pray for us. St Thérèse of Lisieux, Pray for us. The Call, the Journey and the Mission Pope Francis describes marriage and family life as a call, a journey and a mission and he has asked the whole church to reflect on this gift: how we proclaim it, how we live it and how we support each other, especially when family life is difficult. Your input is needed. ADORATION Every Sun and Wed Tuesday and Thursday 8.30-9.30am. 3- 4pm. A Holy Hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament is worth more than a thousand years of human glory -St Padre Pio VACANCY-SCHOOL CHAPLAIN The Governors of St Nicholas Catholic High School (Northwich, Cheshire) wish to appoint a School Chaplain to work with school staff to ensure the Catholic ethos of the school is maintained and spiritual values safeguarded Application forms and full details are available to download from www.st-nicholas.cheshire.sch.uk. DAY OF REFLECTION organised by 'A.C.T.S ('ADULT CATHOLICS TOGETHER SPIRITUALLY'). Sat 28nd February Wistaston Hall, Crewe CW2 8JS 9.30am- 5pm . The theme of the day is, 'The Tale in the Sting' - a look at the parables. Cost £20 (£15 for unemployed/students). If you are aged 18 35 you are more than welcome to join us, or wish to know more about it please contact Siobhan at [email protected] or tel: 0161 477 2783 / 07761 138947 . OPPOTUNITIES FOR CATECHISTS Formation day for all catechists Sat 14th March A look at First Sacraments Tues 21st April Sharing the Word with children Tuesday 28 April RCIA an invitation Tuesday 16 June Conference for Confirmation Catechists Saturday 20th June Other dates and various venues available See Fr Martin, or Pauline McCulloch on: 0151 652 9855 CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY. The first of this year s family Fast Days is on Friday 27 February. Please collect an envelope as you leave mass this weekend and then REMEMBER to bring it back (with contents) next weekend for the retiring collection, and Gift Aid it if you can. Storms, droughts and floods are having a devastating impact on our poorest brothers and sisters around the world right now. CAFOD works with local expert organisations to ensure that the affected people are not only able to survive, but to thrive. There is good news too: the UK Government has promised to match every pound and penny you give this Lent to the value of £5m. There will be a Lent Fast Day Supper at St Clare's (Soup and bread) in the Parish Room after Stations of the Cross on Friday 27 February, please do join us. CHESTER FRIENDS OF PALESTINE Wednesday 25 February at 7pm - invite you to "The Stones Cry Out" - a Film by Yasmine Perni showing at The Unitited Church, Garden Lane, Chester (Formerly the Methodist Church). Admission £3. [email protected] Catholic Teaching Apostolic Tradition and ecclesial traditions The Tradition here in question comes from the apostles, and hands on what they received from Jesus' teaching and example ,and what they learned from the Holy Spirit. The first generation of Christians did not yet have a written New Testament, and the New Testament itself demonstrates the process of living Tradition. Tradition is to be distinguished from the various theological, disciplinary, liturgical or devotional traditions, born in the local churches over time. These are the particular forms, adapted to different places and times, in which the great Tradition is expressed. In the light of Tradition, these traditions can be retained, modified or even abandoned under the guidance of the Church's Magisterium. - Catechism of the Catholic Church 83 D a t e / Ti m e F e a s t / Co l o u r Re adin gs Offe re d Fo r First Sunday in Lent Year B Gn 9: 8-15; Ps 24; 1 P 3: 18-22; Marian Davies (Recovery) Sun 22/2 Adoration and Benediction 8.30-9.30 am Mass 9.30 am Sung Latin Mass 11.15am Anniversary of Bishop Mark s ordination to the Episcopate Mk 1: 12-15 Patrick & Nancy Mealey People of the Parish Tue 24/2 Adoration 3-4pm St Anthony s devotion & Mass 7.00pm Ferial Purple Is 55: 10-11; Ps 33; Mt 6: 7-15. Wed 25/2 Adoration and Benediction 8.30-9.30 am Mass 9.30am Ferial Jon 3: 1-11; Ps 50; Lk 11: 29-32. Marian Davies recovery Est 4: 17; Ps 137; Mt 7: 7-12. Peter Curtis recovery Ezk 18: 21-28; Ps 129; Mt 5: 20-26 Michael Ashcroft Sat 21/2 Vigil Mass 6 pm Thu 26/2 Mass 9 .30am Adoration 3-4pm Fri 27/2 Mass 7pm Followed by Stations of the Cross/Confessions Day of special prayer for the needy & hungry of the world Ann & Billy Hanwright Purple Ferial Purple Ferial Family Fast day Purple Sat 28/2 Vigil Mass 6.00pm Second Sunday of Lent Gn 22: 1-2, 9-13, 17-28; Rm 8: 31-34 Joe Reilly Sun 01/3 Adoration and Benediction 8.30-9.30 am Mass 9.30am Sung Latin Mass 11.15am Retiring Collection for Family Fast Day Mk 19: 2-10 Tim Ehlan Purple Michael Ashcroft Youth Zone YOUTH EVENT FOR LENT On the afternoon of Sunday 1st March at Holy Apostles & Martyrs in Wallasey there will be an afternoon of prayer, reflection & celebration for the season of Lent. The afternoon will begin at 3pm, with Mass at 5pm followed by a social time. The event is aimed at young people from Year 8 through to young adult. . If you are thinking of attending please tell Fr Martin, or Mr Murray, so they can warn the organisers how many to expect. (for catering purposes) and to arrange enough transport. There is only one real kind of poverty: not living as children of God and brothers and sisters of Christ Pope Francis Chester Christian Aid Lenten Lunches will be held every Wednesday during Lent starting on 25 February; from 12 noon - 1.30pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Frodsham Street Chester. Minimum donation £5 Are you new to St Clare s? Everyone is welcome here. We would like you to feel very much at home with us whether you are Catholic or not. God loves us deeply, and enters our lives in various ways, and invites us to know and love him more. This is His house and His arms are always open to welcome, Forgive us if we fail to notice a new face in our midst. Please join us for tea and coffee in the parish room after Mass. THI S WEEK I N ST CLARE S SCHOOL The school are on Half-Term Break until Tuesday, 24th February.
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