Catholic Community in Cheltenham Served by the Diocese of Clifton Registered Charity Number 233977 Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Psalter Week 3 Page No. 129 25th January 2015 ‘Repent, and believe the good news’ (Mark 1: 14-20) “the only true riches are those that make us rich in virtue” St Gregory the Great 10 St James Square, GL50 3PR 01242 523737 St Thomas More Princess Elizabeth Way, GL51 7RA 01242 573128 Parish Priest: Canon Bosco MacDonald VF Assistant Priest: Fr Frank Wainwright Fr David McDonald Deacon: Rev. Robin Littlewood Pope st Gregory the great Parish Websites: www.stgregorys.org.uk, www.stthomasmorechurch.org.uk Schools: St Gregory’s RC Primary School, St James Square GL50 3QG St Thomas More RC Primary School, Lewis Road, Hesters Way GL51 OHZ All Saints’ Academy, Blaisdon Way, Cheltenham GL51 OWH Sacred Hearts Moorend Road, Charlton Kings, GL53 9AU 01242 524932 of Jesus and Mary Parish Priest: Fr Paul Brandon Parish Website: www.sacredhearts.org.uk Mass Times this Week Third Sunday in Ordinary Time THE NET RESULT Today's gospel is crafted on the image of nets. Andrew and Simon were casting St Thomas More People of the Parish their nets; James and John were mending Sacred Hearts Nora Hernon RIP theirs. Jesus promises them that if they Sacred Hearts People of the Parish follow him they will net men and women. St Gregory People of the Parish Taken in one way, this can be seen as a Sacred Hearts Michael Valentine RIP call to evangelisation, to go out and catch St Gregory Private Intention as many people as possible for Christ. It Sacred Hearts Mass in Polish was no doubt in this way that the great St Gregory Private Intention missionaries over the years saw their 26th Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, Bishops work. They travelled to the ends of the St Gregory Edward & Doris Joyce RIP earth to win souls for Jesus. Others spent, St Thomas More Requiem Mass for Terry Ruck RIP and still spend, many cold hours on street 27th Weekday in Ordinary Time corners preaching to passing shoppers. Even though these groups sometimes Sacred Hearts Agnes McCourt RIP seemed to equate the work of God with St Gregory Tony Simpkins RIP the number of converts, they were 28th Memorial of Saint Thomas Aquinas, responding to a valid reading of today's Priest and Doctor of the Church gospel. Other people see in today's 9.30am St Gregory Elizabeth Brown RIP gospel the fact that we are all sinners who 10.00am Sacred Hearts Bryan Keating RIP deserve death by drowning, and the nets 29th Thursday Weekday in Ordinary Time are safety nets which prevent us from 9.30am St Gregory Bryan & Frank Keating RIP sinking to the depths of the sea. In fact, 10.00am Sacred Hearts John Parry RIP sinking beneath the waves has long been 30th Friday Weekday in Ordinary Time a religious way of describing what 11.30am Sacred Hearts Requiem Mass for Daphne Garman RIP happens when we lose all sight of God 12noon St Gregory Requiem Mass for Geoffrey Garvey RIP and goodness. So the nets not only catch 31st Saturday Memorial of Saint John Bosco, Priest people, they save them and bring them 9.30am St Gregory James & Margaret Doran RIP together. In fact, the Church, and that 10.00am Sacred Hearts Private Intention means us, is both the fishermen and the catch. We are called to be so imbued and Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Prayer before the Blessed on fire with what Jesus promises, that we Sacrament at St Gregory’s: Saturday 10.00am-11.00am; Thursday 10.00am- are the "bait" which attracts others to him. 3.00pm ending with Benediction; Sacred Hearts: 1st Friday of the month, 9.15am- And yet we are also the catch. We have 12.30pm. ourselves been caught. We know what it Sacrament of Reconciliation: St Gregory’s Saturdays 10.00am; St Thomas More would be like to live a life without faith, 4.15-4.45pm. 1st Thursday at STM 5pm Confessions in Polish. Sacred Hearts without the hope held out to us by Jesus's Thursdays 7.30pm and Saturdays 10.30am. Also by arrangement with the priests. death and resurrection. And we are happy RCIA Journey in Faith: Every Thursday, 7-9pm in the Presbytery. to be in the net. Today, of course, we Baptisms: By arrangement with the Parish Office. also use "net" in another way. We speak Cheltenham Catholic Adults: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month. Contact of the Internet, the network of modern Margaret 07515 805015 or Damian 07908 105787. technology which brings people from all 55 Club: After 9.30am Mass, in Old Priory (alternate Thursdays). Next meeting: over the world together in communication. 5th February. Talk by Mrs Joanna Vials: ‘St Gregory’s People who built the Steeple’. The net is really millions of people (Part two of this interesting topic). engaged on a common enterprise. Just Choir Practice: In Church, Thursdays at 7.00pm. New members welcome. like the Church. Contact John on: 07769 675323. 25th Sunday 5.00pm (Sat 5.30pm (Sat) 8.15am 9.30am 10.30am 11.15am 4.15pm 6.00pm Monday 9.30am 1.30pm Tuesday 9.00am 7.00pm Wednesday Finance Last week’s offertory collection came to: £1289.25 (STG); £284.27(STM) Bingo £88.00. Second collection for Pax Christi (STG) £234.37; (STM) £143.08. Thank you for your generosity and support. Education Sunday Next Sunday is a special day of prayer for all those involved in Education, and we pray in particular for those who work in and support our Catholic Schools. At the 9.30am Mass next Sunday, we extend a special welcome to children and staff from St Gregory’s School and All Saints Academy. Our thanks go to the many parishioners who serve/have served our schools as governors and staff, and we remember teachers, auxiliary staff, pupils and parents who make our schools communities of faith, learning and nurturing. There will be a second collection next week for the work of the Catholic Education Service. Thank You The Proteen Group and The Open Door Project for the Homeless would like to say a big thank you to the parishioners of St Gregory and St Thomas More for your great generosity in contributing to our collection for the Homeless. We were able to give over 50 bags of warm clothes and toiletries to provide for the homeless. Altar Server Training The next training session will take place at 11.00am next Saturday, 31st January, starting in the Old Priory and will last around an hour. It is intended for current servers who have been on the altar for less than a year, or anyone who would like to start serving. Anyone who has taken their First Holy Communion can serve. Contact Owen Holbrook on 01242 352033 if you require any more information. Stitch and Pray Raffle A chance to win a beautiful, patchwork quilt, handmade by many of our parishioners. The second prize is four placemats and a table runner constructed using fabrics from Monze. All proceeds will be shared equally between the Parish Projects, therefore please buy a ticket for £1 to win something made with prayer and love as well as demonstrating your support for Angal, Monze, Mannar and Bethlehem. The prizes will be displayed after all Masses today. Traidcraft The team will be holding its first sale of the year in the Old Priory after the 9.30 and 11.15am Masses on Sunday, 1st February. If you have not tried our products before, why not come along and have a look at our stock, or browse our catalogues? CYMFed Flame2 There are still places to join Bishop Declan and over 200 young people from the Clifton Diocese, at CYMFed Flame2 on Saturday, 7th March in Wembley Arena. If you are in school year 9 or above, visit www.cliftondiocese.com/youthministry and follow the links to the booking form, or talk to your parish priest. Newman Talk There will be a talk on Tuesday, 3rd February at 2.30pm in the lounge of Sacred Hearts Hall, Moorend Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham. Mr John Huntriss will speak on “What sort of God is presented to us by the Old Testament” Please bring a Bible. All are welcome. Admission is £3 (members and students free). Enquiries to Stephanie Jamison on 539810. Retreat to Buckfast Abbey Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Churchdown are organising this retreat on Thursday, 19th February to Saturday, 21st of February 2015. The coach will be leaving Churchdown at 10.15am; there is plenty of space in the church car park to park cars. We hope to arrive at the Abbey by 2.15pm having had a lunch stop on the way. The cost of the retreat is £130, though we are offering a discount for young people under the age of 16. There is a full programme for the time we are there. Further details may be obtained from Margaret and Adrian West-Sadler, on 01452 857388 [email protected] 40 Days for Life From the 18th February through to the 29th March, you are invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life; 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortions. You are also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right of way outside the Western Entrance to Gloucester Royal Hospital and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you would like more information, and especially if you would like to volunteer to help, please contact James Tranter, Campaign Director on 07796 511375; email: 40da ysf or lifeglouc es ter @gm ail.c om W ebs ite: www.40daysforlife.com/Gloucester Fish & Chip Supper On Friday, 20th February at 7.30pm in St Thomas More Centre. A fish and chip supper and a small quiz for £7.50. Tickets on sale after STM Mass or from Marianna on 528427. Catechists’ Formation Course This could be for you! Running monthly throughout 2015 at St John’s, Bath, the series seeks to encourage and enthuse those engaged in handing on faith to others. You would be more than welcome, all you need to be is keen to know more, keen to understand, and keen to bring others into the life of our communities of faith and hope. For more details, please contact the Adult Education Department on 0117 902 5595/ [email protected] Celebrating Marriage All are welcome to join Bishop Declan for a special Mass celebrating the sacrament of marriage in Clifton Cathedral, Clifton Park, Bristol, on Saturday, 14th February at 12noon. If you are celebrating a significant anniversary, newly married, or looking forward to marriage in 2015, please contact Clifton Diocese Marriage and Family Life on 0117 9025595 or at [email protected] Our Prayers are asked for: Sick: Liz Sawaf, Sue Ball, Claire Young, Sean Murphy, Helen Stanbury, Grace Stevens, Olive Whelan, Bruce Francis, Jenny Dabrowska, Teresa Patterson, Bernie Warner, Deirdre Kelleher, Helen Dorothy Gorry, Denise Ellis, Kevin Dunn, Christopher & Clifford Brown, Margaret Ellis, Julia & Danny Barr, Teresa & Paddy O’Kelly, Bridie Ruck, Angela Savidge, Pauline Crosbie, Emily Cousins, Rey Lluisma, Lilian Martin, Bridget Garvey, Pat Donovan, Maddie Read, Dan Perry, Pete Thacker, Mary Costello, Adrian Davis, Lisa Partridge, Dillon Bright, Sheila Deneher, Margaret Byrne. Anniversaries: Edward Joyce, Hugh Fitzpatrick, Dennis Danaher, Ernest Lawrence.
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