- 21st July 2015
- 17th July 2015
- 15th July 2015
Pope Francis’s letter on the environment represents a ‘call to conversion’, says Bishop of Shrewsbury in pastoral letter
The Pope’s message to humanity on care for the environment is essentially a “call to conversion”, the Bishop of Shrewsbury will say in a pastoral letter.
The Rt Rev. Mark Davies will dismiss claims that Pope Francis is conforming to fashionable trends or theories and will propose that instead the Holy Father is inviting each human being to become conscious of their true place in God’s created order.
He will say that the 180-page encyclical of Pope Francis, entitled Laudato Si, maintains that there will be no enduring solutions to the ecological problems of our age unless there is a new understanding of the purpose of God the Creator.
The Bishop will repeat the appeal of Pope Francis for people to turn anew to Jesus Christ, in whom God’s original plan for creation has been gloriously restored.
Bishop Davies’s letter, available here, called On the Created Order, will be read out at all Masses in the Diocese over the weekend of Sunday July 19.
ADVANCE NOTICE: YEAR FOR VOCATIONS – HOUR OF PRAYER IN EVERY DEANERY
During this Diocesan Year for Vocations, the Bishop will be leading an hour of prayer as an act of intercession for vocations. The Holy Hour for our deanery will take place at Christchurch, Heald Green on Thursday 17 September from 2.00 – 3.00pm. There will be reflections on the universal call to holiness, the vocations of marriage and family, of the Consecrated Life and the Ministerial Priesthood and the Permanent Diaconate.
The Promised Land: Youth 2000 Summer Prayer Festival at Walsingham, August 27-31
This is a 5 day Prayer Festival for young adults aged 16 – 35 packed with dynamic talks, live-band worship, powerful prayer times, fun social activities, creative workshops, in-depth discussions, evening entertainment and loads more. With top speakers from the USA and all over the UK. See poster in porch. Please see the poster in the Calendar of Events for further details
FOOD BANK NEWS
Since the beginning of the year, we have fulfilled 249 vouchers and actually fed 561 people. Thank you to everyone for their continuing support.
FR ANTHONY (MAI LAC) THIEN
Fr Thien’s Great Nephew, also a priest, has mailed from Perth, Australia to ask if we have any information about his Great Uncle. There is very little in the Archive material but perhaps some parishioners might have information/photographs which we could use? If so please contact Fr Michael as soon as you can.
St Christophers RC Primary School
It is with sadness that that we say farewell to Mrs Colette Garner who has retired as headteacher of St Christopher’s RC Primary School. She has served our parish school exceptionally well for the past 14 years, showing wonderful commitment to the children’s welfare and learning which has helped to create the happy school that we have today. I am especially grateful to her for helping to develop the parish / school relationship over the years. I am sure parishioners will join with me in wishing her well for the future especially in her new role as part-time assistant director of schools in our diocese with special responsibility for the Catholic schools in Trafford, Stockport & Tameside.
Weekend Mass Rota’s
The Rota’s for the weekend Masses are to be made available on the website and can be accessed through the ‘Rota’s’ menu on the home page. As the information becomes available, there will be a page for each weekend Mass. A number of rota’s for the weekend Masses are available to view now.