Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Weekend of July 14/15, 2018
In his letter to the Ephesian community, St. Paul teaches that God, the Father, has established a divine plan to bring all of creation to Christ and that He has blessed us with the divine gifts to help implement that plan. Christian stewards know what their gifts are and remain committed to using them in the service of the Lord. Do we know what our gifts are? Do we believe that God has given us these gifts? Are we committed to using our gifts to serve the Lord?
It was as been announced on Monday 9th July that Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Paul Mason as the next Bishop of the Forces. Bishop Paul was ordained as a Bishop in May 2016, and appointed to be an Auxiliary Bishop in the diocese.
PARISH CENSUS UPDATE
Apologies for the problems some of you had last weekend logging into the Registration page of the Parish Website to complete the Census form. The bug affecting that page is now fixed and normal service is resumed!
Please make sure that you and all of your family are registered. Encourage friends and fellow parishioners to complete the census as well. It is easier to do so online. You still have the option of completing a paper version of the Census and returning to Fr Doug or one of the Ushers at the end of Mass.
During the week a good number of the Diamond Club completed the census form and this has now increased the number of forms completed to over 100 up from 54 last week. So keep up the good work we have nearly 800 attending Mass each week so that is our first target but we still have some way to go.
If there is someone you know who is housebound perhaps you can drop off a census form to them and help them complete it and return it to the parish.
THE REPOSITORY SHOP
…will be closed for a while during church alterations.
If you wish to purchase a Catholic newspaper or magazine please ask the Mass Stewards – Phil, Joe or John.
Can you please return sponsor money and forms to either Gwen, Lesley or Kath OR the Parish Office by 15th July. Many Thanks
CATECHISTS GET TOGETHER.
All Catechists are invited to the annual get together on 16th July. Do you help with Children’s Liturgy, the Baptism Programme, First Communion, Confirmation, RCIA? Then save the date and come along. If you are at the School Leaver’s Production come along afterwards.
This will be our last chance to meet together as a group of Catechists with Fr Doug
THIRD THURSDAY TIME TTT
...Is this Thursday, 5.30-8.30 at Hartley Hall. You, and your friends, are ALL welcome to join us for a relaxing evening in friendly company.
This month: quiet space, arts and crafts, board games, singing, cafe with drinks and snacks PLUS yoga between 5.30 and 6.15 and, back following popular demand, a BINGO session!
PILGRIMS TO LOURDES
There will be an information evening and a chance to get to know other pilgrims travelling together in September in Hartley hall on Friday the 20th July at 8 pm for all those coming to Lourdes with the parish.
You should be receiving a letter from Tangney Tours within the next week or so requesting the balance of the pilgrimage be paid. Any enquiries contact Lesley Allen on 07729785843
THE NIGERIAN COMMUNITY
…in Holy Cross Parish would like to meet in Hartley Hall after the 11.30am Mass on Sunday 22nd July for cup of tea and a chat! Save the date!