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[Pictured: Conor in Santiago--see announcement 4.]
ANNOUNCEMENTS ST MARY’S SHRINE, EASTER 2016
1. HAPPY EASTER to all ! Christ is risen, alleluia!
2. May we express our deep gratitude for the help provided by so many to make this past Holy Week a success, for the glory of God and the service to souls. Among the various areas: church cleaning; music; sacristy work; liturgy; flowers; linens; doing and counting the collections; taking pictures; advertising – and praying...
In not many places was Holy Week celebrated as at St Mary’s. This is not intended as boasting but as thanksgiving. The feedback from local parishioners has been very encouraging, some saying that it was “their best Holy Week ever”.
As many visitors agree, the architecture at St Mary’s is stunning. It is now restored to its original design with the platform gone and the high altar put back (now with a fitted altar stone and splendid frontals, thanks to a friendly local parish priest). The main lines of the edifice converge towards the altar and tabernacle, leading our gaze to that most important place in the building. The Roman liturgy in its extraordinary form was performed with great exactness, thanks to the help of our clergy and lay altar servers and Masters of Ceremony. They have practised with generosity, despite some of them being unwell.
Visit our Flickr page through the following link to admire the many superb pictures of this Holy Week:
Thank you to another friendly parish priest who lent us the umbellino (liturgical umbrella to accompany the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose) and the clapper (wooden sound device to replace the bells from Maundy Thursday until the Easter Vigil).
Lastly, the music was spectacularly beautiful. Thanks to the talent and dedication of our singers, the genius of Catholic musical repertoire was displayed with variety and excellence to glorify God Almighty and inspire our prayer. The music was cathedral standards, and more, as not in many cathedrals would such a quality and range have been offered.
Click on this link to listen to a selection of Tenebrae at St Mary’s last Spy Wednesday:
None of the achievements mentioned above would be possible without the generous dedication of so many people helping in various capacities. In particular, click on this link to discover eight of our lay collaborators:
Most of them serve in coordination with other people. You are welcome to get in touch with them directly, as more volunteers are always welcome. It is a good work of mercy for you to be of service to the Shrine, even on an occasional basis. Just speak with us: who knows, perhaps you have skills which could add a lot to what we are trying to do here.
4. Congratulations to Conor[pictured above and below]: our young pilgrim has completed his walk to Santiago de Compostela in time, arriving on Maundy Thursday after 28 days of walking. Thank you for your support to his undertaking. He has raised several hundred pounds for the parish shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Nigeria:
Conor said: "This camino has truly been the greatest experience of my life; I am so grateful that God has given me opportunity to do this pilgrimage. I intend to stay in Santiago for Easter and then go into Finisterre, where St. James' body was said to arrive by boat."
We will give more information soon and a date will be advertised for a presentation by Conor on his return.
5. Welcome to Fr Ian Verrier, FSSP, who will cover for Fr de Malleray from Easter Tuesday until Monday 4th April included – i.e. it is the postponed Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lady.
6. Good bye Deacon James! After his three months of pastoral stage at St Mary’s, Deacon James Mawdsley, FSSP goes back to our seminary in Bavaria to prepare for Priestly Ordination, due to take place over there on Saturday 2nd July. Deacon James has worked tirelessly while here at St Mary’s and we look forward to welcoming him back once ordained, as Assistant Priest at St Mary’s Shrine from next summer.
Please save the date of his First Mass, here at St Mary’s on Sunday 10th July, 11am, followed by refreshments. Please pray for him as well during these few months until ordination.
7. GIFT AID ENVELOPES to be collected at St Mary’s in the Narthex on Sunday 3rd April. To be used from the following Sunday 10th April.
8. We invite any young adults and young professionals to suggest ideas for a first event for youths. You don’t need to live in Warrington to take part. In particular, a volunteer is needed to coordinate the bookings for World Youth Day in Poland next July, with Fr de Malleray as Chaplain to the Juventutem Movement and Bishop Athanasius Schneider as main Accompanying Bishop. Info: juventutem.org.
9. JOIN the GIFT AID SCHEME: add 25% to your offering at no extra cost to you. Any amount you put in the collection here in a pre-printed Gift Aid envelope allows us to claim an added 25% from the Government. For example: if you give £10, we receive £12.25; if you give £20, we receive £25.This a very effective way to make your contribution greater at no extra cost to you. On the contrary, if you are a taxpayer and if you give outside the Gift Aid Scheme, you are throwing out of the window 25% of the money we could claim to run St Mary’! The New Gift Aid Envelopes will be used as of April. Please ask Jane Wright for any information.