Children, teenagers and vulnerable adults must be accompanied or supervised at all time within the Shrine. This includes not only the Nave, but also the Narthex, the Toilets and Cloisters Area, the Organ Loft, the Choir Room and Sacristy, the Priory, the Car Park, the Piazza and the Garden. It applies not only to the duration of Holy Mass and devotions, but also to any other circumstances such as recreation after Mass, music practice, cleaning etc. Please report any concern to him (01925 630 127). Thank you for your awareness.
Holy Communion Reminder:
- To receive Holy Communion, one must be 1) a Roman Catholic 2) in state of grace (no grave sin unabsolved on one’s conscience) and 3) have fasted for one hour at least.
- In the traditional Latin rite used at St Mary’s, Holy Communion is received kneeling (if one can), and in any case on the tongue: thank you very much in advance.
- Lastly, would you please use the entire width of the Communion rail, that is, from one wall of the church all the way to the opposite wall, avoiding gaps? This will make distribution quicker. Thank you.
Church Music Collection this weekend. Please use your Music Gift Aid envelopes if you have some.
New confessional! Come and experience reconciliation in the beautiful Memorial Chapel, immediately on your left as you walk out of the vestibule into the nave of the church. Close the glazed door behind you and kneel at the purpose-made oak confessional. Truly a very prayerful place with the splendid white stone sculptures on the fine reredos and the ornate stain glass windows. Confession times remain unchanged.
Thursday 5th May: Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. TWO Holy Masses: 12:10pm and 7:30pm.
Welcome to Fr Matthew Goddard, FSSP, who will cover all the weekday Masses this week for Fr de Malleray.
Please pray for the spiritual success of the “Year of Mercy” Clergy Retreat preached by Fr de Malleray to UK Clergy in Bavaria this week. Please pray for our seminarians to be ordained Deacons this Saturday in Bavaria.
PLEASE LET US KNOW! What time do you favour for a Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday 29th May? a) Right after 11am Mass; b) soon after picnic, e.g. 2pm; c) mid afternoon: 3pm
May Crowning on Sunday 22nd May, immediately following the 11am Mass. Weather allowing, walk in procession to the Lourdes Grotto in the Priory Garden, singing Marian hymns. One of our young ladies will carry a crown to put on the head of the statue of Our Lady.
SAFEGUARDING: Chris Gehrke, a member of St Mary’s congregation is our registered Safeguarding Representative. He works as part of team with the three local parishes. Please report any concern to him (01925 630 127), or to his colleagues Maria, Catherine and Doreane. Parents: please keep an eye on your children at all times in and out of the church.
Bookstall: We have one volunteer for after Sunday Mass. Would you like to be involved as well in running this? It could begin small with cards, rosary beads and a few pamphlets. But there is scope for much more, including good books and DVDs, missals, good religious art. Please give your suggestions and offers.
New location for Holy Water: Not in the Memorial Chapel anymore, but in the large clay container on the floor in the former confessional, on the Confessor’s side. It can be accessed both from the Corridor and from the Nave. Feel welcome to fill empty bottles and take them home for private use. According to the traditional Ritual, that water is not only blessed but actually exorcised and mingled with exorcised salt, so that its power as a sacramental is stronger.
Posted Weekly Bulletin and other announces to be found on the walls inside the Narthex. In due course we will rationalise the posting and displaying of information in the Narthex. Please do not post and leave any material in the Narthex, Vestibule or in the church in general without the Rector’s approval.
The newspapers take too much time for Jane Wright our Shrine Secretary to monitor. It includes counting the copies left every week, checking that the money paid in the metal box matches the copies gone, writing cheques and sending invoices to each newspaper monthly. This comes with a cost, which we cannot afford, so that we will shortly discontinue the subscriptions. If you are interested in reading these newspapers in their printed version rather than on line, we ask you kindly to subscribe to the newspaper personally and have your copy sent to you at home directly. Thank you.
Next Meeting for Young Adults & Young Professionals: 21st May, 1pm-3pm. Convivial lunch at St Mary's Priory (clergy house next to church at the end of car park) followed by Spiritual talk by Fr de Malleray, FSSP on "How to be a young saint in a pagan world?”, followed by Qs & As. Arrive earlier if you can and attend our 12:10pm Holy Mass, or even earlier for the 10am-12noon Eucharistic Adoration with Confessions. Further meetings on Saturdays 18th June and 16th July (1pm-3pm). Any young adult 18-35 welcome.
A picnic for families at St Mary’s took place last Thursday 28th April after 12:10pm Mass, followed by a spiritual talk by Marcus Williams, FSSP. Monthly. For future events, all families welcome (please bring your own lunch). Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Walking Day: On Friday 1st July we are invited as a church community to take part in Warrington’s annual Walking Day. For those of you new to the Shrine, this is a long-standing tradition in the town, which St Mary’s has been a part of for much of its history.
Nigeria Lenten Campaign now ended. If there are any outstanding sponsorship amounts, please can you send them in as soon as possible so we can finalise the amount to send.
Make your prayer for Vocations even more powerful via our 5,000-strong international Vocations Prayer Network, the Confraternity of St Peter: www.fssp.org/en/confraternite.htm (see Fact Sheet at the back of the church). Please visit our new Vocations webpage on: www.fssp.co.uk
March for LIFE on Saturday 14th May, 10am-4pm, in Birmingham. Consider attending this important yearly event to witness to the sanctity of human life. Visit www.marchforlife.co.uk.
Concert at St Mary’s on Saturday 14th May at 7:30pm: the Warrington Choral Society conducted by Michael Wynne will sing JS Bach's Magnificat and cantatas. £10, concessions £7/£5, under 16s free.
Fr Dave Heywood and Fr de Malleray have discussed options for a joint one-day pilgrimage in the coming months: Holywell in North Wales; Ladywell Shrine near Preston; York. Please tell us your suggestions.
A meeting regarding the Refugees is due to take place on Wednesday 18th May from 7.00pm – 8.30 pm, in the Council Chamber at the Town Hall and is open to everyone of whatever faith or none.