New altar covers!Thank you to the benefactress who sewed four green altar covers with golden edges, thus protecting our four altars at St Mary’s from dust.
Small organ moved back: the small Choir Organ is back to its original location in the Nave, opposite the pulpit. This will make it easier for Michael Wynne to play, not only for concerts but also for the liturgy. Benches will be added next to it after next Saturday’s concert.
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.
Thank you for your prayers for the spiritual success of the “Year of Mercy” Clergy Retreat preached by Fr de Malleray to UK Clergy in Bavaria last week; and for our 11 seminarians ordained Deacons last Saturday in Bavaria.
Busy Weekend ahead:
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.
Santiago & Nigeria Short Presentation on Sunday 15th May: thank you for your generous support to our Lenten Community Campaign, sponsoring our young pilgrim Conor who walked all the way to Santiago de Compostella. Nearly £2,000 were raised for the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Nigeria. Stay for a short presentation with Conor after the 11am Mass next Sunday.
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.
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.
2:00PM it is! Corpus Christi Procession on Sunday 29th May, after convivial picnic in the Priory garden (open to all: bring and share lunch). Volunteers wanted to prepare patterned decorations (e.g. chalice; Host; IHS...) with petals and coloured sawdust; prepare outdoor altar; carry the canopy; First Communicants from the past twelve months to wear their white garments; etc.
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 or 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.
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
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.