Category Archives: Campaigns

Church campaigns, needs and good causes

Coffee morning ‘Bring and buy’

FIRST FRIDAY COFFEE MORNING – Coffee morning and ‘Bring and buy’ is on Friday Feb 6th after the 10am Mass . To raise funds for the Parish. Any unwanted gifts and saleable items very welcome , please leave in the Sacristy.

[marked Coffee Morning] See you there !

SMOTA 150 Meeting

ST MARYS 150 ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS – Please note, there will be a meeting in the social area in the Church on Thursday 29th January at 7.30pm. Please put this date in your diary and come along to exchange ideas etc!

Thank you to all who have already committed themselves.

Help needed – Cleaning, Flower Arrangers and Decorators

Both the Church Cleaning group, Flower arrangers and Decorations Group are in great need of members. CAN YOU HELP?

Please let Fr Chris know if you can help here!

Little Angels Parent and Toddler Group

Unfortunately due to falling numbers it has been decided not to continue with this activity. Thank you to everyone who has supported the group over the last year. The sum of £9.30 cash in hand
has been put in the crib collection for the Cabrini Children’s Society.

FR CHRIS. Sadly yet again a group (Parents and Toddlers) has folded in our Parish due to lack of support. I am very grateful to Kate Stepney for trying over the past year.

Over the past decade or so large numbers of people, both British and from other countries have given up the practice of the Faith. Without a real commitment to following Jesus it is so easy for the spirit of the world in which we live to erode any meaningful relationship with Jesus which means more than just being at Sunday Mass. We need the support of one another to be members of a community “known by its love for one another”.

Do you have a picture of Mgr. Wall?

Does any parishioner have in their old papers a picture of a previous Parish Priest of St. Marys?

Monsignor Dennis ‘Pat’ Wall was here from 1958 until 1966. If you have, could I borrow it to copy to include it in the Church History? Alternately, if you are able to scan it into your computer please do so and attach to this post using the Browse button below.

I have pictures of all the other parish priests back to our first one in 1878 but not Mgr. Wall. Please help if you can. Thank you.

Dennis Key.

Live Simply and One Climate One World

LIVE SIMPLY Tip of the Week

Treat your greens and save water with every meal by washing your vegetables in a bowl, instead of under a running tap. Then keep your houseplants happy by giving them a drink with the discarded water.
Provided by Friends of the Earth –

One Climate One World – CAFOD’s New Campaign

This is the first of a series of short articles, we will then start campaigning in the New Year. Climate change is the single biggest threat to reducing poverty. Whether it’s typhoons or floods destroying entire communities or unpredictable seasons for farmers leaving millions hungry, climate change is undoing years of our work together to improve people’s lives.

Pope Francis says: “Let us be protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another & of the environment”

Calling all Musical Talents (Hidden or Otherwise!)

Following on from last Sunday’s theme.

The 10.30 music group would like to offer a warm welcome to anyone who has a hidden talent……or would just like to come along and join us.

We would welcome anyone, but we are particularly in need of more male voices and someone who could play the keyboard/ piano/ organ.

Just come along and speak to us before or after the 10.30 mass, or turn up for a quick practice at 10.00 on a Sunday. You will be made very welcome!

If you require more information, phone Valerie on 01903 209486.

Winter Night Shelter Needs your Support

The WINTER NIGHT SHELTER will run again this winter in the Parish Centre during Jan & Feb on Mon nights/Tues mornings. If you are able to volunteer please add name, email & phone number on list on the table outside of the Sacristy.

We are particularly looking for people to be on duty all night even if
not available every week.

Prayer for peace in Iraq

Lord, the plight of our country
is deep and the suffering of the Christians
is heavy and frightening us,
therefore we ask you Lord
to assign our lives, grant us patience and courage
to continue to witness our Christian values with trust and hope.

Lord, peace is the base of any life; give us peace
and stability
to live with each other without fear, anxiety,
with dignity and joy, glory to you forever.


Stop Arming Israel

Thousands of Civilians including hundreds of children have been killed in Gaza in the on-going conflict between Israel & Palestine. Many countries and the UN are urgently seeking ways to stop the violence but the UK is instead aggravating the situation by continuing to sell arms to Israel. Since 2010 the UK government has licensed £42 million worth of arms to Israel. Our Covenant with the Poor commits us to ‘Challenge injustice through political and social action in the light of the Gospel.’

Please challenge this injustice and use the link below to tell the Foreign Secretary that it is time to put peace before profit and to put an embargo on arms sales to Israel now.