Bulletin for the week beginning 14th May – The Fifth sunday of May

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SUNDAY MASSES

Vigil Mass 6.00pm Shelagh Turfrey 8.30am & 10.30am  Pro. pop. / Raymond Tansley

Monday 10.00am                                Easter feria                            Betty Lordon

Tuesday 10.00am                                Easter feria                            John Roach

Wednesday 9.00am                            Easter feria                            Anne and Gerald Maguire

Thursday 9.15am in Holy Cross School                                            Joan and John Semple

Friday 7.00pm                                      Saint Dunstan                       Elizabeth McGreevy

Saturday 10.00am                               Easter feria                            Joseph Callus

MASSES NEXT WEEKEND

SUNDAY Vigil Mass 6.00pm Peter Townsend 8.30am & 10.30am Pro. pop. / Michael Allbutt

SATURDAY CONFESSIONS – 10.30am – 11.30am & 5.30pm – 5.45pm

MAY DEVOTIONS – May devotions on Sunday at 5.00pm followed by tea and cakes.

MAY BANK HOLIDAY OUTING – On Bank Holiday Monday May 29th there will be a parish visit to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas. Transport will be in your own cars leaving Holy Cross car park at 9.15am

in order to arrive for Mass to be celebrated at 10.00am in the Memorial Chapel.

20/20 CRICKET 2017 – There will, once again, be a parish outing to Edgbaston Cricket Ground this Summer for a 20/20 cricket match. It will be on Sunday 23rd July leaving at 1.30pm. The coach will cost £5 per person. Ticket prices are not yet known.

WELCOME – We welcome Mason Matthew and Leyton Daniel Garrison who were baptised here last Sunday.

READERS’ ROTA – The new rota is available on the table in the church porch.

RCIA JOURNEY IN FAITH – The course continues this Friday May 19th at 7.30pm.

CHURCH CLEANING – The church cleaners for May are the Gunn team.

READERS FOR NEXT WEEKEND

6.00pm   Reader 1 M Gutowski    Reader 2 F Boxwell

8.30am   Reader 1 M Campbell    Reader 2 M Hernon

10.30am  Reader 1 D Nicklin         Reader 2 S Brittan

MASS ATTENDANCE   May 6th / 7th 6.00pm 256   8.30am 141   10.30am 247  Total: 644

 HOLY CROSS PILGRIMAGE / HOLIDAYS – 2018, 2019 & 2020 – It is proposed as a parish that we arrange a pilgrimage / holiday in September 2018 to Santiago de Compostella, Fatima, Porto and Lisbon; June 2019 to the Shrine of Our Lady of Banneux, Liege, Ghent and Bruges; August 2020 Six nights in the lake side resort of Zell am Zee in Austria plus two nights in Bavaria for the Passion Play in Oberammergau. The Passion Play takes place every ten years. For planning purposes we need to gauge the interest. Prices for these trip (estimates only!) Santiago de Compostella £1,200.  Banneux £600.  Austria and Oberammergau £1,495.00. If you are interested in any of the pilgrimage / holidays would you indicate on the lists on the coffee counter in the porch.

FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING – At the meeting last Sunday of the Finance Committee it was agreed, subject to the approval of the Archdiocese, that the works to extend the Lady Chapel would go ahead. The committee was mindful of the costs involved and of the fact that the parish is growing in numbers.  Two years ago when the Lady Chapel was first formed twenty five places was considered sufficient. In the last month alone there have been several occasions each week at the weekday Masses, when people have not been able to get into the Chapel and had to sit outside in the church. The work, if approved, is due to start in July and should take twelve weeks.  During this time the Lady Chapel will be out of use.  To help fund the extension it is proposed that we will hold a second ‘Food Festival’ in the Summer and there will be a ‘Buy a Brick’ scheme.

BUY A BRICK FOR THE LADY CHAPEL  – If you would like to buy a brick for the extension of the Lady Chapel, it will cost £10.00 per brick.  When the Lady Chapel is completed a plaque with all the names of the donors’  will be placed in the Chapel.  If you would like to buy a brick please place your donation in a clearly marked envelope.  Bricks may be bought in memory of a loved one.

SAINT OF THE WEEK – Saint Dunstan belonged to a noble family and served as Abbot of Glastonbury, Bishop of Worcester and London and finally as Archbishop of Canterbury.  He was zealous in Building churches, promoting monastic life and restoring ecclesiastical discipline.  He died in 988 and is buried at Canterbury Cathedral.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK IN OUR PARISH – Mary Hewines, Julie Smith, Julia Doherty, Pat Gray, Gerald McCarty, Margaret Rowe, Tony Herbert, Kath Guest, Finn Lynch, Flynn Bailey, Pat McGowan, Josephine Hughes, Jacob Seager, Bridie Callan, Eileen Scott, Mary Hope, Kelvin Hopwood, Daniel Tansley, Anna Beesley, Annabel, Bernadette Power, David Oldham, Florence Hyde and Claire Bird. May the Lord grant them consolation, peace and healing.

IN MEMORIAM – Please pray for the repose of the souls of parishioners whose anniversaries occur at this time: Mary Rita Fenelon, Veronica (Vera) Manning, Patrick Daniel Cox, Frederick John Sparrow, Anne Dymphna Scullion, Lucy Tigue, Margaret Holland, Raymond Thomas Tansley and Dominic Anthony Shields.

+ REST IN PEACE + Please pray for the repose of the soul of Peter McGrath who died recently. Peter will be received into church on Wednesday 17th May at 4.30pm, his Requiem Mass will be on Thursday 18th May at 11am followed by burial at New Hall cemetery.

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