Evenings of Mercy. Each month there will be an evening dedicated to God’s mercy, with a call to return to the Sacrament of Forgiveness in confession. These events will move around the deanery.
The next will be at Our Lady of the Angels and St Peter in Chains. Stoke-on-Trent. 7pm Monday 12th September 2016.
The Year of Mercy is closely connected with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, or the Sacrament of Forgiveness, or as we like to call it Confession. In the last fifty years we have seen a tremendous decline in the practice of this Sacrament in our churches. Some of that decline is healthy, but some of it has to do with our understanding of what sin is. In the past, our religion was practiced very rigidly, and there was a sort of enforcement by obligation- this is unhealthy and therefore decline for that reason can be good. BUT we have lost the image give to us in the parable of the prodigal son - where God our Father is waiting for us to turn back to him and accept that forgiveness which he gives freely - read it St Luke Chapter 1511 So the Evenings of Mercy are a way for us to look at Sin and our sinful ways of life and to accept the forgiveness(mercy) of our loving Father. Please do your best to attend as many as you can during this Year of Mercy. (from St Gregory's newsletter)
Pope Francis’s Prayer Intention for August 2016
It is important that those involved at the various levels of sports promote human and religious values which form the foundation of a just and fraternal society. This is possible because the language of sports is universal; it extends across borders, language, race, religion and ideology; it possesses the capacity to unite people, by fostering dialogue and acceptance. This is a very valuable resource!” This month Pope Francis invites us to join in his prayer intention…” That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.”
Young Catholic Adults Weekend. 28th – 30th Oct 2016
If you are in the 18-40 age range, there will be a weekend retreat at Douai Abbey in Berkshire featuring Fr. Thomas Crean.
YCA will be running a weekend with the assistance of the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge. There will be:-
• Sung/High Masses and Marian Procession
• Gregorian Chant Workshops
• Rosaries, Confessions, Talks and Socials
This is a great opportunity to deepen your faith, grow in holiness and meet fellow young Catholics.
How to Book for the Weekend.
Prices range from £12 upwards for more details, please see:-http://www.youngcatholicadults.co.uk/events.htm, or https://v1.bookwhen.com/yca-douai-2016 or ring 07908105787 or 07515 805015.
(Please note to guarantee your place this year Douai Abbey have requested that everyone books in 3 weeks before the start of the weekend i.e. 7th Oct 2016.) http://youngcatholicadults.co.uk
Meir, Caverswall & Creswell Statement.
Our Diocese is preparing to welcome two new priests from the Religious Order of St Paul, Fr Kazimierz and Fr Pawel to serve in the parishes of St Augustine's Meir, St Filumena's Caverswall and St Mary's Cresswell.
They will be living at the presbytery at St Augustine's Meir.
The weekend Mass times , from the beginning of August, will be:
Saturday for Sunday 6pm at St Mary's Cresswell.
Sunday 9am at St Filumena's Caverswall
Sunday 11am st St Augustine's Meir.
The Changes come into effect from Saturday 6th August 2016.
Year of Mercy 2015 – 2016
Day of Pilgrimage to Aston Hall Stone
Sunday 21st August 2016, from 12 noon
Open Air Mass -3pm Main Celebrant, Bishop David McGough.
Free Car Park and Refreshments
Holy Door and Veneration of the Relic of Blessed Dominic Barberi with an exhibition to Blessed Dominic
The Sacrament of Reconciliation available
Procession of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass in the footsteps of St Dominic.
Those who have been unable this year to take advantage of gaining the Jubilee indulgence may like to take advantage of this opportunity.
Departure should be around 5pm
Posted by ZENIT Staff on 29 May, 2016
Below is the Vatican-provided translation of the Pope’s homily during the Holy Mass concluding the Jubilee for Deacons this morning in St. Peter’s Square. Deacons and their families from all around the world were invited to make a pilgrimage to Rome in order to participate in this major gathering on the occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This Jubilee for Deacons, May 27-29, was a celebration for deacons, along with their wives and children:
Click Here: Pope’s Homily at Jubilee for Deacons
Photograph thanks to Deacon Bill Baines
Archdiocese of Birmingham Days of Prayer for Vocations 2016
Please pray for vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life,and for an awareness of the vocation of all within the church.
Sacred Heart Tunstall (Queens Avenue ST6 6EE). Friday 3rd June
11.30am Adoration. 12.30 Holy Mass. Adoration until Solemn Benediction at 6.45pm. 7.00pm Solemn Mass
Sacred Heart Silverdale (High Street ST5 6NG) Friday 3rd June
3.00pm Exposition / Watching. 6.30pm Novena Sacred Heart then Benediction
Our Lady of the Angels and St. Peter Stoke (Hartshill Road ST4 7LT). Tuesday 7th June
10.00am Mass. Exposition until 3.00pm
St. John the Baptist Alton (Castle Hill ST10 4AH). Tuesday 14th June
St. Mary Leek (Compton ST13 5NH). Wednesday 15th June
9.30am Mass. Adoration until 4.00pm
Change to Mass times in Fenton and Bentilee.
Mass at Our Lady's, Fenton Sunday 9am
Mass at St. Maria Goretti, Bentilee (Bucknall) Sunday 10.30am (there is no Saturday Mass)
Laudato Si’ - Care for the Common Home.
Holy Trinity Cafod invite you to join us to learn about Pope Francis Encyclical, Laudato Si’
Tuesdays, March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd at Coolock Pastoral Centre, Stubbs Gate, Newcastle, ST5 1LH. 7.15 to 8.30pm.
Study Guide, Includes: passages from the encyclical. Witnesses from around the world and UK parishes
Ideas for action
Diocesan Jubilee Churches and Places of Pilgrimage in North Staffordshire.
Holy Trinity, Newcastle and St Bernard’s Convent and “Coolock” (Sisters of Mercy)
24 Hours for the Lord
Holy Trinity, Newcastle-under Lyme
Friday 4 March;
1pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament - Confessions begin
3pm Divine Mercy Chaplet Sung
6pm Divine Mercy Chaplet Said
8pm Holy Mass
9pm Divine Mercy Chaplet Sung followed by Nightfever until 10.3opm
11pm Taize Prayer
12midnight Divine Mercy Chaplet Said
Saturday 5 March
North Staffs Area Pastoral Council
Afternoon Visit to St Mary’s College Oscott
Sunday 13th March 2016
You are welcome to join parishioners from the North Staffs Deanery.
You will meet the staff and students and have a guided tour which includes the museum and chapel.
Evening Prayer in the Chapel at 6.30pm
Cost: Adult £8 Under 16 £4
Coach pick up points:
St John the Evangelist Kidsgrove 1.30pm
Holy Trinity Newcastle 1.45pm
St. Augustine Meir 2.00pm
arrive approx. 3.00pm Leave Oscott 7.00pm
To book a seat on the coach please speak to your APC representative.