Gnosall Catholic News

Sunday Masses:

St Austin’s Stafford,

Saturday 4.30 pm,

Sunday 10.30am &6pm; 

Parish Priest: Canon Michael Neylon

St Austin’s, 82 Wolverhampton Road, Stafford ST17 4AW 

01785 223553

email: staustins_rc@btinternet.com

Parish Website: www.saintaustins.org.uk

Deacons Louis Livesey 749044 

Other Local Masses: 

For those unable to attend Sunday Mass at St. Austin’s in Stafford there are Masses at SS Peter &Paul,Salter Street,Newport on Saturday at 6.30pm or Sunday at 9.15am. At Eccleshall in Sacred Heart Church,Stone Rd,on Sundays at 9.15 am. And at Penkridge on Sundays in the Anglican Church of St. Michael and All Saints at 9.00am. You can go to www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk for other services in the Deanery. 

BOTTLES FOR THE TOMBOLA We are desperately in need of BOTTLES for the Tombola stall at the Village Carnival in June. It would be appreciated if you would support us by providing a bottle or two (alcoholic,or soft drinks,–NO sauce bottles please). If you prefer to give a donation we will buy the bottles for you. Bottles can be left in St. Lawrence church at any service time or Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00 when the church is open for visitors. Alternatively,contact Mike Foulkes 822348 to arrange collection from you. We try to raise 100 bottles so PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN.

The Senior Group:Saint Austin’s Senior Group welcomes parishioners to join them in the Parish Room (adjacent to the church car park) for a social afternoon at 2.00pm on the first Wednesday each month. Invited speakers give talks on topics of interest and regular coach trips are organized. For further information contact –Brian Shackleton (601802) or John Morris (240638). Bryan is also inviting St. Austin’s parishioners,including those from Gnosall and surrounding area,to join him on a coach trip to LLANDUDNO on Wednesday 4th July 2018. The coach will leave Austin Friars,Stafford at 9.00am and will leave Llandudno at 5.00pm to bring you back to Stafford. Obviously,the more people who support this event the lower the individual cost will be. Please ring Bryan (as above) if you wish to join the trip.

CHRISTIAN FOOD HELP:Thanks to everyone for your constant and generous support of Christian food Help that enabled 1104 food parcels to be delivered to those in need during April compared with 934 in the same period last year. Please continue to support this very worthy cause and bring your donations to the usual collections points in St. Lawrence Church and at Chapel. Your kindness is very much appreciated.St. Austin’s General Notices:Please keep in your prayers the families and children of the Parish preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation,First Communion and Confirmation this year. First Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 10th June at 10.30am Mass. Bishop McGough will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation during the 10.30am Mass on Sunday 10nd July.

Also on Sunday 1st July at 2.00pm there is a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady in Hednesford. On the weekend of 27th – 29th July there is a Pilgrimage to Walsingham. Details are available from St. Austin’s.

LOCAL NEWS:On 3rd May our regular get-together was at Bank House. We had a very pleasant afternoon together and were able to catch up with everyone’s news since we last met. Rupert led our closing reflection highlighting for us the Pope’s recent document,Gaudete Exsultate. It reminds us that holiness is about wholeness,not about being unworldly. It is about getting mud on our feet. It is a significant document and copies can be made available for those who wish to obtain more details (ring 822348). Despite the absence of our regular superb musicians we finished with a hymn,managing to hold our singing together for all verses of Make Me a Channel of Your Peace. That is not to say that the usual musicians were not very much missed.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 28th June at 2.30 pm. Venue to be announced later. 

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