This week’s St Helen’s Church newsletter is now out – 1 full day before mass! If you know anyone else who would like updates from our site, please point them in the direction of the site and ask them to complete the sign-up details. Aside from mass times and community hall events you can found our more information about next month’s Parish Mission which takes place from the 16th-20th October.
This week sees the launch of our new St Helen’s Twitter account. Our Twitter username is @StHelensTweets and you can follow us at: twitter.com/sthelenstweets. We plan to regularly update it with the latest news about what’s going on in the Parish, news from the Parish groups, updates from the Parish Mission, thoughts from Father John and ‘retweets’ (or updates!) from other Catholic Twitter accounts. If there’s anything you’d like us to tweet about, please get in touch.
And help us reach our target of a 100 followers by the Mission (16th-20th October)!
Last week we had a wonderful service to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of St Helen’s Church, followed by a lovely drinks reception in the hall. Thank you to all who helped out and to all who attended. We look forward to the next 50 years! Cliff Bray took some excellent photos which captured the evening well and we thought we would share them with you. And please feel free to leave a comment below.
This Wednesday, 3rd September, sees the Mass and Celebration for the 50th Anniversary of our church. The Archbishop, the A.M., Mayor, other dignitaries, former Priests, Parishioners, and friends will all be in attendance. Please don’t forget to bring along your beautifully-decorated stones. And don’t forget to join us afterwards in the hall.
The Family groups Bonfire and Celebration will take place in the hall and grounds on Friday, 8th November at 7pm. Please bring supper, pop, etc., to share. If you have transport problems, please phone your group leaders. It promises to be a good night out.
Not in a Family Group? Why not come along and join one? (& bring your family too). For more information visit our Parish Family Groups page.
We are a busy Parish, with lots of activities, and much prayer:
To keep it all ticking over we all depend on each other playing their part, and from time to time
relieving each other, swapping places, or moving into new areas after passing on previous tasks
and privileges to someone else. Check out How Does Our Parish Grow (pdf) which maps out how the Parish
looks, so that we can all see where we are, and dare to dream – or begin to do something –
about where we would like to be. Every now and then different groups and ministries will tell
us what they do, and invite us in
The Mission Think Tank (a.k.a. ‘Evangelisation Task Group’!) has been considering your many and wonderful ideas in last summer’s Survey, and is planning several ways over the coming weeks to celebrate and open up to us all the present and possible future ways our parish works, and how together we can make what you suggest happen.
If you were in church on Saturday or Sunday of last week, you will be aware that there will be a change to Sunday Mass times. As of the weekend of the 15th/16th June, Mass will start at the later time of 10.30 am. Here is a Pastoral Message (including revised mass times) from Archbishop Stack that we distibuted last week.
At the end of Mass today we will send forth 16 of our young members to be Confirmed: This Wednesday, 8th May at 7.00 pm Archbishop Stack is coming to the Parish to celebrate the Gift of the Holy Spirit with us and Confirm our young people.
Please make every effort to join the Parish celebration, to welcome and encourage these (very lively and joyful) young adults as they make this important step in faith and hope: Eiry Allender, James Bevan, Rachel Brenton, Charlotte Chowdrey, Callum Hallett, Eleri Jones, Joseph Jones, Nadine Jones, Katie Quinn, Daniel Roberts, Thomas Simmonds, Laura Stephens, Ffion Thomas, Aled Wathan, Huw Wathan, and Rhys Wathan.
Please keep them in your prayers all this week, and as we watch them continue to grow and serve in our Parish.
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