MONTH'S MIND MASS
Watch as we pay due honour to Sister Catherine's contribution to the life of our own parish and local community as well as the many other ways she witnessed to Christ's love during her life. Go to our Warrington Live YouTube Page:
It is with great sadness that I pass on the news that Sister Catherine died on Monday evening (13 September) at the Bowdon Vale Convent of Saint Emilie. Her death has been described as peaceful and it is also said that she died with a smile on her face. It is comforting to know that she was accompanied by members of the community praying at her side.
We send our sincere and heartfelt condolences to her family of whom she was very fond and proud. Also, to her religious community who cherished her as a co-disciple and for whose welfare she worked tirelessly until very recently.
Here in Warrington as previously at St Joseph’s parish in Winsford very many will recall her energy, enthusiasm, determination, and kindness shown in so many ways. Her attention to detail in preparing children for the sacraments and the support she offered parents was especially appreciated.
Catherine added her feminine, Irish and religious charm and grit to the shared mission with Deacon John and Fr Peter. She served with us for more than twelve years and there are many of you who will have personal recollections to bring a smile to your faces and warmth to your hearts as we commend her to God’s eternal love with great trust and deep gratitude.
Without lowering our guard about the risks posed by the Covid 19 virus we will be returning to the weekend Mass schedule as it was pre pandemic. Please take careful note of the times:
Ø Saturday 5.30pm
Ø Sunday 9.00am and 11.00am
We expect it will take some time for the numbers to grow and so chairs will continue to be grouped at a minimum 1 metre distance. We are also fortunate to have a building with a high level of ventilation.
We are retaining the following precautionary good practices both to reassure the anxious and to enhance the safety of everyone. The scientific evidence is that the virus is most easily transmitted when groups gather indoors. So, for the time being we urge as many as possible to continue with the following guidance:
! Do not come to any church service if you are feeling unwell, if you have the symptoms or have been tested positive for Covid or live with someone who has.
! Wear a face mask when entering the church and at least until seated. It would be appreciated if those who were not exempted under the previous government regulations would wear their mask throughout the service.
! Sanitise your hands on entering the building
! Place your offering in the tray provided (those who have a bank account are encouraged to consider taking out a standing order. This reduces the need for handling cash and also reduces the time our volunteer counters are detained. The standing order method also ensures that we receive a regular contribution on those weeks that you are unable to attend in person. It really is helpful, so please consider this method seriously. Forms are available. Remember that, unlike a direct debit it remains entirely your decision how much you contribute and how often.)
Our volunteer stewards will assist with these measures and endeavour to ensure that the church is kept as virus free as possible. Their contribution has been fantastic, and they deserve our great appreciation.
One of our weekend Masses will be broadcast our https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN2EMn01byOA5n_wisLAf_Q YouTube platform.
This free online concert contains new compositions inspired by the words of John Henry Newman
MASS OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD will be available live at 10 am Thursday 13 May on the Newman Live Warrington YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN2EMn01byOA5n_wisLAf_Q
Parishioners who normally give in the collection at Mass and wish to help the Parish at this time, can now make an online donation using the following link:
Please note that a minimum donation of £5 is requested if giving in this way.
Just to let you know that those who enter
"a message of support" in the box provided
may find it being posted on the company website together with your name.
If I were you I would think twice about this.
You can also Gift Aid your donation, by ticking the box shown on the screen. This can still be done even if you have previously completed a Gift Aid Declaration form in favour of the Parish for regular giving made by Offertory Envelope or Standing Order. Thank you for your support Gift Aid provides us with an additional 25p for each £ donated
'Shrewsbury ... shall be a name 'as stirring to the heart as the glories we have lost'
John Henry Newman