Meir, Caverswall & Creswell Statement.
The Archbishop, Bernard Longley, has appointed Fr Kazimierz Stefek as the new Parish Priest of the three parishes of St Augustines Meir, St Filumena’s Caverswall and St Mary’s Creswell.
Fr Kazimierz will also be assisted by Fr Pawal Przbyzewski. Both Priests are from a Religious Order – The Order of St Paul the First Hermit – and Fr Kazimierz has previously worked in the Diocese in a parish in Wolverhampton.
It is hoped that the TWO new priests will move into the parish at the beginning of August. Do remember to keep them in your prayers as they prepare to move into the presbytery at St Augustine’s Meir.
Pope Francis’s Prayer Intention for June 2016
Much is spoken nowadays about ‘standing in solidarity’, but there’s a danger that our best intentions might not actually mean very much. There’s a very real danger that when we ‘stand in solidarity’ we might just be making an empty gesture. When we ‘stand in solidarity’ we have to ensure that we are actually making some kind of impact on those we are ‘standing in solidarity’ with. This month Pope Francis asks us to consider his prayer intention, “….That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find–even within the huge cities of the world–opportunities for encounter and solidarity.”
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
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 Sacred Heart church, Hanley, The Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 7pm Friday 3rd June 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)
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.
Divine Mercy Retreat
13 February 2016
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
St Teresa’s Catholic Church
The Presbytery, Brook Road
Ilford IG2 7JA
North Staffs Area Pastoral Council
“Catholicism” ‘A Journey to the Heart of the Faith’
A 10 week course based on the book and DVD’s by Bishop Robert Barron led by Father Julian Green
You are invited to a ground breaking documentary series on the Catholic faith.
To be held at St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Trent Vale 100, Stone Road,
Trent Vale, Stoke on Trent, ST4 6SP. starting at 7.00pm.
These will take place on the following Fridays: