21 May 2017 News

This Sunday’s Celebrant

Welcome and many thanks to Fr John Saward who very kindly offered to celebrate Mass this Sunday whilst on a brief holiday in Shropshire. Fr John taught me whilst on the staff of Ushaw College, Co Durham, and subsequently in relation to studies of St Thomas More. Fr John has taught in several seminaries and colleges at home and abroad and still continues to teach and write whist taking care of a catholic parish in Oxford. Fr John is a great devotee of St Thomas Aquinas. Fr Anthony.


Christian Aid Week 14-20 May 2017

British churches founded Christian Aid in 1945 to support refugees who had lost their homes and possessions in the Second World War. 12 years later, Christian Aid Week was launched to help fund this ongoing work. We know that the conflict that drives refugee crises is not what God wants for the world. From the Israelites fleeing Egypt to Jesus fleeing Herod, the Bible is full of stories of people seeking sanctuary. If you wish to make a donation, please use the envelopes provided and place in the offertory collection bags or leave in the basket in the Church porch. Thank you.


Parish Hall Feedback

Many thanks for the feedback received from Parishioners in response to the request for your views on the subject – see attached. It is good to share the opinions expressed so they can be acknowledged and discussed. Obviously we are at an early stage and even our Lord gives some practical advice “And indeed, which of you here, intending to build a tower, would not first sit down and work out the cost to see if he had enough to complete it?….” (Luke 14: 28-29). Thank you to all those involved with the latest presentations, we welcome feedback from Parishioners. Fr Anthony


Visitation of the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue (NPVS)

This is the Centenary year of the Fatima apparitions, and the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) England and Wales National Pilgrim Virgin statue, and relics of Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, will be visiting Shrewsbury Cathedral this weekend. For more details, please see the poster in the Church porch.


Market Drayton Foodbank – Urgent Appeal

The Foodbank has critically low levels of the following after an increase in demand in the past 2 months: UHT milk, fruit juice, packets of mashed potato, tinned fruit and veg, coffee, sponge puddings, jam, biscuits and laundry powder and washing-up liquid. The next supermarket collection is on Friday 23rd June at Morrisons. If you are able to help out, please contact Helen McSherry – 01630 638177 or volunteer@marketdrayton.foodbank.org.uk. Thank you.


SPUC (White Flower) Appeal

This appeal will now take place next Sunday 28th May.


Rosary – Fridays during May

Rosary is prayed every Friday at 7pm, please join us especially in this month of May – all welcome.


Catholic Children’s Society

Please leave your collection boxes at the back of the Church for emptying. Any queries or requests for a box to Sally Line.


‘It’s a kind of Magic’ (Studio J Dance)

This show will take place on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th June at 7.30pm at Festival Drayton and will feature over 100 dancers including members of our parish. Tickets are £8 for adults and £5 for children. To book tickets either pop into Festival Drayton Centre or call on 01630 654444.


Please remember in your prayers:

Josie Rochelle, Margaret Doublett, Doreen Dodd, Beryl Dutton, Mavis Price, Julian & Dawn Huxley, Sheila Minnery, Emmie Justice, Pat Caddy, Dr. Elizabeth Gardiner (Betty), Shane McGroggan, Doreen Warrilow, Alice Davies, Sylvia Mary Stanworth and all the sick & housebound of the Parish.


Illness or emergency calls

If you need to contact the Priest in any capacity and especially for sick calls, please ring 01952 811299.



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