Laetare, meaning joyful, comes near the halfway point of Lent, 21 days before Easter, and is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. After days of penance, sombreness, fasting, being deprived, we are given this day to relax and recharge, to examine or even adjust our Lenten journey, to look ahead to the joys of Easter morning. Instead of purple, rose-coloured vestments are worn. These same rites were practiced in Advent, on the third Sunday, called Gaudete. Around the 17th century, a Laetare Sunday tradition began that involved people making pilgrimages to the church of their baptism, bringing along family members. Because of these trips, the Fourth Sunday of Lent became known as Mothering Day, visiting the “mother church”. Such visits were and are a meaningful way to contemplate the gifts we received at baptism. A Laetare pilgrimage to “mother church” gave rise to the custom of people going to visit their mother on this day. The celebration continues in this and other European countries and is much like our Mother’s Day celebration.
Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Rose Getty and for her family and friends.
Opportunity for Confession
Confession will be available next Sunday 18th March after Mass in the Sacristy.
Readers for Easter
Several readers are required for the Easter Services. If you can volunteer to read, please put your name on the list in the Porch.
Offertory Envelopes – please collect
Next year’s offertory envelopes will be available in the Church Porch – please collect. New envelopes start on Sunday 8th April.
Confirmation There will be Confirmation classes this year in the parish, if there is anybody of secondary school age who would like to attend, please let Fr Anthony know.
Market Drayton Foodbank – Supermarket Collection
The foodbank will be holding a Supermarket Collection at Morrisons on Friday 6th April. Volunteers are urgently needed, so if you are available to help, please contact Helen McSherry on 07527 628192 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For urgently required food donations, please check the website: https://marketdrayton.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food
A box in the wall in the Church has been allocated for Lenten Alms.
Jesuit Refugee Service – Used Stamps
Thank you to those who have been donating stamps. They will be recycled to raise funds for the Jesuit Refugee Service. All stamps welcome – British and foreign. Please cut from the envelope leaving at least 1cm border all round, and place in the box in the porch. Thank you.
The new Youth Mission Team would like to warmly invite all parishioners to their explore Lent event on Sunday 18th March 2018 at 7-8.30pm at Shrewsbury Cathedral. This event will explore the meaning of Lent with prayer, live music, and talks and refreshments will be provided.
Please remember in your prayers:
Wanda Mozierska, John McGrath, Mary Goodwin, Margaret Doublett, Doreen Dodd, Beryl Dutton, Mavis Price, Julian 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, call 01952 811299.