Feast of St Stephen Harding
The Feast of St Stephen Harding is generally celebrated on 16th April. Our Parish will hold a votive Mass this Tuesday 17th April.
Mass Time Change on Sunday 13th May
Please note that due to the 10km run taking place, Mass will take place earlier on Sunday 13th May – time to be confirmed.
First Communion & Children’s Liturgy
Classes for First Communion and Children’s liturgy will recommence next Sunday 22nd April at the earlier time of 10.15. First Communion will be celebrated during Sunday Mass on 24th June.
Our Mission Together
The Our Mission Together initiative is drawing to a close and Mr David Hunt will be saying a few words at Mass today.
Confirmation classes will start on Monday 16th April at 7pm at Ss Peter & Paul, Newport. if there is anybody else of secondary school age who would like to attend, please let Fr Anthony know. The Confirmation Mass will be held at Shrewsbury Cathedral on Sunday 20th May (Pentecost) in the afternoon, time tbc.
Offertory Envelopes – please collect
Next year’s offertory envelopes are available in the Church Porch – please collect. New envelopes started last Sunday 8th April. If you prefer to donate by standing order or wish to join the gift aid scheme, please see Helen McSherry for more information.
The tax year 2017/18 has come to an end and the Parish will be undertaking the process of claiming back Gift Aid on donations made during the year. If your circumstances have changed and you no longer pay income tax please contact Helen McSherry by 15th April, otherwise it will be assumed you have paid sufficient income tax in 2017/18 for the Parish to process the claim.
Care Home Friends
Market Drayton Churches Together are exploring the possibility of setting up a Care Home Friends project in the area. CHF is a Christian project which has developed out of the very successful ‘Embracing Age’ in Richmond Surrey, which has links with every care home in the borough.
The vision behind CHF is to care for individuals who feel lonely and vulnerable even in such a busy place. All that is needed to establish a CHF project is a few volunteers who are motivated to befriend lonely, elderly people living in a care home.
Befriending involves a wide range of activities such as chatting, reading aloud, doing crosswords, playing board games or taking someone out for a walk. Weekly visits of this nature can greatly benefit a lonely person.
If you are interested in getting involved, you can find out more on the Churches Together website www.churchestogether-marketdrayton.org.uk/chf or contact Randall Hardy 01952-540970 / firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 7th May.
Foodbank – 40p for 40 days Appeal and Supermarket Collection
If you have been taking part in the 40p for 40 Days Challenge and wish to donate the money you have collected. Please see the Foodbank website or Helen McSherry (07527 628192 / email@example.com) for further information.
If you are a tax payer, please help the Foodbank to receive an extra 25p for every £1 donated at no extra cost by completing a Gift Aid Declaration – forms in the Church porch www.marketdrayton.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money/.
Thank you for your donation and for helping local people in crisis! Thank you to everybody who helped at the Supermarket Collection last week. A record 856.95 kg of food was collected.
Please remember in your prayers:
Margaret Doublett, Wanda Mozierska, John McGrath, Mary Goodwin, 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.