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Parish Christmas Fayre
Our Christmas Fayre will be held next Saturday 25th Nov 10am – 12 noon. Donations of cakes, bottles (tombola) and raffle prizes will be gratefully received – donations can be left in the box in the Church Porch. Anybody who is willing to help to set up or on the day, please contact Margaret McNulty. Please support this event by advertising it to your family, friends and community and we look forward to seeing you all there.
Clergy Education & Training Fund – Special Collection Today
Today the annual collection for the Clergy Education & Training Fund is being held. Special envelopes are available for you to use. If you use weekly Offertory Envelopes, please write in your envelope number. If you do not have this, or you give to your Parish by means of a Standing Order, write in your name and full address (including postcode). It will then be possible to claim Gift Aid on your donation if you have joined the Gift Aid scheme. A leaflet about the fund is also available which provides info on how you can make a regular donation to the Fund by Standing Order, or how you can donate on-line or by cheque. It also explains how to take advantage of Gift Aid to boost your donation. On the training and formation of Priests, the future of our Diocese so much depends and I ask that you give your support in whatever way is possible. It is in every sense an investment in the future of the life and mission of the Diocese.
With every good wish, Yours sincerely in Christ,
+ Mark Bishop of Shrewsbury
Month of the Holy Souls
Many Catholics wish Mass to be celebrated for deceased relatives and friends. If so, kindly place the Mass offering along with the list of names in the envelope provided and write the family name on the front. If you do not wish Mass to be said, the names can still be placed in the envelope but please omit the family name on the front. In both cases, please place the envelope before the Altar.
If anybody has been making knitted Christmas Angels, please hand them in ASAP to Catherine Bolton or leave in the Porch.
Market Drayton Foodbank Advent Appeal
The foodbank is appealing for people to donate food by taking a box/bag and adding an item from the Foodbank shopping list each day from 1st December until Christmas Day. Bags/boxes can then be left either at Church or at the Foodbank when it is open: Tuesdays 10-11.30am and Fridays 12.30-2pm. Further details can be found on the poster in the Church Porch.
Banns of Marriage
Cinzia Louise Birks and Simon Murray Brenton intend to marry in SS Thomas & Stephen Catholic Church this Thursday 23rd November. If anyone knows of any reason why the said couple should not marry, please inform Fr Anthony Wild (Parish Priest).
Please note there are now 2 readers – one for the 1st reading and Psalm and one for the 2nd reading. Should either one of the readers be unavailable, the other can do both readings. If you are unable to read, please try to get somebody to replace you, otherwise, please contact Dave Hunt on 01630 657619.
Buttercross to Bethlehem – Volunteers required
There are some sign-up sheets in the Church Porch for those wishing to volunteer for ‘Buttercross to Bethlehem’ being held on Sunday 17th December at 4.30pm. Stewards, Angels and Shepherds are needed – further information from Ruth Jeffries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember in your prayers:
Mary Goodwin, Rose & Ed Getty, 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.