31 March 2019 News

Laetare/Mothering Day

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.


CAFOD Family fast Day

Our parish raised a fantastic £104.77 for CAFOD’s Family Fast Day. Your support will bring us closer to a world where no one is beyond reach of the love and care they need to flourish. Thank you for fasting in solidarity, and please keep our brothers and sisters in your prayers throughout Lent.


Morning and Evening Prayer 

Thank you to those who have been attending regularly but it would be lovely if we could see further new faces praying one of the Church’s best kept secrets! Prayer is held on Mondays at 7pm (with exposition) and Wednesdays at 9.30am. We look forward to seeing you there.


Shrewsbury Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019

This will be taking place from 25th July – 2nd August if travelling over land or 26th July – 1st August if travelling by air. Full details can be found on the poster in the Church Porch or by e-mailing info@shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk or by phoning 07773 324264 or at www.shrewsburypilgrimage.co.uk.


Foodbank Appeal

The Foodbank has very low stock levels at the moment. Please see https://marketdrayton.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ for most needed food but any items of non-perishable food, toiletries, washing powder and size 5/6 nappies would be most appreciated. Thank you.


Offertory Envelopes

Next year’s envelopes commencing next weekend 7th April are available to collect in the Church Porch. If there are any Parishioners who would like to transfer to Standing Order payment, please speak to Helen McSherry – 01630 638177.


Lenten Alms  A box in the wall in the Church has been allocated for Lenten Alms.


Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Volunteer Vacancies Update

CAP is seeking a Volunteer ‘Fresh Start’ Coach to support the Fresh Start Manager. The role is particularly suitable for those with previous experience in the area of addictions/dependencies and/or life controlling habits. In the first instance, please contact Gill Carley on 07855460655 or email: gillcarley@capuk.org.


Holy Thursday – Evening Mass of The Lord’s Supper

Holy Thursday Mass on 18th April will be held at Ss Peter & Paul, Newport at 7.30pm. There will be a mini-bus taking Parishioners to Mass and will leave at 6.50pm from the car park. If you would like a seat reserving on the bus, please put your name on the list in the Church Porch. For further info, please contact Helen McSherry on 01630 638177 or ssthomasandstephen@gmail.com

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