Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Please keep in your prayers our parishioners and all those who are in Lourdes on pilgrimage this year.
Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman
The Vatican has announced that on Sunday 13th October in Rome, John Henry Newman will be canonised a saint of the Catholic Church. Newman’s life and legacy are a phenomenon both in the Church of England and then, subsequently, as a Catholic after his conversion. He founded The Oratory in this country which is now flourishing and sent much of the latter part of his life in Birmingham. It is impossible to do justice to this outstanding modern Doctor of the church, who perhaps one day will also be declared a Doctor of the Church, such is the breadth, depth and richness of his life. He preached and lived the Christian faith and wrote extensively about it. We sing some of his hymns at Mass and his Dream of Gerontius was set to music by Elgar. When Pope Benedict came to England he wished to visit Newman’s Rooms in Birmingham. Going to Rome – It may be some Parishioners wish to go to Rome for the canonisation. One needs to be fully mobile to cope with Rome. Please speak to Fr Anthony or Deacon David.
Market Drayton Uniform Bank
Have you got any spare or unwanted uniforms?
Churches Together are creating a uniform bank of second hand primary and secondary uniform for the town schools. If you have bits of school uniform, PE kits and even shoes and trainers that still have some life left in them, please consider donating them at one of the donation points:
Donation Points: (Monday – Saturday): St Mary’s Church, 11am – 1pm and Bedz 2 Go, (Queen Street) 9am – 5pm. If you need uniform, the Collection point is Festival Drayton Centre 10am – 2pm Thursdays 22nd and 29th August. See poster in the Church Porch for further details.
Market Drayton Foodbank Child Holiday Meal Appeal
An appeal has been launched for food donations suitable for the child holiday lunches that will be distributed on a Tuesday from 23rd July throughout the school holidays. Children WILL go hungry in our community during the summer holidays as some families do not have the additional money to provide lunches, they would otherwise receive free at school. All help will be much appreciated whether you would like to help as a volunteer during a Tuesday session or donate food/money. If you wish to donate food items or money specifically for us to buy items of food on your behalf, please drop off donations at the Foodbank during one of the sessions or to Gail Ackerley (Foodbank Treasurer) identified as a donation for Child Holiday Meals. The items we require for our lunches are as follows: Soup, Tins of ravioli, spaghetti, meatballs, minced beef and chilli con carne, Hot dogs, Tuna, Tinned vegetables, Packets of mashed potato, Packets of rice, pasta and noodles, Baked beans, Tins of fruit, Tins of chopped tomatoes, Biscuits and Rice pudding
Any amount of help will be very much appreciated. Thank you.
Christians Against Poverty – Fresh Start
Discover freedom from life-controlling habits, like smoking, gambling, drinking or internet addictions. Next sessions starting on Tuesday 6th August 5-6.30pm at Market Drayton Methodist Church, Shrewsbury Road TF9 3DL. Book by calling Jill Alexander on 07845 762309.