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Events in February 2020

'Secular Franciscans Group': Sunday 2nd February 2020

This is the date of the September meeting of the S.F.O. at 2.15pm in the Friary. Please note all future meetings of the S.F.O. will now take place on the first Sunday of each month.

The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: To observe the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the centre of his life with God and people. (From the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order).

If you would like to know more, please contact the minister of the Chester fraternity; Mrs Kate Hughes OFS, 7 Lansdowne Grove, Chester, CH4 8LD, telephone 01244 683538. Or follow this link to the national Secular Franciscan website; The Secular Franciscan Order of GB

Monday Club: Monday 3rd February 2020

The Monday Club are a group of retired/semi-retired parishioners who get together on the first Monday of each month at 2:00pm in the Hall. They arrange trips out for meals, visits to Garden Centres and other activities throughout the year. Anyone who would like to attend the meeting and take part in future activities of the Group would be very welcome to join them.

Hospital Mass: Thursday 6th February 2020

At 12:15pm on the first Thursday of each month a Mass is celebrated in the Chapel of the Countess of Chester Hospital. This is for patients/outpatients, staff, families, friends and the wellbeing of our hospitals, including the Bowmere. All are welcome.

'Time For Jesus': Friday 7th February 2020

On Friday 7th February 2020 we continue the special celebration 'Time for Jesus' which started on Friday 7th November 2014 and will be continued every first Friday of the month. It will begin at 11.00 am with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation then at 12 Noon there will be Holy Eucharist followed by the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament which will be held until 9.00 pm.

During this time there will be:

  • Midday Prayer of the Church after Mass;
  • Divine Mercy Prayer at 3.00pm followed by the Holy Rosary;
  • Mass in Polish at 6.30pm;
  • All the time there will be a Priest available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

At 9pm a group of parishioners will continue with prayer and readings in the small Chapel behind the main altar until 1am. All are welcome.

Bingo Night: Friday 7th February 2020

The Catholic High School Parents and Friends’ Association invite you to a Family Bingo Night on Friday 7th of February at 7.00pm in the School Lyceum. A bar will be open. Adults and children welcome. Thank you in advance for your support.

Annual Diocesan Mass to Celebrate Marriage: Saturday 8th February 2020

The Annual Diocesan Mass to Celebrate Marriage will be celebrated by Bishop Mark at 12 noon in St Joseph’s Church, North Road, Birkenhead, CH42 7JY on Saturday, 8th February, 2020. All married couples and their families are welcome. There will be refreshments afterwards in the Church Hall.

If you are celebrating a significant anniversary (25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th) and wish to attend the Mass, please let your Parish Priest know (by the 26th January) and you will receive a special letter of invitation. If you are not celebrating a significant anniversary, but still wish to attend the Mass and enjoy the refreshments, please let the Bishop’s PA know - 01743 290052, so that you can be added to the numbers for catering purposes.

Future Events in 2020

Altar Servers' Day: Saturday 7th March 2020

This day is set to be a great event and one we are looking forward to hosting. Saturday 7th March 2020, 10.30am till 3.00pm at St. John Henry Newman Church, Back Brook Place, Knutsford Rd, Warrington, WA4 1JE.

This event is open to all altar servers in the Diocese. The day will have activities and reflections lead by the SYMT (Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team) which will be streamed for different age groups. We will also make sure there is a copious amount of tea and coffee for all adult helpers. The young people will need to bring their own packed lunch.

I know this will be a great day and the more young (and not so young) people we can get together the better the experience will be.

Walsingham Pilgrimage 2020: Monday 27th April - Thursday 30th April 2020

The St Columba’s parish pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Shrine at Walsingham will take place from Monday 27th April to Thursday 30th April. The cost (assuming 50 including driver on pilgrimage) will be £203.00 per person including coach travel, accommodation and meals in Walsingham, and gratuities. En-suite accommodation may be available at premium of £45.00.

For a booking form please contact either of the Parish Secretaries – Carol Galvin at St Columba’s office (01244 624019) or Eileen Irwin at St Theresa’s office (01244 371660). The pilgrimage is open to the parishes of our Deanery and further afield. A non-refundable deposit of £20.00 is required with the booking.

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