We welcome back Fr John who is celebrating Mass with us today.
Please pray for the sick and/or housebound: Elena Petta, Pat Sanger, Alfred & Mary Waring, Mary Jenkins, Rev Jim Gilligan, Hannah Bratt, Rachael Nielsen, Sarah Cole and Helen Abbott.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place this week. There will be a united service today at the Baptist Church at 3pm. This year, the service will be led by Pershore Community Church. Please try and be there if you can.
During this service those who have been training as Workplace Chaplains (Elizabeth and John Chaplin and Christine from our church) will be commissioned. Together with others from the churches in the town, they will be visiting business and retail premises in Pershore on a regular basis. To find out more about Workplace Chaplaincy visit www.faithatwork.org.uk If you think it is something that might interest you please see Christine.
The Food Bank: donations of dried and tinned potatoes, tinned tomatoes, sponge and rice puddings, sardines and cartons of UHT milk and long-life fruit juice are now badly needed. Thank you for your generosity.
Collections: 12 January
Offertory: Gift Aid: £222.30 Non-Gift Aid: £ 272.32
Development Fund £295.81.
Thank you for your very generous support.
Second Collection today for Pax Christi
New Counter’s Rota This is at the back of church — please take your copy.
Parents wishing to have their babies or children baptised should contact Rev Pat to arrange a date for a Baptismal Talk and a date for the Sacrament of Baptism.
At the back of church There are a few copies of the new Archdiocesan newspaper The Sower. Please take one if you are interested. Also available are copies of the Financial Report of the Archdiocese. Both publications are free.
Abortion Decriminalisation Bill This proposed Bill by Diana Johnson MP is due for its Second Reading mid-January. It would remove all safeguards from the present Law. In 2017 there were 197,533 abortions performed. Thank you to all who contacted their MP to oppose this Bill. Please pray for it to be defeated.
Mary’s Meals (the Catholic Charity set up to feed children with a daily meal when they turn up for school in Zambia) has been promised that the UK Government will match £1 for every £1 received by the Charity until 1 March 2019. See church noticeboard for details. Their contact details: Mary’s Meals, Craig Lodge, Dalmally, Argyll, Scotland, PA33 1AR. Tel no 01838 200605
If you are celebrating a particular milestone marriage anniversary this year or are newly-married or preparing to marry in 2019, you are invited to a special Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral on 3 February at 11.00am celebrated by Archbishop Bernard. If you would like to go please contact firstname.lastname@example.org marking the email “Marriage Mass”.
“Produce & Gift Stall” Sunday 3 March 2019 after 10 am Mass in the Wulstan Hall. This will have the theme of Mother’s Day & Easter. On sale will be gifts, plants and produce to reflect this theme.To enable us to prepare as much as possible in advance, should you have any unwanted Christmas presents or toiletries etc, or would like to donate chocolate eggs, mini or otherwise, please leave them in the box at the back of church marked Produce/Gifts. There will be gifts, produce, a plant stall, a raffle and a game for the children. Thank you for your support.