Parish Priest - Father Anton Column

Father Anton Parish Priest

Dear Parishioners,

This week has seen a big restart in all our activities.  Holiday over and schools reopened means there is a feeling that we are out of the blocks and going ahead full speed.

Only a short while ago I received notification for the Archdiocese that Parish Visitations are to take place in this area.  To begin I have been asked to attend the Opening Ceremony October 3rd 7 p.m. at St Joseph’s Burslem.  I am required to bring a minimum of ten parish representatives along with me.  If you represent any of our groups or would simply like to join me as a parish representative then please let me know.  I don’t want to go as “Billy No Mates.”  Our visitation date will be the weekend November 4/5th.  The Closing Mass will be at Holy Trinity March 23rd  2018 at 7 p.m.  I am looking forward to letting the Bishop know what a great bunch you are!

Also prior to the Summer Holidays I have been discussing the possibility of having a Parish Mission in the early New Year, around the end of January into early February.  There has been a good deal of interest shown and so this Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Upper Room there is an open meeting, first of all to give people a general idea of what is involved and for anyone interested to join in and to set up a starter committee in regard to the various tasks that might be involved.  There is no obligation by attending but we will do our best to outline what jobs will be needed done on our part.

This week September 14th Thursday is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.  It is one of the special Feast Days that my Congregation of Priests and Brothers of Betharram.  Please include them and their work in your prayers this week!

Finally let us keep in our prayers the people so badly affected by the storms raging in the world, for all those displaced and homes destroyed.  Where an opportunity to help occurs then let us take advantage.

God bless and keep you all safe in his care!

Father Anton s.c.j.