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Project 2019

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The refurbishment of the Hall, the facilities and the basement

May I thank all those who completed the cards last weekend. The cards will be there for the next two weekends for those who still wish to be involved with the project. Everyone who has completed a card will be invited to attend one of proposed meetings to hear in more detail about the project,
and hopefully wish to assist in realising the proposal of restored facilities in the Hall, lavatories and basement. The proposed dates are Wednesday 5th June 7.00pm; Sunday 9th June 12:00pm; Saturday 15th June 11:00am.

First Holy Communion 2020

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If you have a child currently in Year 2 or above who would like to receive First Holy Communion in May 2020 please collect a Mass Attendance card from Fr Peter. The reason for the cards is that preparation required for every sacrament is not simply attending the course but of encouraging a way of life that gives any formal preparation a solid grounding. The acceptance of the Church as being a bygone relic of communal family memory rather than the community of living faith is fast drawing to a close. The culture of this country is so profoundly secular that it can no longer carry the token Catholic.

First Holy Communion

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Thank you to all helpers May I offer my public thanks to all those who helped with running this year’s course. This was the first course that I have run since my ordination since neither Oxford University nor the City of London had many seven-year-olds! I very much enjoyed working with the families of the children and with Kathryn James the co-ordinator. Kathryn and her daughter, Maya were there every week to lead the classes and manage the activities, and always remained good-humoured in front of the ever-impending chaos.

Easter and Lenten fundraising

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Easter Triduum
Firstly I would like to thank on behalf of the Parish all those involved with the Liturgy over the Easter Triduum, the musicians, ably led by Emma Higham and Gavin Evenhuis, the altar servers led by Pat Keane. I thought all the liturgies were very prayerful and opened a way into the drama that the Church was celebrating. May I also thank those involved with the post Mass refreshments by Joe and Fran Early, and the bar by Adrian and Kathy McGuiness.

SRRC Sports Hall fundraiser

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Over the spring Bank Holiday, 27 members of staff from St Richard Reynolds will be undertaking the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowden in 24 hours in order to raise money to complete the school Sports Hall. This has remained a shell but will soon be completed by the school with money loaned from the Diocese. If you would like to sponsor the staff and realise the vision of a Sports Hall for St Richard Reynolds please donate at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/srrccthreepeaks?page=1.

Christian Aid Week

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This year Christian Aid week runs from 12th-18th May.

Over the years our faithful band of collectors has diminished and we desperately need more volunteers to deliver and collect Christian Aid envelopes for this invaluable work. If you can spare an hour or two to deliver and collect envelopes this year please put your name down at the back of the church after Mass.

Thank you
Peter Sweetman

Easter Offerings

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The Collection taken at Easter is your offering to the clergy of the Parish and together with the Christmas offerings, Mass stipends and Stole Fees makes up an annual amount which is then transferred to the Parish Priest on monthly instalments with income tax and NI contribution deducted.

Your generosity this Easter will be greatly appreciated.

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