We are seeking to form a small team to assist with communication in the parish. Primarily this will be to help run the parish website (www.stmargarets-church.co.uk) along with its social media accounts, but also to produce some printed materials. The only requirement is to be comfortable using a computer. There are many roles you could take on within the team, for example:
Over the next 3 weeks the Parish will be holding a Stewardship Campaign to reflect on our commitment and involvement in the Parish (these topics will be discussed at our Evangelii Gaudium meetings) and our regular financial contribution to the running of the parish; over the next 3 weeks you will receive a leaflet at all Masses identifying the current financial situation; an encouragement to reflect on your current contribution and an opportunity to make any changes you might feel appropriate.
I would very much like to thank those who made Friday evening such a memorable occasion for myself and the Parish. Though I have been ordained for 26 years this is the first time I have been Inducted to a particular role in the church. The obligation seems quite daunting but I feel assuared with your help all that is required by the Parish Priest is indeed a realisable opportunity.
I wish to thank the Altar Servers, musicians, all those who helped with the Liturgy and all those who made the Reception such a lovely evening.
First Reconciliation classes start on Sunday 6th November and candidates make their First Reconciliation on Saturday 17 December 2016. The course consists of 6 classes.
First Holy Communion classes (for those born before 31st August 2009) start Sunday 8 January. First Holy Communion Day will be on Saturday 20th May 2017. Forms are available at the back of the church. Please return the forms to the Parish Office as soon as possible to enable us to order books and other material for the candidates.
We welcome our new Parish Priest, Canon Peter Newby, who will celebrate weekday Masses from Monday 22nd August. His first Sunday Masses will be on the weekend of 27th/28th August.
On Wednesday 27th July, Fr Christopher will be leaving St Margarets, having provided us with all the Church’s services and support over a period of 2 ½ years. We wish him all the best wherever his future takes him.
Here is a final message from Fr Christopher before he leaves:
Dear Friends in Christ,
The time has flown by and I shall be going on Sabbatical which I am looking forward to.
Dear Friends in Christ,
I can now formally inform you that I shall be leaving St Margaret of Scotland. My time here has gone ever so quickly.
I shall be going on Sabbatical and my successor is Canon Peter Newby who will take up his position here in September and he will also be Chaplain to St Mary's University.
I take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your kindness and generosity. I wish you all every blessing and may God bless you all.
I'm currently looking to recruit some members of the parish to help manage the website. This could ideally be suited to the younger members of the parish, but all are welcome to help. The only requirement is to be computer literate.
This is an opportunity to help support the community while also adding some experience to your CV. Areas which you could help in are:
On the 8th April 1936, St Margaret's Church and Parish was formally constituted and a "Birth Certificate" document signed by Cardinal Hinsley. Previous to this, St Margaret's had been a Mass station.
So this week is the official 80th anniversary of the Parish.