Fairtrade Fortnight begins on Monday
We begin our celebration of Lent and most of us have, I'm sure, decided upon things to give up or to do extra for this season of preparation for Easter. We are encouraged, of course, to make our Lenten sacrifices work for the good of others. If we can save money even in these financially challenging times (and particularly on this Friday's Lent Fast Day), what better could we do than to give the saving to CAFOD and effectively share our meal with someone who might be truly starving? But then on Monday, we begin the annual Fairtrade Fortnight and think of the ways in which things we buy affect the livelihoods of those who produce them. Here in the parish, the gates may be shut on our Piety shops, but we still have a display on view through the railings at Holy Cross and can take orders by telephone or email for many varied items that we know have been produced by people in the developing world who have been paid a fair wage for their labours. See what's on offer on our website Piety Shop page, (under the Members' Area tab).
Stations of the Cross
These continue on Fridays at 6.30pm, before evening Mass at Holy Cross. View last week's Stations HERE. (This Friday we hope to use images of the Stations from St Mary's church for the online presentation).
Rather than a "Lenten Challenge" with a target to reach, the Hope in the Future Committee decided upon 2 charities for us to support in Lent this year: Mary's Meals and Caritas, Diocese of Salford. Donations can be made by envelope marked "Lenten Charities" (or feel free to keep to the usual name of "Lenten Challenge" if you prefer). Preferably, please do not specify one charity or the other, as it is our intention to divide the total between the two, equally.
All First Communions remain suspended for the time being, but once lockdown regulations ease we hope to be able to offer some more opportunities, as well as considering what we might make available for the current Year 3 children.
Heating Works at St Mary's
These are really progressing, and we hope it will not be too long before we can plan to open again. The other "Phase 1" renovation plans are also beginning to come together, so more works might hopefully follow soon.
Asbestos Removal at Holy Cross
These works continue this week, and unfortunately we will need to close the church again from Tuesday to Thursday. Livestreaming will continue of all the Services during the week, with Monday's 10.00am Mass and Friday's devotions beginning at 6pm open to the public as well. Again, weekend Masses will be unaffected by the works which we hope to have completed by the end of the week.
This week's Newsletter can now be accessed HERE. The "Lord's Day at Home" leaflet to accompany today's Mass online can be found HERE, and on the Resources Page of our website, and the children's activity sheet "Look" can be accessed HERE.
Please find this Sunday's Mass in the window below, with thanks once again to Rick.