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FOURTH SUNDAY of EASTER

21st April 2024

KENT ESTUARY CATHOLIC CHURCHES

Our Lady of Lourdes, Arnside

St Charles & St Cuthbert, Grange

Christ the King, Milnthorpe

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FOURTH SUNDAY of EASTER

21st April 2024

 

 

This Sunday’s Scripture

Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His flock. We thank God for His lavish self-sacrificing love for us. We also resolve to follow the God Shepherd in His Church and not listen to any other voices that lead us astray.

 

Vocations Sunday: The Good Shepherd Sunday is the day of prayer for Vocations. The Bishops’ Conference has given us the following prayer:

God our Father, we thank you for calling men and women to serve in your Son's Kingdom as priests, deacons, and consecrated persons. Send your Holy Spirit to help others to respond generously and courageously to your call. May our community of faith support vocations of sacrificial love in our youth and young adults. (CBCEW)

There will be a time of prayer for vocations and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at Grange, this Sunday 3.00pm and at Arnside Tuesday 2.00pm.

Retiring Collection for the Ecclesiastical Education Fund.

 

KECC News

 

Eucharistic Ministers Commissioning and Renewal: We welcome 5 new ministers to our three churches, who will serve our communities. Would all ministers come forward at the “Lamb of God” to make their promises or to renew them.

 

 

Eucharistic Ministers, Important Note: Would those unable to attend the Eucharistic Ministers training day, take the information pack. Please read through the pack, and especially the “Good Principles When Visiting Vulnerable Adults”. Following those principles is obligatory for all who visit in our parishes, as they respect the person visited and protect our visitors from any misunderstandings. Fr. Philip

GRANGE News:

Contemplative Prayer Group:  Held on Thursdays in Presbytery sitting room at 2pm.

Morning Prayer in church 10am Thursdays and Fridays followed by Rosary on Thursdays and by Adoration (Exposition) on Fridays.

MUSIC AND SINGING - ST. CHARLES: A meeting to look at hymns old and new and to discuss singing within the Mass will be held on Friday 26th April at 4pm in St. Charles' church. Anyone interested in the developing of this part of the Liturgy is most welcome to attend.

FR. PARKER'S 60th ANNIVERSARY OF ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD: Following the Mass of Thanksgiving on SATURDAY 25th MAY at 11am, refreshments will be available in the Fr. Magner room.  In order to assist with catering preparations, please put your name on the list at the back of St. Charles' church, if you intend to partake of the buffet refreshments. Thank You.

SOLEMN EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT - ST. CHARLES: There will be Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on SUNDAY 28th APRIL, immediately after the 9am Mass, concluding with Benediction at 12midday. Please put your name on the list in the porch at St. Charles' if you are able to spend sometime watching.  Thank You.

Ladies’ Lunch:  The next Ladies’ Lunch is on Wednesday 1st May, 12noon for 12.30 at the Gilpin Bridge Inn. Please sign the list in the church porch if you wish to attend.

A BIG THANK YOU to all red box holders.  £1700 was raised last year.  On behalf of the suffering world, I thank you all for your great generosity. Eric.

 

MILNTHORPE News:

House Group in Yealand. Meets every 1st and 3rd week of the month, Tuesday or Thursday.  Also a purely social gathering every 3 months. Contact Sioban (07803 967617) or Deirdre (07468 535830) if interested.       

Christ The King church can be open for private prayer at any time. Please ask Fr Philip or any member of the PPC for the door lock codes. (PPC members and contact details on noticeboard in entrance hall at CTK).

 

ARNSIDE News:

Our Lady of Lourdes Arnside open for private prayer daily. 10am - 4pm.

Adoration: Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament at 2pm, followed by the Rosary, every Tuesday.

 

STREAMING AND CCTV Grange and Milnthorpe:  Both streaming systems are now working and should be stable.  The CCTV system at Grange is now working.

 

Ecumenical News

To mark the start of Christian Aid Week, Arnside Methodist Church are holding a big breakfast on Saturday 11th May between 9.30 and 11am. It has been decided that it would be best if we have a collection after Mass and the money can then be spent on what is needed rather than people bringing food on the day.

 

Please pray for those of our parishes who are sick:  Geoff Critchley, Michael Carter, Pam Gee, Stella Naylon, Brian Mills, Eileen Parker,

John Browne, Jenny Hodkinson, David James, Angela Taylor, Philip Barry, Cathy Mayes, Alan Wild, Doreen Wadland, Pat Duckett, Monica Farnworth, Frank Jordan, Geoff Guy, Ira Fishman, George Inchmore,

Alex Davies, Mary Wainwright.

 

Also please pray for those whose anniversaries occur about this time.

 

Pilgrimage to Walsingham 2nd – 6th September. This will be the first pilgrimage since the Pandemic. All-inclusive cost  c.£500,00 per person. Coach collection/drop off will take place in Workington, Carlisle, Penrith, Lancaster and Preston. For information and booking details contact Deacon Charlie Conner on 07895 742 732 or email charlie.conner@lrdc.org.uk.

PARISH COUNCILS:  Both of our Parish Councils need new members.  These councils are active and guide policy as well as encouraging the parish. They will form Parish Leadership Teams in any new parish grouping.  Please discuss with Fr Philip if you are interested.

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