“Dear friends in Christ, retirement brings with it hopes and fears for all of us. Your Parish Priests are no different. Once at the centre of busy parish life, retirement can bring loneliness and the threat of hardship. After a life of dedicated service to the church, a priest needs support and guidance as this new chapter in his life begins to unfold. He may be concerned about where he will live, how he will maintain contact with friends and manage financially. Without the day to day responsibilities that have characterised his working life he may wish to explore how he might continue to serve the church in new ways. When a priest falls sick and has to retire, he needs our support. Our Diocese has always supported its priests at these crucial points in their lives and must continue to do so.” Rev Mgr Canon Thomas McGovern, Protonotary Apostolic, Diocesan Administrator.
the new term has begun! We meet on Tuesday evenings in St Hugh’s Church Hall from 7pm to 9pm. New members are most welcome, from absolute beginners who would like to learn how to paint, to those already painting who would like to join a friendly group. Equipment is available for beginners to use when they first start. There is no charge for the class but the group raises money for CAFOD’s Connect2:Ethiopia project by donations and sale of art.
Amelia Bailey and Allison Carruthers (SSPP Parish), are Cancer Fighters. Wednesday, 4th February is World Cancer Day, and on that day the Cancer Fighters go national. Tesco's will be selling the Cancer Fighter t-shirts in their stores, and we will also be releasing the Cancer Fighters track ‘I’m in the Mood for Dancing.’ 100% of the money raised will go to Cancer Research UK.
You can find out more about the Cancer Fighters, which is a local group, on their website: www.thecancerfighters.co.uk and you can follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecancerfighters.
There are only a couple of places left for the pilgrimage so if you would like to go please contact Noel Harris on 01522 826390 as soon as possible.
The cost of the pilgrimage is £550 which includes £50 transport fee to and from Stansted airport. There is a single room supplement of £115.
The theme for the Week of Prayer 2015 is taken from St John’s Gospel (4:1-42) “The Well is Deep” and comes from Brazil. There are some leaflets at the back of the church listing where and when the daily Services in Lincoln are being held. Further information can be found on the website for Churches Together in Britain and Ireland: www.ctbi.org.uk
St Hugh’s will host the Service on day 5, Thursday, 22nd January at 12.30pm. This will be followed by lunch in the church hall. If anyone can help with the lunch, or make a donation of cake or cheese, please contact Mary Wilford,
If we have any parishioners, students or visitors from Brazil, we would be very pleased to hear from you.
Father John, Deacons Kevin and Peter wish you all
a very Happy New Year.
Fr John would like to thank you all for your very generous Christmas collection, and for the many cards,
A very big thank-you to everyone who worked so hard in preparing our Church for Christmas: cleaners, flower arrangers, those who decorated our Christmas tree and hall, our folk group and readers, Helen our organist, Eucharistic ministers, our altar servers and the Children’s Liturgy group (adults and the children) for the wonderful Nativity at the 10am Mass last Sunday.
Thank-you also to everyone who was involved in the Parish Christmas Dinner. A lot of preparation and hard work went into this event, and as always it was a superb evening
It has been a wonderful celebration.
Don’t forget to make a note in your diary for the post-Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, 10th January after the 10am Mass and Sunday, 11th January after morning Masses. Donations for the raffle and tombola stall are needed and can be left with one of the Clergy or John Condon. If you would like a stall of your own, or can help on the day please speak to John Condon, or the parish secretary Susan Weaver, Tel: 01522 528961 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that there will be no bric-a-brac or second hand goods being sold.
Wednesday, 24th December
THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD (SOLEMNITY)
Vigil Mass of Christmas
5.30pm Christmas Carols
6.00pm Holy Mass (English)
9.30pm Holy Mass (Polish)
11.30pm Christmas Carols
12 Midnight Holy Mass
Thursday, 25th December
10am Holy Mass (English)