Bulletin for the week beginning 7th April – The Fifth Sunday of Lent

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Vigil Mass 6.00pm Mary Hall 8.30am & 10.30am  Pro. pop / Ron Owen

Monday 7.00pm  Lent feria  Thanksgiving   Tuesday 10.00am  Lent feria.  Frank Tuite

Wednesday 9.00am  Lent feria  Special intention Thursday 9.15am in Holy Cross School  Sp. int. (HC Staff & children)

Friday 7.00pm  Lent feria  Teresa Brunnock  Saturday 10.00am  Lent feria David Pullinger


SUNDAY  Vigil Mass 6.00pm Deceased friends of Smith family 8.30am & 10.30am Mary Gilroy / Pro.pop.

SATURDAY CONFESSIONS  10.30am – 11.30am & 5.30pm – 5.45pm

NEXT SUNDAY IS PASSION SUNDAY – NB 10.30 Mass will begin in the Church Hall with the children and parishioners processing into church.

READERS FOR HOLY WEEK, PLEASE NOTE – Readers for the Holy Week services will have been notified by email or you may collect your rota from the Sacristy this weekend.

SOCIETY OF SAINT VINCENT de PAUL – This weekend there is a retiring collection for our S.V.P. parish conference to provide funds to help them in their work of assisting those in most need in our area.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Stations take place every Friday in Lent at 12 noon.followed by a ‘’Soup and Roll’’ lunch in the Church Hall.

PALM SUNDAY MASS   APRIL 14th I invite you and your children to the Palm Sunday Mass on April 14th at 10.30am. During the procession into Church, the First Holy Communion children will lead the way waving their palm branches. I do hope you will be able to attend and will allow your child to take part.

PENITENTIAL SERVICES IN LENT – Holy Trinity, Sutton  Monday April 8th at 7.00pm;  Holy Cross, Walmley Tuesday April 9th at 7.00pm; St. Nicholas, Boldmere             Wednesday April 10th  at 7.30pm; Erdington Abbey Tuesday April 16th at 7.00pm.

RED MISSION BOX HOLDERS – Please collect your box from the Parish Office.

MASS ATTENDANCE   March 30th / 31st  6.00pm 218   8.30am 132    10.30am 198   Total 548

PARISH YOUTH DAY OUT       SATURDAY MAY 4th 2019 – The parish has organised a Youth Day Out to Rushton Triangular Lodge and Wicksteed Park on Saturday May 4th for children aged 10, 11 and 12. Parental consent forms are available from Father Neil.  As there are limited spaces it will be on a first come first served basis when completed forms are to be returned with £5.00 non-refundable deposit.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM     Saturday May 11TH 2019 – If you would like to join this pilgrimage, please sign the list in the porch.  Please pay when booking. A coach will leave Holy Cross Car Park at 7.30am.  Cost: £20.00 per adult.  Under 16s £10.00.

ARCHDIOCESE OF BIRMINGHAM – Senior Administrative Assistant / Personal Assistant to the Vicar General. Permanent / Full time (35 hours per week)   £25,000 to £30,000 p.a. Cathedral House, St Chad’s Queensway, Birmingham.   See Notice Board for further details.

SAINT OF THE WEEK – Saint Stanislaus of Szczepanów (July 26th 1030 – April 11th 1079) Stanislaus was a Bishop of Krakow known chiefly for having been martyred by the Polish King Boleslaw II the Bold. Stanislaus was elected Bishop in 1072 but accepted the office only at the explicit command of Pope Alexander II.  Stanislaus’ major accomplishments included bringing papal legates to Poland, and the re-establishment of a metropolitan See in Gniezno.  The latter was a precondition for Duke Boleslaw’s coronation as king, which took place in 1076. Stanislaus’ initial conflict with King Boleslaw was over a land dispute which then escalated and the result was that the Bishop excommunicated King Boleslaw.  The excommunication aided the King’s political opponents and the King accused Bishop Stanislaus of treason and had him killed, whilst celebrating Mass. The murder stirred outrage through the land and led to the dethronement of King Boleslaw II the Bold, who had to seek refuge in Hungary and was succeeded by his brother. Saint Stanislaus is patron of Poland and his optional commemoration is on April 11th.

IN MEMORIAM – Please pray for the repose of the souls of parishioners whose anniversaries occur at this time: Eileen Harper, Kathleen Anne Latham, Kathleen Joan Taroni, Brian Tuite, Joseph Hassett, Karan McCormick, Dorothy Vera Young and John Raymond Smith.


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