Bulletin for the week beginning 8th February – The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

SUNDAY MASSES  Vigil Mass 6.00pm Oliver Dignam, 8.30am & 10.30am Margaret & Tony Gilroy / Pro. pop. Monday NO MASS. Tuesday NO MASS. Church will be opened at 10.15am for Ministers of Holy communion. Wednesday NO MASS. Thursday NO MASS. Friday 7.00pm Feria Carole Sroczynski. Saturday 10.00am  Feria Special intention (MS).

MASSES NEXT WEEKEND Vigil Mass 6.00pm Elizabeth and Richard Taaffe. 8.30am & 10.30am Pro. pop./ Carole Sroczynski.

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

HOLY CROSS GUILD VISIT TO THE BBC STUDIOS – If you have signed up for this visit a non-refundable payment to the parish office should have been paid. £10.25 for seniors, £12.50 if under 60 years old.

WELCOME – We welcome Jonah Joseph and Jesse Aaron White and Pavan Thomas Arambepola who were all baptised here recently.

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION – This year Canon David Evans, Episcopal Visitor for Birmingham, will confer the sacrament of Confirmation on Thursday 27th February 2020. There will be a practice in church on Friday February 14th at approx. 9.30am for all the children.  (This is not compulsory for children not at Holy Cross School.)

READERS FOR NEXT WEEKEND – 6.00pm Reader 1  R Mooney, Reader 2  J Ratcliffe. 8.30am Reader 1  J Eilbeck, Reader 2  K James. 10.30am Reader 1  J Jackson, Reader 2  M Jackson.

MASS ATTENDANCE   February 1st / 2nd 6.00pm 235, 8.30am 137, 10.30am 239, Total 611.

REPAIRS TO THE HALL CEILING  – The work has been completed.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGES – The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place May 23rd – May 29th 2020. It will be led by Archbishop Bernard Longley. For more information see the booking form on the porch table. If you would be interested in a smaller Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2021,please sign the list in the porch.

If there is sufficient interest, Father Neil will go ahead and organise.

SAINTS OF THE WEEK – Saints Cyril and Methodius were Byzantine Greek brothers born in Thessalonica in the 9th century  who became Christian missionaries among the Slavic people of Great Moravia and Pannonia. Through their work, they influenced the cultural development of all the Slavs for which they received the title ‘’Apostles to the Slavs’’. They are credited with devising the Glagolitic alphabet, the first alphabet used to transcribe Old Church Slavonic, and ‘Cyrillic’ is still the ‘alphabet’ used in Russian. After their death, their pupils continued their missionary work among the Slavs. In 1880, Pope Leo XIII introduced their feasts into the calendar of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1980, Pope John Paul II declared them Co-Patron Saints of Europe, elevating their day to a feast and removing Saint Valentine from the calendar. Their feast is celebrated on February 14th.

IN MEMORIAM – Please pray for the repose of the souls of parishioners whose anniversaries occur at this time: Bernadette O’Donnell, Ronald Wragg, Mary Wheatley, Edmund Trochowski, Henry Taroni, Reginald Meers, Arthur Adams, Mary Ann Brennan, James Dunne, John Roberts, Ann Purcell, Lawrence Collett, Eileen Tynan, Timothy Felles, Bernadette Mary Power and Bridget Mary Whelan.

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