General News

Planning well ahead, Bishop Declan is set to lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2018 (22 – 30 October) staying three nights in Galilee, two nights in Bethlehem, and three nights in Jerusalem. Initial costings indicate a figure of £1210 per person (based on two people sharing). We’ve always had a superb time in the Holy Land and it’ll be good to look forward to another trip in the autumn of 2018.

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September 3rd 2017 marked the end of an era, as the Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes, Newent, and St Michael’s Blaisdon, bid farewell to Fr Aidan Murray, and the Salesians ended a chapter in their history, as they formally handed over care of the Parish, to the Diocese of Clifton.

The Celebration of the Eucharist was led by Fr Gerry Briody SDB, the Salesian Provincial, with Mgr Liam VG representing the bishop.

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“My upbringing was very dysfunctional; at the age of ten I found drink and drugs. I’m a person who has spent nineteen years of my life in prison and Pact support gave me hope, not only to stay out of prison but to help me find meaning in my life. It helped me when I had no food, no travel, and no job. The mentoring service has built my self-confidence, has given me a life worth leading and given me a future.”

David, User of Pact services

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Fr Alphege Stebbens, Monk at Prinknash Abbey, Gloucestershire, died over the weekend.

Please keep Fr Alphege in your prayers, he would have celebrated his Ruby Jubilee on the 29th October.

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Care of Creation – 1 September

To help us celebrate Pope Francis’ Care of Creation day and to accompany us on our journey to the feast of St Francis, Carmody Grey offers us some thought and reflections across the next four weeks to stimulate us in our reading and re-reading of Laudato Si’ and help move us and our communities – whether that be family, neighbourhood, or parish – into action.

Join us each week as we embrace the challenge to be a people who cherish the gift of creation and seek to wonder in the blessing of God around us.

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