Other Local Masses: For those unable to attend Sunday Mass at St. Austin’s in Stafford there are Masses at SS Peter & Paul, Salter Street, Newport on Saturday at 6.30pm or Sunday at 9.15am. At Eccleshall in Sacred Heart Church, Stone Rd, on Sundays at 9.15 am. And at Penkridge on Sundays in the Anglican Church of St. Michael and All Saints at 9.00am. You can go to www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk for other services in the Deanery.
The Senior Group: Saint Austin’s Senior Group welcomes parishioners to join them in the Parish Room (adjacent to the church car park) for a social afternoon at 2.00pm on the first Wednesday each month. Invited speakers give talks on topics of interest and regular coach trips are organized. For further information contact - Brian Shackleton (601802) or John Morris (748255).
Christian Food Help: Your kindness to this project is very much appreciated. As you know collections of your contributions are picked up every 2 weeks from the Churches in Gnosall and taken to the Food Bank at Stafford. Donations can be brought to Chapel at normal Service times, and St. Lawrence Church is open every day from 9.00am until 5.00pm for you to drop off any donations of food. In these crisis times it is even more important that we support the most needy and vulnerable families, so If you have never donated before and would like to make a contribution for the first time but are not able to make the nominated collection points, please ring 822348 and we will collect from you. During February this year 930 meals were provided, compared with 1148 for the same period last year. Please continue to support those families in need. Thank You for your support.
St. Austin’s News: Please remember in your prayers the families and children now preparing to celebrate the Sacraments of First Reconciliation; First Holy Communion and Confirmation later this year. Arrangements for Holy Week Services at St. Austin’s, Stafford: Palm Sunday: Blessing and distribution of Palms at Vigil and Sunday Masses. Mass of the Oils. At 11.30am in St. Chads Cathedral, Birmingham, The Archbishop will bless the Holy Oils for use in the Sacraments of the Sick, Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders in the coming year. The Priests of the Archdiocese will renew their commitment to the Priesthood during the Mass. Holy Thursday: 8.00pm. Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the welcoming of the Oils, Washing of Feet, and Eucharist followed by Watching until Midnight. Good Friday: 3.00pm. Liturgy of the Passion. 7.00pm. Stations of the Cross. Holy Saturday: 9.00am. Morning Prayer in Church. 9.00pm. Easter Vigil, Mass of the Resurrection. Easter Sunday: Masses as usual at 10.30 am. and 6.00pm.
Ecumenical Services: On Sunday 5th April there is a Lunch Event at Chapel at 12 noon, and on 6th, 7th and 8th April there are short Holy Week devotional services in St. Lawrence church at 7.00pm each evening. On Maundy Thursday (9th April) the Anglican Community is holding an AGAPE SUPPER in St. Lawrence Church at 7.00pm. This of course, is an opportunity to share a meal with fellow Christians in commemoration of the celebration of “The Last Supper” before Christ’s death on the cross. Members of all Christian communities are welcome to attend. On Good Friday (10th April) there will be a Workshop in St. Lawrence church at 10.00am and a Walk of Witness starting from church at 2.00pm. All are welcome to attend. In addition there will be an Evening Service of Meditative Readings, Prayers and Hymns in Church.
Local News: We shall again be helping with the distribution of Easter Cards around the Village so if anyone wishes to help with this it would be appreciated if you could contact me on 822348 so that an area can be allocated to you. Many Thanks. On Thursday 12th March we gathered together at the home of Steve and Nuala to share news and prayer. During this season of Lent, Rupert led us in Prayer and Readings which gave us a spiritual reflection and a deeper understanding of the Paschal Mystery, the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Cathy reported on the World Day of Prayer which took place at St. Lawrence church on 6th March. This year the service was prepared by the Christian women of Zimbabwe and was led by our Anglican friends. We learned about the difficulties and unrest in their country and heard their stories and their challenges as they constantly seek love, peace and reconciliation. A big Thank You to all who attended. Our grateful thanks to Steve and Nuala for providing hospitality.