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GNOSALL PARISH NEWS
Produced by publishers of The Popular Village Monthly
The Club meets on Friday mornings in the Grosvenor Centre from 10 a.m. to 12
We offer a wide range of activities, speakers, walks and outings. Everyone over the age of 50 is eligible to join. So why not come along one Friday when you will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome. Even if Friday mornings are difficult, you could still join the Club and take part in some of the activities.
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.
Christian Food Help: During November 2019, 934 Meals were provided by the Christian Food Help Services in Stafford compared with 1355 Meals for the same period in 2018. As an interdenominational organization Christian Food Help specialise in providing individual and family food parcels to the professional and voluntary organisations in the Stafford area, who in turn are in direct contact with those individuals and families in need. In this way we help to ensure the local professional services are able to provide extra support for the most vulnerable. We are now in our 7th year and would like to thank all those who have generously donated, either individually or through the schools and local Churches Harvest festivals. Our work as a “food bank” could not be undertaken without the sustained and generous support of donors and volunteers who week after week, throughout the year, donate their time and energy in collecting from churches and other assembly points to sort and carry food items to the centre in Stafford. Our special thanks to them for their generous support. If you have never donated before and would like to make a contribution for the first time, please consider making a donation on a regular basis at the usual collection points or ring 822348 and we will collect from you. Donations of tinned food or non-perishable items are most welcome. Please continue to support the Christian Food Help Group
St. Austin’s New The Annual Stafford Pilgrimage to Walsingham will be from the 31st July to 2nd August 2020 at a cost of around £130/£180 depending on numbers attending and Accommodation required. Please contact Helen Perry on 07837519253 to reserve a place. The famous Passion Play, which takes place every 10 years in the Bavarian Village of Oberammergau, is scheduled for 20th July to 25th July 2020. The Pilgrimage this time is organized by the two parishes of St. Gregory’s, Longton and St. Teresa’s, Trent Vale. This spectacular event, which dates back to 1634, takes place on an open-air stage and honours the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the cast is made up entirely of local residents with over 2000 taking part, including 500 children. For contact details telephone Canon Michael Neylon on 01785 223553 or refer to the notice board in St. Austin’s church, Stafford. If anyone wishes to travel independently many travel agents will have appropriate Tours.
Local Communications: The next gathering of the Gnosall Catholic community will be on Thursday 16th January 2020 at the home of Cathy and Rupert Lister, Old Vicarage East, Castle Bank, Stafford at 2.30pm. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you for a good chat and a nice cup of tea. If you have not been before you will be made most welcome to join us and lifts can be made available by ringing Mike on 822348.