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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.
Fri 2nd August Open Club Morning
Mon 5th August Crown Green
Bowling at Newport 10am to 12noon
Mon 5th August Table Tennis in the Main Hall 2pm to 4:00pm
Fri 9th August Open Club Morning
Mon 12th August Board Games in the Brearley Room 2pm to 4:00pm
Tues 13th August Visit to Liverpool, Lunch on board a boat and Free Time
Wed 14th August Book Reading Group in the Brearley Room 10am to 12 noon
Fri 16th August Open Club Morning
Mon 19th August Crown Green
Bowling at Newport 10am to 12noon
Mon 19th August Table Tennis in the Main Hall 2pm to 4:00pm
Fri 23rd August Open Club Morning
Fri 30th August Open Club Morning
Come in and see us one Friday morning- have a cup of tea and see what’s on offer-you may wish to join but we won’t be offended if you find it’s not for you!
Tai Chi takes place every Thursday in the main Hall from 9:15 to 10:45am
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.
CHRISTIAN FOOD HELP: During June 2019 there were 656 food parcels delivered compared with 634 in June last year. In the last quarter 2645 parcels were delivered compared with 2357 in 2018. As you know St. Lawrence Church is now open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm for visitors and there is a box at the back of St. Lawrence church for you to leave any donations of food. 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 Thank you for your support. A volunteer driver/car is required for a single delivery of food parcels on a Monday/Tuesday for 1 hour per week from 10.00am to 11.00am. If you can help please contact Peter on 01785 259303.
St. Austin’s General Notices: The Annual Blessing of Graves in St. Austin’s Parish took place on Sunday 14th July when Canon Michael held a short Prayer Service at the Chapel at Tixall Road Crematorium at 2.00pm. With the help of local clergy, the Blessing of individual graves was progressed and then Canon Michael came over to Gnosall to Bless the graves of local deceased members in our local cemetery, accompanied by many relatives and friends of the deceased.
Canonisation of Cardinal John Henry Newman: (21 Feb 1801 – 11 Aug 1890). The Vatican has announced that on Sunday October 13th 2019, in Rome John Henry Newman will be canonised a saint of the Catholic Church. Newman’s life and legacy are a phenomenon both in the Church of England and then, subsequently, as a Catholic after his conversion. He was a theologian and poet, first an Anglican priest and later a Catholic priest and cardinal who was an important and controversial figure in the religious history of England in the 19th century. He founded THE ORATORY in this country which is now flourishing and spent much of his latter life in Birmingham. He was a major figure in the Oxford Movement to bring the Church of England back to Its roots. Eventually his studies in history persuaded him to become a Roman Catholic. Canonisation would make Newman the first English person who has lived since the 17th century officially recognized as a saint by the Roman Catholic church, He was proclaimed “Venerable” in 1991 and was Beatified on September 19th 2010 in Birmingham by Pope Benedict XVI, who went on to visit Newman’s Rooms in the City. Many of his hymns are sung at Mass all over the county and his “Dream of Gerontius” was set to music by Elgar.
Local News: The Ecumenical Vespers Service, led by the Catholic Community, on Sunday 21st July was well attended and we are grateful to Cathy, Rupert and Steve for their participation and for making it such a spiritual and reflective service. It is truly a few minutes of peace and reflection, really appreciated by those who attend. For your information, our next Vespers Service will be on 13th October in St. Lawrence Church. Please make a note in your diaries and feel free to invite friends and family to join us in prayer and fellowship, along with our friends in the local Christian communities.
Our recent gathering was at the home of Pam and Ian MacDonald. We had a joyous afternoon overlooking some lovely county side as we chatted and reminisced over times gone by. We then shared a spiritual few moments followed by tea and Pam’s fabulous cakes. Thank you Pam and Ian for your hospitality. Our next gathering is at the home of Steve and Nuala, Silverbirches, Broadhill, on October 3rd at 2.30pm. Please come if you can. You will be made most welcome.