We give thanks for Canon Michael and his long years of priesthood who has served at various parishes in our Diocese and is fondly remembered here in Guernsey and latterly Alderney. Canon Michael is retiring this week and we wish him a happy Blessed Retirement. Fr Chris.
Last year Father Chris celebrated his Silver Jubilee. Sadly due to lockdown, celebrations were restricted to just a few people behind locked Church doors. The parish would like to acknowledge his Silver Jubilee (+ one year!) with a Mass of thanksgiving at St Joseph’s on July 22nd at 7:00pm, followed by a tea party in the hall afterwards. Details to follow but meanwhile do keep the date free for us all to come together for what will be a very special parish occasion.
Tumaini Charity Variety Concert on Friday 19th June at 7:15pm at Spurgeon Baptist Church, North Clifton. Free Admission. Refreshments served – Generous donations appreciated. For more info contact Vic Richer on 722004 / email@example.com
Bingo & Dinner night Saturday 3rd July at 7:00pm at St Martins Parish Hall. Ticket price: £15 per person; Included: *2 course meal buffet style *1 drink (tea/coffe or juice) *1 bingo card. Additional drinks and bingo cards can be purchased at £1 each. To book please call / text Gloria Dekker 07781 412352 or Mary De Garis on 07781 122175. Or follow the link below to donate. Please add a description of ‘bingo night’ and how many tickets https://giving.marysmeals.org/en_gb/projects/glow-guernsey-friends-of-marys-meals-uk. Raising much needed funds for our sponsored school in Malawi.
For the first time in many decades Catholic families now have access to full Catholic educational provision from 2½ – 18 for both boys and girls. Blanchelande College offers an outstanding independent education in beautiful surroundings and characterful, well-equipped buildings. For more information or to arrange a visit, please visit www.blanchelande.sch.gg or contact Sonia Hollowell (firstname.lastname@example.org / 232744)
CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION
Sunday 6th June at 10:30am in St Joseph’s Church. The procession for The Solemnity of Corpus Christi will take place after the 10.30am Mass. Please follow the clergy and altar servers from the Church to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Ampthill House. Teas & coffees will be served in the Parish Room after the procession. All welcome to join us. Until we have a passionate love for Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, we shall accomplish nothing. St Peter Julian Eymard
Please bring along biodegradable petals for the Corpus Christi Procession. The petals can be brought in bags or baskets. Please leave them at the back of the Church. They will be decanted and handed out.
The month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the feast itself falling on the Friday after Corpus Christi, this year Friday 11th June. Here’s a prayer to say each day… O loving Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, you move hearts that are harder than rock, you melt spirits that are colder than ice, and you reach souls that are more impenetrable than diamonds. Touch my heart with your sacred wounds and permeate my soul with your precious Blood. Lord Jesus, let my heart never rest until it finds you, who are its centre, its love, and its happiness. By the wound in your heart, pardon the sins that I have committed whether out of malice or out of evil desires. Place my weak heart in your own divine Heart, continually under your protection and guidance, so that I may persevere in doing good and in fleeing evil until my last breath. Heart of Jesus, save me. Heart of my Creator perfect me. Heart of my Saviour deliver me. Heart of my Judge forgive me. Heart of Father govern me. Heart of my Spouse love me. Heart of my Master teach me. Heart of my King crown me. Heart of my Benefactor enrich me. Heart of my Pastor defend me. Heart of my Friend embrace me. Heart of my infant Jesus, draw me. Heart of Jesus, I greet you in all your states. Give yourself to me. Amen
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