St Padre Pio & St Philomena Prayer Group
Thursday Evening the 22nd February our prayer will start as usual at 7.30pm. Should anyone need a lift to and from Jenny & Bill Trubuil’s home, simply ring 255163 and arrangements will be made to assist you. God Bless
We are a ‘Fairtrade’ Parish – Get Ready for Fairtrade Fortnight – 26th February – 11th March
Frairtrade Men’s Big Breakfast 50 on Saturday 24 February at 8.45am in Les Cotils, Harry Bound Room
£9.95 for Full English & £5.95 Continental.
Opportunities for Prayer in the Parish:
Mondays – 7.30pm – Centre for Peace – (Rosary)
Wednesdays – 7.00pm – St Joseph’s – (Holy Hour with Rosary)
Sunday 25th February – 4:00pm – St Joseph’s – (Benediction)
Stations of the Cross:
Mondays – 11.30am – Our Lady Star of the Sea (Followed by 12 noon Mass)
Fridays – 7.00pm – St Joseph’s (Preceded by 6.30pm Mass)
Saturdays – 5.00pm – Notre Dame (Followed by 5.30pm Mass)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Once again, the Pasch of the Lord draws near! In our preparation for Easter, God in His providence offers us each year the season of Lent as a “sacramental sign of our conversion”. Lent summons us, and enables us, to come back to the Lord wholeheartedly and in every aspect of our life.
With this message, I would like again this year to help the entire Church experience this time of grace anew, with joy and in truth. I will take my cue from the words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: “Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt 24:12).
These words appear in Christ’s preaching about the end of time. They were spoken in Jerusalem, on the Mount of Olives, where the Lord’s passion would begin. In reply to a question of the disciples, Jesus foretells a great tribulation and describes a situation in which the community of believers might well find itself: amid great trials, false prophets would lead people astray and the love that is the core of the Gospel would grow cold in the hearts of many.
You can read the full message in the Portsmouth Diocese e-News
Lent comes early this year, and so we have hardly drawn breath from the end of Christmas at Candlemas before we find ourselves lurching into Lent. The word Lent means spring, and properly used the time of Lent, the “joyful season” as it is called in the prefaces of the time, gives us an opportunity to take stock and consider where we are, and where we are going: it is an annual opportunity to get our bearings. And we do this with the three age old weapons: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These tools, and only these tools, will enable us to free ourselves from sin, and bring us closer to the life of God. You can read the full reflection in the Portsmouth Diocese e-News – www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
Now that I am back from my visit to Cameroon, I have been re-reading the Declaration by the Bishops of the Bamenda Provincial Episcopal Conference of 4th October last year after the demonstrations and government-imposed curfew. It makes sobering reading. You can read it for yourself in the Portsmouth Diocese e-News – www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers,
In Corde Iesu Philip Bishop of Portsmouth.
St Mary & St Michael Catholic School PTFA Wine Tasting on Friday 9th March at 7.30pm in the school hall.
£15 per person to include the tasting plus cheese & biscuits.
There will also be a wine raffle on the night. Please call Jess for more information – Tel: 243411
CAFOD Lent Project – our Lenten alms giving will be used to support CAFOD’s work in Zimbabwe to provide villages with the tools and seeds they desperately need to grow crops to feed their families, provide some surplus for sale and seeds to sew in the future to grow more food. Peanut and sesame seeds cost £22 per family; a mixture of vegetables £50 and gardening tools to be shared by 6 families £250.
The Overseas Aid & Development Commission will match fund £ for £ every £1 we collect and the total will then be doubled by the UK government. So every £1 you give will mean £4 reaches Zimbabwe!
Further details are on the website – https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-CAFOD/Lent and notice boards. Please note that the fast day envelopes and also collecting boxes are available in the church porches. Many thanks for your support.
Radio Guernsey ‘Guidelines’
This week will be presented by Pat Devenport, aired at approx. 6:55am and 8:55am Monday 12th – Friday 16th February and the Sunday Service on 18th February at 7:00am.
UCM Meeting – Tuesday 13th February, 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Parish Room.
Sue le Friec from Guernsey Welfare will talk to us about their work.
This will be followed by pancakes prepared for us by Ron.
Come & make a good start to Lent from both.