I belong to the Congregation of the Priests of the Sacred Heart of Betharram. Betharram is a small village and shrine to Our Lady about nine miles outside of Lourdes. Many people have heard of the Grottos of Betharram, but not so many about the shrine where our founder St Michael Garicoits brought our Congregation into being.
Monday 16th December - 7pm at Holy Trinity, Newcastle
Tuesday 17th December - 7pm at St Giles, Cheadle
Tuesday 17th December - 7.15pm at St Werburghs, Clayton
Wednesday 18th December - 6.30pm at St Wulstan’s, Wolstanton
Thursday 19th December - 6.30pm at Sacred Heart, Tunstall
Friday 20th December - 7pm at St Teresa’s, Trent Vale
Monday 23rd December - 6pm at Our Lady’s Stoke
Monday 23rd December - 7pm at St. Augustine’s, Meir
Monday 23rd December - 7pm at Sacred Heart, Hanley
Tuesday 17th December - 7.15pm at St Werburgh's, Clayton - Reconciliation Service including Confession
Wednesday 18th December - at Ashley
6.45pm - Exposition and Confessions
7.15pm - Mass
Tuesday 24th December, Christmas Eve
St Werburgh's, Clayton
5.00pm - First Mass of Christmas
11.30pm – Christmas Carols
12 midnight - Midnight Mass
7.30pm – Christmas Carols
8.00pm - ‘Midnight Mass’ followed by sherry and mince pies in the hall
Wednesday 25th December, Christmas Day - 10.00am Mass at St Werburgh's, Clayton
Thursday 26th December, St Stephen’s Day - 12noon Mass at St Werburgh's, Clayton
Thank you to the people who have kindly volunteered to Church Clean. Marvellous that it has halved the time for those groups! We now only need one or two more for Group 2 who clean mainly on a Thursday, or Friday, after Mass every 6 weeks.
Volunteers, contact Sharon in the parish office on 01782 613023
Help Our Lady & St Werburgh’s school win £20,000!
Aldi is giving 20 primary schools the chance to win £20,000. The school simply has to collect stickers from Aldi (1 sticker per £30 spent in store) in order to enter. If anyone in the Parish shops at Aldi, please ask for these stickers at the till, and hand them in at Church or at the School.
First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion
Please can parents of any children due to make their First Holy Communion next June, who do not attend Our Lady & St Werburgh Primary School, and attend Mass at Our Lady & St Werburgh Church, Clayton or Our Lady and St John the Baptist, Ashley, contact Father Anton at the parish office 01782 613023 to fill in the application form.
Help Our Lady & St Werburgh’s school earn free books!
The BIG BOOK BOOST! The Book People are launching a brand new fundraising scheme to help school's earn free books for their classrooms and library. Everytime an order is placed online over £10 a school of your choice will receive £1 to spend on books. Place an order at www.thebookpeople.co.uk/bigbookboost/ See poster on Church notice board.
LinkLine Stamp Appeal
LinkLine would be very grateful for any donations of 2nd class stamps to help them to send out Christmas and birthday cards to their clients. We use around 250 stamps a year. Any support you may be able to offer us will be most welcome.
Thank you to the people who have kindly volunteered to Church Clean. Marvellous that it has halved the time for those groups! We now only need one or two more for Group 2 who clean mainly on a Thursday, or Friday, after Mass every 6 weeks. Please considerit and tell Sharon in the parish office 613023. The 2020 rota is now available in the porch.
Thank you also to all the helpers who organised the Parish Supper at Ashley.
Coming up, Christmas Carol Singing is taking place on:
Monday 16th December at Royal Stoke University Hospital from 6pm.
Thursday 19th December at the Gatehouse Pub, Clayton on from 7pm
2020 begins with the annual Senior Citizens Party taking place on Sunday 5th January in our Church hall from 3pm – 5pm.
Please help Our Lady & St Werburgh’s school win £20,000! and get free books. See newsletter for details.
Carols at Royal Stoke University Hospital (Monday 16th December)
Christmas Carol Singing will be taking place Royal Stoke University Hospital at 6pm. Meeting at 5.00pm for a 6.00pm start. Meeting point is the Spiritual, Pastoral and Religious Centre, Main Building, Lower Ground 2. If you would like to attend, please leave your name at the parish office.
Carols at the Gatehouse Pub (Thursday 19th December)
Christmas Carol Singing will be taking place at the Gatehouse Pub in Clayton at 7pm – 8.30 pm.
Senior Citizens Party (Sunday 5th January 2020)
The annual Senior Citizen's Party will take place in our Church hall from 3pm – 5pm.