Parish News Blog

Church News and blog updates

2020

May

Blog - Revitalisation of The Parish Foodbank Operation

Revitalisation of The Parish Foodbank Operation - 31/05/2020

Fr. Anton wished to draw your attention to the revitalisation of the parish Foodbank Operation! On Sunday June 7th from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. a collector will be present on the Parish Car Park. He will have his car boot open for people to place donations, all social distancing being observed. The need is very real for many of our citizens. Thank you in advance!

Blog - Our Lady and St Werburgh

This Week - 31/05/2020

Adam here, I hope you are all well and enjoying the nice weather. Today is our 9th live streamed Mass. This weeks updates include the newsletter with Fr. Anton's column.

The Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage is being streamed live from St. Chad's Cathedral. The week features daily Mass, liturgy and Rosary ‘processions’. Full details here

Video feeds for Mass continue to be posted on the St. Werburgh School Facebook Page and our website homepage.

Another big thank you to all of the newsletter subscribers. As of writing, the count is 88 people!

Blog - Our Lady and St Werburgh

This Week - 24/05/2020

Adam here, I hope you are all well. Today is our 7th live streamed Mass. This weeks updates include the newsletter with Fr. Anton's column.

From 24th May there is a Virtual Lourdes Pilgrimage being streamed live from St. Chad's Cathedral. The week features daily Mass, liturgy and Rosary ‘processions’. Full details here

Video feeds for Mass continue to be posted on the St. Werburgh School Facebook Page and our website homepage.

Another big thank you to all of the newsletter subscribers.

Two Ways To Watch The Live Mass

  1. You can visit our website home page, the Mass will be shown there
  2. You can visit our school's facebook page at www.facebook.com/olswcatholicprimary/live/

Blog - Our Lady and St Werburgh

This Week - 16/05/2020

Adam here, I hope you are all well. Today is our 6th live streamed Mass. This weeks updates include the newsletter with Fr. Anton's column.

Video feeds for Mass and Children's Liturgy continue to be posted on the St. Werburgh School Facebook Page and our website homepage.

Another big thank you to all of you. As of today I am reaching out to 81 of you. Thank you again.

Two Ways To Watch The Live Mass

  1. You can visit our website home page, the Mass will be shown there
  2. You can visit our school's facebook page at www.facebook.com/olswcatholicprimary/live/

Blog - Our Lady and St Werburgh

This Week - 10/05/2020

Adam here, I hope you are all well as can be. Today is our third live streamed Mass. This weeks updates include the newsletter with Fr. Anton's column. Video feeds will be in place on the St. Werburgh School Facebook Page and our website homepage shortly before Masses start.

Also, a big thank you to you all for subscribing to the email version of the newsletter which i send out once a week. As of today I am reaching out to 77 of you. Thank you.

Live Mass Times

  • Thursday May 14th - Live At Mass 7.00pm
  • Saturday May 16th - Live at Mass 6.00pm - for Ashley Parish

Two Ways To Watch The Live Mass

  1. You can visit our website home page, the Mass will be shown there
  2. You can visit our school's facebook page at www.facebook.com/olswcatholicprimary/live/

Blog - Our Lady and St Werburgh

This Week - 03/05/2020

Adam here, I hope you all enjoyed the first live streamed Mass this morning. Just to confirm, the next Live Mass Times are:

  • Tuesday 5th May Live Mass at 6.00pm
  • Sunday 10th May Live Mass at 10.00am

Two Ways To Watch The Live Mass

  1. You can visit our website home page, the Mass will be shown there
  2. You can visit our school's facebook page at www.facebook.com/olswcatholicprimary/live/

Blog - Our Lady and St Werburgh

This Week - 02/05/2020

Adam here, keeping up updated with communications by email. I hope that you are well. Sunday tomorrow, Mass will be lived streamed from our Church.

How To Watch The Live Mass

  1. Visit our website home page
  2. Visit www.facebook.com/olswcatholicprimary/live/

I have also added the Archbishop Bernard longley's pastoral letter and the Letter for the faithfull from his Holiness Pope Francis.

Masses will continue to be streamed live at Sacred Heart Hanley, St Teresa’s Trent vale and St Chad’s Cathedral

Archbishop Bernard has recorded a Holy Week message

Pope Francis letter for the month of May - 02/05/2020

His Holiness Pope Francis has written and letter for all the faithful for the month of May.

Read Full Letter

April

Blog - Our Lady and St Werburgh

This Week - 26/04/2020

Adam here, keeping up updated with communications by email. I hope that you are well. The newsletter for this week features Fr. Anton's column, a short story of a reluctant dinosaur, and a poem by Fr, Anton. Also included is a Novena Prayer for the Safe Re-opening of the Churches.

I have this prayer and a prayer for Marriage and Family Life - Family Examen to to the prayers section.

Live from Our Lady and St Werburgh! It's your parish priest!

Next Sunday May 3rd there will be a live streamed Mass from Our Lady and St Werburgh. This will start at 10 a.m.

Masses continue to be streamed live at Sacred Heart Hanley, St Teresa’s Trent vale and St Chad’s Cathedral

Blog - Our Lady and St Werburgh

This Week - 19/04/2020

Adam here, keeping up updated with communications by email. I hope that you are all keeping fit and well. The newsletter for this week features Fr. Anton's column and a snap shot into a typical day.

I made new slide show for our website having being inspired by the beautiful pictures of St Chad's Catherdral.

I hope that you like it.

Masses continue to be streamed live at Sacred Heart Hanley, St Teresa’s Trent vale and St Chad’s Cathedral

Blog - Our Lady and St Werburgh

This Week - Maun Day Thursday to Easter Sunday - 09/04/2020

Adam here, keeping up updated with communications by email. I hope that you are well. The newsletter for this week featuring Fr. Anton's column is online. Please read the additional prayer included.

I encourage you all to listen to Archbishop Bernard's message.

See also Live masses times from St Chad’s Cathedral.

Masses continue to be streamed live at Sacred Heart Hanley and St Teresa’s Trent vale.

Live Masses at St. Chads

Live Masses Online - 07/04/2020

Holy Week Masses, celebrated by Archbishop Bernard will be live streamed from St Chad's Cathedral at the following times:

  • Daily Mass (Mon 6, Tues 7 and Wed 8 April) – 12.15pm
  • Mass of the Last Supper (Thurs 9 April) – 7.30pm
  • Solemn Liturgy, Good Friday (Fri 10 April) – 3pm
  • Easter Vigil Mass (Sat 11 April) – 8pm
  • Easter Sunday Mass (Sun 12 April) – 11am
  • Easter Monday Mass (Mon 13 April) - 10am

Masses from St Chad’s Cathedral

Archbishop Bernard has recorded a Holy Week message

Archbishop Bernard Longley's Holy Week Message - 06/04/2020

Archbishop Bernard has recorded a Holy Week message, focusing on solidarity in our current situation.

Listen to Archbishop Bernard's Message

Palm Sunday 2020

This Week - Palm Sunday - 05/04/2020

Adam here, keeping up updated with communications by email. I hope that you are well. The newsletter featuring Fr. Anton's column is online. Fr. Aton continues to say Mass everyday for us. The at Sacred Heart Hanley and St Teresa’s Trentvale continue to be streamed live.

It has been suggested that if we can procure a branch of greenery that we place it in the entrance to our homes as a sign of welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem.

Fr. Anton suggests setting up a little table for Maundy Thursday placing some bread and wine and a holy book and praying around it. On Good Friday add the crucifix after passing it around the family. And on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday add the candle, the sign of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

March

Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark - 29/03/2020

Something else to worth reading is the meditation on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark by Pope Francis during the prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter's Basilica. See Pope Francis during the Urbi et Orbi

The Re-dedication of England as the Dowry of Mary - 29/03/2020

This great event is today! Let us continue to say the Angelus each day and/or the Rosary and once again place our faith and trust in the Mother of the Church, the patroness of England.

This week - Fifth Sunday of Lent - 29/03/2020

Adam here, keeping up updated with communications by email. I hope that you are well. The newsletter featuring Fr. Anton's column is online. Masses at Sacred Heart Hanley and St Teresa’s Trentvale continue to be streamed live.

Please remember those who are sick, on the front line: in shops, intensive care in hospitals and all our health care specialists.

UK Catholic Diocesan Newspapers Available Online - 23/03/2020

Adam here with more updates. CathCom Group have made available all UK Catholic Diocesan newspapers on one website, www.churchpaper.co.uk, so parishioners can stay in contact with their Church and their community.

News Papers include

  • A&B News
  • Cardiff People
  • Catholic East Anglia (East Anglia Diocese)
  • Catholic South West
  • Catholic Pic (Archdiocese of Liverpool)
  • Hallam News
  • Lancaster Voice
  • Middlesbrough Voice
  • Nottingham Catholic News
  • The Pilgrim (Archdiocese of Southwark)
  • The Vine (Northampton Diocese)
  • UCM News (Union of Catholic Mothers)
  • Reach - Catholic Schools Paper

More papers expected to follow in during next few weeks

This week - Fourth Sunday of Lent - 22/03/2020

Adam here, keeping up updated with communications by email. I hope that you are coping as best you can in this difficult situation.

The newsletter includes just Fr. Anton's weekly column. More updates on what is happening at our church as i get them.

Updates can also be found on the Deanery website

Live streaming of Masses and Catholic Worship

The following website gives a number of live stream Masses and other acts of Catholic worship throughout the day and from Catholic churches across the UK and Ireland that people may want to watch and join in: https://www.churchservices.tv/

Live streaming of Masses and Catholic Worship - 18/03/2020

The following website gives a number of live stream Masses and other acts of Catholic worship throughout the day and from Catholic churches across the UK and Ireland that people may want to watch and join in: https://www.churchservices.tv/

Updates on Deanery website www.northstaffsdeanery.org.uk

Live streaming of Masses and Catholic Worship - 18/03/2020

The following website gives a number of live stream Masses and other acts of Catholic worship throughout the day and from Catholic churches across the UK and Ireland that people may want to watch and join in: https://www.churchservices.tv/

Updates on Deanery website www.northstaffsdeanery.org.uk

Public acts of worship in Catholic Churches in England and Wales - 18/03/2020

"In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change. This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith. It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for public acts of worship in our churches. This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice."

Read Full Letter

This week - Third Sunday of Lent - 15/03/2020

Adam here, safe in my bunker! Today's updates include the parish newsletter, Father Anton's column and diary dates. We remember Bishop David McGough this weekend as he has celebrated his Golden Jubilee, giving thanks to him for his service; the retiring collection will be towards a small token of our appreciation.

Events during Lent: Find out more>>

Lent Appeal – WaterAid Jars of Change: We will be supporting the charity WaterAid. Please collect your loose change throughout Lent and fill an empty jar.

Church Volunteers for Church Cleaning Teams and Tea and Coffee Makers, please contact the parish office.

This week - Second Sunday of Lent - 08/03/2020

Adam here, Today's updates include the parish newsletter, Father Anton's column and diary dates.

Coming up this week: Bishop David McGough celebrates his Golden Jubilee next weekend.

Events during Lent: Find out more>>

Lent Appeal – WaterAid Jars of Change: We will be supporting the charity WaterAid. Please collect your loose change throughout Lent and fill an empty jar.

Church Volunteers for Church Cleaning Teams and Tea and Coffee Makers, please contact the parish office.

This week - First Sunday of Lent - 01/03/2020

Adam here. Today's updates include the parish newsletter, Father Anton's column and diary dates.

Coming up

On 14th March our area bishop, Bishop David will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his ordination.

Events during Lent: There are several events taking place during Lent. Find out more

Lent Appeal – WaterAid Jars of Change: This year we will be supporting the charity WaterAid. Please collect your loose change throughout Lent and fill an empty jar.

Church Cleaning. We would like two volunteers to clean the Upper Room and ONE person to offer to join Group 2 rota to vacuum the church carpet only!  This would be on a Thursday or Friday morning every 6 weeks. Please contact the parish office.

Tea and Coffee Makers. More volunteers are needed to join the teams who are now down to 2 people. Please contact the parish office.

February

This week - 23/02/2020

Adam here. Today's updates include the parish newsletter, Father Anton's column and diary dates.

Coming up

On 14th March our area bishop, Bishop David will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his ordination.

Events during Lent: There are several events taking place during Lent. Find out more

Lent Appeal – WaterAid Jars of Change: This year we will be supporting the charity WaterAid. Please collect your loose change throughout Lent and fill an empty jar.

Church Cleaning. We would like two volunteers to clean the Upper Room and ONE person to offer to join Group 2 rota to vacuum the church carpet only!  This would be on a Thursday or Friday morning every 6 weeks. Please contact the parish office.

Tea and Coffee Makers. More volunteers are needed to join the teams who are now down to 2 people. Please contact the parish office.

This week - 16/02/2020

Adam here. Today's updates include the parish newsletter, Father Anton's column and diary dates and many new events in March.

Coming up

There is a Christians against Poverty Special Service at Ashely Methodist Church on 23rd February.

On 14th March our area bishop, Bishop David will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his ordination.

Events during Lent

There are several events taking place during Lent. Find out more

Lent Appeal – WaterAid Jars of Change: This year we will be supporting the charity WaterAid. Please collect your loose change throughout Lent and fill an empty jar.

Church Cleaning. We would like two volunteers to clean the Upper Room and ONE person to offer to join Group 2 rota to vacuum the church carpet only!  This would be on a Thursday or Friday morning every 6 weeks. Please contact the parish office.

Tea and Coffee Makers. More volunteers are needed to join the teams who are now down to 2 people. Please contact the parish office.

This week - 09/02/2020

Adam here. Today's updates include the parish newsletter and Father Anton's column and diary dates.

Coming up, there is a Christians against Poverty Special Service at Ashely Methodist Church on 23rd February. Our area bishop, Bishop David will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at a special service at The Sacred Heart, Tunstall on 14th March

Church Cleaning. We would like two volunteers to clean the Upper Room and ONE person to offer to join Group 2 rota to vacuum the church carpet only!  This would be on a Thursday or Friday morning every 6 weeks. Please contact the parish office.

Tea and Coffee Makers. More volunteers are needed to join the teams who are now down to 2 people. Please contact the parish office.

This week - 02/02/2020

Adam here. Today's updates include the parish newsletter and Father Anton's column and diary dates.

Church Cleaning. We would like two volunteers to clean the Upper Room and ONE person to offer to join Group 2 rota to vacuum the church carpet only!  This would be on a Thursday or Friday morning every 6 weeks. Please contact the parish office.

Tea and Coffee Makers. More volunteers are needed to join the teams who are now down to 2 people. Please contact the parish office.

January

This week - 19/01/2020

Adam here. Today's updates include the parish newsletter and Father Anton's column and diary dates. We still would like more volunteers are needed to join the teams helping the Church. Please contact the parish office.

Please help Our Lady & St Werburgh’s school win £20,000! and get free books. See newsletter for details.

A date for your diary's is the Annual Parish AGM on 26th April.