Parish Priest - Father Anton's Weekly Column

Sixth Sunday of Easter Year C

We are approaching the end of the Easter Season, well I say approaching because this week we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into heaven. Ten days later it will be Pentecost, the coming down of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples to give them strength to go out and spread the Good News of the Gospel. Pentecost is around the time when many children are confirmed, the same sacrament that God gave the Apostles at Pentecost.

Thank you to all of you for taking part in the Parish Fast for Water Aid and Mary’s Meals. Each of the charities will receive over £240 each. Also we say thank you for the collection for the Ukraine; as well as monies donated through the QR and given direct, another £391.64 will be sent to the Archdiocese. Additional good news is hearing what individuals are doing for Ukraine refugees coming into the area. Thank you also for the extra donations given for foodbank. As well as food I received another £50 anonymous donation which I used to buy tinned meats as required.

We keep in our prayers Sister Agnes of the Convent of Mercy in Newcastle who passed away this week. Let us give thanks for all the work and devotion that she has given in her life, at service to the Church and to Society in general. Eternal rest grant to her O Lord!

This week at Ashley is also the Requiem of Felix Fitzpatrick taking place on Friday at 12 noon. We also remember Mariya Babu who’s Requiem that takes place on Tuesday 31st at St Joseph’s Burslem. Once more we remember all family and friends in our prayers. Eternal rest grant to them O Lord!

This weekend we also pray for all those caught up in the Manchester Arena bombing which took place five years ago. Time has passed but the effects are still very real even today for many. We pray for their lost and loved ones.

Meanwhile look after yourselves, keep your prayer life and faith alive through the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

God bless!

Father Anton s.c.j.