3rd April 2022

Parish newsletter -> 5th Sun of Lent Cyc C 3rd Apr 22

Wednesday Word: Wednesday Word is updated each week as a useful sheet for families to read through.

Easter arrangements: -> St Paul’s, Lent and Easter 2022 . The St. Paul’s Parish Easter card is available after this Sunday’s Mass.  Please take one home for yourself, friends and neighbours. On the back noticeboard in church are the pictures designed and drawn by the children attending St Paul’s Primary School.

Caritas newsletter: -> Caritas-Spring Newsletter-2022

Love Poynton summer festival: 18-19th June 2022, in Vernon School field. More information, see video -> Churches Together in Poynton (YouTube), and look out for further details -> Love Poynton (Facebook)

Volunteering support to your parish

Father Peter wishes to draw your attention to an important plea from himself concerning volunteer support as the situation is now becoming urgent. We are very thankful to those who do provide their volunteer support. However, as described in teh parish newsletter, finding the volunteer support to provide Sunday Mass each weekend has become very difficult. There are very few people offering their volunteer support to the other essential services and activities that we as a parish should offer. Our parish needs more support from our parishioners in these areas:

  • Altar Servers,
  • Baptism (Catechists leaders & helpers),
  • Building Maintenance team (to complete small repairs)
  • Community Room Booking Co-ordinator,
  • Confirmation (Catechists leaders & helpers),
  • Fabric Committee (to look at planned maintenance/repairs)
  • Flower team members          
  • Linens/Curtains, especially in Holy Week. 
  • Little Church (Leaders, assistants & helpers),
  • Musicians,
  • Piety Leader (order stock & plan piety team rota)
  • Piety support team members (for Sunday sales)
  • Tea & Coffee (Monthly on Sunday’s, 2-3 X p/year),
  • Welcoming

If you are willing to support your parish in these area, please send your name and contact details to the parish office, or complete this form (this form is in the church porch or may be downloaded here-> VOLUNTEER EXPRESSION OF INTEREST SIGN UP SHEET general all roles Mar 22.) If you are unable to help at this time, please pray for the parish that other parishioners will offer their support.

Ukraine Appeals

The CAFOD Prayer -> Prayer for Ukraine.

More information on how to donate money: -> DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. DEC are coordinating these donations with the support of CAFOD, The British Red Cross and others organisations.

You may also provide practical aid by donating specific goods to Internation Aid Trust Ukraine Appeal. This is a UK based organisation with a Christian ethos “Christian Compassion for a Hurting World” -> IAT web site. Various items are needed -> IAT Poster. Over the next weekends, the Clay Cafe at the Poynton Baptist Church are collecting donations for the IAT 26th March Between 10am and 1pm

If you plan to donate, please look at IAT’s -> News update to see items they particularly want (on 26th March “We continue to need donations of food, medical supplies, toiletries, shoes and sleeping bags. We are working hard to sort and pack all the clothes and bedding already donated, so ask for no more of these items for another couple of weeks please.” 

Covid-19 – current measures

Our Liturgy Group and Parish Office team are monitoring the increasing levels of infection being reported in Cheshire East. At the moment, we will maintain our current preventative measures, but this may need to change:

  • Sunday Mass and services in the church building:
    • Mask wearing will continue as a required precautionary measure.
    • Hand sanitiser will continue to be available for usage.
    • Reintroducing the “sign of peace” during Mass will be considered later in the year.
    • We are keen to recommence “Little Church” but this will depend on more parisioners offering their time and skills each week.
    • Filling of holy water stoops will be considered later in the year. The Liturrgy Group will identify a Sunday where parishioners can bring their own bottles of water (with added salt) for blessing.
    • See “St Paul’s Church – Mass and prayers” below for more details.
  • Presbytery:
    • the conservatory, dining room, kitchen and downstairs toilet will be available for use, for example for tea and coffee after Mass.
    • Other areas of the presbytery remain unavailable.
    • Those using the available areas are reminded that good ventilation, use of hand sanitisers and wearing masks are good practical measures for the prevention of infection.
  • Community Rooms, Marley Road: these are used by the pre-school during weekdays, so any use of the hall for other activities must be managed and monitored by parish helpers. How and when the Community Rooms can be available for other uses and activities will be reviewed later in the year.

Current updates for Places of Worship are available on the websites below:

St Paul’s Church – Mass and prayers

Please note that hand sanitising when entering and leaving church is still required, as well as after you have received communion. Please also note that face coverings are still a requirement unless you are in the exempt category.

Sunday Mass, 10am:

  • In-person Masses continue.
  • Church opens at 9:45am for Mass at 10am.
  • To join us the Mass virtually please go online toStreamed Mass.

Wednesday Mass, 9:30am:

  • Morning Prayers at are 9.15am and Mass is at 9.30am. Both are available for in-person attendance and streaming using Facebook Live -> Facebook Live or in the Facebook App search for “Mass at St Paul’s RC Church” 
  • To join us the Mass virtually please go online toStreamed Mass.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: anyone wishing to receive the sacrament will need to telephone either Fr Peter or Fr Paschal directly at St. Alban’s Parish Office on 01625 423 446 to book an appointment. The sacrament will be held outside, in a private place and physically distanced for safety reasons.

Mass intentions: Please contact the St Paul’s parish office with any queries or requests for Mass intentions. Have a lovely weekend and stay safe!

Parish donations

Planned Giving Offertory Envelopes: are now in the porch of the Church and can be collected ONLY when the Church is open on a Sunday morning. Please collect them if you can.

Donating by standing order: you may donate using standing order -> Donations and Standing Order details

Gift aid: you may gift aid your donations -> Gift Aid details

St Paul’s – General information

Parish newsletter: If you know of anyone who would like a copy of the newsletter via email please ask them to register their details on the parish database. This can be done by using the online registration form -> Parish database

News: Key pages on the parish website so that you can keep up to date with parish matters are:

Queries: If you have any urgent queries, please contact the parish office by email or telephone. At this time the office is working reduced hours from home focusing on calls, emails and the weekly newsletter – the parish office team hope you are finding the newsletters informative and interesting.

St Alban’s parish

St Alban’s news -> St Alban’s Monthly News and Weekly Newsletter

You can join St. Albans for their live streamed services and keep up to date with St Alban’s news on their website -> St Alban’s website. Key activities are also listed in the St Paul’s newsletter.

Local news for Poynton and district

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