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October is pregnancy and infant loss awareness month
so Fr Frank will be praying during Mass on Sunday 31st October at 9.30am for all those suffering the pain of losing a child, at whatever age or stage of pregnancy. You are most welcome to attend in person should you wish to join the parish in prayer that morning.
Support is out there for those who need it, from charities such as Tommy's or 'Saying Goodbye', part of The Mariposa Trust, whether that loss was recent or many, many years ago.
The 'Saying Goodbye' charity is running a series of online Services of remembrance over the next few months. You can find all the information here
We invite our parishioners to light a candle at home and to join in prayer at some point during this awareness month for those affected (and should you be able to donate to their charitable works, the link is below.)
Dear God, soothe the pain of those suffering the loss of their child. May they receive the loving support they need from those around them and may God help to heal their hearts and give them peace in knowing their child is now cradled in God’s loving embrace.
We trust in Jesus, our loving saviour, who gathered children into His arms and blessed the little ones. May the angels and saints lead those tiny lives to the place of light and peace where one day they will be brought together again.

Sharing the Journey
The Diocese is offering an opportunity for catechists to be renewed and refreshed by taking part in a series of on-line conversations with a variety of speakers from around the country.
Each speaker will offer their own insights into different aspects of catechesis and evangelisation, followed by time to discuss, comment and share ideas.
The speakers & dates are:
21 October: Sycamore - Susan Longhurst
25 November: Celebrating the Rites – why bother? - Mgr Kevin McGinnell
20 January 2022: Called by Name - the significance of the Rite of Election - Sarah Adams
24 February: The Lenten Journey through Art – Lynne Hanley
24 March: Entering the Mystery, Praying the Triduum - Fr James Hanvey SJ
21 April: Mystagogia – it’s not a swear word - David Wells
19 May: Supporting people in our parishes who present with intellectual difficulties - Cristina Gangemi
16 June: Being a Catechist - David Wells
July: Retreat
All are welcome to join, including anyone who is interested in this area of ministry but not yet involved. To the next session on Thursday 21 October, they welcome Susan Longhurst.
The conversations will take place on Microsoft Teams, 7.30pm – 8.45pm. For parishioners to register their interest please contact:
A Microsoft Teams invite will be sent out a few days before each talk.

The Boss on holiday.
In September, Fr Frank had a long awaited and much-deserved break in Brighton, seeing the sights and meeting up with family who live nearby.
"I had 3 of the sunniest days of the year! How lucky! I had a wonderful relaxing time and went up on the high i360 tower and had photos taken, I went on the old coastline train which is supposed to be the oldest railway line in the world (well, according to them anyway!) plus a trip on the sightseeing tour bus. Unlike Debbie Kearney though, I stayed inside the tall tower, not abseil down it, and I didn't fly there on the top of a plane!
The hotel was excellent and I really had a relaxing time doing whatever I wanted. I came home refreshed and ready for hard work again!"
We thought you might like to see the pictures of our Canon enjoying the sun!

Pilgrimage 2022

Bishop Declan is set to lead a Holy Land pilgrimage in 2022 (26 September to 4 October) staying two nights in Bethlehem, three nights in Jerusalem and three nights in Galilee.

Visit the website using this link for all the information and, if interested, you can email an expression of interest to the email address given.

Bishop Declan wishes to form a Youth Council that will support the faith life of the young people within Clifton Diocese. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who has a concern for young people and would like to get involved in this new venture. Information about the makeup of the council and the intended role of those who are selected can be found by going to the Diocesan website and clicking on the link for the booklet.

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