As many of you are aware, I will be conducting the Requiem Mass for my mother Tina on Friday 1st of December at 12noon in Our Lady of Victories Church in Cinderford, where I was also ordained in 1995. We are expecting a good gathering of family, friends, parishioners from the Forest parishes and a few of my brother clergy. Parishioners of St. John’s, St. Bernadette’s and St. Thomas More are also welcome to attend, but I am aware it is distance away. We will not be able at present to livestream as internet coverage in the Forest can be poor. But I do intend to record the celebration and post on our parish YOUTUBE channel later. However, if you do wish to come (the Forest is particularly beautiful at this time of year) the full address of the Church is Our Lady of Victories, Flaxley Street, Cinderford, Glos GL14 2DJ. Once again, my huge thank to you all for all the kind prayers, thoughts, best wishes, sympathy and understanding. I hope to return to normal parish and diocesan duties on Friday 8th December. Fr. Frank Wainwright will be celebrating Mass in St. Thomas More, St. John The Baptist and St. Bernadette’s over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd December. God Bless. Canon Tom
Christmas Carol Sing-Along
All welcome to a Christmas Carol Sing-Along at St. John’s Parish Centre on Friday 15th December 7.30pm onwards. There will be Mince Pies, Wine and a raffle. (BYO Beer &Lager) The parish 300 club will be drawn with £600 being won for those lucky enough to have their numbers drawn. Tony Lowe will support the singing on the piano. All welcome.
First Holy Communion 2024
Application forms for First Holy Communion 2024 are now available to collect from Canon Tom after Mass. If your child is in Yr 3 or above then please collect, complete a form, and return to Canon Tom. The closing date for application is 7th January 2024. The first session of preparation will take place on the 18th January 2024 at 7pm in St. John’s Church. Children and parents will be given full details of the course at this meeting.
Trowbridge Food Bank
As always, a massive thankyou to all who have contributed to the Trowbridge Foodbank Collection each month. Many people rely on your generosity. The next collection will take place on the weekend of 25th / 26th November 2023. Please leave you donated goods in the Church Porch at St. John’s and St. Bernadette’s.
If you wish to join the 300 Club, please ask Canon Tom or Mike Heather for an application form. They are also available on this website.
St. Thomas More Bradford on Avon
Thank you to those who submitted responses to Mass time re-organisation in light of Canon Liam’s Retirement. It was announced to a small contingent of parishioners at St. Thomas More on Wednesday 19th April that there will be a Saturday Vigil Mass at 4pm as from Saturday 6th May 2023.
Sunday Noon Mass
As from Sunday 6th November, there will no 12 noon Mass on Sunday. This Mass was introduced as a precaution against overcrowding at the 10.30 Mass on Sunday when we re-opened after the first COVID lockdown. Also, Fr. Tom may be asked to support other local parishes in the near future.
Starting on Sunday 6th March at 9.45 we invite the children to join us in praying the rosary. The children will lead us in praying with Our Lady as we think about the life of Jesus. Even if you can only join us for some of the rosary, you are very welcome; it will be a beautiful way to prepare for Easter. We’d like to give the children a little treat to enjoy after mass, please let me know if there are any dietary requirements firstname.lastname@example.org Please add your prayer petitions to our box , we will pray for them and bring them into mass. All parishioners are welcome to join us. From Sunday 13th we will begin at 10am. If you would like to help or to bake one week please let me know. Thank you, Sinead
Thank you to those who attended our parish meetings regarding the 2023 Synod. There was some good and deep discussions.
We are now accepting offerings for the Trowbridge Foodbank. You can leave your offering in the Church porches. Each collection will take place on the last Monday of each month. From January 2022, the Foodbank are asking for Fray Bentos tiined pie products. Thank you for your generosity.
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