Bereavement support group

Notes from a parishioner who attended the support group...

“The bereavement support group meeting was lovely. After coffee and homemade biscuits, Fr Tony gently led us, enabling us to share our own stories of grief and loss. We learned from one another and supported each other as we listened. imageAt the close of the meeting we lit candles for our loved ones and Fr read a passage of scripture and gave us some reflection notes to take home.

We will meet again in May.”

 

Christmas fair success

A BIG thank you to all those who made our first joint St Gregory's church and school Christmas Fair an enormous success. Well done to Father Tony and school Head, Mr Daley for bringing us all together. 

Thank you to Liz and Loraine and the team whose hard work ensured that the new look, new time and new ideas all worked so well. The stalls, interactive games, wonderful catering of mulled wine, cakes and the ‘Xavier special’ turkey and cranberry rolls all brought a fresh appeal to the occasion.  It was great to see Fr Bob Coupe open the event.

Lastly a big thank you to all the parishioners, parents, teachers, stall holders, those who donated the many items and indeed everyone who supported this important event- the Fair was packed out for the entire two hours and we raised over £4000 for our parish and school communities!

Paul Kerryson (Parish Council Chair)

A prayer to share

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From November we will be emailing a daily ‘prayer to share’ to all parishioners who gave their email contact details earlier in the year.

The prayers have been written by members of the congregation—old and young.

If you do not have an email address you will be able to pick up paper copies of the daily ‘prayers to share’ at the back of church.  If you would like to write some short prayers please see Fr Tony. 

If you don’t want to receive our ‘prayer to share’ please leave a message with Pat.

 

Calling all Christmas Fair helpers

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This year's Christmas Fair will be held at St Gregory's school on
Sunday 19 November from 12-2pm.

Please will YOU help make this joint event a great success - enjoyable and financially rewarding for parish and school. There is a huge amount to be done -before, during and after the event - and PARISHIONERS and PARENTS alike are asked to consider what they can do to help.

There are umpteen tasks, big and small, like selling raffle tickets, baking cakes, making/donating items to sell or raffle, setting up on the day, manning stalls and tidying up afterwards, etc, etc!

If you can help, Liz Murphy (07805230989) and Loraine Gardner (07596175947) would be delighted to hear from you as soon as possible.

 

Welcome to the new Savio House team for 2017-2018!

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Welcome to the new volunteers who have joined the Savio House team for this year: Jaison Lukose, Indigo Thornton, Pavel Schnirch and Piri Pinter. We wish them well and look forward to meeting them at St Gregory’s over the coming weeks. Pictured here from L to R are the full Savio House team: (back) Fr Tony, Fr Martin, Chris, Fr Cyril and Br Michael; (middle) Jaison, Indigo, Ryan, Pavel and Piri; and (front) Fr Roman

Father Tony becomes our Parish Shepherd

Dear Parishioners

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After a year of hard work and uncertainty in the Parish about whether we would have our own priest, our prayers have been answered and we are truly blessed that Father Tony is taking on the role of ministering to us here at St Gregory’s. 

His hard-work, inspiring homilies, good humour and endless enthusiasm have been present for the past year together with the backup of all the Salesians at Savio House.

We owe Father Tony, Father Roman, Father Cyril, and all the Salesians a huge debt of gratitude and we pray for Father Tony and for our communities of St Gregory's and Savio House as we start a new journey together.

Paul Kerryson (Chair of Parish Council)

Barnabus collections

Dear all our friends at St Gregorys Church,

From all of us at Barnabus, a huge thank you for your recent clothes and food donation. 

This is a very welcome donation at a time when we really need it. Every week, we see more and more new people at the Beacon, our drop in centre in Manchester, all seeking our help with food, clothing, accommodation as well as health and addiction problems.  The rise in homelessness and poverty means that your gift will go a long way in helping us to help them.

Your support allows us to continue our vital work with the homeless of Manchester, which may include many other aspects, such as help with mental health and addictions, as well as help in trying to organise benefits or emergency accommodation.

We are also currently running ReNu, a furniture 'up-cycle' project that allows homeless people to acquire new skills in restoring old furniture.  As well as this project, we also run an allotment project.

We have a lot of very exciting fundraising opportunities coming up for anyone who wishes to get involved and help to raise some money for us.  Barnabus relies on our great team of volunteers who are vital to how we can achieve our goals. If you ever find yourself looking to volunteer to get a firsthand experience of the work we do and of the projects we run, please email

Thank you again from all of us here at Barnabus and we wish you every success in all that you undertake.

Barnabus

45 Bloom Street, Manchester, M1 3LY; Tel: 0161 237 3223; Email:  

Tea and cakes

On Wednesday 12 July a number of parishioners shared conversation and cake at Jose’s house. 

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It was a lovely afternoon, full of smiles and laughter. 


60th anniversary celebrations

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Thank you to everyone who came along to our parish celebrations and to all those who helped to make this such a special occasion. We hope you enjoy looking at some photographs from the day: 60th anniversary photos

Church decorating finished

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As you can see our church has been decorated and is looking beautiful.  Take a moment to look around you when you are at mass and give thanks. Perhaps you will notice the wonderful stained glass windows above the altar for the first time (see photo left).

You will also hear our new sound system-so no more straining to hear what is being said!

A huge thank you to all the workmen involved in the decorating, stonework and installing the sound system.  They worked so hard to ensure we are in church this weekend.

A big job like this doesn’t just happen so thanks to ALL those involved in the organisation of this work.  But special thanks to Alistair McNulty who has managed the entire project magnificently.

And finally, thanks to all those who prepared the church to be ready for our weekend masses.

 

Confirmation group raise money for ECH

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Well done to our confirmation group who held a cake sale last weekend and raised nearly £300 for East Cheshire Hospice.


Thank you for your generosity in supporting our young people and thanks to Francesca and those who helped organise the event.

Concert for Batten disease

On Thursday we were entertained by the Thomas Cranmer Choir conducted by Mr Keith Yearsley MBE.

The evening was a wonderful feast of singing, music, and drama all performed by the multi-talented choir.  We were treated to some old favourites like Panis Angelicus alongside a wonderful flute solo of 'Danny Boy' and then some folk guitar.

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Thank you to June for organising the evening, to the choir who performed so beautifully, to the audience who supported the event and to all those who make cakes which were enjoyed after the concert.

Congratulations to Freya and Ryan

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Congratulations and best wishes to Freya and Ryan from Savio House, who were confirmed at our Easter Vigil service. 
May the light of the Holy Spirit inspire you, guide you, and fill you with the joy of Jesus Christ.