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26th January 2014 Third Sunday of the Year

Archbishop’s Mass of Thanksgiving for the Sacrament of Matrimony Westminster Cathedral Saturday 7th June 2014
The Archbishop will be inviting to this Mass all couples in the Diocese who are celebrating their 10th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th (and every year over 60 years) wedding anniversary of Catholic marriage in 2014. If you are celebrating an anniversary, please write a letter to Fr Michael with the following details: husband and wife’s name, wedding date, full postal address and email address

John Henry Newman RC School General Catering Assistant Required for February 2014
The Governors of the School wish to appoint a general catering assistant to join our very strong school catering department.

Prayer Meeting
On Friday 31st January at 2.30pm in the presbytery. Everyone is welcome.

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19th January 2014 Second Sunday of the Year

100TH BIRTHDAY
Saturday 25th January will be exactly the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Transfiguration church in 1914. We plan to celebrate our centenary year in various ways. Details to be announced.

FOOD BANK
The Stevenage Community Food Bank trustees would like to thank all of you for the wonderful donations to date specially the Christmas Appeal which surpassed all our expectations. We were able to provide Christmas hampers to at least 30 needy families and provide extra Christmas goodies for children on our normal weekly sessions for at least 3 weeks before Christmas. Last year (we are now one year old) we fed 2800 people. 1900 adults and 900 children and will continue to do this with your help.

FR. AUSON
This weekend we are pleased to welcome our new Priest Fr. Auson. Like Fr. Michael, he is a Salvatorian and is currently a full time student studying for a MA in Catholic Education. Fr. Auson looks forward to his ministry with us and getting to know everyone.

A CHANGE TO WEEKDAY MASSES
Fr. Auson will be taking Mondays as his day off from the parish so there will be no Mass on Mondays. All other Masses will remain as normal.

COMMUNITY AWARD 2013 OLD STEVENAGE
The annual award to recognise local individuals who have made a personal contribution to the community within the defined Stevenage Old Town, Symonds Green and Woodfield areas, which has resulted in either benefits to the area or its people, or both. You may nominate one person who you consider to have excelled in providing a service to the community. Please take a card form the porch and return by 3rd February to Stevenage Borough Council. Forms in the church porch.

PRAYER MEETING
On Friday 31st January at 2.30pm in the presbytery. Everyone is welcome. Please call Colleen on 359402 if you would like more details.

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12th January 2014 Baptism of the Lord

NEXT WEEKEND WE WELCOME FR. AUSON, SDS, OUR NEW ASSISTANT PARISH PRIEST.
Fr. Auson is a Salvatorian Priest from Tanzania and is studying full time for a Masters degree. He has been in England for the past 2 years working in a parish in South London. We look forward to his ministry here with us in the Old Town. Eucharistic Services will continue on weekdays until Monday 20th when weekday Mass will return to normal.

FR. FRED SENDS HIS BEST WISHES
I’ve been speaking with Fr. Fred who has settled in as Chaplain at Nazareth House in Cheltenham. He is very happy and sends his fond regards to all at the Transfiguration and assures us of his continuing prayers. I assured him of all our prayers and the appreciation of all the parishioners in Stevenage. There will be a Retiring Collection today to show our gratitude to Fr. Fred for all that he has done in the Old Town.
Fr. Michael.

CONFIRMATION GROUP
There will be a meeting with Fr. Michael on Monday 13th January at 7pm in the Presbytery for this year’s Candidates and their parents. Please ensure you attend this important meeting.

CHRISTINA O’BRIEN RIP
Funeral on Wednesday 15th at 10.15am at Transfiguration.

MARGARET WHITE RIP
Funeral on Thursday 16th at 1pm at St. Hilda’s. May they rest in eternal peace.

PPC MEETING
Monday 13th January at 8pm in the Presbytery.

IRISH NETWORK STEVENAGE
Are holding their first monthly Social Event of the New Year on Wednesday 15th January at the new time of 1pm at Bedwell Community Centre. Everyone is welcome and entry is only £1.50 for members and £2.50 for non-members. For more information please contact Elaine on 01438 725400.

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5th January 2014 Epiphany of the Lord

THE PARISH SAYS GOODBYE TO FR. FRED
Fr. Fred has now moved to Cheltenham as a Chaplain in a nursing home. We give thanks for all his great work here at the Transfiguration and we will be holding a special collection for him next weekend to show our appreciation for all that he has done. Whilst we wait for a new Priest to be appointed to Transfiguration there will be Communion Services weekdays at 9.30am. As Parish Priest I will be celebrating the weekend Masses and will be talking to the Parish about Fr. Fred’s successor.

MARGARET WHITE RIP
Mother of Jon White, Head of St. Margaret Clitherow School. Funeral to take place on 16th January at 1pm at St. Hilda’s. May she rest in eternal peace. Please keep Margaret and her family in your prayers.

SVP MEETINGS
In the Old Town Presbytery on Tuesday 14th and 28th January at 7.30pm.

THE ASCENT GROUP
Will meet on Monday 6th January at 1.30pm in the church. Please come and join us!

LADIES LUNCH
The next Ladies Lunch takes place on Wednesday 8th January 12noon at the Coopers Arms.

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29th December 2013 Feast of the Holy Family

FR. FRED WISHES TO THANK YOU
for your cards, presents and kindness over the Christmas period. And a sincere thank you to all who helped prepare the church for Christmas – the cleaning, the flowers, the music, the ministries, the sacristy duties, the singing, the responding. Mass for your intentions on Saturday 4th January at 6pm.

THE FEAST OF EPIPHANY
Will be celebrated next weekend. This Feast celebrates God showing his Son to the whole world. Mass at the usual time, 11am.

LADIES LUNCH
The next Ladies Lunch takes place on Wednesday 8th January 12noon for 12:15pm at the Coopers Arms, Poplars, next door to Sainsbury’s, the SB1 bus terminates there. Good food lots of chats and laughs. Prizes are always welcome for our Raffle.

SVP MEETINGS
In the Old Town Presbytery on Tuesday 14th and 28th January at 7.30pm.

CRIB
The money you bury in the straw will be sent to our diocesan Catholic Children’s’ Society.

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22nd December 2013 Fourth Sunday of Advent

CRIB
The money you bury in the straw will be sent to our diocesan Catholic Children’s’ Society.

GROWING IN FAITH CAMPAIGN
A wonderful response from the three Stevenage Parishes to the Archbishop’s appeal. All who have pledged should receive an acknowledgement and the thanks of the Diocese in the next few weeks. If you are bringing a completed pledge form please return it to the box at the back of the Church. Anyone who would still like to pledge please pick up a form on the table.

CHRISTMAS MASSES
With Christmas coming we all want our Masses to be happy, safe and comfortable celebrations. This is our busiest time of year with many visitors and friends in attendance as well as our normal worshippers. This year we will hold three Masses over Christmas. On Christmas Eve we will have the Children’s Mass at 5.00pm and a Mass at 8.00pm, and on Christmas Day an 11.00am service. The two Christmas Eve Masses are very popular but in previous years have become dangerously overcrowded. Please think carefully about which Mass you wish to go to and arrive in good time.
We will have to turn people away once the Church has reached a safe capacity. We realise this may be unpopular but we have an obligation to keep the Church and it’s worshippers safe, and an over-crowded church is not a safe environment. If at all possible do not bring prams or baby buggies into Church. These take up valuable space and block access routes and exits!

NEW PARISH MAGAZINE
Please take a free copy of the new magazine for the three Stevenage Parishes. Many thanks from everyone, especially, Elaine Connolly, Alan Bruce, Michael Dowling and John Amess, who have worked so hard over the last few months to produce the magazine, and a special thanks to Jonathan White and the staff of St Margaret Clitherow School for producing it for this first edition.

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15th December 2013 Second Sunday of Advent

THE GROWING IN FAITH CAMPAIGN
Many thanks to all who have pledged or are considering a pledge to this Appeal by Archbishop Vincent Nichols to all Catholics throughout the Archdiocese. If you have brought a completed pledge with you today, please place it in the box at the back of the Church. The Archbishop asks us all to please keep his Vision and the future of the Archdiocese in our daily prayers.
NELSON MANDELA RIP
On this weekend of his Funeral our community and the whole world gives thanks for his life and the inspiration for justice, peace and reconciliation which he gave to all humanity. May his great soul rest in peace.
DECORATING THE CHURCH CHRISTMAS TREE
Sunday 22nd December

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8th December 2013 Second Sunday of Advent

NEXT WEEKEND IS COMMITMENT WEEKEND
FOR THE GROWING IN FAITH CAMPAIGN
Many thanks to all who have pledged or are considering a pledge to this Appeal by Archbishop Vincent Nichols to all Catholics throughout the Archdiocese. If you have brought a completed pledge with you today, please place it in the box at the back of the Church. The Archbishop asks us all to please keep his Vision and the future of the Archdiocese in our daily prayers.
YMCA SPACE IN STEVENAGE TOWN SQUARE
THREATENED WITH CLOSURE BY CHRISTMAS
They have been given no0ce to vacate the building by Christmas Eve. We hope that as many people as possible will let the Stevenage Borough Council know how important this building is in helping the disadvantaged homeless and needy, and support efforts to retain this facility.
THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULTE CONCEPTION
Because the 8th December falls on a Sunday, this year the feast day has been transferred to Monday 9th December: Mass at 9.30am.
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR MASSES AND CONFESSION / PENITENTIAL SERVICES
Please pick up a leaflet with details of dates and 0mes for all 3 churches.
‘THE CHRISTMAS SING’
Sunday 8th December: 4pm – 5.15pm Our Anglican friends have invited us to join them at Christ The King
Church, Symonds Green for Carols and Christmas entertainment. Entry and refreshments free! Our own
parishioner, Colin Blagden, will be solo performing!
SVP
Next mee0ng in the Old Town Presbytery on Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm.

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