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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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