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Sunday November 24th. Our Lord Jesus Christ King of the Universe

Llanidloes – Saturday Vigil Mass at 4.00 pm

Welshpool – Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.30 pm       

Welshpool – Sunday Mass at 9.00 am  

Join us for a drink and a biscuit in the Parish Hall after Mass.

Newtown – Sunday Mass at at 11.00 a m.

(National Youth Sunday – see below)

Monday November 25th. – St Catherine of AlexandriaMass at 9.00 a m at Welshpool

Tuesday November 26th.. – – Mass at 9.30 am at Newtown

Wednesday November 27th.. –No Mass.

Thursday November 28th. – No Mass

Llanidloes:  Hour of Prayer from 6.00pm – 7.00pm in the Church of Our Lady & St Richard Gwyn, Pen y green Road.

Friday November 29th– Mass at 9.00 a m at Welshpool

Saturday November 30th.. -. St Andrew, Apostle, patron of Scotland; – No Mass 

Confessions at Welshpool 9.30 – 10.15

Confessions at Newtown 2.30 – 3.15 pm

Sunday December 1st.. First Sunday of Advent – Year A

Llanidloes – Saturday Vigil Mass at 4.00 pm

Welshpool – Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.30 pm       

Welshpool – Sunday Mass at 9.00 am  

Join us for a drink and a biscuit in the Parish Hall after Mass.

Newtown – Sunday Mass at at 11.00 a m.

(Launch of The God who speaks – see below)

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Bambinelli Sunday: The Marriage and Family Life Commission are encouraging all par-ishes in the Diocese to mark Bambinelli Sunday again this year as have so many parishes for the last few years. As you know, it has become a tradition in Rome that each year on Gaudete Sunday, children (and adults) take their Baby Jesus figures from the crib at their homes to St Peters Square where the Pope will bless both the people and the figurines during the Angelus. Parishes around the world now join in the celebration, encouraging young children to make the connection between the Nativity set at home and the local church where they worship each weekend.

 ICT and Health and safety Update GDPR Wednesday 11th December 2019 12:30 for 1PM:  Please note that we shall be holding a briefing for the new IT provision and H & S Contract, together with an update on GDPR. This will be held at ‘Our Lady of the Rosary’, Jubilee Road, Buckley CH7 2AF at 12.30 for a light lunch and 1pm briefings commence. Each presentation should last no more than 1 hour including a Q&A for each brief.

 2020 The God who Speaks: The year 2020 will be the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’ and the 1,600 anniversary of St. Jerome’s death. These dates have motivated the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales to make 2020 a year of focus on The God Who Speaks. Throughout the year starting on the First Sunday of Advent (1st December 2019) there will be a range of events, activities and creative resources to participate in all round the country.: In this Diocese the launch of 2020 ‘The God Who Speaks’ will take place during Evening Prayer at the Cathedral on Sunday 1st December at 3.00pm.   Although the principal launch of 2020 The God Who Speaks will be in the Cathedral at 3pm but in order to facilitate the greatest number of people in the Diocese participating in the inauguration, Solemn Evening Prayer will also be celebrated in St Thérèse, Abergele at 4pm and Dolgellau Carmel at 4.15pm.

Reflective study: For ADVENT on Thursdays at 7:15 p.m. 5th 12th and 19th December in the Church of God the Holy Spirit, Newtown. GOD WHO SPEAKS A Reflective study of the Infancy stories in the first Chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. With music, poetry and prayer. All welcome.

November Dead List: Envelopes are available this weekend for you to place the names of the dead that you wish to be prayed for during the month of November. These envelopes will be placed on the Altar during each Mass.

“Read and proclaim the Word” Workshop for all Readers: Our Deanery organises a workshop for all our readers “Read and proclaim the Word” as a part of one of the programme for “2020 The God who Speaks”. It will be on 15th of February 2020, Saturday, 1pm to 3pm in Wrexham Cathedral.

Christmas tree decoration: The children in Newtown will be decorating the Christmas tree in the crypt on Sunday 15th December after Mass. There will be a raffle on that day so please could you donate some prizes. There will be mince pies and mulled wine provided so please come along and enjoy!!

Christmas Crib collection: Bishop Peter has dedicated this year’s Christmas Crib collection to HCPT Pilgrimage Trust (Registered Charity No. 281074). Half of the money donated will go to the Trust’s central organisation and half in direct support of the Wrexham Diocesan Group in support of next year’s pilgrimage to Lourdes with a number of young people across the Diocese. More information will be available in the New Year about being a volunteer to help with the 2020 pilgrimage and with proposing young people who could be part of the Group going to Lourdes at Easter.

Catholic Education Service Campaign

As you are already aware, the Catholic Education Service (CES) are running a campaign on behalf of the Bishops in Wales and are encouraging as many

Catholics in Wales to sign it. You can do this by adding their name to our campaign via this link and encouraging others to do the same: https:// http://www.catholiceducation.org.uk/component/k2/item/1003676-protecting-the-rights-of-welsh-parents-in-their-children-s-education

It takes 2 minutes to complete. All that they need to do is:

  • Click on the link above or visit the Catholic Education Service website where they will see the campaign
  • Fill out their name and details
  • Click submit

If you are having any technical issues, then please do feel free to contact me via my email address (mconrad@catholiceducation.org.uk) or on 02079011904 Here is a little more information about the campaign that the Catholic Education Service is running at the moment on behalf of the Bishops in Wales:

The Welsh Government has announced plans to remove the parental right of withdrawal from RE and RSE and to change the name of RE to Religion and World views. We are very concerned about both aspects of the proposals which are currently out for consultation. We believe a move away from parents as the primary educators to the State as the primary educator is hugely problematic. We are also concerned that these proposals will result in the State defining what is taught in Catholic RE.

If you would like any more information about this campaign, then please feel free to read our press release by following this link: https:// http://www.catholiceducation.org.uk/component/k2/item/1003674-statement-from-the-catholic-education-service-on-the-consultation-to-re-and-rse-in-wales

 The church halls: The church halls are available to be used as meeting or function rooms and both have available dates throughout the year. To book the Newtown Church Hall contact Philomena Richardson Tel: 01686630743 and for the Welshpool Church Hall contact Terry & Andrea Reeves Tel: 01938590368 who will provide you with full details.”

 St. Mary’s school children are coming to Mass every Tuesday in term time -9.30am. Please do come along, join and support them if you can

Children between First Holy Communion and Confirmation are welcome to join “Disciples” who meet every first Tuesday of the month at 4 .00 – 5.30 pm for snack/chat, learn/sing, praise/pray. Come and enjoy your Faith.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.”Lk. 18:15

Llanidloes: Hour of Prayer every Thursday from 6.00pm – 7.00pm in the Church of Our Lady & St Richard Gwyn, Pen Y Green Road.

The Advent ‘Walk with me’ is available at the back of the Church, please take one each. Your are welcome to donate £1

Please remember in your prayers for the well being of our religious Sisters and, priests of the Diocese, and we specially pray for our parishioners who are sick, housebound, in hospitals, hospices and care homes.

Sr Veronica OCD RIP: Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Veronica of the Holy Face (Yates) OCD from Dolgellau Carmel who died on Thursday 21st November aged 89. May her soul rest in Peace. Re-member in prayer too her family, the Carmelite Community and the parish of Dolgellau as they mourn their loss.

Gift Aid: If you are a Tax Payer Please consider making your offertory donation by using the Gift aid form or standing order. Please remember to write your name, address, sign and date. Thank you for supporting our Parishes

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 MAY THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU

 FR JOHNSON CMI