The printable version of this bulletin is on the Mass Times and Bulletin page. Please print out a copy for any neighbour who does not have the Internet. Please note the printed version excludes many of the internet links.
PENTECOST NOVENA The nine days after the Solemnity of the Ascension to Pentecost are traditionally set aside for prayer uniting ourselves with the Apostles gathered with Mary in the upper room in Jerusalem waiting for the gift of the Holy Spirit. This is where we get the term, Novena, which comes from the Latin word for nine- Novem. Novena prayers are available to print out on the website. Please print off copies for friends who do no have the internet. There are also great prayer resources from the “Thy Kingdom Come” initiative, which can also be found on our website.
VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES Those who have the internet will be able to follow the virtual pilgrimage online this week starting with Mass with the Archbishop at 3.00pm this Sunday.
Please tell your friends who are not online that you can submit their prayer intentions through the diocesan website link.
THE CHOSEN There is an excellent recent production exploring the lives of the characters who met Jesus in the gospels. It was put onto youtube over Easter with a commentary before and after each episode. If you want to ignore the commentary, follow the links to watch it on the App. The episodes are well worth watching as a family, or to pass on to people who are interested in finding out more about Christianity as they give a wonderful insight into the the person of Jesus. For more information see https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBXOFnNTULFaAnj24PAeblg
PENTECOST RETREAT You are welcome to attend a free online retreat over Pentecost weekend. For more information see https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/come-all-who-thirst-tickets-100837991146
SUPPORTING THE HUNGRY: If you are unable to use on-line money donations to support eg Good Shepherd Ministry please consider dropping off items through your hour of exercise for the addresses below. Items listed in bold run out quickly, though all are welcomed. These can be left at the Brothers (2, Richmond Road or at GS Ministry Waterloo Road premises) The Vicarage, 21A St Jude’s Rd WV6 0EB. Here is a list of suitable items needed:
UHT milk; Fruit juice; Tinned meat; Tea/coffee; pasta sauce; Tinned vegetables and tomatoes; Soup (inc Pot Noodles);Pasta; Rice; Lentils, beans and pulses; sugar; Tinned fruit; Biscuits; Household items (soap, laundry detergent, laundry powder, washing up liquid) Toiletries (deodorant, toilet paper, shower gel, shaving gel, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, tooth paste, hand wipes; Feminine hygiene products ):; Baby supplies – nappies, baby wipes and baby food.
QUIZ TIME: Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain: which flower was the badge of his Ducal House? The colours of the rainbow will be used as a basis for a series of parish quizzes. The first theme is therefore: red. A new one will come out every 3 weeks, with answers after 4. Answers - team or otherwise- can be sent to St Michael's and St Bernadette's Youth Group e-mail: email@example.com. Any questions:336534.The Quiz is on the website. If you don't have access, ask a friend to print it off for you.
CAFOD The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities. While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal
Friends of the Holy Land launched an appeal in March for those impacted in Bethlehem and widened it on 3 April as a Pentecost Challenge to cover the whole of the region. They secured match funding for the first £100,000 and, with a few days to go to Pentecost, are close to reaching the target but are seeking help to get over the line. For more information look up https://www.friendsoftheholyland.org.uk/pentecost-challenge
A Great Opportunity to Help: Scrubhub Wolverhampton is looking for people to either sew (material is already cut out for you) or drive deliveries of scrubs locally. If you could help or donate please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Helena on 07734926777. Thank you!
Mass intentions if you would like a Mass offered for someone, please fill in the form on our website or ring Sr Lydwin on 01902 341 343.
Financial Contributions This is a difficult time for many people but if you are able to continue giving an offering to the church, please consider paying directly into the parish account. Please follow the directions on our website.
FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK: Dorothy Stephenson, June Abbiss, Peter Holmes, Alice Stevens, George Brown, Chris Starkey, Ann Lewis, M Mary, Thomas Mackin, Fr David Duggan, Stephen Briggs, Hilary Elsden, Katherine Poole, Teresa Mitchell, Mary Lawley, Ann Bayley, Helen O’Brien-Coleman, Mary Abbiss, Peggy McHale, Patrick Quinn, Fred & Celia Norton, Jean Hollingshead, Margaret Stokes, Leah Nixon, Pat Pool, John Dolan, Liam Dolan, Marie Looker, Lorna Ciraulo, Pat Eades, Helen Porter, Mary Kirby, Sheila O’Toole, Tony McGinn, Brendan Bleakley.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED RECENTLY: Mary Lawley, Anne Patterson, Fr David Duggan, Kathleen Bowman, Alfonsina Lombardi, Tony Haden, Ignatius Kelly, Margaret Vicino, Claire Hallett, Mike Huntbatch, Celia Saddler, Susie Andrews, Noreen James.
May they rest in peace.
Safeguarding Representatives: Steve & Chris Callow (St Michael) 01902 340775,
Maria Iafigliola (SS Peter and Paul) 07931406866
Ann Shorthouse (St Bernadette) 01902 326334
These parishes are part of the Archdiocese of Birmingham. Registered as a charity No. 234216. Archbishop of Birmingham + Bernard Longley