20th November 2013
Do you want to respond to the Pope’s questions about family life? follow the link:
Zambia School Sponsorship.
A great initiative has developed from our outreach programme to Zambia. A new strategy of sponsoring pupils in St. Paul’s parish has grown out of our visit to Chipata Compound. We are asking people to donate £30 per year over the next three years to go towards the education fees of the poorest children in the parish. That’s only 57pence per week!
Perhaps it might be a novel way of giving a Christmas gift. Its’ easy to do on the new website www.zamed.org.uk or on this website. Just 57p per week.
A meeting to recruit volunteers for the 2014 team to visit Zambia took place on Tues 5th November. A selection process is underway and soon we will have a full list of those who will be travelling next July. Further details will be posted here shortly.
Virtual Tours of the parish churches are NOW be available on the parish website. Just look at the bottom of this page and see “306 VR Tour”. Over the next few weeks the Holy Family and St. Mary’s, Stewartstown will be added to the website.
Coping with bereavement is always difficult irrespective of the circumstances surrounding the loss of a loved one. Our Faith reassures us that those who have died are at peace with God, as we hear from the Old Testament book of Wisdom: “The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God, no torment shall ever touch them, for they are at peace”. St Paul tells us that “we can be certain about those who have died….that it will be the same for those who have died in Jesus: God will bring them with him.(1Thessalonians). We trust and believe that the souls of the departed at complete peace and harmony with God in heaven. We have no need to fear for them, for God has promised salvation through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ to ALL. Purgatory is a place of preparation for Heaven, not an in-between world, where souls are somehow ‘not yet crossed over’. There are many bereavement support groups and agencies available and the parish pastoral council is discussing plans to develop parish support network.
Fr. Paul (PP)
Please help us repair the roof on the Holy Family churchHoly Family Church Roof Repair Fund
Sponsor the education of a child for 57p per week. Just £30 per yearZambia Outreach Project