Thanks indeed to Father Kelly, Father Wynn and the other fathers that are helping us out until our new priest arrives, we are very grateful for their Masses.
THE SPECIAL MEETING to maintain the social life of English Martyrs held last Wednesday was very well attended with over 20 people. Some good ideas were suggested but it was brought to our attention that some people were unable to attend due to the time the meeting was held. Therefore it was decided to adjourn the meeting to a more convenient time. A second meeting has been arranged for SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER at 6.00pm (after the 5.00pm Mass) so that further discussions can take place.
ADVANCE NOTICE. Mass here at English Martyrs on Sunday 11th November, Remembrance Sunday, will be at 8.45am. ( that is ¼ hour earlier than previous years ) . The Remembrance Service in St. Mary’s and All Saints Parish Church will be at 9.45am..
We had an amazing Funeral Mass for Father Price attended by the Bishop and the previous one too, 40 Priests and attendees and of course the biggest congregation we have seen. Father Prices colleagues arrived from Manchester and one gave a wonderful picture of his religious life. Dennis Cassidy gave a wonderful tribute also and it was excellent to remember Father Prices achievements in Whalley. He was buried in our Whalley and Wiswell Cemetery and we returned to the Abbey for Lunch a sad but auspicious day. We send our love to Gillian his sister who works hard in the Parish and sings in our choir to help offset a little her tragic loss.
Father Price died in hospital on Friday 21st September and was attended by 2 priests the previous evening.
Father’s body will be received into English Martyrs Church on Tuesday 2nd October at 7.30 pm. followed by Mass.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday 3rd October at 12.00 noon followed by burial at Whalley and Wiswell cemetery.
The Parish extends its sympathies to Gillian his sister who has been a stalwart of our Parish.
We are having a morning Mass on Wednesday 25th of September at 10am. We need to think father Kelly for this and he is looking forward to seeing you. Please tell everyone you see as we have not had morning Mass for some time.
The afternoon teas season is here and a dedicated band of hard working parishioners are making it go with a zing. Fresh cakes and drinks are served by our team to visitors on Sundays 2pm until 4pm through to the end of September. The Church gardens are beautiful and the whole place is serene, come and give it a try you will not be disappointed!
THE YEAR 2018 WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY. The weather last weekend was perfect for the Garden Party. It was good to see the grounds used to advantage and lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves. Thank you to all who worked so hard in the heat of the day, and thank you to all who came to support us. The day realised a total profit of just over £2,200.00 and this figure has been divided equally between Whalley in Bloom and English Martyrs Church. The judging followed very quickly last Wednesday and Whalley looked spick and span and received very favourable comments and some good advice from the 2 judges. We now have quite a long wait as we take our place in the whole of the North West.
This coming Saturday (31st June) from 11am until 4.00pm we join with Whalley in Bloom for perhaps the biggest social event that we have attempted in our grounds. Thank you to all who have been involved. Please have a look at the lists on the table to see if you can fit in anywhere, but please support this event and bring friends.
The Church will be open on Friday until all preparations have finished.
Gifts for Tombola and stalls can be left at the Presbytery (behind the big front door if there is no-one in).
Home baking is one of our specialities. On this occasion as much, please, as possible. Please do not bring baking before Friday evening……. and, hush hush, the weather looks set fair.
Seven young people from our area received their first Holy Communion this Sunday. On a perfect day weather wise they set forward to deepen their understanding of their life in Church. Their families surrounding them they took this very important step. Please pray for them as they as they move to become full members of our Church.
.MUSIC FOR A SUMMER’S EVENING by the Renaissance Singers is this Saturday, 7.30pm in the Methodist Church. Tickets at £10.00 are available now from Denis Cassidy (tel 822345) or from Whalley Parish Church office (tel. 823249). Music by Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Bob Chilcott, as well as “I got rhythm” and other lighter numbers. Ticket includes a glass of fruit punch. Come and bring a friend.
.Note Coach leaves English Martyrs at 9.45am….. please be there in time!