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10th/11th April 2021

SATURDAY, 10th April  11.00 a.m. – 12 noon – Adoration at Buxton
MONDAY, 12th April 10.00 a.m. Public Mass at Buxton – For Cath Hobday’s Intentions  
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  8.30 p.m.  Night Prayer on ZOOM 
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WEDNESDAY, 14th April10.00 a.m. Public Mass at Chapel – For Pat Feeney’s Intentions
THURSDAY, 15th April 11.00 a.m. ZOOM Scripture Group – 
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FRIDAY, 16th April 10.00 a.m. Public Mass at Buxton – 
For Manfred Luggazers Intentions
SATURDAY, 17th April    5.00 p.m. Live Streamed Mass at Chapel – 
BOOKING FOR WEEKEND MASS For Chapel phone/text Joan Matthews on 07932521652 or email for Buxton 07470972789 or email
FR GERRY’S OPERATION  This will be my last weekend with you at Mass before my knee replacement operation on April 29th.  My social isolation will begin next Friday for 2 weeks and then I will have 6 weeks convalescing in the Presbytery at Buxton.  Mgr Jonathan Moore will lead Mass at Chapel each Saturday from next weekend.  Bishop Patrick will lead Mass at Buxton next weekend, followed by Fr Frank Carvill who is retired, and Fr Limnyuy Gamsi, who is an Assistant Priest in Leicester.  There will be a weekday Service of the Word and Holy Communion in both Buxton and Chapel led by Deacon Don and the Eucharistic Ministers and Adoration at Chapel each Friday at 10.00 a.m.  Deacon Don and Margaret Swift will do much of my normal Ministry and Fr Dan Bowdren from Hadfield (phone 01457 852351) will anoint anyone in danger of death.  Thank you all for your prayers and support and for keeping the parish community going. 
The Aid to Yemen alone will be reduced from £164 million to £87 million – 40%.  Ex-cabinet Minister Austin Mitchewll says 100,000 people will die because of the cuts.  Cafod Director, Christine Allen said “Plans to cut the Overseas Aid Budget signals our government is turning it’s back on the needy of the world”.  Please have a look at the more detailed petition click to read and write to Robert Largan MP, at 18 Market Street, Whaley Bridge, SK23 7LP or email
THE BIG BUXTON CONVERSATION What if everything turned out OK? What would Buxton look and feel like in 2030?  How can we create the future we want and need? Join the ZOOM conversation on Saturday, April 24th 10am-3pm.  Please put the event in your diary and register via  Sponsored by Transition Buxton CIC. Any questions please email
BANK DETAILS FOR STANDING ORDERS  St Anne’s Buxton RCP: Sort Code 30-96-18: Account No. 00420334 or SS John Fisher and TM Chapel RCP: Sort Code 30-92-59: Account No. 03351306.
We've raised almost £300 in FREE donations by some of us using the Easyfundraising 'gateway' when shopping online. Over 4,500 retailers e.g. M&S, Tesco, John Lewis, Waitrose, Morrisons, Expedia ... are in the scheme. They donate a % of your purchase price at no extra cost to you when you shop with them via Easyfundraising. Sign up at - it's easy and free! Then next time you shop online for DIY, gardening, groceries, fashion, insurance, power, broadband, holidays etc. you'll raise FREE donations for 'St Anne's RC Church, Buxton, Development Fund'. (This Easyfundraising 'cause' was set up before our Buxton and Chapel 'merger', but it's our new Parish that benefits nonetheless.) Sounds simple? It is! Many thanks
VISITING GROUPS  Chapel have already delivered 40 Palms and Easter Cards to those unable to come to Public Mass and Buxton will do the same this week.  Our thanks to them both.  If you know of anyone who would like a phone call or contact with Fr Gerry or Deacon Don please let either of us or one of the Parish Pastoral Councils, know. 
PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES will be available from the back of church this Sunday. If you would prefer to pay by Standing Order, forms are available at the back of the church and on the homepage of the website along with Bank Details.
ST ANNE’S BACK TO SCHOOL Had an amazing 98.8% attendance the first week back!  Year 4 actually had a 100% attendance all week.  It speaks volumes about how at home and stimulated children feel at our school and how nurturing they find all the staff.  Recovery small groups have started in Reading, Maths and Grammar and take place each morning at 8 am and 3.30 pm in the afternoon with some staff doing it voluntarily.  These groups will continue until the end of the Summer Term. 
St Anne’s Buxton RCP: Sort Code 30-96-18: Account No. 00420334 or
SS John Fisher and TM Chapel RCP: Sort Code 30-92-59: Account No. 03351306.
HONEY AND LIP BALM  £200 has been donated to St Anne’s for the honey and now we have the bees’ lip balm. Price £3, available at St Anne’s, all proceeds to the Presentation Sisters Zambian and Zimbadwian Family Care Services.  Our thanks to Lisa and John Cooper.
Had a great return to school last week.  On Monday with Years 7 & 11 there was a 97% attendance, Tuesday with year 7,9,11, there was another 97% attendance and on Wednesday with Years 7,9,10,11, there was a 96% attendance.  They also had an amazing 99.6% consent from parents for children to take the Covid tests.  When parents were surveyed about the recent remote learning offer from the school 99% said they were happy with what was provided.  Well done David Redfern and staff! News about St Anne’s School next week.
Thanks to all who have already contributed.  You can still donate online at  Thanks for your encouragement about the Aquapump demonstration last Sunday.  Our thanks to Buxton Rotary Club for lending us their equipment.  Deacon Don will demonstrate the Aquapump at Chapel this weekend.
HONEY AND LIP BALM  £200 has been donated to St Anne’s for the honey and now we have the bees’ lip balm. Price £3, available at St Anne’s, all proceeds to the Presentation Sisters Zambian and Zimbadwian Family Care Services.  Our thanks to Lisa and John Cooper.
ST ANNE’S 100 CLUB DRAW RESULTS  No 30 – Lisa Cooper - £100;  No 26 – Martin Mulryan - £30;  No 70 – Chris Moore - £20.
ST JOHN FISHER 100 CLUB DRAW RESULTS  Celine Barnes - £50;  Don Lavery - £25.
St Anne’s Buxton RCP: Sort Code 30-96-18: Account No. 00420334 or SS John Fisher and TM Chapel RCP: Sort Code 30-92-59: Account No. 03351306.
Superdrug is now recycling the blister packs that much of our medication comes in. Take your used blister packs to the pharmacy counter in Superdrug and they will be recycled. Thank you!
A MUST SEE FOR EVERYONE from Sr Susan Richert    
The best video I have seen where someone finally has the courage to warn us of where the world we have created is leading us.
CHAPEL CRAFT GROUP are making treat bags for staff at our local hospitals.  We are including travel/small-sized toiletries, hand and face wipes – not sanitisers; hand cream, chocolates, sweets and anything else they might use and enjoy.  If you would like to help please leave any of the above at the back of the church for Deacon Don to collect.  Alternatively, they can be collected.  Contact Anne Parker – 07866867409 or Marie Lawton 07539202511  
RESOURCES FOR LENT   Bishop Patrick has sent a free “Walk with me” booklet with the daily Gospel reference and a reflection for each day.  Available today at the entrance.
TIDESWELL CHURCH PERMANENT CLOSURE was unanimously approved by the 20 members of the Diocesan Council of Priests last week.  It now has to be approved by the Bishop and the Diocesan Board of Directors.  My special thanks to Gordon Fuller who has been maintaining the church cemetery there. 
CATHOLIC UNIVERSE AND CATHOLIC TIMES  Post free, every week. 3 months £25, 12 months £90, Digital 12 months £55. or phone 0161 8205722.  
(1) Bishop Patrick has sent a free “Walk with me” booklet with the daily Gospel reference and a reflection for each day.  Available today at the entrance. 
(2) Redemptorist Publications are offering a free Lenten Retreat with Fr Denis McBride from Wednesday, February 24th on “Reflecting with Paintings.”  A 20-30 weekly video.
(3) The Jesuits are offering “Knowing Jesus – Lent Retreat 2021 from Ash Wednesday, February 17th to Easter Sunday, April 4th. Daily prayers and emails. 
CAFOD  are offering rich resources as usual.  For their Fast Day on Friday, February 26th – – on “The Big Walk for Water” with prayers and lots of videos etc. 
SEE WHAT Chris Fitzgerald “High Peak Chaplain” is doing in our local catholic schools  
DIOCESAN YOUTH SERVICE  daily offerings on
ST ANNE’S COMMUNITY CHURCH CHOIR  are continuing to meet every Monday at 5.30 p.m. on ZOOM. Meeting ID 826 7299 6917 Passcode 011960. It’s very sociable, lasting about 40 minutes. 
There’s no pressure, and we’re on mute when we sing along to a backing track!  If you would like to sing along with us, you’ll be very welcome.

Honey & Lip Balm - thanks to everyone in Buxton and Chapel-en-le-Frith who bought honey from John & Lisa Cooper. It has now all been sold and the £200 raised from sales has been donated to church funds via gift aid. John & Lisa now have beeswax lip balm available which they will be selling to raise funds for the Presentation Sisters new charity which supports children in Zambia and Zimbabwe to attend primary and secondary school.

The lip balm is £3 per 10ml pot ( + 50p postage if required). John & Lisa can be contacted via email or call/ text 07709880779 

CHAPEL 100 CLUB   January is the time to join the 100 Club if you wish.  The cost is £2 per number per month or £24 for the year for every number you buy.  The prizes are £50 and £25 each month with a bonus ball in October which carries £100 prize.  If you would like to join please get in touch with me at or phone  07709238354. 
100 CLUB DRAW - BUXTON  Congratulations to the winners of December 100 Club draw – 1st Prize £100 – Tony King; 2nd Prize £30 – Pat Kelly; 3rd Prize £20 – Polly Robinson.  Thank you to all our 100 Club members for your continued support; we made £3,655 in our first year!  This will go towards improvements in the church.  Subscriptions for this year are now due. Those who pay by standing order don’t need to do anything.  For those who pay by a yearly cheque, please send your cheque for £48, made payable to St Anne’s RCP, to St Anne’s Presbytery, Terrace Road, Buxton SK17 6DU.  For those who pay monthly, please continue to send in £4 each month; your new envelopes are ready at the back of the church.  
Payment can also be made by BACS:
Please pay: Sort Code: 30-96-18  Account: 00420334  Name of account: St Anne's Buxton RCP  Please use the reference ‘100Club
A BIG THANK YOU to all those who have already responded to the 100 Club renewals, to those who have recently taken outstanding orders for their planned giving weekly donations and those who have backdated their giving by sending in cheques.  Much appreciated!
BOOKING FOR WEEKEND MASS  For Chapel phone/text Joan Matthews on 07932521652 or email and for Buxton phone 07470972789 or email
A few of us have started meeting online via ZOOM for a short night prayer session on Monday Evenings at 8.30 p.m. 
We base this on Compline which can be found on There is an opportunity for chatting afterwards for anyone who wants to.  If you’d like to try it please click on the link listed above or contact Maggie on 07870 111331 or for more information.
NEXT SUNDAY  There will be a second collection for the Sick and Retired Priests Fund. 
It would appear that at least the next 6 months are going to be very testing for us all.  Fortunately, we have the rollout of the vaccine to look forward to but that is obviously going to take some time and is a very demanding job for our NHS and the vaccine makers.  Today’s Gospel gives us hope and strength.  St John says “a light shines in the dark, a light the darkness could not overpower” 1,5.  A little later he says “this light came to his own domain and his own people did not accept him.  But to all who did accept him, he gave the power to become children of God” 1,12.  As we end the Christmas Season we are invited to cherish the gift of God becoming one of us and next weekend we shall be celebrating the feast of the Baptism of Jesus when we are reminded that we too become “beloved sons and daughters” which will be our spring to draw upon in this coming year.
THANK YOU ALL  Once again for your very generous Christmas Offerings both at Chapel and at Buxton.  Thanks on behalf of Deacon Don and myself for all your cards, gifts and appreciation during this Season.  We really appreciate it and it keeps us going!
For Chapel phone/text Joan Mathews on 07932521652 or email and for Buxton book online at or email
SISTER MARY AND SUSAN Thank you for warmly welcoming them last weekend.  What did you think of their suggestions for Buxton and Chapel together? Click to view.
DECEMBER 100 CLUB RESULTS FOR CHAPEL   Stella Rhodes - £50;  Daniel Feeney - £25.  Congratulations!  We shall have the Buxton Draw this Sunday after Mass. 
CARDINAL NICHOLS WRITES  “The Catholic Church in England and Wales welcomes the Report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse relating to the institutional response of the Church in its duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation.  We thank the Panel for their work.  Their findings will now inform the ongoing reform and improvement of Safeguarding in all aspects of the Church’s life.  We apologise to all victims and survivors who have not been properly listened to, or properly supported by us.  We acknowledge the failings and inconsistency in the application of our Safeguarding Procedures and commit to actions which will bring about improvement.  This report is an important moment in the Safeguarding journey of the Catholic Church in our Countries.  It will be considered in detail by us, the Bishops, at our Plenary Assembly beginning next week so that we can integrate its findings into the life and work of the Church in order to consistently safeguard children and the vulnerable.” 
(The Report found that Cardinal Nichols had historically put the reputation of the Church before the needs of survivors).
We already have 20 parishioners registered with EASYFUNDRAISING for online shopping with big-name shops like M&S, John Lewis, Tesco and 3,800 retailers including Amazon.  We have raised £264 to date for St Anne’s Development Fund.  Please join them and register for EASYFUNDRAISING, the more supporters we have the more free donations we receive. 
We have now got permission from the Diocese having made it Covid safe.  Our thanks to Margaret and Ken Swift for doing all the work.  Just a few of our regular users, especially Alcoholics Anonymous are waiting to meet.
We have fixed the induction loop system for the hard of hearing and it’s now working well.  Sadly, it doesn’t work miracles if you are deaf but helps the hard of hearing.  Our thanks to EXPRESSION MEDIA from HADFIELD who visited the site and fixed it for nothing.  We are exploring whether we can install the equipment we need for live streaming Mass so as to reach all those who presently can’t make it.
OUR THANKS TO LESLEY CROWTHER who has prepared the Season of Creation display in front of the Altar at St Anne’s for the past 5 weeks. 
We’ve been having this at St Anne’s since Lockdown and about 6 people normally take part.  We want to invite the people of Chapel too!  Please feel welcome to join us at 11 am – 12.15 pm on Thursdays to talk about next Sunday’s Gospel Reading.  We pray we ponder, we listen, we speak, we ask questions.  It’s a chance to bring the Gospel to life and helps us to understand what Jesus is saying to us about our lives and our world. 
ZOOM Scripture Group Meeting ID 719 9020 6707  Password 020233
Hosted on ZOOM by the Diocesan Justice and Peace Commission on Monday evenings and Friday mornings in October.  Please contact them at if you would like to take part. It’s whenever you are able to take part.  Morning and Evening Prayer and reflecting in small groups on Pope Francis’ message.  
Don is coming to join us at Buxton this Sunday with his wife Jackie.  I’ve asked him to introduce himself to us after the Gospel.  Some of us were at his Ordination to the Deaconate just over three years ago at St Mary’s, New Mills by Bishop Patrick.
A big thank you to all the people of Chapel who welcomed me so warmly at Mass last weekend.  I was saying that it’s a new chapter for both our communities that brings both new demands and new benefits.  As well as both of us changing our weekend Mass times for a couple of months trial we might ask ourselves what suggestions we have for the future together and what more we might each do to help our communities work and grow. 
Six of us met on Thursday, 17th September and shared about our phone calls and visits to the housebound over the last six months.  We’re exploring trying to contact some of those who aren’t able to come to public Mass at the moment. If you’re interested please contact Iris Thomson on or myself. 
It formally starts this weekend.  I suspect that some parishioners know more people in the other parish community than me!  I picture it as a getting to know you process for the next year or so and perhaps as well as noticing our losses and what’s not the same any more we will begin to grow more aware of our gains, especially the faith of people in both our communities.  I have proposed that there be just one weekend Mass in each church for the next two months from next weekend – Saturday 5 pm at Chapel:  Sunday 10 am at Buxton – and people from both places will be very welcome both at weekends and weekdays at both churches.  I encourage you all to give it a try – I will!  We shall begin a whole parish consultation on the weekend of October 24th and 25th, with the help of Sisters Mary Deane and Susan Richert, who have both experienced their parishes losing their resident priest.  I’m hoping we will all get involved and be willing to say what we think both about the times of weekend Mass and our hopes and suggestions for the future. 
This weekend we’re praying about “REPAIRING” creation.  It’s damaged and broken as a result of us and we need to heal it and restore it.  Lesley Crowther has made some recycled objects you might spot in our Garden of Eden in front of the altar at Buxton. 
Look at  and for a prayer service and Novena to St Francis. 
I especially want to thank the Stewards, Aileen, Ann, Thomas and Martina, and Rosemary, Jeanette and Rose who read and Paul who distributed Holy Communion.  Special thanks to Wyn who played the organ every week. 
SEASON OF CREATION  This weekend we’re praying about “REPENTING” of our lack of appreciation and misuse of the creation.  Think of our arrogance and lack of respect for the gift of such a great, varied and mysterious gift and think of how we need to “REJOICE”  in it more deeply and use it differently especially as we shop, travel, clothe ourselves, and keep ourselves warm.  Look at  and for a prayer service and Novena to St Francis. 
OUR THANKS  to Angela, Alan and Andrew Oldfield for recording the live-streamed Mass these past few weeks. 
We are focusing this weekend on “REJOICE”.  What is your favourite part of Buxton, or maybe of your garden?  What is your favourite tree or shrub, or flower or peak?  Why not spend some time there this week and thank God for it and ask that we might better appreciate it and care for it?  Look at and for a prayer service and Novena to St Francis. 
I was saying last weekend that I am becoming Parish Priest of Chapel-en-leFrith as well as Buxton on the weekend of September 19th and 20th.  Buxton and Chapel will then make up one of the three pastoral areas in the High Peak.  The other two will cluster around Marple (and New Mills) and Glossop (Hadfield and Broadbottom).  I am preparing to cancel the Saturday evening Mass at St Anne’s during a two month TRIAL PERIOD and have just one weekend Mass at both Buxton and Chapel.  Obviously Buxtonians will be very welcome to come with me to the 5 pm Saturday evening Mass at Chapel if that is possible.  Fr Jim O’Hanlon, a retired priest living in Alfreton, will lead both Masses at Buxton on September 19th and 20th while I go to Chapel.  From then onwards I propose we begin our 2 month trial period.  Along with the issue of both our Mass times clashing and there being very few people (20 or less) at St Anne’s 6 pm Mass I would like to remind you that I am 70 years, not 50 years old, and expecting to have a knee replacement operation next year.  Would it be a good idea to spare the horses too? I would like to invite you all to an Open Parish Meeting in October led by Sisters Mary Deane and Susan Richert and want to thank all those who have already shared their reactions and alternative proposals with me.  Hopefully, we can put them all into a shared melting pot and come up with proposals both for Mass times and a more co-operative sharing of both our communities’ faith lives. 
100 CLUB DRAW – SEPTEMBER £100 – No 9 – St Anne’s Brownies;  £30 – No 12 – Bruce Thomson; £20 – No 53 – Mary Monaghan.  Thank you all for your support.
 “When we started to worship with you last October we didn’t really know what to expect. Maybe there would be some suspicion or doubt about us?  Well, we should have had more faith because the minute we walked through the door of St Anne’s we were greeted with so much love and support, more than we could have ever wished for.  Thank you all!  Our journey into the Catholic Church has been made much the easier by all of you, our companions, but especially by our sponsors Rob, Lynne and Aileen and of course, Fr Gerry.  A big thank you to them too!. “


PLEASE PRAY FOR  All the children restarting school.  Remember Julia Wiggins and David Redfern, the Headteachers of St Anne’s and St Thomas More Schools and all their staff and families that the return might be safe and happy. And all those who are housebound, those in our nursing homes, and those in hospital.    
John and Lisa, accompanied by their sponsors Aileen Warneford, Lynne Collins and Rob Aldous will be received into full communion with the Catholic Church this Sunday at Mass.  I will confirm them and give them their First Holy Communion with us too.  John and Lisa thank everyone for their welcome over the past year and look forward to taking a full part in parish life.
I’m taking over as Parish Priest of Chapel-en-le-Frith as well as Buxton on the weekend of Saturday, September 19th and Sunday, September 20th.  At the moment both parishes have Mass on Saturday night ( at 5 pm and 6 pm ) and on Sunday morning ( at 10 am and 11 am ).
How to be in two places at once?  For just that first weekend I’ve invited a visiting priest to look after Buxton on Saturday at 6 pm and Sunday at 10 am.  I will go to Chapel for that Saturday night at 5 pm and there again on Sunday at 11 am.  I would like to personally meet as many of the Chapel parishioners as possible and put a proposal to them about having just one Mass there each weekend – and for a trial period making that Saturdays at 5 pm.  This would have an immediate effect on St Anne’s, as you can see, and again I propose we cancel Saturday 6 pm Mass at Buxton from September 26th and have just one Mass at St Anne’s on Sundays at 10 am. I realise this will really upset some people in both parishes but unfortunately, I can’t be in both places at once.  Sadly, numbers have dwindled at 6 pm Saturday Mass and last weekend there were just 13 people there so this seems to me like the least upsetting option.  I would like to highlight that I mean what I say about having a “TRIAL” period and am asking you all to give it a try.  I have asked Sister Mary Deane and Sister Susan Richert, both Presentation Sisters, if they will lead an open meeting in Buxton and one in Chapel with a view to them having a joint meeting where we can make some firmer decisions about our future together as two parishes served by the same priest.  Please feel free and welcome to let me know what you’re thinking and feeling.
Officially this Tuesday, September 1st. Please look at the “Season of Creation” website for resources. Find Leicester Laudato Si Circle programme of events; a Christian Climate Conference for Young People in Leicestershire on Sept 5th and a “Care of the Heartspace” on September 9th with Sister Zoe Leadbetter.  We shall especially decorate the front of the altar to reflect this season of Care of the Creation.   
FACE COVERINGS all those who are attending churches must wear a face-covering unless they are exempt from doing so.  This is for the good of all who gather in Church for Mass as it is an enclosed public space where there are differing households who they do not normally meet.
BOOKING YOUR PLACE FOR PUBLIC MASS  You will need to book your place(s) at, for anyone who can’t book online please phone 0115 648 1474 (Mon-Fri, 9 am-4 pm only).  Our numbers will be limited to ensure 2m social distancing.  See our homepage on the website.
GRAPEVINE WELLBEING CENTRE SEEKS NEW CHAIR Remember Ana, the Centre Director, who came to tell us about Grapevine’s work last December?  See their website/or contact Janis on
Pope Francis has established 1st September as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, encouraging the Catholic community around the world to pray for our common home.  This Day of Prayer also falls at the beginning of the Season of Creation, which runs until 4th October, the feast of St Francis of Assisi.  This is an ecumenical season dedicated to prayer for the protection of creation and the promotion of sustainable lifestyles.  Have a look at to see the many ways in which you can respond to this “World Day of Prayer"
Bishop Patrick has asked me to become parish priest of St John Fisher and St Thomas More Church, Chapel en le Frith from Sept 2020 in addition to St Anne’s and I have agreed. Fr Kevin Gradwell is moving to St Mary’s, Grantham, and Fr Daniel Palmer will be parish administrator for New Mills and Marple Bridge.   Sadly, Fr John Cairns is still poorly.
A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR STEWARDS  We can’t have Mass without you and you’re helping us all to adjust to new, safe ways.  Anyone able to help with this on Saturdays at 6 pm, or Sundays, 10 am.  Please contact Margaret Swift
NEW EDITION OF GRAPEVINE  the essential bulletin for missionary disciples in our diocese is now available, covering: The Pastoral conversion of the Parish Community;  Maintenance to Mission;  Preparing the future: workshops on outreach in Covid and beyond.
PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES  are available this weekend;  thank you for your continued support.  If you prefer to pay by standing order, the forms are available on our homepage or let us know and we will send you one!

CONGRATULATIONS TO SUE HARDMAN  who was awarded the Bishops’ Medal and Certificate last Sunday at Mass.  We managed to surprise her! She has been a Governor at St Thomas More School for 25 years and is now resigning.  We also say a big thank you to Ann Woolacott who is resigning from the Governors after 10 years service.  Our thanks to Brendan Hickey and his wife Gail who came to celebrate the end of Brendan’s being Headteacher at St Thomas More School for the past 11½ years.  Clare, Molly, Rosie and Daisy added so much with their singing.

BOOKING YOUR PLACE FOR PUBLIC MASS  You will need to book your place(s) at, for anyone who can’t book online please phone 0115 648 1474 (Mon-Fri, 9 am-4 pm only).  Our numbers will be limited because we shall keep a 2metre social distance and only use every other pew.  See our homepage on the website.

LIVESTREAMING SUNDAY MASS  will continue for the foreseeable future.  We are currently waiting for new equipment which will improve the sound quality.

OUR THANKS TO LESLEY CROWTHER AND IWONA LUSAKIK who are our creative team who continue to decorate the sanctuary. 

HIGH PEAK CLERGY CHANGES  Bishop Patrick has asked me to become parish priest of St John Fisher and St Thomas More Church, Chapel en le Frith in addition to St Anne’s from September 2020 and I have agreed. Fr Kevin Gradwell is moving to St Mary’s, Grantham, and Fr Daniel Palmer is becoming parish administrator for New Mills and Marple Bridge.   Sadly, Fr John Cairns is poorly and still having chemotherapy treatment.

I will be away from tomorrow, Monday, July 27th, for three weekends.  Fr Anthony Dolan, a retired priest living in Nottingham, will be here to lead Mass on those weekends.  Fr Anthony has been here for the past two summers during my holidays and I know you will all make him very welcome.

OUR CHURCH GARDENS  are being so well cared for by Peter and Kazia Skrobot.  They would be very happy for you to help them.  

We can’t have Mass without you and you’re helping us all to adjust to new, safe ways.  Anyone able to help with this on Saturdays, 6 pm, or Sundays, 10 am.  Please contact Margaret Swift

There are a number of new protocols and procedures in place that we all need to keep to so that we are as SAFE as possible. 

1. Book your place(s) on a bespoke online booking system which has been launched this week.  If you want to book a place at Mass by phone please call 0115 6481474.  They will confirm your request and give you a seat allocation.  This is to comply with ‘Track and Trace’ procedures
2. We will keep a 2-metre social distance from one another apart from our families and bubbles.  The safe operating capacity for our church is 60 people approximately.
3. On arrival, you will be greeted by Stewards who will direct you to a  sanitiser, the newsletter and lead you to your seat.
4. Wyn Bulmore has kindly agreed to play some voluntary music on the organ and this will be supplemented by some digital hymns from Applemusic.
5. The prayers for “Glory be to God...”, The Creed and the Prayer for Creation will be displayed on a screen at the front.  Mass leaflets and hymn books are not allowed.
6. There will be no Collection at the preparation of the Gifts.  Donations will be gladly received either on entering or on leaving the church.

7. The priest will say “The Body and Blood of Christ” to the whole assembly to which they reply “Amen” before giving out Holy Communion in silence on the hand only.  Please wait for the Stewards to invite you to come forward.  Please return by the one-way system within the church. 

8.  At the end of Mass please wait for the Stewards to invite you to leave your seat to ensure social distancing.  

Our thanks to those who have already done this for private prayer openings.  We need 4-6 Stewards for Sunday Mass; 3-4 Stewards for Saturday 6 pm Mass, and 2 Stewards for Wednesday.  This is absolutely essential as we can’t open without them.  Please contact Fr Gerry or Margaret Swift if you’re able to help. 

LIVESTREAMING MASS  Thank you all those who let us know what you want for the immediate future.  It was an overwhelming “carry on, please”.  We shall, and will maintain Mass-goers privacy by only filming what takes place on the Sanctuary. 

CLARIFICATION  From Bishop Patrick. “Healthy parishioners over 70 years can serve as Stewards or in any other capacity at church if they so wish.  The obligation to celebrate Sunday Mass continues to be suspended until further notice.  If you are shielding and are unsure of your personal safety, please don’t come to public Mass.  Watch it online if possible”.

ST THOMAS MORE SCHOOL  had 84% of Year 10 at school last week and 82% this week.  Well done Mr Hickey and Staff, and all the pupils and parents too! 

ST ANNE’S SCHOOL  in addition to Year 6, Reception, and the Key Workers and vulnerable groups are hoping to open for Year 1 children very shortly.  Well done to Mrs Wiggins and all the staff!
It seems this has been a great success viewed by many people from far and near.  Looking at the figures for the past month makes interesting reading;  264 – 420 – 278 – 338 views for each Sunday.  Analyzing them is more revealing! The peak number of live viewers is 41.  Although it looks like there are hundreds of viewers, there is a steep drop off of viewers after the start of Mass.  On the positive side, it seems there are around 150 people who do actually click on the video even if they don’t watch it all.  I appreciate the privacy and anonymity of streaming but would like to invite EVERYONE who watches for however long or short a time to let us know whether you would like us to continue after July 5th. 
We would need to invest in a proper camera and some new sound equipment but I am happy to do so if you would like it.  

HIGH PEAK FOODBANK   Some good news.  I have obtained a grant of £4,500 from the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation to fund a part-time advice and advocacy worker for our local Foodbank.  They will work with Foodbank users on advice for benefit claims, utility costs etc, so as to avoid the need for return visits.  Paul Bohan, the Director, who visited us 18 months ago, completed the application super quickly and the Diocese of Nottingham formally applied for and obtained the grant. 

Mrs Yogi Sutton, the Chair, released this statement on June 3rd.

“I am appalled that year after year, brutality to our fellow human beings still occurs because of racism.  The latest death of George Floyd is in danger of becoming yet another statistic.  There will be widespread protests and then ...silence.... nothing will change.  
Peaceful protests are very important to show solidarity.  However, history shows, the protests are not enough to bring about change.   
I want to call upon people around the world, especially Catholics because we believe that we are ALL made in the image and likeness of our creator to speak up for justice by acknowledging racism in all its forms. 

Any addict will tell you that there is no cure until one accepts that one is an addict.  In the same way, we must acknowledge we are racist.  If we genuinely understand and accept this, then we will face the road to solutions. 

Antiracist training should become part of every profession and administration.  It should be part of the curriculum in schools.  We should learn how to respect, accept and live with and alongside one another in joyful, peaceful harmony.” 

LINK TO WEEKLY PRAYER, reflections & activités with Chris the chaplain for St. Thomas More school. Centred around the Gospel for Sunday Mass.

THANK YOU  to parishioners who have sent me cheques for their weekly collections and 100 Club Members who are paying monthly by cash. 

CAFOD is already working in local communities throughout the Global South helping those in need, preventing the spread of the virus and protecting lives.  They now ask us to sign a petition to our Prime Minister to work with other world leaders to:-

Ensure any vaccine developed with UK public money is available to everyone in the world

Provide urgent financial and technical support to help developing countries in this crisis

Cancel all debt payments due in 2020 so that it can be spent on healthcare.
Have you signed the petition yet.?  Visit

THANK YOU  to our Livestream Team of Margaret and Ken Swift and to our creative team of Lesley Crowther and Iwana Lusakik.  It’s really supportive that so many of you thank them by name after each Mass on Facebook. 
Our 18 supporters of St Anne’s RC Church, Buxton, Development Fund (STAND) have raised over £236 so far at no cost to themselves by doing their normal online shopping via easyfundraising. There are 4,000+ online retailers in the scheme e.g. John Lewis, M&S, eBay, Argos, power companies, car insurers etc.  They will donate to STAND if you shop with them via easyfundraising instead of going directly to their online sites.  It cost you nothing to join easyfundraising and nothing extra when you buy this way:  easyfundraising is just a ‘doorway’ to retailers’ usual web sites.  Click easyfundraising to sign up and start getting free donations for STAND.  Also, please try using easysearch instead of Google as STAND gets 0.5p for every Internet search you make with easysearch;  no joining needed and no cost.  We received a cheque last week for £18.07.  Thanks to our supporters. 

CAFOD EMERGENCY APPEAL CAFOD launched its Coronavirus Emergency Appeal on 30 April.  The effects of Coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely 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 or as a parish – send a cheque to Fr Gerry made out to “Cafod Coronavirus Appeal”.  Thanks to those who have posted donations to the parish address.  I will forward them to CAFOD.

There’s a very active local Facebook Group, Buxton Street by Street COVID-19 support group.  See https/ for information about takeaways, local supermarkets and grocery deliveries.  

Click on “Grapevine 1 1 News from Adult Formation, Justice and Peace and Caritas” on the Diocese of Nottingham Website.
BLYTHE HOUSE IS HERE FOR YOU  If you, or someone you know, is feeling isolated or alone during these ongoing uncertain times, Blythe House is here for you.  Whether it’s for shopping, prescription collection or a listening ear to chat through worries on the phone, please call 01298 816990.
PARISH WEEKLY COLLECTIONS  Thanks to those who used to donate by envelopes and who have recently taken out Standing Orders (printable from our website).  Thanks to those who have sent me cheques – payable to Buxton R C Parish and thanks to those who are putting cash in their piggy banks!
FOR THE LOVE OF SCRUBS BUXTON   This is a local group set up to co-ordinate the creation of scrub bags, headbands and other items to help local healthcare providers stay safe at this difficult time.  
If you can help, please contact
I’d like to invite anyone who wants to email me a prayer before next Saturday and we’ll try to include it in the Sunday Bidding Prayers. 
Joining Zoom: Some people have already used Zoom if you have please make sure that you have the latest version of the software.  If it is new to you, don’t worry.  It is actually quite simple.  If you haven’t used it on your device before, you will need to download and install the Zoom software beforehand.   Go to to find the software or app for your device, or get it from your device’s store.  You might find that once you’ve installed Zoom it asks if you’d like to test it.  That’s definitely worth doing.   You will need a webcam to join by video, and a microphone to join by audio – if you have these built into your device, they should be fine, but please switch them on and test that they work.  If you want to use a pair of earphones, please see if they will plug into the ‘speaker’ socket in your computer or phone. Joining the Coffee Morning on the day. Make sure the volume on your computer is turned up.  There are two ways you can join the meeting.  The first is simply to click on the link at 11.30:

The second is to open Zoom and click on Join.  When prompted enter the Meeting ID:727 8529 0870 and the Password 011438.  You will have to enable access to your device’s microphone and camera, depending on your device this should be at the bottom of the page.  You also might have to type in your name before you join everyone in the coffee morning.  Bring your own refreshments!

ZOOM St Anne’s Community Choir: We are continuing to meet through these challenging times. It’s very sociable and you won’t be singing on your own! Why not come along and meet us? We meet via Zoom on Fridays at 16:30: The joining details are: Topic: St Anne’s Community Church Choir Time: Fridays 04:30 PM London
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Meeting ID: 830 8060 8896 Password: 023163

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Thank you to those who encouraged us to try it and thank you to those who have expressed their appreciation afterwards.  A special thank you to Magaret and Ken Swift for making it practically possible.  We are on a sharp learning curve as a team and hopefully will improve with practice!  The experience brings home to me our attachment and love for St Anne’s Church and the parish community.  It reminds me, too, of my importance as your parish priest and of your attentiveness to my words and actions.  It’s quite a challenge but one that I carry strengthened by the Holy Spirit reminding me that all together we are God’s people here in the High Peak.

Several parishioners have asked me what they should do with their weekly planned giving envelopes or cash donations.  Some have told me they will send me a cheque payable to “Buxton R.C.P.” Others have said they will change to giving by Standing Orders forms (printable from our website).  Thanks to all those who already give through Standing Orders.  You give about 35% of our weekly collection.  Thank you all for whatever way you contribute!  The new planned giving boxes are due to start this weekend April 11th and 12th.  Obviously I can save them until we return to church.  In the meanwhile, most of our regular maintenance and expense costs continue as normal.  This might be the right time to change to Standing Orders or you can send me a cheque now or later or you can put some cash for the parish in your piggy bank at home.  Thank you all for thinking of our financial needs in this period without Sunday collections. 
A special thank you to those who have already taken out Standing Orders and sent cheques since my appeal last week. 

LOCAL INITIATIVES  There’s a very active local Facebook Group, Buxton Street by Street COVID-19 support group.  See https/ for information about takeaways, local supermarkets and grocery deliveries.  
HOLY WEEK 2020  Surely it’s not just a coincidence that we’re celebrating Holy Week and Easter during our third week of lockdown and social isolation.  We are given the Church’s greatest treasure just at this time when we most need it.  We are always encouraged to especially follow the Holy Three Days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Please join in with the live-streamed ceremonies here at St Anne’s or elsewhere.  Have you made a prayer corner/table at home yet?  Maybe you could use a candle, a crucifix, a bible, a piece of evergreen to accompany you during this week.  Maybe you could find some music, a favourite website – personally I find the Redemptorist Publications inspiring – and above all some personal time.  Do something every day.  Do it alone.  Do it together as a family.  Do it with the children.  Allow some silence with all the words.  Keep the people of our parish, the people of the church throughout the world and all people in your prayer.
Several parishioners have asked me what they should do with their weekly planned giving envelopes or cash donations.  Some have told me they will send me a cheque payable to “Buxton R.C.P.” Others have said they will change to giving by Standing Orders forms (printable from our website).  Thanks to all those who already give through Standing Orders.  You give about 35% of our weekly collection.  Thank you all for whatever way you contribute!  The new planned giving boxes are due to start next weekend April 11th and 12th.  Obviously I can save them until we return to church.  In the meanwhile, most of our regular maintenance and expense costs continue as normal.  This might be the right time to change to Standing Orders or you can send me a cheque now or later or you can put some cash for the parish in your piggy bank at home.  Thank you all for thinking of our financial needs in this period without Sunday collections. 

PLEASE REMEMBER these babies (Madeline, Freya and Francis) and their families whose Baptisms were arranged for these Sundays.  Remember too those who are regularly on our list of the sick and the housebound.  The whole country is praying for all those who work for the N.H.S. and the Caring Services.  Remember the staff and pupils of St Thomas More School and St Anne’s School as they continue their education work in new ways.

FR GERRY IS AVAILABLE  On the phone 01298 23777 or by email  You are welcome to contact him as well to celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick for someone who is seriously ill.  Thanks to those who came to light a candle and pray in St Anne’s Church over last weekend and on Monday.

FUNERALS  Sadly, the church is closed for Funeral Services which will now have to take place either at the graveside or in the Crematorium.

Lots of people are phoning, skyping, shopping, even getting their lawns cut by their neighbours.  Don’t forget the High Peak Foodbank when you visit the supermarket.

GOOD NEWS STORIES  I’ve heard loads about people shopping for neighbours, getting prescriptions sending cards, supporting the Foodbank on Hardwick Square etc, etc......
A small group of us accompanied John and Lisa Cooper to St Barnabas Cathedral, Nottingham, to the Rite of Election.  Bishop Patrick met them, blessed them and prayed for them, along with 120 other people becoming Catholics this Easter. Link to videos & photos from St Barnabas cathedral Sunday 1st March 2020
We are invited to remember the contribution TRAVELLING COMMUNITIES make to the Church in England and Wales.  We are asked to pray about and respond to the open and hidden forms of racism experienced by the Travelling Communities.  See and 
There are Racial Justice Sunday Pledge Cards available today.  They include such pledges as “As a Catholic, I will challenge hate speech and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities”.  Please take one from the back of the church. 
PARISH ANGELS – A BIG THANK YOU to all who supported the parish angels Christmas Cards.  The donations came to £115.25.  Together with the donations of £157 from the Carol Singalong, a total of £272.25 has been given to Charis House, Hardwick Square East.
Our Bishops are launching this on 1st Dec.  It marks the 1600th anniversary of the birth of St Jerome who was the first translator of the Bible into Latin.  We shall mark it here in the New Year.  
CONGRATULATIONS to Ann Woollacott, Paul Featherstone, Fred Kadzeuski, Thomas Langer and Paul Ripley, who were commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers by our Bishop this weekend. 
THE PRESENTATION ASSOCIATES  wish to wholeheartedly thank everyone that enabled them to raise £1,019.15p for the KAOMA Children’s Orphanage and £200 for the Buxton Riding for the Disabled at their Charity Concert by buying concert tickets, supporting the raffle or helping in many ways in its overall production.  The winners of the hamper were Jackie and Peter Oliver.  
Thank you once again for your regular financial giving. The statement for 2018-2019 is now on our parish website. Link to Finance Page.
Our thanks to Margaret Swift for presenting it to us last week. Standing orders, boxes of planned giving envelopes are available today, also gift-aid forms for anyone wanting to gift-aid
CONGRATULATIONS TO JULIA WIGGINS who was appointed permanent Headteacher of St Anne’s School last Monday.  Julia has been “Acting Headteacher” and “Head of School” over the past 18 months and has been responsible for significant improvements especially in SATS results, Staff morale, and parent relationships.  I have invited her to come and talk to us at Mass in the near future and she has already planned a Christingle Service for the school here on Sunday, December 22nd at 3 pm. 
HARVEST FESTIVAL  - “Let all the Trees of the Wood Sing for Joy”
A big thank you to the children and staff at St Anne’s School and to all who planned and took part last weekend.  I think the Children’s Liturgy Group, led by Clare O’Neil, Marion McCabe, Nicky Barnes, and Leslie Crowther stole the show and we enjoyed the new hymns from the Music Group too.  Our thanks to Ivana Lukasik and those who decorated the church.  Thanks to all for your food donations which will be taken to the Food Bank and for the Cafod Harvest Donations.
Lots of people have been telling me how beautiful they’ve found our church gardens over the Summer.  Our thanks to Mary Rooney, Sue Hardman, Cathy Short, Karen King, Lucinda Barratt, Elizabeth Bouchier and Pam Mason who have been looking after them.  To Peter Skrobot who has cared for the lawns and Viv Robinson who has nurtured the door planters so caringly. 
WELCOME TO CHRIS FITZGERALD  who began as our first lay chaplain at St Thomas More and St Anne’s Schools at the start of this term.  Chris comes from Rotherham, has been a member of the Briars team and the Diocese of Hallam Youth Service.  He will be meeting children, young people and staff at our Buxton Schools and also at St Mary’s schools in New Mills and Marple Bridge. 
HARDYAL DHINDSA The Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire came to our Sunday Mass last weekend and told us a little about his work which includes supporting the victims of crime as well as all the things we take for granted.  He was especially grateful for all the ways High Peak people co-operated with the police during the recent crisis at Whaley Bridge with the Toddbrook Reservoir.  He spoke about NICE (Neighbourhoods Investing in Criminal Earnings) and how it makes some £300,000 in awards to local groups from the proceeds of crime.  Thank you all for making Hardyal and Palmjit, his wife, so welcome along with Linda Grooby, the ex-Mayor of Buxton.  Special thanks to Bruce Thomson and Margaret Swift for their work in applying for and administering the £25,000 grant from NICE.  Special thanks to the large group of parishioners who prepared the Centre last Saturday morning and to the McCabe family who hosted the refreshments. Click for videos WELCOME TO HARDYAL DHINDSA The Police Commissioner for Derbyshire
Mr Brendan Hickey, the Headteacher, writes “Our Year 11 students are celebrating another fantastic year of success with their GCSE results.  86% of students achieved the required Pass Grade in English and 72% in Maths.  Overall the progress the students made appears to be the Schools’ best. I’m so pleased not just about these results but especially with these students’ attitudes.  They are determined, dedicated and committed.  Almost a third of them got top grades in English and a quarter in Maths, which is incredible when you consider these exams increased in difficulty this year.  Congratulations to all students who worked so hard and to our staff, parents, governors, and friends who have supported them through the last 11 years of their education”.  
GDP REGULATIONS Thanks to all who have completed their permission forms for sharing emails with parish groups.  If you haven’t please email a sentence saying you consent to this to 
FAITH IN FAMILIES  Adoption Information evening every First Thursday of the Month at 7 Colwick Road, West Bridgeford, Nottingham NG25FR.  See Poster and
CONFIRMATION  Congratulations to Molly, Araminta, Sophia, Josh, Joey, Leah, Julia, Mia, Sara, Caitlin, Abi, Casey, Catherine, Sean, Isabella and James who made their confirmation last Tuesday.  Many of them will be leading us in the prayers at Mass this Sunday.  Our thanks to all their Catechists, to the music group and to the refreshments group who looked after us so well in the Parish Centre.  Bishop Patrick told us all how much he had enjoyed the celebration.
This will replace the Live Simply Prayer Card we have been using for 15 months.  It will connect with CAFOD’s present campaign of “Celebrating Creation” as part of their “our common home” project.  Please take a moment to look at the photos on the card.  The market stall overflowing with varied fruits; the parched, cracked earth dried out by drought; the pathway through the forest and the polar bear standing on the last yard of ice in a sea of plastic.  Let’s take our time to say the prayer.  It will feed us and grow on us.  Please leave the prayer cards in the hymn books.  Can you remember the Live Simply Challenge?  Reduce; Re-use; Recycle; Rebuild.
The builders have finished so have a good look at both the outside and the inside of the church.  Please forgive the temporary Holy Water bowl in the entrance.  You will notice the internal door has had a facelift; the rose window is now safe and resplendent and the ceiling in the main body of the church and the aisle is completely repainted.  There are still some problems with the damp left-hand Sanctuary wall which will be addressed when it dries out.  What do you notice about the outside of the building?
Thanks to all who came to the Eucharistic Ministers meeting recently. 
We thought reception from the chalice was going well and we want to encourage parishioners who haven’t had a try yet to do so.  
The minister will say “The Blood of Christ” to you and you reply “Amen” and take the chalice from them.  We know that people are rightly concerned about infection and ask that if you have a cold or sore throat you don’t take the chalice.   

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Flower Festival

Flower Festival Auction of Promises
Grand Total raised for the Flower Festival £1,812.37
Many thanks to everyone who helped, particularly to Mike who acted as Auctioneer with great humour and skill and some wonderful individual bids undoubtedly came as a result of his gentle cajoling. Thanks also to Bruce who dealt with the bids, to Angela and Aileen for doing the refreshments, to Rob for all the printing and to Fr Dennis for all the advance publicity.  Last but not least, thanks to everyone who kindly donated an item to auction or who bid for one or more of the lots.
We shall have a truly wonderful Flower Festival. We shall display a full list of the lots, donors & money raised at the back of the church from this evening.
Best wishes, Margaret Robinson