St Annes Catholic Church BUXTON
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20th January, 2019 
SATURDAY 11.00 a.m. Confessions   
                  6.00 p.m. Mass – Rev Dennis Higgins – RIP Anniversary
SUNDAY 10.00 a.m. Mass – Rev Dennis Higgins – RIP Anniversary
Fairtrade Tea and Coffee after Mass in the Hardwick Room.
              6.00 p.m. Service for Christian Unity here at St Anne’s. 
MONDAY 10.00 a.m. Mass – Odette Yates - RIP
WEDNESDAY   9.15 a.m. Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament
                    10.00 a.m. Mass – C.L.Caulfield - RIP
SATURDAY       11.00 a.m. Confessions  
                        6.00 p.m. Mass – For all Parishioners   
SUNDAY(27th Jan) 10.00a.m. Mass – Robert Birkett - RIP  
OFFERTORY 12/13th Jan – Loose Plate £173.95; Planned Giving £226.00; Standing Orders £287.63. Total £687.58.   Many thanks
PLEASE PRAY FOR  Donal Ward who died peacefully in hospital last Friday. AND OUR SICK AND HOUSEBOUND 
We are hosting the service for the Churches Together in Buxton Group.  People from all these churches will be attending and I hope we are well represented too.  It takes place here this Sunday, Jan 20th, at 6.00 p.m.  Our thanks to Clare and the music group for leading us.  Charles Jolly from the URC will be preaching.  The theme of the service is ‘Only Justice’ and is available online from  Esther King and her Hospitality team will be providing refreshments afterwards.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION ENROLMENT MASS  will take place next Sunday at 10.00 am.  Thanks to all those parents who came to prepare for it last Wednesday.  We agreed the children would meet in the Parish Centre beforehand at 9.45 am prompt. 
Last Sunday attracted 24 people! Thanks to all who came along.  Watch this space for the follow-up.
PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES GROUP  will next meet on February 13th at 10.45 am. Please put the date in your diary if you want to come along. 
Mrs Teresa Ryan is retiring this Easter after a long and distinguished service at our school.  So we’re seeking to appoint a new, permanent, full time, Deputy Headteacher starting in the Summer Term 2019.  Visit  or email  Closing date 28th January 2019.
There will be a Fairtrade Tea and Coffee Morning in the Parish Centre (Hardwick Room) after the 10am Mass this Sunday.  Everyone is welcome to come.  Juice and biscuits will also be provided.  The refreshments are free, but any donations received will be sent to support Pax Christi, who work for peace, reconciliation and non-violence.
This weekend is a retiring collection for the work of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.
ROTAS for Welcoming, Reading, Cleaning, Ministering and Counting are available this weekend. ALL the rotas are available on the homepage of our website
Will take place with Bishop Patrick here on June 25th at 7pm.  We shall be inviting Years 9 & 10 at St Thomas More School in January. 
Watch this space. 
DIOCESAN 2019 YEARBOOKS Are available today priced £3.50 each.  It contains Mass times, telephone numbers, email addresses of every parish in our diocese – 96 of them!  
To all who planned and led our Christmas Masses.  To Clare O’Neal and the Music Group and young people who were so imaginative and inspiring on Christmas Eve and to Marion McCabe, Nicola Barnes and the children who retold the Christmas Story on Christmas Day.  Thank you for all your cards, gifts and greetings to me.  I really appreciate them all and it makes me feel at home!  I will be away for a week from January 4th and Fr Anthony Dolan, a retired Priest living in Nottingham will be with you next week. 
HIGH PEAK FOOD BANK – CHRISTMAS DONATIONS  of tinned pies, tinned hotdogs, tinned meat, corned beef, rice, toiletries, coffee, UHT milk, tinned vegetables, puddings and carrier bags are welcome.  The foodbank can accept fresh vegetables and fruit if they are delivered directly to the URC Church on Hardwick Sq East, SK17 6PT between 4.30 and 5.30 p.m. Monday to Friday.  Did you see the feature on the Buxton Foodbank on BBC1 News 6pm and 10pm and Newsnight last Monday?
OUR THANKS TO BRENDAN HICKEY for speaking to us last Sunday about St Thomas More and St Anne’s Academies. 
There has been lots of bad news recently about the Catholic Church’s historic failure to do this and indeed the cover up of those in authority.  We are all deeply sorry for what has happened and want to support the survivors however possible.  Since the Nolan Report in 2003 every Catholic parish has a Safeguarding Co-ordinator – ours is Kath Cassidy, Tel No. 01298 24663 and every diocese has a full-time lay Safeguarding Officer and Commission.  Ours is Clare McKenzie, Tel No. 0115 9539800.  Parishioners and anyone concerned are invited to contact Kath locally or Clare in the diocese about any concerns or questions. 
Good GCSE Results again! 68% good Grade 4 (C) in English and Maths (National Average is 63%).  Attainment in eight subjects (English and Maths plus 6 subjects) was 51 - the national average is 45.  Congratulations to all the students and to Mr Brendan Hickey and all staff. 
ST RALPH SHERWIN CATHOLIC ACADEMY  - will legally begin on September 1st.  It will be made up of the 25 secondary and primary Catholic schools in Derby and Derbyshire.  Both St Thomas More and St Anne’s will belong to it.  Obviously, it brings new promises and new challenges and I ask you all to pray for its successful beginning.  Pray especially for our Executive Head, Sean McClafferty, his support team and all our school heads, that we manage this big change patiently and wisely. 
A BIG THANK YOU - to all St Anne’s Parishioners from Christine, Mark and Porscha Ryan from Australia who stayed with Yvonne and Paul Ripley for 2 weeks in June. “We felt so welcomed by you all”  they wrote. 
A support group for those with the above diagnosis has been running in Chesterfield on the first and third Mondays of each month between 7-9 p.m which offers information, support and a place for people to feel welcome and included.  A further group has now opened in Matlock between 1-3pm on the second Monday of each month.  For further information please contact Sue Wheatcroft on 07597 644558 or                  
You said “We would like to see more Outreach, but we should have realistic expectations;  We should make a rota offering lifts to Mass for people who need transport;  Thanks to those who already bring others to Mass.  Quarterly Finance Reports; Financial Snapshots in the Newsletter and notices at the back of the Church”. 
The questions we should ask of all these hopes are – who is going to do them?  Do we have parishioners here, now, who will take responsibility for them?  Are we expecting Fr Gerry to initiate them all?  Who will come forward to take these initiatives along with the Parish Pastoral Council?
During our recent visit we found out that our Foodbank had distributed 1,267 seven day food parcels in the last year.  That’s just over 25 parcels each week.  The real thrust of the organisation is trying to give its users the confidence and skills to get back into part-time or voluntary work.  They have been very successful in this and over the past 3 years 50 people have been helped back into at least part-time work.  This part of the organisation is called “Zinc Employability” and has a number of coaches and mentors.  Paul, the Director, can be contacted on 01298 214926 or Would you like me to invite him to come to Mass one weekend in the Autumn to talk to us about it all?
PARISH CENTRE GRANT  For £25,000 – for the Parish Centre insulation of the main hall and the Nagle rooms upstairs;  for the redecoration of the Hall; the replacement of spent Velux windows and external and kitchen door; and the zoning of the heating into 4 different areas.  This has been awarded by the Police Commissioner for Crime Prevention and Community Development.  We have also obtained £900 from Derby University for wi-fi access for the whole building.  Our thanks to Bruce Thomson who obtained the grants and to Ian Deaville who is overseeing the work.  It will start next week.       
We expressed lots of hopes about Liturgy and Prayer.  
“Have a parish retreat; There have been good developments in the past year – keep going!; Regular reflections and prayer events on themes; Continue the Live Simply Project;  Encourage parents, children and young people to come to Mass regularly;  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament;  Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday;  Confirmation for Adults!”  
I will include the hopes for Outreach and Finance next week.
MANY THANKS  To all who planned, delivered and supported our Parish Social last weekend.  There were 78 people there, 18 from Glossop and Alfreton, people really enjoyed themselves with Music and Singalong.  Thanks to the Prodigal Sons and Daughters Band from Glossop.  We raised £500 for the Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage.  Thank you all! 
This is what you said at the AGM about our hopes for the next year or so about Schools and Youth
“Better links between our 2 Catholic Schools and the parish – more activities between both; Students from St Thomas More School to engage in Reading and Bidding Prayers at Mass;  Improving Mass attendance for the young;  Involve the Briars and strengthen the link with St Thomas Mores;  A more energetic liturgy for young people;  Youth band and choir led and organised by themselves;  Social events to encourage young people – talent shows and family discos;  Confirmation next year;  Encourage parents of Holy Communion Children to come to Mass”. 
Remember these comments came from some 30 people.  
We are already responding to some of these hopes – our children’s group sessions on ‘Escaping with Moses to the Promised Land’ over the past 6 weeks will conclude with a Family Mass next weekend and Marion and Mark McCabe have opened a Parish Facebook page.  Some of the parish team are planning to meet the Headteachers and School Councils in September. 
“John and I felt very privileged to receive the Bishops Medals and Certificates last Saturday and would like to thank Fr Gerry and the many parishioners who have given us such support over the years.  Many thanks also to those who provided and served the refreshments afterwards.  Marie and John”.
The PPC met last Monday and reviewed the feedback from the AGM at the end of April. Looking back over the past year people said “We appreciated the involvement of Brownies, Guides and Rainbows on Mothering Sunday; the Harvest Festival was brilliant; It’s very encouraging to see new volunteers; There’s more positivity and energy and a sense of hope for the future; It’s good the parish is opening up and reaching out to people; It’s good to have the changes and the continued investment of the Parish Pastoral Council”. 
These were all your words and we found them very encouraging.  Thank you, I’ll write about your hopes for the future next weekend. 
ST ANNE’S SCHOOL  along with St Thomas More and some 23 other catholic schools in Derbyshire will be formally joining the new St Ralph Sherwin Academy on September 1st. Mr Sean McCafferty will be the Chief Executive of the whole academy and he has suggested that we make Mrs Julie Wiggins – presently Acting Head – Head of School for September 2018-2019.  She will be supported and directed by Mr Brendan Hickey, presently Headteacher of St Thomas More, just up the road. Both sets of Governors have agreed and we wish both schools every success. 
St Anne’s has vacancies for children wanting to begin school this September and also some vacancies for older children.  Please apply to the school for further information –
Thanks to the 14 parishioners who have already signed up and are using this instead of Google.  They have raised £23.46 with a further £38.50 awaiting confirmation.  Why not join them to make money for the parish.  Our thanks to Bruce Thomson for setting it up. 
Our thanks to Bruce Thomson who obtained the £1200 grant and to Ian Deaville and Peter Skrobot who oversaw the work.  Thanks too to Sue Deaville who is making new curtains.  Come and have a look for yourself today. 
BIG RECENT BILLS  I paid £2,383.20 for repairs to the organ and £2,335.20 for roof repairs to the Church, Presbytery and Parish Centre. 
We had a lovely sunny, warm day for the First Holy Communion of our 25 children.  Congratulations! They are joining us today so that we will share their joy together as a parish community.  They and their parents will lead us at Mass this morning and we shall distribute the certificates at the end of Mass.  I want to specially thank our Catechists who have led the preparations so well – Margaret Swift, Angela Oldfield, Marion McCabe, Matt and Andy Etchells, Ann Woollacott and Lesley Crowther.  There will be tea and cakes for everyone in the Parish Centre after Mass.           
Thank you to the 30 people or so who came to the meeting after Mass last Sunday.  Thank you for your feedback about the last year and suggestions for next year.  I personally felt very encouraged by it all.  There was a general appreciation and approval of “the changes” we are making and some suggestions about doing more social things together in the future.  We are hoping to hold a Social Evening on Saturday, July 7th in the Parish Centre from 7.30 p.m.  There will be a sing along (lots of popular and Irish favourites) accompanied by Fr Greg Tobin’s Band from Glossop.  We’re looking for help with catering and games and raffle prizes.  All proceeds will go to the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund.    
Our thanks to Marion and Mark McCabe, Mike and Mary Monoghan and Yvonne and Paul Ripley who are starting to write these for our weekend masses beginning today.   
Parents were told the news last week that Mrs Clare Sierotko is resigning after being our Headteacher for 15 years.  Obviously it’s a sad moment to be saying goodbye to her after such a long and good partnership and friendship.  She’s had an operation recently and it was more complicated than expected so is convalescing for another few weeks.  The Governors are very grateful that Mrs Julia Wiggins, the Deputy Headteacher, has agreed to step up and fill in for Mrs Sierotko for the moment.  We shall, of course, be searching for a new Headteacher from September 1st, 2018.     
If you have any information about our Rose Window, such as designer, installer/installation date, characters depicted, benefactor etc. could you please pass this on to Bruce Thomson, or Tel 01298 26406.  We need that information to apply for grants for its conservation.       
Mrs Clare McKenzie was recently appointed as our full-time officer based at Family Care in Nottingham. Tel 0115 9603010.  Cath Cassidy, Tel 01298 24663 is our Parish Safeguarding Representative and I thank her for her service to us.  If anyone has any concerns or allegations please contact Cath or Clare in complete confidence.  Notices have been placed in the Church and Parish Centre Toilets.                 
Donation envelopes with Gift Aid option are in the plastic holders at the back of church should you wish to donate specifically to help with Church, Presbytery and Community Centre maintenance/repair costs.                  
Maggie Maiura was emphasizing that we are already trying to live simply, in solidarity and sustainably.  This is clearly demonstrated this weekend by our contributions to the CAFOD Lent Fast Day especially by helping Marian and her son Svondo in Zimbabwe.  We shall try to organise a visit to the Foodbank and the Nightshelter in Buxton to take a closer look at what each of them is doing and who they are helping.  You will find a Live Simply Prayer card in your Hymn Book to-day, we shall say the prayer at the beginning of the Bidding Prayer each weekend from now on. 
“Return to simplicity which allows you to stop and appreciate the small things, to be grateful for the chances life gives us and to be spiritually detached from what we possess so that we’re not upset by what we lack”.            
A BIG THANK YOU to all who have joined or renewed their ‘100 Club’ Subscriptions.                  
HOLY COMMUNION FROM THE CHALICE  We started last weekend and I thought it went fairly well.  As we get more used to it, it will run more smoothly and we shall lessen the queue! The Minister gives you the chalice and says “The Blood of Christ”.  You reply “Amen”, take the chalice with both hands and take a sip.  Then give the chalice back to the Minister.  This is an invitation, not obligation, but I encourage you to give it a try when you feel ready.  There are leaflets available with the background and details. Once again, our special thanks to ANNE CLEARY who is retiring from this ministry – she has served us since 2005. Thank you Anne.
DERBYSHIRE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS  All 24 Catholic Schools in the County, including the City, will be amalgamating into a multi academy trust from September 1st, 2018.  It will be called St Ralph Sherwin Academy but our individual schools will continue with their own names but will change into academies.  Remember our headteachers and diocesan education officers at this demanding time of change.          

NEW PARISH SECRETARY  I asked Margaret Swift if she would help us in this way and she agreed.  She will normally be in the Parish Office on Mondays & Wednesdays 10.30am – 3pm.
BUXTON CHURCH OF ENGLAND TEAM PARISHES have very generously given us a gift of £500 towards our Parish Funds.  I have thanked Rev. Keith Cocking, the Acting Team Rector, and the Parish Pastoral Council for their sensitivity and kindness. 

PARISH CONSULTATION DAY A big thank you to everyone who took part – whether for the full day or morning or afternoon.  There were about 55 of us altogether and we spent the morning reflecting on how the past couple of years has been for us here at St Anne’s.  People shared very personally and movingly.  We then moved on to what we think are the priorities for the parish in the next few years and even reduced them to just 2 – you will be hearing what we thought next weekend.  In the afternoon we had a prayer service around Fr Dennis’ grave – each of us placed a pebble on the cross – and then continued with the hopes about the next steps for the parish.  Thanks to Fabio who cooked – thanks to all those who made cakes and did the refreshments and planning.  The Parish Pastoral Council is meeting this Monday and will be planning how to extend the conversation to everyone who comes to mass.
DIOCESAN MEDAL THANK YOU  to everyone for the flowers, balloons, cards and all the kind thoughts and wishes that I received on the presentation of the Diocesan medal.  A big thank you also to those who provided and served the refreshments, it was such a special occasion.  I am honoured and feel very humble to have received the Diocesan medal; however, I receive it on behalf of everyone in our parish.  We are a very special parish and how wonderful it was to see how we all came together to allow us to serve our parish and community during the time we were without a Priest.  Thank you all.  Margaret.

PRAYING FOR THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND I would like to publish each week in the newsletter the names of those we want to pray for.  At the moment I have fifteen peoples’ names.  Is there anyone else you would like us to pray for.  Please let me know or email 

CHURCH TOILET  We have redecorated and reopened the one at the back of the Presbytery which is part of the garage.  It will be open during the weekend Masses.  Look for the sign at the rear of the Presbytery.  Our thanks to Peter Skrobot for the redecoration. 

COMMUNITY CENTRE BOOKINGS  The Community Centre booking system is up and running.  If you wish to book the centre, please see the Community Centre bookings page or text your enquiry to 07376457618.

ST THOMAS MORE SCHOOL – OFSTED REPORT – The leadership team at St Thomas More School has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection.  Mr Hickey, the Headmaster, has led the school well and continues to ensure that staff are true to the core values of the school.  The staff and pupils are exceptionally loyal.  As one parent said, ‘This school manages to provide an environment in which my daughter is safe, supported emotionally and challenged academically.’

MASS INTENTIONS  There are envelopes at the back of church for Mass Intentions.  When you would like to have a Mass offered for your own intentions, please use one of these envelopes and return it to the Presbytery.

POPE FRANCIS recently reminded us that “Nuclear deterrence and the threat of mutually assured destruction cannot be the basis for an ethics of fraternity and peaceful coexistence between people.  Spending on nuclear weapons squanders the wealth of nations.  When these resources are squandered, the poor and the weak living on the margins of society pay the price.  “Question – should the UK replace Trident?”

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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

Flower Festival