St Annes Catholic Church BUXTON
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17th March, 2019 
SATURDAY   11.00 a.m. Confessions  
                    6.00 p.m. Mass – Pat and Elizabeth Collins - RIP 
SUNDAY       10.00 a.m. Mass – Carmine Delli-Colli – RIP
                     5.00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
MONDAY       10.00 a.m. Mass – Theo Kay’s wellbeing 
WEDNESDAY 10.00 a.m. Service of the Word and Holy Communion led by Marion and Mark McCabe
                   10.30 a.m. Praying the Scriptures in the Presbytery
SATURDAY      6.00 p.m. Mass – Don Ward - RIP
SUNDAY (24th Mar) 10.00a.m. Mass –  For all parishioners
OFFERTORIES    9th /10th March - Planned Giving - £150.00;  Loose Plate - £156.30; Standing Orders - £287.63; Total £593.93.    Many thanks.
PLEASE PRAY FOR   Peter Boardman, whose funeral will take place here on April 1st at 2pm and Maureen Brady of Haddon Court who died today (Saturday).
WELCOME TO MIKE MONAGHAN whom I have asked to speak to us about “living sustainably” as part of the Live Simply Project.  We have been saying the Prayer at Mass now for a year.  How has it affected you?  How have you been trying to live more simply and more sustainably?  Mike will distribute a leaflet giving us lots of practical suggestions. 
PLANNED GIVING BOXES  will run out in two weeks time.  If you use envelopes for your weekly giving, please collect your new box for 2019-2020 from the back of church today.  There are spare boxes available for anyone willing to join the planned giving scheme.  Thank you all for your regular giving.  It keeps us going and allows us to carry out essential repairs;  please continue to support us. If you pay Income Tax, and haven’t already signed up please consider gift aiding all your regular and occasional giving to the parish.  This means that your offerings can be increased by 25%, as you have already paid tax on it.  You can do this easily by signing a Gift Aid Form and by choosing to pay by standing order or by using weekly envelopes.  Forms are available at the back of church.  
CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY  There will be a retiring collection this weekend.  Have you seen the picture on the envelope and the question?  “No one should call this dinner”
VISITING PRIEST  Fr Frank Downs, a retired Mill Hill Missionary Priest will be presiding at Mass here on March 23/24th while I’m away.  He will be speaking about the work of “Missio” and asking you to take their red boxes and support them. 
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN BUXTON – LENTEN LUNCHES   This Tuesday our Church will be hosting the lunch in Bath Road Church Centre from 12.15-1.15pm and we will be serving tasty homemade soups, crusty bread and butter and Fairtrade tea or coffee.  The suggested minimum donation is £3.  Please come along if you can, you will be made very welcome.   
SPECIAL SPRING AFTERNOON TEA – SUNDAY, 7TH APRIL AT 2.00 P.M.  The invitations for the Special Spring Afternoon Tea in the Parish Centre are at the back of Church.  If there isn’t an invitation there for you and you are over 60 and would like to join us you will be most welcome.  Please pick up one of the blank invitations and return it to the Presbytery  by Saturday, 30th March or telephone Esther King on Buxton 23834.   
PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES GROUP  will meet this Wednesday, March 20th,at the earlier time of 10.30 a.m.  All are welcome. 
ROSARY GROUP DECEASED Mrs Avion Woodruff, George Timms, Mrs A Westall, Mrs McGovern, Sr Margaret Mary Slater, Mr C Green, Mrs B Szostakowicz, Mrs Thornley, Mrs Bailey, Mr J Fleming, Mrs J Attwood, Mrs M Feely, Mrs  Shepherd, Mr & Mrs Gilbride are the people we prayed for a Mass last Sunday.
A LENTEN CELEBRATION of discussions and quiet prayer will take place on Saturday, March 23rd, 10am-3.45pm at the Annunciation Church, St Marys Road, New Mills SK22 3BW.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation available too.  All are welcome.
SAFEGUARDING  Please take a look at our new entry on the Homepage.
ROSARY GROUP DECEASED Mrs Avion Woodruff, George Timms, Mrs A Westall, Mrs McGovern, Sr Margaret Mary Slater, Mr C Green, Mrs B Szostakowicz, Mrs Thornley, Mrs Bailey, Mr J Fleming, Mrs J Attwood, Mrs M Feely, Mrs  Shepherd, Mr & Mrs Gilbride are the people we prayed for a Mass last Sunday.
A LENTEN CELEBRATION of discussions and quiet prayer will take place on Saturday, March 23rd, 10am-3.45pm at the Annunciation Church, St Marys Road, New Mills SK22 3BW.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation available too.  All are welcome.
SAFEGUARDING  Please take a look at our new entry on the Homepage.
Please take the time to look at the official website – it’s both very sobering and hopeful. ( ). 


Let us pray during Lent for the gifts of understanding and tolerance........... 
In the coming weeks we ask God to inspire us to see all those we meet as His children and act accordingly in our dealings with them. Let us not only give up material things but also abstain from uttering critical words and thoughts about other people Lord hear us 

May we continue to keep in mind and in our prayers those in our midst who are suffering from want and anxiety................ 
We give thanks for the many local organisations and individuals who work to assist those in need and who campaign for changes to the social security system Lord hear us 

For the sick of the parish................ 
In addition to our prayers at mass for all the sick and housebound let us try each week during Lent to bring them to mind in our personal prayers Lord hear us 

Let us pray for Pope Francis and all our bishops and priests .................. 
May they be strengthened and encouraged by our support and prayers at this time of difficulty for the church. May those in authority respond with wisdom and love to all who have been affected by sexual abuse Lord hear us 

In this season of early Spring may we give thanks to God for His wonderful creation............... 
Let commit ourselves to celebrating and doing what we can to protect it Lord hear us 

We ask Mary to join her prayers with ours as we say Hail Mary 

We are recruiting new members so please come along and give choir a try.  We rehearse on Monday at 6pm until 7pm at church.  All levels of singers are in our choir, and we enjoy a friendly relaxed atmosphere in rehearsals whilst still working hard and achieving great things! As well as singing at Mass (approx once a month) we will also be performing at concerts and charity events throughout the coming year, so we rehearse a mixture of sacred and secular music.  Our choir is open to all, no audition is necessary to join, reading music is an asset but definitely not essential.
Clare O’Neill is the musical director of the choir.  She trained at the RNCM in Manchester and has sung with Opera Companies all over Europe firstly as a chorister and then as a soloist.  Her main employers in the UK were Welsh National Opera, Opera North and Scottish Opera. (Her first job out of college was actually with Buxton International Opera Festival).  She moved to Buxton in 1999 and has been an active member of the parish since then.
Singing is a great hobby, it has many benefits to both young and old, come along and give us a try!! Email 
CONGRATULATIONS TO YVONNE RIPLEY who has recently become Lay Catholic Chaplain to the University of Derby at Buxton.  She will keep us informed of relevant university events. 

ROTAS for Welcoming, Reading, Cleaning, Ministering and Counting are available this weekend. ALL the rotas are available on the homepage of our website

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