St Annes Catholic Church BUXTON
Tel 01298 23777

News Bulletin - Free subscription

Tel. Buxton 23777 
16th February 2020 
SATURDAY    6.00 p.m. Mass – For all Parishioners
SUNDAY     10.00 a.m. Mass – For the Travelling People
MONDAY    10.00 a.m. Mass – Sr Ellen McGrath RIP
WEDNESDAY 10.00 a.m. Mass – For the sick and housebound
FRIDAY      10.00 a.m. Mass – Cath Dahill - RIP
SATURDAY 11.00 a.m. Confessions  
                  6.00 p.m. Mass – For all parishioners
SUNDAY (23 Feb) 10.00a.m. Mass – For the work of the University of Derby
OFFERTORIES 2ND & 9TH February  Loose Plate - £194.06 & £180.71;  Planned Giving - £200.00 & £164.00; Standing Orders - £308.00 & £308.00;  Totals - £702.06 & £652.71.  Many thanks.
Brendan Hickey, our much loved Headteacher of 10 years, has decided to retire this Summer, July 2020.  The Multi-Academy Trust interviewed last week for his successor and have appointed David Redfern, the present Deputy Headteacher of St Philip Howard, Glossop.  It was a unanimous appointment by the Officers of St Ralph Sherwin Academy Trust and three of the Local Governing Body, Sue Hardman, Anne King and myself.  We were very impressed by David and think he will be a good fit for St Thomas More School.  I will invite him to come and speak to us at Mass after Easter and perhaps we could have a thanksgiving Mass for Brendan in the Summer.  
JOHN AND LISA COOPER have been coming to Mass with us since last October and have been exploring whether God is calling them to become Catholics.  They have both been lifelong members of the Church of England and members of St John’s Church here in Buxton where John was a Reader.  They have been meeting regularly with Fr Gerry and been supported by Rob Aldous, Aileen Warneford and Lynne Collins who have agreed to be their sponsors.  Next Sunday we shall celebrate a Rite of sending them to Nottingham for Bishop Patrick’s blessing on March 1st.  Next Sunday we shall formally ask their sponsors if they are ready and ask the congregation to support them and welcome them as they go forward. 
A DVD and written materials on St Mark’s Gospel will be the basis of seven Monday evening meetings at our Parish Centre beginning on February 24th at 7.30 p.m.  The evenings will be open to all Christians and those who are searching and will be led by different members/ministers of each church.  It is formally called “Christianity Explored” and has a website  All are welcome.
ROTAS FOR PARISH MINISTRIES  Will be available this weekend.  A big thank you to all who welcome, read, clean, count, distribute Holy Communion and compose Bidding Prayers. 
NOTTINGHAM DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE led by Bishop Patrick, directed by Fr Greg Tobin will take place 12th-17th July 2020.  Direct flights from East Midlands Airport to Lourdes or train from Nottingham to Lourdes.  See Posters in Church. 
The Chief Medical Officer gave some very practical advice this week about what to do – “treat it as any other virus.  Use good hygiene for coughing and sneezing and wash your hands frequently during the day”  At Mass perhaps we could all use our common sense especially about receiving Holy Communion from the Chalice – don’t if you have a cold or are sniffly.
NEXT SUNDAY  we shall draw the 100 Club Winners for February after 10 am Mass.  Win £100, £30 or £20.  If you want to join see Fr Gerry today.
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.
NOTTINGHAM DIOCESAN LOURDES PILGRIMAGE led by Bishop Patrick, directed by Fr Greg Tobin will take place 12th-17th July 2020.  Direct flights from East Midlands Airport to Lourdes or train from Nottingham to Lourdes.  See Posters in Church or look at
The January draw took place last Saturday night immediately after Mass.  The winners – James O’Dwyer, No 22, won £100.  Aileen Warneford, No 19, won £25 and Christine Burke, No 43, won £20. Thank you all for your support.  The next draw will be Sunday, February 23rd after 10 am Mass.
OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL MARRIED COUPLES to enrich their marriage and renew their commitment to each other.  A non-residential Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held at Savio House, Bollington, Macclesfield on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of July.  For more information contact Charles and Krysia Golabek on 01625-263627 or 
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children wants us to write to the Prime Minister asking him not to give parliamentary time to decriminalising abortion in England and Wales.  You will receive a postcard to send and there will be a retiring collection for the work of S.P.U.C.
Thanks to the 11 people who handed in these boxes recently.  The monies have now been counted and sent to the Missionary Society.  Please collect the emptied boxes from the back of Church today.  
FATHER ANTHONY AXE thanks you all for making him so welcome last weekend. 
A BIG THANK YOU  to everyone who made our celebration of Advent and Christmas so memorable.  So many people pulled the stops out and helped us prepare – the Childrens’ Liturgy group who built the crib, washed the figures, decorated the tree, and led us on Christmas morning.  The Music Group, led by Clare O’Neal, on Christmas Eve with a very creative and touching Carol Service and Mass, Aileen Warnford and the Brownies who decorated the ends of pews and the radiator tops – Kasia and Barbara our all year round flower people.  So many people helped with welcoming, cleaning, reading, giving out the Eucharist and a hundred behind the scenes jobs.  A big thank you to you all!  On a personal note thank you all for your Christmas Offerings, your greetings, cards and gifts. 
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.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FOR 2020!  Pope Francis has been much in the news over this Christmas period encouraging us to pray and act for peace in the world and especially remember the plight of refugees.  Closer to home he has been inviting us to remove ourselves from “structures which give us a false sense of security – rules which make us harsh judges – habits which make us feel safe.”  Instead, he wants us to find new ways of experiencing the joy of sharing God’s love with others.  A good challenge for the New Year?
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.  
RED MISSIO BOXES  Thank you to the five people who have returned their boxes.  The total was £86.21p for the Missions.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ann Woollacott, Paul Featherstone, Fred Kadzeuski, Thomas Langer and Paul Ripley, who were commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers by our Bishop this weekend. 
WELCOME TO JOHN AND LISA COOPER  Who have been members of St John’s and the Church of England and are exploring whether God is calling them to be Catholics. 
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
“From October 28th to November 8th the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, established by the Government, will turn its attention to the present situation in the Catholic Church in England and Wales.  On November 6th Cardinal Vincent Nichols will give evidence to the inquiry.  He will once again offer an unreserved apology to all who have suffered at the hands of the Catholic Church and express profound regret especially to the survivors and their families.  Both our achievements in safeguarding and our failures will be highlighted and also the need to listen to the voice and experience of survivors.  This will be a painful time of deeper purification for our catholic community.  Please keep all involved in your prayers, especially those who carry the heavy burden of childhood abuse every day of their lives”. 
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. 
HIGH PEAK BOROUGH FAIRTRADE STEERING GROUP  is looking for Fairtrade enthusiasts to join them in working more widely for Fairtrade in the High Peak.  If you are interested in joining, please email or phone 07977 468285
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”.  
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LUKASIK FAMILY  To Ivana, Marek, Ollie, and Gabby on the birth of Maksymilian on July 22nd.  Have a look at him at Mass this Sunday!
From Fr Domenico Simeone, an Italian Priest, whom a parishioner met in Lourdes this Summer and who went to St Anne’s School. 
A massive thank you to JOHN O’MEARA and ROSEMARY WOOD who have both served as Foundation Governors for more than 30 years and are retiring this summer.  They have done a splendid job throughout the years and have been great friends and supporters of the school.  Sue Hardman is presently Chair of Governors and Anne Woollacott, Lorraine Maddocks and I continue as Foundation Governors.  We appointed a Lay School Chaplain last week who will be starting at St Thomas More and St Annes’ Schools this September. 
Parents, Staff, and Governors are delighted with the much improved SATS results our Year 6 children received last week.  Congratulations to Mrs Wiggins and her team for their hard work this year bearing much fruit.
NEW ROTAS AVAILABLE  For all Church Ministries – hard copy and on the Parish homepage – and an amended Welcomers Rota
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.   
“JUST NOW” The Diocesan Justice and Peace magazine is available at the back of Church.

Year Book 2013 2014

Click to view Year Book

Year Book 2013 2014 (2473kb)

Parish Year Book 2012 - 2013

Click logo for Year Book 

Year Book 2012 - 2013 (5050kb)

St. Anne's Parish Year Book 2011 - 2012

Click logo for Year Book 2011 - 2012

Year Book 2011 - 2012 (2529kb)

St. Annes Parish Year Book 2009 - 2010

click logo for Year Book 2009 - 2010

Year Book 2009 - 2010 (1982kb)

St. Annes Parish Year Book 2008

click logo for Year Book 2008

Year Book 2008 (1517kb)

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