Parish Priest - Father Anton Column

Father Anton Parish Priest

Dear Parishioners,

This weekend at Clayton we welcome our children preparing for their Confirmation.  Let us pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit within both their lives and their family and friends.  The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity who expresses a special power of God and the ability to be in all places at all times.  He is also the empowering of God within our lives for our good and the good of the whole world.  May he strengthen and uphold us in our faith!

Next weekend we welcome the Mission Promoter from the Sion Community who will be giving us insight into the workings of the Parish Mission.  She will speak at all Masses and will meet up with the team of helpers at 11.30 a.m. in the parish hall at Clayton.  The meeting is open to everyone who would like to be present in order to understand and help with the Mission early next year.

I would like to say a “thank you” first of all to KMF for arranging and sponsoring a golf tournament in aid of both Dougie Mac and Linkline.  Cheques were donated to both organisations to the sum of £635 and these donations are very much appreciated.  The second “thank you” is to the ladies team who have grouped together to paint the ladies and disabled toilets in the hall.  Thank you for the generous help.  All we now need is some men to offer to paint the Gentlemen toilets.  Any takers? 

This last Thursday we welcomed Father Dominic Chukka into the parish of St Wulstan.  Not only was it the ceremony for his Induction as Parish Priest, but also the celebration of Twenty-five years of the Priesthood.  It was a beautiful ceremony and a heart-warming celebration of the gift of the priesthood.  Some of his family and friends journeyed from as far afield as Canada and of course his home country of India.  Welcome Father and Congratulations!

A fortnight this weekend we have a Diocesan Visitation.  Bishop David McGough will be visiting our parishes and preaching at all Masses.  There will be a chance to have a chat with him after the evening Mass at Ashley and the 10 a.m. Sunday Mass at Clayton.  Please make him welcome!

May the Lord protect and keep you safe in his care!

Father Anton s.c.j.