Bulletin No.655 March 12th 2017

100 Club:    The winner for March is no. 39  – Connie Reardon – Congratulations!

There will be Stations of the Cross at 4 p.m. in St. Alban’s today.  Why not make it part of your Lenten observance?

Fr. David’s 50 Birthday Celebration in the Church Hall on Sunday 19th of March.  Please make sure you put your name on the list at the back of the Church this weekend so that we have the numbers for catering.

Prize Bingo at St. Felix:   Next Friday in the Parish Centre at 14 Ellick St. Blaenavon, NP4 9RA.   Doors open at 7 p.m.  Bingo starts at 7.30 p.m.    All funds raised for St. Felix painting.   Look forward to seeing you there.

CAFOD Lent Fast Day was last Friday  Florence is a hard-working mother who is devoted to her family.  A few years ago she was only just making enough to feed her family.  However, CAFOD’s partner, the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, recognised how determined Florence was to stand on her own two feet and so they gave her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish.   By selling some of the fish at market, Florence was able to give her children a future – she was able to send them to school.   Please support this Lent Fast Day, to ensure more people like Florence can turn tiny fish into something amazing.   There are envelopes at the back of the Church if you did not pick one up last weekend.   Put your donation envelope in with your collection envelope this weekend.  Please be as generous as you can.

Deanery Station Mass will be at All Saints, Ebbw Vale on next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Youth 2000 Retreat :  17th – 19th March  at St. David’s Sixth Form College.    Interested and between the ages of 16 – 35?  See the Notice Board at the back of the Church or pick up a postcard.

S.P.U.C.:  Janet Thomas of S.P.U.C. will be doing the 40 days for life vigil at St. Mary Street, opposite Elgin House, facing the abortion facility across the street from 11a.m. -4p.m. starting on Ash Wednesday until 9th of April.  Could anyone commit to joining her for an hour?  Contact Lorraine on 01495 763647 or Janet Thomas on 07901713077

Lenten Fasting Lunch (bread and soup) at St David’s Cathedral in support of the Syrian Family Refugee Project, each Friday of Lent at 1.30 p.m. (following the 12.45p.m. Mass) at the Cornerstone.  (During Lunch, 15 minute Lenten Meditation will be given by Archbishop George.)

Touch of Heaven 2018:  Trip to Patmos (details on www.faithcafe.org website) flying on Thursday 13th September 2018 and returning the following Thursday.  The expected cost for all in half board is £1050 (subject to Euro changes).   If you are interested please contact Fr. David Hayman by 26th of March.

Welsh National Lourdes Pilgrimage:  23rd to 28th July 2017.   There are posters at the back of the Church with more information if you would like to join this pilgrimage.

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