Bulletin No.663 May 7th 2017

Today is Vocations Sunday: when we celebrate the call to the priesthood and the consecrated live.   We remember other callings at others times but it is right that on one Sunday  (Good Shepherd Sunday) we pray especially for those God is calling to be consecrated to be ordained as priests and deacons, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).  Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord’s call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.    There will be a second collection at all Masses today for vocations.

May Devotions:   There will be Rosary at 4 p.m. on Sundays during the month of May – the month of Mary- starting today.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Centenary of Apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima  will reach its climax with the visit of Pope Francis to Fatima on 13 May.  The Statue is in Cardiff this weekend. Today there will be the usual Choral Mass at 11am in the Cathedral followed by one hour of devotions.  The statue will leave the Cathedral at 2.30pm to be taken to the University Chaplaincy at Nazareth House where it will remain until Monday 8 May.    The CTS has prepared a wealth of titles to celebrate the centenary.  These may be found at: www.ctsbooks.org/fatima  and can be ordered by email at orders@ctsbooks.org

Torchlight Procession at Belmont Abbey:  0n Wednesday 10th May.   This year there will be the visit of the National Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and Relics of Blessed Jacinta and Blessed Francisco to celebrate the Centenary of the Apparitions at Fatima.   The bus has been booked.   The cost will be £10 per head.   Please sign the list at the back of the Church if you would like to book a place.  The fare should be paid today if possible. The first pick up will be at the Workingmens’ Hall, Blaenavon at 6.30 p.m. and outside St. Alban’s Church at 6.45 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration at Blaenavon:   Sadly the adoration at Blaenavon has had to be cut to one hour due to sickness and there is no one to cover the second hour.   Can you help?   Contact A. Brown if you can.

Padre Pio Catholic SchoolThe children have used the Lenten Period to raise money for Kano through cake sales, sponsored events etc.    The total raised was a magnificent £1,246.09.     Congrantulations!

Cheese and Wine Quiz Night:   Wednesday 17th of May in St. Alban’s Church Hall after 7 p.m. Mass.    Admission £5 (to include 1st glass of wine and cheese and biscuits)   Tickets on sale this weekend.

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