Welcome to the parish of St Peter and St Michael.
Weir Lane Woolston , Warrington WA1 4QQ
Thank you for visiting our web site. We are a Roman Catholic parish belonging to the Diocese of Liverpool and we are part of the Warrington Deanery.
Scroll down to see this weeks message from Fr Gildea
Our Creative Community
We want to see your creative projects from home DIY to your new crafty creations!
ST PETER'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
The fantastic Head Teacher at our St Peter's primary school has created this amazing video for our children whilst they are away from school due to the COVID-19 pandemic!
The wonderful staff are doing a fantastic job of looking after all the children in their care and should be celebrated!
Thank you St Peter's, children and staff, for everything you are doing and your update videos!
They have also added to our Creative Communities page which you can take a look at by clicking the button above!
Check out their other video's from all the staff (a must watch, its brilliant!) and have a look at what your amazing school has been up to!
CAFOD EMERGENCY APPEAL
While we are not able to hold physical collections in our church, you can donate as individuals at cafod.org.uk/coronavirusappeal
or in an envelope through Presbytery letter box marked for Cafod corona virus appeal.
CAFOD launched its coronavirus emergency appeal on 30 April.
The effects of coronavirus on developing countries where CAFOD works are likely to be devastating. Families without enough to eat and without access to clean water and healthcare are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus. The poorest and most marginalised communities will be pushed further into poverty. Your prayers and gifts are needed now more than ever to help protect the lives of those in poor communities.
FR GILDEA'S WEEKLY MESSAGE
Pentecost Sermon – Corona Virus Period
Good Morning and “ Happy Birthday “ everyone !!!
Today we celebrate the feast of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles. This gift from God both fired and enthused them and, as a result, they went out full of excitement to tell everybody about Jesus. It was the birth of the church and hence my greeting to you with a “ Happy Birthday “
Notice there are 7 candles on the altar. These are there to remind us that the Holy Spirit gave us 7 gifts. But, you know if we are to benefit from gifts given to us, we need to open them !! Sometimes I have received a gift and have asked myself “ What is it ? “ and only after much thought have I worked out what it is and how to use it.
So, what are these 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit ?
5. 5. Fortitude
7. Fear of the Lord. ( which translated means…Respect for God}
When speaking to the children, who find it hard to remember all 7, I tell them to remember just 3 because these 3 contain the other 4..
- Wisdom :
- Respect for God :
After I had the stroke 2 years ago now, I was in France and in sympathy they all spoke one word to me….“ Courage “. That word gave me great fortitude: the gift of courage had been opened for me.
Many of the gifts of the Holy Spirit have been unwrapped in these past few months during lockdown :
Wisdom, Courage and Respect for God in particular We have seen the need to share equally and we as Christians have turned to God for help. It has been hard to understand our lives and live with the virus. But people for example have learnt through wisdom and understanding to keep the isolation rule. The doctors, nurses and key workers have carried on with great courage. Relatives and friends unable to be with their loved ones at their time of death have accepted the necessity of this advice. Neighbours have realised that nobody needs go hungry or be alone. There is enough love and food in the world for us to look after each other and especially take care of vulnerable people living in our communities. Humanity has faced the fact of its inadequacy and many people now are turning to God for help and to put their trust in Him.
Truly the gifts of The Holy Spirit have been unpacked these past months. Let us hope they will continue to be used when the pandemic is over.
Recently I heard of a conversation between God and the devil :
“ The devil gleefully said to God :
“ I have closed all the Churches !
And God laughing, replied : “Maybe, but I have opened a church in every home ! “
I’d like to finish with a Blessing for you and all your families :
Come, Holy Spirit, bless and renew the face of the earth !
Come, Holy Spirit, bless each one of us with a new vision of love !
Come, Holy Spirit, bless us with the hope that overcomes despair and the faith that overcomes all doubt.
Amen ! Alleluia !
May Almighty God Bless you all, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Have a lovely week, stay safe and hopefully see you all soon in church
Saturday 16th May
Anyone needing cotton face masks for supermarket shopping, Fr Gildea has eight available, due to a parishioner over ordering. They are made by a professional seamstres connected to the parish. Cost £2.50 each. Just call at the priest's house.