Please check out Mass times and intentions on Our Masses page.
Also, please check out the same page for our Christmas Mass Schedule.
After Mike's passing last week, we have been informed of the following arrangements.
Friday 8th December - Requiem Mass at 09.15 followed by committal at Walton Lea Crematorium at 10.45.
Refreshments will be available at the Legion on Manchester Road from 11.45.
Winter Wonderland 🥶☃️
Our Winter Wonderland event (come rain or rain!) took place on the evening of Friday 24th November. The event was organised through the parish council and in conjunction with the “With Love, Steph” charity. The event started at 18.00 and there was a great selection of activities including Craft stalls, Cake stall (with takeaway boxes), Piety stall, we sang Christmas Carols, ate from the BBQ, drank mulled wine, Gaelic coffee (can't be Irish coffee as the whisky was Scotch😁), and normal tea and coffee too.
Check out our new Winter Wonderland page by clicking on the poster and see an update and message from our organisers. It's Good News! 😁
Parish Council Meeting
The next SPAM meeting will take place on place on Monday 4 December at 7 p.m. in the Millennium Room. The meeting agenda will be sent out this week.
Advent Begins Next Week
On Friday 1 December we begin our Advent programme with Mass at 9 am in St Peter’s School (no Mass in church). All are welcome. Next Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent, which is a season of preparation for the Lord’s coming. Each week in Advent the children will attach a picture or symbol to the Jesse Tree, starting with Adam and Eve (an apple); Noah (an ark and a dove); Abraham and Isaac (a dagger and a figure of Abraham). The gospels describe the last judgment – the second coming – and tell us of the preaching of John the Baptist to ‘prepare the way of the Lord.’
Click on the tree to be taken to our Christmas time page where the adornments and the timing of their introduction to the tree can be found.
The Frank Hawley Challenge
Over the last couple of Month's, Frank's nephew Andrew has successfully completed a number of challenges in support of St. Rocco's Hospice. Andrew has successfully completed the Great North Run, the Warrington half marathon and over the weekend of the 4/5-11-2023 the 3-3-3 (3 miles every three hours over 3 days 😲 😲 😲). In total, some 72 miles covered.
Andrew says a BIG thank you to all parishioners at Ss Peter and Michael who have contributed to the shirt raffle and to the St. Rocco's JustGiving page.
There are further events planned - a rugby match to be held at Crossfields against Woolston Rovers which is on the 12th November, followed by the final celebration at the King's Head, Winwick on Friday 1st December. The evening will consist of 2 Live bands including songs from our very own Lauren Glynn. A buffet is included in the ticket price of £12.50 per person and tickets can be obtained from "Ticket Tailor" (click on the picture of Frank at the top of this notice) however, for those who are not comfortable or familiar with online booking, there will be a sheet in the porch after Masses this weekend where you will be able to register your name for a ticket. All proceeds from the event will go to St. Rocco's Hospice.
We look forward to seeing you there for what promises to be a great evening.
St Peters School Christmas Fayre
As can be seen in our upcoming events stream on the right of this page, the St. Peter's Christmas Fayre is on Sunday 3rd December between 1.30pm - 4.30pm.
There will be the usual tombolas, raffles, games for the children, cakes, hot food, gaelic coffees and mulled wine, tea and coffee, crafts and Santa's Grotto.
We are inundated with raffle tickets for the different school and church events at the moment, however the raffle tickets for the school fayre will be available in a tub in the church porch if anyone would like to purchase them.
SSPAM trip to Lourdes 2023
Whilst the story of the trip is being progressed, you might wish to see the photos from this years pilgrimage. Follow the Lourdes Pilgrimage link on the right of this page to view them.
The Warrington East Family of Parishes (St. Peter & St. Michael, St. Oswald, St. Benedict and St. Stephen) are inviting the members of each church to a Christingle Service at 4 pm on Sunday 17 December at St Benedict’s Church, Rhodes Street WA2 7QE. It will be followed by a social event with tea, coffee and dribbles (drinks and nibbles). For catering purposes please sign a sheet in the porch if you wish to come. St Peter’s school are also collecting numbers so please indicate the number of children not at the school who will be attending. Each child will receive a Christingle, which is an orange (representing Christ) pierced with a candle (the light of Christ), four cocktail sticks (the four seasons), with fruit and sweets on them, tied with a red ribbon. This all depicts God’s gifts to us. Let’s make it a date!
Parish 100 Club
As we have previously mentioned, a few numbers have not been included in recent draws as subscriptions have not been paid. Our parish lottery enables us to keep up the maintenance of church projects and this would not be possible without your continued support. In order to encourage more involvement, the December draw will offer a guaranteed prize of £150 and there will be an additional prize of £50. These prizes will be available to those players who have paid their subscriptions for October, November and December.
Our November draw took place this week and the winning number was No. 86 who won £120. Many congratulations to our lucky winner.
You have to be in it to win it! 😁 😁 😁
Please check out our Nugent page by clicking on the image alongside for details of this year's Light up A Light event(s), order form and further details on this year's Gala to be held in Liverpool this Thursday.
Work, work, work, work, work!
The next monthly working party will take place on Tuesday 12th December between 10.00 -12.00. The weather was kind to us in November and we focused our efforts on the Memorial Garden.
We are always grateful for new members to come and help maintain the church and its surroundings and keep them in tip top condition.
Tea and Toast is back!
This month, toast comes back into its own! Tea and toast now runs on a weekly basis after 11.00 Mass on Sunday mornings. to be able to do this, we need a few more toastmasters. If you think you can help us with this, then please put forward your name to one of the parish council members or send us an email to the parish email address. Thank you in advance for all your help. An updated rota for Tea a& Toast is included on our volunteer rotas here.
It is also is an excellent way to continue to keep our parish together, a chance to socialise with others and raise funds for the Parish at the same time.
All are welcome!
Important information for those aged 15-22 who might wish to go to Lourdes next year has just arrived and information on how to apply along with costs is on our Lourdes page. Please click on the Lourdes link to the right to gather more information.
There is a request for people to take a survey for the Catholic Pic to help determine whether we can reduce our carbon footprint and reduce the number of Pics actually printed. Please find a link to the survey on our own Catholic Pic page here. Thanks in advance.
Vatican II Lectures
A number of seminars and lectures are available to all. Details of the lectures to be held in Liverpool Hope University can be found on our Archdiocese page. There are also options for viewing online if you cannot attend in person.
Having just recovered from this year's pilgrimage, next year's Archdiocese youth trip is already in planning. The Lourdes Youth pilgrimage is announced for 18th to 27th July 2024. See our Lourdes page for more details and how to apply.
Catholic youth Ministry
Castlerigg Manor (The Lancaster Diocese Youth Service) are looking for young Catholics aged 18-25 to join their Youth Ministry Internship Programme. The scheme lasts for one or two years and gives participants wide ranging experience, skills, training, and qualifications as well as the opportunity to work with a fantastic team based in the Lake District. For more information contact:
Journey into Prayer Course
News comes to us of a new course, run over a 6 month period starting in January. The course aims to give a taste of a variety of ways of praying. You can find out more about the course on our Archdiocese page using the link on the right.
Several parisihioners have asked about restarting the 'little church'. Fr. Mark has suggested that this could be held once a month initially and then reviewed depending on demand. However, for it to happen we need a group of people to work together. Resources are available to help deliver it but we need volunteers.
If you are willing to be involved, please leave your name and number with Fr. Mark or Deacon Jim, or alternatively email to the parish email address.
If we can build a team to deliver, we will be helping our children to better understand our faith and become active members of our parish.
Thank you in advance.
Please be vigilant - we have received a note from our gardener that someone has dumped bamboo and hedges behind the garage on the far side of the car park. He has cleared it away for us, but it's not part of his job. If you see anyone "fly-tipping" in our grounds, please let us know either directly to Deacon Jim, or via email to the parish address.