Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Independent Catholic News

People sometimes tell me that they find it hard to get unbiased news about subjects in which we are interested as Catholics. You might like to try Independent Catholic News. On the occasions I have used it, it has seemed to give the stories without too much of a spin. I have put a permanent link to ICN here on the parish site.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

St Wilfrid's Word





Click here to read the Easter edition of the parish magazine.

Newsletter for Palm Sunday & Holy Week

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Monday, 22 March 2010

Stations of the Cross - online!

As Holy Week draws near, why not reflect on the Lord's journey to the Cross and tomb at your computer?
You can find one way of making the traditional Stations here.
There is an alternative pattern using ten scripture based audio meditations here.

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Ruby Wedding

Congratulations and prayerful good wishes go our Deacon John, and his wife, Lynda, who celebrated forty years of marriage on St Joseph's Day.
What can I say about John & Lynda? Words of St Paul to his Philippian friends come to mind:
"I thank my God whenever I think of you, and every time I pray for you, I always pray with joy."

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Newsletter for 20/21 March - Lent 5

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The programme for Holy Week is available here.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Official at last

Today Buckingham Palace officially announced the dates of the Pope's visit in September.
Read the announcement on the Catholic Church in England and Wales Site.
See the official papal visit site.

Friday, 12 March 2010

The Children, Schools and Families Bill - Bishop Malcolm comments

You may be aware that there is a lot of controversy about the Children, Schools and Families Bill which is working its way through parliament. Some pressure groups who are opposed to Catholic (or indeed any faith) teaching, insist that if faith schools teach about relationships in accordance with their beliefs, this will somehow lead to 'discrimination' or 'intolerance' of groups who do not share our outlook.
Bishop Malcolm has recently commented on this concern in an article which you can find in the Times Online, or on the Catholic Church in England and Wales site.
Teaching the truth does not lead to bullying , intolerance or discrimination, as this paragraph from our bishop's article makes very clear:
OfSTED inspections demonstrate that pupil attitudes, behaviour, relations with others, respect for other people and acceptance of the responsibilities of living in a community were excellent or very good in a much greater proportion of Catholic schools than other schools. 61% of Catholic schools were judged excellent or very good in ensuring respect for other people compared to 43% of other schools in England. Similarly, 55% of Catholic schools were judged as excellent/very good in keeping pupils free from bullying, racism or harassment, compared to only 44% of schools nationally. That’s one of the major reasons why so many parents decide to send their children to Catholic schools in the first place.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Newsletter for 13/14 March - Lent 4

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The programme for Lent and Holy Week is available here.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Celebrity Priest visits St Wilfrid's!

This evening some of our children will be celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. Please keep them in your prayers.
One of the priests who is coming to assist is our vocations director, Father David Cain. Father Dave took part in the BBC series, Total Wipeout, a bit back. Here is the video!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Choosing the Common Good

The bishops of England & Wales have issued a document entitled 'Choosing the Common Good' which presents key themes in Catholic social teaching. This is partly in anticipation of the forthcoming general election.
Click here for a press release about the document.
Click here to read the full document.

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Newsletter for 6/7 March - Lent 3

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The programme for Lent and Holy Week is available here.