THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND AND WALES

 

Parish Life

 

Pastoral Leadership

 

Pope Francis

Bishop Mark Davies

Pope Francis

Vicar of Jesus Christ 

Bishop Mark Davies

Diocese of Shrewsbury

 

 
 
Parish Priest

 

Fr Paul O'Grady


Fr Paul
We warmly welcome Fr Paul to our parish.  

We look forward to his ministry at St Winefride's and hope he feels at home!

 

parishpriest@stwinefridesneston.org.uk

 

 

At St Winefride's we are very grateful for the assistance given by our retired priests:

 

 Mgr Chris Lightbound    Fr Russell Cooke

 

Rev Mike Topping

Deacon Mike moved to Neston when he was six and was educated at St Winefride's Primary School and Chester Catholic High School. He still lives in Neston with his wife Debbie and has three children and one grandchild.

 

Deacon Mike was ordained at Shrewsbury Cathedral on July 6th 2013 and is our first Deacon at St Winefride's.

 

His ministry will include participating in Sunday mass, taking baptism, wedding and funeral services; parish administrative duties; involvement with cathechesis and other groups covering all aspects of our life and mission namely faith-formation, faith-celebration and faith-action.

 

deaconmike@stwinefridesneston.org.uk

 

 

 FAITH FORMATION
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Bible Study  

Times and dates to be confirmed: details in the newsletter. Meetings with a view to deepen our understanding and love for the Word of God.

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Catechists

The catechist’s role in the parish is to support adults, children and young people at special times in their lives e.g:

  • Parents whose children are preparing to receive sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist 
  • Young people preparing for sacrament of Confirmation
  • Adults preparing for sacrament of Marriage
  • Parents who wish to baptise their child/ren

Each course consists of a specific number of meetings and includes lively discussion and personal reflection to help participants to become more aware of the relevance of the sacraments in their lives.

 

All times and venues are detailed in the parish newsletter and website during the year.

 

For further information contact:

 

firstcommunion@stwinefridesneston.org.uk

confirmation@stwinefridesneston.org.uk

marriageprep@stwinefridesneston.org.uk

baptism@stwinefridesneston.org.uk

 

Foundation Governors

Individuals appointed by the diocese to maintain the catholic identity of the parish primary school. Please contact the parishpriest@stwinefridesneston.org.uk for further details.

Library

The library is open to all parishioners to use and is situated in the "new" porch.  If you have any books to donate please contact Geoff Davies; gdavies73@talktalk.net.

Local Pastoral Area

Our collaboration with other local Catholic parishes (Heswall and Pensby). Contact Derek Pover, DerekPover@googlemail.com.

Neston & District Churches Together

NDCT was formed to help churches in Neston area to work more closely together. The NDCT promote awareness of all local christian communities and help organise a number of ecumenical events each year. These include a service as part of Christian Unity Week in January, Lent Discussion Groups, a Christian Aid Service in May and participation in the Neston Village Fair in July. There are also Ecumenical Choir events. During October, there is a service as part of One World Week and an ecumenical evening of carol singing in December.  The NDCT also support Women's World Day of Prayer.

 

A committee made up of representatives from all the parishes meets bi-monthly with and AGM in January. Each denomination takes turns in hosting events and meeting. The St Winefride’s representative is Deacon Mike Topping 353 0253 deaconmike@stwinefridesneston.org.uk.

 FAITH CELEBRATION
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Altar Servers

For all boys and girls who have taken their first communion and wish to serve at the altar. Meetings for all servers take place monthly and there is an annual altar servers' and first communicants' Christmas Party on the Feast of the Holy Innocents.

 

If you are interested in serving please contact the parishpriest@stwinefrides.org.uk.

 

Altar Servers' prayers and handout available to download.

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Lectio Divina

Reflecting on the Word of God in silence sharing reflections on the readings taken from those in Sunday's Eucharist. Times and days to be confirmed. Check newsletter for details.

Little Church

Little Church

Sundays 10:45 am Mass term time only, in Parish Hall.  

Aimed for children 3 – 7 years. The Youth SVP with the guidance of an adult helper present a simplified Mass and the gospel of the day in a simplified form. The children are asked questions on the story and colour in a picture of the story. Children return to Mass after the Creed.

 

Contact Dorothy Barber, whitedot1@sky.com.

Flowers

Church Flowers

We arrange weekly flowers on a rota basis plus Easter celebrations, Remembrance Sunday and Christmas displays, including a tree etc. Weddings and funerals are arranged privately.

 

We would welcome anyone to come and join us or help out.  Contact Angela McDevitt 336 4347.

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Church Cleaners

We take it in turns (currently 1 in every 5 weeks) to dust and hoover the church. We would be very happy to have more volunteers. Most people clean in pairs as it can be too big a job alone. For people who may wish to volunteer contact: Louise Wilkinson, wilkinsontowers@btinternet.com, 336 1096

 

Gardeners and Grounds 

Volunteers are assigned a section of the garden or churchyard to maintain.  More help is always welcome.  Contact David McNulty, davidmcnulty769@btinternet.com, 336 1959.

Money Collectors, Counters and Ushers

Helping with collecting weekly offerings and counting offerings. Ushers help with guiding and welcoming parishioners and visitors in our church. Please contact Deacon Mike Topping, deaconmike@stwinefridesneston.org.uk, 353 0253 if you would like to help.

 

Organists and Musicians

We have three musicians who accompany us on various occasions and are organised on a weekly basis. Maria Slater coordinates musicians for other occasions (weddings, funerals etc). The musicians are Charlotte Bailey, Katharine Powell and Peter Dolley. The choir rehearses for special occasions (Easter, Christmas, other celebrations) on Wedmesdays from 7 - 8pm. All welcome. Maria Slater, mariaslater2004@aol.com, 336 4622 or

music@stwinefridesneston.org.uk

reading ministry

Ministers of the Word

Involves 5 or 6 midweek readers and over 20 readers for our weekend liturgy for our 3 Masses on Saturday or Sunday. We are always pleased to welcome more readers and would love to hear from anyone who could read on Saturday mornings. We are always grateful for more people, particularly in our younger parish community who would like to be involved in our reading ministry.

 

Rotas available online.  Reading Ministry Guidelines. For more information please contact Joe Tunstall, joe.tunstall@uwclub.net.

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Ministers of Communion

The Special Eucharistic Ministers assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass and a number of Eucharistic Ministers take Holy Communion after Mass to people who are unable to get to Mass. They visit people in their own homes, residential homes and nursing homes.

 

Special Eucharistic Ministers are commissioned during the Maundy Thursday mass every year and renew their committments on Corpus Christi.

 

Rotas online or contact Joe Tunstall, joe.tunstall@uwclub.net.

 FAITH ACTION
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Bereavement Group

This group provides support and assistance (if required) to those whose family/loved ones have passed away during the past 12 months or earlier.  There is one parish mass each November organised by the group and the CWL.

 

For further information please contact:

bereavement@stwinefridesneston.org.uk

Catholic Women's League (CWL)

The CWL is a national group, united in prayer and service to the church. Raising funds for local, national and international charities and they also ensure that the Catholic women’s voice is heard in government issues. Regular monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in the Church Hall. Speakers attend regularly details of which are announced in the news letter and on the website.

 

The Millennium Wall Hanging (pictured left) was embroidered by the CWL.

For recent information and pictures click here.

 

Chair person is Maria Slater, mariaslater2004@aol.com, 336 4622.

Christian AId

Christian Aid

Working with other denominations and NDCT annual national collections are coordinated with youth involvement for sponsored events.

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Parish Bulletin

The editors type the weekly newsletter on Thursday evenings and then email it to be printed out on Friday mornings and folded on Saturday mornings. For further information or to volunteer please contact the webmanagers

(webmanager@stwinefridesneston.org.uk).

Fairtrade

Fairtrade

Along with all other churches in the Neston area, St Winefride’s is now registered as a Fairtrade place of worship.

 

All parish groups have pledged to use and promote Fairtrade products and principles at their events. Tea and Coffee served after Sunday mass and at other events will be Fairtrade. We unite with a growing network of almost 7000 churches, mosques and synagogues that have also committed to bringing a better deal to farmers and workers through promoting products which have the Fairtrade Mark.

 

To find out more about the impact of Fairtrade on producer communities at www.fairtrade.org.uk

Justice and Peace Commission

The Gospel in action locally and globally. Our reps are Catherine and Paulo Lisboa.

 

Latest Justice and Peace Bulletin. Previous Bulletins available here.

 



 

 

 

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Poor Clare Food Delivery

The delivery enhances our parish’s response for practical Christianity to people we know to be in need: the delivery takes place at the end of every month and has done so now for well over 10 years following an appeal by our dear Fr. Courell all those years ago. A group of at least 9 people visit Neston Market to buy the monthly food and deliver this in their own vehicles entirely on a voluntary basis. This is all financed by a most appreciated and generous parish response to an annual collection. Any additional contributions are always welcome!

 

There is an annual collection each October, date announced in parish newsletter.

 

Contact Joe Tunstall, joe.tunstall@uwclub.net.

Foodbank

The SVP coordinate St Winefride's contribution to the Chester and Ellesmere Port Foodbank in conjunction with the NDCT. Items for donation can be placed in the boxes in ether porch.  A generic list of foods needed is available, with specific "in need" items listed on the Chester and Ellesmere Port website. The latest Foodbank newsletter.

 

#cheshirehunger: An indepth report highlighting the issues facing those accessing the Foodbanks in West Cheshire.

 

For further information contact the SVP or the Trussel Trust.

Parish Hall

The Hall is well used so it is essential that all individuals and organisations check availability before fixing dates. For bookings contact hall@stwinefridesneston.org.uk or Peter and Louise Dee on 0151 336 8806. 

Piety Stall

Piety Stall

Piety Stall at St Winefride's provides mass and occasion cards, First Holy Communion and Confirmation gifts, religious items. Cards are available in Church and the Stall is open in the Parish Hall on Sundays after 8.45am and 10.45am Masses.

 

Contact Margaret Davies, gdavies73@talktalk.net, 336 4046

Red Box Missio

Mission Box (Red Box Collection)

Our parish response to ensuring as a Catholic parish, we take significant and practical action in developing the global mission of our church. The Red Box has been a medium for active involvement for decades now.

 

Contact Joe Tunstall, joe.tunstall@uwclub.net if you would like a red box or can help.

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Safeguarding

The purpose/role:

  • Oversight of the Diocesan & CRB Disclosure applications for approval registration of volunteers for roles in the parish involving children and/or vulnerable adults
  • Liaison between St. Winefride’s Parish Priest & Shrewsbury Diocese Safeguarding Officers
  • Liaison between St. Winefride’s Parish Priest and leaders of parish organisations re activities involving children & vulnerable adults
  • Promotion of good safeguarding practice in all parish activities involving children and vulnerable adults
  • Administration and maintenance of parish safeguarding records Expectation: St. Winefride’s Parish Priest & parish organisation leaders should:
  • Identify to the Parish Safeguarding Representative all parishioners who volunteer for roles with children/vulnerable adults so that they may be guided through the required application procedures & be provided with information on the fundamentals of good safeguarding practice.
  • Alert, in advance, the Parish Safeguarding Representative of forthcoming activities involving children / vulnerable adults to ensure that appropriate safeguarding procedures are followed.

Parish Safeguarding Representative: Terry Nolan, tjnolanparkgate@gmail.com 336 3890

SVP

St Vincent De Paul (SVP)

An international organisation set up to provide support and friendship to those in need, to promote self sufficiency, to work for social justice and to serve Christ in His Poor.

 

Meetings are every Monday (except Bank Holidays) 7:30pm - 8:30 pm.

 

President: Peter Middlehurst, svp@stwinefridesneston.org.uk, 336 1269

Youth SVP

Aimed at young parishioners aged 12 – 18 years to encourage them to embrace the ethos of SVP, to bring comfort and healing to the suffering and deprived, through acts of charity and good work. In addition it is hoped that through being part of the group, friendship and relationships can be nurtured which will also support the parish and wider community and give the young people a real sense of purpose and belonging.

 

It also enables young people to develop valuable personal and organisational skills. Meeting Times: September till mid-July.

 

Weekly meetings on Sunday at 10am – 10.30am to plan activities followed by Little Church preparation & delivery from 10.30am through to end of Mass. We also help with refreshments after 10:45 mass.

 

For further information for people who may wish to join or volunteer to help contact through church.

SPUC

Society for Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)

The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children was the 1st Pro Life group in the world. Formed in 1967 to fight the Abortion Act, it now campaigns on many pro-life issues in Britain, Europe and the United Nations. For more information visit www.spuc.org.uk or here for local news.

 

Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month in the Parish Hall at 7.30pm.

 

Chairman: Margaret Unsworth, margiunsworth@aol.com, 336 2050

Secretary: Judy Howard, judroy@talktalk.net, 336 7056

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Walsingham Pilgrimage

The annual pilgrimage is run by the Chester and Ellesmere Port District Council of the SVP. For information contact the SVP.

Website

The web team are made up of parishioners of all ages who came together in late summer 2012 to build the parish website. We work together updating the various sections of the web site liaising with all groups within the parish. Web Managers (Helen Jones, Karl Ankers).