November Talks…

We are moving into the month of November, traditionally a month where we “remember”. 

The month begins with the feast of All Saints. We raise our eyes to heaven and look to the example of those lives that shine a light on the way of life that we are all called too. There is of course the diversion of Halloween – that comes from Hallow or Holy and certainly is to do with more than ghosts. 

All Souls is one of the most emotive days of our calendar. We think of the souls in heaven or on their way, our prayer for them and their prayer for us. God places people in our lives, they all mean a great deal and it is good to take stock. 

This of course has the twofold call for us to look at how we are living our lives, and a reminder that each day counts.

November also sees us remember the fallen of the wars, Remembrance Sunday. The playing of the Last Post is something that demands reflection and gratitude. That Last Post will not be missing from our celebrations amid all the external restrictions that we are living through right now.

Conversation

I think November does talk to us in a special way – but it is a reminder to make our conversations count. Life has great meaning. How important is it for us to speak to and support one another on our journey of life. To rise to the challenges and to be reminded that we are not alone.

We have wanted to ensure faith and not fear is the guide for us on our journey through this pandemic. A key to this is to take time away from the noise of the news and turn to activities that can help us deepen and broaden that faith – a faith that can be challenged. 

We want to have a conversation with each other and with the Gospels of this month of November. Two great sources for us to find what faith is all about in these times. The Bible and our faith community. 

Join us in that conversation – or have that conversation with  friends and family….

God Bless


Fr Andrew

READY FOR NOVEMBER?

Prepare for November and send us your November list to remember your loved ones…

The first two days of November set the tone for the month. All Saints and All Souls. Our focus on these darker days shifts to the heavenly home ready to welcome all of us. This comes just before the season we celebrate the New Life that comes into the world for our salvation.

We celebrate the saints that have been marked out for the way of living that led them to heaven and highlights them as examples and as guides for us to live our life to the full.  We remember all souls too. We remember those we have know that have “gone before us with the sign of faith”, we rely on their continued love and support. We accompany them in prayer, believing in God’s mercy that he will “gather them all unto himself”. November is known as the month of the dead – but reminds us of the gift and importance of life.

November Lists
During the month of November each day at mass, we bring forward the lists of names of those we remember. Our family and friends, parishioners and especially those who have been buried from this Church in the last year. You can send a list into Church to be included in our celebration. If you are able, we would ask that you make a donation to the Parish Community with your mass intentions.

1. Prepare your list
– Download our November List – [CLICK HERE]
– Just write the names of those you wish to remember on a piece of paper or in an e-mail

2. Put your list in an envelope with your donation

3. Send your list to Fr Andrew, post it through the Presbytery letter box or drop it off at Church
–  Address – St Vincent’s Presbytery, 40 Newbrook Road, Over Hulton BL5 1ER
 – E-Mail Fr Andrew: [fr.andrew@stvincentsbolton.org]


Donations
We are aware of the challenging times that we find ourselves in. If you are in need of assistance – please do not be afraid to reach out. We are facing the challenge of maintaining our parish and expanding our support for the community at the same time.

Here are ways you can make a contribution.

1. Look out for the initiatives of the Friend’s of St Vincent. All activities are to help develop our community and raise money for the Parish at the same time.

2. You can always drop off cash or cheque donations at Church or through the Presbytery letterbox. Cheques are payable to St Vincent de Paul Over Hulton.

3. Make a bank transfer or set up a standing order:
TSDT St Vincent de Paul Over Hulton
Account Nr.: 40620122
Sort Code: 20-55-34
 SWIFTBIC: BARCGB22
IBAN: GB94 BARC 2055 3440 6201 22

4. Visit our Online Donation Portal – [CLICK HERE]

Thanks for all your support….

God Bless


Fr Andrew

St Vincent’s AGM 2019

Report on our Annual General Meeting in October 2019

This year we tried something new….

In past years we have had our meeting around the feast of St Vincent de Paul. The meeting has been on a Thursday evening – it was always useful. There was great feedback and those who took part could take away a greater knowledge of what was happening and who was involved in the various activities and responsibilities.

The issue was – attendance was very low.

How do we reach a great number of people and so include more parishioners in the stewardship of the parish community. It is about being informed, but more – it is also about having a voice and becoming involved.

In the Parish Pastoral Council we decided to anchor the meeting to our Sunday masses (a captive audience :-)). There were challenges of course. How long? What form? Getting people to join in…..

A feedback form was sent out 3 weeks before the meeting. We had 18 responses and looked at what was there and how we could respond.

We wanted the meeting to make visible the members of the council and showcase important themes and the way ahead.

So it was decided.

As we could not talk on all subjects we would present an annual report. As far as possible all members of the council would take part. This meant that we did not need and “open mic” – we had the feedback forms and in case of clarifications people would be encouraged to speak with he appropriate person and seek clarification.

Included in the report is the 5 year plan – our planning to develop both our buildings and our spirit over the coming years.

As well as a report we would also publish a calendar of events for the coming year. Together with this I laid out the 3 priorities for moving forward. The priorities come from our ongoing work as a council and stem from our away day at the Schoenstatt Shrine in August.

The priorities are:

  • Being a welcoming parish
  • Looking for and engaging the missing young adult section of our community
  • Developing our channels of communication

There was a bit of tense apprehension as we began these meetings. But the response was very positive. In a very short period of time we passed on a lot of information. More importantly we demonstrated by our actions how much we want to involve as many as possible in the development and challenges of our parish community.

Many thanks to all council members and parishioners involved in the many activities and responsibilities involved in helping a parish community to grow and develop. I would like to especially thank Jackie Solomon – the Parish Council Secretary for her work in collating our annual report (amongst other things!).

Now it is time to get on with he work….

These documents are available for you to download:

Fr. Andrew

Progress

The Parish Council will be meeting today- one of our bimonthly meetings to look ahead and make sure we are making progress in the areas we wanted to grow….

First Holy Commonion

It is fantastic each year to celebrate the “Source and Summit” of our life as Catholic’s – the Eucharist. Five children this year will celebrate their deepest encounter with Christ. As a community it is good that we come together with them to celebrate and mark the occasion. To that end – a new initiative. After mass on Sunday there will be a little “Garden Party” with something to eat, something to drink and lots of things for the children to do – do celebrate with us – the sacred and the familial…

Action:

  • Come along and celebrate with us
  • Pray for all children receiveing their First Holy Communion

Live broadcast.

This year we started streaming the mass on Friday (for the sick) and on Sunday on Youtbue. This found a lot of resonance – especially with those restricted to their homes due to age or health – but also with some who were on holiday and could not get to a Church. We were simply broadcasting from a phone at this point. Unfortunately, YouTube changed their user policies and we can no longer stream live directly from a phone until we have 1000 subscribers – so we are going to have to adapt.

Am hoping for the gift of a computer in the coming weeks – but there will be a need to purchase some equipment – we can stream through a browser or browsing program….

Will keep you up to date ast to where we are going with this…

Action:

  • Could you sponsor some of the equipment we need.
  • Am looking for people to operate the equipment on a Sunday….

Fish and Chip Friday

There are a number of events coming up from our Social and Fundraising Team. The first of which is our Fish and Chip Fridays. We are going to go one step further this year and we will be having entertainment after the meal – the first week – Bingo…..

Action:

  • Look out for the tickets on sale shortly….
  • We are looking for sponsors so we can keep the price down….

There is lots more ongoing and coming up. Will be trying to blog every two weeks – you can find info on our website www.stvincentsbolton.org – follow us on Facebook – and look out for our “Live at Five” program every other week….A

Fish and Chip Friday

From the hights of First Holy commuion to the – not depths – but certainly different – level of the orindary meal.
During the summer months Tiny Footsteps Nursery – a great resource to the local community – and great support for the Parish in the up keep of the Hall – will be on their summer break. During that time we have much wider access to the hall for other activities.
One thing that is a fous for me in this period is the chances for us to gather socially.
To that effet I have “stolen” and idea that runs very succesfully at the Schoenstatt Shrine and Pastoral Centre in Kearsley – Fish Friday’s.

Practical Stuff

Fish, chips and peas (from Olympus, Bolton), bread & butter, tea & coffee… £6.50

You have to let us know in advance – no tickets on the door….

Contact Fr Andrew
fr.andrew@stvincnetsbolton.org
01204 436702