Weekly Bulletin

Aletta Borlase sadly died on Saturday 2nd February. A Requiem Mass will be held at 1pm on Friday 15th February at St. Michael and St. George Church, Lyme Regis. We offer our prayers and sympathies to her family and friends.

Sacrament of Reconciliation: Axminster – Sunday 8.30-8.45am, Seaton – Saturday 5-5.15pm or by arrangement.

Lourdes Fund Diocesan Pilgrimage Collection: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th February – there will be a special collection for the Lourdes Diocesan Pilgrimage this week, we would greatly appreciate any contribution you are able to make.

Journey of Faith Group: The next meeting of the Journey of Faith group will take place on Wednesday 13th February at 10.30am in The Priest’s House at St Mary’s Axminster.  The reading is John 21: vv15-22.  Everyone is welcome!

Coffee Morning: 8.45am, Thursday 14th February, The Priest’s House, Axminster – We are pleased to see increasing numbers of parents coming to our weekly coffee morning. We would like to create a rota of volunteer helpers; please let Joe Harrison know if you would like to help – joeharrison1@live.com

School Garden: We hope to start the school garden project very soon. It has been suggested that we make arrangements via email. If you would let to help or have any suggestions about what to plant etc, please email Joe – joeharrison1@live.com

Lyme Food Bank: Items in short supply this week: tins of potatoes, cold meats, meats for heating, rice pudding, custard. Household/toiletries: soap, shampoo, washing up liquid, washing powder.

Vocations Retreat at Buckfast Abbey: Friday 22nd March at 4.00pm till Sunday 24th March after lunch. ‘Call on me, and I will show you great and wonderful things which you have not known’ (Jeremiah 33:3). A two-day retreat with space to pray and reflect on the call of God and what it might mean for you in the beautiful monastic setting of Buckfast Abbey, near Buckfastleigh, Devon. For those discerning their vocation…an opportunity to meet others who are also wondering about God’s call…and to meet those who have already made the choice to live the religious life in the Church. If you feel that the Lord is calling you in some way – as a priest, or as a brother, or you are not too sure – get in touch with me, Fr. Ralph Candy, Vocations Director, Diocese of Plymouth. Email: vocation@prcdtr.org.uk or Tel: 01803 557518 for further details. Know that you have a place in my prayers every day – Fr Ralph Candy

Catechist Formation Continues! ‘Ongoing Formation & the Catechism of the Catholic Church’ on Saturday, 23rd February and ‘Children’s Liturgy of the Word’, for all those who help with Children’s Liturgy, on Saturday, 23rd March. Both events are at St. Peter’s, Crownhill, Plymouth – 9.30am Mass, 10am refreshments, 10.30am start and 1pm finish.

Individually Guided Retreats: The Diocesan Ignatian Spirituality Group have organised a mix of weekend, mid-week and six-day retreats for 2019. Please see the poster on the church notice board or contact Elaine on 01752 657469 or elaineclcplymouth@gmail.com for more information. The Lenten Quiet Day on 23rd March is an especially popular event.

Diocese of Plymouth Lourdes Pilgrimage: The Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place from 1st – 8th August 2019. If you would like to attend, please see the poster on the notice board or take a booking form from the back of the church. Thank you

Axe Vale Show seeks a new Treasurer: A volunteer is urgently required to take over the position of Treasurer for the Axe Vale Show.  Interested parties should contact enquiries@axevalefestival.org.uk

The current Treasurer is more than happy to give a gentle handover to ensure that everything continues to run as smoothly as possible for this charity.

Five Alive Lent Course Talks 2019: Wednesdays from 6th March – 17th April, 7.30pm – 9pm, St Giles, Kilmington, refreshments beforehand from 7pm. Please see poster on noticeboard for more information.

The National Novena to St. Joseph: 10th – 18th March 2019, St. Joseph’s Church, Maidenhead and Herbert House, Freshfield, Liverpool – Each year the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the Feast of St. Joseph, their patron, with a special Novena of Masses and prayers to ask for God’s blessing on their Society and the missionary outreach of the Church, as well as for the intentions of all those who support their work. You are invited to send in your petitions and/or to request a Novena booklet to enable you to join in from home by praying the daily Novena prayer. Please write to Fr. Brian Oswald MHW, St. Joseph’s Missionary Society, 58 Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7HT or email novenamhm@gmail.com

LymZim: TBC

Axminster Office Hours: Tuesday 11.30am – 2pm, Wednesday 9.30am – 2pm, Thursday 9am – 2pm & Friday 9am – 1pm

A thought for the week from Pope Francis:

“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, His response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light.”

‘Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom, The Essential Teachings’ by Andrea Kirk Assaf, Harper Collins Publishers, 2015