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Visit to school

Back to school, but only for a visit! The Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev Michael Campbell OSA, paid an official visit to St. Clare’s Primary School as part of his Parish Visitation. The Headteacher escorted him around the classes where he had a word with the children, he then attended the assembly given by the deputy head on the theme of the previous Sunday: The Holy Trinity after which and to conclude his visit, he retired to the Staff Room for a cup of tea with the Staff.


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Bishop Michael Campbell

'A whirl wind of a weekend' or 'When the Bishop came to town!'

This last weekend marked the Official Visitation of the Parish by The Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev Michael Campbell OSA. Each diocesan bishop is required to 'visit' each parish in his diocese at regular intervals. This weekend marked one such interval.

Bishop Campbell arrived Saturday afternoon when the Parish Youth Day was in full swing. This was organised by Fr Carden and his co-workers and showcased what our young people get up to week by week in the Seeker or GFF Youth Groups. It was also an opportunity for the Young People who are going out to Bosnia to work on our parish outreach project in Hodovo to explain to the bishop what they are about. Suffice it to say that the bishop was impressed by what he saw and heard.

Later that evening, Bishop Campbell presided in choir at the 6pm Mass which was celebrated by the Parish Priest. At the end of Mass he spoke to the congregation before a supper with the priests and some of the Sisters in the parish. And that was just the beginning of the weekend!


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West Elevation

No, not quite Shakespere, indeed, nothing like him but what is in a name (or a title for an article)? After at least a couple of years of talking and cogitating and consulting, it has been agreed to seek diocesan permission to extend our church porch. Initial permission has been given to begin fundraising; we need over £100,000!

That is why a small group of parishioners met on Friday evening to posit some ideas on how this sum can be raised and ways to take it forward. The fundraising will begin in earnest in September. Already some generous parishioners have given donations.