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Good Shepherd - Newsletter

Very sincere thanks to all who have purchased Secret Santa boxes again this year. We are pleased to announce the First Prize of £200 cash was won by Imogen Faulconbridge. A young lady living in Staffordshire. Our heartfelt congratulations to her and our sincere thanks to all who so generously and annually support this enjoyable event.

Please note the various contact e mail addresses found below for your convenience. They should put you in touch with the Principal Catechist for each area. We publish forthcoming events here in this newsletter, so please access it regularly.

Baptism (Mrs Maggie Tempest)

The programme of seminar preparations for this year is now published and available on the front of the application forms. This is also downloadable from the website.

First Confession & First Holy Communion (Rachael Boyce, Katie Kitching & Fraser Sanders)

Parents "Alpha" programme begins this Thursday at 7.00 pm in the Marian Hall - supper provided. Thank you to all who contributed to our excellent welcome / initial meeting last Wednesday evening.

Confirmation AD 2023 (Fraser Sanders and a number of Catechists)

Please note the interruption of Covid 19 prevented our usual bi-annual programme. Our next preparation will open for expressing interest in September for a Confirmation Celebration in ad 2023.

Marriage (Fr. Philipp with 4 Catechists)

Our first Seminar preparing for marriage will be either 31st January at 7.30 pm or 2nd February at 6.15 pm. Please attend either of these sessions, but not both. Each session should last about an hour.

Thank you to members of both St. Anthony, Calverton & the Good Shepherd Communities for sharing the Deanery Synod meeting on Thursday evening last. Our special thanks to our Hospitality personnel who prepared and served refreshments that were gratefully received by 65 visitors from across the deanery. After the thinking has been collated it will be forwarded to all participants and the Priests Deanery meeting in February to ensure accuracy and published to enable all to join in the conversation.

On 10th December 1925, Our Lady appeared to Sr Lucia of Fatima and requested the Communion of Reparation on the first Saturdays of the month, along with the recitation of five decades of the Rosary and fifteen minutes meditation on the mysteries. Please join us for a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration on Saturday 5th February. The Blessed Sacrament will be in exposition from 11 am.

would like to say thank you to all the parishioners who have supported our activities over 2021. We are pleased to say that as a result of your kindness we have been able to help many families and people in need either through just visiting, or through cash donations, the purchase of key household items and food parcels - spending nearly £2500 during the Christmas period alone. If you would like to continue to support us or become a new donor then you can take one of the SVP envelopes at the back of church and return it in the collection baskets or donate online if you prefer at Thank you.

have now set up a fund raising site with "Just Giving" in order to collect as many donations as possible to send to the Philippines in order to help with the restoration/repairs of the church, school and people's houses in the village of Guinsaugon which have been devastated by the super typhoon ( rai )in December 2021. We intend to take part in a fund raising walk/run of 10 half marathons ( 131 miles ) in ten days within a twelve day period. More information will follow shortly e.g. the link to fundraising organisation so that people can donate online. We can be contacted 01159563682 mobile number: 07806523659 or e mail us:

Your Finance Committee is grateful for the tremendous support shown to the parish. Thank you. Last week we reported the monthly energy bills for the Church and hall (electricity and gas). We have needed the engineers to look at the Sound System in the parish centre. The bill was £772.04. The monthly bill for printing costs - the Newsletter etc. - £214.98 and for the Hosts we use at Mass each month £108.99. We maintain our commitment to the diocese with the quota at £2999 and to the Building Fund of £3995 each month. All of this would be impossible without your generous support. Please remember that Gift Aid, by which if you pay tax, the Parish as part of the Registered Charity of the Diocese can claim the tax back on your offering so every £1.00 given becomes £1.25. Please do consider "Gift Aid" if possible when making your offering. Thank you.

Our prayerful sympathy is addressed and assured to the families of the following as we prepare funeral rites in thanksgiving for the gift of the lives of the following from our parish family:-
Edward Joseph McClory RIP of Sherwood, whose funeral will be received at the Good Shepherd on the 26th January at 6.00 pm, before Requiem Mass on Thursday, 27th January at 12 noon. Cremation follows at Gedling.
Maria Carter RIP whose funeral will take place at Gedling Crematorium on Friday, 28th January at 1.30 pm Mrs Carter is the mother of Reg Carter, known to many in the parish community.
Zyta Maria Bone RIP whose funeral is received at the Good Shepherd on 2nd February (Feast of the Presentation of the Lord) at 5.00 pm, prior to funeral rites at 9.45 am in the Church before attending Wilford Hill Crematorium. Zyta, our immediate and good next door neighbour, has been a great friend of the parish over many years, providing sausage rolls and mince pies on many occasion and always overseeing "Granny's Attic" stall at the Bazaar.
Patrick Joseph O'Donnell RIP whose funeral is received at the Good Shepherd Church on 3rd February at 6.00 pm for Requiem Mass on Friday, 4th February at 1.30 pm prior to cremation at Gedling. To his son Daniel and all of the family we assure through deepest sympathy, the support of our prayer.

May The Lord now console all of those bereaved at this time.
From the Finance Committee of The Good Shepherd:

Collection last week: £1,151.51     Standing Orders: £900.00
Sick & Retired Priests £609.73    Secret Santa (Recent sales to be added to those already banked) £170.00
Thank you for your generous and responsible giving.
DONATIONS BY SMARTPHONE: It is also possible to make one-off donations to the parish by smartphone technology. The code for you to scan with a smartphone camera is shown to the left. By scanning this code the smartphone will immediately open the parish's dedicated on-line donations page. To scan the code you will need to have installed a reputable QR and Barcode scanner app on your smartphone.
Legacies: Thank you for remembering the work of the Good Shepherd & St. Anthony's in Your Will.
Dear parishioners:

PLEASE CONTINUE to offer courtesy to our neighbours when parking cars in the vicinity of the Church. Thanks!

Last updated 22.01.2022
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