Words of encouragement from Fr Michael

As many of you know, this Saturday 6th June would have been First Holy Communion Day at St Thomas More Church , Sunday 14th June at Immaculate Conception Church and Confirmation for both parishes would have been on Friday 19th June. The necessary postponement is a sadness not only for the young people and their families but for the whole parish community that we feel very deeply. I have reassured them that these celebrations will eventually take place and they are continuing their preparation at home. Meanwhile I would ask that we keep them in our prayers as we would normally when we would gather as a community at this time.

I have taken the opportunity while the St Thomas More Church is closed to have the Church redecorated and various maintenance tasks carried out. Also the sound system at Immaculate Conception is being upgraded. Both projects should be completed this weekend. Please can I have some volunteers to help move benches at Knighton once the decoration is finished. Please ring me for further details.

Welcome back to the children who have returned to school this past week. Our schools have not closed even over the Easter holiday and half term as they remained open for children of key workers. A huge thank you to all staff who have been very busy both providing online lessons for our children and caring and teaching for those children who have attended school over this lockdown period. Special thanks to our wonderful head teachers, Mrs Crosse, Mr Gallagher and Mrs Conaghan for their outstanding leadership and commitment in these challenging times.

With every blessing, Fr Michael

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