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A group of 17 walkers from St. Pius Church gathered in Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, for the weekend of 5th-7th July 2019 for a series of walks planned by George Cranstone. Ashdown Forest was the setting for the Winne-the-Pooh stories written by A. A. Milne; some of the walking group encountered “Poohsticks Bridge” where Winne-the-Pooh devised the game of “Pooh sticks”. The game seems to have an enduring fascination!
The group had a most enjoyable weekend, although sadly George and Agnes Cranstone were unable to be there.
More about A. A. Milne and Ashdown Forest:
In his letter to the church at Collossae, Paul is at pains to encourage people's faith in Christ, who he tells them is the centre of all creation. Warning against false teaching, he says to them:
Thanks to Dany Warren for her account of this recent fundraising event, and the inspiring story of her remarkable family.
On Thursday 9 May, Dany and Julia, with the help of a Cambodian friend, prepared lunch for 30 people at St Edward’s Church hall. The lunch was part of St Edward’s Lenten project in support of the National Borei Orphanage for handicapped babies and children in Cambodia.
Thanks to Michael Combes for bringing this account of the rally in London on Saturday 11th May to our attention:
John Bunce and his wife Margaret have attended St. Edward The Confessor at Sutton Park for 24 years. John is an ex St Edward’s Parish Council Chairman and Committee member and both he and Margaret are still actively involved in the day-to-day lay ministries such as Reading, Flower arranging, Offertory collection, Cash counting, Coffee rota, Transport and other ad hoc matters.
Sinclair Webster and his wife Stephanie have attended St. Edward’s at Sutton Park for about eight years and Sinclair is a member of the Guild of St. Stephen, regularly serving as one of the team of altar servers.
Rosaline Brothers reports on this year's Walk of Witness, which took place as usual on Good Friday.
A team of skilled flower arrangers under the direction of Jan Morris worked throughout Holy Saturday morning to dress the bare interior of St. Pius X Church with a blaze of floral colour. The preparation of the Sanctuary for the Easter celebrations was completed by the arrival of an Easter Garden, which had been expertly assembled during Holy Week by Sophie Milton and her family.
Thanks to John Williams for bringing these reflections to our attention. John is a parishioner, a member of Pax Christi and the author of one of the seven reflections.
Thanks to Mandy Castellain of St. Peter's School for this account of the school's participation in Fairtrade Fortnight 2019.
St. Edward's parishioner Peter Ward was intrigued by this plaque and decided to research the story behind it. He discovered not one but two poignant and parallel stories, from World Wars I and II.
Thanks to parishioner Michael Wheeler for bringing this forthcoming charity event to our attention. The subject of caring is close to Michael's heart, as he explains:
St. Pius X Church was host to this year’s World Day of Prayer (WDP) in Guildford, on Friday 1st March. WDP, previously the Women’s World Day of Prayer, is an international movement which prepares ecumenical services to mark the day – the first Friday in March each year.
Click on the image above or here for this great Lent resource from Cafod. This Lent Calendar provides reflection, prayer and actions for each day of Lent.
PowerPoint calendars for children and young people may also be downloaded from the same page.
Were you there amongst the bunting? Why not add your 'heartfelt' observations using Comments?
St. Joseph's was cast in a red hue on Wednesday 28th November last. And it was not the only building in Guildford to turn red - but why? Thanks to Rosaline Brothers, we have the answer...
Here is a story of a remarkable achievement, and although it appeared in the newsletter in December, I for one missed it and so am grateful to Rosaline Brothers for bringing it to our attention.
'Climb every mountain’ says the song and a parishioner, Fergus McDonald certainly took this to heart and climbed and summited Everest. Fellow parishioners took advantage of this feat to fund raise for CPG, raising £1120 at a celebratory evening.
Bob Durston once again brings us the latest news from this dynamic charity. This is the latest in a series of updates - to see the others just follow the WaterHarvest link under CATEGORIES, on the right-hand side of the screen.
Thanks to Una Corning for this account of last week's film night.
Last Friday’s Film Night welcomed over 80 Parishioners from across the whole Catholic Parish of Guildford to watch a special documentary about the life and work of the recently canonised Saint Oscar Romero.
Husband and wife team Matt and Marta Gaskin staged a remarkable event on Christmas Day, providing Christmas lunch and entertainment for some 76 guests, many of whom might otherwise have been alone.
Read the heart-warming story below, and discover where the inspiration came from…
Marta Gaskin ready to welcome her 76 guests
Fr. Sebastian explains how this picture of St. Teresa was blessed during Mass on Monday 7th January and mounted on the wall adjacent to Our Lady's grotto.
Last week Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, delivered the Theos 2018 annual lecture. More details can be found in the report in the Independent Catholic News. A video of the lecture, with slightly poor sound, is available below.
There was a request in the last St Pius InPrint email for contributions related to the Great War. I am grateful to Frances Allen and Veronica Ker who both responded - in quite different ways...
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