News for this Week:

The Funeral of PETER BOWDLER will be on Wednesday, August 19th at 2:15 pm. prior to cremation at Wyre Forest.
The Funeral Mass of JEANNIE MORRISON is a 12 o' clock on Wednesday, August 26th after which she will be buried at St. Mary's Churchyard, Harvington.

Two Significant Dates:

The Assumption: Parishioners are invited to come to the Rectory garden on Sunday at 4 pm to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption by saying the Rosary and other Marian Devotions and Christine Geraghty has kindly consented to crown Our Lady's statue on behalf of the whole Parish. Because of the current restrictions we are not able to sing, nor to offer refreshments, but I would encourage anyone who would like to bring a picnic to spend time together afterwards.

Friday, AUGUST 21st is the Feast of St. PIUS X, and I am open to any ideas (especially from former members of the Habberley Community) about celebrating it in a fitting manner. Please send suggestions to Joseph or to me at the Rectory.

Church Cleaning and Stewarding:  Many thanks to those who have been regularly stewarding and cleaning the church after every weekday Mass since the church re-opened.  There is room for more volunteers from September.  In addition to cleaning the pews and kneelers after 10 am Mass each weekday, we have a request for some extra volunteers to help clean after Baptisms.  At present, there are five Baptisms booked, each on a Saturday at 1 pm, starting on 22nd August and for the following four Saturdays.  We have five 'regulars' willing to each do a turn but would be grateful if five more people could volunteer to help out so that there are two after each Baptism.  If you would like to help out please phone the co-ordinator, Christine Vass, on 01562 630949.  Many thanks.

Feast Days This Week: 
(August 17th - 23rd)

On Monday I shall celebrate Mass for the Memorial of Our Lady of Knock. Though the apparition in Knock took place on August 21st 1879, the memorial is kept on August 17th.
A very important Memorial falls on Wednesday, that of St. John EUDES, a French Saint of the Seventeenth Century who preached devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and who was very concerned to raise the standard of priestly life.
Thursday is the Memorial of St. BERNARD, a pioneer of reform in the Order of St. Benedict, known for his devotion to Our Lady.
On Friday we shall observe the feast of Pope St. PIUS X, Pope in the early years of the twentieth century and a strong opponent of Modernism. He is considered as a secondary patron of the Parish.
The QUEENSHIP of OUR LADY is on Saturday, the Octave day of the Assumption.

Mass Intentions This Week:
(August 17th - 23rd)
Monday         10am        Joan Battye RIP
Tuesday         10am        Frank Furlong RIP
Wednesday   10am        Ross Bowman RIP
                         12:15 pm Funeral Mass: Peter BOWDLER RIP
Thursday       10am       Sr. Breda Murphy RIP
Friday             10am      Int. of James Edwards
Saturday        10am       Julie Cook RIP
Sunday           9am (Tenbury)  Fr. Patrick Farrelly RIP
                        11am (School Yard)  Bernard & Florrie Farmer RIP
                        3pm ( Live-streamed)   The People of the Parish.

The Rev. Adam Nicholls will begin work in the Rectory grounds on  Monday, August 17th.

Thanks: Many kind parishioners continue to send cards, letters, gifts and greetings to the Rectory. The generous thoughts of so many have been appreciated very much, especially on days which have been particularly difficult.

Database: We are seeking to update our Parish registers, strictly in accordance with GDPR. Any information we hold has been freely given to us, and is used solely to ensure the efficient pastoral care of our parishioners. It concerns only names, addresses and telephone numbers. If anyone has recently joined the Parish, or believes that we may have an incomplete entry relating to them we ask them to make themselves known. If any parishioners wish to provide email addresses, these may be forwarded to Joseph Moran c/o the Rectory, or by email to stambrosekidderminster@btinternet.com

Live-streaming from St. Ambrose's Parish:
Thanks to Patrick Hunt who has obtained quotes from various sources in the hope that we may be able to live-stream Masses from our Church. This will be a very helpful pastoral service to the Sick, elderly and housebound parishioners and to all of us in the event on a future 'lock-down'. These possibilities will be discussed by our Finance Committee in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, Mass will be live-streamed from the Oratory in the house on Sundays at 3 pm.
Please pray for: Trina Cole, Pat O' Doherty, Peter Strangward, David Vass, Philomena Gualano, Rev. Fr. Bruce Dutson, Peter Hesketh, Jessie Tolley.
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