12 Feb 2023
The Sanctuary of Our Lady Star of the Sea
Since I arrived as parish priest, the beauty of the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea has made a deep impression upon me. A Church of the 1930s, though unlisted, has a striking and understated character, especially with the rare feature of the soaring baldacchino or canopy over the Altar and Tabernacle.
12 Feb 2023
Update: Closure of St Saviour Social Club
On 1 February, the diocese of Shrewsbury, through its business and trading branch, the Shrewsbury Diocesan Commercial Company, announced that St Saviour Social Club would cease operations on 28 February 2023. This business decision was reached on the basis of rising utility bills and after-shocks of the
pandemic and the impact on income and profits.
29 Jan 2023
Tree of Trees and Community Allotment
Last Tuesday at the George Street Bowling Green on the Westminster estate, the Lord Lieutenant, Lady Redmond, planted a tree gifted to the borough by The King in memory of his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II. This tree was one of three hundred that formed the ‘Tree of trees’ that stood outside Buckingham Palace as part of the festival marking the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth.
29 Jan 2023
Update: Weekend Hot Food Provision at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Centre
Sir Charles Nicholson, chair of the Companions of the Order of Malta, confirmed with me this past week that they are committed to purchasing all the equipment we need for the provision of hot meals. This is a wonderful investment in our community and parish by this fantastic charity and means that, depending on delivery of the equipment, we can aim for a start date of end of February, beginning of March.
22 Jan 2023
Bishop of Shrewsbury on Visitation
Bishop Mark Davies will be visiting Hooton and Little Sutton over the weekend of 28/29 January and celebrating all the weekend Masses. Bishop Mark will then return the weekend following and visit Ellesmere Port 4/5 February and celebrating all the weekend Masses at Our Lady Star of the Sea.
9 Jul 2022
Diaconate Ordination Weekend: 16-17 July
With only a week to go until the celebration weekend of Tony’s Ordination on Saturday 16 July and the parish Mass at the field at Hooton followed by a parish lunch and reception on Sunday 17 July, I share with you some logistical updates, especially for those travelling on one of the coaches provided by the parish.
Update: Sanctuary Developments
Thank you to those parishioners who have asked about the move from the wooden table altar to using the original stone Altar of Our Lady Star of the Sea Church. I would like to give a presentation on the vision I have outlined, beginning with the celebration of Mass and followed by a talk and time for questions.