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31st March 2019

By Ian Cardinal - Posted on 04 January 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone


MAUNDY THURSDAY WATCH OF THE PASSIONAs usual we shall hold our Maundy Thursday Eucharist at St Michael & St Wulfad’s at 7.30pm. This is followed by the Watch, where we take it in turns to watch with Jesus, before his arrest. Please can you complete the slot you would like to take, in 30 minute periods. List at the rear of each Church


LADIES OUTING– Wednesday 19th June to Buzzard’s Valley Vineyard and distillery. Cost £20. See Steph for leaflet, to book your place and to pay – as soon as possible, please


I usually like to point out that the mid Sunday in Lent is not “Mother’s Day” but “Mothering Sunday”. Many blame America for introducing the former and making it commercial.  In America, of course, Mother’s Day is the second Sunday in May, as proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914.


Laetare Sunday, or Refreshment Sunday are more ancient names for this day. Laetare Sunday’s connections with mothers came through it being the day to visit the mother church or cathedral. Some customs of the day outlived the Reformation. These included making a simnel cake and taking it to Mother. “I’ll to thee a Simnel bring, / Gainst thou go’st a Mothering,” wrote the celebratory poet Robert Herrick in the mid 17th-century


There are many traditions connected with this Sunday , sometimes even ones that allowed ones servants a day off to go home and visit their mothers!  But the real point of the day is that this is indeed the mid-point of the Lenten Fast, when discipline is allowed to be relaxed. This Sunday may be a welcome return to a full Sunday lunch, as opposed to the restricted diets of Lent


However you celebrate the day, do remember Mother Church:- not just our Cathedral in Lichfield, but that place where true nourishment and strength is to be found in Christ


Ian Cardinal



Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            479                              479

442                              442

136                              121

342/463                       136/328/sheet

467                              494


Please pray for the sick in the benefice:

Mary Townsend, Noelle Emery,  Dianne Harvey, Elsie Richardson, Roy & Barbara Ball, Vera Tomkinson, Neil & Pat Wynne, Gary Kelsall, Emily Franks, John Richardson, Annette McMullen, Peter Bowler, Howard Boswell, Catherine Ritchie, Sarah Taylor, Graham Baker, Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin


And for the departed:

Owen Roberts


Remembering their families and friends at this time


This week:

Monday 1st 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St M&W

Tuesday 2nd 9am & 5pm Morning & Evening Prayer St Saviour’s

                        NO Drop In Café – St Michael’s hall

Wednesday 3rd Lent Holy Communion & Address – St M&W

Thursday 4th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            7pm St Michael’s School Governors


WE WELCOME Children and families from St Michael’s school to worship at 10.45am this Sunday


LENTEN ADDRESS AND HOLY COMMUNION:St Michael & St Wulfad’s Wednesday 7.30pm. This week our speaker is Emma Cardinal, a Reader at St Peter’s church, Hednesford


CHURCH STREETis now a one way street around the entrance to St Michael & St Wulfad’s Church. Please be aware you can no longer turn left on to Church Street from the Church entrance there! Signage will be arriving in due course, but it is likely that enforcement will be strict from this point onwards