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June 2019


30th June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

            One of the things that is remarkable about the modern world is how fast things are changing – and the Church is not immune. This Monday (1st July) marks 35 years since I stood in Ripon Cathedral and was Ordained Deacon by the Bishop. The Church where I served a Curacy had a huge congregation – if there were less than 200 Communicants at the main Mass of the day, then it was a poor Sunday! But from my angle, one of the major differences was that there were three Clergy – a Vicar and two full time Curates! Lay people were there to carry the Cross and candles – and very little else!

            In 2019 things are very different. I do not know any Church where there is more than one Curate! And each Church has seen the important fact that Lay people are not there to be just those who turn up on Sundays, but are there as God’s ambassadors. From those who tend gardens and polish brasses, to those who preach and lead services, every one of us is valuable in God’s sight. We are a part of Christ’s cosmic jigsaw puzzle, and when we are missing or don’t play our part, everyone is weaker for it

            Sadly, there are still some places which haven’t got the message: I was helping to review a Curate’s Ministry this week:- one of the parts of this a form from various members of the congregation. One had written on this “We don’t want to be helped to lead; we need Clergy to lead us!” How very sad – and how very different from St Paul’s vision of the Church as Christ’s body, with all of us playing an important role

            This week’s Gospel has a number of people anxious about committing themselves to Jesus. His answer is fairly acerbic to them all – the Kingdom of God is for those who are wholehearted only! It sounds fierce, but remember that it also means he has ultimate faith in us as his people – and he leaves us his Holy Spirit. When the angel asks Jesus after Ascension what happens next, he replies he will leave his work to the people of the Church he has left behind!

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            139                              122

            39                                39

                        106                              228

359/73                        54/127

122                              77

 

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, Margaret Bott

 

And for the departed:

Bob Philips, Mick Tranmer, Jayde Hall, Simon Howard, Liz Osborne, Peter Gallagher, John Wood

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 1st 7.30pm Ministry Team meeting – Rectory

Tuesday 2nd 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

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

 

COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOhas sadly has had to be cancelled – only 9 takers so far




23rd June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

In a potentially ground-breaking move, the Roman Catholic Church on Monday cracked open the door to ordaining married, elderly men to the priesthood, to meet the pastoral needs of Catholics in remote areas of the Amazon.

The proposal would respond to the dearth of priests in the region by ordaining “viri probati,” or men of proven character, as they are known in Latin. It is the kind of exception to the celibacy requirement that church experts say – and church traditionalists worry – could be a step toward the ordination of married men in other areas of the world.

While affirming that “celibacy is a gift for the Church,” the Vatican document notes that there have been requests to consider, for the most remote areas of the Amazon, “the possibility of conferring priestly ordination on elderly men, preferably indigenous, respected and accepted members of their community.” Such men, the document said, could be ordained “even if they already have an established and stable family.”

Pope Francis has said in the past that he would entertain the possibility of ordaining viri probati in remote areas that are deprived of the sacraments. But he has also made clear that the church’s broader commitment to celibacy for priests remains intact.

The Vatican proposal was drawn up after consultations with Catholics in the Amazon region.

If the proposal is accepted, these married men would not be the first to serve as Catholic priests. The pope’s predecessor, Benedict XVI, permitted the ordination of some married Anglican priests who converted to Catholicism to serve as Catholic priests. And some Eastern Catholic churches that are in communion with Rome, like the Melkites and Maronites, have long allowed married men to become priests.

But an exception for remote areas of South America would be different, addressing an extreme version of the shortage of priests that plagues the church in many parts of the world.

The much-anticipated proposal marks a potential pivot for the church, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, where it sees its future.

 

Taken from the internet version of the “Irish Times”

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            343                              343

            316                              316

                        501                              274

220/334                       261/96

362                              362

 

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, J

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Mary Wesson, Liz Osborne

 

And for the departed:

Bob Philips, Mick Tranmer, Jayde Hall, Simon Howard

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 25th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

2pm Confirmation preparation – 14 Sheridan Way

Thursday 27th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

            7pm St Michael’s School Governors

 

COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOJuly 13th depart Stone approx. 8.30am, leave Llandudno 5.30pm. Cost approx. £15, depending on numbers. To book seats speak to Nichola Abbott 07866 101988

 

CONGRATULATIONSTo Laura Williams,and Debbie Hodson who were Confirmed last weekend and to Dave McGlynn on his renewing his vows. We rejoice with you and pray for you




16th June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

LADIES OUTINGto Buzzard’s Valley vineyard. Steph now has directions, drivers and passengers sorted. Please see her for details

 

So this week sees our two parishes celebrating Confirmation. This is a most ancient service, with roots right back into Biblical times – Jesus said to Nicodemus that to be one of his folk entailed being born again of Water and the Spirit. Many, though not all, of us will not remember our baptism, as we were infants, brought into the New Covenant by the promises of parents and Godparents. But whereas that promise was important, it is nothing like as important as the promise that God makes to us in the ancient rite of Confirmation

So the Bishop of Stafford will be with us, on Sunday and Monday; he will lay his hands on the candidates at both occasions and pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit upon them. After that he will anoint them with oil and seal them with that “outward and visible sign of inward and invisible grace.” All of us that are present will be blessed in remembering our own profession of faith and will celebrate the wonderful sacrament of the Eucharist together. What a privilege for us all!

One of the things of which we shall be reminded is that it is never too late! Since coming to Stone, we have seen 90+ year olds being confirmed, both at Summerfield Court and the former Manor House Nursing Home! On that occasion, a former Bishop of Stafford spoke words that are almost prophetic:- “for the Christian, the best is always yet to be!” They have stayed with me over the years and they continue to ring true. God always has plans for us, whether we are 90 or 9 weeks

So do pray for the candidates – two at Summerfield Court and two in Church. What shall we see from the seeds that are being sown is part of the wonder of God at work. Do come and support us in the special moments

 

Ian Cardinal

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            133                              212

            514                              124

                        567                              567

10/315                        126/10

212                              133

 

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, J

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott, Mary Wesson

 

And for the departed:

Josephine Ryland, Thomas Weaver, Bob Philips

 

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Monday 17th 10.30am CONFIRMATION – Summerfield Court

Tuesday 18th 11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – St Michael’s Hall

2pm Confirmation preparation – 14 Sheridan Way

Wednesday 19th 9.30am Visit of St Michael’s school yr 1 to Church

Thursday 20th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

 

CONFIRMATION:6pm this Sunday with Bishop Geoff. PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT THE CANDIDATES!! Also 10.30am at Summerfield Court – all welcome

 

GARDEN PARTY AT ASTON MILL.  Sadly, with Mary Wesson poorly in hospital, the family have asked for the Garden party scheduled for June 22nd to be postponed. Our love, prayers and understanding are with them all

 

COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOJuly 13th depart Stone approx. 8.30am, leave Llandudno 5.30pm. Cost approx. £15, depending on numbers. To book seats speak to Nichola Abbott 07866 101988




9th June 2019

The Parish Churches of

St Michael & St Wulfad, Stone, with

St Saviour Aston by Stone

 

SONGS OF PRAISE FOR STONE FESTIVAL6PM THIS SUNDAY  Do come along for a good sing!

 

MOTHERS UNION MEETING Tuesday 11th IN CHURCH this week – Speaker is Steph Cardinal – a Rectory life. All welcome

 

LADIES OUTINGto Buzzard’s Valley vineyard. Steph now has directions, drivers and passengers sorted. Please see her for details

 

From its holy dusters and flower arrangers to its tea mashers and tour guides - the 400-strong team of volunteers at Lichfield Cathedral have been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

It is the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK to recognise outstanding work in their communities, and is the equivalent of an individual MBE. On behalf of Lichfield Cathedral’s volunteers, Kath Toothill and Pete Harris joined fellow recipients of this year’s award at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May.

 

The Dean of Lichfield, the Very Revd Adrian Dorber said: “Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our cathedral and it is wonderful for them to be recognised in this way.

"They are an extraordinary group of individuals who give of their time and talents generously. Without them and their tireless support, our mission, our ministry and our hospitality would be so much less.

“I am proud as punch for them all."

 

There will be a Thanksgiving Service in Lichfield Cathedral for all its volunteers on 23 June followed by a garden party and a presentation of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Ian Dudson CBE KStJ.

 

A certificate signed by the Queen will be received at a later date.

 

Hymns for today

                        Aston                          Stone              

            184                              184

            69                                69

                        90                                90

92/410                        92/456

356                              380

 

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, J

Jackie Finnemore,  James Astle, Miles Brain, Joan Lazonby,  John & Ann Shuttleworth,  Evelyn Cotterill, Margaret Wright, Gren Deakin, Margaret Bott

 

And for the departed:

Josephine Rylands, Thomas Weaver

Remembering their families and friends at this time

 

This week:

Tuesday 11th 10.15am Mothers Union meeting – Church.

11.45am – 1pm Drop Inn Café – IN CHURCH this week

2pm Confirmation preparation – 14 Sheridan Way

Wednesday 12th 7.30pm Aston PCC meeting - Church

Thursday 13th 10.30am Holy Communion – St M&W

Friday 14th 7pm Cantiamo Choir Concert – St Michael & St Wulfad’s

 

CONFIRMATIONBishop Geoff has agreed to come for a Confirmation service on Sunday 16th June at 6pm. We are meeting on Tuesdays – 2pm 14 Sheridan way

 

GARDEN PARTY AT ASTON MILL .  Sadly, with Mary Wesson poorly in hospital, the family have asked for the Garden party scheduled for June 22nd to be postponed. Our love, prayers and understanding are with them all

 

COACH TRIP TO LLANDUDNOJuly 13th depart Stone approx. 8.30am, leave Llandudno 5.30pm. Cost approx. £15, depending on numbers. To book seats speak to Nichola Abbott 07866 101988