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3CY – Three Churches Youth

3 Churches Youth Logo

On Sunday 17th April 2016 we are launching a new Youth Group for Yr7 and Yr8 here in our 3 Churches, and we don’t want anyone to miss out on what will be an amazing experience.
Once you go to High school, parish life can seem to stop, apart from Confirmation. We are launching this new youth group because we really value our young people, and we know that they have so much to give.

The vision of 3CY, rooted in our Catholic faith, is inspired by Pope Francis’s letter “Laudato si” where he asks us to care for each other and for our common home. The idea is to have fun, make new friends, have a great time. But also to talk about real topics, take action on real issues and use our gifts and talents to make real change. Friendly and informal, with games and refreshments, there will be talks, videos and discussion, maybe walks and trips, music and drama, prayer services and Mass.

So we invite our young people to come along and take ownership of this group. It’s all yours!
Where? CTK Primary School Hall. When? 6.30pm – 8.00pm Sundays in term time from 17th April.
Adults young and older – to volunteer in any capacity and at any commitment level, contact Helen McSherry or 07720 053999
Twitter @3ChurchesYouth

REFLECTION after Communion this weekend. Use it at home too…

Lord Jesus Christ
you came to call sinners
and offer complete forgiveness and salvation for all.
Give me the grace to feel you alongside me in my sinfulness;
to sense your understanding and encouragement.
Help me to acknowledge my sin –
but to trust in your unending mercy and compassion.
Teach me not to judge others,
nor to condemn them,
but to offer the hand of support and friendship and place mercy at the centre of my life. Amen

3 Churches Info

Visitors often tell me that there seems to be a lot going on in our 3 Churches, going by what is a full newsletter every week, often with things queuing up to get in. They are right – but sometimes we only realize it when we try to put useful parish info together.

Our 3 Churches Evangelization and Pastoral group felt it was time to do a new edition of our information leaflet, and so you should receive one today with this newsletter. It contains loads of information on many different aspects of parish life. Please do not file it in the bin, mainly because it is meant to be a useful resource for you – but also because it has taken a few people a lot of time!

In the next week or two we will publish a second sheet, this time giving more detailed info on the surprising number of groups and activities in our Churches that encourage prayer and discussion. Again, new parishioners sometimes ask what there is to join, while “oldies” are often unaware of just how much is going on.

PS By the way, check out the new Archdiocesan website at

Communication – Community – Communion……it all helps to make us one!

Fr Matthew

REFLECTION after Communion this weekend. Use it at home too…

The Mercy of God is patient.
God tends us – and nurtures us,
and gives us time to grow to fruitfulness.
God of love and compassion,
teach us to be patient with ourselves
and with others.
Help us to be open to the feeding and pruning we may need to become fruitful disciples in your Kingdom.
And give us the grace to repent,
seek your mercy, and enjoy your forgiveness. Amen

3 Churches youth

We are blessed with a wealth of dynamic young people in our 3 Churches, and surely we all feel it to be so important to cultivate this vibrant gift. Now a programme has been put together to give the younger members of our parishes a voice, and the opportunity for some fun together.

This initiative will take the form of a 3 Churches youth group for ages 11-13, (pre-Confirmation), meeting each Sunday evening in term time for an hour and a half. We believe that people of this age want more from a youth group than simply socialising. So, taking inspiration from Pope Francis’s letter “Laudato Si” we have devised a programme which enables our youth to get into some ecological discussion and action on a global, community and personal level.

The sessions will be friendly and informal, involving speakers, relevant videos and topical discussion, mixed in with games and refreshments. The goal is to encourage and support our young people in planning and carrying out initiatives themselves, while enjoying creating their own community and friendships.
We hope to plan walks and trips, perhaps start a parish garden or give an opportunity for music or drama, and so enable our rising generation to share their own gifts and talents. There will be scope for them, if they wish, to organise prayer services or Mass. We will also take a lead from them in planning nights out…, bowling, cinema…..

Do you think this all sounds interesting, exciting? It can happen – with your help. We would be so grateful for adult volunteers in three capacities: leadership, specific skills and supervision. As with all voluntarily run groups, the more people we have, the less often you will be needed. So…

Can you lead and inspire young people? We currently have three leader volunteers. We need more, in order to have a required minimum on any particular night and, at most, every fortnight.

Do you have a skill you could share with our youth? We hope to tap into the vast pool of skilled and talented adults in our churches. If you can volunteer to share your particular skill, or know someone else who could, we would be delighted to create one or more sessions around it.

Can you give some precious time to the youth of our parish? All this can happen only if we have a substantial number of adult volunteers to help supervise on a rota basis.

Pope Francis says that ‘young people have a new ecological sensitivity and a generous spirit’ and that ‘Christian communities have an important role to play in ecological education.’ He goes on to say, ‘we must not think that these efforts are not going to change the world. They benefit society, often unbeknown to us, for they call forth a goodness which, albeit unseen, inevitably tends to spread. Furthermore, such actions can restore our sense of self- esteem; they can enable us to live more fully and to feel that life on earth is worthwhile.

We are inviting our youth to come forward with their ideas and vision. We appeal to our adults to join us in volunteering to help with this brave initiative for the benefit of our young people and all of us.

Fr Matthew and Helen McSherry for the 3 Churches Youth Task Group

Mass times (part II)

In the last newsletter, we announced that next weekend, the Feast of Christ the King, we will move from our summer schedule to our new permanent timetable for weekend Masses.


Saturday 6.00pm Christ the King
Sunday 9.00am St Paul
9.00am Christ the King
11.00am St Brigid
6.00pm St Brigid
This week: some consequences
Confessions St Brigid’s Saturday 10.00-10.30 as at present
Christ the King Saturday 5.30pm
St Paul Friday before or after 9.30am Mass


We will keep under review the preferred times and locations for the Sacrament of Baptism.


Next year there will be one celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for our 3 Churches on Friday 17 June.

First Holy Communion

Timetables for this are being worked out at the moment.


Now that we have a permanent timetable, where times or locations have changed, I ask those who have exercised any ministry but now attend a different Mass, please let the coordinator of that ministry know so that you can become part of the team in the new Mass. Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, welcomers, intercessions writers, altar servers, musicians and singers – all should feel welcome in all our celebrations.

So please remember, next weekend some of our Mass times change slightly. At St Brigid’s 11am we will welcome children and staff from our parishes’ primary school, Christ the King, who will take part in the various ministries etc. On Youth Sunday, as it has been nominated by the Bishops, all young people are especially invited to that Mass, including students from Corpus Christi and other high schools, other primary schools etc.

Mass times

On the weekend of Sunday 22nd November, the Feast of Christ the King, we will move from our summer schedule to our new permanent timetable for weekend Masses.

  • Saturday 6.00pm at Christ the King
  • Sunday 9.00am at St Paul
  • Sunday 9.00am Christ the King
  • Sunday 11.00am at St Brigid
  • Sunday 6.00pm at St Brigid

As you see, the times are an adjusted version of the summer schedule. I am enormously grateful to all those who have shared their thoughts on this matter, and I am aware, of course, that there may be some disappointments. Be assured that this decision has involved much prayer as well as listening. Some brief reflections:

Saturday 6.00pm – seems a better time to balance people’s afternoon and evening commitments. Sunday 9.00am – we are constrained by the availability of Fr Gareth Leyshon to help us. To keep Christ the King at 8.30 seems too early for one Sunday Mass.
Sunday 11.00am – moved from 10.30 as it is increasingly difficult for me to get from St Paul’s or Christ the King in time, and give due pastoral time at those churches plus appropriate Mass preparation at St Brigid’s. This Mass will be developed over coming weeks and months, involving cooperation between our 3 Churches in areas such as Children’s Liturgy and music. We can, I’m sure, work together to celebrate a truly alive liturgy, that will bring together, among others, families, children and young people in particular. To mark this new beginning, our primary school will this year join us at St Brigid’s at 11am on their feast day of Christ the King, Sunday 22nd November.

So that is the date to remember – Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November, the Feast of Christ the King, the days that the new Mass times come in. Again, many thanks for your prayers and cooperation over the past weeks.

Fr Matthew