BBC Songs of Praise reports on the life and work of Shrewsbury-born Venerable Elizabeth Prout



Re-Building on the Foundation of the Eucharist

Letter from Bishop Mark

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2021

“Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem” (Mt 20:18) Lent: a Time for Renewing Faith, Hope and Love

Message from Pope Francis





before he died at the age of 15 from Leukaemia

Carlo Acutis
Creator of the Exhibition

Available to visit for 15 mins before Mass, please keep socially distanced

If you are unable to attend Mass visit The Eucharistic Miracles of the World at






Welcome to the 200 Club 2021.

This will be the 17th consecutive club year of fund raising to help our Parish meet its day to day running costs.
To date your membership has raised nearly £37,000
The extreme difficulties we are experiencing has placed extra strain on the Parish finances, so we need as many members as possible to help us through 2021.
We are looking forward to you renewing your membership - or most importantly: 


The cost is £52 for the year, or 2 instalments of £26.

As many of us can't meet at mass, there are 3 ways to subscribe:
1. By credit transfer to:
SRCDT - 234025 St Annes
Sort code: 30 - 15 - 52
Ac no. 54643760
Ref. 200 Club
I would appreciate you contacting me by phone or email if you choose this new way to ensure we don't miss your transfer.
2/3.  By cash or cheque. Would you please post it to me or drop it off into the Presbytery post box.

Please make cheques payable to St Anne's Church. If you are paying cash, please include your name.

My contact details are:
Add: The Laurels, London Road, Stapeley, CW5 7JU.
Ph: 01270 842175
Mob: 07968520276

Looking forward to hearing from you.  Michael Wilcock

Our Mission Together newsletter

Stewardship Newsletter and  OMT Pledge form



The trustees of the Millennium Bursary have decided to offer grants to any individual or group of individuals aged under 30 from any of the Nantwich churches who are undertaking an initiative or project of an evangelistic or humanitarian nature in the local area over Christmas 2020 or during the period January - March 2021.

Application should be made to Rachael Woolley as soon as possible, but by Monday December 14th latest, stating.

The name, ages and church of any applicant or applicants

A description of the project and its aims

The timescale of the project

The cost of the project and how much financial support is sought from the Bursary Fund

A supporting comment from the church minister or youth leader.

The four trustees of the NCFT (The Millennium Bursary) will consider and advise the amount granted by Monday 21st December.

This is in addition to the normal application process for 2021 involving projects overseas or the UK as previously sent out to you.

David Maidment

Chair of Trustees, NCFT


St.Anne’s Catholic School. Admissions.
We are welcoming lots of new families to our school community. We still have a few places left for our Pre-School Nursery called Sunflowers and School in 2020/2021. If you know anyone who is new to the area and/or is looking for a place, please let them know to contact us for details on or 01270 685353. For school places parents have to apply through Cheshire East Admissions. Details are on School website. Parents must apply by 15th January 2021 for Reception places in St.Annes’s for September 2021. If you know of anyone interested, please let them know.



Clergy Education and Training Fund Leaflet


World Mission Sunday 18.10.20



Had it not been for Covid-19
we would be gathering in Glasgow, Scotland, for our World Congress

instead join us for our Centenary Mass Celebration

This year Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) is celebrating 100 years of support to seafarers, fishers, and their families.
To mark the beginning of our centenary year we are holding a live-streamed Mass celebrated by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow.

We would be delighted if you could join us online to share in this very special celebration.

Date: Sunday, October 4th - Time: 3pm UK Time

The Mass will be streamed live at We hope you can join us.

With every blessing, All at Stella Maris


A Pastoral Letter On Testing Times and an Invitation to go to Saint Joseph, Sunday 27th September 2020 

My dear brothers and sisters,

As 2020 dawned, few of us could have imagined the testing times that lay ahead. Times unprecedented in the long story of this Diocese, when in response to public health measures the doors of our churches were closed. During those long weeks between March and June, we saw many initiatives to reach out to the most vulnerable and isolated: we did not forget the poor.i Amid many restrictions, priests devotedly ministered to the dying. We prayed for the souls of those who had died and for all who mourned the loss of loved ones. During those same months, many remained close to the Church in prayer, not least by the livestreaming of Masses. Some of our churches recorded the largest attendances in their history, albeit virtual attendances. At the Cathedral alone, tens of thousands would share via the internet in the celebration of Easter and Holy Week. Yet, we felt deeply, the loss of the public celebration of the Mass and being unable to fully participate in the Eucharist that is the living heart of our faith.

The long-awaited return came at the beginning of July, with the gradual re-opening of our churches dependent on each parish putting in place stringent, public safety measures. This was an enormous undertaking and must surely stand among the most remarkable achievements in the history of the Diocese. Today, I wish to record the gratitude of the whole Diocese for the work of clergy and parish volunteers together with diocesan officers that enabled us to return with joy to the Holy Eucharist. Alongside key workers in our health and essential services, your generosity deserves to be long remembered.

Times of trial and upheaval can lead people to deeper faith and commitment or tragically to fall away. Like the two sons described in the Gospel, our faith is proved not by sentiment, it is proved by what we do. This is the simple question Jesus asks at the end of Gospel: “Which did the father’s will?”.ii Faithfulness in carrying out our duties and protecting the gift of faith leads me to turn to the example of a man who, through testing times, did all the Lord asked of him. This man is Saint Joseph, to whom the Eternal Father entrusted the care of His only Begotten Son together with His Blessed Mother Mary through the most bitter trials of poverty and exile. To Saint Joseph the whole Church is now entrusted; and we look to him especially as a guide in the life of prayer, so we may be attentive to what the Lord asks of us. 

Saint Teresa of Avila wrote, “If we cannot find a guide to teach us how to pray, let us take this glorious saint as a master and we will not go astray”.iii How much we need the prayer and example of Saint Joseph! Accordingly, it is to Saint Joseph that I want to entrust the recovery of all the communities of our Diocese from this testing time. Today, I wish to invite the whole Diocese to celebrate a year of prayer dedicated to Saint Joseph from October until the beginning of Advent next year.

The 1st October marks the beginning of the second decade of my service as Bishop of Shrewsbury. On 21st October we will be remembering the first anniversary of the death of Bishop Brian Noble who guided the Diocese through many challenges. We have been warned to anticipate challenging months ahead and so will ask Saint Joseph’s help to discern how best we can each respond to the challenges of our time. Pope Francis reminds us how Saint Joseph responded to his calling “to be the protector of Mary, Jesus and the Church … by being constantly attentive to God, open to the signs of God’s presence and attentive to God’s plans not simply his own”.iv In a similar way, says Pope Francis, we are invited to protect with love all that God has given us. This will be the happiest challenge of the year ahead, that will lead us to “Go to Joseph”in order to ask his prayers and learn from his example. The Joseph of the Old Testament, whose story is recounted in the Book of Genesis, helped his people in time of famine with the earthly grain that Pharaoh had entrusted to him. In the Gospel, Saint Joseph would be entrusted with the care of Him who is the true Bread come down from Heavenvi and to guard the Holy Family on earth amid every danger. May Saint Joseph help us in testing times, to protect the gifts of faith and grace God has entrusted to us. In imitation of Saint Joseph’s faithfulness, may we do what the Lord asks of us, above all, when we come together in the Mass to do what the Lord Jesus commanded us to do in His memory.vii

Entrusting each of you to the prayers of Saint Joseph,

+ Mark

Bishop of Shrewsbury

i Cf. Gal. 2: 10

ii Mt. 21: 31

iii Book of Her Life, Chapter 6

iv Homily at the Mass for the Inauguration of his Pontificate 19th March 2013

v  Gen: 41:49

vi  Cf. Jn. 6:42

vii Cf. I Cor. 11:25


Laudato Si’: How far have we come in five years?

Edward de Quay, Project Manager for the Bishops’ Conference Environmental Advisory Group, looks at how Catholics in England and Wales have responded to Laudato Si’ and how each of us can be part of that response.

Background to the Season of Creation

During this season we are encouraged to pray and engage in community events in order to deepen our relationship with our God, our neighbour and the earth we share.


The Missionary Society of St. Columban, commonly known as the Columbans, is marking the upcoming Season of Creation with a podcast series on the beauty of biodiversity and the threats it faces.

Saints, Scholars and Spiritual Masters. A series of online talks on Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm, starting on 3 September organised by the Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst.   For details and t0 register:



Here am I, send me (Is 6:8)

Malawians encouraged to be evangelizers to the ends of the earth




The Blessed Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne

On 17 July we commemorated the 16 Blessed Carmelite martyrs of Compiègne, Mother Teresa of St Augustine and Companions, who were executed on 17 July 1794 during the French Revolution.

The Sisters had refused to comply with the Civil Constitution of the Clergy, a law passed in 1790, which subordinated the Catholic Church to the revolutionary government, confiscated all Church land and banned religious orders.  The Carmelites of Compiègne resisted the suppression of their monastery and so were arrested in June 1794 and imprisoned at the former Visitation convent of Compiègne, where they offered themselves daily for the peace of France and the Church.  On 17 July they were tried in Paris, convicted of treason and sentenced to death by guillotine.  Providentially, they were wearing their outlawed religious habits, since their only secular clothes were being washed on the day of the trial.

The Sisters were then transported in tumbrels among a group of 40 condemned prisoners to the place of execution at the Place du Trône, Paris.  On the journey, the Sisters chanted the combined Offices of Vespers and Compline. This included the Miserere, the penitential Psalm 50: “Have mercy on me, O God, in your kindness…” and concluded with the Salve Regina. Eyewitness accounts report that the usually hostile crowds along the route were strangely silent.

 On reaching the place of execution, Mother Teresa intoned the Te Deum, and then the Veni Creator Spiritus. Then all of the Sisters renewed their vows and Sr Constance, the youngest and still a novice, joined in, thus making Profession before mounting the scaffold.  Sr Constance was the first to die, after kneeling for the blessing of her Prioress, and kissing a small staute of Our Lady. As she approached the guillotine, she intonedLaudate Dominum Omnes Gentes(Psalm 117) : “O praise the Lord, all you nations; acclaim him all you peoples. Strong is his love for us; he is faithful for ever.” This was taken up by all the Sisters, who continued to sing, with diminishing voices, until all had died.  Usually executions were accompanied by shouting and cheers but there was only silence.

Sr Constance waved aside the executioner and his two assistants and approached the guillotine unaided.  It is likely that the executions continued in order of religious profession.  We know that Mother Teresa was the last.  The 78 year old Sr Mary of Jesus Crucified was heard to say to the executioners “I forgive you, my friends.  I forgive you with all that longing of heart with which I would that God forgive me!”  The bodies of the Carmelites were buried in a Mass grave.

Many believe that the sacrifice of Mother Teresa of St Augustine and her community brought about the end of the ‘Reign of Terror’, which happened just 10 days later on 27thJuly 1794.  Their story has captured the popular imagination, inspiring a novella by Gertrud von le Fort, a play by Georges Bernanos and an opera by Francis Poulenc. They were beatified by Pope St Pius X on 27 May 1906.

There is a British connection with the Compiègne Martyrs.  The English Benedictine community of Cambrai were ejected from their monastery in 1792 and imprisoned at Compiègne.  From June 1794, the Carmelites joined them, although they were detained separately.  The Benedictine community testified to the holiness of the Compiègne sisters and believed that the Carmelites’ martyrdom saved their own lives.  It may also be that their English nationality prevented them from being executed for treason.  They remained in prison until April 1795, and were then banished to England, where they eventually settled at Stanbrook Abbey.  Their only ‘possessions’ were the secular clothes of the Carmelites, which they wore.  The surviving pieces of cloth and one espadrille are now venerated at Stanbrook as relics.

More about the Compiègne Martyrs:

Catholic Encyclopedia
The source for the details of the execution recounted above is To Quell the Terror: The True Story of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiègne by William Bush (ICS Publications, Washington D.C., 1999)


De Foucauld, Dorothy Day, and Madeleine Delbrêl

Living alone in a desert for decades, hundreds of miles away from your friends and family, and eventually being accidentally shot dead doesn’t sound like many people’s idea of a good time. Given that Charles de Foucauld is to be canonised in the near future, we have to believe that it is God’s idea of a good time. 

In light of the news that he’s due to be raised to the altars, it’s worth looking again at de Foucauld’s life and ministry. Christopher Lamb has adeptly summarised de Foucauld’s life story, and the lessons he can provide for inter-religious dialogue. An intriguing aspect of de Foucauld’s legacy - and one, in my view, that bears closer examination - is his influence on the two outstanding ‘social catholics’ of the twentieth century - Dorothy Day and Madeleine Delbrêl.