St Giles Parish News
Silver Jubilee celebration
On Tuesday February 15th, Fr Eric Kemball, Parish Priest at St Giles Catholic Church in Cheadle, marked 25 years since his Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood.
Fr Eric was ordained in 1997 at St Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham and was immediately posted to the Chaplaincy at the University Hospital in Stoke, where he served for 19 years before taking the position of Parish Priest in Cheadle (also serving St Thomas of Canterbury Church in Tean) in 2016.
For the first time in almost 2 years the 2 parishes and parish schools were able to come together on Tuesday for the celebration of Mass, which was presided over by Fr Eric himself, assisted by Fr Paul McNally (Dean of the Area) and Fr Marco Egawhary.
During his Homily Fr Eric reflected on 3 key aspects of his ministry; the regular celebration of Holy Mass, the responsibility of pastoral care for his congregation and the importance of authentic preaching.
At the end of Mass parishioners showed their appreciation by presenting gifts to Fr Eric and his wife Lucy.
Please note that parish activities remain are suspended.
Please pray for the sick and pray and all who care for the sick.
Collections and Parish Finances.
If your own present circumstances mean you can’t give money to the Church or can’t give as much as usual, Please don’t worry. If you can give, please do.
Collection baskets are available at the back of Church for those able to come to Mass. You can still use your weekly envelopes or you might consider setting up a regular standing order or making individual payments via your online banking platform or mobile app.
Please email the parish and we can send you the bank details, if you can help in this way.
St Giles’ Church building remains open for people to visit during the day.
However given the continued risk of transmission of Covid it is extremely important that we try to remain meticulous with our face coverings, hand hygiene and social distancing to ensure everyone remains safe.
People are asked & urged to:
Holy Water stoups are now available, as are votive candles, but there will not yet be the exchange of the Sign of Peace at Mass.
Mass times are as follows:
Saturday Vigil Masses: 5.00pm
Sunday 10.30am & 3.00pm
Weekday Masses -usual times (See Bulletin for variations)
Cheadle & District Food Bank
Food banks can legally continue operating provided they follow social distancing rules and have sufficient stocks of food and volunteers available.
Donations can be taken direct to the Food Bank (Guild Hall, Oakley Room) when we are open
i.e. Wednesday morning 9.30am - 11am
Friday afternoon 1.30pm - 3pm
A donations box also exists in Morrisons at Cheadle.
If you have a quantity of donations for delivery but cannot come to the Food Bank personally, then arrangements for collection can be made.