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Earth Hour - 26th March 2022

On Saturday 26th March, our Diocese is celebrating Earth Hour. We are switching off our electronics and lights for one full hour! There are lots of ideas on the document below with ideas of how you could spend this special hour, reflecting with thanks for our wonderful world. You may want to star gaze as a family, or light some candles and play a board game together. Be as creative as you can! We would love to share pictures with our community on the Parish page of our website, so please email any to the school office.

Nativity Scenes at Home Christmas 2021

Advent 2021

 

With Advent fast-approaching, we are delighted to be able to return to church for our weekly mass. Each class will visit church and join the parishoners for mass. We have missed this special time so much and cannot wait to be back! 

The chaplaincy team would also like to highlight the Advent calendar above that has been created by CAFOD. In class, we will be reading the scripture together, reflecting on the meaning and saying a special prayer. Please join us in this celebration and look at these over the weekend too. Also, please remember all church services are streamed live so our community near and far can take part in our celebrations of faith each Sunday. 

*Poster Competition*

Take a look at the information sheet below to find out more about single-use plastics and how they affect our environment. The Chaplaincy team are running a poster competition. Simply read the information attached, design a poster encouraging people to use less plastic and have all entries to Mrs Stokes by Wednesday 14th July.

There will be a prize for the winner! Good luck! 

30 Days Wild for June!

Spring Photography Competition

Advent 2020

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Above is a short video made by our Chaplaincy team to celebrate the beginning of Advent. We shared the video in class and in church during our live Advent Mass which we all watched in our classrooms.

Our Nativity Scenes at home and in school

St Mary's Church was founded in 1780 by Fr Oswald Eaves and for many years the Parish has been served by Benedictine Monks from Ampleforth Abbey.  It was announced earlier in the year that the Ampleforth Benedictines would be leaving the Parish and handing over responsibility for the Parish to the Diocese of Salford. Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Fr George, who has been our Parish Priest for 5 years and wish him well in his new post. We are very grateful to Fr Colin and Fr Bernard who served the Parish, until the  arrival of our new Parish Priest.

 

On Sunday 27 November Fr Mark Harold was appointed as the new Parish Priest of St Mary's Brownedge. Fr Mark is a priest of Salford Diocese who has been in parishes in Bury, Manchester and Rochdale.  For the past eight years  he has been the Vice Rector of the English College in Rome helping to prepare students for the priesthood.  

 

"I'm really looking forward to becoming part of this community.  The Benedictines have served the people of Bamber Bridge so well for nearly three centuries and there is a great Catholic tradition here, not least in the presence of our Catholic schools.  Our children are a treasure who we must care for and nourish, helping them to grow in love for God and his people.  I will do all I can to support our schools and our families.  I look forward to getting to know you all and may God bless you".  

 

Fr Mark
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