22nd March, 2014 – First Mass (Third Sunday of Lent)


Times of Mass and Devotions

Sat  22 Mar 5.30pm HA First Mass Ann Franisack (RIP)
Sun 23 Mar 9.15am HF Third Sunday of Lent Special Intentions of the people of the Parish
  11.00am HA   For a peaceful solution to the problems in Ukraine
Mon 24 Mar   7.30pm HA Vigil Mass for Annunciation  
Tue 25 Mar  10.00am HF NO MASS (Diocesan Conference) NO MASS
Wed 26 Mar   9.30am HA Third week of Lent Antonio Castellon, Lino, Alberto, Jorge (RIP)
Thur 27 Mar   7.30pm  HF Third week of Lent Deceased members of the King family (RIP)
 Fri   28 Mar 12.00pm HA Third week of Lent Lottie Rutter, Barbara Lumsden, Beryl Bushell (RIP)
Sat  29 Mar  5.30pm HA First Mass Special Intentions of the people of the Parish
Sun 30 Mar  9.15am HF Fourth Sunday of Lent Special Intentions for all Mothers
  11.00am HA Mothering Sunday Special Intentions for all Mothers

Responsorial Psalm – 3rd Sunday of Lent: A



23rd March – 3rd Sunday of Lent
Theme:  Living water of Baptism

Entrance:     HA: 970   HF: 74 Be though my vision
Offertory:     HA: 407   HF: 67 Baptised in Water
Final Hymn: HA:  865  HF: 285 I the Lord of sea …


Collections for 16/3/2014

Holy Angels: £234.03 + Standing Orders
Holy Family: £148.00 + Standing Orders:




Annual General Meetings for both Parishes:

Holy Angels:  11th June at 7.30pm
Holy Family: 12th June at 8pm


Adult Confirmation sessions:  Will take place between Easter and Pentecost. On Wednesday’s 7th & 21st May & 4th June starting at 7:30 pm at Holy Angels Ash. All are welcome to come, even just to refresh your faith. More information from Deacon John.


Knights of St Columba Lent Day of ReflectionSaturday 29th March – ALL ARE WELCOME


Lent day of reflection led by their Chaplain, Deacon John Edwards. This will take place at Holy Angels Church, Ash. Next Saturday 29th March, registration at 10:15. Mass at midday and an opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. Finish: around 3:00 pm. Please bring packed lunch, hot drinks will be available. Please let Deacon John know if you are coming either at d.johnedwards@googlemail.com or 01252 405453.
This day will count as our Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion refreshment day.


Prayer Group for Holy Angels and Holy Family Churches takes place once a month on a Tuesday.  The next date is Tuesday, 8th April and 6th MayCoffee at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start. To be held in the Parish Office



Please see the Priest or the Deacon after Mass.


Prayer Requests

For the sick:  Deacon David Morgan, Newton Abrew, Paul Gibson’s Mother, Judy. Dan Connors and Michael Ward both who are seriously ill at this time.
Please pray for: The people of Ukraine and Syria at this time of unrest.


Holy Angels

PLEASE NOTE:  From lunchtime on Wednesday, 26th March until 2.30pm our local Police and School children will be using the forecourt of the Church.


Holy Family

Lenten Lunch: Holy Family J&P team will be holding a Lenten lunch on Friday 11th April.  All are most welcome. Please pencil this date in your diaries.


Father David’s Message

St. Patrick’s Day Mass and gathering:  Many thanks to the volunteers who organised the gathering after the St. Patrick’s Day Mass.  The Hall was beautifully decorated and the simple snacks that had been suggested turned out to be a great assortment of Irish Cheeses, soda bread, smoked salmon, relishes, Irish biscuits, apple pie and wine to wash it down.  Far more than I had anticipated or expected but it was a very enjoyable evening.

CABRINI – Children’s Society (CCS)  has written to all parishes indicating that funds should not be raised in parishes for CCS.  In view of this, parishes should NOT take up the above collection published in the Diocesan Directory 2014.  Similarly, the Crib collection in December and any other fundraising for CCS should now cease.

MOTHERING SUNDAY – Next Sunday, 30th March
Mothering Sunday is celebrated in the UK in the fourth Sunday of Lent in honour of Mary. In pre-reformation times it was called “Lady Day” (for our Lady) and was the nearest Sunday to the Feast of the Annunciation when Mary heard the news that she would be the Mother of Jesus who would be the Saviour of the World and now we celebrate this day for all Mothers.

Mothering Sunday is a time to show our love and appreciation for our Mothers by giving them gifts of flowers, chocolates or other small gifts in gratitude for the love and support they have shown to us, their children.

Devotions during Lent:
Wednesdays:  Holy Family:
Stations of the Cross  7pm
Adoration of the Holy Eucharist at 7.30pm
Fridays: Holy Angels:
Stations of the Cross at 11.30am
Lenten Mass: 12 noon
Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm

Confessions for Easter

Holy Family: 7pm on Thursday – 10th April Lenten Mass 7.30pm
Holy Angels: 7.30pm on Friday – 11th April Stations of the Cross followed by Confessions.
Holy Angels: 5pm-5.20pm on 12th April (Sat. evening) and after 5.30pm Mass.

During Lent Holy Angels Church will be open every weekday from 9.30am to 1pm and on Saturdays from 9.30am to 5pm for those who wish to make the Stations of the Cross personally or come in for private prayer during Lent



The Maundy Thursday Mass, Good Friday Passion and Easter Vigil alternates each year between Holy Angels and Holy Family.  For these three very special services neither of the Churches takes precedence and the singers for the Choir, Readers, Ministers of the Eucharist and Candidates for the Mandatum (foot washing ceremony) ideally come equally from both churches.  The principle services for these three days this year will be at Holy Family.


Maundy Thursday – 17th April 2014

Holy Angels: 9.30am –  Morning Prayer & Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Holy Family: 7.30pm – Mass of the Last Supper


Good Friday – 18th April 2014

Holy Angels: 9.30am – Children’s Good Friday Service
Holy Family: 3pm – Liturgy of the Passion
Holy Angels: 7.30pm – Stations of the Cross


Easter Vigil (Saturday 19th April 2014)

Holy Family:  8pm – Vigil and Mass of Easter
Holy Family: 9.15am – Mass of Easter children’s Mass
Holy Angels: 11am – Sunday Mass of Easter
Holy Angels: 5.30pm – Easter Sunday Evening Mass

Liturgy Meeting for singers from both churches (to choose the settings of the Mass for Maundy Thursday and the Easter Vigil) and a quick run through some of the music on Wednesday, 9th April at 7.30pm at Holy Family. Don’t worry if you need to be late, the important thing is that you come and we have your input.  Coffee and tea will be available.

Posters with the times of the Easter Services are available at the back of Church.  If you can display one or know of somewhere to display a poster, please take one.

The mime of the Passion planned for Friday, 4th April has now been postponed.  Some of the organisers felt that it would not be possible to get it to a good enough standard in the time available.  A number of the churches are still very keen to present a Passion and feel that next year they would like to start preparations much earlier.

There will, therefore, be Stations of the Cross as usual on Friday, 4th April at 7.30pm.


The Parish Office will be closed from Friday, 28th March and will re-open on Friday, 4th April.  If you have anything urgent please kindly contact Deacon John Edwards or Father David Buckley. Thank you.