It is important that on admission to hospital, a patient (or his/her carers) inform the admission staff that they are Catholic. The hospital will not ask for this information, it is up to the patient to make it known and to make sure that a note is made. As of September 2018, Gloucester NHS no longer employ a catholic chaplain. In an emergency, please ask the nursing staff to contact the Chaplaincy Office at the hospital (or ring 03004 222222 and ask for the Catholic Chaplain).

 

Church Restoration Blog 3rd November

The end is in sight!

It is hard to believe that it has been 30 weeks since the work in St Gregory’s commenced. From my perspective time has passed quickly but I am sure that has not been the case for you, the parishioners, who will welcome the return of full time worship within the Church.
Today saw the Church Organ being uncovered and got working again: it needs some tuning but can now be used again for Church services. New panes of 10mm glass have been installed into the side panels of the internal West doors – these panes have a Cross engraved on either side and replace the old windows which had cracks in them. The fitting of the Sanctuary carpet is now complete and all the statues and religious items have been returned to their original locations. Work continues in the Sacristy, all the cupboards and furnishings have been installed and the environment is pleasing and now fit for purpose.
Next week will see a final coat of paint added to the South Porch. We will also be sanding and staining the front doors. Friday 7th November saw the departure of our principal contractor Ellis & Co who are commended for their work which has been of a high standard.
Our final action will focus on lighting with the electrical contractor and lighting designer due to visit the Church on the 12th – 14th November. A variety of “scene setting” exercises will be undertaken which will enable us to change the ambiance of the environment to suit a particular religious activity.
I am also pleased to advise that Services will return to the Church on Thursday 15th November 2018, this will be 1 week ahead of the planned finish date.
Finally, on behalf of Fr David I would like to thank you all for your patience and cooperation throughout this journey, which I know, has been uncomfortable for many of you. In conclusion, the beauty of our wonderful Church has now been truly enhanced and we will continue to maintain this in the future. Mike Raftree

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