Sundays 17:00, Stations of the cross.
We are saying the stations of the cross using different reflections chosen by clergy and people of the Parish each week. The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step Catholic devotion that commemorates Jesus Christ's last day on Earth as a man. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of His last day, beginning with His condemnation. The stations are commonly used as a mini pilgrimage. At each station, we recall and meditate on a specific event from Christ's last day. Specific prayers are recited, then we move to the next station until all 14 are complete. The stations in St Gregorys are fine deep relief carvings that help us to understand the agony of Christ's sufferings. On Good Friday there will be a special Stations of the Cross designed to help the children of the Parish understand Easter.
On Palm Sunday, the 14th April, in place of Stations we will be having a sung celebration of the Evening Prayer of the Church, with both of the Parishes choirs and musicians sharing in leading the service.
Lent - a season to give more time in prayer to God.
Fridays - at 09:10, Morning Prayer
'The office' has been part of the church since the very first days - and now is said everywhere Catholics live. With its origins being in the services of Psalms said daily in the synagogue we are joining in the prayers Jesus would have said. We are also joining in with Catholics from arround the whole world, all saying the same psalms and prayers. Priests and Religious say the full office each day as part of their commitment to a life of prayer - we are encouraged to join them in at least a part of this Liturgy - which word can be translated as 'The Work of the People of God'. We have copies of the Morning and Evening Prayer available for use in the Church.
Fr David McDonald at 90
On Sunday 3rd March, we at St Gregorys were delighted to join with Fr David as he celebrated his 90th Birthday! Fr Davids actual birthday is on Ash Wednesday... so the feast was transferred to the nearest Sunday outside of Lent!
Fr David was ordained in 1953! This was as a Presbyterian Minister, he subsequently converted to Catholicism. The rules were rather different pre Vatican Council II, so he could not at that time become a Catholic Priest. On advice, he became a Teacher, subsequently a Husband, Parent, a member of the RAF (which brought him with his Family to Cheltenham), and then a Permanent Deacon (in which ministry he served the Parish for some 25 years). Following the death of his beloved wife Margaret, he returned to the priesthood, being ordained as a Catholic Priest by Bishop Declan in our Parish Church on July 11th 2014, and has continued to serve our community since then, still at 90 celebrating Mass in the Parish.
A wide range of Parishioners turned out to help him celebrate, ranging from a child celebrating her 2nd birthday on the same day, several people he has baptised, and married, and in the heavenly realm many whom he has buried during his long ministry with us.