FROM REV. ALMA:
We have a new Bishop of Manchester! I hope you have read about him in the Crux magazine. He is, at present, the Bishop of Dudley in the West Midlands. He originally came from this diocese, so he is delighted to be coming â€˜homeâ€™, as our new Bishop he will be installed in December, by which time the Cathedral will be open again, we hope.
Bishop Nigel was much loved and respected as our Bishop and so it will be a hard act to follow him. However, I know from meeting Bishop David at General Synod, that he is very able, down to earth, clever, modest and friendly â€“ not a bad start, is it? Obviously, clergy tend to be more concerned about who the Bishop is more than other people â€“ because he is our boss! However it does make a difference to everyone that the Bishop has a good idea of what his diocese is like, and what the needs of the Church are. Bishop David, as well as coming from this area, has worked for many years in Sheffield, and has been involved with community housing, so he knows the needs and problems, as well as the delights of working in the north. Please pray for him as he prepares to join us as our Bishop.
Remember also Simon Schofield as he begins his year as a deacon. In a yearâ€™s time he will become a priest. He will not be far away in Stretford and we might go over there to join in worship with him some time. He will certainly come back to preach as the Revd Simon!
Jonathan Elcock, whom most of you will remember as being on placement here, is about to be made Vicar of St. Johnâ€™s, Failsworth. Please pray for him too.
In many ways, in the deanery and the diocese, we have friends and connections. We are not just the Church in Hulme, but part of a much bigger fellowship. Let us rejoice in that, and expand our friendships in Godâ€™s Church.
Your Friend and Priest
Thank you to those who have begun to bring in groceries for the food distribution at St. Wilfridâ€™s, and please keep the items coming. The first bags were handed over last week, and they are very grateful for our contribution, as they had been struggling to provide enough. The St. Vincent de Paul Society, who do this work, all come back to the church they used to belong to, and have faithfully done so for years. They do the distribution themselves on Tuesdays and Fridays, and finance all the gifts they hand out. There are only 10 of them, so our help is very much needed.
Dora Innis has become a volunteer, and can tell you more about it, if you want to join the rota. Otherwise, please keep the donations coming week by week. We are trying to plan a social event here in the Summer, so we can meet these people and get to know them. Hopefully there will be a date soon for a Saturday afternoon.
Our PCC has agreed that it would be good for us to support our Catholic neighbours in Hulme. The Salvation Army has closed and soon the Booth Centre for the homeless will be moving from the Cathedral to North Manchester, so this area will have less help. I have looked at the store in St. Wilfredâ€™s, and seen what they have and what they have not. I have also talked with the organiser, and asked what we could supply. Therefore, there will, from now on be a box in the hall, for donations, which I will pass on. So far about 3 people have donated items, and these are very welcome, thank you. So that we can contribute something every 2 weeks we need more people to give something.
Even a Â£1 or Â£2 a week spent on tinned goods would help. See what you can do.
What shall we bring?
- Tinned Fish
- Hot Chocolate
- Pasta Sauces
- Tinned Fruit
At the moment they supply none of these things, and the peoples giving of money is as high as it can go, so please help in any way you can â€” Just add an extra item or two to your shopping and help those who are struggling.