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Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit

On July 15th, the feast day of St Bonaventure,38 young people received the sacrament of confirmation at Sacred Heart & St Peter's Church, Baguley.

St Thomas Day - Annual Celebration

The Wythenshawe Catholic community, along with people from far and wide, came together at St Anthony's Church for the annual St Thomas Day celebration on 4th July.

International Day

On Saturday 18th July, St Hilda and St Aidan's Parish held a wonderful International Day.  To begin the event Mass was celebrated with prayers and hymns from many different cultures.  This was followed by refreshments along with a variety of activities and games for families.  Later in the day there was stories, dance, music and food reflecting the many different countries which make up our parish community. It was a truly vibrant celebration of the people and talents.

Pope Francis - Encyclical

"Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods.  It represents one of the principle challenges facing humanity in our day." Click on the following link to access the new papal encyclical about the environment. Pope Francis - Care of our Common Home - a new papal Encyclical

The Afternoon Club

The Afternoon Club was established over 4 years ago to address social isolation for those aged 60 and over.  The group organises bi-monthly social gatherings.  These can take the form of a variety of activities, trips out, guest speakers, games, quizzes and singing.  The photograph shows some of the members on a Day Trip to Chester on the 26th June.

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St Bonaventure

The Local Pastoral Area is named after St Bonaventure and his feast day is on 15th July. Bonaventure was born in Bagnoregio, a town in central Italy. As a young boy he was cured of a serious illness through the prayers of Francis of Assisi. 

Later in Paris he studied the liberal arts.  Inspired by Francis and the example of the friars, he entered the Franciscan Order and later became a teacher of theology in the university.  Alexander of Hales, Bonaventure’s master in theology, was a especially influential. In 1257 Bonaventure was chosen as minister general of the Order.  Bonaventure helped bring the Order back to a deeper love of the way of St Francis.  He did this by writing about the life of Francis at the behest of the brothers and other works which explained the idea and way of life of the Order.

Bonaventure, Franciscan, theologian, doctor of the Church, was both learned and holy. Due to the spirit which filled him and his writings, he was at first called the Devout Doctor.  In recent centuries he has been known as the Seraphic Doctor because of the truly Francisan spirit he possessed.

Bonaventure, Bishop of Albano, died on 15th July, 1274 during the Second Council of Lyons. An unknown chronicler provides his impression of the Franciscan cardinal:  A man of eminent learning and eloquence, and of outstanding holiness, he was known for his kindness, approachableness, gentleness and compassion. Full of virtue, he was beloved of God and man.


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