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A Warm Wythenshawe Welcome for Fr Chris

On Friday 24th October Fr Christopher Matthews Mass of Induction as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart & St Peter took place.  The church was full as people from near and far to welcome Fr Chris into his new parish in Baguley.

On your marks .... for the 2014 Family Week!

Families on the bikes in Wythenshawe Park as part of this years Family Week.  This was a fun packed week which included a cultural exchange with students from Taiwan and a trip to Blackpool.

Celebrating Parish Feast Days

St Bonaventure's Local Pastoral Area makes a special effort to celebrate together the Feast Days of our local churches and parishes.  On 26th June parishioners came together for a Vigil Mass and shared table to celebrate the Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Afternoon Tea for the SVP

Recently staff and local SVP members got together to do a fundraising event for the SVP in Sacred Heart Primary School, Baguley.  It proved very popular with teas and home made scones being served in the school hall for families in the morning and afternoon.

Pastures new for Fr Paul

In September Fr Paul Standish will be leaving Sacred Heart & St Peter's Parish to become Parish Priest in Northwich, Barnton & Weaverham. Fr Michael Murray, Parish Priest of Our Lady Queen of Peace parish will become the new Team Leader.

We are Sailing!!

Members of the Afternoon Club all set for a well earned 3 course meal after an adventurous day in the Lake District, which included a boat trip across Bowness.  This was one of many regular social events the group has organised.  Please see the full story for more information about the trip and forthcoming activities.

How Great Thou Art!

A magnificent collection of paintings has lit up St Aidan's Centre in Northern Moor during the last month, bringing joy and wonderment to many visitors.The paintings were done by a local artist and parishioner of St Aidan's Church.

Fun Times in Wales

Parishioners and families from across Wythenshawe having a lovely time in Wales.  The group stayed at the Loreto Centre in Llandudno.

"Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit"

Congratulations to all the young people who received the sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday 15th July, at St Anthony's Church, Woodhouse Park.  This is also the feast day of St Bonaventure - who the local pastoral area is named after.

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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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