The Good Shepherd

Roman Catholic Parish in Telford, Shropshire incorporating St. Mary's, Madeley and St. Paul's, Dawley

Also serving the communities of Broseley and Stirchley

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We will publish contributions of reflections, poems, music, videos etc. on our new Reflections Page and Lighthearted Page

Sermon: Week 25

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Statement from the Catholic Bishops of England

Sunday – it is our Day

On 19th July, the current legislative powers which assist the mitigations against the covid-19 virus transmission will be rescinded by HM Government. Nevertheless, there will be an
encouragement to personal and corporate responsibility in this area; as the Prime Minister said in his most recent statement “The pandemic is not over.”

Even without this legislation in place, the Church in England and Wales will be adopting a cautious approach to capacity and activity within our buildings, especially at corporate acts of worship.

We are mindful of the certain fact that the Covid-19 virus is still circulating in society. Vaccines provide genuine protection against the worst effects of the virus, yet we recognise the legitimate fear on the part of some who otherwise desire to gather for Holy Mass.

It is our continuing judgement, therefore, that it is not possible at the present time for all of the faithful to attend
Mass on a Sunday thus fulfilling their duty to God.

It is hoped that it will be possible for all Catholics in England and Wales to fulfil this most important Church precept, that of the Sunday Obligation, by the First Sunday in Advent 2021.

In the meantime, all Catholics are asked to do their best to participate in the celebration of the weekly Sunday Mass and to reflect deeply on the centrality of Sunday worship in the life of the Church.

In April, following our Plenary Assembly, we offered a reflection on the experience of the extraordinary long months of the pandemic. It was titled The Day of the Lord. We also began to look at the way forward. We spoke about the important invitation to restore the Sunday Mass to its rightful centrality in our lives. We asked for a rekindling in our hearts of a yearning for the Real Presence of the Lord in the Eucharist, as our response to the total, sacrificial love that Jesus has for us. We said: “The Eucharist should be the cause of our deepest joy, our highest manner of offering thanks to God and for seeking his mercy and love. We need to make it the foundation stone of our lives.”

May this continue to be our striving during these coming months as we journey back to the full celebration of our Sunday Mass and our renewed observance of The Day of the Lord.

Newsletter: Week 25

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Found in the roof space in the Parish House

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Can anyone cast any light on these, found in the house: The Beach Aldeburgh, Suffolk; White Lion Hotel & Esplanade;    Marine Villa; Aldeburgh, Suffolk?

Building Works at St. Mary's

A new update on the building works at St. Mary's, complete with sound track; the overseer isn't wearing a bowler hat!

The new wall is being built, kitchen furniture has arrived, new staircase being installed.

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Next year we plan to visit Rome as our annual parish pilgrimage. you can find the details below.

Please note that if you had previously booked for this year, you will havbe to redo your booking.

Rome - Itinerary

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Places we will visit

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Rome - Booking Conditions

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Lord Jesus, You have chosen Your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim Your word, and to act in Your name.

For so great a gift to your Church we give You praise and thanksgiving.

We ask You to fill Your priests with the fire of Your love, that their ministry may reveal Your presence in the Church.

Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that Your power will shine through their weaknesses:
 + in their afflictions: let them never be crushed;
 +in their doubts: never despair;
 +in temptation: never be destroyed;
 +in persecution: never be abandoned.

Inspire them, through prayer, to live each day in the mystery of Your dying and rising.

In times of weakness send them Your Spirit and help them to praise Your Heavenly Father and pray for poor sinners.

By the same Holy Spirit put Your word on their lips and Your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the broken-hearted.

And may the gift of Mary, Your Mother, to the disciple whom You loved, be Your gift to every priest.

Grant that she, who formed You in her human image, may form them in Your divine image by the power of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of God the Father.



Those of you who contribute to the Parish finances via the collection at weekend Masses will have realised that one of the effects of being unable to meet as a congregation is that our finances have suffered. Although we still benefit from the contributions of those of you who pay regularly by Standing Order, the loss of the weekend collections makes it difficult for us to continue to meet our running costs.

For Parishioners who normally give in the weekend collections and who wish to help the Parish at this time, the Diocese has set up an online donation facility to allow you to continue to donate to the Parish. By clicking on the button below you will be taken to the page that has been set up specificaly for the Good Shepherd Parish.

Please be aware that a minimum donation of £5 is requested for giving in this way.

You can also Gift Aid your donation to help the Parish further; this is a great boon for us, resulting in an extra £8,815.18 being received last year from HMRC.

If you do want to Gift Aid your donation, please tick the box shown on the donation page, even if you have previously completed a Gift Aid Declaration form in favour of the Parish for regular giving made by Offertory Envelope or Standing Order.

Thank you for your support.


Whoever goes to the LORD for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty, can say to him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust.”

He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases. He will cover you with his wings; you will be safe in his care; his faithfulness will protect and defend you.

You need not fear any dangers at night or sudden attacks during the day or the plagues that strike in the dark or the evils that kill in daylight.

A thousand may fall dead beside you, 10,000 all round you, but you will not be harmed. You will look and see how the wicked are punished.

You have made the LORD your defender, the Most High your protector, and so no disaster will strike you, no violence will come near your home. God will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go.

They will hold you up with their hands to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones. You will trample down lions and snakes, fierce lions and poisonous snakes.

God says, “I will save those who love me and will protect those who acknowledge me as LORD.

When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them. I will rescue them and honour them. I will reward them with long life; I will save them.”



In response to the decision that all public Masses are to cease, Redemptorist Publications are delighted to be able to bring the Sunday Holy Mass , celebrated by Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. into your home every Sunday.

We pray that this will enable the faithful to feel connected, to their faith and church community, during this difficult time.

Please come back next week.


A temporary schedule is in placefor the duration of the lockdown, with the Cathedral open for periods of private prayer each day, and Masses and other Liturgies broadcast online.

Click here to go the the Cathedral website.

Shrewsbury Cathedral is providing a full programme of Masses and Services, as you can see from the panel to the left.

However, if the timings don't work for you, or if you prefer to livestream a more “homely” parish church celebration, then you can always visit In the “churches” section you will find where livestreaming is now available across the UK and Ireland, and also the schedule of service times.

Fr. Denis McBride's Mass, recorded for each Sunday, can also still be viewed every day.


Saturday Vigil
St. Mary's, Madeley - 5pm

St. Paul's, Dawley - 9am
St. Mary's, Madeley - 11am

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Telephone: 01952 586118

St. Paul's
Burton St. and Doseley Rd.
Shropshire. TF4 3AH
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St. Mary's
70 High St.
Shropshire. TF7 5AH
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