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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Trip to Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan - June, 2019

Father Michael's holiday took him to visit these 3 countries.

In Armenia he visited the Cathedral of Gregory the Illuminator, responsible for Armenia being the first country, in 301 AD, to adopt Christianity as the state religion. There are many churches and monastic sites in the country dating back many centuries.

Saint Hripsime was one of the first Christian martyrs of Armenia, and Father Michael visted the church in Etchmiadzin dedicated to her.

A khachkar, also known as an Armenian cross-stone is a carved, memorial stone slab bearing a cross, and often with additional motifs such as rosettes, interlaces, and botanical motifs. They are characteristic of Medieval Christian Armenian art.

Mount Ararat, widely accepted in Christianity as the resting place of Noah's Ark, was also on the itinerary.

St. Nino has become one of the most venerated saints of the Georgian Orthodox Church and her attribute, a grapevine cross, is a symbol of Georgian Christianity.

St. Bartholomew is the patron saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church, and many miracles are reported surrounding his relics.


Walk for CAFOD to Celebrate “Creation and our Common Home”

Some of our most energetic parishioners decided to show solidarity with CAFOD's Common Home campaign by walking down the Silkin Way to Jackfield Village Hall in Ironbridge, following a service in St. Mary's led by Father Michael, who, somewhat miraculously, managed to apear in Jackfield despite not having been seen on the road down!

There are many ways to join the Our Common Home campaign, from signing our petition to joining us at the Time is Now mass climate lobby on 26 June. We really need everyone to come together and show the Government we are demanding action on climate change.



Parish Pilgrimage - May, 2019

This year's Parish Pilgrimage was to Holy Island and other venues in the North East.

The first day began with Mass in St. Mary's Cathedral, Newcastle; the window you see is the Industrial Heritage Window, designed and made by the internationally renowned artist Joseph Nuttgens. It is primarily a tribute to the men and women of Tyneside upon whom the region’s great industrial heritage depended. This was followed by a boat trip on the Tyne with informative commentary.

On their second day the group visited Holy Island where Father Michael celebrated Mass in St. Aidan's, much to the appreciation of the local community, followed by time to find a quiet spot to reflect while on the island. On the way back to their hotel the group also visited Bamburgh Castle

The third day saw the group visit Alnwick Castle and gardens.

The final day included a visit to see the Angel of the North, followed by lunch at Bolton Abbey



Kevin O’Connor has lit this candle in Lourdes for us all




Packed congregations came together in St. Mary's, Madeley and in St. Paul's, Dawley to welcome Christ's Resurrection from the dead.




Taking advantage of a fine morning to bless the palms on the front lawn in Madeley before processing into church to celebrate the beginning of Holy Week.

The Donkey - G. K. Chesterton

When fishes flew and forests walked
And figs grew upon thorn,
Some moment when the moon was blood
Then surely I was born.

With monstrous head and sickening cry
And ears like errant wings,
The devil’s walking parody
On all four-footed things.

The tattered outlaw of the earth,
Of ancient crooked will;
Starve, scourge, deride me: I am dumb,
I keep my secret still. 

Fools! For I also had my hour;
One far fierce hour and sweet:
There was a shout about my ears,
And palms before my feet.



In what has now become a Lenten tradition, our Parish raised £1520.63 for CAFOD during Lent, through Friday Lenten lunches.

Additionally, we raised £991.87 for Family Fast day as well as £1814.52 for the Cyclone IDAI Appeal, and £246.63 from the CAFOD pyramids and card sales.

The total amount raised has been £4573.65, including Gift Aid where appropriate. A truly magnificent effort.

Thank you , everyone!


Breaking News!

As you know we have been asked for prayers for the people in Zambia at the mission where Fr. Michael spent some time.

Mark and Kate Anderson, who are part of the Music Group at the 5:00pm Mass, (Mark is also a Governor at Holy Trinity Academy and Kate is also a catechist) have volunteered to go out and spend some time at the mission assisting Fr. Waldemar.

They are doing this at their own expense. They will be visiting in the summer, so I suggest that our June social will raise some funds for them to take as a gift from us in this parish.



Benemerenti Medal awarded to two parish servants

Sunday, 31st March, 2019 will now be a memorable date for Bernadette Walton and Pat Perkins who were both awarded the Benemerenti medal by Pope Francis for loyal service to our parish.

Congratulations and thank you to both of them for their faithfulness to our parish, and to their respective husbands, Rob and Derek; behind every successful woman...

The Benemerenti Medal is an honour awarded by the Pope to members of the clergy and laity for service to the Catholic Church. Originally established as an award to soldiers in the Papal Army, the medal was later extended to the clergy and the laity for service to the church.

The Benemerenti Medal was first awarded by Pope Pius VI (1775–1799) to recognize military merit. In 1831 under Pope Gregory XVI (1831–1846) a special Benemerenti medal was struck to reward those who fought courageously in the papal army at Ferrara, Bologna, and Vienna. In 1925, the concept of awarding this medal as a mark of recognition to persons in service of the Church, both civil and military, lay and clergy alike, became acceptable.

The current version of the Benemerenti medal was designed by Pope Paul VI and is a gold Greek Cross depicting Christ with his hand raised in blessing. On the left arm of the cross is the tiara and crossed keys symbol of the papacy. On the right arm is the coat of arms of the current Pope. The medal is suspended from a yellow and white ribbon, the colours of the Papacy.




St. Mary's and St. Paul's - Christmas, 2018

A packed congregation (standing room only) gathered in St. Mary's on Christmas Eve to sing traditional carols, a carol in Polish sung by Angelina and accompanied by Maciej, as well as readings and poetry, before welcoming the birth of the Christ Child at the Christmas Vigil Mass.

In St. Paul's we celebrated the birth of Jesus with the children at the Christmas Children's Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve as well as celebrating the Dawn Mass on Christmas Day.

And, finally, we completed the full set of Masses for Christmas with the Christmas Day Mass in St. Mary's.

Many thanks to all who helped make the services and Masses very special, especially to our flower arrangers who made our churches look absolutely gorgeous.


Parish Trip to Whitby - November, 2018

A group of parishioners had a delightful week in Whitby, staying in an hotel overlooking Robin Hood's Bay and visiting Castle Howard, where they were able to see the festive decorations created for the season. They also managed to squeeze in an early Christmas lunch.


A Taste of the Philippines

Parishioners were treated to a wonderful meal from the Philippines on 20th October in the Lower Room in Madeley.

Many thanks to our parishioners from the Philippines for laying on this evening.



On 30th September, 2018, our parish celebrated the great diversity present in our congregation. St. Mary's Church was bedecked in African colour; we had on display a huge project book on Africa worked on by the children of St. Mary's Primary School; the church was surrounded by bunting depicting flags of the world; and worship was led by a Ghanaian choir organised by our Ghanaian parishioners.


Music Night in Dawley British Legion Club

A good night was had by all in the British Legion Club in Dawley on 28th September.

Many thanks to "Mr. & Mrs. B.", aka Angelina and Mac, parishioners from the 11am Mass for providing the entertainment.



Some 90 of us gathered at the hotel in Great Hay to enjoy this year's summer lunch.

A good time was had by all, and a well stocked raffle raised £470 for parish funds.


Mass in Buildwas Abbey - 12th August, 2018

Parishioners gathered in Buildwas Abbey - dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Chad - to celebrate Mass for St. Mary's Church's Feast Day and to enjoy a picnic in the grounds of this beautiful Cistercian abbey, considered to be among some of the best preserved twelfth-century examples of a Cistercian church in Britain.

As you can hear and see, from the video clips below, the congregation was in good voice!

Holy Virgin, by God's Decree

Hail, Queen of Heaven


Investiture of Jim Boyle, OBE - 15th March, 2018

Order of the British Empire
Civil Division
Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood
St. James’s Palace, London SW1

30 December 2017

THE QUEEN has been graciously pleased to give orders for the following appointment to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire: O.B.E.

To be an Ordinary Officers of the Civil Division of the said Most Excellent Order: James Gerard BOYLE, Head of Infrastructure Architecture, Telford, HM Revenue and Customs

For services to Taxpayers and Government Modernisation.


Remembering Joan Woods

Helping Father Waldemar's Zambian community

As parishioners will know, Joan Woods spent many years as a missionary, teaching in Zambia.

And as parishioners will also know, Father Michael's friend, Father Waldemar ministers to a community in Zambia.

As you can see from these pictures, the situation in the school there is poor. One is of the local school and the other is of one of the classrooms showing the ‘lack’ of desks.

The money raised from Joan's funeral is being sent to Father Waldemar in Nabwalya and will be used to employ people and to buy the materials for the making of desks for the school.

Father Michael says, Thanks to your generosity in memory of Joan we are able to send money off to Zambia for educational purposes. I have received a message back from Nabwalya, Zambia:

The number of existing desks is 84.

In Primary there are 654 children and in the Secondary slightly over 300.

Both schools use the same desks.

In September they will start writing examination.

For grade 9 there are 124 pupils and each has to sit separately. it is why  I want to make quickly 40 desks (planks etc) and then slowly to add more.
Fr. Waldemar'



Fado is a music genre that can be traced to the 1820s in Lisbon, but probably has much earlier origins. Fado historian and scholar Rui Vieira Nery states that "the only reliable information on the history of Fado was orally transmitted and goes back to the 1820s and 1830s at best. But even that information was frequently modified within the generational transmission process that made it reach us today."

Although the origins are difficult to trace, today fado is commonly regarded as simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain traditional structure. In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia. This is loosely captured by the Portuguese word saudade, or "longing", symbolising a feeling of loss (a permanent, irreparable loss and its consequent lifelong damage). This is similar to the character of several musical genres in Portuguese ex-colonies such as morna from Cape Verde, which may be historically linked to fado in its earlier form but has retained its rhythmic heritage. This connection to the music of a historic Portuguese urban and maritime proletariat (sailors, dock workers, port traders and other working-class people in general) can also be found in Brazilian modinha and Indonesiankronconq, although all these music genres subsequently developed their own independent traditions.

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