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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Nabwalya - December, 2019

Click on the link here to see a video/photograph compilation relating to Father Waldemar's work in Nabwalya, and the distribution of the maize to the people there.



St. Mary's and St. Paul's - Christmas, 2019

A packed congregation gathered in St. Mary's on Christmas Eve to sing traditional carols, and listen to readings, prior to 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 Christmas Lunch - December, 2019

Good food, good company, good fun were enjoyed by a pleasant, festive gathering of parishioners in the Telford Hotel this year!


Carol Concert - December, 2019

Our church resounded to the tunes and songs of Christmas to raise funds for the Severn Hospice.

The generosity of parishioners from the Catholic, Anglican and Baptist traditions enabled Father Michael to present the Severn Hospice with 550.



Parish Trip to Babbacombe - November, 2019

A group of our parishioners headed off to the seaside for a week of fun and frolics in Babbacombe and “tripped” around places like Paignton, Torquay, Dartmouth, Dawlish, Totnes.

Father Michael celebrated Mass in the hotel on 2 of the mornings before breakfast and on the Thursday the group visited Buckfast Abbey and joined their 12:10 Mass in the chapel.

We're not sure if they sampled the local vintage, Buckfast Tonic Wine, a well known delicacy in the hometown of one of our Scottish parishioners who, fortunately, was not on the trip!

On the Tuesday evening Ed Hayhurst’s birthday was celebrated with a cake.

It being a "Turkey and Tinsel" special in the hotel, Tuesday was also "Christmas Eve", complete wih Santa.

On Wednesday evening they all went to the local theatre (in the pouring rain) to see a Christmas Celebration variety show of singing, dancing and comedians.

Thursday was “Hogmanay” with entertainment and a glass of bubbly at 10.15pm! (Old people go to bed early, apparently! MANY of our parishioners didn’t).

For the rest of the time the weather was wonderful – sun and light breeze and some even ventured down to the beach at Babbacombe.


School Mass - October, 2019

Our church was packed at morning Mass, standing room only (!) when we welcomed the children from St. Mary's School.

In our prayers we remembered Bishop Brian and Mrs Lambie's father, who died recently.



International Mass - October, 2019

In recognition of the great diversity in our parish, we now have a tradition of celebrating an International Mass once a year where our liturgy is enriched by a taste of the different cultures who make up our congregation.

This year, the opening hymn ("Holy, holy, great God"; "Parishudhan mahonnatha devan") was sung in Malayalam by Parishioners from Kerala, with the congregation joining in enthusiastically with the refrain. You can judge for yourself here.

The First Reading was also in Malayalam, whilst the Second Reading was in Spanish. Our Psalm and Gospel Acclamation were led by one of our African parishioners from Dawley.

Prayers of Intercession had a multi-cultural flavour, read in their native language by parishioners from Kerala, the Philippines, Poland, Spanish and African nations.

The Offertory hymn was sung by Polish parishioners, the collection was taken up by parishioners from African nations, and the Gifts were presented by one of our Polish families.

Father Michael prayed the Eucharistic Prayer in Bemba.

Communion time was blessed by the presence of a Eucharistic Minister from Kerala and a Polish Choir.

And finally, our Recessional Hymn was, fittingly, "Diverse in culture, nation, race".

As you can see, the church was decked out in the flags, coats of arms and artefacts of many nations and the lectern was adorned with a cloth from Zambia.


Bishop's Visitation - October, 2019

Our Parish welcomed Bishop Mark who celebrated Mass for us at all our weekend Masses.

Apparently, we all did very well!

If anyone has any more photos, please let's have them for the website.



Lavender Weekend - September, 2019

Over the past couple of years, lavender has been harvested from the grounds of St. Mary’s.

Thank you, Brenda Stokes and David Yates, for organising the sale of lavender bags, hand-made greeting cards, biscuits, candles, soap, and plants after our weekend Masses, which raised £450.15 for Parish funds.

And many thanks to all of you for your continuing support and generosity to the Parish.


Strawberry Tea on the Lawn - July, 2019

A huge thank you to everyone who organised, provided, prepared and served a delicious tea on a pleasant Summer afternoon in Madeley.



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.




Saturday Vigil
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Shropshire. TF4 3AH
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