The shortlist of names was shared with Bishop Patrick last week and from the 1st of September we will be part of ‘The Catholic Community of The Annunciation, Rushcliffe.’
All four existing churches will retain their present names; we will still be Holy Spirit and Our Lady of Grace, but the family of four churches together will be known by the new name. And why “The Annunciation”? This was the day when Our Lady, the daughter of St Anne, was filled with grace and with the Holy Spirit. The day marked a new beginning in the story of salvation. Margaret Clitherow died on 25th of March, which is the Feast of the Annunciation.
We will then eventually become the Parish of Annunciation once the canonical process is completed. The next Steering group meeting be on Monday 12th September at Our Lady of Grace.
Letter to Parishioners– At the end of July a Parish merger steering group meeting was held with some of representatives from some of our churches and Fr. John Martin and Father Simon Gillespie, the Bishop’s Private Secretary. Fr. Simon discussed the canonical process. A letter will be read out to all parishioners throughout August from Fr. Simon Gillespie.