Masses this week
Mon 10am Mass
Tues – No Mass
Wed - New Year's Eve 18.30 Mass followed by Exposition until 7.30pm
Thurs – New Year's Day: Feast of Mary, Holy Mother of God – Mass 12 noon
Fri – 10am Mass
Sat – 6.30pm Vigil Mass of the Epiphany
Sunday – 10am Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany
Please remember in your prayers
Sick and housebound: Mary O'Connor, and John Thomas.
Lately Dead: Alan McCumskay, John Boyle and Fr Peter Knowles (Holy Souls, Blackburn)
Anniversaries: Mark Haworth, John & Ada Cunliffe, Sally & Don Bell, Domenico Pirraglia, Mary McNamara, Nancy Pinder
Other Masses: Harold and Mary Duckworth, Gregory Heyes, Richard & Gertrude Haworth, Mary and Francis Heyes, Beth & Fred Alveston, May & Joe Walsh, Evelyn & Ernest Taylor, Evelyn & Frederick Cockshutt, Kenneth Holmes, Joseph, Ada & Claire Joyce, Patrick & Clare Doolan, Joseph & Alice MacNeal, Teresa Grimshaw
From Bishop John
With an apology that this is a second request from me in just two weeks, and for its short notice……
As part of the work of the Synod on the family, you may know that Pope Francis has asked us to take time to reflect on marriage and family life, and our own experience.
It is all too evident that both marriage and family life have been challenged and, in our generation, they have seen unprecedented breakdown. Despite its many struggles, we know that without the gift of family our society would have lost something fundamentally important and good. Marriage is such a noble vocation and family life must be strengthened and assisted, especially in times of difficulty.
The Bishops of England and Wales have prepared some simple reflections on the Call, the Journey and the Mission of marriage and family life. I am asking that these reflections be made available to all parishes and religious communities as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family.
I ask you to invite your congregations and communities to read these reflections and to share your thoughts with one another, especially in your families. If you would like to share those reflections with me then I would be happy for you to write to me. I cannot promise to answer every reply but I will certainly consider what you write, and will use it as part of my submission to Cardinal Vincent Nichols and to Bishop Peter Doyle, who are to be the representatives from England and Wales at the second Synod on the family next October.
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