Sunday, 14 December 2014

3rd Sunday of Advent

Masses this week: weekday Masses will take place in the Sacristy

Mon-No Mass

Tues - 9.30am Mass (St Mary's school attending)

Wed - 10am Requiem Mass for Thomas Glannan

Thurs - 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri - 12.30 Mass followed by stew


Please remember in your prayers


Sick and housebound: Margaret Darwin, Mary O'Connor, John Boyle and John Thomas.

Lately Dead: Thomas Glannan, Harry Catlow, David Barnfield, Tommy Boland, Jean McCaffrey,

Olive Butterworth


Anniversaries: Thomas Gleeson, Mary Ann Clarkson, Cecilia Agnes Randles, Bernard Joseph

McNamara, Alan Marsaen, Harold Sweeney, Marjorie & Frank Quipp


Bishop John Arnold - our new Bishop

Last Monday Bishop John Arnold was installed as the 11th Bishop of Salford Diocese and he comes at a very important time in its development. There is much work to be done and he is not alone in this work, we must be there to support him as we tackle together the challenges that we face as a Catholic Community in Lancashire and Greater Manchester. Obviously he has been appointed to lead us through the years ahead and if he is to be a successful leader then we have to be loyal followers.

Bishop John comes to us from Westminster Archdiocese where he has served as a priest and Auxiliary Bishop, though he was born in Sheffield. He trained as a barrister so should have a sharp mind. He is chairman of CAFOD and has been involved in research into a fresh approach to the sacrament of reconciliation. In his first address at the Cathedral Mass on Monday, he spoke very warmly of Pope Francis' call to service. He said we must learn to walk alongside those who are walking away from the Church, to be able to agonize with them and try to understand their reasons. He said that he has come to listen to us and that we must not be afraid to tell him how things really are. I believe that he has much to do and that he can only move ahead by listening. I always remember an old priest, who I loved and respected, saying to me "John, the great problem with the Church is that it is solving the problems that no one is interested in." Bishop John has come to listen first and he intends to get around the parishes as soon as possible. I will be meeting Bishop John this Thursday with the priests of the Deanery. I am hoping that you will all be able to meet him in the near future. He, I am sure, will be praying for your support. I know that I rely on your support and how valuable it is to me in trying to uphold the Faith in this part of Lancashire. I will keep you all informed regularly of any messages that he has for us as a parish and I am sure you will all join in me in wishing him a Holy and fruitful apostolate. It goes without saying that we wish Bishop Terence Brain a happy retirement.


Fr John