Saturday, 27 June 2015

Feast of Ss Peter & Paul

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Martin Ewart, Thomas James McIntyre, Alan James Baron

Lately Dead: Margaret Sheehan, Val Harrison

Anniversaries: Natalie Clarke, Dorothy Smith, Harold Tattersall, James Simpson, Verda Wolfenden


Masses this week:

Tues: 8.30am

Wed: 12 noon followed by a packed lunch

Thurs: 6.30pm Followed by Exposition

Fri: 7.30 am followed by breakfast


This week the Office will be open Tue-Thurs  10am – 1pm





Saint Peter's Square
Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters: We know well that every family on occasion suffers moments when one family member offends another. Through our words, actions, or omissions, instead of expressing love for our spouse or children, we can sometimes diminish or demean that love. Hiding these hurts only deepens such wounds, leading to anger and friction between loved ones. If these wounds are particularly deep, they can even lead a spouse to search for understanding elsewhere, to the detriment of the family, especially children. Being one flesh, any wounds that spouses suffer are shared by their children, born of their flesh. When we remember how Jesus warned adults not to scandalize little ones (cf. Mt 18:6), we better understand the vital responsibility to maintain and protect the bond of marriage which is the foundation of the human family. We thank God that although these wounds may lead some to separation, even then many men and women remain true to their conjugal bond, sustained by faith and by love for their children. For those who enter into so-called irregular situations, we must reflect on how best to help and accompany them in their lives. Let us ask the Lord for a strong faith to see with his eyes the reality of family life, and for a deep love to approach all families with his merciful heart.


I have been putting quotes from Pope Francis on the back of the Mass Sheet for some time now. Some are taken from his "General Audience", some are taken from his regular sermon when he celebrates a weekly Mass with the Vatican Workers at the Hostel of St Martha, where he resides. I hope that you find these quotes useful and an insight into this very personable Pope. I am trying to keep the back of the Mass Sheet free so that it can be a source of Catechesis for us all, so that we can keep abreast of the Church's teachings and what our Holy Father is saying. The monthly Newsletter is then left for articles referring to the general running of the parish and information that you may require to be kept abreast of what is happening in the parish, and sometimes further afield. If you do not read them then you can not say that you were not informed. As much as I try people still prefer to complain that they were not told. So please read the newsletters!

                                                                                                                   Fr John

Friday, 5 June 2015

Feast of The Body & Blood of Christ

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"


Please remember in your prayers: Sick and housebound: Nan Ganley, Anne Duckett, Martin Ewart, Michael Keane, Peter Broxup, Stacia Ryan

Lately Dead: Catherine (Kitty) Malone, George Millar, Gertrude Haworth   

Anniversaries: Mark Heaton, Peter Logan, Frederick Cockshutt


Masses this week:  

Tues –  6.30pm followed by Exposition

Wed – 12 noon followed by packed lunch

Thurs – 9.30am Mass

Fri (Feast of the Sacred Heart)

-       10.00am Mass in church with the children from Sacred Heart School

-       12.15 pm Requiem Mass for Catherine (Kitty) Malone

Sat – 2pm Mass in celebration of the Silver Wedding of Andy and Pam Kornecki


Proclaim '15


Following on from the Year of Faith a couple of years ago, and resulting from Pope Francis' encyclical "Evangelii Gaudium" exhorting the Church to discover new ways of evangelising, the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) have called together a conference in Birmingham on 11th July this year. The Conference is called "Proclaim '15" and will gather 850 delegates, 35 from each diocese, to discuss new ways of bringing the joy of the Gospel to our neighbourhoods. Fr John has been asked to be one of the delegates which are made up of clergy and laity chosen from each deanery.

Each Parish is being asked to prepare for this occasion by having meetings and prayer. In this parish we have had three meetings held earlier in the year when everyone was invited to attend.

At the Conference there will be 12 workshops held as follows:

1.     Making prayer the foundation of your missionary parish

2.    Creating a vision and strategy for parish evangelisation

3.    Forming a Parish Evangelisation Team (PET)

4.    The lapsed – How to reach out to non-churchgoing Catholics

5.    Testimony – How to share your testimony in one-to-one evangelisation

6.    Building Family friendly parishes – how to build a welcoming parish

7.    How to offer prayer experiences ass effective outreach

8.    Reaching the unchurched – reaching out to those who have no experience of church

9.    How to share the Gospel message

10. The Poor – How to fulfil the Pope's vision to be "a Church which is poor and for the poor"

11.  How to evangelise the young people of your parish


Over the next few weeks there will be more information about how we can prepare in prayer for this Conference. There will be a "Legacy Meeting" held in the diocese in August to plan how to move forward in the parishes.

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