Sunday, 27 December 2015

Feast of the Holy Family

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens

Lately Dead: Fr Peter Birmingham, Fr Anthony Sudlow (both from this diocese), Millie Toole, Tommy Birtwell  

Anniversaries:  Mary McNamara, John Edward Sweeney, John Darwin, Rose Ann Hodson, Domenico Pirraglia


Masses this week.   

Mon – Feast of the Holy Innocents – 12noon Mass

Tues – Feast of Thomas Becket – 12 noon Mass

Wed – No Mass

Thurs – New Year's Eve - 6.30pm Mass

Fri – New Year's Day & Feast of Mary, Mother of God - 12noon Mass


Next Weekend is the Feast of the Epiphany


Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

On Saturday 5.45pm – 6.15pm

As from Next Sunday, as part of the "Year of Mercy," Confessions will be heard straight after the 10am Mass for anyone who wishes. This means that Fr John will not be in the Sacristy to deal with issues that are normally brought to his attention. So if you need to see him then it is important that you contact him during the week.


The following Mass intentions were handed in for Christmas: Mary & Harry Bone, Evelyn & Ernest Taylor, Beth & Fred Alveston, May & Joe Walsh, Stella Ward, Marie Taylor, Gregory Heyes, Harold & Mary Duckworth, Joseph & Honor Loughran, Honor & Kenneth Garside, Rose Gray, Joseph, Ada & Claire Joyce, Patrick & Clare Doolan, Alice & Joseph MacNeal, Geoff, Ross Woods & Alice Woods, Joseph Whiteside, Pat & Bert Hindle, John, Nellie, Leonard & Brian Walsh, Harry, Teresa & Peter Crook, Bob, Sally & Raymond Parker, Margaret Richardson, Leonard Burns, Margaret Smith.


Parish Centre As a thank you for all the work that goes on in the parish, Fr John has put an amount of money behind the bar in the Parish Centre for anyone who would like to partake. The Parish Centre will be open from 12.30 onwards. The first drink will be free!



I asked God to take away my pride and God said "No".

He said it was not for him to take away but for me to give up

I asked God to make my disabled child whole and God said "No".

He said her spirit is whole, her body is temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience and God said "No"

He said that patience is a by-product of tribulation, it isn't granted – it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness and God said "No"

He said he gave me blessings, happiness is up to me.

I asked God to spare me pain and God said "No"

He said sufferings draw you apart from worldly care and brings you closer to him.

I asked God to make my spirit grow and He said "No"

He said I must grow on my own. But I will be in heaven someday because I believe.

I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me.

God said, "Ah, at last you finally have the idea."

(source: from the "Comboni Mission")

Friday, 18 December 2015

4th Sunday of Advent

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini

Lately Dead: Fr Anthony Sudlow (died suddenly and from this diocese), Margaret Bolton,

Alan Davies, Dr Jose Paul, Margaret Beckell, Mary Tierney  

Anniversaries:  Margaret Darwin, Harry Catlow, Bernard Lawrence, Margaret Kenyon


Masses this week.     Mon – 9.30am – Mass                            Tues – 6.30pm Mass

Wed – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Christmas Eve – 18.30pm First Mass of Christmas followed by Carols

Christmas Day – 10.00am Morning Mass

Boxing Day – 12noon Mass of St Stephen


Next Sunday – FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY - 11am Mass for all the Parish


Confessions will be held after the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Masses




Family is like Lego that comes in all shapes and sizes, and fits together in many different ways.

Family is like a trampoline that allows you to fall and bounce back on your feet.

Family is like a party where you can celebrate, share and have fun.

Family is like a woolly jumper that can be wrapped around you all cosy and snug.

Family is a team that works together building happy fulfilling lives, memories and dreams

Family is a sensitive listener that can be compassionate and forgiving.

Family is everywhere, it's part of who you are and who you will be.

Family is here and now in this Church, together sharing the Good News of the Lord at Mass.

Family is round the table sharing our food and company.

Family is outreaching making room at the Inn.

Family is: Father and Mother – I Love You                      FAMILY IS LOVE                 (source unknown)


Our Parish Family consists of many volunteers whose tasks are varied. So as Parish Priest, on behalf of everyone who benefits from all the work done "WE THANK YOU", in no particular order: Members of the Parish Councils, Eucharistic Ministers (especially those who serve the Sick and Housebound & do home visits), the "Red Mission Box" Collectors, the Altar Servers,  Sacristans, Apparitors, Readers, Monthly Newsletter Printers, the Marriage & Baptism Preparation Teams, the Sacramental Programme & Children's Liturgy Catechists, the "Emmaus" Group, the Marriage Registrars, the Schools' Foundation Governors, the Piety Stall Helpers, the Choirs & Organists, the Church Cleaners & Brass Polishers, the Counters & Gift-Aid organisers, the Flower Arrangers, the Tea & Coffee Makers after Mass & Caterers, the Welcomers at Requiems, the Web-Site Maintainers, those who serve the Parish Centre, the Parish Safe-guarding Officer, the Wednesday Lunch Group and the CAFOD Soup Lunch Group, the Food Bank workers, those who do little jobs that need to be done and all those who spend time in prayer for others; then there is the Parish Secretary, the Housekeeper, the property repairers, the Gardener and all the Schools' Staffs and Lay Chaplain, plus the Undertakers.

"A Blessed Christmas" to the whole parish family, who make Jesus Christ present to all by your prayers and actions. If going away – have a safe journey! 

Friday, 11 December 2015

3rd Sunday of Advent

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Jessica Whelan, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini

Lately Dead: Elizabeth Sutcliffe, Fr Edmund Willoughby SJ, John Psaila  

Anniversaries:  Harry Catlow, Margaret Darwin, Tommy Glannan, Marjorie Quipp, Mary Ann Clarkson, Cecilia Agnes Randles, Bernard Joseph McNamara, Tommy Gleeson, Ryan Stephen Clarke, Edith Pollard, Tommy Boland, Alan Marsden, Bertha Hindle, Harold Sweeney, Roger Desforges, Tony Myhill


Masses this week.

Tues – 9.30am – Mass       -    1.30pm Wedding Service for George Coates & Carlene Yates

Wed – 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thursday – 18.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Friday – 9.30am Mass

Saturday - 11.30am Wedding Service for Matthew O'Neill & Lucinda Millar





Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, 

and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved. 


Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; 

made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. 


Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:

"If you knew the gift of God!"


You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: 

let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness

in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.


Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, 

and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, 

and restore sight to the blind.


We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.



Friday, 4 December 2015

2nd Sunday of Advent

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: June McCaffrey, Jessica Whelan, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini

Lately Dead: Elizabeth Sutcliffe, Attracta Veronica Davies, Lucy Blackburn, Walter Green   

Anniversaries:  Jean McCaffrey, Elsie McIntyre, Kathryn Scambler


Masses this week.

Tues – 7pm - Feast of the Immaculate Conception - First Mass of the Year of Mercy

Wed – 10.15am Requiem Mass for Elizabeth (Betty) Sutcliffe

Thursday – 10.00am Mass which Sacred Heart School will be attending

Friday – 12noon Mass(in the sacristy) followed by packed lunch



The Pope and Climate Change


This past week the World Conference on Climate change has been taking place in Paris. Below is part of the Pope's Encyclical "Lauato Si" (chapters 25 & 26) on climate change which is something we can reflect on in today's Mass.


"Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day. Its worst impact will probably be felt by developing countries in coming decades. Many of the poor live in areas particularly affected by phenomena related to warming, and their means of subsistence are largely dependent on natural reserves and ecosystemic services such as agriculture, fishing and forestry. They have no other financial activities or resources which can enable them to adapt to climate change or to face natural disasters, and their access to social services and protection is very limited. For example, changes in climate, to which animals and plants cannot adapt, lead them to migrate; this in turn affects the livelihood of the poor, who are then forced to leave their homes, with great uncertainty for their future and that of their children. There has been a tragic rise in the number of migrants seeking to flee from the growing poverty caused by environmental degradation. They are not recognized by international conventions as refugees; they bear the loss of the lives they have left behind, without enjoying any legal protection whatsoever. Sadly, there is widespread indifference to such suffering, which is even now taking place throughout our world. Our lack of response to these tragedies involving our brothers and sisters points to the loss of that sense of responsibility for our fellow men and women upon which all civil society is founded.


Many of those who possess more resources and economic or political power seem mostly to be concerned with masking the problems or concealing their symptoms, simply making efforts to reduce some of the negative impacts of climate change. However, many of these symptoms indicate that such effects will continue to worsen if we continue with current models of production and consumption. There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy. Worldwide there is minimal access to clean and renewable energy. There is still a need to develop adequate storage technologies. Some countries have made considerable progress, although it is far from constituting a significant proportion. Investments have also been made in means of production and transportation which consume less energy and require fewer raw materials, as well as in methods of construction and renovating buildings which improve their energy efficiency. But these good practices are still far from widespread."


Reality: this week air pollution in Beijing was 25 times higher than that deemed to be safe. Could this be just the start for other parts of the world?