Saturday, 31 December 2016

Feast of Mary Mother of God

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Fr Joe Waring SJ, Fr Jim Culkin, Fr John Mackie, Fr Paul Blackburn, Pat Haworth, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Margaret Coyne, Graham Gooding, Paula Stephenson, Michael Nieweglowski, Paul Duffy, Maria Twigg, Joan Murray

Lately Dead: Monsignor Arthur Keegan, Maureen Crabtree, Mary Carey, Joan Milward, Rita Jones, Isobel Heys, Anne Kane, Jessie Sweeney

Anniversaries: Domenico Pirraglia, Nancy Pinder, Constance Margaret Nuttall, Andrew Hargreaves

 

Masses this week.

Tuesday – Mass 9.30am            1.40pm Funeral Service for Joan Milward (Acc Crem)

Wed – Fr John is attending Mgr Arthur Keegan's Requiem in Stretford

Thurs – 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri- 12 noon Mass followed by CAFOD Soup Lunch    

1.15pm Funeral Service for Rita Jones

 

This Weekend Masses 1st January is also "World Day for Peace". Fr John will read the Pope's message for the World day for Peace.

 

The parish office will be open Tues, Thurs and Fri this week from 10 – 12 noon.

 

New Heating System is not up and running as yet, but we hope to have it online soon.

 

Crib Offerings This year the offerings left at the Crib will be forwarded on to "Caritas – Diocese of Salford" for the Syrian Refugees.

 

Christmas Masses The following Masses have also been handed in this week: Tony Haworth, Alan Gilrane, George Savage, Olivia Savage, Kenny Mitchell, Marie Wasdell & Family, Mary Nodwell, Philip Allen

 

Parish Centre Opening Times this weekend The Parish Centre will be open on the 31st Dec until after Midnight. It will also be open on New Year's Day from 12 – 4pm (limited time than usual)

 

 

I would like to wish you all of you and your families a very Blessed and Holy New Year.

 

This promises to be a very eventful one in the diocese as the plan for restructuring will be announced over the weekend of 14th/15th of January after almost 2 years of consultation. Let us keep in our prayers the mission that we have to serve those in need, both locally and further afield. The work that is carried out by many in the parish is a great witness to God's love.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Mass Times

Mass times this Christmas are:

Christmas Eve: 5pm Mass (Focusing on families and children)

7.30pm Carols

8pm Mass

Christmas Day; 10am

Christmas

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Fr Joe Waring SJ, Fr Jim Culkin, Pat Haworth, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Margaret Coyne, Graham Gooding, Paula Stephenson, Michael Nieweglowski, Paul Duffy, Maria Twigg, Joan Murray

Lately Dead: Patrick Terence (Terry) Hogan, Monsignor Arthur Keegan, Mary Carey, Chris Divers, Ryno Ferraira, Joan Milward

Anniversaries: John Edward Sweeney, Daniel McIntyre, Bernard Lawrence, Emma Holden, Herbert Garry, Mary McNamara, Rose Hodson

 

There are no Masses this week.

There is a Funeral Service at Accrington Crematorium on Friday at 1.40pm for Mary Carey. She had no family. It is expected that only the Priest, Funeral Director and the Solicitor will be present. Mary spent some time in Whiteash Brooke before going to a home in Haslingden. She is a Roman Catholic and if people could find time to attend so she does not depart from this world alone, it would be a corporal act of mercy.

 

Next Weekend Masses are as usual. 1st January is also "World Day for Peace". A day much needed for prayer in our present world of dangerous divisions.

 

The parish office will be closed this week.

 

Crib Offerings This year the offerings left at the Crib will be forwarded on to "Caritas – Diocese of Salford" for the Syrian Refugees.

 

Christmas Masses The following Masses have been handed in to be said over the Christmas period: Gregory Heyes & family, Richard & Gertrude Haworth & family, Marie & Bill Taylor, Harold & Mary Duckworth, Evelyn & Ernest Taylor, Annie, Jim & Chris Metcalf & deceased members of the Metcalf & Kemp families, Les Holmes, Geoff Woods, Ross & Alice Woods, Joseph Whiteside, Pat & Bert Hindle, Nellie & John Walsh, Brian Walsh, Peter Crook, Teresa & Harry Crook, Sally & Bob Parker, Raymond Parker, Margaret Smith, Lenard Burns, Margaret Richardson, Lenard Prestwich, Ken Hargreaves, Joseph, Ada & Claire Joyce, Patrick & Clare Doolan, Beth & Fred Alveston, May & Joe Walsh, Mary & Michael Coyne, Nora Coyne, Rita & Una McQuade, Mr & Mrs McBride, Mr & Mrs G McQuade, Tilly.

 

 

May I thank you sincerely for all the cards and presents I have received for Christmas. They are truly appreciated.  Fr McLauglin and I wish all of you and your families a very Blessed and Holy Christmas

 

"Think of the love that the Father has lavished upon us by letting us be called God's children; and that is what we are." 1 John 3.1

 

Thank you to all those who have helped get the Church ready for the liturgies and for those who have prepared them. Great work!

Friday, 16 December 2016

4th Sunday of Advent

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Fr Joe Waring SJ, Fr Jim Culkin, Pat Haworth, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Margaret Coyne, Graham Gooding, Paula Stephenson, Michael Nieweglowski, Paul Duffy, Maria Twigg

Lately Dead: Patrick Terence (Terry) Hogan, Monsignor Arthur Keegan

Anniversaries: Mary Ann Clarkson, Margaret Darwin, John Darwin, Peggy Slater, Margery & Frank Quipp, Bernard Joseph McNamara, Cecilia Randles

 

Masses this week: the following will take place in the Presbytery (except Friday)

Tues 6.30pm followed by Exposition                                       Wed 9.30am

Thurs: 2pm Mass at Springhill Care Home               

Fri: 10am Requiem Mass for Patrick Terence (Terry) Hogan

 

Times of next weekend's Masses are on the Monthly Newsletter

 

Installation of New Heating System -No cleaners will be required to clean the church next Saturday.

 

The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & Friday this week.

 

This weekend we will focus on Catechesis, as Mary became Mother she became also teacher in Faith. We will be celebrating how we pass on our Faith through our Catechists, Baptism and Marriage Preparation and the Sacramental Program.

 

Mt Carmel Xmas Party for Senior Citizens Thanks to all at Mount Carmel for providing an afternoon in support of our elderly. A good time was had by all and very much appreciated.

 

Delivery of Christmas Gifts to our Sick & Housebound each year our young people deliver a Christmas message and a token gift to our sick and housebound. For this we need people to drive them to various locations. If you would be able to help out in this weekend then please let us know. Individuals will not be permitted to transport a minor unless it is their own child, or accompanied by another adult, or they hold an enhanced DBS certificate. Please speak with Fr John if you are able to help out transporting children after the Sunday Mass. If any young people would like to take gifts and cards after Mass, then please let Fr John know. Any person under 18 must have their parents' consent.

 

Christmas Crib and Tree Please could volunteers remain behind after the 10am Mass to help "construct" the crib and put up the tree.

 

Yemen Crisis Letter Dear Father Daly, Advent is a time of prayer and reflection as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Christ.  I especially ask over the coming weeks that youremember the people of Yemen. CAFOD is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) – a coalition of leading aid agencies which has launched an appeal to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. The civil war between the Houthi ethnic group and supporters of Yemen's government is now into its second year. The UN estimates that the conflict has killed more than 10,000 people, with 6,000 people killed this year alone. The resulting humanitarian crisis is significant. More than 7 million in Yemen do not know where their next meal will come from.  CAFOD's partner in Yemen is providing humanitarian assistance in the form of food, water, medical care and shelter. You can find updates on the situation and how we are responding to this crisis.

Should your parish or anyone like to support this appeal, they can donate online or send in donations to CAFOD, which will be used towards responding to this crisis. 

Saturday, 10 December 2016

3rd Sunday of Advent

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Fr Joe Waring SJ, Pat Haworth, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Margaret Coyne, Graham Gooding, Paula Stephenson, Michael Nieweglowski,

Lately Dead: Doreen Hornby

Anniversaries: Harry Catlow, Ryan Clark, Tom Gleeson, George Clarkson, Bertha Hindle Tony Myhill, Harold Sweeney

 

Masses this week: the following will take place in the Presbytery

Thurs: 12noon followed by packed lunch                  Fri: 9.15am  

 

Installation of New Heating System This is coming along well and you will observe that the majority of radiators are now in place. However, the width of the radiators has pushed the side benches out and reduced the width of the aisle. We may need to readjust some of seating plan as this could affect funerals and weddings. During the week, Masses are in the Presbytery. Volunteers have come to clean the church on Saturday afternoons from 3-4pm. There is a list at the back of church for next Saturday, if you would like to volunteer.

 

The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & Friday this week.

 

This Sunday we are focusing on our wealth of RC schools in the parish. Mt Carmel, Sacred Heart, St Mary's and St Oswald's will be leading the liturgy with hymns, readings etc. They will have displays at the back of Church based on the "5 W's" (Welcome, Welfare, Witness, Word & Worship) which are the pillars upon which the schools are founded. Do take time to have a look and engage with our young people about their education. We thank the schools for all their work in preparing this weekend's liturgies.

 

Next Sunday we will focus on Catechesis, as Mary became Mother she became also teacher in Faith. We will be celebrating how we pass on our Faith through our Catechists, Baptism and Marriage Preparation and the Sacramental Program.

 

Mt Carmel Xmas Party for Senior Citizens takes place on Monday 12th December. Everyone should be aware of transport details. We hope all who attend will enjoy their afternoon being fed and entertained by Mount Carmel students.

 

Delivery of Christmas Gifts to our Sick & Housebound each year our young people deliver a Christmas message and a token gift to our sick and housebound. For this we need people to drive them to various locations. If you would be able to help out in this way then please let us know. Individuals will not be permitted to transport a minor unless it is their own child, or accompanied by another adult, or they hold an enhanced DBS certificate. Please speak with Fr John if you are able to help out transporting children after the Sunday Mass next weekend. If any young people would like to take gifts and cards after Mass next Sunday, then please let Fr John know. Each person under 18 must have their parents' consent.

 

The Pope this week moved from the theme of "Mercy" to that of "Christian Hope": Here is what he said: "In these times, when evil often seems to have the upper hand, hope comforts us with the assurance of Christ's lordship, his victory over sin, and his constant presence in our midst. In this Advent season, we hear once more the great message of consolation spoken by the prophet Isaiah: "Comfort, comfort my people". The prophet tells us that God promises to bring his people home from their exile in a foreign land and that he desires that a way be prepared for him through the desert. This summons to renewed faith and trust in God's saving power is also addressed to us. Saint John the Baptist, preaching in the desert of Judea, echoed these words as he prepared the way for the coming of Jesus. The Scriptures show us how Christ's birth was prepared for by men and women – like Mary, Joseph, Zechariah and Elizabeth – who never lost their trust in God's promises. May we imitate their hope, and await the coming of the Saviour, who turns the desert of our lives into a garden of delight."

Saturday, 26 November 2016

1st Sunday of Advent

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Fr Joe Waring SJ, Pat Haworth, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Margaret Coyne, Graham Gooding, Pauline Smith, Christopher Barton, Frances Smith, Jean Robinson, Dorothy & Gledwin Roberts, Paul Duffy, Michael Nieweglowski.

Lately Dead: Jessica Whelan (4year old), Bernadette (Bernie) Roche, Nan Ganley, Dorothy Leaver

Anniversaries: Mary (May) Slevin, Geraldine Curran, John Torreval, Margaret Sweeney, Amy Louise Houston

 

Masses this week:

Mon: 10.45am Mass of the Angels for Jessica Mae Whelan

Tues: 9.30am                       Wed: Mass at Mt Carmel              Thurs: 9.15 Mass at St Oswald's

Fri: 12noon followed by packed lunch

 

Fr Joe Waring SJ is very seriously ill. He has celebrated Mass, here at St Mary's, at times when I have been away. Please keep him in your prayers.

 

Weekday Masses over the next few weeks With the exception of Requiems, weekday Masses will take place in the Presbytery with access via the Presbytery front or back door. Eucharistic Ministers taking Communion to the sick and housebound during the week will need to inform Fr John in order to get access to the Blessed Sacrament, which will not be kept in Church whilst the work is being carried out.

We will also need a team of volunteers to come and clean the church on Saturday afternoon from 3-4pm. There is a list at the back of church for each Saturday, whilst the work is ongoing, if you would like to volunteer.

 

The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & Friday this week.

 

Next Sunday we are looking to give thanks for all the ministries that take place within the Church itself to enable our worship to take place with dignity and help us pray together as a family. So before Mass could all Cleaners, Flower Arrangers, Polishers, Sacristans, those who serve tea and coffee, attend the Piety Stall, and Readers assemble in the Sacristy. At the Offertory could all the Catechists and Apparitors please join the Offertory Procession. Could all Musicians and Choir members come up after Communion, and could all those who do the counting after Mass come up at the end of the notices please along with the Eucharistic Ministers. Thank you

 

Piety Stall - Christmas Cards are available to buy at the back of Church

 

Winter Pressures As we are now with the threat of snow etc, please could we ask for people to be aware of neighbours. It may be difficult for people to get shopping in for instance. May I also ask that if there is a fall of snow the paths to Church may need clearing. All help is welcome and I have always appreciated the great kindness and forethought that people have shown in the past.

 

From Bishops Conference:

Below is the link to the coverage on the Bishops Conference website of the plenary meeting including the audio of the Press Conference and the Video by Bishop Moth on "The Right Road" – our paper on Prison Reform presented at the Plenary Assembly.

http://catholic-ew.org.uk/Home/News/Bishops-Plenary-Meetings/Plenary-November-2016

COPIES OF THE BISHOP'S PASTORAL LETTER ARE AVAILABLE TO TAKE HOME – They can be found at the back of Church after Mass.

There are refreshments available after Masses today with profits going to "Fairtraid"

Friday, 18 November 2016

Feast of Christ the King

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Jessica Whelan, Pat Haworth, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Margaret Coyne, Graham Gooding, Pauline Smith, Christopher Barton, Frances Smith, Jean Robinson, Dorothy & Gledwin Roberts, Paul Duffy, Michael Nieweglowski.

Lately Dead: Nan Ganley, Joan O'Brien, Sam Hindley, Vida Filippini, Frank McGreal, Jim Torreval

Anniversaries: Philomena George, Mia Cross, Joseph Kemp, Fred Broadley

 

Masses this week:

Mon: 10am Requiem Mass for Nan Ganley

Tues: 9.30                             Wed: No Mass                     Thurs: 9.30                          

Fri: 12noon followed by packed lunch

 

Weekday Masses over the next few weeks With the exception of Requiems, weekday Masses will take place in the Presbytery with access via the Presbytery front or back door. Eucharistic Ministers taking Communion to the sick and housebound during the week will need to inform Fr John in order to get access to the Blessed Sacrament, which will not be kept in Church during the work being carried out in church.

We will also need a team of volunteers to come and clean the church on Saturday afternoon from 3-4pm. There is a list at the back of church for each Saturday, whilst the work is ongoing, if you would like to volunteer.

 

This Sunday sees the end of "The Year of Mercy"

 

Next Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent and we switch to Year "A" of the Church's Liturgical Calendar The theme for next Sunday is "A Church for the Poor" looking at how we serve the poor in the parish and world by our charities. After Masses there will be a "Fairtraid" stall and refreshments after Masses.

 

The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & Friday this week.

 

The Sacramental Program Meeting this Tuesday 22nd November 6.30pm – 7.30pm will take place in the Parish Centre, Lock St. This is for parents and children. Can parents please remember to bring a picture of your children.

 

Piety Stall - Christmas Cards are available to buy at the back of Church

 

December/January Monthly Newsletter (combined) is due to be printed next weekend. Please could you hand in any news items by Tuesday evening this week, keeping in mind that we will be covering the Christmas and New Year period. There will be no separate January newsletter.

 

Diocesan Almanacs will not be published until the New Year

 

CAFOD's "World Gifts" Brochure is available for anyone to take home from the back of church. If you would like to make a donation to an overseas cause this Christmas, then this is one way that you can.

 

"Walk With Me" books for Advent These popular prayer books are available for FREE.

 

Winter Pressures As we are now with the threat of snow etc, please could we ask for people to be aware of neighbours. It may be difficult for people to get shopping in for instance. May I also ask that if there is a fall of snow the paths to Church may need clearing. All help is welcome and I have always appreciated the great kindness that people have shown in the past.

Friday, 11 November 2016

33rd Sunday of the Year

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Jessica Whelan, Pat Haworth, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Margaret Coyne, Graham Gooding, Pauline Smith, Christopher Barton, Frances Smith, Jean Robinson, Dorothy & Gledwin Roberts, Paul Duffy

Lately Dead: Nan Ganley, Joan O'Brien, Sam Hindley, Vida Filippini, Frank McGreal (Fr John's Brother-in-Law)

Anniversaries: Mary Curran, Tony Flanagan, Jim Pickles, Marie Taylor

 

Masses this week:

Thurs: 10am Requiem Mass for Joan O'Brien                                  

Fri: 9.30am  

 

The Requiem of Nan Ganley will take place on Mon 21st November at 10am

 

This Weekend we welcome Fr McLaughlin who is saying the weekend Masses as Fr John is away until later in the week

 

Remembrance Sunday A wreath will be laid at the St Mary's School Memorial before Mass on Sunday and another wreath laid at the Pieta Memorial for former Sacred Heart Parishioners who have given their lives in wars. A parade will take place on Sunday afternoon to leave the bottom of New Lane at 2.15pm to walk down to the Cenotaph at Oswaldtwistle where a Service of Remembrance will take place. Sean Mullen will lay the wreath on behalf of the parish.

 

The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & Friday this week.

 

No Sacramental Program Meeting this Tuesday It has been rearranged for Tuesday 22nd November 6.30pm – 7.30pm This is for parents and children. Can parents please remember to bring the pictures of their children.

 

APPEAL FOR THE RETIRED PRIESTS' FUND

Today we have a Special Collection for the Retired Priests' Fund, a fund which supports all our retired priests, of which there are about sixty in retirement. We know that the people of the diocese hold great affection for all our priests and Bishop John invites you to be as generous as you can to this Appeal and Special Collection. With your support we will be able to build up the Fund to meet the current and future needs of our sick and retired priests. Thank you for your generosity and support.

 

New Heating System Work is now proposed to start Monday 21st November and will continue for about 6 weeks. There may be some disruption but Requiems will go ahead as planned. Whilst work is going on the church building will not be open during the day for visits. We apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause.

 

"The Art of Dying Well" is a new website that offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life. It will launch in November – the traditional month of remembering and praying for the dead. www.artofdyingwell.org

Cards are available in church to take home.

 

British Legion Poppy Appeal You may, or may not, be aware that the Poppy Appeal Collection Box was stolen from the Church after the midday Mass on All Saints Day. The police are investigating. It has been mentioned to me that some people who made a contribution may wish to again knowing that their original donation has been stolen. If you wish to then the boxes will be there at the end of Masses this week.

 

Diocesan Almanacs will not be published until the New Year

Friday, 28 October 2016

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Jessica Whelan, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Margaret Coyne, Bridie Irvine, Graham Gooding, Pauline Smith, Christopher Barton, Frank McGreal, Frances Smith, Jean Robinson, Dorothy & Gledwin Roberts

Lately Dead: Fr Tony Barrett, Robin Foster

Anniversaries: Anthony Catlow, Albert Winstanley, Ian Holt, Rose Rushton, Annie Metcalf

 

Masses this week:

Tues is the Feast of All Saints and a Holy Day of Obligation

12noon Mass and 7pm Mass

Wed: is the Commemoration of All Souls 12noon Mass & 7pm Mass

Thurs: 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition                        

Fri: 12noon Mass followed by CAFOD Soup Lunch

Saturday: 11am "Bereavement Mass" followed by cold buffet

 

The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & Friday this week.

 

Clocks go back an hour

Saturday notice – They go back tonight

Sunday Notice – If you arrived at Mass this morning with no one here the clocks went back last night!

 

The November Prayer List is available for you to take home and place it somewhere it can be seen so you will be reminded to pray each day for the Holy Souls, whether named or forgotten.

 

Charity Night We are looking to organise a Charity Night, in the Parish Centre, to coincide with "Children in Need" on Friday 18th November. If you feel you could help in the organisation of this event, then please speak with Fr John.

 

The Annual "Service of Light" will be this Sunday 30th October at 2pm at St Joseph's Church, Audley, Blackburn. This is a Service for all families of children who have died. Everyone is welcome.

 

Two Adverts have come in from the diocese:-

 

CATHEDRAL CENTRE CAFÉ

As part of the ongoing development at the Cathedral a new contemporary café has just opened, serving an impressive selection of homemade soups, sandwiches and hot meals and with freshly brewed teas from a wide selection and coffees sourced from local roaster Heart and Graft. At the moment the café is open from 11am – 2pm, with a full lunchtime menu and a daily hot meal special. Opening times will be extended at the end of November to accommodate morning coffee and afternoon teas. Why not pay a visit to the Cathedral Centre and visit the diocesan bookshop and the new café.

 

DIOCESAN FINANCE MANAGER

The diocese is seeking to appoint a Finance Manager to manage the work of the diocesan finance team to ensure the highest standards of fiscal responsibility, compliance with financial aspects of Charity Law, and manage the department staff to ensure accounting functions and procedures are completed.  Please see the parish noticeboard for further details, or for further information, job description and an application form, contact Patrick O'Dowd, Director of Administration and Personnel, Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP; Tel 0161 817 2203; Email: recruitment@dioceseofsalford.org.uk.  Further details are also available on the diocesan website: www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk 

 

Friday, 21 October 2016

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (World Mission Sunday)

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Jessica Whelan, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg, Margaret Coyne, Bridie Irvine, Graham Gooding, Pauline Smith, Dexter Jones, Christopher Barton

Lately Dead: Fr Tony Barrett, Colin Heaton

Anniversaries: Belford McHugh, Margaret Madden, Norah Madden, Margaret Kendall, Tom Stevens, William & Hilda Eddleston, Alice Peters, Edward & Margaret Massey, Raymond Hilton

 

Masses this week:

Tues: 9.30am Mass followed by Exposition

Wed: 2.pm Mass of the Angels for Kady Holden

Thurs: 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition                        

Fr Tony Barrett's body will be received into the Chapel at McAauley Mount, Padiham on Thursday followed by Mass at 7pm

The Requiem Mass will take place on Friday at 12noon at Sacred Heart, Darwen.

 

Due to the cold weather weekday Masses will now be taking place in the sacristy. Please also note that Morning Prayer takes place at 9.15am when Mass is at 9.30am

 

The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & Friday this week.

 

This Sunday is World Mission Sunday when there will be a second collection for the Missions.  This collection is a mandatory diocesan collection.

 

Mass of the Angels On Wednesday at 2pm there is a "Mass of the Angels". This is a Mass that is held for a child that may have just been baptised or died at very early age or still-born before the child was baptised though the parents wished him/her to be. This is always a very sad occasion when we can show our support for the parents at a very difficult time.

 

November Prayer List If you would like anyone who has died to be put on the November Prayer List then please put the names in an envelope marked "NPL" and place in the collection or post through the Presbytery door. Do not put money in the envelope. Last date for submission is this Wednesday 26th October.

 

Sacramental Program At Masses this weekend parents will be asked to formally present their children to Fr John for acceptance onto the course. By doing this parents are committing themselves and their children to regularly coming to church each week as the children prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. In turn, the parish commits itself to support the families as they prepare.

 

Charity Night We are looking to organise a Charity Night, in the Parish Centre, to coincide with "Children in Need" on Friday 18th November. If you feel you could help in the organisation of this event, then please speak with Fr John.

 

Mt Carmel Senior Citizens' Christmas Party Monday 12th December The list is now full.

 

The Annual "Service of Light" will be held next Sunday 30th October at 2pm at St Joseph's Church, Audley, Blackburn. This is a Service for all families of children who have died. Everyone is welcome.

 

November Monthly Newsletter If you have any news items that need to be given out during November then please submit them by Tuesday evening of this week.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please remember in your prayers:
Sick and housebound: Jessica Whelan, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg, Margaret Coyne, Bridie Irvine, Graham Gooding, Pauline Smith, Dexter Jones, Christopher Barton
Lately Dead: Bishop David Konstant (former Bishop of Leeds), Fr Tony Barrett (retired priest of the Diocese residing at McAuley Mount), George Tomlinson, Colin Heaton, Sheila Shorrocks, Tony Carroll, Samuel Taylor, David Parker, Frances Roccia
Anniversaries: Mary Le Pla

Masses this week:
Tues: 9.30am Mass                       Wed: 12.30pm Mass in Mount Carmel School
Thurs: 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition                         Fri: 9.30am Mass
The Requiem of Fr Tony Barrett will take place on Friday 28th October at 12noon at McAuley Mount.

Due to the cold weather the weekday Masses will now be taking place in the sacristy. Please also note that Morning Prayer takes place at 9.15am when Mass is at 9.30am

The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & Friday this week.

Next Sunday is World Mission Sunday when there will be a second collection for the Missions. This weekend you can collect from church "Gift Aid" envelopes if you pay tax and wish to make a donation. If you don't pay tax then your donation can we given without an envelope. This collection is a mandatory diocesan collection.

November Prayer List If you would like anyone who has died to be put on the November Prayer List then please put the names in an envelope marked "NPL" and place in the collection or post through the Presbytery door. Do not put money in the envelope. Last date for submission is Wednesday 26th October.

Pilgrimage to Wardley Hall After Mass this Sunday, for those going to Wardley Hall - the Bus will leave from outside church at 11.30am. We expect to return about 4.30pm. Don't forget to bring your packed lunches!

Sacramental Program The first meeting for parents and their children for tis coming year's Sacramental Program is on Tuesday at 6.30pm in church. At next weekend's Masses parents will be asked to formally present their children to Fr John for acceptance onto the course. By doing this parents are committing themselves and their children to regularly coming to church each week as the children prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. The parish Catechists will then assist the parents in preparing the children.

Charity Night We are looking to organise a Charity Night, in the Parish Centre, to coincide with "Children in Need" on Friday 17th November. If you feel you could help in the organisation of this event, then please speak with Fr John.

Mt Carmel Senior Citizens' Christmas Party Monday 12th December There are still three places left for this event. Please call into the sacristy if you would like to attend.

Building Work As you know there has been work carried out to treat dry-rot above the Marian Altar. This has now been completed. We are now waiting for the go-ahead from the diocese to install a new heating system for the church and the sacristy. This will be a large project requiring new boilers and radiators and will take up to six weeks to complete.
Meanwhile the Statue of Our Lady which used to be outside is being treated at present an we may replace the fire damaged one with that one. The fire damaged panels I am looking to replace.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

28th Year in Ordinary Time

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Jessica Whelan, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg, Margaret Coyne, Graham Gooding, Pauline Smith, Dexter Jones,

Lately Dead: George Tomlinson, Colin Heaton, Sheila Shorrocks

Anniversaries: Patrick Doolan, Nora McCarthy, Tommy Doherty, Winnie Hogan

 

Masses this week:

Tues: 12noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Wed: 12.30pm Mass in Mount Carmel School

Thurs: 9.30am Mass in St Oswald's School                         

Fri: 9.15am Mass

 

The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & 10 – 1pm Friday this week.

 

CAFOD Family Fast Day was last Friday. If you wish to make a contribution to CAFOD then please place the money in an envelope marked either CAFOD or Family Fast and put it in the collection or post it through the Presbytery door. Thank you.

 

November Prayer List If you would like anyone who has died to be put on the November Prayer List then please put the names in an envelope marked "NPL" and place in the collection or post through the Presbytery door. Do not put money in the envelope. Last Date for submission is Wednesday 26th October.

 

"Lourdes at Home" takes place this weekend After the evening mass there will be a recital of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary followed by a "torchlight procession" to the Grotto. After the Sunday morning Mass there will be the recitation of the "Luminous Mysteries" of the Rosary. Exposition will then take place from 1pm – 3pm when we will have a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament followed by the "Blessing of the Sick". There will then be some light refreshments available. Should there be wet or very cold weather the processions will take place in the Church.

There is a list in church for people to sign up to "watch with the Blessed Sacrament" from 1pm – 3pm for 20mins slots. If you are available please append your name to the list.

 

Next Sunday The morning Mass will be the annual Mass to commemorate the deceased members of the Male Voice Choir. After this Mass we will then be having a "Parish Pilgrimage to Wardley Hall". The Bus will leave from church at 11.30am.

 

Charity Night We are looking to organise a Charity Night, in the Parish Centre, to coincide with "Children in Need" on Friday 17th November. If you feel you could help in the organisation of this event, then please speak with Fr John.

 

Leaflets from Rome Peter and Eve Gattei recently went to Rome to act as guides for the "Year of Mercy". They have returned with some leaflets and maps which have been placed at the back of church for anyone to take home. If you wish to know more about their work then do ask them.

 

HOST Offer your hand for international friendship! Welcome an adult international student into your home for a day, weekend, or 4 days at Christmas, and do your bit to make the world a little friendlier. Many adult international students from across the world would love to spend a few days with you, learning about British culture, experiencing UK home-life, and telling you about their own country. A Christmas invitation is particularly valuable to students facing a holiday on an empty university campus.

Hosting is a voluntary position suitable for all ages and is also available throughout the year with HOST, a charity set up in 1987. To find out more or be put in touch with your local organiser, please visit www.hostuk.org, or call 020 7739 6292.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The following is a brief version of this week's newsletter


Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Nan Ganley, Alice Partington, Michael Keane, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg, Margaret Coyne, Graham Gooding, Dexter Jones.

Lately Dead:  Fr Terence Schofield, June McCaffrey, Myriam Neveu

Anniversaries: Jack Kemp, May Kemp, Anne Riley, James Riley

 

Masses this week:

Tues – 9.15am

Wed – Midday Mass at Mount Carmel

7.30pm Service of Reconciliation

Thurs – 10.45am requiem mass for June McCaffrey

Fri – 12 noon followed by packed lunch

 

The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & 10 – 1pm Friday this week.

 

 

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Wardley Hall Salford The list for visiting Wardley Hall on the 16th October is now closed. There is usually a maximum of 25 people per visit, however we have been able to extend this to cover the 30 names already on the list.

 

 

Saturday, 10 September 2016

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Michael Keane, Stacia Ryan, June McCaffrey, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg, Margaret Coyne, Graham Gooding, Mary Allonby, Martin Sanders.

Lately Dead: Dorothy Stephenson, Hazel Bell

Anniversaries: Ann Duckworth, Dave Sanders, Maurice Cross, John Livesey, Freda Rigg, Kath Smith, Thomas Slevin, Fr Richard Slevin

 

Masses this week:

Tues: 9.30am Mass                       

Fr John away will be away from Wednesday.

 

The Parish Office will be open 10 – 1pm Tuesday & Wed, & 10 – 1pm Friday this week. We welcome Jean, our secretary, back from her holidays.

 

Ministry Rotas for September are available in the Sacristy If anyone would like to make themselves available to read at Mass then please speak to Fr John. All age groups welcome!

 

Children's Liturgy The Children's Liturgy re-starts this weekend 10th/11th September.

 

Today is Education Sunday In this parish we have 4 schools which shows the commitment of the Church to Education. There have been many comments this past week from the Prime Minister re selection in education. In the Catholic Church we are committed to educating all our children so that they may have a full part to play in society irrespective of race, class, colour or creed. At both Masses this weekend there will be staffs present from all our schools and we thank them for all the work they do for our parents, our parish and society as a whole, without forgetting the children themselves. Schools are more and more involved with the whole welfare of the child and the family, and the pressures they have to deal with today are, at times extreme. We have the opportunity this weekend to thank them for all they do in their most important vocation.

 

Next Weekend Fr McLaughlin will be saying the Masses as Fr John is away on holiday. As part of the "Year of Mercy" the portrait of "The Prodigal Son" will be arriving in the parish and Fr McLaughlin will preach on forgiveness and mercy. The following weekend when Fr John is back there will then be a series of talks on "Mercy" with emphasis on the "Sacrament of Reconciliation". Fr John will be going around the schools with the portrait and children and staffs will have the opportunity for Confession. There will also be Confessions held during the week at various times. Do make an effort to come along. Do not worry if you can't remember how long it is since you last went or even if you don't know what to do or say. You will be helped.

 

Next Weekend is also "Home Mission Sunday" when there will be a second collection for the Catholic Faith Centre – more information in the monthly newsletter.

 

Sacramental Program Parents who are wanting to have their children make their First Confession and Communion this academic year must start bringing their children to church from now. Please pass on this information to any child who may be Catholic and maybe does not attend a Catholic school. There will then be a meeting called in the near future of all parties who have declared an interest.

 

Day Of Recollection at St Joseph's next Saturday. Venue St Joseph's Church Hall, Accrington.

"The Eucharist, Source of our Mission" 10am – 4pm. Take a packed lunch.

 

Two posters at the back of Church, One if you are about to go to University – about Catholic Chaplaincy.

The second is the advert for the post of Deputy Director for Education for the Salford Diocese.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Maria Twigg,

Margaret Coyne, June McCaffrey, Margaret Rebecca McDonough,

Lately Dead: Mary O'Connor, Fr Jim Dalziel, Fr Anthony Grimshaw, Irene Holt, Michaeli Benedetto, Glenys Murtagh

Anniversaries: Geoff Moss, Gerard Kehoe, Joan Eyles, Peter & Jean Wood, Rita Kelly, Anne Laycock, Ann Duckworth,

 

Masses this week:

Tues: 9.30am Mass                        Wed: 9.45am Requiem Mass for Irene Holt

Thursday: 6.30pm Mass followed by Exposition

Friday: 12noon Mass followed by CAFOD Soup Lunch

 

The Parish Office will be open 10am -1pm Tuesday & Thursday & 9 - 12noon on Friday this week.

 

The APF Mission Books are ready for collection from the sacristy by promoters

 

Celebration of Missionary Discipleship in the Year of Mercy I have received four tickets for a Mass at Salford Cathedral for the Feast of St Ambrose Barlow on Saturday 10th September at 12 noon. If anyone would like to attend, please speak with Fr John. He will be taking his car so transport will be provided leaving here at 10.45am. Two tickets have so far been requested.

 

Importance of the Laity I have copied an excellent article from "The Tablet" and making it available for people to read on a separate sheet. It is written by a parish priest in Dorset where they have to work with fewer priests and recognise the value of the laity. Please take a copy and read it and reflect on it. If you have any thoughts on it please let me know. Fr John

 

September Monthly Newsletter This will be published next weekend. If you have anything that you feel ought to be mentioned, then please submit by Tuesday evening.

 

Children's Liturgy The Children's Liturgy will re-start over the weekend of 10th/11th September. If you would like to help out with the children's education then please let us know as soon as possible, as by law there needs to be an Enhanced Safeguarding Certificate (DBS) issued before any parent/helper can take part. To apply for a certificate please see either Pam Kornecki, who is the Parish Safeguarding Officer, Fr John or Jean Partington, our Parish Secretary.

 

Replacement of the heating system and restoration of the roof above the Marian Chapel

The situation now is that the Hyndburn Planning Office has rejected our plan to put on a new roof over the Marian Chapel. So we now have to fix the problem knowing that we can't permanently fix it due to a design fault. There is another meeting planned this week to look at the work that needs to be done along with the heating, which we hope to upgrade this autumn. You will be kept updated as things progress.

 

Statue of Our Lady AS a result of the fire we are still looking to repair/replace the statue of Our Lady and the altar after the fire damage. Again a meeting is due to take place this week to look at the damage and see what can be done. Will the statue need replacing or can we restore it? The wood panels also need to be assessed as to whether they can be saved or not.

 

Holidays As we approach the end of the school holidays we hope those of you who have managed to get away will have returned refreshed.  No doubt some have yet to get away and have a rest. Rest is vital for the soul. If you have been away, then "welcome back." To those who have had exam results recently, be thankful for the abilities that you have and may you find that your talents will find a place in which to bring greater benefits to others. If you feel that you can do something in the parish then let us know.