Friday, 19 February 2016

2nd Sunday of Lent

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Florence Jepson, Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Mary O'Connor, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens, Pauline Smith, Maria Twigg

Lately Dead: Patrick Nolan, Donald Devereaux, Jim Dreslin

Anniversaries:  Bridget Batt, Collette Wrenn, Mark Lord

 

Masses this week.   

Tues – 9.30am Mass                     Wed – 12 noon Mass followed by packed lunch

Thurs – 6.30 Stations of the Cross - 7pm Mass                    Fri – 9.30am Mass

 

Last Friday was Family Fast Day there will be a second collection at Masses this weekend as a result of our efforts.

                                        

This Tuesday 7.30pm – 9pm there is a meeting in the Presbytery to organise the Bishop's visit to the parish on 10th July. All welcome who wish to be involved.

What do we want our Parish to be like?

 

What is our parish for? This is a question that we are having to face today as we try to advise the Bishop how the Diocese and its parishes should prepare for the future. If we are to restructure the Diocese and reduce the number of parishes to 75 then what do we think the purpose of our parish is?

Although our parish has been a thriving community in the past, is this the way we think of it now? Is it what we think our parish should be? What do we think the essential roles of the parish are? There is the Sacramental role, ie to provide the RC Community with the Sacraments such as Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing the Sick and Marriage. The Parish Church is also a place to come to gather and worship. Is there anything else that you think the parish should be involved in? Should it have a thriving supportive community? Should we be reaching out to the poor and those in need? Do we need to be friendly and supportive of each other, and if so how? Are Catholic schools a remnant of history and do they fulfil a need in our parish? How can we reach out and appeal to our young people and our young families? What is there that we are not doing right?

 

If you think there is a way forward then there will be a meeting this Thursday evening at the Parish Centre from 8pm – 9.30pm to discuss these points. Further points to be discussed are: what do we expect from our priest(s) especially as their numbers decline? What facilities do we need to make our parish welcoming? Can we identify with any particular needs of our area especially where we think people may need help and support?

 

Your parish needs your input, don't leave it to others to decide?

 

"24 hours for the Lord" Pope Francis has invited us, as part of the Jubilee "Year of Mercy" to dedicate "24 hours for the Lord" over the period Friday 4th – Saturday 5th March. Fr John is looking at starting this with 7.30am Mass followed with Exposition through to 11pm. Then on Saturday an 11am Mass through to 6.30pm Mass. During this, times of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament will take place with periods of music, reflection, Reconciliation, a "Taize" Service and "Night Fever". Parishioners will be required to volunteer to "Watch and Pray" for quiet periods. There is a rota at the back of Church.  

Sunday, 14 February 2016

6th Sunday of the Year

Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:
Sick and housebound: Martin Dwyer, June McCaffrey, Mary O'Connor, Jimmy O'Toole, Vida
Filippini, Sheila, Peter & Noreen Stevens, Pauline Smith, Maria Twigg (If you wish to put someone on the sick list you must have permission of the person or family. Please also put your name after the request so we can refer back if any questions. Thank you.)
Lately Dead:
Anniversaries: Winefride Burton, Joe Duhan, Bill Moorhouse, Catherine Kehoe, Teresa Ainsworth.

Masses this week.
Tues - 9.30am Mass Wed - 12 noon Mass followed by packed lunch
Thurs - 6.30 Stations of the Cross - 7pm Mass Fri – 9.30 am Mass

Next Friday is Family Fast day (see monthly newsletter) so next Sunday we will have a collection as a result of our efforts.

Forthcoming Meetings (in the presbytery unless stated otherwise)
18th Feb at 7.30pm - Emmaus Group
23rd Feb at 7.30pm - Re Bishop John's Visit
25th Feb at 8pm – Parish Council - Meeting to be held in the Parish Centre
28th Feb - Parish Centre AGM – Meeting to be held in the Parish Centre
1 st Mar 7.30pm - Lourdes Pilgrimage Meeting

The Parish Secretary is available Tues - Fri 10am - 1 pm


Not too late to do something for Lent!

Have you decided to do anything for Lent? Well it is not too late to start!
There are all sorts that you/we can do for Lent as we look to becoming more "Missionary".

Mission begins with prayer. Now that the Church is open each day there is an opportunity to
pop in for some private prayer, to just sit or kneel there and pray. You can always light a
candle to leave burning, representing your prayer carrying on after you have left.
There are books at the back if you would like to do the Stations of the Cross and meditate
on the Passion and Death of Jesus. You could always pray the Rosary. Over the last few
decades it has been common for Churches to be closed. Now that we are encouraged to keep
them open then we need to get back in the practice of calling in as we pass. Maybe we can
encourage families to call into Church on their way going to and from school. Mass is at
various times during the week offering people the chance to attend as best suits.

Mission means "reaching out". Have you thought of making a friend of someone who is alone
or needs help. The Eucharistic Ministers call to see people weekly who are housebound, there
are others too who may just like a visit during the week someone to chat to.

Spiritual Reading is always good to try in Lent. Fr John has lots of books that he is willing to loan out if people would like to read them. There is always the "Walk with Me" Lent booklets.

Whatever you decide to do try to make the most of Lent by deepening you faith.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

5th Sunday of the Year

"Stay with us Lord on our Journey"

Please remember in your prayers:

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

Lately Dead: Craig Radigan, John Derek Dearden, Patrick Nolan, Teresa Kelly, Isobel Agnew

Anniversaries:  Michael Coyne, Mary Daly

 

Masses this week.   

Tues – 9.30am Mass

Ash Wednesday – 10am Mass with the Primary Schools present

                                -  7pm Mass

Thurs – Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: 6.30 Stations of the Cross - 7pm Mass followed by procession to the Grotto (if weather permits)

Fri – 12.00noon followed by packed lunch

 

Ash Wednesday is a day of Fast and Abstinence where we refrain from eating meat and have only one main meal.

 

This Sunday There will be the Annual Second Collection for Caritas (Diocese of Salford) which will be mainly directed towards its work with the Immigrant Crisis.

 

Next Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent

                                        

The Parish Secretary is available Tues – Fri 10am – 1pm

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STATEMENT FROM BISHOP JOHN

 

This week Bishop John held two meetings with all the priests of the diocese to begin a process of consultation regarding the future of parishes within the diocese. The bishop and priests have agreed on an initial proposal to reduce the number of parishes in the diocese from 150 to 75, recognizing that some of these parishes may contain more than one church.  Following these meetings, the second stage of the consultation will now be to ask the priests of each deanery - and the people in each deanery - to determine how we may best be missionary in our parishes and an evangelising people. In the coming months, the priests of each deanery will meet to discuss this and to come up with proposals for the way forward in re-aligning the number of parishes in their deanery, so that the overall reduction in parishes across the diocese may be made. Consultation on these proposals, with the people of each deanery, will then take place before any final decisions are made. Resources will be available to assist parishes when the agreed changes are to be implemented.  In all these discussions and considerations, we ask the Lord to stay with us on our journey.

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The Year of Mercy (our Lenten Themes)

 

The Corporal Works of Mercy are:-                       The Spiritual Works of Mercy are:-

 

To Feed the Hungry                                               To Counsel the Doubtful

To Give Drink to the Thirsty                                 To Instruct the Ignorant

To Clothe the Naked                                             To Admonish Sinners

To welcome the Stranger                                       To Comfort the Afflicted

To Heal the Sick                                                    To Forgive Offences

To Visit the Imprisoned                                         To Bear Patiently those who do us ill

To Bury the Dead                                                  To Pray for the Living & the Dead