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