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