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."