Please remember in your prayers:
Sick and housebound: Fr Joe Waring SJ, Fr Jim Culkin, Fr John Mackie, Pat Haworth, Stacia Ryan, Joan Anders, Martin Dwyer, Janet Whitehead, Margaret Coyne, Paul Duffy, Maria Twigg, Diane Hibbert, Alan Isherwood, Alice Partington
Lately Dead: Joan Murray, Ian Bury, Joyce Moore, Anne Woods-Smith
Masses this week.
Mon No Mass Tuesday – 9.15am Wed – 09.15am
Thurs – 9.15 Mass at Sacred Heart School Fri – 9.15am
Confessions Sat 5.45 – 6.15pm or by appointment (Whilst the confessionals are temporarily out of use Confessions will take place on the sanctuary behind the altar)
Peace Sunday is this weekend and we are asked to contribute towards the work of "Pax Christi." Pope Francis is encouraging the theme of "Nonviolence: a style of politics for peace. The work of Pax Christi is to promote peace through education and encouraging initiatives. They rely on our support to promote their work by our financial help and prayers.
The parish office will be open Tues, Weds and Fri this week from 10 – 1pm. As Fr John is away from the parish a lot at the moment, please try to keep to the office hours when making an enquiry to guarantee a response. As they say at roadworks "We apologise for any temporary inconvenience".
Presentation of a child for Baptism During the 10am Mass Marcella Rose Livesey will be presented as a candidate for Baptism. Under the new policy brought in at the beginning of Advent, children will now be presented to the assembled parish prior to baptism.
New Heating System is now up and running and I am sure we will all soon feel the benefits.
Monthly Newsletter The February Newsletter will be printed for the weekend of 28/29 Jan. Please can you have any articles submitted to the office by Tuesday evening, 23rd Jan.
Salford Diocesan Plan for the Future Structuring of Parishes This final document, as a result of the consultation, is available after Masses. Copies are restricted to one per family. There will also be a letter from the bishop for our parish that will be read out at the end of Mass and is also available after Masses as well as the plan for this deanery.
Collection Envelopes If you would like to have a new set of envelopes in April please let us know. If you are paying tax and would like us to claim back that tax via "gift-aid" then you can donate by either envelop or standing order, either way you need to let Sean Mullen or Fr John know by the end of January. If do not pay tax, then you can either use an envelope, or just donate by placing your gift in the collection basket without an envelope. If you were paying tax and no longer do so please inform Fr John or Sean Mullen as soon as possible.
Congratulations to Tony Thomas & Maneeska Paul who married last Monday the Assumption Monastery Church, Neeleeswaram, Kalady, India. We wish them much happiness for the future. Tony is a parishioner here in St Mary's.
Place of Remembrance You may have noticed a wicker structure at the front of the sanctuary. When someone has been buried/cremated from this parish a cross with their name on the back will be placed on the structure. When we have our annual bereavement Mass in November the crossed will be returned to the families. The stand is there for us to keep those souls in our prayers.