Friday, 27 April 2018

Sunday

Masses this week:

Monday: 9:30am

Tuesday: Exposition at 6pm followed by Mass at 7pm

Wed: 10.15 am – Requiem Mass for Jean Rutherford

Thurs – 9.30am

Fri – 10am Requiem Mass for Eileen Nicholson

Sat – Exposition and Confessions at 9.30am followed by Mass at 10.30am

 

Please take note that with immediate effect Confessions will no longer take place before Masses on Saturday evening and Sunday morning but as advertised above.

 

 

Baptism: The next courses (in two parts) will be on Sundays 6th May & 3rd June; 1st July & 5th Aug; 2nd Sept & 7th Oct; 4th Nov & 2nd Dec. All parents wanting their child to be Baptised in the next few months are expected to attend both sessions and attend Mass between times.

 

Ecclesiastical Education Fund (EEF). Due to the Appeal for the Missions last weekend the EEF Collection will be taken in the next few weeks. Further Information as to when this collection will be taken will be announced by Fr O'Brien

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The Church will be open each day this week from 8.30am – 5pm (Tuesday until after the 7pm Mass)

Office hours this week are 9 – 12 Tuesday – Friday

 

This weekend sees the publishing of the May Newsletter. Please make sure to take a copy home with you to read.

 

Community Support Group News Many thanks to those who came along to the evening at Franco's where £370 was raised. There was a great atmosphere wit good food, company and a real sense of fun and togetherness. A further thanks to the staff of Franco's and all those who organised the event and donated raffle prizes. Don't miss the next event!

 

Thursday 10th May 2018 Feast of the Ascension has been introduced by the Bishops of England and Wales as a Holy Day of Obligation. This is a change from the Feast being transferred to the nearest Sunday. Times of Masses will be published in next  weeks bulletin.

 

Course for Catechists The diocesan Vicariate for Formation is offering a 6-week course for catechists working with either adults or children. It is designed to help people approach this role with renewed energy and confidence. It starts on Monday 14 May at the Becket Suite, St Thomas of Canterbury, Heaton, Bolton. Please see Fr O'Brien for a booking form. Further information is available from Christopher.lough@dioceseofsalford.org.uk or 0161 370 1615.

 


Saturday, 21 April 2018

4th Sunday of Easter

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Susan Yates, Pat Haworth, Joan Anders, Andrew Hazzleton

Lately Dead: Janina Barlow, Gordon Reddin, Henry Lloyd Jones

Anniversaries: Michael Westwell, Brian Westwell, Leslie Holman, Bernard Kendall, Pat Toner, Michael Dignan

 

Masses this week:

Tuesday: 10am - Requiem Mass for Janina Barlow

Wed – 9.15 am

Thurs – 6.30pm followed by Exposition

 

Baptism: The next courses (in two parts) will be on Sundays 6th May & 3rd June; 1st July & 5th Aug; 2nd Sept & 7th Oct; 4th Nov & 2nd Dec. All parents wanting their child to be Baptised in the next few months are expected to attend both sessions and attend Mass between times.

 

Welcome to Fr Rob Moreland who has kindly agreed to step in for Fr John this weekend and will make an appeal on behalf of the Missions. Fr Moreland is from the SMA Fathers who Fr Anthony Dampson belongs to. A second collection for the appeal will take place after Communion.

 

This Sunday is traditionally a Day of Prayer for Vocations. Due to the Appeal for the Missions this weekend the Ecclesiastical Education Fund Collection will be taken in the next few weeks.

 

Fr O'Brien will be taking over from Fr John in time for next weekend of 28th/29th April. Fr O'Brien is very much looking forward to being your Parish Priest. I am sure that he is the right priest for the parish. It will be his first role as a Parish Priest so I know that you will look after him and guide him around the area and introduce him to the various local practices. Do remember it will take him time to settle in. If you have any particular responsibility, or would like to be more involved, then do speak with Fr O'Brien. Fr John will be around packing up his belongings this week.

 

A Social Event on behalf of the Community Refugee project will be held at Franco's Restaurant this Wednesday April 25th at 7.00pm
The three-course meal will cost a reasonable £15.00!
 If interested please put your names on the list sheet at the back of the church or speak to Dylan, Eve, Beverley or any member of the Community Project group. Fr John will be present for his last meal in the parish. There are still some spaces available.

 

Message from Fr Joe Gee

"Dear Parishioners, just a brief note to thank you all for your kindness and support during my time at St Mary's and especially for the lovely card and picture of the Church that was presented to me. God bless, Fr Joe."

 

The Church will be open each day this week from 8.30am – 5pm

Office hours this week are 9 – 12 Tuesday – Friday

 

Next weekend will see the publishing of the May Newsletter. Please make sure that any items are handed in or sent by email by Tuesday evening.

 

Course for Catechists The diocesan Vicariate for Formation is offering a 6-week course for catechists working with either adults or children. It is designed to help people approach this role with renewed energy and confidence. It starts on Monday 14 May at the Becket Suite, St Thomas of Canterbury, Heaton, Bolton. Please see Fr O'Brien for a booking form. Further information is available from Christopher.lough@dioceseofsalford.org.uk or 0161 370 1615.


Friday, 13 April 2018

sunday

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Susan Yates, Pat Haworth, Joan Anders, Alison Turner, Andrew Hazzleton

Lately Dead: Janina Barlow, Agnus Stevens

Anniversaries: Leslie Holman, Tom Anderton

 

No Masses and Services this week: Fr John is away

 

Baptism: The next courses (in two parts) will be on Sundays 6th May & 3rd June; 1st July & 5th Aug; 2nd Sept & 7th Oct; 4th Nov & 2nd Dec. All parents wanting their child to be Baptised in the next few months are expected to attend both sessions and attend Mass between times.

 

Welcome to Fr McLaughlin who has kindly agreed to step in for Fr John this weekend.

 

A Social Event on behalf of the Community Refugee project will be held at Franco s Restaurant on Wednesday April 25th 7.00pm
The three course meal will cost a reasonable £15.00!
 If interested please put your names on the list sheet at the back of the church or speak to Dylan, Eve , Beverley or any member of the Community Project group.

 

St Mary's Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018: This year we are planning a parish pilgrimage to Lourdes.  We would like to determine how many people would like to go and their preferred dates. Our options are to go with the Diocese from 27th July - 2nd August or to go as an independent group in September.  If you would like to join us please place a tick indicating your preferred option on the form at the back of church.  This does not commit you to going, it is simply to help us plan.

 

The Church will be closed this week.

 

Fr John is away on holiday at the moment so Fr Anthony McLaughlin is covering this weekend.  During the week 23 – 27 Fr John will be packing up his belongings in the Presbytery.

Weekend 21st/22nd  there will be the annual appeal made by the Missions and this year it will be the turn of the Society of African Missions (SMA). This is the society that Fr Anthony Dampson belongs to, though he is back in Nigeria at the present so is unable to be here with us.

Fr O'Brien who will be taking over from Fr John will be here for the weekend of 28th/29th April. Fr O'Brien is very much looking forward to being your Parish Priest. I am sure that he is the right priest for the parish. It will be his first role as a Parish Priest so I know that you will look after him and guide him around the area and introduce him to the various local practices.

Easter Liturgies May I take this opportunity of thanking all those who have helped out in any way with the smooth running of the Easter Liturgies. A lot of work goes on in the background both in preparation and at the actual time of the Mass or service. So, thank you very much to everyone, you know who you are, for all the extra hours and also to those who came along and joined in.

Congratulations to Mrs Phyllis Clayton who is celebrating her 90th Birthday this weekend.

 

Course for Catechists The diocesan Vicariate for Formation is offering a 6-week course for catechists working with either adults or children. It is designed to help people approach this role with renewed energy and confidence. It starts on Monday 14 May at the Becket Suite, St Thomas of Canterbury, Heaton, Bolton. Please see Fr O'Brien for a booking form. Further information is available from Christopher.lough@dioceseofsalford.org.uk or 0161 370 1615.

 


Saturday, 7 April 2018

2nd Sunday of Easter

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick and housebound: Susan Yates, Pat Haworth, Joan Anders, Edward McDonagh, Alison Turner, Andrew Hazzleton

Lately Dead: Janina Barlow (requiem yet to be arranged), Pat Brereton,

Anniversaries: Joe McIntyre, William and Michael Shorrock, Nellie Gleeson, Tom Anderton, Agnes Duggan

 

Masses and Services this week:

Tues and Wed: 9.15am  

Thurs: 6.30 pm Mass followed by Exposition

Fri – No Mass

 

This week the Church will be open Mon - Thurs from 8.30am to 5pm, (Thurs until after Exposition). Please call in and use the opportunity to pray and reflect.

 

Baptism: The next courses (in two parts) will be on Sundays 6th May & 3rd June; 1st July & 5th Aug; 2nd Sept & 7th Oct; 4th Nov & 2nd Dec. All parents wanting their child to be Baptised in the next few months are expected to attend both sessions and attend Mass between times.

 

Congratulations to Clifford and Margaret Starkie who celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary during the week. They will receive a Blessing during the Sunday Morning Mass.

 

St Mary's Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018: This year we are planning a parish pilgrimage to Lourdes.  We would like to determine how many people would like to go and their preferred dates. Our options are to go with the Diocese from 27th July - 2nd August or to go as an independent group in September.  If you would like to join us please place a tick indicating your preferred option on the form at the back of church.  This does not commit you to going, it is simply to help us plan.

 

There will be Coffee/Tea served after Masses this weekend

 

Fr John will be away on holiday 13th – 20th April. Fr Anthony McLaughlin will cover next weekend's Masses. During the week 23 – 27 Fr John will be packing up his belongings in the Presbytery.

Weekend 21st/22nd there will be the annual appeal made by the Missions and this year it will be the turn of the Society of African Missions (SMA). This is the society that Fr Anthony Dampson belongs to, though he is back in Nigeria at the present so is unable to be here with us.

Fr Sean O'Brien who will be taking over from Fr John, will be here for the weekend of 28th/29th April. Fr O'Brien is very much looking forward to being your Parish Priest. I am sure that he is the right priest for the parish. It will be his first role as a Parish Priest so I know that you will look after him and guide him around the area and introduce him to the various local ways.

 

Office hours this week are: Tuesday – Friday 9am – 12 noon

 

Fr John I will be going on holiday this Friday for a week but the office will be open. However, I will be around after my holiday until the 27th April. That last week I will be packing belongings. This weekend though is my last weekend and the weekends will be covered as above. I have already put a message in the monthly newsletter but will just add that I thank all of you who have supported me in any way at all during my time with you. May God reward you with his love.

My address in Horwich will be as follows: St Mary's RC Presbytery, 86 Chorley New Road, Horwich. BL6 5QJ

 

I have noticed it is a lot quicker to write than "Oswaldtwistle"!!!!!