Please remember in your prayers:
Lately Dead: Janina Barlow, Agnus Stevens
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.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 370 1615.