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Friday 17 May 2024

Pentecost Sunday - Sunday 19th May 2024

Sunday 19th May 2024

Pentecost Sunday

Prayer to the Holy Spirit


Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love.

Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created,

and you shall renew the face of the earth.


Let us pray.


O God, who have taught the hearts of the faithful

by the light of the Holy Spirit,

grant that in the same Spirit we may be truly wise

and ever rejoice in his consolation.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Masses & Liturgies for the Coming Week…


Friday 17th May

5pm – 5:50pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

6pm Easter Weekday Mass


Saturday 18th May

9am – 9:50am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions

10am Easter Votive Mass of Our Lady (In the Lady Chapel)

6pm The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

6:30pm Vigil Mass for Pentecost Sunday


Sunday 19th May

9:30am The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

10am Mass for Pentecost Sunday


Tuesday 21st May

5pm – 5:50pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

6pm Mass (Feria)


Wednesday 22nd May

10am Requiem Mass for Doreen Grundy RIP


Thursday 23rd May

9:15am – 9:50am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

10am Mass, Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Eternal High Priest (Feast)

The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal High Priest, on the first Thursday after Pentecost, focuses on Jesus' Priestly Office. Jesus is considered the model for believers, and for the clergy in particular, with priests acting in persona Christi ("In the person of Christ"). The laity are thus urged to pray that priests would be more like Christ, the compassionate and trustworthy high priest ever- living to intercede for humanity before The Father.


Friday 24th May

5pm – 5:50pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

6pm Weekday Mass (Feria)


Saturday 25th May

9am – 9:50am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions

10am Mass, Saint Bede the Venerable, Priest & Doctor of the Church (Memoria)

St. Bede was born in 673 A.D. and educated by the Benedictines; he joined the monastery, and began a life of great erudition, producing many writings: particularly on the Scriptures and History of the Church in Britain. He died in 735 A.D. (In the Lady Chapel)

6pm The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

6:30pm Vigil Mass for The Most Holy Trinity


Sunday 26th May

9:30am The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

10am Mass for The Most Holy Trinity




Sanctuary Lamp

This week (18th May - 25th May), the Sanctuary Lamp is for the Burton Family.



Last Week's Easter Offertory Collection

£615.20. Thank you for your kind generosity.



The Society of African Missions (SMA) Parish Appeal

The parish raised £239.63 after Fr. Rosairo Arputham SMA made his appeal here at St. Mary's on the weekend of the 4th/5th May.



The New Lectionary

This Advent (Sunday 1st December 2024) the new Lectionary comes into mandatory use in England and Scotland and Wales.

'The Lectionary, which is the book that contains the Scripture readings for Mass and the Sacraments, is changing as part of the continuing process of revising liturgical translations. The process began with the Roman Missal in 2011 and has continued with all the other liturgical texts. The new Lectionary will use the English Standard Version - Catholic Edition of the Bible and the Abbey Psalter. The changes are intended to make the biblical translations more faithful to the original languages, biblical scholarship, and to provide a text for use in liturgical setting that is more proclaimable and, where appropriate, more inclusive.' www.newlectionary.org


The Ambo edition is the one we will need for church and is part of a 4 volume set.

Volume I - Sundays, Solemnities, Feasts of the Lord.

Volume II - Weekdays: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time (weeks 1-9), Lent, Easter. Proper of Saints: December – June, Commons.

Volume III - Weekdays: Ordinary Time (6-34). 
Proper of Saints: June – November, Commons.

Volume IV - Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, 
Votive Masses, Masses for the Dead.


Thank you to all those who have donated towards the Lectionary after the mid week e-newsletter was sent out. We now have the money for the complete 4 volume set for church. A parishioner has asked today would it be possible to donate towards a Lectionary set for the Lady Chapel for when we have Saturday morning Mass each week. If people would like to donate the funds towards buying one of the volumes (£173.75 per volume) there name would be inscribed on a Donor Bookplate in the front of the lectionary. If you would like to donate one of the volumes for the Lady Chapel please contact Fr. O'Brien, by telephone (01254) 232 433 or email sean.obrien@dioceseofsalford.org.uk For more information regarding the new mandatory lectionary and the opportunity to get new Sunday and Weekday Missals please visit www.newlectionary.org.



Parish Bible Study – St. John's Gospel

The next session is Wednesday 29th May from 7pm – 8pm. All are welcome. All you need is a Bible and an openness to come to know Our Lord better.



Congratulations -First Holy Communion

Congratulations to Stevie, Beau, Rosie, Maya, Niamh, Laura and Alicja who have all received Our Lord in Holy Communion for the first time during this Easter 2024. Over the last few months Stevie, Beau, Rosie, Maya, Niamh, Laura and Alicja have been meeting with me for weekly catechism lessons. As always its been a joy, as their parish priest, to accompany them and their families on this part of their faith journey. Let's pray for all our young people that they will always appreciate the Sacraments of Confession and the Holy Eucharist which lead them uniquely and personally to Jesus Christ, Our Lord, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. For more information regarding catechism and preparation for the sacraments please contact Father O'Brien at the end of a weekend Mass.



St. Oswald's School

On Thursday I was invited by school to talk to Years 1 & 2 about two of the sorrowful mysteries – The Crowning of Thorns and Our Lord Carries the Cross. Before the end of term, each class will have thought about a particular mystery which they will pray at their Rosary Rally before the half term holiday begins. It's always good to be invited by school to share our Catholic faith with the children and pass on such an important prayer like the Rosary.



Mental Health and Well-being Day

'Directions for Men', a mental health charity, in conjunction with St Anne's Parish, Fairfield, is offering a free Mental Health and Well-being day on Tuesday 21 May from 1.00 to 4.00 pm in St Anne's Parish Hall, Ashton Old Road, Manchester, M11 1GR. Everyone is very welcome to drop in during the afternoon. Refreshments will be provided.



Quarant'ore at Salford Cathedral temporary church (5th – 8th June 2024)

During this Year of Prayer in preparation for the 2025 Year of Jubilee, you are invited to join us at Salford Cathedral's temporary church for a special time of prayer - 40 Hours of Adoration of Our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. We will pray for a special intention each day. The times of Holy Mass, Confessions and Exposition during Quarant'ore can be found at https://salfordcathedral.co.uk/. All are welcome to join us!



Rosary around the Campfire

Please join us for a peaceful hour of prayer and reflection as we host a special praying of The Rosary at our Laudato Si' Centre on Monday 20th May at 1pm. All are welcome to join as we settle on our tree trunks around the campfire to share in an ecological reflection on the Sorrowful Mysteries. Please register your interest at https://tinyurl.com/rosaryLSC and feel free to bring your own chair or blanket for additional comfort.



Caritas Salford Appeal for Volunteers

Caritas Salford, our diocesan charity, is appealing for volunteers to support its work across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Even a few hours can have a huge impact on the lives of others locally. To find out more about the huge range of opportunities available - from gardening to van driving, supporting their services to becoming a Caritas parish rep or accessibility advocate - visit their website now: www.caritassalford.org.uk/volunteer



Caritas Parish Representatives

Caritas Salford is inviting parishes who do not currently have a Caritas Parish Rep as part of their social action/justice provision to get in touch to find out more about how they can help their community put love and faith into action. For more information, please email m.yates@caritassalford.org.uk



Job Vacancies

Education Administrator - Diocese of Salford

Appointment Type: Full-time, permanent (Term time only will be considered)

Working Hours: 35 hours per week to be worked Monday to Friday

Location: Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP

Salary: £24,983 – £28,668 per annum

Find out more and apply at https://dioceseofsalford.org.uk/news/vacancies/



God Bless and keep praying.

Our Lady of Oswaldtwistle, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.


Fr. O'Brien

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Wednesday 15th May 2024

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,


Just a mid week update…


Funerals

The funeral for John Hall RIP will be at Accrington Crematorium tomorrow (16th May 2024) at 1pm. The Requiem Mass for Hilda Owen RIP will be on Friday (17th May 2024) at 10am and there will be a Requiem Mass for Doreen Grundy RIP next Wednesday (22nd May 2024) at 10am.


The New Lectionary

This Advent (Sunday 1st December 2024) the new Lectionary comes into mandatory use in England and Scotland and Wales.

'The Lectionary, which is the book that contains the Scripture readings for Mass and the Sacraments, is changing as part of the continuing process of revising liturgical translations. The process began with the Roman Missal in 2011 and has continued with all the other liturgical texts. The new Lectionary will use the English Standard Version - Catholic Edition of the Bible and the Abbey Psalter. The changes are intended to make the biblical translations more faithful to the original languages, biblical scholarship, and to provide a text for use in liturgical setting that is more proclaimable and, where appropriate, more inclusive.' www.newlectionary.org


The Ambo edition is the one we will need for church and is part of a 4 volume set.

Volume I - Sundays, Solemnities, Feasts of the Lord.

Volume II - Weekdays: Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time (weeks 1-9), Lent, Easter. Proper of Saints: December – June, Commons.

Volume III - Weekdays: Ordinary Time (6-34). 
Proper of Saints: June – November, Commons.

Volume IV - Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, 
Votive Masses, Masses for the Dead.

The cost will be £695.00 for the complete 4 volumes. The Bishop has suggested that some people may like to donate the funds towards buying one of the new lectionary volumes (£173.75 per volume) and there name would be inscribed on a Donor Bookplate in the front of the lectionary. If you would like to donate one of the volumes please contact Fr. O'Brien, by telephone (01254) 232 433 or email sean.obrien@dioceseofsalford.org.uk For more information regarding the new mandatory lectionary and the opportunity to get new Sunday and Weekday Missals please visit www.newlectionary.org.


God Bless

Fr. O'Brien

Thursday 2 May 2024

Sixth Sunday of Easter - Sunday 5th May 2024

Sunday 5th May 2024

Sixth Sunday of Easter


There will be no parish newsletter next week. The following are the times and dates for Masses, Liturgies and Funerals for the next two weeks. My thanks to Fr. Ethelbert Arua, based at St. Wulstan's, Great Harwood, for offering support should anyone require a priest. St. Wulstan's – (01254) 884211.


Masses & Liturgies for the Coming Week…


Saturday 4th May

6pm The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

6:30pm Vigil Mass for the Sifth Sunday of Easter -

The Society of African Missions (SMA) Parish Appeal


Sunday 5th May

9:30am The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

10am Mass for the Sixth Sunday of Easter -

The Society of African Missions (SMA) Parish Appeal


Wednesday 8th May

12noon Easter Weekday Mass

Thursday 9th May

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD

This is a Holy Day of Obligation for Roman Catholics

"Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth." - St. Augustine of Hippo

12noon Mass of the Ascension

(Please see other local Catholic Church websites for times of other Masses.)


Saturday 11th May

6pm The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

6:30pm Vigil Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes will be crowned and there will be a procession to bless the grotto ready for her re-installation on Sunday morning.


Sunday 12th May

9:30am The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

10am Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter -

The statue of Our Lady of Lourdes will be crowned and there will be a procession where we will return her to the parish grotto.


Tuesday 14th May

5pm – 5:50pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

6pm Mass, Saint Matthias, Apostle (Feast)


Wednesday 15th May

11:45am Requiem Mass for Brian Bellas RIP


Thursday 16th May

9:15am – 9:50am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

10am Easter Weekday Mass

1pm Funeral Service for John Hall RIP


Friday 17th May

10am Requiem Mass for Hilda Owen RIP

5pm – 5:50pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

6pm Easter Weekday Mass


Saturday 18th May

9am – 9:50am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions

10am Easter Votive Mass of Our Lady (In the Lady Chapel)

6pm The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

6:30pm Vigil Mass for Pentecost Sunday


Sunday 19th May

9:30am The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

10am Mass for Pentecost Sunday




Sanctuary Lamp

This week (4th May - 11th May), the Sanctuary Lamp is for Edmund Georgy.

The following week (11th May - 18th May) the Sanctuary Lamp is for the McGowan Family.



Last Week's Easter Offertory Collection

£609.05. Thank you for your kind generosity.



The Society of African Missions (SMA) Parish Appeal

Each year the Bishop allows a specific missionary society or religious congregation to share their work with parish communities in the diocese and appeal for help with their work. This year 2024 the Bishop has allowed The Society of African Missions to witness and appeal in our diocese.

"The Society of African Missions (SMA) is committed to preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ chiefly in Africa and to people of African origin. We regard solidarity with the poor and the powerless, commitment to reading the signs of the times, activities for Justice and Peace, dedication to building a better world, including care for the environment, as constitutive dimensions of witnessing to the Good News. We do this through education, health care, development projects and conscientisation for justice. We also help in caring for African immigrants in Europe and the USA and draw attention to those structures that oppress them and other people of the Third World." - https://www.sma-gb.org/

Fr. Rosairo Arputham SMA will be visiting us here at St. Mary's, on the weekend of the 4th/5th May and making his appeal.



Holy Day of Obligation: The Ascension

The Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord will be on Thursday 9th May. It is a day that all faithful Roman Catholics are obliged to come to Mass. There will be the opportunity to fulfill the obligation at 12noon with Fr Ethelbert celebrating the Mass.



May: Crowning Our Lady

With the SMA Parish Appeal taking place on the first weekend of May we will Crown the statue of our Lady of Oswaldtwistle on the following weekend (11th/12th May). Parishioners and their families are warmly welcome to bring flowers to the 6:30pm Vigil Mass or the 10am Mass and place them before Our Blessed Mother in devotion and thanks for her prayers. This will also be the weekend when we bless the grotto ready for Our Lady of Lourdes to return on the Sunday morning.

"All generations will call me blessed": "The Church's devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship."The Church rightly honours "the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of 'Mother of God,' to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs.... This very special devotion ... differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration."The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as the rosary, an "epitome of the whole Gospel," express this devotion to the Virgin Mary. - Catechism of the Catholic Church #971



Rosary around the Campfire

Please join us for a peaceful hour of prayer and reflection as we host a special praying of The Rosary at our Laudato Si' Centre on Monday 20th May at 1pm. All are welcome to join as we settle on our tree trunks around the campfire to share in an ecological reflection on the Sorrowful Mysteries. Please register your interest at https://tinyurl.com/rosaryLSC and feel free to bring your own chair or blanket for additional comfort.



School Governance

At this weekend's Masses (27th/28th April) the schools would like parishioners to think about signing up to become foundation governor. At the end of each Mass there will be current governors from Sacred Heart, St. Mary's, St. Oswald's and Mount Carmel, to answer questions and provide more information.


About School Governors

Governing Boards of Catholic voluntary aided schools are the employers and the admissions body for the school. The board consists of members drawn from a range of backgrounds including parents, staff, the local authority, the parish and wider school community.


Foundation Governors are appointed in the name of the Bishop by the Episcopal Delegate for Education and they form the majority of the Board. They have a legal duty to preserve and develop the Catholic ethos of the school and to ensure that it is conducted in accordance with its Trust Deed. Their responsibility is not only to consider the interests of their individual school or college but also the interests of other schools and colleges and Catholic education in general across the Diocese.


Nominees would not be expected to have a direct knowledge of current education law, of school organisation or governance but should be willing to learn and dedicate reasonable time to their responsibilities. They would be expected to have a genuine commitment to the educational, personal and spiritual development of students and in particular to the wellbeing of the school community as a whole, and to attend all relevant diocesan training. Supportive packs and appropriate training opportunities will be made available.



Mark Chatwood: Book Binding Service

I'm a Catholic bookbinder in Manchester, and I've done a lot of Bible, hand missal, and other book repair work as a result of my details appearing in parish newsletters, including my parish of Holy Family, Boothstown, and repaired a Lectionary for Fr. Bryan Cunningham at St. John Fisher, Kearsley. This made me wonder whether there are people in your parish who would like their irreplaceable books repaired or have custom cases made for them.

If you want a beloved book restored to life, bookbinder Mark Chatwood at My Catholic Library can help. Contact him at mark@mycatholiclibrary.co.uk or 07493292039 (I'm on WhatsApp and Signal) and see more of his work at his website www.mycatholiclibrary.co.uk



Northern Dioceses' Environment Group

The Northern Dioceses' Environment Group (NDEG) invites parishes and individuals to a workshop to find out more about how our food supply system links to our faith. The event, titled "Faith in Food - Thinking and acting both locally and globally about our food system" takes place on Saturday 18th May between 11am and 3:30pm at St Wilfrid's Church, Preston, PR1 8BU. To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/faith-in-food-tickets-879396337117



Caritas Salford Appeal for Volunteers

Caritas Salford, our diocesan charity, is appealing for volunteers to support its work across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Even a few hours can have a huge impact on the lives of others locally. To find out more about the huge range of opportunities available - from gardening to van driving, supporting their services to becoming a Caritas parish rep or accessibility advocate - visit their website now: www.caritassalford.org.uk/volunteer



Job Vacancies


Parish Administrator - St Joseph, Reddish

Appointment Type: 12 Months, fixed term contract

Working Hours: 12 hours per week, over 3 days a week (flexibility required)

Location: St Joseph's Presbytery, 23 Gorton Road, Reddish, SK5 6AZ

Salary: £12.60 per hr

Find out more and apply at https://dioceseofsalford.org.uk/news/vacancies/


Parish Administrator - St John Paul II, Padiham

Appointment Type: Part-time, permanent

Working Hours: 12 hours per week – worked Monday, Thursday & Friday

Location: St John's Presbytery, St John's Road, Padiham, Burnley, Lancashire BB12 7BN

Salary: £12.60 per hr

Find out more and apply at https://dioceseofsalford.org.uk/news/vacancies/



God Bless and keep praying.

Our Lady of Oswaldtwistle, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.


Fr. O'Brien

Friday 26 April 2024

Fifth Sunday of Easter - Sunday 27th April 2024

Sunday 27th April 2024

Fifth Sunday of Easter


Masses & Liturgies for the Coming Week…


Friday 26th April

5pm – 5:50pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

6pm Easter Weekday Mass


Saturday 27th April

9am – 9:50am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Confessions

10am Easter Weekday Mass (In the Lady Chapel)

6pm The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

6:30pm Vigil Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Easter


Sunday 28th April

9:30am The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

10am Mass for the Fifth Sunday of Easter

12noon Blessing of St. Mary's Chapel of Rest at Jenson's Funeral Director's, Accrington

All Welcome.


Tuesday 30th April

5pm – 5:50pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

6pm Easter Mass


Wednesday 1st May

10am Requiem Mass for Martine Rozs RIP

1:30pm Requiem Mass for Dorothy Smith RIP

8:30pm Reception of the Body of Mildred Sweeney RIP followed by the Holy Rosary


Thursday 2nd May

10:15am Requiem Mass for Mildred Sweeney RIP


Saturday 4th May

6pm The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

6:30pm Vigil Mass for the Sifth Sunday of Easter -

The Society of African Missions (SMA) Parish Appeal


Sunday 5th May

9:30am The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

10am Mass for the Sixth Sunday of Easter -

The Society of African Missions (SMA) Parish Appeal



Sanctuary Lamp

This week (27th April - 4th April), the Sanctuary Lamp is for Sadie & Jim Pickles.



Last Week's Easter Offertory Collection

£617.50. Thank you for your kind generosity.



Ecclesiastical Education Fund

Last weekend we raised £232.62 towards the training of our future priests in Salford Diocese.



The Society of African Missions (SMA) Parish Appeal

Each year the Bishop allows a specific missionary society or religious congregation to share their work with parish communities in the diocese and appeal for help with their work. This year 2024 the Bishop has allowed The Society of African Missions to witness and appeal in our diocese.

"The Society of African Missions (SMA) is committed to preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ chiefly in Africa and to people of African origin. We regard solidarity with the poor and the powerless, commitment to reading the signs of the times, activities for Justice and Peace, dedication to building a better world, including care for the environment, as constitutive dimensions of witnessing to the Good News. We do this through education, health care, development projects and conscientisation for justice. We also help in caring for African immigrants in Europe and the USA and draw attention to those structures that oppress them and other people of the Third World." - https://www.sma-gb.org/

Fr. Rosairo Arputham SMA will be visiting us here at St. Mary's, on the weekend of the 4th/5th May and making his appeal.



Church Building Works: Update

The diocesan property department have awarded Chapelgreen Contracts to undertake the work on the church and presbytery roofs.

Dear Fr O'Brien, Thank you for your recent Application for Tender Stage Approval. Your application was considered by the Diocesan Property Committee and has been approved at a total cost of £119,301.34 including fees and VAT. Your contact in the Diocesan Property Department is Waheed Masters, should you require any further help or assistance.

Let's continue to pray to Our Lady of Oswaldtwistle and St. Joseph that work begins soon and successfully ends the need for buckets in church.



Saint George's Day

Thank you to everyone who made our parish Saint George's Day such a celebratory occasion. From the Afternoon Warm Welcome to the Mass in the evening, many people both contributed their talents, time and prayers. Thank you to everyone involved. St. George, pray for us.



May: Crowning Our Lady

With the SMA Parish Appeal taking place on the first weekend of May we will Crown the statue of our Lady of Oswaldtwistle on the following weekend (11th/12th May). Parishioners and their families are warmly welcome to bring flowers to the 6:30pm Vigil Mass or the 10am Mass and place them before Our Blessed Mother in devotion and thanks for her prayers.



St. Mary's School

On Wednesday morning the juniors joined us for the 10am parish Mass. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Saul and Barnabas, has hands laid on them by the Apostles to go out in Jesus' name and preach the good news. We prayed for more men to hear God calling them so that they too could have hands laid on them and become Jesus' priests, like Saul and Barnabas. In this noise filled world with many distractions let's all pray for more vocations to the priesthood.



St. Mary's School 60 years celebrations

Thursday was the 60th anniversary since St. Mary's School moved to it's present site from Moscow Mill Street. To mark the occasion there was a Mass of Thanksgiving and Mrs Wolstenholme introduced the celebration with these reflective words:


Good evening everyone,

Thank you for joining us at this special celebratory Mass this evening. It is a special occasion, and I am so grateful to see so many familiar faces gathered here to mark this milestone with us.


First and foremost, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you - our dedicated staff, our supportive parish community, and our wonderful pupils and families. Without your hard work, commitment, and belief in our school's mission, we would not be where we are today. Your unwavering support and dedication have helped shape Saint Mary's into the learning environment that it is today.


As I look around Church, I am filled with pride at all that we have accomplished together. Our school has achieved so much over the past 60 years, and it is a testament to the incredible talent and passion that exists within our community. From academic achievements to personal growth and development, each and every one of you has played a vital role in our success.


I want to take this opportunity to praise each and every one of you for your hard work, dedication, and commitment to our school's values. Your passion for education, your kindness towards one another, and your willingness to go above and beyond for our pupils is truly inspiring. It is because of you that our school continues to thrive and grow year after year.


As we come together tonight to celebrate this special occasion, let us remember that we are not alone in our journey. We are united in our faith, together with God, and His guidance and love will continue to light our path as we move forward. Let us continue to work together, support one another, and strive for excellence in all that we do.


Thank you once again for being a part of our school community. Here's to the next 60 years of success, growth, and happiness at Saint Mary's RC Primary School.


Thank you, and God bless.



School Governance

At this weekend's Masses (27th/28th April) the schools would like parishioners to think about signing up to become foundation governor. At the end of each Mass there will be current governors from Sacred Heart, St. Mary's, St. Oswald's and Mount Carmel, to answer questions and provide more information.


About School Governors

Governing Boards of Catholic voluntary aided schools are the employers and the admissions body for the school. The board consists of members drawn from a range of backgrounds including parents, staff, the local authority, the parish and wider school community.


Foundation Governors are appointed in the name of the Bishop by the Episcopal Delegate for Education and they form the majority of the Board. They have a legal duty to preserve and develop the Catholic ethos of the school and to ensure that it is conducted in accordance with its Trust Deed. Their responsibility is not only to consider the interests of their individual school or college but also the interests of other schools and colleges and Catholic education in general across the Diocese.


Nominees would not be expected to have a direct knowledge of current education law, of school organisation or governance but should be willing to learn and dedicate reasonable time to their responsibilities. They would be expected to have a genuine commitment to the educational, personal and spiritual development of students and in particular to the wellbeing of the school community as a whole, and to attend all relevant diocesan training. Supportive packs and appropriate training opportunities will be made available.



Red Boxes: Missio

Many of you who have supported Missio (The Red Box) over the years will have been been grateful to Jean Partington, who for the last 9 years, has been the charity's representative to our parish. Jean is now retiring from her voluntary work with Missio and I'm sure many of us would like to say 'Thank You' for her time and efforts in promoting the Red Boxes work. Jean has said that many people now donate via standing orders and direct debit and support the charity directly. For more information about Missio please see their website: www.missio.org.uk



Vocations to the Priesthood

For those who have chosen the ordained ministry, through sacramental ordination, they share in the priesthood of Christ in a special way. Their very beings are changed so that they can represent Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, for God's people and Christ as the Head of the Church. They not only offer their own lives to the Father, as all Christians do, but they also stand before the Church and minister to the faithful as another Christ. Therefore, when they teach with the authority of the Church, Christ teaches; when they absolve sins in the sacrament of Confession, then Christ forgives; when they offer the Sacrifice of the Mass then Christ offers that Sacrifice; when they love, support and care for God's people entrusted to their care, then Christ is present with his people.

To find out more about the priesthood or to explore the idea of a vocation to the priesthood, please contact:

Fr. Mark Paver, Vocations Director

St Winifred's Presbytery, Mauldeth Road, Heaton Mersey, Stockport, SK4 3NB

Tel: 0161 736 2696 or mark.paver@dioceseofsalford.org.uk



Mark Chatwood: Book Binding Service

I'm a Catholic bookbinder in Manchester, and I've done a lot of Bible, hand missal, and other book repair work as a result of my details appearing in parish newsletters, including my parish of Holy Family, Boothstown, and repaired a Lectionary for Fr. Bryan Cunningham at St. John Fisher, Kearsley. This made me wonder whether there are people in your parish who would like their irreplaceable books repaired or have custom cases made for them.

If you want a beloved book restored to life, bookbinder Mark Chatwood at My Catholic Library can help. Contact him at mark@mycatholiclibrary.co.uk or 07493292039 (I'm on WhatsApp and Signal) and see more of his work at his website www.mycatholiclibrary.co.uk



Northern Dioceses' Environment Group

The Northern Dioceses' Environment Group (NDEG) invites parishes and individuals to a workshop to find out more about how our food supply system links to our faith. The event, titled "Faith in Food - Thinking and acting both locally and globally about our food system" takes place on Saturday 18th May between 11am and 3:30pm at St Wilfrid's Church, Preston, PR1 8BU. To register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/faith-in-food-tickets-879396337117



Caritas Salford Appeal for Volunteers

Caritas Salford, our diocesan charity, is appealing for volunteers to support its work across Greater Manchester and Lancashire. Even a few hours can have a huge impact on the lives of others locally. To find out more about the huge range of opportunities available - from gardening to van driving, supporting their services to becoming a Caritas parish rep or accessibility advocate - visit their website now: www.caritassalford.org.uk/volunteer



Job Vacancies


Chef - Cathedral House (replacement role)

Appointment Type: Part time, permanent

Working Hours: Weekend Hours

Location: Cathedral House, 250 Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5LE

Salary: £21,840 - £24,343 per annum (subject to pro-rata)

Find out more and apply at https://dioceseofsalford.org.uk/news/vacancies/


Parish Hall Supervisor - Holy Family and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (replacement role)

Appointment Type: Part time, 12 months fixed term

Working Hours: 15 hours per week

Location: St. Joseph's Parish Centre, Audley Range, Blackburn and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Parish Hall, Highercroft, Blackburn

Salary: £12 per hour

Find out more and apply at https://dioceseofsalford.org.uk/news/vacancies/



God Bless and keep praying.

Our Lady of Oswaldtwistle, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.


Fr. O'Brien