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Saturday, 20 November 2021

Sunday 21st November 2021 - Christ the King

Sunday 21st November 2021

Christ the King

Masses & Liturgies for the Coming Week…

Tuesday 23rd November

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

'The faith I have when I am in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament is so strong that I find it impossible to express what I feel... When the time comes to leave I must force myself to overcome the inclination to prolong my stay with Jesus.' - St. Anthony Mary Claret

6pm Mass (Feria)

Wednesday 24th November

10am Mass, Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his Companions, Martyrs (Memoria)

Between 1820 and 1862 these 117 Vietnamese martyrs were killed in a brutal persecution. St. Andrew Dung-Lac was a parish priest; the group included eight bishops, fifty priests and fifty nine laymen and women.

 

Thursday 25th November

10am Mass, Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin & Martyr (Memoria)

Tradition tells us that she was a noble lady, learned in science and oratory, who came to Christianity after receiving a vision. At 18 years old she was offered to debate with the pagan philosophers, who were convinced by her arguments; the Emperor ordered her execution, and she was beheaded.       

Friday 26th November

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

'Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: 'This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.' - St. Augustine

6pm Mass (Feria)

Saturday 27th November

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

10am Votive Mass of Our Lady (celebrated in the Lady Chapel)

'Love our Lady. And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.' - St. Josemaria Escriva

6pm The Holy Rosary

6:30pm Vigil Mass, First Sunday of Advent

Sunday 28th November

9:30am The Holy Rosary

10am Mass, First Sunday of Advent

Following guidance from the diocese, we are still strongly encouraged to wear face masks in church  Thank you for continuing to make St. Mary's a safe and prayerful place for the Glory of God.

Sanctuary Lamp

This week (20th  - 27th Nov) the Sanctuary Lamp is burning in prayer for Richard & Gertrude Henry.

All Souls Names

During the month of November we traditionally pray for all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. You are invited to write down the names of loved ones who have died on a piece of paper, and place them in the Holy Souls Box before the Altar. For those parishioners who still feel unsafe about coming to Mass you are more than welcome to post names to me at the presbytery and I'll pop them in the Holy Souls Box for you.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.      

November Blessing of Graves

Before the Covid pandemic our parish, for the last two years, has joined St. Anne & St. Joseph's Accrington to bless the graves of deceased friends and family at Dill Hall and Accrington cemeteries. This year, Fr. Wadsworth, the new parish priest at Accrington has facilitated this event and invited our parish to join him.

On Sunday 21st November we will meet at Dill Hall cemetery at 2pm.

Remembrance Mass

St Gregory's Association will be holding a Mass in memory of members who have died. It will take place on Friday 26th November at 7pm at St Kentigern Roman Catholic Church in Fallowfield, and will be celebrated by Fr Eamon Mulcahy.

Young Adults Mass and Social

Sunday 21st November 2021, 5.30pm

St Augustine's Church, Grosvenor St, Manchester, M15 6BW.

On Sunday 21st November, there will be a Mass for young adults at St Augustine's Church in Manchester for the Feast of Christ the King.  The Mass will be followed by a social and all are welcome. For more information, email: SalfordYoungAdults@vol.dioceseofsalford.org.uk

Advent 2021: Prayers & Devotions

Next weekend is the beginning of the Church's New Year and the start of Advent. To help us embrace this season of preparation for the coming of the Lord there will be a number of opportunities for prayer.

The Holy Rosary

There was such a positive response by parishioners about having the space to pray the Rosary before each weekend Mass in October that we will be doing it again during Advent. It would be wonderful if members of the parish could come forward and help lead us in this prayer. It can seem quite daunting leading the Rosary but there will be a printed script on the lectern to read from, taking away any worry about what to say. If any parishioner would like to help lead the Rosary before the weekend Masses during Advent email sean.obrien@dioceseofsalford.org.uk           

The Sacrament of Confession

'Confession heals, confession justifies, confession grants pardon of sin, all hope consists in confession; in confession there is a chance for mercy.' St. Isidore of Seville

Come home to the Lord this Advent, so that when Christmas arrives and the Lord knocks at the door to our heart's, He will find room at the Inn. Never be afraid or worried about Confession, His love and forgiveness is real.

Tues 30th Nov 5:00pm–5:45pm

Fri 3rd Dec 5:00–5:45pm

Tues 7th Dec 5:00–5:45pm

Fri 8th Dec 5:00–5:45pm

Sat 11th Dec 9:00 – 9:45am

Tues 14th Dec 5:00pm–5:45pm

Fri 17th Dec 5:00–5:45pm

Sat 18th Dec 9:00 – 9:45am

Tues 21st Dec 5:00pm–5:45pm

Friday 24th Dec 10:30am – 11:15am

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

The music of Advent is silence. Silence that enables reflection and space to both talk and listen to the Lord. A wonderful way to do this is spending time before the Blessed Sacrament; actually being in the Real Presence of Jesus Himself. Why not, during this season of preparing and listening, make time to come to Adoration and simply be with Our Lord, for as long or a short as you can.

Tuesday's 5pm – 5:50pm

Friday's 5pm – 5:50pm

Saturday's 9am – 9:50am

(check updates on e-newsletter for any changes to times)

'In a world where there is so much noise, so much bewilderment, there is a need for silent adoration of Jesus concealed in the Host. Be assiduous in the prayer of adoration and teach it to the faithful. It is a source of comfort and light, particularly to those who are suffering.'

Pope Benedict XVI   

Weekday Masses

At St. Mary's there are Masses throughout the week, at different times, to allow parishioners the opportunity to worship and adore the Lord at the Altar. Why no take advantage of this during Advent and come closer to God. What a wonderful way to begin the weekend with Friday evening Mass at 6pm or a mid week morning Mass at 10am. The door is always open. 

St. Oswald's School

On Friday I was invited by St. Oswald's to bless their newly commissioned GIFT team. The term GIFT stands for Growing In Faith Together. The group is made up of children who help to facilitate prayer and worship in school among their peers. Let's continue to pray that more families will return to the Lord especially at the Sunday Mass where we all find the source of true grace in the Blessed Sacrament.

St. Mary's School

Those parishioners who attend Holy Mass during the week will have noticed we have been joined, over the last fortnight, by classes from St. Mary's. It's been commented how well behaved and attentive the pupils have been. Each week until the end of term a class will continue to join us and they are most welcome.         

Volunteer Gardeners

Autumn is definitely here with the nights' drawing in, temperatures getting cooler and leaves on the trees dropping. As always if there are any kind volunteers who would be prepared to help clear the church paths and grounds of leaves then please do get in contact with Navada at keenannavada@gmail.com

Formation Series: Synods and the Church under Pope Francis

Wednesday 24 November 2021, 7.30pm, Cathedral Centre and Zoom

Pope Francis is inviting the Catholic Church to listen deeply to one another and to discern what God is saying to the Church. Fr Eamonn Mulcahy will help us explore Pope Francis' vision for a Synodal Church. The session will take place on Wednesday 24 November at the Cathedral Centre and via Zoom. The talk will begin at 7.30pm, with refreshments from 7pm. Suggested donations of £5 are welcome. To register for the event visit, www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/synods-and-the-church-under-pope-francis/

Genesis Mission Introduction Session

Cathedral Centre, Salford – Saturday 27th November 2021, 10:00am-1:00pm

As part of Stage 4 of Hope in the Future, it is our intention to focus explicitly on missionary discipleship. By this we mean an integration of a newly formed or deepened missionary attitude, with practical tools and ways to share the Gospel sensitively and appropriately in everyday life. Fr Jon Bielawski and Michele Thompson from the Diocese of Plymouth will give an introduction to Genesis Mission and share how you can get involved. For more information and to register, visit www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/genesis-mission-introduction-session/

Caritas Salford's Advent Appeal 2021: #Loved

Caritas Salford's work with children and families is at the heart of our Love in Action as much as it ever was, and is just one aspect of their diverse work supporting those facing crisis and challenge.

As the principal domestic social action agency of the Catholic Diocese of Salford, and in this Year of St Joseph and the Family, Caritas is asking for your support to continue this transformative work.

Please visit http://www.caritassalford.org.uk/advent-2021 to see the difference your donations have made in the past 12 months to over 5,000 families*.  For example, you've helped provide:

A safe place to live for young parents with their infant child with 24/7 support

Food parcels and shopping vouchers

Essential household items and toiletries

School uniform, shoes and Christmas treats/presents

Financial grants to families facing a crisis, illness or poverty

1:1 advice sessions with our trained staff for as long as it takes

*2019/20 Caritas Salford's Impact Report

Online donations, via the website, save the charity the cost of administration and eases the claim for 25% extra in Gift Aid. Setting up a direct debit can also be done in this way.

Alternatively, call Rachel Taylor during office hours on 0161 817 2285.  Cheques made payable to Caritas Diocese of Salford, marked FAO Rachel Taylor: ADVENT APPEAL to: Caritas House, Nobby Stiles Drive, Collyhurst, Manchester M4 4FA. Please include your full name, address and postcode, and whether you wish to gift aid the donation.

Thank you for your support.  Please continue to keep our teams of staff and volunteers in your prayers, as well as those who need our support, so that they know they are loved.

NIGHT FEVER!

Night Fever is the title given to a certain type of church event that has become quite popular in recent years. The title is a little obscure, apart from the fact that this activity usually takes place in the early evening, or at least after night fall. The Night Fever event is designed to be an evangelistic exercise, in that it includes inviting people to come into church from the street, to light a candle, to say a prayer, or just to sit down for a few moments—or for however long they might wish to stay. In the dimly lit church, there is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, arrays of candles, and prayerful music being played. This spiritual setting and atmosphere is something that we, as Catholics, might take for granted, but for those who have rarely, or even never, entered a church, this experience can be very moving for them. As part of the Hope in the Future programme which is ongoing in the Diocese, the Deanery will host a:

Night Fever evening at Christ Church on Friday 3rd December from 6.00pm—8.00pm

The Covid Vaccine

"Bishop John is urging all adults, who are able to do so, to be vaccinated. Pope Francis has reminded people of the duty to be vaccinated if they are able. The Church is clear that all Catholics can take any of the vaccines on offer with a clear conscience. Even if you are at a low risk of becoming seriously ill, being vaccinated will lower the risk of transmitting the virus to somebody else who might then have a severe reaction or even die. It is particularly important that those in our parishes, clergy and lay-people who visit those who are housebound or otherwise vulnerable are vaccinated."

 

God Bless and keep praying.

Our Lady of Oswaldtwistle, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

 

Fr. O'Brien

Saturday, 13 November 2021

Sunday 14th November 2021 - Thirty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses & Liturgies for the Coming Week…

Tuesday 16th November

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

'When you look at the crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.' St Teresa of Calcutta

6pm Mass (Feria)

Wednesday 17th November

10am Mass, Saint Hugh of Lincoln, Bishop (Memoria)

St. Hugh of Lincoln was born in France in 1140A.D and entered the Carthusian Order. He became bishop of Lincoln in 1185 A.D and was devoted to the pastoral care of his flock. He was a supporter  of the oppressed, especially the Jewish community, for whom he risked his life. 

Thursday 18th November

10am Mass, The Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss Peter & Paul, Apostles (Memoria)

From the 12th century the dedications of the Vatican Basilica and Basilica of St. Paul on the Via Ostiense have been kept on this day to honour the memories of the Princes of the Apostles. 

Friday 19th November

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

6pm Parish Requiem Mass

The Requiem Mass will be offered up for all the names in the Holy Souls Box before the Altar.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

~Amen~

 

Saturday 20th November

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

10am Votive Mass of Our Lady (celebrated in the Lady Chapel)

'Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour.' - St. Padre Pio

6:30pm Vigil Mass, Christ The King

Sunday 21st November

10am Mass, Christ the King

2pm Blessing of Graves, Dill Hall Cemetery

 

Following guidance from the diocese, we are still strongly encouraged to wear face masks in church  Thank you for continuing to make St. Mary's a safe and prayerful place for the Glory of God.

 

Sanctuary Lamp

This week (13th - 20th Nov) the Sanctuary Lamp is burning in prayer for Jim & Sadie Pickles.

All Souls Names

During the month of November we traditionally pray for all those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. On All Souls Day (Tues 2nd Nov) there will be the usual Holy Souls Box placed in front of the Altar. You are invited to write down the names of loved ones who have died on a piece of paper, and place them in the Holy Souls Box. For those parishioners who still feel unsafe about coming to Mass you are more than welcome to post names to me at the presbytery and I'll pop them in the Holy Souls Box for you. I'll be offering a Requiem Mass for all those names in the box during November at a date to be confirmed.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.      

November Blessing of Graves

Before the Covid pandemic our parish, for the last two years, has joined St. Anne & St. Joseph's Accrington to bless the graves of deceased friends and family at Dill Hall and Accrington cemeteries. This year, Fr. Wadsworth, the new parish priest at Accrington has facilitated this event and invited our parish to join him.

On Sunday 14th November we will meet outside Accrington Crematorium at 2pm.

On Sunday 21st November we will meet at Dill Hall cemetery at 2pm.

Parish Requiem Mass

On Friday 19th November I will offer up the 6pm Mass for all those names who are in the Holy Souls Box at the foot of the Altar. Parishioners who come to the Requiem Mass will be invited, if they so wish, to take a candle (one per household) and light it, when directed, during the Mass for all their deceased friends and family. Please feel free to invite people you know who have gone through grief and loss and would benefit from the opportunity to be at church and have time to pray and reflect.       

Remembrance Day Thanks

Just a note of thanks to those parishioners, staff and pupils from Sacred Heart, St. Mary's & St. Oswald's schools who came on Thursday to pray in front of the Pieta (Sacred Heart War Memorial) for all who have died in violent conflicts and wars throughout the world. Thank you to Anthony Flanagan and Michael Flanagan for singing Willie McBride, a poignant song that brought home the reality of war and it's cost for so many people. 

The Oswaldtwistle Remembrance Service

The Oswaldtwistle Civic Remembrance Service will be held on Remembrance Sunday (14th November). The parade leaves at 2.10pm from Thwaites Street, behind the old Rosette's Direct building just off New Lane with the service due to commence at 2.30pm, at the Rhyddings St Cenotaph, of which there will be the minute silence and the laying of the wreaths.      

Young Adults Mass and Social

Sunday 21st November 2021, 5.30pm

St Augustine's Church, Grosvenor St, Manchester, M15 6BW.

On Sunday 21st November, there will be a Mass for young adults at St Augustine's Church in Manchester for the Feast of Christ the King.  The Mass will be followed by a social and all are welcome. For more information, email: SalfordYoungAdults@vol.dioceseofsalford.org.uk

St. Oswald's School

On Friday I was invited by Yr 6 to share my vocation story with them and answer questions about the priesthood, from the ordination ceremony through to the promises a priest makes – obedience, celibacy and prayer. It's so important that as parents & grandparents, uncles & aunts, godparents and friends, we share our lives of faith with people to both encourage, edify and pass on the good news.

Congratulations!

On Tuesday (9th Nov) Adam Bamber, our parish seminarian, received the ministry of Acolyte at Oscott College. Bishop Mark Davies, in his homily, told the seminarians how a priest during the fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in April 2019 put his life at risk. The priest went into the burning church not to save a rare statue or unique piece of artwork but to retrieve the Blessed Sacrament from the Tabernacle. The Bishop reminded the future priests that it is the Real Presence, Jesus Himself in the Holy Eucharist, who must be the source and summit of our lives, the treasure of our hearts. Let's continue to pray for Adam as he continues to discern God's call for him.

Volunteer Gardeners

Autumn is definitely here with the nights drawing in, temperatures getting cooler and leaves on the trees dropping. As always if there are any kind volunteers who would be prepared to help clear the church paths and grounds of leaves then please do get in contact with Navada at keenannavada@gmail.com

NIGHT FEVER!

Night Fever is the title given to a certain type of church event that has become quite popular in recent years. The title is a little obscure, apart from the fact that this activity usually takes place in the early evening, or at least after night fall. The Night Fever event is designed to be an evangelistic exercise, in that it includes inviting people to come into church from the street, to light a candle, to say a prayer, or just to sit down for a few moments—or for however long they might wish to stay. In the dimly lit church, there is exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, arrays of candles, and prayerful music being played. This spiritual setting and atmosphere is something that we, as Catholics, might take for granted, but for those who have rarely, or even never, entered a church, this experience can be very moving for them. As part of the Hope in the Future programme which is ongoing in the Diocese, the Deanery will host a:

Night Fever evening at Christ Church on Friday 3rd December from 6.00pm—8.00pm.

A Light in this World

November is the month of the dead when we celebrate the lives of the faithful departed. More than ever, we may find ourselves thinking about a loved one. We then see Advent dawning, when we prepare for the Lord's coming in glory. This year, why not make a dedication to someone you love, someone you miss or someone who has no-one else to pray for them. Together, we can keep their light shining, whilst making a difference to the lives of those who need it most. Please visit https://caritassalford.dedicationpage.org/ Please note that all dedications made by Monday 22nd November will then be remembered by name during the Caritas Mass of Remembrance on Friday 26th November at 7.00 pm celebrated by Fr Ged Murphy, Episcopal Vicar for Caritas, at St Anne's RC Church, Stretford.

The Covid Vaccine

"Bishop John is urging all adults, who are able to do so, to be vaccinated. Pope Francis has reminded people of the duty to be vaccinated if they are able. The Church is clear that all Catholics can take any of the vaccines on offer with a clear conscience. Even if you are at a low risk of becoming seriously ill, being vaccinated will lower the risk of transmitting the virus to somebody else who might then have a severe reaction or even die. It is particularly important that those in our parishes, clergy and lay-people who visit those who are housebound or otherwise vulnerable are vaccinated."

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Sister Mary Gertrude Standing RIP

Of your charity pray for the repose of the soul of Sr Mary Gertrude, who died peacefully on October 31st, 2021, at McAuley Mount Care Home, Burnley and fortified by the rites of the Holy Mother Church, aged 88 years. R.I.P. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 12th November at St Augustine's RC Church, Burnley at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Burnley Cemetery at 12-15 p.m. Internet permitting Sr Gertrude's funeral will be streamed on YouTube channel of the sisters of mercy; RSM Institute. It will also be available to watch later on the same channel. All inquiries to Alderson and Horan Funeral Service, 128 Rossendale Rd, Burnley, BB11 5DH. Tel. 01282 427483 or 457452.

 

God Bless and keep praying.

Our Lady of Oswaldtwistle, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Fr. O'Brien