Friday 5 July 2024

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sunday 7th July 2024

Sunday 7th July 2024

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses & Liturgies for the Coming Week…

Friday 5th July

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

6pm Votive Mass of the Precious Blood

'This blood, when worthily received, drives away demons and puts them at a distance from us, and even summons to us angels and the Lord of angels. This blood, poured out in abundance, has washed the whole world clean. This is the price of the world; by it Christ purchased the Church." ~St John Chrysostom.

Saturday 6th July

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

10am Mass, Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin & Martyr (Memoria)

followed by the veneration of a relic of St. Maria Goretti (in the Lady Chapel)

St. Maria Goretti was born into a poor family in Ancona, Italy in 1890. She spent her childhood at Nettuno, helping her mother in the domestic chores. She was a religious girl, much given to prayer. In 1902, while defending her chastity against a neighbour trying to rape her, she preferred to die rather than give way, and was fatally stabbed. She forgave her attacker before she died, the following day. (in the Lady Chapel)

1pm Wedding of Ms Zoe Gallagher & Mr Edward Mountain

6pm The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

6:30pm Vigil Mass for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Sunday 7th July

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

10am Mass for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Wednesday 10th July

10am Requiem Mass for Phyllis Clayton RIP

Thursday 11th July

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

10am Mass, Saint Benedict, Abbot, Patron of Europe (Feast)

St. Benedict: The "Father of Western Monasticism". Born at Norcia in 480A.D, he gathered followers at Subiaco before moving south to Monte Cassino in 529A.D. Here he founded his most famous monastery, and composed his Rule, still the indispensable guide of the Benedictine Order. He died in 547 A.D.

7pm Mass for Vocations, St Mary Magdalene's RC Church, Burnley (see details below)

Friday 12th July

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

6pm Weekday Mass (Feria)

Saturday 13thJuly

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

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

"Let us live as the Blessed Virgin lived: loving God only, desiring God only, trying to please God only in all that we do." - St John Vianney

6pm The Holy Rosary for Peace in the World

6:30pm Vigil Mass for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Sunday 14th July

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

10am Mass for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B)

Sanctuary Lamp

This week (6th July - 13th July), the Sanctuary Lamp is for Owen Houston and the departed members of the family.

Last Week's Easter Offertory Collection

£582.59. Thank you for your kind generosity.

St. Peter's Pence

We raised for His Holiness, Pope Francis' charitable work £71.40.

Parish Gift: THANK YOU!

The family of the late Hilda Owen RIP have kindly donated £2000.00 to our church in memory of Hilda, who was known to so many of us here at St. Mary's. I would like to express my gratitude for such a generous gift that will go towards the running costs of our parish home. Thank you on behalf of us all here at St. Mary's. God Bless.

Salford Diocesan Big Listen: Upddate

On the 18 May, Sharon and Mike represented St Mary's at the latest Salford Diocese "Big Listen" meeting which took place at Bolton Wanderers Football Club. Over 200 parish representatives, alongside Bishop Arnold, heard the feedback and findings from the first Big Listen exercise which started in November 2023 and finished in January 2024. Over 30,000 comments were reviewed by academics and senior priests, and after a thorough analysis we were presented with the four key themes which will form the basis of the next wave of activity. The themes are:

  1. Nurturing Faith for Tomorrow's World.

  2. Building Connections

  3. Enabling Access

  4. Fostering Christ-like Care

The next request from the Diocese is for the parishes to dig deeper into the four themes and create proposals for action. To do this at St Mary's, Sharon and Mike would like to invite you to 4 meetings where each of the topics will be considered in turn. We hope to hold all of the sessions in the Church, but we will confirm the details of the location and session theme nearer the time. This is a wonderful opportunity to continue to play an important part in the future of our Diocese, and we hope to see as many of you as possible at the sessions.

The scheduled meeting for 7pm Wednesday 10th July has been postponed. The diocese have not sent our synod representatives the information to facilitate the meeting so unfortunately it's postponed but Mike and Sharon will let us know the new date as soon as they have more details.

Date for you Diaries…

St. Mary's Parish Feast & Celebration, Friday 6th September – Sunday 8th September 2024.

Last year's parish feast was a great success thanks to parishioners who freely volunteered their time to mark Our Lady's birthday and the anniversary of the consecration of our church. Again thanks to people freely coming forward to volunteer their time and putting their ideas into action we have the following events…

Friday 6th September

10am 'Happy Birthday Our Lady!' - All are welcome as the children from our three parish primary schools (Sacred Heart, St. Mary's and St. Oswald's) celebrate a prayer service thanking God for the gift of His Mother Mary.

5pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

6pm Votive Mass of Our Lady

Saturday 7th September

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

10am Votive Mass of Our Lady

6pm The Holy Rosary

6:30pm the Vigil Mass followed by a torchlight procession to the parish grotto (weather permitting)

Sunday 8th September

9:30am The Holy Rosary

10am Mass beginning with the procession of the statue of Our Lady of Oswaldtwistle around church

2pm Celebratory Afternoon Tea. Thanks to the generosity of volunteers coming forward and organising this event. See details below.

If any other parishioners would like to volunteer their time and facilitate an event they are more than welcome to. Please see Fr. O'Brien to share what you would like to do.

Our Lady of Oswaldtwistle, pray for us.

St. Mary's Celebratory Afternoon Tea

On the afternoon of Sunday 8th September at 2pm there will be a Celebratory Afternoon Tea as part of the parish festal weekend. There will be sumptuous sandwiches, tempting cakes, traditional scones with jam and cream. Tickets will be £15pp on a first come first serve basis and will available from the stewards desk. Numbers are limited and so in fairness people will only be able to put their name down if they have payment with them when booking. The booking sheet will be available from next weekend (14th/15th July) at the 6:30pm Vigil Mass and the 10am Sunday Mass.

Mass for Vocations

Join us for our Diocesan Monthly Mass for Vocations to the Priesthood at 7.00pm on Thursday 11th July at St Mary Magdalene's RC Church, Burnley. Whether you would like to explore more about a vocation to the priesthood, or simply pray for the future of the priesthood in our diocese, you are more than welcome to attend.

St. Oswald's School

On Monday I was invited to talk to the older children about Saint Peter – the first Pope and the rock that Jesus built his Church on and Saint Paul – the persecutor come courageous believer and missionary. Let's always keep our Holy Father the Pope, successor of St. Peter, in our prayers and have the fortitude of St. Paul to proudly boast of our faith in Jesus Christ, Lord and God.

Radio Maria

*We (Salford Diocese Communication department) have been contacted by Radio Maria England with the request to share the following notice:

Radio Maria England is thrilled to announce that it has begun broadcasting on digital radio in Stockport and some Greater Manchester areas. In addition to digital radio, anyone can tune into Radio Maria England via their free mobile app, website, or through the Alexa Smart Speaker. Radio Maria England is a Catholic radio station that aims to inspire, educate, and inform listeners about the Catholic faith and make the message of the Gospel accessible to all, wherever they are.

Salford Lourdes Pre-Departure Mass

Join the diocese on Sunday 21st July as we gather together in prayer for the Pre-Departure Mass of our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes. Whether you're travelling to Lourdes or are looking to join in prayer at home, you are welcome to the Mass at 5.30pm at St Patrick's church, Collyhurst. Mass will be celebrated by Canon Michael Cooke along with clergy from the diocese, with music from our wonderful Lourdes Choir. There will be refreshments and a chance to catch up with friends after Mass.

Free Webinar - Promoting and supporting integration and wellbeing of refugee children

To mark World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Caritas in partnership with the Caritas Social Action Network, will be hosting a national webinar aimed at equipping communities with the knowledge, skills and resources to effectively support children who are refugees or seeking asylum. The webinar is aimed at teachers, school leaders, school family support workers, social workers, counsellors, therapists and governors. Clergy and others involved in supporting people in their local community would also find the session beneficial. The webinar will take place online on Wednesday 25 September at 4pm. To book your place and find out more, visit

Get Social

Are you aged 18-35? Are you looking to celebrate your faith with other young Catholic adults across the diocese? Give the Diocese of Salford Young Adults Ministry a follow on Instagram! For the latest on upcoming events, opportunities to connect and get involved, as well as regular content and resources to nurture your faith life on the go, simply search @salfordyouth on Instagram.

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:

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

Madonna Del Rosario procession

The annual Madonna Del Rosario procession, organised by the Manchester Italian Association, will take place on Sunday 7 July 2024. The procession will begin at 1.15pm from St Michael's (former church), George Leigh Street, in Ancoats. It will continue through Manchester City Centre to St Peter's Square. All are welcome to join this wonderful celebration.

Job Vacancies

Counsellor (Caritas Schools' Service)

Appointment Type: Term Time Only, Permanent

Working Hours: 22.5 hours per week, with potential to increase hours

Location: Schools-based across the Diocese of Salford

Salary: £30,529 - £36,072 per annum (pro rata for term time and part time)

Find out more and apply at

Social Worker (Caritas Schools' Service)

Appointment Type: Term Time Only, 12 month Fixed Term Contract

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week – 5 days a week

Location: Schools based across Greater Manchester and Lancashire

Salary: £30,529 - £36,072 per annum (pro rata for term time)

Find out more and apply at

God Bless and keep praying.

Our Lady of Oswaldtwistle, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Fr. O'Brien