We had a reporter with us on Palm Sunday from "The Mill" a Manchester based Paper - this is her article about the re-opening of St Patrick's.
By Dani Cole
It’s Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week. St Patrick’s Church in Collyhurst is having its first in-person Mass since the beginning of the pandemic. It’s only a few minutes away from the Northern Quarter — you’ll get there after a brisk walk up Oldham Road, past Wing Yip Superstore and a timber merchant’s yard with snarls of razor-wire looped along its fence.
The clocks went forward last night, and even though I am one of this morning’s early risers, I am running late. Mass starts at 9.30 and it’s 9.21. It’s bird-bath weather. Big puddles have opened up along the curbs. An oil-slick blooms iridescently on the wet pavement. I turn off Oldham Road and hurry along Livesey Street. St Patrick’s isn’t difficult to see from a distance. It’s an imposing Grade II listed red brick building, with white stone and a grey slate roof. The large set of wooden doors in the middle have been flung open in welcome.
A silver car pulls up beside me and a Nigerian woman jumps out and ushers her children towards the church doors. They must have been caught out by the clocks, too. It occurs to me as I step through the threshold that my bright red wellingtons are not Sunday best. But I soon realise that all of the parishioners are casually dressed. A man stands at the entrance with a basket crammed with palm crosses. The atmosphere is quietly joyous.
Inside the church, most people keep their coats on. There is the muted shuffling of damp wool and rain-wet Puffa jackets as people stand and sit. A few bravely shrug their outer layers off, only to put them back on: the almost-forgotten yet familiar chill of church pews has found them, and crept into their clothes.
After the Blessing of the Palms, the congregation settles — but a church is never truly silent; throats are cleared, a phone chimes in a cavernous pause. A girl climbs into her father’s lap, a more comfortable seat than a worn-down pew. And of course, the prayers.
Today’s homily is about Jesus and the unbroken colt that was ridden into Bethlehem. Father Jim Clarke, who under his red cassock is dressed in a grey jumper and a pair of dark trousers, asks us in a clear, sonorous voice: why did Jesus choose to ride an animal that hadn’t been tamed? A man in front of me has bowed his head so deeply I think he’s fallen asleep.
Afterwards, I catch a few people on their way out — Covid restrictions mean people can’t stay and talk to each other, and the church needs to be sanitised for Deaf Mass which starts at 11.30. Esther, 47, who lives in Miles Platting, has been coming to St Patrick’s with her family since 2015. “I’m really happy,” she says when I ask her how it feels to be back. “It’s like a second home. There’s nothing like being in church.”
I approach a lively trio: this is Arthur, 83, Veronica, 82, (‘Roni’ to her friends) and John, 82. They’re in good spirits and all laugh when I ask how old they all are. They tell me that they’re St Patrick’s veterans. Veronica, who’s from Salford and worked as a shorthand typist has been coming here for 50 years.
John was a postman and has been a parishioner for 20 years. Arthur was a joiner for the Manchester Corporation for 30 years and lives in next-door Miles Platting. “It’s changed a lot, and not for the good,” he says. “It’s lost all of the community now.”
He says that while the same people have been coming to St Patrick’s over the years, there’s been a shift. “I think the churches are going down,” he tells me. “Oh yes, I do too,” Veronica agrees. John nods his head.
“It’s nothing like it used to be,” Arthur says. “I don’t know if it’s because people are giving up religion, they’re not getting the young ones in.” John tells me his wife goes to St Malachy’s Church, which is about a mile away. It’s also part of St Patrick’s parish. Even though the pandemic meant the three weren’t able to come into church, they didn’t miss Mass — Arthur says he watched some American services on the telly.
There’s a bit of time between Masses, so I talk to Father Jim before he has to conduct Deaf Mass. “To be able to open up for Holy Week this year is lovely,” he says. “I’m delighted they’re all back — it’s fantastic.”
He describes last March as “very weird”, and says it took time to adjust leading Mass to an empty church. Each service was live-streamed, though this was something St Patrick’s had already been doing pre-pandemic. Father Jim is fluent in British Sign Language, and the church serves members of the deaf community across the Salford Diocese. It’s a long way to travel for some of the parishioners, so live-streaming ensures services are accessible.
Part of his seminary studies included pastoral work, and he put his name down to volunteer at a deaf centre. He naively thought it would be in a back room of a pub. “I’ll never forget the first night I went,” he says. “There were about 200, 300 people signing away.” He remembers thinking: “I’ve got to learn this!”
He’s from Rochdale (“next door!”) and has been a priest for just over 25 years. He did nine years of seminary, rather than the usual six, so “there’s a lot of rubbish knocking around in my head,” he jokes.
Today’s turnout was strong: he estimates about 80 people came to Mass. There is a diverse community at the church. “We’ve got people from all over the place,” he says, “it’s fairly cosmopolitan.” Amongst his parishioners, he can count Tibetan, Polish, Nigerian and Vietnamese members.
“There’s been an enormous pressure trying to keep on top of the place,” he says. There’s an old joke his parishioners sometimes crack: You only work one day a week Father! “I wish!” he says. “If every day was as easy as Sunday, I’d be laughing.”
He says that seminary doesn’t prepare priests for earth-bound matters such as fixing things in the church, plumbing, sorting out leaky roofs, and grappling with modern technology. Then there is also the issue of funding. “I’m running this place on a shoestring because there are so few people coming to church.” They’re down about £60,000 since last March.
Many parishioners no longer darken the church’s doors unless there’s a funeral, wedding or baptism. “All of a sudden they’re here champing on your bit – that’s the way it is, really.”
The church’s heyday was in the 1950s, where Father Jim says there were 15,000 parishioners and the benches were packed all the way to the back of the church. There would be six Masses a day. As redevelopment in Collyhurst saw houses flattened and tower blocks rise up, many people moved away. These days there are about 2,000 parishioners.
I stay for Deaf Mass. There are fewer people here — but it feels intimate. There are four readers, two who read aloud and two who sign for the congregation. Father Jim alternates between signing and having someone sign for him.
Outside I talk to Stuart, 60. He’s travelled from Oldham and cares for his wife Lindsley full-time. He used to work as an engineer and also did IT. “Whatever task gets put in front of me, I know what to do.” Stuart is partially deaf, having lost some of his hearing when he was three years old after contracting German Measles. He learned to sign when he went to deaf college in 1976.
He describes the return to church as “peaceful and joyful.” He converted to Catholicism two years ago — Lindsley was baptised in the faith, but he says that she never forced him to do anything he didn’t want to. He would come to St Patrick’s with her and grew closer to God. “It was eye-opening,” he says. “It was like a wake-up call.”
Was wonderful to see you all this morning!
Lent soups for the GLO
Just counted the money that has come in for the Good Life Orphanage, from those who had Friday soup sessions at home through Lent. £550 has come in this morning, with quite a few saying they too have money. I will keep you informed of the total. I have just spoken with Mary, she and Kevin are thrilled that you have done this even through Lockdown, and she passes on her sincere thanks to you all.
Also please note that the envelopes for the coming year are now available at the back of church. please Check the names on the top , as a few numbers have changed.
Today (24.3.21) I received a communiqué from the Bishop. As part of his letter he reminded me/us of the issues surrounding the opening of our churches, these instructions are listed below. Please adhere to them.
CHURCHES – LITURGIES – SERVICES
· Churches may open.
· Given the risks of the pandemic that currently persist, Catholics may judge they are unable to attend Sunday Mass at this time. These risks constitute a valid reason to stay away, without sin. As restrictions ease and parishioners feel able to return to Sunday Mass with reduced risk, we should encourage them to do so and welcome them warmly.
· While open, there must be stewards present.
· Hand sanitiser must be provided for those entering the church.
· Masks must be worn where applicable.
· Social distancing is to be observed (2-metre rule) (Family bubbles may sit closer together).
· Church Covid capacity still to be observed, which may require politely turning people away.
· Sanitising of benches required after every liturgy.
Re-opening of our churches
St Patrick's will open for the services on Palm Sunday
Holy Week will be as follows:-
Palm Sunday - Mass at 9:30am
Palm Sunday - Deaf Mass at 11:30am
Tuesday and Wednesday Mass at 9:30am LIVE STREAMED ONLY
Thursday - Mass of the Lords supper 6:30pm - No Waiting after Mass
Friday - No Stations - please use the online stations at 11am
Friday - Passion of The Lord 3pm
Saturday - Easter Vigil 6:30pm
ALL THE ABOVE WILL TAKE PLACE AT ST PATRICK'S
Mass at St Malachy' s at 9:30am
Mass at St Patricks at 11:am (hearing and deaf communities combined).
The latest organ recital from Stephan Mann - Meditation
Played on our very own church organ.
Stations of the Cross - this Friday, or at any time
The Stations of The Cross, are now ready to be used, the slide presentation uses our own Stations from St Patrick's, with a voice over of the script, and in sign language, go to the top of this page and click on The Stations of The Cross. These Stations can be used at any time during Lent, and as they are a "new" version, I hope you enjoy them and they help you to reflect on that last journey of Jesus to Calvary.
Short Organ Recital
This is our organist Stephen Mann, playing Agnus Dei by Bizet - He is able to make our organ sound so beautiful.
The organ in Church needs about £10,000 spending on it, if it is to remain in a playable state. If you know of any funding projects that might help, or if you want to set up a funding page, please give Fr Jim a ring. Thanks.
Heaven’s Road Catholic Online Radio www.heavensroadfm.com (including appearances by yours truly)
Is an online radio broadcasting features like prayers, interviews and music to appeal to a Catholic audience – they also have many podcasts and broadcast over 40 daily live Masses from 15 churches in England and Ireland from their website www.heavensroadfm.com.
www.heavensroadfm.com – just to remind you. An excellent Catholic radio broadcasting 24/7. Has traditional prayers, including Rosary, Angelus and prayers for the sick, plus lots of feature programmes and music. Also has many links on the website to podcasts etc, and about 40 live Masses a day from webcams in UK and Ireland. If anyone has a spare shilling to give away, the Radio is reliant upon donations - a very worthwhile cause. Donate here
Bishop John's Pastoral letter is now available on the "Pastoral letter" button at the top of this page.
you can read it at your leisure or listen to the Bishop himself reading it.
Something to think about during LENT.
Beggarman's lunch 2021
I hear that a number of people are working out how to raise money for the Good Life Orphanage, as we do during Lent each year. This is a wonderful gesture, and I thank you all in anticipation. The bank details for the Orphanage are as follows
Royal bank of Scotland
Sort code 16-00-06
Account number 17612380
Name on the account Good Life Orphanage & SMB school
If you do not have access to transferring money, you can push any donations through my door at number 6 Nobby Stiles Drive.
Thanks to you all.
Masses during Lent
A number of people have been asking about Masses for Easter. At the moment I cannot answer those questions. We will be closed for Ash Wednesday, but please God we might be able to open for Holy Week, I will let you know nearer the time. Thanks for your patience, but I feel our priority is to to keep people safe.
A few new pictures on the Gallery page, why not take a look?
A little something to think about.
NO STREAMED MASS THIS WEDNESDAY (2O:01:2021) - SORRY
Pastoral letter from Bishop John 17th Jan 2021
There is a pastoral letter for the Bishop this weekend. You can re-read his letter on the pastoral letter button at the to of this k page, or there is a link so you can listen to the Bishop himself reading the letter.
Our Churches are now closed - as from today 11th January 2021
Due to this new strain of Covid-19 spreading as fast as it is, I have taken the difficult decision to close our churches again, until it is deemed safe to open again. I will let you know as soon as that happens, here on the web site, as well as on the parish Whatts App group, and hopefully by word of mouth.
Mass will be streamed every day as usual, please do come and join me if you can. God Bless us all.
Happy New Year to you all!
New Years Day
Please note there will be Mass at 9:30am at St Patrick's and will be live streamed only, the church will not be open.
Act now and ask your MP to oppose introducing assisted suicide.
This is a real slippery slope if we allow this to happen in our country - keep life sacred!
The assisted suicide lobby have launched a large campaign to put pressure on the Government to reconsider the legalisation of assisted suicide.
It is vital that it is clear to the Government that the public want them to continue to hold strong against this pressure from assisted suicide campaigners and reject their demands.
Right To Life UK have set up and easy to use tool which will enable you to email your MP asking them to make it clear to the Government that it should not give into demands from the assisted suicide lobby to reconsider the legalisation of assisted suicide. It only takes 30 seconds to email your MP by visiting the link below:
The Year of St Joseph
Pope Francis has deemed that this year will be a year dedicated to St Joseph, from 6th Decemvir 2020 to 6th December 2021.
Dear St Joseph, foster father of Jesus and husband of Mary Pray for us.
Third Sunday of Advent.
Both St Malachy’s and St Patrick’s are back to usual Mass times this weekend.
THE YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH (6th December 2020 - 6th December 2021)
Pope Francis has written an Apostolic Letter about Saint Joseph, to mark the opening of a Year of Saint Joseph, which runs from 8 December 2020 to 8 December 2021. The title of the Letter is Patris Corde, which means "With a Father’s Love". This recognises that all 4 Gospels refer to Jesus as "the son of Joseph", even though Joseph was not his biological father. For centuries, Joseph’s name was hardly mentioned, because the very fact that he thought of sending Mary away seemed wrong. Everything changed 150 years ago, Blessed Pius IX named Joseph Patron of the Catholic Church. Some of you will have seen Pope Francis’ Meditation in the Time of Pandemic, when he was the only person in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, when he recognised the contribution being made "by ordinary people, people often overlooked. People who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines, or on the latest television show, yet in these very days are surely shaping the decisive events of our history. Doctors, nurses, storekeepers and supermarket workers, cleaning personnel, caregivers, transport workers, men and women working to provide essential services and public safety, volunteers, priests, men and women religious, and so very many others". What he praised in them is not only generosity, but a willingness to work patiently spreading "not panic, but shared responsibility" and, in many cases, praying and encouraging others to pray. "Each of us can discover in Joseph - the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence - an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble". Catholics have traditionally held Joseph in great affection. St. Teresa of Ávila often prayed to him and encouraged others to do the same. Prayers are offered to him every Wednesday and the month of March is dedicated to him. Pope Francis is convinced that "in Joseph, Jesus saw the tender love of God". That is because Joseph doubted his own ability to do the things God asked him to do. "The evil one makes us see and condemn our frailty, whereas the Spirit brings it to light with tender love. Tenderness is the best way to touch the frailty within us. Pointing fingers and judging others are frequently signs of an inability to accept our own weaknesses, our own frailty". Joseph was able to accept his own weaknesses and Pope Francis is sure this moulded the atmosphere in the life of the Holy Family. "Joseph teaches us that faith in God includes believing he can work even through our fears, our frailties and our weaknesses. He also teaches us that we must never be afraid to let the Lord steer our course. At times, we want to be in complete control, yet God always sees the bigger picture". Joseph is a fine example, because he "accepted Mary unconditionally. He trusted in the angel’s words". His life teaches us to accept rather than to explain: he was not resigned to the inevitable, but a very proactive person. His example can teach us to "set aside all anger and disappointment, and to embrace the way things are, even when they do not turn out as we wish. Not with mere resignation but with hope and courage". Joseph’s approach can allow miracles to happen in our lives, and "encourages us to accept and welcome others as they are, without exception, and to show special concern for the weak, for God chooses what is weak (cf. 1 Corinthians 1, 27)". Pope Francis is sure God used Joseph to achieve His purpose, and he is convinced God can use us, too. Pope Francis offers us an interesting challenge: he suggests we should ask "whether we ourselves are protecting Jesus and Mary, for they are also mysteriously entrusted to our own responsibility, care and safekeeping"; Jesus entered the world "in a state of great vulnerability" and Joseph had to defend, protect and care for Him; we are called to do the same. The child Jesus is often the "poor, needy, suffering or dying person, every stranger, every prisoner, every infirm person" we come across. The child Jesus grew up and taught us, "As you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me" (Matthew 25, 40). If we respond positively to this challenge, we are continuing Joseph’s mission. The Holy Father is convinced that "being a father entails introducing children to life and reality", not being over-protective but "making them capable of deciding for themselves"; the alternative is a selfish caricature of love which "imprisons, constricts and makes for misery". The positive alternative? "When fathers refuse to live the lives of their children for them, new and unexpected vistas open up. Every child is the bearer of a unique mystery that can only be brought to light with the help of a father who respects that child’s freedom". A father is a real father "when he becomes like Joseph, who always knew that his child was not his own but had merely been entrusted to his care". Genuine fatherhood has nothing to do with possession; a real father is a shadow on earth of our heavenly Father, "a shadow that follows his Son". Pope Francis concludes his Apostolic Letter with a prayer to Saint Joseph:
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
In you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.
With thanks to Fr Peter Fleetwood for the above.
SUNDAY Mass in Sign Language.
Sunday Mass is now being recorded.
You will be able to watch Mass if you missed it, by going to the live streaming button at 6the top of the page and looking down to the second box.
It will remain in place for one week.
Donations, and money info
I would like to thank the those people who have given a donation to the church over the past week, it is much appreciated.
Since the lockdown began in mid march, we are down in the collections by almost £19,000, which as you can imagine is very difficult when you have a plant as large as ours.
Live streaming is resumed from Friday 28th August
Things return to normal, with lived streamed mass everyday, at 9:30am.
The engineer finally came yesterday and got things fixed. So, please join us for Mass if you can.
A little bit more information for you about the opening of churches and how we have got to where we are at!
Please note - No mass on Monday, Fr
Jim's day off.
Meeting for volunteers for opening of churches.
There will be a short meeting for those people who have volunteered to help with the opening of churches, THIS TUESDAY evening (28th July) at 7.00pm, in St Patrick's, should last only 20 minutes.
Opening of St Malachy's and St Patrick's Churches
St Malachy's Church will re-open for Weekend Mass on Saturday 1st August at the usual time of 6:30pm.
St Patrick's will re-open for weekend masses on Sunday 2nd August, at the usual times of 9:30am, hearing mass, and 11:30am Deaf mass.There will be no weekday masses yet, as I do not have enough volunteers to cover them.
When attending these Masses (there is still no obligation to attend masses yet!) please follow the instructions of the volunteer stewards.
May I ask you please to wear a mask, there are some here at church if you need one. There is also sanitizing hand gel, please use it on the way into church, there are also gloves, if you feel you would like to wear them.
Also, keep an eye on the weather, we have to keep two sets of doors open, to create a draft in the church, it you thinks its a bit cool bring an extra layer with you.
All Masses and services from St Patrick's will continue to be live streamed on the parish web site, and this is now a permenent fixture.
The message below arrived yesterday and is a much longer letter from the Cardinal and his three Arch Bishops. Please take the time to read it. I have left the original correspondence from Bishop John below.
A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops
of the Catholic Church in England
Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
On Tuesday we heard the announcement that, from the 4th July this year, places of
worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services. We welcome this news with
great joy. Since the lockdown began, members of all faiths have faced restrictions on
how they have been able to celebrate important religious festivals. Our own
experience of Easter was unlike any other we have known. Now, in our churches,
and with our people, we can look forward again to celebrating the central mysteries
of our faith in the Holy Eucharist.
The recent reopening of our churches for individual private prayer was an important
milestone on our journey towards resuming communal worship. Our churches that
have opened have put in place all the measures needed to ensure the risks of virus
transmission are minimised. This includes effective hand sanitisation, social
distancing, and cleaning. We remain committed to making sure these systems of
hygiene and infection control meet Government and public health standards.
We want to thank everyone within the Catholic community for sustaining the life of
faith in such creative ways, not least in the family home. We thank our priests for
celebrating Mass faithfully for their people, and for the innovative ways in which
they have enabled participation through live-streaming and other means. We are
grateful for the pastoral care shown by our clergy to those for whom this time of
lockdown has been especially difficult, and, in particular, towards those who have
been bereaved. We recognise too the chaplaincy services that have played a vital role
in supporting those most in need. Gaining from the experience of all that we have
been through, and bringing those lessons into the future, we must now look forward.
With the easing of restrictions on worship with congregations, we tread carefully
along the path that lies ahead. Our lives have been changed by the experience of the
pandemic and it is clear that we cannot simply return to how things were before
lockdown. We remain centred on the Lord Jesus and His command at the Last
Supper to “do this in memory of me.” We must now rebuild what it means to be Eucharistic communities, holding fast to all that we hold dear, while at the same time exploring creative ways to meet changed circumstances.
It is important to reaffirm that, at present, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass
remains suspended. A significant number of churches may remain closed as they are
unable to meet the requirements for opening for individual prayer. Fulfilling these
requirements is a precondition for any church opening after the 4th July for the
celebration of Mass with a congregation.
Please be aware that there will be a limit on the number of people who can attend
Mass in our churches. This will determined locally in accordance with social
distancing requirements. We therefore need to reflect carefully on how and when we
might be able to attend Mass. We cannot return immediately to our customary
practices. This next step is not, in any sense, a moment when we are going ‘back to
We ask every Catholic to think carefully about how and when they will return to
Mass. Our priests may need to consider whether it is possible to celebrate additional
Masses at the weekends. Given there is no Sunday obligation, we ask you to consider
the possibility of attending Mass on a weekday. This will ease the pressure of
numbers for Sunday celebrations and allow a gradual return to the Eucharist for
Moving forward, there will still be many people who cannot attend Mass in person.
We therefore ask parishes, wherever possible, to continue live-streaming Sunday
Mass, both for those who remain shielding and vulnerable, and also for those unable
to leave home because of advanced age or illness.
When we return to Mass there will some differences in how the celebration takes
place. For the time being, there will be no congregational singing and Mass will be
shorter than usual. None of this detracts from the centrality of our encounter with
the Risen Christ in the Eucharist. We ask everyone to respect and follow the guidance
that will be issued and the instructions in each church.
“As I have loved you,” said the Lord Jesus, “so you must love each other.” (Jn 13:34) The
lockdown has brought forth remarkable acts of charity, of loving kindness, from
Catholics across our communities as they have cared for the needy and vulnerable.
We have seen love in action through charitable works, and through the service of
many front-line keyworkers who are members of our Church. Now we can begin to
return to the source of that charity, Christ himself, present for us sacramentally,
body, blood, soul and divinity, in Holy Communion. As we prepare to gather again
to worship, let us, respectful of each other, come together in thanksgiving to God for
the immense gift of the Holy Eucharist.
Yours devotedly in Christ
✠ Vincent Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster
✠ Malcolm McMahon OP, Archbishop of Liverpool
✠ Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham
✠ John Wilson, Archbishop of Southwark
This letter is addressed to the Catholic Community in England; the opening of the Catholic Churches in Wales
is devolved to the Welsh Assembly who are still evaluating their position on opening Places of Worship.
Please read the following carefully. I will let you have more information as soon as it becomes available.
A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP JOHN ARNOLD OF SALFORD
We welcome the news that we can once again start to gather for public worship. I know that this will be news received with great joy by my fellow brothers and parishioners.
We await the guidelines from the Bishops Conference to see what this will mean practically for us. There will still be a need to continue with some restrictions and our worship may feel a little different. It may also be that not all our churches can open and that there is a reduction in the number of services.
We will issue more information to parishes as we receive it and will provide support to assist parishes as we approach the 4th July.
These are unprecedented times and we must recognise that this is the next step in the journey we are on together back to normality, however that may look.
+John (Bishop of Salford).
Statement from Cardinal Vincent Nichols
on the resumption of collective acts of worship
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales writes:
I welcome the statement by the Prime Minister earlier today, that places of worship are now able to resume collective acts of worship from 4 July. This is welcome news for members of all religions in England. I thank all who have worked hard to bring this about, not least my fellow religious leaders.
As Catholics we now look forward to being able to celebrate Mass together again from 4 July. We have waited with patience and longing for this moment, understanding the importance of protecting the health of people in our society. Now we are full of anticipation that we will be able again to take part together in the Eucharist, which lies at the centre of our faith.
It is important that we continue to abide by the guidance, given by the Government, on appropriate social distancing and the other measures to avoid all unnecessary risk. Our own detailed guidance will be distributed around dioceses and parishes so everyone can be confident that they may come to Mass securely and understand the part they are to play in protecting each other from any remaining risk of infection.
The past few months have been a time of fashioning new patterns of prayer, new ways of exploring and enriching our faith and vigorous ways of reaching out to those in need. We can build on these, forgetting nothing of the graces we have been given. Yet now, with the experience of opening our churches for individual prayer already gained, this return to the more normal patterns of worship will be of great importance to all Catholics.
This time of our ‘Eucharistic fast’ has made our hearts grow in longing for that moment when we can come together and receive again the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. That moment is now very near and for that we thank God.
+Vincent (Archbishop of Westminster)
Churches and Times They are Open (Only for Private Prayer)
Bishop John's Pastoral letter
Today's pastoral letter can be found on the button above "Pastoral Letter", where there is a sound link, so you can listen to the letter again given by the Bishop, or the script, if you would like to read it at your leisure.
Opening of Churches
Work is progressing with plans to re-open our churches, but it will be slow and in stages. Some churches have been chosen to open before others, so that we can try to put into place the very strict rules that have been given to us by the government. I will be saying more about this tomorrow, at Sunday Mass. But it is enough here to say that the churches will open firstly for allotted times of private prayer, and later for Mass, we have no dates yet as to when this might happen. Some churches are expected to open on 4th July (maybe even earlier, but we will have to wait for guidance from the bishop.) Things have indeed changed as of this morning. The new date for those first churches to open fort private prayer is now 15th June.
Some people have asked if it's possible to set up a standing order to give their weekly offerings to the Church. The answer is yes of course. You need to copy and paste the following form to a word document, and then follow the instructions.
& Afterwards if you would like.
7. Thank you very much.
STANDING ORDER FORM
Amount (in words) ________________________________ £ _________________
*Payments are to continue until _______________________________ (including date of last payment)
*Delete as applicable
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AFTER THIS?
I hope and pray that you are all keeping well in these difficult days. Stay safe.
The Church, like everyone else is now looking towards a strategy of what will happen at the end of this lock down. Our Church leaders have made it clear that they will be guided by what the Government has to say, and will adhere to all the government guidelines when that time arrives.
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A Call for financial Help
As with every part of industry, the church is also missing your weekly contributions. After the next three weeks of lockdown, St Patrick's and St Malachy's will be down about £12,000.
I am hoping people are putting their weekly donation in their envelopes and will appear once the churches are re-opened - I can only hope!
It is wonderful to see so many people taking the chance to pop onto the web site over the past week. Now that we seem to have worked out the sound issues, I hope that you are able to enjoy the live streamed mass wherever you are. It is great to know that so many are watching. (Last Sunday there were 175 people online and on Tuesday this week there were 95 people).
Just a reminder that on Sunday this week thee are 2 masses, one at 9:30am and one at 11:30am which will be in sign language, we would be delighted if you are able to join us for either of these two Masses.
Sound & live streaming
Some people are having problems with the sound when Mass is being live streamed, you need to go to the bottom right of the picture with your mouse and turn on the volume. It cannot be seen until you put the mouse over the point on the bottom right of the picture. Hope this helps.
This coming Sunday, there will be 2 masses live streamed. The usual 9:30am Mass and then an 11:30am Mass in sign language.
Prayer for a Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen
Salford Diocese pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
This years pilgrimage has been cancelled.
I have ceased with morning prayer via video, as not a single person had joined in over the past week. It was worth a try!
The Lords Day at Home
the PDF file below is a liturgy which has been put together by the Bishops. They hope it will help you with celebrating your faith at home.
Including the prayer for a spiritual communion, that I will be using everyday at Mass.
LDAH Lent 5A.pdf
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Morning prayer of the church
Due to these odd times, I thought it might be a nice idea to start the day with the morning prayer of the church. This prayer is said by millions of priests, nuns, brothers and lay people round the world.
If you would like to join in, on Monday morning you will find a video of me praying the morning prayer of the church, and if we could say it together at 8:30am this will unify our prayers.
You can find the prayers on line, try universalis and see all the prayers there.
I was hoping to be able to live stream masses from St Patrick's, but this cannot happen as my broadband is too weak. there are alternatives with those with interned access, you can go to heavensroadfm.com, masses are streames almost every half hour during the day.
Fr Simon Firth
Fr Simon is on Facebook, Catholic Ashton Facebook group,
and bless him, he has a full spiritual programme running everyday. With morning prayer, mass, rosary and novena, and also in the evening ay 9pm, a chance to ask him questions live, all those questions you have always wanted to ask.......
why not drop in and see what is going on?
Please find below the guidance on celebrations of all the Sacraments from the CBCEW website. The website itself is crashing at the moment due to high volumes of traffic.
CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES
Liturgical Advice in the light of the COVID-19 Pandemic
18th March 2020
This advice will be reviewed and developed as necessary weekly.
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, having consulted the Ordinaries of the Dioceses, has agreed that the cessation of public liturgies should begin from Friday evening 20th March 2020. Because of the situation the Church finds herself in, the obligation for the faithful to attend Holy Mass on a Sunday or Holy day of Obligation is removed, until further notice.
The following instruction is now given for the celebration of the Sacraments and sacramentals of the Church at this time.
Celebrations of Holy Mass
Priests (parish priest and assistant priests) who hold parochial office should continue to celebrate Mass in a church within their parish without the faithful on a daily basis. Other priests (i.e. retired from office or entrusted with a non-parochial ministry) may celebrate Mass without the faithful in a church, chapel or their private home. Deacons should not participate in these celebrations.
The continuing celebration of Mass ensures that the faithful can join in spiritual communion with the priests of the Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states (1364): As often as the sacrifice of the Cross by which 'Christ our Pasch has been sacrificed' is celebrated on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried out. Daily liturgical resources for those at home, including those for making a “Spiritual Communion” with the priest, will be available on the CBCEW website.
Information about the live-streaming of the celebration of Mass will be made widely available in our dioceses so that the faithful can participate in the prayers of the priest at Mass at home. A fine example of this is from The National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham will continue its full liturgical programme and this will be available to all via the Internet (www.walsingham.org.uk)
Wherever possible, during this period, churches will remain open, especially on Sundays, for individual private prayer, without any organised services, and offering prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.
Baptisms should be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can gather safely. In case of necessity, baptisms should be celebrated with all the hygiene precautions that have been laid down by the Church in its COVID-19 advice.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Confession may be offered on request as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed (eg a physical barrier between the penitent and the priest such as a grille and cloth). The use of Rite II and Rite III of the Rite of Penance is not permitted as this, by necessity, requires the gathering of people in our churches.
First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion
These celebrations should be postponed until a time that allows for families and friends to gather safely within our churches.
The celebrations of Confirmation should be deferred until such time that the public health advice is that congregations can resume public worship.
If possible, the celebration of the sacrament of Matrimony should be deferred until such time that people can gather in numbers safely. However, if this is not possible and only in the most pressing of circumstances, then those present for the marriage should be restricted to the celebrant, bride and groom and immediate family, and if necessary, the legal Registrar.
Anointing of the Sick
No pastoral visits should be made to people who are self-isolating until the isolation period ends. However, do offer phone support. When anointing the sick, the Oil of the Sick can be applied using a cotton bud which can be burned afterwards (one end for the head and the other for the hands) and the priest extend his hands over the sick person for laying on of hands, without physical contact. This has been confirmed as a valid mode of celebrating the sacraments which involve “laying on of hands.” Visits to people in care homes or hospitals should follow advice from the staff on infection control.
Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil
This will be dependent on the forthcoming decisions of the Bishops for the Holy Week ceremonies.
There must be great pastoral sensitivity to this issue. The funeral service should take place at the graveside or at a crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematorium authorities. Arrangements should be made for a Mass to be celebrated in memoriam when congregations are allowed to gather.
St Patrick's night Celebration on Friday
20th March IS CANCELLED!
This year Ash Wednesday is 26th February (1.5 weeks away!)
There are a number of things happening around the diocese, as well as at the Brothers house at St Malachy’s.
Why not try and plan something extra into your week, especially for Lent?
Scripture is at the centre of everything the Church does. The word of God shapes our prayer and worship. The Bible shows us how to understand the world, how we are called to live and relate to each other. In 2020, we are celebrating the Year of the Word and the God Who Speaks. There are lots of exciting things happening across our diocese to help us celebrate this special year.
Lenten Retreat at Wardley Hall
The Bishops of England and Wales have challenged us to read the entire Gospel of Matthew as part of The God Who Speaks year on Scripture. The Lenten programme at Wardley Hall will focus on this challenge. Using Scripture, poetry, art and/or music, we will pray with Matthew’s Gospel. Sessions, led by Sr Joan Kersley FMSJ and Maria Kidd, will include talks, individual prayer time and sharing. Find out more on our diocesan website.
God who Speaks in the City
In this speaker series, audiences will get to hear about a huge range of different issues at the God who Speaks in the City. The events will take place at the St Mary's (the Hidden Gem) over the next year and cover topics such as Dialogue, Creation, Art and Mass. Find out more on our diocesan website.
Katherine House Retreats
Throughout 2020, Sr Teresa Brittain and Marie Pattison, Director of Katherine House, will be exploring how God spoke to people in the scriptures and speaks to you today. Each month will have a different focus, with the first focus being on Moses. There will be two opportunities each month to attend this, one on a Wednesday at 2pm and the second on a Thursday at 7pm.
Six-week Introductory Meditation Course
Cloisters, Cathedral of St John, Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5LE
Friday 7th February 2020, 11am
Meditation is an ancient form of prayer. Its aim is to bring the distracted mind to silence and stillness, and rest in the presence of God. Even in our modern busy lives and changeable times, this is possible.
We invite you to come along and try this form of prayer which is simple and peaceful. The course is free and will run on Fridays from 7th February to 13th March 2020. For more information, call Joanne on 07776426911
Gala Dinner in aid of Salford Lourdes
St John Henry Newman Parish Centre, Urmston
Saturday 22nd February, 7pm
A gala dinner featuring a four course meal, welcome drink, grand auction and raffle in aid of the Salford Diocesan Lourdes pilgrimage.
Tickets are £40 or £375 per table of 10. Payable by BACS to Salford Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund
Call Filippa on 07866583870 for more information and to book
Cathedral of St John, Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5LE
Saturday 8th February 2020, 7.30pm
The Catholic Hub is an event for Young Adults (18+) which takes place on the Second Saturday of every month, 7:30pm at Salford Cathedral. All are welcome to attend.
The Two Popes
I don't usually recommend films, but this is something a little different. The Two Popes (available only on Netflix) is the extraordinary story of our current Pope Francis and Benedict, Pope emeritus. It a very touching insight into the lives of two ordinary men, called to do something very extraordinary. If you are able to track it down, I would recommend it to your viewing.
St Chad’s Deanery Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2020
In conjunction with the Diocese of Salford
One day longer than the Diocese
31st July — 7th August inclusive
There is a meeting for anyone interested in finding out more.
Meeting Tuesday 21st January at St Patrick’s Church at 7pm
Monday No mass
Tuesday - Christmas Eve 6:15pm Carols by candle light
7:00 Vigil Mass of Christmas
Wednesday - Christmas Day 9:30am Mass at St Malachy’s
11:00am Mass at St Patrick’s with
the deaf community
Thursday Mass 9:15am St Bridget’s Room
Friday Mass 9:15am St Bridget’s Room
Saturday No Exposition Mass 9:15am St Bridget’s Room
NO CONFESSIONS THIS WEEK
The Fair this year will take place on Sunday 24th November, more information to follow. Also raffle tickets will be available next week. There is a notice looking for help with prizes for the raffle, if you can help we would be most grateful.
Deanery Candle for Lourdes -
NEXT SUNDAY is the last chance to get your prayer slips in.
There is only one week left before we head off to Lourdes for this years pilgrimage. As always, if you would like to have someone prayed for specifically, would you please add their name to the slip below, cut the slip off the newsletter, and give it to Fr. Jim next week. We will be having a large candle, and all the names of the people will be added to it as it is left burning opposite the Grotto in Lourdes. We ask a donation of £1 towards the cost of the candle, or whatever you would like to give. Thank you.
We have now finished our classes, I hope thaty you have enjoyed them and that you have learned a little of what it is to communicate with someone who is deaf. Thanks to all who joined in the class.
Learning sign language.
On one of the buttons at the top of this page (intro to BSL) you will find a 10 week course on learning sign language, (we have just finished week 5). Each week there is a video, along with instructions and vocabulary. If you follow this course and are prepared to practice; by the end, you will be able to hold a conversation with a deaf person. Why not join in?
....When the Missionaries of Charity Brothers opened a house in a remote part of Ethiopia in 2018, the first person they took in was an 8 year old child. He arrived very ill and severely malnourished. He died soon after. His name, translated from the local language, was: “I HAVE FOUND MY BROTHER”. Brothers Marc and Ruben and our friend Cal in Manchester have composed this song for all those for whom we have become brothers, and whom we love as the brothers and sisters that God gave us through our mission. The song is about three true stories of extraordinary people. The first one is Steven, a 12 year old child in Kolkata who even terminally ill with AIDS could not stop dancing. The second is our Harry here in Manchester , whose dementia has erased every memory from his mind... but a song that we sing together every time we visit him. The last one is one of our boys in the young offenders prison in Lima, Peru. He was completely broken by his being in a gang, but our circus group brought him back to the joy of living. To them and countless others, all our love and admiration.
sure you will recognise them all. The acoustics in our church are made for this kind of organ recital, so put the date in your diary! Entry is free, but there will be a retiring collection to help raise money to have our organ overhauled. See the poster at the back of church for more information on what Stephen will be playing.
St Patrick's Night Do
Thanks to all who came to the St Patrick's Celebration on Friday. I think everyone enjoyed themselves, and Tony to the right was in fine form!
Thanks also to those who helped to put together a great evening entertainment.
For those who came to the coffee morning on St Patrick's day....what can I say? A fantastic turn out and a real community atmosphere. Thanks Also to those who provided food and helped out with getting the hall ready and the big clean up afterwards!
St Chad’s Deanery Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019
St Chad’s Deanery Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2019
The cost of the Pilgrimage this year is £780 and is an 8 day Pilgrimage (the Diocese is only 7 days, please take this into consideration when comparing price) which includes everything except insurance.
For more information Please speak with Fr Jim.
Funeral arrangements for the Late Anne Dunne
The Funeral for the Late Anne Dunne will be on Tuesday 29th January at 10.00am in Church followed by internment at Moston Cemetery at 11:30am.
People have asked! So. here is Early Notice of Station Masses for Lent!!
March 13th, St Anne’s higher Openshaw, March 20th St Anne’s Crumpsall, March 27th St Margaret Mary New Moston, April 3rd Christ The King Newton Heath, April 10th Parish of the Holy Spirit. All Masses start at 7:30pm April 17th Penitential Service St Clare’s Blackley @ 7pm
It will soon be time to sign up for the Pilgrimage to Lourdes for September this year. Please watch the newsletter for when the information about dates and costings become available. But now is the time to think about whether you would like to come or not. If it has been a while, or if you have never been to Lourdes before, why not think about coming along and joining in this wonderful experience of a pilgrimage crossed with a happy holiday!
Pope Francis explains the Hail Mary phrase by phrase.
And he remembers a mother who had an amazing gift of counsel. Here's the advice she gave her son: We all recite the Hail Mary, but how many of us know its true meaning? What is the prayer really saying? In the book, "Mary, Mother of All" ("María, Mamma di tutti"), Pope Francis himself teaches us the meaning of the words of this essential prayer.
Hail Mary, Full of Grace - The Angel Gabriel calls Mary "full of grace" (Lk 1:28); in her, the pope explains, "there is no room for sin, because God has chosen her from all eternity to be the mother of Jesus, and has preserved her from original sin." "The Word became flesh in her womb. We, too, are asked to listen to God, who speaks to us, and to accept His will. The Lord always speaks to us
."The Lord is with you - What happened in a unique way in the Virgin Mary, Francis says, "happens on a spiritual level in us as well when we welcome the Word of God with a good and sincere heart, and put it into practice. It happens as if God were to become flesh in us; He comes to live in us, because He makes His home in those who love Him and obey His Word. It's not easy to understand this, but, yes, it's easy to feel it in your heart." "Do we think that the incarnation of Jesus is only a past event, that it doesn't affect us personally? Believing in Jesus means offering Him our body, with the same humility and courage as Mary."
Blessed are you among women - How did Mary live her faith? "She lived it," the pope answers, "in the simplicity of the many daily occupations and worries of every mom, such as providing food and clothing, and taking care of the house... Precisely this normal existence of the Virgin was the ground on which a singular rapport and profound dialogue between her and God, between her and her Son, developed."
Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Mary is receptive, but not passive, Francis explains. - "Just as she receives the power of the Holy Spirit at a physical level, but then gives flesh and blood to the Son of God who takes form in Her, so also on a spiritual level, she receives grace and responds to it with faith. For this reason, Saint Augustine says that the Virgin 'conceived in her heart before in her womb.' She conceived faith first, and then the Lord."
Holy Mary, Mother of God - The Mother of the Redeemer, the pope continues, "precedes us and constantly confirms us in the faith, in our vocation, and in our mission. With her example of humility and readiness to obey God's will, she helps us to translate our faith into a joyful proclamation of the Gospel, without borders.”
Pray for us sinners - In order to explain the meaning of this passage of the prayer, Francis relates an anecdote: "I remember how once, at the Shrine of Luján, I was in the confessional, in front of which there was a long line. There was also a young man who was very modern, with earrings, tattoos, all those things... And he had come to tell me what was going on with him. It was a big problem, very difficult. And he said to me, 'I told my mom all of this, and my mom said: Go to the Blessed Virgin and she will tell you what to do.' Now, that's a woman who had the gift of counsel. She didn't know how to solve her son's problem, but she pointed out the right path: go to the Blessed Virgin, and she will tell you. This is the gift of counsel. That humble, simple woman gave her son the best advice. In fact, the young man said to me, 'I looked at the Blessed Virgin and I felt that I should do this, this, and this...' I didn't need to talk; his mom and the young man himself had already said everything. This is the gift of counsel. You moms, who have this gift: ask that it be given to your children. The gift of counseling your children is a gift of God."
Now, and at the hour of our death - Let us entrust ourselves to Mary, Pope Francis says, "so that she, as the Mother of our first-born brother, Jesus, can teach us to have the same maternal spirit towards our brothers, with a sincere ability to accept, to forgive, to strengthen, and to infuse confidence and hope. And this is what a mom does." Mary's path towards Heaven began "with that 'yes' she spoke in Nazareth, in reply to the heavenly Messenger who announced to her God's will for her. In reality, that's exactly how it is: every 'yes' to God is a step toward Heaven, toward eternal life."
My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Last summer we agreed a period of experimentation with a new parish Mass schedule in the hope that we might avoid the closure of St Malachy’s church. I am very grateful to all those who have assisted the celebration of the Saturday evening Mass. I write now to tell you that, at least for the foreseeable future, I am pleased to confirm that the Saturday evening Mass will continue. However, it is important that everything that takes place at St Malachy’s needs to done in collaboration with St Patrick’s, the Parish Church, and with the approval of Fr Jim the Parish Priest. It is equally important that the whole parish begins to engage in our pastoral initiative “Hope in the Future”, inviting individuals to take responsibilities that will develop ministries and allow Fr Jim to carry out the pastoral and sacramental ministry, free of additional administration. There is much that members of the community can undertake, both in administration and in pastoral ministry, and we must develop these responsibilities as we grow as “mission parishes”. I am particularly grateful to the members of the community who have taken a lead role in the “Hope in the Future programme” at St Malachy’s and I would ask you to assist them in developing the pastoral ministry. In the near future a major housing development is due to take place in Collyhurst and you will have the opportunity of welcoming newcomers. I hope that you can see this time as a privileged moment of preparation for your “mission”.
With my prayers and blessing
Bishop John Arnold
Early Notice regarding the Easter Service Times 2018
Easter Services 2018 – All services will be at St Patrick’s Church (except Sunday)
Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:00pm
Good Friday – Stations of the Cross 11:00am
Good Friday – Service of the Lord’s Passion 3:00pm
Easter Saturday – Vigil Mass of the Resurrection 6:30pm
Easter Sunday – Mass of Easter 9:30am ST MALACHY’S
Easter Sunday – Mass of Easter 11:00am ST PATRICK’S with SJMDP
Lenten station Masses 2018
It's Our turn to host the Station Mass
Please come if you are able to come!!
Wed 14th – St Patrick’s Livesey St. @ 7:30pm
Wed 21st – St Dunstan’s Moston @ 7:30pm
Wed 28th – Penitential Service, St Clare’s @ 7pm
In October representatives from all parishes in the diocese met at the cathedral with Bishop John, to launch the programme Hope in the future. Each parish received this beautifully framed Icon of the Saint Damiano Cross, Cath Jones received it on behalf of St. Malachy's and it now stands in front of our lectern.
Saint Francis was praying in front of the Saint Damiano Cross when he received a commission from the Lord, to rebuild the Church. Not with bricks and mortar but to rebuild the Church spiritually and make its strong and steadfast.
Hope in the future is an initiative designed to develop and prepare the Church for future generations and answer the call of Pope Francis for all to be missionary disciples. The programme is an invitation to every parish in the diocese to recognise its potential and develop its missionary identity
Missionary parish, what could it mean in practical terms?
How we as a parish can work together to support Fr. Jim in his mystery as our parish priests, and help to strengthen and develop the good work which is already underway, for example, the work of the presentation sisters, the Brothers of Charity, St. Malachy’s school and the Lalley centre.
A small group of parishioners met to discuss/ think about how we could get this initiative underway here at St. Malachy’s. The first thing we need is help, your help and ideas, so how can you as a family/ individual continue to support the growth and the development of the parish?
If you are good at odd jobs, or DIY.
If you could help with church cleaning.
If you would like to be a reader or take up the offertory.
If you can help out in any other way that hasn’t been mentioned, we would like to hear from you.
Please do think about what has been said through the coming week. Next week there will be paper and pencils available for you to jot down what you would like to help us with. If you feel you cannot help physically, you can still help by praying for the success of Hope in the future.
Fr Christopher Lough will lead an introduction to this earliest and shortest of the Gospels, outlining some of the main themes and ideas to look out for over the coming weeks and months. There will also be an opportunity to work in a relaxed way with some of the stories that Mark sets before us.
On Monday 22nd January 2018 at St Anne’s Parish Hall, 1537 Ashton Old Road, Higher Openshaw, Manchester M11 1GR from 7.30 to 9.00 pm.
All welcome. Refreshments available from 7.00 pm. There is no charge for the evening. Ample parking. Bus 219 stops at the door.
Fr Eugene Dolan R.I.P
It is with sadness that the Diocese announces the death of Canon Eugene Dolan, who went home to the Lord at 8pm on 7th December. Eugene died peacefully at home in Derry. He had been priest at St Edward's, Lees in Oldham since 1970 and Parish Priest there since 1974. We extend our sympathy to his family, his friends and of course to his extended family of the parishioners of St Edward's.
Please can you advertise the following in your parish noticeboards, newsletters and prayer groups:
St Mary’s Catholic shrine
Tuesday 12th December 2017
‘Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe’
Church open 9am-5pm
11:30am: Holy Rosary (English) and Litanies of Our Lady
11:40am onwards: Confessions
12:10pm: Holy Mass in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn
(Mass in Latin, with English translation and homily on the sanctity of human life)
Wednesday 13th December 2017
1:00pm: Advent talk about Our Lady of Guadalupe
Thanks to all who helped out in any way with the fair last Sunday, the total was a staggering £1768.00, well done to everyone involved.
Christmas masses as follows
Please Note – Funeral details - This week
The funeral details for the late James John Kennedy are – a service at Blackly Crematorium on Tuesday 21st November at 1pm.
Friday Requiem for Marie Hindle at 9:30am in Church
Friday also - Funeral service for the late John Neill at 12:30pm in Church
Our congratulations go to Marion & John Dalton, on their 60th Wedding anniversary. What an achievement, and what a wonderful example to the young. May God continue to bless them in their married life together.
The photograph shows them cutting the cake in St Bridget's room, as part of the community celebration of their anniversary.
St Patrick's Old Boys Association
The Old Boy's will be joining us for Mass next Sunday (19th November), where we remember all those past students of St Patrick's who have been taken home by the Lord.
We welcome the Association, and pray for all their members, living and deceased.
You are invited to a series of talks for Advent!
JOURNEYING WITH ADVENT FAMILIES
What can a penniless foreign widow, an elderly barren woman and a young Virgin mother tell us today about welcoming Jesus, God-with-us?
Join us at Wardley Hall for our Advent series:
1st December: Ruth, Naomi and Boaz: Promise Foretold
8th December: Zechariah, Elizabeth and John the Baptist: Promise Foreshadowed
15th December: Mary, Joseph and Jesus: Promised Fulfilled
Time: 10:30 – 12:30 (Tea and coffee provided)
Format: Prayer and Lectio Divina; reflection on Scripture passages and their relevance for today; discussion.
Presenters: Sister Joan Kerley, FMSJ and Maria Kidd
Contact: 1. Marie Sartini, Bishop’s PA, Wardley Hall, Worsley M28 2ND; 0161 794 2825 E: Marie.email@example.com
2. Sister Joan Kerley, FMSJ; 0161 9717842; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
- St Christopher, Ashton, and St Mary of the Angels, Ashton will form the new parish of Holy Cross and St Helen, Ashton under Lyne.
- St Mary’s, Levenshulme, and St Richard, Longsight will form the new parish of St Robert of Newminster.
- St Willibrord, Clayton, and St Anne and St Bridgid, Ancoats and Bradford will form the new parish of The Holy Spirit, Manchester.
- St Anne, Accrington, and St Joseph, Accrington will form the new parish of St Anne and St Joseph, Accrington.
- St John the Evangelist, Bromley Cross, St Brendan, Harwood, and St Columba, Tonge Moor will form the new parish of Corpus Christi, Bolton.
Cathy Fitzpatrick's report on the opening of "Hope in The Future"
Given to St Patrick's Parish Sunday 8:10:17
Wednesday 4th October – Call to the Cathedral for the launch of the programme “Hope in The Future”.
On Wednesday night I, along with Father Jim and parishioners from St Patrick’s and St Malachy’s churches went to the cathedral for the launch of the Bishop’s new Programme, “Hope in The Future”.
Each church was presented with a display of St. Damion’s Cross – St Damiano.
This is the cross that St Francis used in his daily prayer. While he was at prayer one day, he received the message from God to rebuild my Church. Realising sometime after, the message was much bigger than simply building churches, it was about the building up of faith, witness and people, and to bring new energy and spirit into the universal Church. This was the birth of the Franciscan spirit, and Francis spent the last twenty years of his life spreading the message of simplicity, prayer, poverty, kindness, fraternity and community. throughout the world.
No wonder our present pontiff chose the name “Francis".
It is this same spirit we wish to nurture in our own Diocese of Salford, so that we can rebuild our churches, not with bricks and mortar, but with faith, prayer and charity.
The “Hope in the future” programme is a challenge to build on the good work already being accomplished in all our parishes. The programme is very much, building upon what we already have, serving the particular needs of the local community, reaching out to parishioners who do not regularly attend church, and caring for our own local community.
“Hope in the future” is inspired by the teachings of Pope Francis in developing a missionary parish.
To achieve this, I am asking for volunteers to help form a parish team – this is an invitation to set out on a journey with the Lord, as a missionary disciple, as Fr. Jim and our other diocesan priests cannot do this on their own.
If you think –
You have a deep interest in the parish, and have a commitment of the church
Have an understanding to grow in the understanding of the mission
Have time and the willingness to make an effective contribution
Have ability to listen, with respect for others opinions
Have a love for people, with the ability to inspire others who are not members of the team
And are able to work as part of a team
We would like you to volunteer.
See Either Cathy Fitzpatrick or Fr Jim.
The first steps, once we have a team in place, is to meet together, may be a few times before Christmas, and each meeting will be no more than an hour in length.
Members of the Parish Team, must see their roll as partners with the Parish Priest, working closely together for the good of the whole parish.
The parish team will keep everyone informed through the newsletter.
Our Conversation Matters
When: Monday evenings.
Where: St. Sebastian’s Community Centre.
Time: 19.15 – 20.45
Dates: October - 16th, 23rd and 30th.
November - 6th, 13th, 20th.
Our Conversations will include:
Songs that hold meaning for me.
Prayer and my lived experience.
Living in our world with a sense wonder.
Celebrating Family life.
- Sessions are a mix of input, conversation and reflection.
- The atmosphere aims to be relaxing, reflective and conversational.
- We are all on a journey. When we journey together we support each other and learn from each other.
- Anyone who is Open to LISTENING, to LEARNING, and to SHARING will enjoy and benefit from these sessions.
- If you wish to attend some or all of the Conversations please ring or text Theresa Davis at 07 415 713 274.
Friday 20 October 2017 7.30 p.m, Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1SX
Names are read out, candles lit and prayers said in memory of those whom we love but see no more.
The service is organised by supporters of SAMM (Support After Murder and Manslaughter),
a national network who offer support and help for families and friends bereaved through homicide.
We have been asked to circulate to parishes a survey on Modern Slavery. Full details can be found in the Letter from Bishop Patrick Lynch and the Santa Marta Group.
In 2016, Pope Francis called Modern Slavery a ‘true crime against humanity’ and urged the Catholic Church to assist in the fight to eliminate it. The eradication of Modern Slavery was included in the United Nations Sustainable Development goals in 2015. As a Church we are in a privileged position as many of those exploited look to the church and come to the Church for help. In this survey we are asking you to help us identify these vulnerable communities – who they are, where they are, what they need, and what you need to support them effectively.
The purpose of the survey is to understand the awareness level of Modern Day Slavery / Human Trafficking and to decide the best form of action to prevent it. The deadline is 16th October.
To access the survey online, please go to the link below and input the password: Bakhita https://stmarys.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/informational-survey-2017-modern-slavery