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.firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Sister Joan Kerley, FMSJ; 0161 9717842; E: email@example.com
- 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