Sunday attendance at Church

We thanks God for the continuing good weather, BUT please note that as the weeks go by, the temperature in church will begin to plummet, I cannot put the heating on, and I must also keep the doors open for through flow of air.  If you intend to come, please wrap up well.

For this reason I will keep the liturgy as short as I can .

We are sorry to share the sad news that Fr John McKeown died peacefully through the night of 1 September 2020.

Please remember him in your prayers. May he rest in peace.

John was born on 8th August 1937 in Didsbury, Manchester and baptised at St Augustine’s, York Street Manchester. He was educated at St Gregory’s High School. In 1957 John began studies with the Society of the Divine Word, firstly in Wales and then at Dunamon Castle in Co Roscommon.

John was accepted as an Ecclesiastical student for the Diocese of Salford in 1959 and studied at St Joseph’s College, Upholland. Fr John McKeown was ordained to the Priesthood at St Catherine’s, Didsbury on 4th June 1966.

began studies with the Society of the Divine Word, firstly in Wales and then at Dunamon Castle in Co Roscommon.  John was accepted as an Ecclesiastical student for the Diocese of Salford in 1959 and studied at St Joseph’s College, Upholland. Fr John McKeown was ordained to the Priesthood at St Catherine’s, Didsbury on 4th June 1966.

Fr McKeown served the Diocese of Salford in the following appointments:

1966-1967:  St. Joseph’s, Salford as Assistant Priest

1967-1971:  Wardley Hall, Assistant Financial Secretary and Assistant Priest at St Joseph’s

1969-1971:  Ss. Peter and Paul, Pendleton as Priest and continuing at Wardley Hall

1971-1982:  Chaplain, Xaverian College and St. Edward’s, Rusholme as Assistant Priest

1982-1984:  Our Lady’s, Langley, Middleton as Assistant Priest

1984-1986:  St. Malachy’s, Collyhurst as Parish Priest

1986-1989:  St. Patrick and St. Malachy as Parish Priest

1989-2016:  St. Mary’s, Failsworth as Parish Priest

Fr John retired in 2016 and resided at Cathedral House.

Bishop John will celebrate a Requiem Mass at the Cathedral on Monday 28th September at 10:00am.

In line with current government guidelines, the number of attendees is limited and capacity has already been reached. The Mass will be live streamed and you will be able to access it from this link:

Fr John will be laid to rest in the family grave at Southern Cemetery.

From what I have heard, it may be possible to visit Fr John's body before the Requiem.  Please get in touch with Michael Kennedy at Greater Manchester Funeral Services 0n 0161 681 1864

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

more people.  


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.


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)

This list will be continually updated as more churches open.

Salford Cathedral

St Anne’s Crumpsall will be opening this Monday, please phone them for times of opening.

Monday – Saturday – 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Holy Cross, Eccles
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 3pm – 6pm

St Cuthbert, Withington

Monday-Saturday: 10.00am -12.00noon

St Joseph’s, Longsight
Monday 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday 11am – 12 Noon & 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Friday 4.30pm – 6.30pm

St Mary’s, Burnley
Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 12.30pm

St Mary’s, Bamber Bridge
Monday to Saturday – 10am-12nn and 5pm-7pm

St Osmund, Bolton
Monday – 9.30am – 11.30am
Tuesday – Saturday – 2pm – 4pm

St Peter’s, Middleton
Monday    –   1pm-3pm
Tuesday    –  10am-12noon
Wednesday  –  1pm-3pm
Thursday  –   10am-12noon
Friday   –      1pm-3pm

St William of York, Bolton
Monday – 9.30am – 11.30am
Wednesday – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Saturday – 10.30am – 12.30pm

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.


1. Anybody can donate collection money via standing order, you don’t have to have a gift aid box.
2. A copy of the parish standing order form is attached.
3. If you complete this in paper, please send it to your bank.
4. If you can’t print it out, please let me know and I will put a copy of the form in the post. (If you are not a gift aid giver, I won’t have your address; you can message me with that.)
5. If you do this online, ie, bank transfer or setting up a new payment destination, there are two points to note:
a. You may find the parish name (St Patrick’s Church) is too long to go into the ‘to’ box. If so, please put ‘St Patrick’s.
b. If you have a gift aid box, it would be really helpful if you would put your box number in the ‘reference’ box. Otherwise, note it with whatever works for you, eg, ‘Church Collection’
6. Please reference the payment against your name
7. Thank you very much.

Bank Name:
Please make the payments detailed below and debit our account                  Account
Name of account to be debited _________________________________                    A/c No: ________________
Address   ________________________________                                                            Sort Code: ______________
          Date: __________________
Name of Payee:  St Patrick’s Church Livesey St.                                                  A/c No: 60695327
Bank to which payment is to be made   Barclays Bank                                     Sort Code:  20-55-34

Amount (in words)  ________________________________  £ _________________
Date of payments _________________________________ 
Date of first payment _____________________________ 
Special instructions (if any) _______________________

*Payments are to continue until _______________________________  (including date of last payment)
*Payments are to continue until you receive further notice in writing

Signature _______________________________________________________________

*Delete as applicable


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.


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.

Morning prayer

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 LDAH Lent 5A.pdf
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I am now live streaming Mass at 9:30am on Facebook.  I 

think you need to be one of my contacts to watch.

For morning Prayer, you need to go to the banner at the top of this page and click morning prayer.


Something new

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, 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?

The Corona Virus & you!
Things have esculated rather quickley.
Yesterday we received instructions from the Bishops of England and Wales, it does not make easy reading.  Their instructions are as follows:

Dear Father,

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.


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 (

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.    

I also remind you that if you have a computer, ipad or smart phone, you can watch, and spritiually join in with live streamed masses.  They are about every half hour from churches all over the UK and Ireland.
Go to and follow the link to the live masses.

St Patrick's night Celebration on Friday

 20th March IS CANCELLED!

 Lent 2020 begins a week on Wednesday

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


Catholic Hub
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.

Are you interested in setting up a shared leadership team at St Malachy's and St Patrick's?
This is as part of the drive from Bishop John's HOPE IN THE FUTURE.
For more information, click on the link below.  This article is copied from our diocesan web site will give you a flavour of what is involved.

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


We are at last ready for the festival of Christmas...….
A Christmas message from yours truly....
Mass and service times for CHRISTMAS week

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

All hands to the pumps as the Christmas fair is already upon us. 
Mass next week at 10:30am
For one week only!
Fair starts straight after Mass

Shortly, I think, we will be receiving the dates and details for the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes next year.  I  would like to put this trip into your mind, if you have never been before, or it has been a while, why not think about coming with us?  As soon as I have any more details, I will let you know.

The dates for the two Christmas fairs are as follows......
St Patrick's Christmas Fair
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.

St Malachy’s Christmas Fair
This will take place Saturday 30th November from 11am - 2pm, items for the fair can now be left at the school. 
We have a New Saint!
Saint John Henry Newman
He was canonised on Sunday 13th October (last Sunday) by the Pope in Rome.  
He is the first English Saint since the cannonisation of the 40 martyrs of England and Wales in 1970,  and it has taken many years to have his validity as a saint proved.  But the hard work has paid off and a Saint he has become.  We pray for the Oratorians at this time that their work  will be renewed and continue to be inspired by this great and Holy Man.

Holiday in Germany
Quite a number of people have asked if we enjoyed our holiday in Germany.  Thanks for asking, and the answer is yes, loved it.  The photo opposite shows where we were staying, in the Mosel Valley,  why would you not enjoy this place??  Weather was glorious, so we had a wonderful stay.
Lourdes 2019
Thanks to all those people who contributed to the St Chad's Deanery candle.  As you can see it burns brightly next to the Diocesan candle in the chapel of light in Lourdes.  It was blessed by the bishop, and all those who asked for prayers, they were offered, and the last mass celebrated in Lourdes was also offered for all the donors intentions.
The pilgrimage this year was a huge success and thanks goes to all those who put so much work in planning and executing the pilgrimage, it is a lot of work and we appreciate everything you do - you know who you are.

Lourdes 2020
Why not think about joining with the diocese next year by joining the St Chad's Deanery pilgrimage.  It is a wonderful place where you will see young people looking after the sick and infirmed in a true witness to the goodness of God at work in the work.  I cannot think of anywhere else that this happens
More photo's on the Parish Pilgrimage page - Button above


Papal Blessing
Sr Regina receives a Papal Blessing from the community of St Malachy's, in respect of her 50 years of service as a Presentation Sister.  Many of those years were given working in  the school at St Malachy's, and even after her retirement, she has always been a huge supporter of everything that goes on in the Parish.
The people of St Malachy's thank Sr Regina for all she has done over many years and pray that this Papal blessing will show  Sister just how much she means to the community of St Malachy's.

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.

Sign Class

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.


Thank you Thank you Thank you
Thanks to everyone who was involved in the Bishops Visitation at the weekend, from what I saw, he was impressed how things were running and enjoyed his visit.  Thanks to those involved in the 90th anniversary preparations for SJMDP, and thanks to all who cleaned the churches, provided refreshments, to the musicians and the alter servers etc, there are so many involved in such a visit, and I have to thank you all.
God bless you for all you do!


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?

I have found my brother

A beautiful song, sung by our very own Br Ruben.  I am not sure if he wrote the song, I must remember to ask him and I will let you know.......
I asked Bro. Ruben about the song and this is his reply... 

....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.

Organ recital

Stephen Mann will be giving an Organ recital here in St Patrick’s on 5th July
at 7pm. He will perform a host of well loved classical pieces, I am
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.


WEDNESDAY 5th June 2019
FROM 7 - 8PM

Class 1,2 & 3's video now available on Intro to BSL button above

For news regarding funerals - please go to the newsletter page of this site. Thank you.

St Patrick's  F P Association -  are holding their annual Whitsun Dance at St Herberts Parish Centre , Broadway, on Friday 7th  June from 8-00pm, Tickets priced  £6-00  can be obtained from  Pat O'Dowd. 0161-643-5225 and Peter Hovington  01706-369749.  or any committee member.

Friday 29th March
Please note that the Funeral today for the late Joseph Kilroy is at 11am NOT at 10am as previously advertised on the parish newsletter.

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 Patrick’s Gala Evening & Caili
See the poster at back of church
Friday 15th March from 7:00pm.  With The Edmund Usher Caili Band, Fr. Jim Angela Usher, and dances called by Anne Clinton.  Tickets £5 with hot pot supper thrown in, 

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

Lourdes 2019

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!


Up and coming events
Tuesday 18th December   6:30pm - musical extravaganza in St Patrick's Church
Wednesday 19th December school  Carol Service at  2pm in St Malachy's Church
20th December Mass in St Malachy's Church at 9:15am
20th December Mass in St Patrick's Church at 11:ooam

Advent explained in a couple of minutes!

Why not take the time to look at the video opposite.

Christmas Fair
     Thanks to all who came to the two Christmas Fair's over the past two days, great crowds arrived at St Malachy's on Saturday, and huge crows turned up again at St Patrick's today, thank you for coming, we would not have a fair without you.  Thanks also to the gang of volunteers in both church communities for all the work you do, it is truly much appreciated.
I will publish the takings as soon as I have them!

Christmas Service and Mass Times (2018)
Early Notice...... 

Monday Christmas eve                  Carol Service by candlelight at 6:15pm 
                                                             followed by Mass at 7pm, both at St Patrick's
Monday - Christmas Day               Mass at St Malachy's at 9:30am
                                                             Mass at St Patrick's at 11:00 am (combined with the Deaf)  

to all who came to the quiz night last night.
Another most successful evening, and we managed to raise £600 for the Good Life Orphanage!
So well done and thanks to all who came and of course all who helped out in ANY WAY!
Thanks also to all those who came to the celebrations last Saturday at St Malachy's, it turned into a wonderful evening of entertainment and celebration.

Remembrance Sunday Radio Special 

with Heavens Road FM Catholic Radio

I have produced a SPECIAL radio show for Heavens Road FM for Rememberance Sunday this year.  Why not tune in on the day and have a listen.
This is the link to the station!

This Wednesday (7th November)
Come and join us if you can and join in the fun

Bishop John's latest Pastoral letter is now

 available - please click the button at the top of

 the page "Pastoral Letters".

 Many have asked
The film I spoke about in my homily at the weekend is called "Left behind" staring Nichols Cage and was on Chanel 5 on Saturday afternoon.
Here is the film, which I found on line.

Click on the film (left|), then click on the word YouTube, to watch it full screen. 
These are the clergy that travelled to Lourdes this year.
Why not think about coming to join us in 2019?
It is a fantastic week, and everyone has a great time.

Maybe one for our

 young people?



We have returned!!

                                    Salford Diocese 86th Lourdes pilgrimage - 2018
 St Chads Deanery group

To see more, please go to the "Parish Pilgrimage" button at the top of this page!


For those who may ask........
But Father what do you do all day?

Written by a parish priest who has since - perhaps understandably! – retired
Leader of people, wisest of guides; diplomat, elder, who never takes sides. Inspirer, Confessor, forgiver of sins; caretaker, cleaner and emptier of bins. Welcome baptizer of infants in arms; counter of candles and filler of forms,
Father and teacher, chaplain to schools; chairman of governors, maker of rules.
Guide of the juniors, infants and staff with time to be serious, time for a laugh.
Counselor, preacher, entertainer at times; ever available till midnight chimes,
Parish accountant and administrator; typist and banker, and news duplicator.
Signer of mass cards, reference composer, certificate writer and passport endorser.
Digger of gardens, inspector of drains, checker of roofs every time that it rains.
Re designer of churches, to fill empty pews, re-glazier of windows, repairer of loos.
Visitor, caller, knocker on doors, target of gossips and cadgers and bores.
Chaplain to hospital, long or short stay, ‘please don’t forget, my Mum’s in for the day’. the doctors and’ nurses all merit a call, smile kindly at everyone - keep on the ball,
Sayer of masses and liturgy leader, celebrant, sacristan, cantor and reader.
Marshal of servers, collectors and choir; of hymn books and papers  - both seller and buyer.
President of Eucharist, calm as you like - “but did I remember to switch on the mic!
Celebrant of masses, devotions and prayers, patient receiver of everyone’s cares. Marriage encounter and parish renewal; Journeys of Faith and liturgical jewels.
Shepherd to prayer groups, prophet and pastor; spiritual director and guru and master. Front line evangelist, missioner, catalyst; guardian of faith and converter and catechist,
Supporter of cafod and Christian Aid, with boxes and envelopes of all shapes and shades, Friend of the Anglicans, Methodists, Jews, Muslems and Buddhists - and everyone’s views.
Joint schemes and services, unity prayers, civic occasions and parties and fayers.
Blesser of Rosaries, of houses and homes, the power and the glory still stretching from Rome.
Help of the sick and anoint-er and healer; support for the dying and final appealer,
Conductor of funerals, comfort of mourners, called to give solace to even the scorners.
By bingo enthusiasts and drinkers, he’s seen, as the beginning and end of the social life scene.
Drawer of Raffles, Jumble Sales, Stalls - now rushing to Court to re-license the Hall.
Minister of marriage, the guide of young love, adviser of couples who need help from above.
Provider of insight into all life connubial; collector of forms for the marriage tribunal.
Man of prayer and reflection, of study and thought, but still finding time for the news and the
 sport. Looker after of the parish next door, when their priest is sick and down on all fours, worries about wedding preparation and whether he has the right information.
Something for everyone you might exclaim, but when things go wrong who is it they blame?

Why isn’t Father available – 
he’s never there when I want him!

                                                     19th July 2018

Quiz Night - Thank you
Thanks to all came to the Quiz night last night, 92 people enjoyed the evening and we made £616 for the Good Life Orphanage.  Because of the interest shown, I have decided to run a Quiz evening every 3 months.
Well done to the winning team, and to all who came along to support us. - Fr Jim
Watch this space for the next one!


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 womenHow 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 GodThe 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 sinnersIn 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."


Sunday 15th July 2018
Tea and Cake afternoon

Thanks to all who came to yesterdays fund raiser for the parish coffers, there was a great turn out of over 60 people..  Just over £500 was made, which is a fantastic amount!  Thanks to Sr Anne and her team for all the hard work they put in to make the day such a success.  Thanks also to those who offered prizes for the draw, on the whole, a most successful and satisfying afternoon!
A great walk of witness ensued on Sunday at the Italian Marian walk.  The weather was glorious and the crowd was  larger than previous years, with thousands looking on.  Well done to all helpers and walkers - good day was had by all.

How's this for talent?
If you have not yet seen this video, it is the one they are all talking about.  Marcelito has an extraordinary gift, so make sure you watch at least the first 2 minutes of the video to see what happens! 


I love stuff like this

This image of a young man with flowing water not a black and white photograph is a pencil drawing!

It's amazing the skill and talent of some artists!!

Did you see this?
A message from yours truly that went out on Easter Sunday morning!!

The message from Bishop John that I read to the community of St Malachy's on Easter Sunday morning.
This will allow you read it at your leisure.

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

The Good Life Orphanage are Celebrating 10 wonderful years!
see their page - using the button at the top of this page

Changes to Mass Times
Please Note
Friday this week, the morning mass is replaced by a Requiem Mass at 12 noon.
Saturday's morning Mass is cancelled.


Easter Blessings & Thanks!
Thank you top all who helped out in any way with getting the church ready for the Triduum, the place looks amazing!  I hope that all who attended the services found them to be moving, and spiritually uplifting.  A lot of work goes into Easter week and I am grateful for all that happens with the input of the Sisters and the parishioners.  It would not be possible to do what we do without the co-operation of so many.  
Blessings on you all, and may the Risen Lord inspire us to keep the faith and carry the cross!
We are all ready for the Easter Vigil of The Lord

Thanks to Sr. Anne ands her team!
The church looks spectacular!

Thanks to Sr Regina and her team over at St Malachy''s.  The Sanctuary is beautiful!

May God Bless us all in this Holy Season!
An Easter Message!
On behalf of Fr Peter and myself, we would like to extent to you and your families, every blessing of this most Holy Season.
We pray that the Risen Lord will continue to be your inspiration, and may the Joy of Easter strengthen your faith both now and for ever.
                                                                                                   Frs. Peter & Jim

The Deaf Mass with Bishop John on Sunday
We have made the front page of the Diocesan web site!


St Chad's Deanery
Lenten Station Mass

The Last One for this Lent
This Wednesday 21st March
St Dunstan's Church Moston Lane at 7:30pm

Please come and support this important Mass , and do a little extra for Lent!


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

Friday "Beggarmans" Lunch

This is to raise funds for the Good Life Orphanage in Kenya.
If you can, please come and join us for some home made soup Each Friday in Lent (except Good Friday)  from 12 noon until 1:30pm.  This is a chance to socialise as a parish community  and is wa welcome distraction to the mad world we live in.

The Lenten Station Masses for St Chad's Deanary 
At last we have the dates for the station Masses, they are as follows

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


Parish Pod Cast number 3 - 

                                     Happy Birthday Sr. Phil
Sr. Philomena celebrating her 90th Birthday with the community after the 9:30am Mass

Parish Pod Cast - number Two!
This is a new venture, and a new way to get news and events out to people in the parishes as well as anyone who happens to pass by the web site.
You can find the link here
please give it a try.

Hope in the future (St Malachy's address)
n 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.
Stay with us lord on our journey.

CARITAS Diocese of Salford
CARITAS is the diocesan charity, which under it's umbrella title, has 21 different charity areas, some of these include Community Sponsorship of Refugees, Caritas Schools’ ServiceFostering Service, Northwest Befriending Service, Cornerstone, The   Lalley Centre, St Joseph's Mission to Deaf People, and a Mother and Baby unit and Adoption Support Service
CARITAS Sunday will be on the 28th January, and there will be a retiring collection that day for all the work they do.  Mass that day will be focusing on some of the work carried out by CARITAS, they do great work, and are your voice working in the community.  
If you would like to know more you can see their own web site at

Want to know more about the Gospel of Mark?
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.

Salford Diocese E-Newsletter
You can stay in the know by signing up for the Salford diocese E-Newsletter, by visiting the diocesan webpage at
Christmas Weekend
For times of services and masses over the Christmas weekend and for Christmas Day, please see the newsletter page.
All the information you require is there!

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.


Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dear Friends,
Please can you advertise the following in your parish noticeboards, newsletters and prayer groups:
The missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe visits:
St Mary’s Catholic shrine
Smith Street

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


St Malachy’s Christmas Fair
Thank you!
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.

St Patrick's Christmas Fair
The total made on Sunday was £1570, which is a wonderful amount, considering we have the raffle to come in on top of this.  Let's have a last push to sell as many tickets for the raffle as we can.
Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day and also thanks to those who came along, it was great to see such a huge crowd.

Mistake on this weeks printed newsletter!
Mass this Sunday is back to the usual time of 9:30am and 11:30am, I forgot to change the details from last week. I do appologise for any misunderstanding.

Early Notice......
Christmas masses as follows
Tuesday 19th December _ Reconciliation service @7pm
Saturday  23rd December St Malachy's Mass at 6:30pm as usual
Sunday     24th December St Patrick's   Mass at 9:30am
                                                                Mass for the Deaf at 11:30am
Sunday Christmas eve  Carol Service at 6pm followed by Mass at 7pm at St Patrick's
Monday - Christmas Day                         Mass at St Malachy's at 9:30am
                                                                 Mass at St Patrick's at 11:30 am (combined with the Deaf)  

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.

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You are invited to a series of talks for Advent!


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:   

2. Sister Joan Kerley, FMSJ; 0161 9717842; E: 


For those who may be interested, below is a letter from the Bishops Conference of England  &  Wales, and the use of the Bread and Wine for the liturgy.

More news from across the Diocese
The Bishop has recently announced that the following parishes will be amalgamated.  These changes have come into effect immediately.
  • 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.
Many of these parishes have been working together for a number of years. We offer our prayers to the new parishes as they come together as a community in worship and to build strong missionary parishes.

 Canon Kevin O'Connor R.I.P.

Sadly, the Diocese announces the death of Canon Kevin O'Connor, who died peacefully today (24.10.17) in North Manchester General Hospital.
In your charity please pray for his eternal soul, as well as the members of his family, and the community of St Margaret Mary's in New Moston, where Kevin had served for many years.

The picture to the immediate right was taken at Kevin s 60th Priestly Anniversary Celebrations.
Kevin was huge into music and conducted the choir for the visit of John Paul II in 1982 in Heaton Park, something he was very proud of.
A huge personality who will be sadly missed.


Thank you!
Thanks to all  those people who have dropped into the web site for a look, there have been over 300 in the past week;  I am delighted with the numbers.  I hope that you are finding it useful, but if there is anything you would like to see on the site, please drop me an email and I will see what I can do to include your idea.

Hope in the future
Had a meeting last night regarding the next stage in the HOPE IN THE FUTURE programme.   The next thing to happen will be an initial meeting for those who have shown interest.  The date for the meeting will be on this weeks newsletter, for all those interested, please special note of the time and date and please try to attend.
Fr. Michael Fleming R.I.P.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Michael Fleming who so sadly passed away during the week.  Michael was at Seminary with me and was a good friend.  He will be sadly missed by so many people.

The details of Fr. Michael's Requiem are as follows...
His body will be received into Holy Rosary Church Oldham on Wednesday 25th October at 7pm, with concelebrated Mass.  His requiem will take place on Thursday 26th October at 11am, celebrated by Bishop John and priests of the diocese.  He will then be intered in Wardley Cemetery.

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.


You are invited to a number of....
Spirituality Talks
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.
I have just received the information below.  If this affects you, or you know someone who might like to attend, please pass on this information.  Thank you.

A Service of Remembrance for Lives Cut Short 
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.

Modern Slavery Survey 
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

Just received news that The Irish Rambling House Show is coming to the Irish Centre.  See below.

Bishop John's pastoral letter, read by himself in video form.
He speaks about the new initiative "Hope in the future".
Please listen to what he has to say, and if you feel you are able to help out in any way in the parish, please come and see me soon, so we can discuss how you might be able to engage in the life of OUR parish.
Planning for your Catholic Funeral!!
This might seem a bit weird ,  but there is a Catholic web site that will help you plan for your funeral.  I feel it is important that you leave instructions in your will as to what you require for your funeral.  Many families who have children who have not attended mass for many years, will sometimes hold inappropriate services for parents who have been life long mass attendees.  See - which may well help you with the details of what you really want to happen when the time comes for your funeral to be arranged.
There is also information on the site with dealing with bereavement, which may help those who are left behind, dealing with emotional turmoil.