2nd Sunday of the Year (C)
Churches are open again for public Mass. The Sunday 9.30am Mass at Holy Family and the 11.00am Mass at St Ambrose Barlow will be broadcast on the internet and, for those who can access it, the video will remain to be watched anytime afterwards if you miss it live. (Click on the links below)
Where possible daily Masses will be broadcast and other prayer services which can also be watched and participated in at any time later.
Facebook and YouTube.
The Sunday obligation to attend Mass is still suspended for the time being. Please be patient as our greatest concern is the safety of everyone.
The Redemptorists have Sunday Mass online available from 12pm on Saturdays, celebrated by Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.
There are several churches which live stream masses throughout the Archdiocese of Liverpool. These can be accessed here.
Other streamed masses are also available, click below for more
2nd Sunday of the Year (C)
First Reading –Prophet Isaiah 62:1-5
The prophet Isaiah proclaims that just as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so God rejoices in his people.
Second Reading – St Paul to the Corinthians 12:4-11.
Paul shares a great hymn of praise to God for all his gifts, claiming that they are given to us by the Holy Spirit.
Gospel Reading – John 2:1-12
At a wedding at Cana in Galilee, Jesus gives his disciples the first sign that he is indeed the Son of God.
Psalter: Week 2
Readings for Weekdays: Week 2 in Ordinary Time
Justice and Peace
Annual Memorial Lecture
Faith and the Struggle for Climate Justice
Peace Sunday, January 16th 2-4pm on Zoom
In prayerfully being present at a Mass being broadcast to you, obviously physically receiving the Eucharist is not possible. However, Spiritual Communion is.
So what is Spiritual Communion? The common practice of making such a spiritual communion indicate our desire to join with the Lord when in a situation that makes unable to sacramentally receive the Body and Blood of the Lord in Holy Communion at Mass.
Afghanistan Crisis Appeal
CAFOD is combining efforts with the DEC to launch the Afghanistan Crisis Appeal. In Afghanistan, 8 million people are on the brink of famine because of drought, collapsing economy, food shortages, conflict, and COVID. CAFOD is supporting sister Caritas agencies to reach communities most in need with food, clean water, and fuel. During Advent, when we open ourselves to the needs of others, let’s do all that we can to save lives. You can donate on the CAFOD website: cafod.org.uk/AfghanistanAppeal and please pray for the people of Afghanistan.
- THE POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JANUARY 2022:
For True Human Fraternity
We pray for all those suffering from religious discrimination and persecution; may their own rights and dignity be recognised, which originate from being brothers and sisters in the human family.
- Stamp Collection:
Please save your used postage stamps for the RNIB. A box will be available in Holy Family & St Ambrose Barlow churches.
- The Pastoral Plan for the Archdiocese
This has now been published and may be viewed online: Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan
- New Deanery
From the 1st December as part of the Synod developments the deaneries in the Archdiocese have been reconfigured. Leigh Deanery will now become the Wigan and Leigh Deanery. The new Dean is Fr. Gordon Abbs.
The Archbishop gives grateful thanks Fr Paul Seddon and Fr Aidan Kelly who were the previous Deans.
- Food Banks
Although St Gabriel’s Food Bank is well stocked, the SVP of our parish are supporting the Leigh & Atherton Food Bank. Donations of food are encouraged directly to them to support those in need in our local community. Alternatively donations can be left at Holy Family
There are four newsletters published weekly in the Deanery, you can access current and past editions here:
St Edmund Arrowsmith Newsletters (St Joseph's, Sacred Heart, Twelve Apostle, Our Lady's - Leigh)
St Margaret Clitherow Newsletters (Holy Family, Boothstown; St Ambrose Barlow, Astley; St Gabriel's, Higher Folds)
St Lewis, St Catherine's & All Saints Newsletters (Croft, Lowton & Golborne)
St John Rigby Newsletter (Sacred Heart, Hindley Green; St Richard's, Atherton; Sacred Heart Hindsford)
( Newsletters download as pdf files in a new window.)
Please refer to the individual Parish Newsletters for Mass and Service times.
This week we received the following notice from the Archdiocese regarding Covid guidelines for Christmas:
We are still living with the Pandemic. In spite of the actions of many it has not gone away and may even get worse. We therefore need to be both cautious and welcoming in our guidelines for gathering in church, especially over Christmas.
- Face coverings are still to be used in church. This may be difficult to enforce but, as we have seen on the TV News this week, they should now be worn indoors everywhere.
- We will continue to provide an area in church which is reserved for those who perhaps feel vulnerable. That is, the pews remain at a certain distance.
- We must continue to keep the budling well ventilated. This means opening the windows during Mass and so we encourage you to wrap up warm in these colder days.
- Ensure that people are not in the church for too long.
- Certain parts of the Mass will continue to be omitted for the present time.
- We encourage you to attend Mass on Sunday 26th December INSTEAD of Christmas Day, to ensure we will have room for everyone.
Most weeks there may well be a number of feast days. We don’t necessarily celebrate them all. Some saints are more important in certain parts of the country than others and will be celebrated more on a local level, whilst other saints will be celebrated everywhere. So each week we will comment on the feast-days that we should celebrate in our regional Church.
Sunday January 16th - 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Monday January 17th - St Anthony, abbot
Tuesday January 18th -
Wednesday January 19th - St Wulstan, Bishop (E)
Thursday January 20th - St Fabian, Pope, Martyr, and St Sebastian, Martyr
Friday January 21st - St Agnes, Virgin, Martyr
Saturday January 22nd -
Sunday January 23rd - 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Some resources for families who would like to celebrate the Liturgy of the Word with their children.
Martin at Ten: Ten is making available for free their daily prayers resources: https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/primary-subscription/prayers-for-home/daily-prayers-for-home/ and their Family Liturgy for Sundays: https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/primary-subscription/prayers-for-home/sunday-liturgy-for-families/
The God who Speaks now have a section on the Word at home: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/events/the-god-who-speaks/word-at-home/
CAFOD has several useful items to use with children - updated weekly
There are several items of interest available from the Archdiocese of Liverpool.
New resources now available include:
- Prayer & Other Resources
- Family Prayer Cards
- Life During Lockdown in the Archdiocese
- Mental Health
- Readings and Reflections for those who are Bereaved
The Liverpool Catholic website also has up to date information on the Church's Policy regarding Coronavirus and lots of other useful information.
St Joseph's Centre - 01942 673517
Fr Paul Seddon - 01942 883395 (St Richard's & Sacred Heart.)
Fr Paul Grady - 0161 790 2390 (Holy Family, St Ambrose Barlow & St Gabriel's)
Fr Kieran O'Grady - 01942 673517 (Sacred Heart & St Joseph's)
Fr Gordon Abbs - 01942 273851 (St Lewis, St Catherine's & All Saints)