29th Sunday of the Year (B)
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
29th Sunday of the Year (B)
First Reading – Prophet Isaiah 53:10-11.
The Lord calls us to commit ourselves to him. While that might involve suffering, there is a promise of joy to come.
Second Reading – Letter to the Hebrews 4:14-16.
In following Jesus, Christians follow someone who, like them, have experienced the difficulties and hardships of life. We can be comforted that God is merciful.
Gospel Reading – Mark 10:35-45.
Jesus is a different leader. Rather than seek glory, he seeks to be a servant and to sacrifice his life for others.
Psalter: Week 1
Readings for Weekdays: Ordinary Time Week 29
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.
Staff and volunteers of Caritas, Diocese of Salford, are now playing an active role in supporting Afghan nationals who have been evacuated to the UK. They are also preparing for those refugees and asylum seekers who are likely to make their own way to the UK from Afghanistan over the following weeks and months.
Staff are co-ordinating closely with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and collaborating with other local and national agencies. Based on the latest identified needs of refugees accommodated in temporary provision on their arrival, you can help by donating the items listed on the Caritas website. These can be delivered to a number of the Caritas services where staff will arrange for them to be transferred to those in need now and in the coming weeks and months. Alternatively, you may be able to give a donation to support the work of Caritas
Please visit the CAFOD website – cafod.org.uk – to find out about CAFOD's response.
There is also another website, care4calais.org/afghan-refugees-appeal, who are directly helping the refugees who are already in this country at the moment.
CAFOD Go Green Family Fast Day Friday October 1st
Our local experts are helping people all over the world to adapt to climate change and protect our common home. By donating to CAFOD this Family Fast Day you can help communities affected by the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
Donate online through the CAFOD website or by placing your CAFOD envelope in the basket at the back of church. You can also easily give via text. Text CAFOD10 to 70580 to donate £10 . Or choose to give any whole amount between £1 and £20 by texting CAFOD, followed by the amount you would like to donate to 70580
CAFOD RESPONDING TO MULTIPLE EMERGENCIES ACROSS THE WORLD
CAFOD is responding to significant crises across the world this week. We are working with local Church organisations in Haiti to deliver emergency aid to people affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tropical storm. In the tragic situation in Afghanistan, we are working to ensure the safety of our local partners and their communities. We are supporting local aid workers to deliver urgent food and water supplies to hundreds of thousands of people facing extreme hunger in Tigray in Ethiopia, South Sudan and north-east Nigeria. You can read more about how we can all express solidarity with our sisters and brothers affected by these emergencies on the CAFOD website: https://cafod.org.uk/News/Emergencies-news. Your compassion, generosity and prayers have helped us to stand together and enable us to continue to support communities in these difficult times. Thank you.
Prayer of St Igantius Loyola
Lord, teach me to be generous;
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil, and not to seek for rest;
To labor, and not to ask for reward -
except to know that I am doing your will.
Reading this Gospel seems a totally opposite approach to the cultural standards of today's Western society. So much of what we read in the paper, online or hear in the media emphasises the value of having more - more food, more money, more goods, more power - and to disregard the needs of others - the poor, the hungry, the needy, the sick and housebound, refugees. And yet we are all equal in the eyes of God.....
This week make extra efforts to put others first, to deal with their needs rather than your own. Be generous in spirit, kind-hearted, thoughtful, caring and loving of others as they face the challenges in their lives.
The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow at the end of this month and in to November. It is imperative that world leaders take prompt and effective action to implement ways in which we can tackle climate change. This month you could:
- lobby your MP to push for more effective action and proposals at COP26.
- You could contact Wigan MBC to find out what is being done in the borough to tackle climate change.
- You could take action yourself to improve your carbon footprint by travelling in a more sustainable way - walk or cycle or catch the bus.
- REMEMBRANCE MASSES
(St Richard's & Sacred Heart Hindley Green) During November, masses are traditionally celebrated for those who have died in the last year, these will take place at St Richard's on Tuesday Nov 2nd at 10.30 and Sacred Heart Wednesday Nov 3rd at 12 Noon.
- PIOUS LISTS
Look out for these at the back of churches to add the names of your loved ones who have died. Masses will be celebrated throughout November for them. Please return before November.
Fr Paul Seddon is getting steadily better after his covid infection and is starting to slowly get back to notmal duties.
- FLOWER ARRANGERS
More flower arrangers are needed at St Joseph's and Sacred Heart. Please contact Fr Kieran if you are able to help
- OCTOBER - MONTH OF THE ROSARY
The Rosary will be said throughout October at St Richard's church each Thursday after the 10.30 mass.
A group at Sacred Heart, Hindley Green say the rosary each Wednesday before the 12noon mass.
You could also pray the Rosary in your home with family members.
- 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
- Church Hall Development at Holy Family
This will cause some disruption to both parish and school as parking will be reduced and at times there will be no access at all as the project goes forward. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we will no doubt enjoy and benefit greatly from new facilities and a proper car park.
- THE POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR OCTOBER 2021:
For Evangelization: – Missionary Disciples
We pray that every baptized person may be engaged in evangelization, available to the mission, by being witnesses of a life that has the flavour of the Gospel.
- Mass on the Phone - Parishioners who have no access to the internet and so are unable to watch online Mass may hear Mass at Middlesbrough Cathedral. The Mass is provided free of charge, except for the local phone charge. Phone: 01642 130 120 to be connected to the Mass for that week. You can listen at any time of day or night.
If you are aware of anyone who may benefit from this service, please let them know.
Please refer to the individual Parish Newsletters for Mass and Service times.
Guidance has been received from the Archdiocese allowing a lessening of restrictions. However, after consultation with stewards and others it has been decided that we will cautiously remain as we are for the summer. This is because of very high transmission rates in our local area. Some of the Covid restrictions will continue in Churches, though these may vary between churches in the deanery….
- Face coverings will remain mandatory for all those attending a church service.
- Social distancing will not be mandatory any longer – though churches may create space for those who feel more vulnerable.
- Hand sanitising will remain necessary as people arrive.
- The capacity of each church for ALL services will depend on the space available.
- Holy Communion will be restored to its traditional place in the Mass (please continue to follow the directions of the stewards who will invite you forward row by row)
- Holy Communion under both kinds will not be re-introduced at this time.
- Mass will end in the traditional way.
- Singing can be restored.
- Hymn books and service sheets can be used but only ONCE A DAY.
- The collection basket should NOT be passed around – please leave your collection as you leave church.
Further details may emerge in the coming weeks.
The practice of booking places with the parish office is being continued and bookings will be taken each week from Tuesday. Face masks will continue to be required to be worn unless medically exempt, and I point out recent changes in government guidelines that state that visors do not offer any protection unless worn with a face mask so face masks are what is stated to be worn in places of worship.
(The Sacrament of Reconciliation) is available by request or by appointment, following social distancing guidelines.
With regard to singing in church, no advice has yet been given about a change in regulations already made.
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 October 17th - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
Monday October 18th - St Luke, Evangelist
Tuesday October 19th -
Wednesday October 20th -
Thursday October 21st -
Friday October 22nd - St John Paul II, Pope
Saturday October 23rd -
Sunday October 24th - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
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 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.)
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)