14th Sunday of the Year (C)
The Bishops of England and Wales ask us from this great feast on June 5th to return to the pattern of prayer and praise (i.e. Mass on a Sunday) as it was before the pandemic hit us. Some who are vulnerable may still feel safer coming to weekday Mass and that’s fine.
If you are too frail to return to Church, please let one of the priests know to arrange a visit with the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing; and/or to arrange for a Minister of the Eucharist to bring you Holy Communion.
Please refer to the individual Parish Newsletters for Mass and Service times.
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 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
14th Sunday of the Year (C)
First Reading- Prophet Isaiah 66:16.10-14
Written after the return from Babylon, Isaiah paints a glowing picture of the blessings God will bestow on Jerusalem.
Second Reading – St. Paul to the Galatians 6:14:18.
Paul insists that the Christian life means becoming like Christ. He himself bears the marks of Christ’s Passion on his body.
Gospel Reading – Luke 10:1-12.17-20.
The mission of Christians is never a case of going where we want to go, but of going where we are called to go.
Psalter: Week 2
Readings for Weekdays: Ordinary Week 4
CAFOD’S new campaign is called ‘Fix the Food System’.
“Over 800 million people go hungry each day. Yet the world produces over 4 billion tonnes of food and we only need 3.7 billion tonnes to feed everyone. From all this food produced, a third is wasted. As Pope Francis said, "Each of us has a role to play in transforming food systems for the benefit of people and the planet."”
See www.cafod.org.uk/food for more information..
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)
Please note: Older newsletters (pre 2018) will be archived over the next few weeks and so will no longer be available to read online
( Newsletters download as pdf files in a new window.)
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.
Praying for Peace in Ukraine and the World
Exposition will now be at Sacred Heart (Leigh) Church on Tuesdays and St Joseph’s Church on Wednesdays.
Exposition will begin at 11.30am and will conclude with midday Mass.
In the event of a Funeral Mass at midday, Exposition will be cancelled.
Ukraine Appeal Update
Last week at the St Margaret Clitherow Centre, Canon Aidan Prescott led a moment of prayer for peace for Ukraine and a prayer of blessing for what will be undertaken in the days ahead as our eight drivers are set to leave the archdiocese to deliver essential aid to the Polish border over the next couple of days.
The drivers include four archdiocesan staff: Jill Boggan, Nicky Hegarty, John McMahon and Aaron Kiely; two drivers who went on the first trip- Mike Sharkey and Chris Joynt; Ben Quayle who works for PSD who have supplied the vans for the trip and Anthony Horton from Greenmount Projects.
Fr Aidan also accepted a cheque from Mike as he has collaborated with people and organisations across Wigan to raise over £12,000 for the archdiocesan appeal.
Thank you to all for your continued support during this appeal.
Please keep the drivers in your prayers as they embark on their journey.
Please Note: The collection of goods for Ukraine has been suspended at present. This is due to the overwhelming response from people. Thank you to all who have donated items and those who have helped with collections
Archbishop Malcolm has approved the launch of an Archdiocesan urgent and major appeal to support Ukraine. Text numbers have been set up for anyone wan*ng to make a financial donation. All donations will be sent to the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of the Holy Family of London.
TO DONATE TEXT:
• HELPUKRAINE to 70085 to donate £2
• HELPUKRAINE to 70450 to donate £3
• HELPUKRAINE to 70460 to donate £5
• HELPUKRAINE to 70470 to donate £10
Texts will cost the donation amount, plus one standard network rate message
- THE POPE’S PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR JUNE 2022:
For The Elderly
We pray for the elderly, who represent the roots and memory of a people; may their experience and wisdom help young people to look towards the future with hope and responsibility.
- ECUMENICAL WALK OF WITNESS
A Walk of Witness will take place around the Churches in Atherton on Sunday July 31st at 2pm. More details to follow.
- Church Grounds: There is a need for volunteers to help existing volunteers in the upkeep of the lawns and gardens at Holy Family, especially looking ahead to the completion of the building project. The more who can help, the easier this task of keeping our grounds tidy becomes. Please speak to Fr Paul if you are willing to help, even on just an occasional basis.
- St Ambrose Summer Fayre: Sunday 10th July, 12-4pm in the school grounds. Come along and join us for an afternoon of fun and games including a bouncy castle, fairground ride, face painting, beer and prosecco stall, BBQ and ice creams. Raffle tickets will be on sale after the 11am Mass on Sunday 26th June and 3rd July with
a Grand Prize of £75 to be drawn on the day.
The next gathering for LGBTQ+ will be at All Saints, Anfield L4 1QC on Sunday 3rd July beginning with Mass at 2:00pm
- ST.JOHN RIGBY COLLEGE.
St.John Rigby College in Orrell, are holding an Anniversary Celebration Mass, celebrated by Archbishop Malcolm at 11am on Sunday July 3rd in the College Sports Hall, followed by refreshments.
- SVP MEETING.
The next meeting of the Deanery SVP Group will take place in St.Richard’s, Atherton, on Thursday July 14th at 11am (after the 10.30am Mass). All welcome.
- ROSARY FOR PEACE -
Try to pray each day on your own or with family or friends.....even if it’s only one decade of the rosary you will make a difference to those who are suffering.....thank you! (A useful website explaining the process is https://www.catholic.org/prayers/rosary.php) You can find a summary of the Mysteries of the Rosary here.
- Food Banks
Stocks are rapidly diminishing and the number of families needing support has almost doubled. Please give generously to the food bank. Donations can be left at Holy Family.
Today's Gospel tells of Jesus sending out seventy two of his disciples in pairs to spread the good news. He gives instructions as to how they should behave. Again we are reminded of the difficulties, challenges and rewards of being a follower of Christ.
Guide us, O Lord, on our journey through life.
May we always be aware of those around us
And search for ways in which we can support those who are in need.
It's inrteresting that Jesus sent out his disciples in pairs. It reminds us that we are part of the Community of the Church and that we rely on other members of that community and also give others our support in the mission of the Church. This week, let us try to be particularly supportive of those in our local community, being aware of the needs of others and supporting them as best we can.
As summers become drier and the need for water increases in certain parts of the world and, indeed, the country, let us be mindful of the way we use our water: get a water butt to cdollect rainwater in the garden; use waste water to water the garden, restrict your use of hosepipes; limit your time in the shower to 2 minutes. Think about other ways you can conserve water and act upon your ideas.
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 July 3rd - 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C)
Monday July 4th - St Elizabeth of Portugal
Tuesday July 5th- St Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Priest
Wednesday July 6th - St Maria Goretti, Virgin, Martyr
Thursday July 7th - Weekday in Ordinary Time
Friday July 8th - Weekday in Ordinary Time
Saturday July 9th - Ss Augustine Zhao Rong, Priest and companions, Martyrs
Sunday July 10th - 15th 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.
- ARCHDIOCESAN SOCIAL MEDIA
The Archdiocese has launched new social media pages on Facebook and Instagram
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)