St. Mary's (The Hidden Gem) Mulberry Street Manchester
Saturdays: 12noon and 5.15pm (First Mass of Sunday)
Sunday 10.15am and 12noon.
Confessions:Saturdays: 10.45am to 11.45am and 2pm to 3pm.
Peter Jackson RIP (former headteacher St Damian's RC Science College Ashton) :
"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mr Peter Jackson (former Headteacher) who died on Monday 22nd April 2013. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time.
Mr Jackson was the Headteacher at the school between 1984 and 2004. He was an inspirational leader of St Damian’s and a servant to our community during his 20 years as Headteacher. This inspiration is still felt today by many members of staff at the school who worked under his Leadership." Read more: http://www.st-damians.tameside.sch.uk/?_id=651&showArticle=51
Prayer for the PopeEmeritus
Almighty ever-living God, who has given your faithful servant Benedict grace to maintain his faith and hope in you amid the labours of his apostolic ministry; graciously bestow upon him, we pray, the consolations of your Holy Spirit and uphold him in serenity of life.
A Gift for Your Marriage: one-day marriage preparation courses at Clitherow House, Lower Chatham St., Manchester M15 6BY on March 23rd, 20th April, 8th June, 6th July, 7th September, 19th October. Text/phone 07871 802336 email email@example.com; web: www.marriage care.org.uk.
The Walsingham Association is organising a pilgrimage to the Shrine of our Lady at Ladywell (near Preston) leaving at 9.00am on Wednesday 1st May. The cost including transport from and back to St. Patrick's, all pilgrimage arrangements, and followed by a superb three course meal at Haighton Manor Hotel is only £28.00. Please contact Colin Riley or call 07547357622 for full details.
The National Shrine of St. Pio, Franciscan Friary, Monastery rd., Pantasaph, Nr. Holywell, Flintshire CH8 8PE: Day Retreats for 2013 (Padre Pio prayer days of refreshment, healing and spiritual renewal) on Sundays: May 19th, June 30th, August 11th, September 22nd : weekend retreat 9th – 11th August. To book and for more information: tel. 01352 711053 email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pantasaph.org.uk.
Northern Catholic Conference: “Celebrating the year of Faith” – a Catholic conference for all ages on 7th, 8th and 9th of June at Liverpool Hope University, Taggart Ave., Hope Park, Liverpool L16 9JD. Several speakers; Bishop Mark Davies will celebrate Mass on the Sunday. No fee – donation only. Contact 07543 800812
YEAR OF FAITH PILGRIMAGE TO ROME & ASSISI
Do you want to come and see Pope Francis and pray for him at the tomb of St. Francis? The parish of St. Mary of the Angels in Ashton-under-Lyne have arranged the pilgrimage from October 7th – 12th 2013.The price of £675 includes flights Manchester to Rome(incl. All tax and duty); suitcase in hold; one night half board in Assisi; four nights half board in 4* hotel in Rome; all sightseeing; Papal Audience(if the pope is in Rome). £150 deposit required at the earliest convenience. Further details and booking forms available from St. Mary of the Angels parish office tel. 0161 330 email@example.com; or Pilgrimage Options 0844 8551844.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Patrick's Church Oldham from
10.30am. - 11.45am. on the last Saturday of each month
Archbishops' Letter on Marriage
The government is about to launch a consultation on changing the legal definition of marriage. Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Archbishop Peter Smith, President and Vice President of the Bishops' Conference respectively, have written to Catholic parishioners to voice their opposition to any change in the law and to encourage participation in the consultation: http://www.catholic-ew.org.uk/Home/News-Releases/Archbishops-Letter-on-Marriage
POPE BENECTICT XVI wants Catholics throughout the world to hold a “Year of Faith” from 11th October 2012 until 24th November 2013. He invites us all to rediscover the riches of our faith. The 11th October 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. It is also the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Everyone is invited to participate in this year of celebration and mission, mindful that faith is not meant to be private, but professed and shared.
Year of Faith: “Reignite” Youth event on Saturday 3rd November 7 – 9pm & Sunday 4th November 10am – 3.45pm at Our Lady of Grace, 11 Fairfax rd., Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AS. Reignite is a new initiative for 16 – 35s to come together for prayer, catechesis (in the form of short talks), discussion, Reconciliation, food, friendship and Mass, for an evening and a day. The first event took place last November and was very successful. This is not an overnight event, but in two parts. The Sunday event ends with Mass. For further information, contact Fr. John Flynn or Lorraine Leonard. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is £10 to cover food and expenses.
University of Manchester Catholic Chaplaincy
After discussion with the Provincial of the Society of Jesus, Bishop Brain has invited the Society of Jesus to serve once again at the University of Manchester Catholic Chaplaincy. The Society (also known as the Jesuits) is coming back to Manchester University after being away for two decades. The Society will also take over the administration of the church of the Holy Name of Jesus. Fr Tim Byron SJ will lead the University’s chaplaincy team from the start of the new academic year.
Certificate in Catechesis
The Maryvale Institute is offering a Certificate in Catechesis through distance learning This course, a two-year programme, is for anyone interested in developing their own faith for the sake of explaining it to others.
The translation of the Roman Missal is now complete and from September 2011 the Order of the Mass in the new translation will be used in parishes in England and Wales. Also from September in parishes, there will be catechesis on the new translation and the Mass itself, prior to the publication of the new Missal which may be as early as Advent 2011.
The Most Rev. Peter Smith, the Archbishop of Southwark, welcomed the launch of the Coaliton for Marriage and encouraged Catholics to sign its petition. The Coalition for Marriage is an umbrella group of individuals and organisations in the UK that support traditional marriage and oppose any plans to redefine it.
Cathedral Centre Books
A new diocesan bookshop, Cathedral Centre Books, has opened its doors. The bookshop is on the ground floor of the Cathedral Centre, just inside the reception area. It is hoped the bookshop will be a great resource for all our parishes and schools across the diocese. Why not pay a visit and have a look around? It has a wide range of books, pamphlets and gifts. Open Monday – Saturday, 9.00am – 5.00pm. Cathedral Centre Books, 3 Ford St., Salford M3 6DP. Tel: 0161 817 2208. Parking is available at the Cathedral Centre (or you can save the bus fare or petrol and support your own piety shop!).
Maryvale Certificate in RCIA Catechesis - commences 10 September
This one-year, distance learning programme, leads to the Maryvale Certificate in RCIA catechesis. It is intended for catechists involved, or intending to be involved, in RCIA in their parishes.
The Salford diocesan archives have relocated to the Upper Hall at St Augustine's in Manchester.
Each academic term, drop-in sessions are arranged on selected dates when the archives will be accessible without the need of a prior appointment. The archives will be open for drop-in sessions every Tuesday between 3pm and 8pm until December 14th.
If you would like to visit the archives, please contact the diocesan archivist, Fr David Lannon , either by email or by telephone (0161 236 6762).
The diocesan Office for Marriage and Family has announced the dates and
venues of courses:- Marriage
Chadderton section of the Catholic
Women’s League (ST. HERBERT’S CWL)
If you would like to join the League which meets on the third Thursday
of the month, contact Elsie on 0161 652 3930.
Prayer Group You are warmly
invited to Prayer Group which meets at Werneth Convent, Grange Ave., Oldham,
every Saturday evening 7.30 - 9.00pm. to praise God, meditate on Holy
Scripture and Prayers of Intercession, followed by refreshments. Everyone
welcome. For further information contact Cath Taylor on 682 8660.
Hospital patients desiring visit/s from the chaplain need to register
their request with the hospital's chaplaincy. Full contact details now
available on the website. Click
The Mental Capacity Act and 'Living
The new Mental Capacity Act has a number of far reaching implications
and will affect anyone unable to make decisions for themselves.
A Practical Guide for Catholics
The Bishops' Conference has produced a short guide:
MCA Guide (pdf,
PUBLICATION OF THE APOSTOLIC LETTER "MOTU PROPRIO DATA"
SUMMORUM PONTIFICUM ON THE USE OF THE ROMAN LITURGY PRIOR TO THE REFORM
Holy Days of Obligation which are Solemnities of the Lord (other
than Christmas Day) are to be moved to Sundays. This means that
the Epiphany, the Ascension of the Lord and Corpus Christi will
now be celebrated on Sunday. The Bishops of England and Wales have
decided to transfer these Holy Days of Obligation to Sunday in response
to requests from theDiocesan Council of Priests and many others.
The Holy See approved these changes to the calendar on 13 July
2006 and they take effect on 3 December 2006, the
First Sunday of Advent.
Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies
Manchester M13 0AS
The CCRS is important to anyone intending to enter Catholic Education.
In the majority of Catholic Schools the CCRS is a requirement of employment
and/or promotion. A course is currently running and comprises a number
of stand-alone modules which may be commenced at any time.
Bernard Stuart, 0161 256 6207, RE Centre.
& DEANERY RE-ORGANISATION - Development Framework
affecting St. Mary's Deanery are:
Patrick's Oldham has been identified as a "Gem Church".
That is, a building which will be developed as a focus for prayer and
devotion within the deanery.
Parishes to be amalgamated:
St. Patrick's Oldham and St. Mary's Oldham
Our Lady's Moorside and Sacred Heart Derker
Limeside and Holy Rosary Fitton Hill (1 priest to serve 2 churches)
Parishes to be "clustered". That is, parishes,
including some newly amalgamated units, that should seek to work together
e.g. coordinating Mass times, covering for each other, having joint activities.
Sts. Aiden & Oswald Royton and St. Joseph's Shaw
St. Herbert's Chadderton and Corpus Christi Hollinwood
Our Lady's Moorside with Sacred Heart Derker, St. Anne's Greenacres,
St. Edward's Lees with St. Michael's Abbeyhills
IN OUR CARE In January 2002 Bishop Brain set up the Salford
Diocese Child Protection Commission. Fr. Barry O'Sullivan has been appointed
as Child Protection Coordinator and Patricia Gilligan, a social worker,
has been appointed as the Child Protection Advisor.
The Commission has the responsibility
to help parishes implement child protection guidelines (Safe in Our Care
guidelines) Each parish has been asked to appoint a Child Protection Representative
to act as a link between parish and commission. St. Edward's Parish
Child Protection Representative is Eileen O'Toole and her role will be
to help our parish volunteers, who are working with children, to implement
the "Safe in our Care" guidelines. The Diocesan Child
Protection Commission are refining their delivery of training to parish
based representatives in 2006. Training will focus at deanery level groupings
so that constituent parish reps may meet and form mutual and collective
support for the deanery. See website
for further details