30th 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
30th Sunday of the Year (B)
World Mission Day
First Reading – Prophet Jeremiah 31:7-9.
Jeremiah gathers the people who turn back to God. It is a sign of the homecoming that God desires for all of us.
Second Reading – Letter to the Hebrews 5:1-6.
Christ, the High Priest, offers prayers and intercession to the Father that we might have life in its fullness.
Gospel Reading – Mark 10:46-52.
The healing of Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, is a sign of the gift of faith which alone comes from Jesus so that we may be his followers.
Readings for Weekdays: Ordinary Time Week 30
Today is World Mission Sunday which is celebrated in every Catholic community in the world.
This World Mission Sunday, get inspired by women reaching out across religious divides to heal their community. With Missio’s support, Sister
Veronica has been leading the Women’s Interfaith Council since 2019. The mission and the vision of the organisation is to create a forum where Muslims and Christians come together to discuss issues and participate in peace building.
Look for envelopes in church if you would like to donate or online by visiting missio.org.uk where there is also more information on their work. Thank you.
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.
The healing of the blind man, Bartimaeus, in today's Gospel calls us all to open our eyes to the love and joy that is a life lived in Jesus. After being healed, Bartimaeus's life was changed at a profund level, resulting in him becoming a follower of the Lord.
Prayer for the COP26 climate summit
We praise your name with all you have created.
You are present in the whole universe,
and in the smallest of creatures.
We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us
as stewards of your creation.
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they
seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.
Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions
for the poorest and most vulnerable,
and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son.
(Prayer written by the CBEW and CAFOD in prepration for COP26 in November)
Bartimaeus lived on the edge of society as a result of his blindness. How often do we ignore those we encounter in our daily lives who have been marginalised, often through no fault of their own? This week make an effort to acknowledge those on the edge, either through word or deed, and in so doing may they experience the hand of God touch 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.
- 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 24th - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)
Monday October 25th - The Six Welsh Martyrs and their Companions
Tuesday October 26th - Ss Chad and Cedd, Bishops
Wednesday October 27th -
Thursday October 28th - Ss Simon and Jude, Apostles
Friday October 29th -
Saturday October 30th -
Sunday October 31st - Feast of All Saints (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)