SAINT ROBERT OF NEWMINSTER PARISH
Parish Priest: Fr. Michael Dever – Tel. 0161 224 1498
St. Mary of the Angels & St. Clare Church, Elbow St, Levenshulme, M19 3PY
St. Richard Church, Sutcliffe Avenue, Longsight, M12 5TN
Resident at St. Mary’s Presbytery: Fr. Laurence Gambella, Hospital Chaplain and Fr. Martin Dowd, Chaplain to the Central Manchester Hospital.
Sunday 10th October 2021
TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”
The obligation to attend Mass will be restored by the First Sunday of Advent.
The Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales ask: Face coverings help to mitigate the risk of spreading Covid, they are still strongly recommended to be worn in church covering both the nose and mouth. Please use hand sanitiser provided as you enter and leave the church and please also consider social distance. The church will continue to be well ventilated to reduce the risk of spreading the virus and will continue to be cleaned.
CHURCH MASS & SERVICES TIMES
From Sunday 10th to Saturday 16th October
Sunday 10th: 9.30am at St. Richard’s – 11am at St. Mary’s
Monday 11th: 9.15am at St. Richard’s
Tues. 12th: 9.30am at St. Mary’s
Wed. 13th: 9.15am at St. Richard’s
Thurs.14th: 9.30am Mass at St .Mary’s
Friday 15th: 9.15am at St. Richard’s
Saturday 16th: 11am Mass at St. Mary’s
5,00pm Vigil Mass at St. Richard’s
6.30pm Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s
Feasts of the Week
Monday: St John XXIII, Pope
Tuesday: St Wilfrid, Bishop
Wednesday: St Edward the Confessor
Thursday: St Callistus, Pope and Martyr
Friday: St Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor
Saturday: St Hedwig, Religious
Pray for the Sick and Housebound and all those who are suffering from the coronavirus and others who are sick at this time, including Elizabeth Walls, Ann Monds, Steven Teague, Hannah Walsh, Martin Walsh, Sr. Philomena, Frank Kelly, Jackson Giles, Joe Micalef, Jim Hynes, Anna Kerrigan, Margaret McAteer, Maria Valgamilli, Judy Miller, Alan Smith, Sarah Mitchell, Miller, Steve Kerrigan, George O’Connor, Mia O’Connor, Mary Regan, Mary McGlade, Benny Woods, Christine Jackson, Mary Dunne. May the Good Lord strengthen and comfort them. Pray also for all who care for the sick.
Lately Dead: Danny McCabe, Mary McGee, Nellie Faren, Anthony Laughlin, Daniel McCabe, Eamonn McManus, Kathryn Burke, Una Bailey.
Anniversaries: Patricia Hutton, Vincent Fahey, Gabriel Murphy
Special Int, John & Philomena Johnson, Madeleine Taylor.
OCTOBER – MONTH OF THE HOLY ROSARY
Rosary Devotion will take place in St. Mary’s Church 20 minutes before each morning Mass during October.
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: Please pass on a copy of the weekly newsletter to a neighbour or anyone who you know who is sick or housebound.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CATHOLIC?
We will be running a course for anyone interested in becoming a Catholic. The course is part of the process known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) and is for anyone who knows they would like to become a Catholic, thinks they may want to become a Catholic or would just like to learn more about the Catholic faith, whether they are already Catholic or not. The course will begin sometime in October and run until Easter. It will be held on Wednesday evenings at 7.15pm in the Meeting Room of St. Mary’s Presbytery. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Marie Sartini on 07423 154 363 if you would like further information
READERS REQUIRED AT ST. MARY’S FOR SUNDAY MASS
We would like to increase our number of Sunday readers at St. Mary’s Church. Any parishioner who normally attends Mass on a Sunday and would like to volunteer please contact Peggy Sweeney on 07808 966 425.
ST. MARY’S ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP
We are pleased to welcome back all members, old and new to our weekly group starting next Thursday 14th October from 12.30pm – 2.30pm in St. Mary’s Parish Centre. Everyone welcome, so come along, rekindle friendships and make new friends. FREE admission, including Music, Bingo, Raffles including light refreshments.
Those attending need to be aware of the clear signage within the Parish Hall and follow all protocols regarding hand sanitising, wearing face mask, ventilation (so please wear warm clothing) and track and trace (in compliance with data protection).
SUNDAY BREAKFAST TO RESUME
St. Mary’s Sunday Breakfast will be served between 12noon and 1.00pm from next Sunday 17th October after the 11 o’clock Mass. Toast/Bacon Barm served with cup of tea. New Volunteers are required. Anyone interested in being part of a team to help with the Sunday Breakfast please come along and see one of the people in the kitchen on that Sunday after Mass.
BINGO: Bingo Night will start again next Sunday 17th October at 8pm in the Lounge area of St. Mary’s Parish Centre. Come along and join us.
HIRE OF ST. MARY’S PARISH CENTRE
The centre is available for private functions such as Wedding Receptions, Christenings, Conferences and Meetings. Over 21st Birthday Parties and Funeral Receptions. Competitive prices available. For further details contact Jenny on 07538 474 321.
LEVENSHULME SELF CONTAINED FURNISHED FLATLET FOR RENT (Only suitable for one person). Newly decorated, own shower and toilet, own kitchen. Suit respectable middle aged gentleman. Reference required. Tel. 0161 224 2339 after 6.30pm.
Items for the newsletter including Mass Intentions can be left at the Parish Office Tel. 0161 248 8836 or emailed to email@example.com by Thursday midday. The weekend newsletter is published on Friday mornings!
DIOCESE OF SALFORD
Pastoral Letter of the
Right Reverend John Arnold
Bishop of Salford
To be read and distributed on the weekend of 9th – 10th October
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
It is becoming all the more evident that the meeting of world leaders in Glasgow, for COP26, has an unprecedented urgency and importance. Scientific knowledge about the Environment has developed in recent decades so that there is now a real understanding of the damage that the human race is inflicting on our global home through climate change, and the consequences of our present way of living. What is perhaps particularly alarming is that the scientists have been accurate in estimating changing weather conditions and environmental events, but many are concerned that the deterioration is now happening even faster than had been predicted.
Care for the environment, for creation in all its complexity and abundance, is deeply rooted in our Christian Faith. We are the guardians of creation and responsible for its well-being. That aspect of our Faith is something that we have probably ignored or taken for granted, unaware of the actual damage that we are doing during this industrial age where we have developed a mistaken notion of progress and unthinkingly exploited our resources and the plant and animal life of our world, and each other.
Much is now understood about the work that can and must be done in order to begin to repair the damage inflicted by climate change. We all have our individual part to play in making changes to our own routines and our personal response will have an important impact. There are many resources available to guide us in managing – among other things – our travel, use of electricity and water, food consumption, re-cycling and waste. We must certainly not dismiss the value and importance of our individual efforts and our Christian duty to care for creation. Certainly, much is being achieved by individuals and communities.
But the real progress for change must come at an international level, with agreements and pledges made by the most powerful countries in the world. As Pope Francis insists, we must think and act globally. Our political leaders must look to making realistic and achievable policies which will ensure that global warming is limited to targets which will allow sustainable living conditions for future generations. It is essential that COP26 promotes actions that are radical enough to ensure the results that are necessary. The Paris Agreement of 2015 made the right sort of statements, but the agreed goals were never achieved.
I am writing to you today to ask that, while we must concern ourselves with our own achievable changes in our personal lifestyle, we must make determined efforts in prayer that those gathering at the COP26 meeting may understand the urgency of making those radical decisions which are required to secure a healthy environment for future generations.
I am asking that, as a family of the Diocese of Salford, we make Sunday 31st October – The Feast of All Saints – a day or prayer for the success of the meeting. There will be resources for events on that day should parishes have public gatherings. I recognise that many people still, understandably, feel cautious about attending Mass at this time. I would strongly recommend that we all pray daily for the COP26 meeting, particularly during the course of the meeting, which is 1st-12th November. CAFOD has prepared a letter which is being widely circulated and provided a prayer which is included at the end of this letter. I also offer this prayer, should you find it useful:
We acknowledge that,
either through ignorance or greed,
the Earth, our common home, is damaged.
That damage is felt most by people who have done little to cause it.
Industrialisation has exploited natural resources,
endangering wildlife, causing climate change,
and resulting in disasters and global warming.
Father, forgive us, and guide us in the right way.
Send your Spirit to encourage and strengthen
our world leaders as they meet at COP26.
Cause them to discern the way that we must now go,
agreeing the changes and decisions necessary
to begin to repair the damage done
and to prepare a healthy and secure world for future generations.
And we ask Mary, our Mother, to intercede for us, and with us, in our need. Amen.
My brothers and sisters, I invite and encourage us all to place our trust in the power of prayer. Please distribute this letter to anyone that you may know who might join in praying for the successful outcome of this meeting.
“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”
Bishop of Salford
A prayer from CAFOD:
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.
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