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, Tel. 0161 224 1895 Assistant Priest & Hospital Chaplain & Fr. Martin Dowd, Tel. 0161 225 9840 Chaplain to the Central M/c Hospitals
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
No Masses until further notice: The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is removed. Masses will be celebrated without congregation for you and your intentions.
ST. MARY’S & ST RICHARD’S CHURCH
St Richard’s Church will remain closed for the time being. St Mary’s Church is open for private prayer three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) from 9.30am until 11am. Neither church will be resuming the celebration of public Mass from 4th July. It is important for all of us to realise that there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass in these very difficult times. The time will come, hopefully soon, when we can once again celebrate the Eucharist together in our churches. We have come a long way in our journey through the crisis but our guiding thought must always be the safety of others and ourselves.
If you are visiting St. Mary’s Church, please enter through the main double doors. Please sanitise hands on entering and follow safe distancing and instructions from the stewards. Sanitise hands again on exiting Church by the side door (near St. Francis Statue). Please note for safety reasons Toilets are closed.
We are looking for more stewards to oversee things for the duration of each session and to clean the church in readiness for the next session. If you feel you would like to volunteer please telephone Fr. Dever on 0161 224 1498. However, please be aware that you have to rule yourself out if you are classified as extremely vulnerable i.e. shielding or clinically vulnerable.
Feasts of the Week:
Mon. 13th July: Saint Henry
Tues. 14th July: Saint Camillus of Lellis, Priest
Wed. 15th July: Saint Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor
Thurs. 16th July: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Principal of the Diocese.
All who have died of the coronavirus and others who have died recently, Marie Ryan, Susan Handley, Maureen Duffy, Brendan Devlin, Ursula Cramsie.
Peter Hodkinson, Keith Shawcross.
Pray for the Sick and Housebound and all those who are suffering from the coronavirus and others who are sick at this time, including Eamonn Walls, Ryan Berry, Colin Billinge, Maura Pappados, Lena Griffin, Kathleen Hayes, John O’Hara, Margaret Grimes, Karen Joyce, Anne O’Brien, John Coyne, Bridie Coyne, Janet Carroll, Pauline Brown, Bill Henderson, Nellie Ferris, Barbara Williams, Kathleen Grimes, Noreen Varley, Maureen Kennedy, Carl McGlynn, Sadie McMenamin, John Harte, Paddy McNallion, Willie John Kerrigan, Margaret Coyle, Patricia Maguire, Margaret Regan, Simon & Gillian Bryant, Kathleen McGuigan, Hannah Walsh, Finn Collins, Mary McGlade, Gary Jameson, Julie Mulrennan, Ken Ward, John Collins, Veronica Curran, Mary Dunne, Irene McCarroll, Kathleen Cartwright, May the Good Lord strengthen and comfort them. Pray also for all who care for the sick.
Sea Sunday 2020 Postponed: In the light of the continued uncertainty around coronavirus, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have decided to postpone Sea Sunday 2020 from July 12th to December. The date has not yet been finalised, but it is likely to be either Sunday 13th or Sunday 20th December.
Parish Donations: We are receiving enquiries from parishioners who have asked us how you can continue giving to your parish during the pandemic. Parishes still greatly need your support, even more so without their weekly congregations and visitors. Offertory contributions, Gift Aid Envelopes and Mass intentions can be posted through the letterbox of both St. Mary’s and St. Richard’s Presbytery. We do recognise that many parishioners may be in a different financial position than they were previously or struggling financially, and there is no expectation to give where you are unable to do so.
Bishop John reminded us that there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass at this time. That obligation will return in the future when we can gather freely in our churches again.
He gave 3 further recommendations:
• When more churches begin to open for the public celebration of Mass, maybe we might think about attending a weekday Mass to help ease Sunday capacity.
• That any elderly person, anyone with any frailty or underlying medical condition, shouldn’t consider trying to attend Mass at this time.
• That if your own parish church is not opening for the public celebration of Mass you wait until it does so without looking for other churches which will have their own restricted capacity for their parishioners.
Items for the newsletter including Mass Intentions can be left at the Parish Office Tel. 0161 248 8836 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday midday. The weekend newsletter is published on Friday mornings!