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, Assistant Priest & Hospital Chaplain & Fr. Martin Dowd, Chaplain to the Central M/c Hospitals
TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”
Times of Mass – 13th to 19th September
Sunday : 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
10.30am & 12noon Mass at St. Mary’s
Monday : 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
Tuesday : 9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s
Wednesday : 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
Thursday : 9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s
Friday : 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
Saturday : 10am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Mary’s followed by 11am Mass.
5pm Vigil Mass at St. Richard’s
6.30pm Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s
Feasts of the Week:
Monday 14th Sept. The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Tuesday 15th Sept. Our Lady of Sorrows
Wednesday 16th Sept. Saint Cornelius, Pope
Thursday 17th Sept. Saint Robert Bellarmine, Bishop & Doctor
Saturday 19th Sept. Saint Theodore of Canterbury, Bishop
Pray for the Sick and Housebound and all those who are suffering from the coronavirus and others who are sick at this time, including Patrick Cahill, Mia O’Connor, Pat Campbell, Fr. Kearny, Maria Daly, Ashley Lansell, Steve Kerrigan, Andy McDermott, Colette Robinson, Alan Mullany, Tony Manock, 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, , Barbara Williams, Kathleen Grimes, Noreen Varley, Maureen Kennedy, Carl McGlynn, Sadie McMenamin, John Harte, Paddy McNallion, Margaret Coyle, Patricia Maguire, 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.
Lately Dead: Thomas Tomney, Anthony Peppard
Anniversary: Richard Fitzpatrick
Birthday Remembrance: Phelim Clerkin
EDUCATION SUNDAY 13th SEPTEMBER: As children and young people have been taking the first steps in returning to schools around our diocese, we pray that this year will be an enjoyable and safe one. We give thanks for the support of all the members of each school’s community who make this possible. Communities have been deeply affected by the imposition of lockdowns and the severing of networks that have always held our learning communities together. We all have a role to play in Education, which begins at home, but continues around us, and in so many vibrant and exciting ways in all our schools.
MOTHER ELIZABETH PROUT MOVES CLOSER TO SAINTHOOD – A Nun from Manchester is on course to become Britain’s first female non-martyr saint in 800 years after the Vatican ruled she lived a life of ‘heroic virtue’. Mother Elizabeth Prout laboured in the slums of Victorian Manchester and towns of North West England until her death at 43 from tuberculosis.
The so-called “Mother Teresa of Manchester” opened a chain of schools for poor children and homes for destitute women across the industrialised region, and was ahead of her time in teaching women crucial skills to earn their own livings. Her sainthood cause was submitted to the Vatican in 2008 for scrutiny by theologians who have now concluded that she lived a life of “heroic virtue”.
A document on her life is due to be examined by top-ranking cardinals and bishops in Rome who will then ask Pope Francis to declare Mother Elizabeth as “Venerable”. At that point, the search for two miracles will begin in earnest – one to declare her as Blessed and the other as a saint.
Face coverings became mandatory in places of worship on Saturday 8th August. All those who attend church must wear a face covering. (Those that are exempt for medical reasons or children under 11 remain exempt in these settings).
OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS: Sunday Mass has resumed with only a limited number of people allowed into church. St. Mary’s has a limit of 46 people, while St. Richard’s can only hold 26 people. For that reason you are being asked to go to Mass on a weekday if possible. There is no Sunday obligation to attend Mass at present.
Since we are not allowed to pass the collection bags around during Mass you will see a basket at the exit door for your offerings & gift aid envelopes for the church. For the last five months the parish has had no income, since the parish is totally dependent on the weekly collections. I know that many people have been affected financially, so if you are able to renew your weekly offerings to our parish I would be very grateful. A simple way to make a regular offering to the parish is to make a Standing Order through your bank. Standing Order Forms are available from the office at St. Mary’s or from Fr. Dever. For those who pay Income Tax a Gift Aid Form is also available. This allows the tax you have already paid on your weekly offering to be repaid to our parish. So if you give a £1 the parish will receive £1.20p. I would encourage anyone who can to consider signing a standing order for the parish. With thanks for all your help and understanding in these very difficult times.
BAPTISMS: New guidelines – We will only baptise one child at a time unless there is a sibling. The Baptism party is restricted to no more than thirty people, and strict social distancing rules must be followed.
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!