Sunday 15th December 2019

Parish Priest: Fr. Michael Dever – Tel. 0161 224 1498
Resident at St. Richard’s Presbytery, Sutcliffe Ave, Longsight, M12 5TN
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.


“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”


15th – 21st December 2019

Sunday15th December                       Monday16th December
9.30am Mass at St. Richard’s                9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s                   9.30am Funeral Service at
                                                                    St. Mary’s for Gary Healey.

Tuesday 17th December                    Wednesday 18th December
9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s                    9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
                                                                   7.30pm Reconciliation Service
                                                                   at St. Mary’s.

Thursday 19th December                      Friday 20th December
9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s                       9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

Saturday 21st December
10.00am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Mary’s
11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s
5.00pm Vigil Mass at St. Richard’s
6.30pm Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s

Saturday 11.30am – 12 noon at St. Mary’s
Saturday 4.30pm – 4.50pm at St. Richard’s


Feast of the Week
Saturday 21st December: Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor

Pray for the Sick and Housebound and those who are known to you especially Maureen Kennedy, John Harte, Pat & Patricia Gallogly, Paddy McNallion, Willie John Kerrigan, Margaret Coyle, Patricia Maguire, Margaret Regan, Mary McDermott, Simon & Gillian Bryant, Tom Cassidy, Margaret Duffy, Kathleen McGuigan, Hannah Walsh, Finn Collins, Eta O’Malley, Mary McGlade, Gary Jameson, Julie Mulrennan, Irene Rice, Bridie Coyne, Doreen French, Ken Ward, John Collins, Margaret Sweeney, Veronica Curran, Mary Dunne, Irene McCarroll, Kathleen Cartwright, Carl McGlynn, Colette Robinson, Sadie Deeney. May the Good Lord strengthen and comfort them.
Pray also for all who care for the sick.

Grant eternal rest to those who have died recently. Gary Healey, Margaret Harkin, Agnes McGuire

Let your face shine upon those whose anniversaries are at this time. Eileen McHale, Mary Keaney, Mary Sherlock, John Brady.

Birthday Remembrance: Bronwen Ward, Patrick Walkin.

Christmas Remembrance: Nellie & Michael O’Dowd, Charles & Ellen Coughlan, Patrick Griffin, Ian Wallace, Margaret Flanagan.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

PARISH ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE will take place at St. Mary’s Church next Wednesday 18th December at 7.30pm. There is no better way to prepare for Christmas than by the reception of the Sacrament of God’s Mercy. Please try to use this time.

CHRISTMAS PARISH DANCE next Friday 20th December 2019 from 7.30pm till late in St. Mary’s Parish Centre. Dancing to Pat Jordan and Finian’s Rainbow. Tickets £5 p.p. available from John Jordan tel. 225 4308. Also including the Parish Christmas Draw.

The total raised last Sunday was £2,662.00. Many thanks to everyone who donated items for the various stalls, the very generous cash donations, especially the tremendous response from parents, children and staff at St. Richard’s School. Thanks to those who came, those who organised the fair and for all who helped and worked so hard on the day.

Please note that all raffle ticket stubs and monies must be handed in by next Wednesday 18th December at the latest. The draw will take place next Friday 20th December at the Christmas Parish Dance.

Tuesday 24th December – Christmas Eve
9.30am Morning Mass at St. Mary’s
7.00pm First Mass of Christmas at St. Richard’s
8.00pm First Mass of Christmas at St. Mary’s
Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day
9.30am Mass at St. Richard’s and 11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s
Thursday 26th December – Feast of St. Stephen
9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s and 12noon Mass at St. Richard’s

CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: All healthcare workers are invited to join the Catholic Medical Association which meets at St. Mary’s Church every third Tuesday of the month from October to June at 7.30pm for Mass, followed by discussions about medical and ethical issues. The next meeting will take place next Tuesday 17th December.

Full-Time experienced RGN required based in Longsight, M13 OAR on a permanent full-time basis. (38.25 hrs. per week at £13.83 per hour), free parking, free meals on duty with 28 days holiday pay.
Full-time Chef/Cook required – 37.50 hours per week. £9.36 per hour. Shift that finish no later than 7.30pm. NVQ 2 or above is desirable. Please email CV to and include a contact phone number. See full details on the notice board in the church porch.

BAGS OF KINDNESS: Help Cornerstone to help others
Do you have a spare backpack or handbag lying around in your home? If you do, why not put it to good use by packing it with useful necessities – including toiletries, hygiene products and warm hats and gloves – that will make life a little easier for homeless people this winter. You can drop your filled bags off at St. Mary’s office (weekdays) or put in the box at the back of the church.

FLAT AVAILABLE IN LEVENSHULME: Self-contained one bedroom flat for rent. Newly Decorated, own shower, toilet and kitchen. Quiet house, suit respectable middle aged gent. References required. Tel. 0161 224 2339 for further details.

BINGO every Sunday night at St. Mary’s Parish Centre. Eyes down at 8.00pm. Come along and join us for a fun filled evening.

ST. RICHARD’S COFFEE MORNING is held every Wednesday in the Sacristy after the 9.15am morning Mass

LEGION OF MARY GROUP: The group meet each Thursday after the 9.30am Mass in St. Mary’s Meeting Room. All Welcome.

Please take a copy of the newsletter home to remind you of the times of services and events during the coming week, and please take a copy to anyone you know who is sick or housebound.

Items for the newsletter including Mass Intentions can be left at the Parish Office Tel. 0161 248 8836 or emailed to by Thursday midday. The weekend newsletter is published on Friday mornings!