Sunday 1st 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”

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                                TIMES OF MASS & SERVICES                                                                    1st – 7th December 2019

Sunday 1st December                        Monday 2nd December
9.30am Mass at St. Richard’s               9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s

Tuesday 3rd December
9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s
10.30am Funeral Service for Catherine Bigger at St. Mary’s

Wednesday 4th December
9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

Thursday 5th December                        Friday 6th December
9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s                       9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

Saturday 7th 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

Feasts of the Week
Tuesday 3rd December: Saint Francis Xavier
Wednesday 4th December: Saint John Damascene, Priest & Doctor
Friday 6th December: Saint Nicholas, Bishop
Saturday 7th December: Saint Ambrose, Bishop 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. Catherine Biggar, Margaret Flanagan, Ita O’Malley, Bernard Corrigan, Michael King.

Let your face shine upon those whose anniversaries are at this time
Margaret Moran, John Hargraves, Sarah Blaney, Martin Deeney, Mai Kelly, Noreen Power.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

                                                                                                                      Christmas Masses: Liz & Mixie Barrett, Ann Barrett & Family

ST. RICHARD’S CHRISTMAS FAIR: Sunday 8th December will take place next Sunday at 12noon. It is both a wonderful social occasion and an important fund raising event for the parish. There will be the usual stalls, raffles, refreshments etc. As always the success of the Fair depends on people being willing to give items for the various stalls, and also people being willing to staff the stalls on the day. Please come along there’s something for everyone!

ST. MARY’S CHRISTMAS FAIR: A Big Thank You to all who attended the fair last Sunday – we hope you had an enjoyable time. The amount raised was £1,490.00 which will go towards parish funds. Thanks also to all who helped in any way, especially those who donated items, stall holders, and those who helped set up and clear up. A list of the winning raffle prizes can be found on the notice board in the church porch together with a breakdown of the money raised.

CHRISTMAS PARISH DANCE: 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. The draw for the Parish Christmas Raffle will take place on the night.

AN IRISH CONVERSATION CIRCLE has been going on in North Manchester for 10 years. The group is now moving into the City Centre. They meet once a month in the Central Library Community Room on St. Peter’s Square. If you have a cúpla focal in Irish, here is a golden opportunity to put them into practice in the company of likeminded people. Beidh fὰilte romhat! Upcoming dates Saturday 7th December 1.30pm – 3pm and Saturday 18th January 1.30pm – 3pm. Further details from Pat Shine tel. 07717 226 758.

The above club is for people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities. It is a weekly event that takes place in St. Cuthbert’s Parish Hall, Withington, 3 Palatine Road, M20 3LH from 2.00pm to 4.30pm. You are invited to share in the activities. Light refreshments are provided. For the Youth, helping at the Club could be part of a PRINCE’S TRUST experience leading to a qualification.
For those with ‘MUSCLES’! your assistance would be greatly appreciated in moving furniture, pool tables etc. at 1.30pm and 4.30pm for which there would be a payment. Phone or text Aileen on 07786 562 635.

The British Association for Irish Studies present
‘The Maamtrasna Murders, 1882: Murder, Law and Injustice’
A talk by Professor Margaret Kelleher (UCD) at the Irish World Heritage Centre, Cheetham Hill, Manchester on Wednesday, 4th December 2019 at 7.30pm.
Contact Patrick Doyle: for details.

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!