Sunday 20th December 2015


St. Mary of the Angels & St. Clare, Elbow Street, Levenshulme, M19 3PY.    Tel. 0161 248 8836

St. Richard & St. Robert, Sutcliffe Avenue, Longsight, M12 5TN. Tel. 0161 224 1498

Parish Priest: Fr. Michael Dever – Tel. 0161 224 1498 (Residence: St. Richard’s Presbytery)

Resident at St. Mary’s Presbytery Fr. David Egan (Chaplain to Central M/c Hospitals) – Tel. 0161 224 1895and Canon David Ryder (Chaplain to Central M/c General Hospitals) – Tel. 0161 225 9840



       “Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”



   SUNDAY 20th December

   9.30am Mass at St. Richard’s

11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s


MONDAY 21st December

9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

7.00pm Reconciliation Service at St. Mary’s


TUESDAY 22nd December – St. Mary’s

9am Requiem Mass for Stephen Murphy

12noon Requiem Mass for Mary Allen


WEDNESDAY 23rd December – St. Mary’s

9.30am Requiem Mass for Thomas O’Connor


THURSDAY 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


FRIDAY 25th December – Christmas Day

9.30am Mass at St, Richard’s

10.00am Mass at St. Mary’s


SATURDAY 26th December – Feast of St. Stephen

11.00am 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 21st December: Saint Peter Canisius, Priest & Doctor

Wednesday 23rd December: Saint John of Kenty, Priest

Friday 25th December: THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD

(Holy Day of Obligation).

Saturday 26th December: Saint Stephen, Protomartyr


Pray for the Sick and Housebound and those who are known to you especially Tommy Kenny. 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.

Stephen Gene Murphy, Mary Allen, Thomas Patrick O’Connor.


Let your face shine upon those whose anniversaries are at this time. Cecilia Ryan, Brian Conlon, Charles Coughlan, Chacko Joseph, Alice Phelan, Anne Nevin, Tommy Dunne, John Dowling, Charlie Dowling.



It’s only in this last week before Christmas that we begin to hear about the Christmas story itself. For the past weeks we have been preparing ourselves to greet the Lord, when he comes. Now we prepare to remember how he first came, by listening to the prophecies of his coming, and by hearing of the events before his birth. We meet the woman, Mary, who herself had been prepared for the coming of the Messiah. She has received the angels greeting, and his strange news, and has accepted her role in Gods plan. Now she hurries to her kinswoman, Elizabeth, who herself bears John the Baptist in her womb. John, just as we heard last week, alerts us to the presence of the Lord, as he leaps for joy in his mothers’ womb. His joy is that God has kept his promise, and is with his people.



A Service of Reconciliation will take place at St. Mary’s Church tomorrow Monday, 21st December at 7.00pm. 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.



Irish Community Care has the following job vacancies:-

  • Advice & Information Community Liaison Worker 30 hours per week (to be worked over 5 days). Salary £16,529.55 per annum (actual).


  • Traveller Advice & Information Worker 22.5 hours per week (to be worked over 5 days). Salary £12,111.29 per annum (actual).


  • Support Service Officer: 30 hours per week (to be worked over 5 days). Salary £13,883.92 per annum (actual).

For further information, job description and application form please contact Irish Community Care on (0161) 256 2717 or email or call in at I.C.C office at 893 Stockport Rd, Levenshulme. Closing date for applications 4pm on 31st December 2015.



One of Britain’s most enduring Celtic Rock Bands RATTLE ‘N’ REEL will be reforming for a special, one-off Manchester Irish Festival gig on Saturday, 12th March 2016. Tickets are already flying, get yours a.s.a.p. or miss out on what could be the last ever gig from the lads… Irish TV Live on the night. Tickets £10 available from St. Mary’s Parish Centre.


ST. RICHARDSCOFFEE MORNING every Wednesday in the Sacristy after morning Mass. BINGO every Sunday at 8pm in the presbytery. Come along and join us.


Items for the bulletin can e left at the presbytery or emailed to by Thursday midday at the latest. The weekend bulletin is published on Friday mornings.