Sunday 21st December 2014


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

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

Parish Priest: Fr. Michael Dever           Assistant Priest: Fr. David Egan           




Masses during the Week  


Sunday 21st December

  9.30am Mass at St. Richard’s

11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s

 6.00pm Advent Talk led by Fr. Michael Cupit in St. Mary’s Presbytery.


 Monday 22nd December

 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

7.00pm Reconciliation Service at St. Mary’s


 Tuesday 23rd December – 9.30m Mass at St. Mary’s


Wednesday 24th December – Christmas Eve

 9.15am Morning Mass at St. Richard’s

followed by Confessions after Mass.

7.00pm First Mass of Christmas at St. Richard’s

8.00pm First Mass of Christmas at St. Mary’s


Thursday 25th December – Christmas Day

9.30am Mass at St. Richard’s

10.00am Mass at St. Mary’s


Friday 26th December – Feast of St. Stephen

10.00am Mass at St. Mary’s

12noon Mass at St. Richard’s


 Saturday 27th December – Feast St. John

 11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s followed by Novena

to our Lady of Perpetual Help.

  5.00pm Vigil Mass at St. Richard’s

  6.30pm Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s


Sunday 28th December – The Holy Family

9.30am Morning Mass at St. Richard’s

11.00am Morning Mass at St. Mary’s



Saturday 11.30am to 12noon – St. Mary’s

Saturday 4.30pm to 4.50pm – St. Richard’s


Feasts of the Week

Tuesday 23rd December: Saint John of Kenty, Priest

Thursday 25th December: THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD

Friday 26th December: Saint Stephen, Protomartyr

Saturday 27th December: St John, Apostle and Evangelist,

Secondary Patron of the Diocese.


Pray for the sick and housebound especially for those who are known to you. 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

James Fitzpatrick, Ann Maloney

Let your face shine upon those whose anniversaries are at this time Patrick Grennan, Alice Phelan, Anne Nevin, Tommy Dunne, Mary Crehan, Cecilia Ryan


Special Intentions Nora McGrath


Christmas Mass Frank McGrath, Margaret McDermott



Here we enter a new stage of Advent: having spent so much time on the Second Coming, now we look back, to remember the details of the Lord’s First Coming. Today we focus on the character of Mary, and hear of the angel Gabriel being sent to her, to invite her to take her part in the mystery of the Incarnation, the revelation of the mystery kept secret for endless ages. This mystery springs from the House of David, and so we lead into the Gospel by hearing of the establishing of that house. An interesting idea is that the first reading talks of David wishing to build a house for the Lord; through the prophet he is told not of the house that he would build, but the House which is his line: eventually, in Mary (betrothed to Joseph) the House of David does itself become the house of the Lord, the womb wherein he has a dwelling place.



Today (Sunday) at the 11 o’clock Mass we welcome the families of the First Communion Children. Everyone is part of it because as a worshipping community we ‘await’ the coming (Adventus) of Jesus. We prepare our hearts to welcome Him.



I invite you to set aside one hour from 6pm to 7pm this evening (Sunday) in the Meeting Room of the Presbytery for a talk led by Fr. Michael Cupit from St. Philip’s Parish, Offerton. Fr. Michael’s talk will be on the theme ‘O Come Emmanuel – the meaning of Advent’.



A Service of Reconciliation will take place at St. Mary’s Church on Monday, 22nd December at 7.00pm. Also on Wednesday, 24th December there will be Confessions after the morning Mass at St. Richard’s Church. 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.



SENIOR CITIZEN’S FREE CHRISTMAS LUNCH will be served today (Sunday) at 2pm in St. Mary’s Parish Centre. Please note this is a ticket only event, and parishioners must produce their tickets at the door.



Fr. Ahern thanks Fr. Dever and all the parishioners who made his week’s visit truly worthwhile and enjoyable. He particularly wants to thank Marion Quinn and her voluntary team of helpers on behalf of the Kerry Association whose annual dinner dance was one of the main reasons for his visit. He was accompanied by some high profile guests to the event, and they thought the décor and atmosphere in the parish centre was second to none. The food was excellent. Certainly St. Mary’s Parish Centre is now the ‘place to see’. He would like to take this opportunity to wish one and all a Holy and Happy Christmas Season – you will all be remembered at the Mass he offers on Christmas Day.


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