Sunday 22nd May 2022

SAINT ROBERT OF NEWMINSTER PARISH

Incorporating the former Parishes of:

St. Mary of the Angels & St. Clare Church, Elbow St, Levenshulme, M19 3PY

St. Richard Church, Sutcliffe Avenue, Longsight, M12 5TN

Parish Priest: Fr. Michael DeverTel. 0161 224 1498

Website. www.stmaryslevenshulme.co.uk

Email. info@stmaryslevenshulme.co.uk

            Resident at St. Mary’s Presbytery: Fr. Martin Dowd, Chaplain to the Central Manchester Hospital


Sunday 22nd May 2022                                                       

 

SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER                               

        “Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”                                                    

 

TIMES OF MASSES AND SERVICES

Sunday:  9.30am Mass at St. Richard’s – 11am 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: Holyday of Obligation – 9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s

                   6.30pm Mass at St. Richard’s

Friday: 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

Saturday: 10am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

                  followed by 11am Mass at St. Mary’s

Vigil Mass: 5pm at St. Richard’s & 6.30pm at St. Mary’s         

               

CONFESSIONS: Saturday 11.30am – 12 noon at St. Mary’s

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

 

Feasts of the Week

Wednesday :St Bede the Venerable, Priest & Doctor of the Church

Thursday: The Ascension of the LordHolyday of Obligation

Friday: St. Augustine 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 John Reynolds, Mary Callaghan, Rachel Levy, Sarah & Stacey Todd,  Tom Dunne, Nancy Boyle, Bryne Lynch,  Michael Browne, Mike Clyne,   Kathleen McLaughlin, Margaret Cawley,  Kathleen McGuigan,  Maureen Kennedy,  Kathleen Durkan, Neville Wright,   Graham Edwards, Karl McGlynn,  Steven Teague, Margaret McAteer, Frank Kelly, Jackson Giles, Joe Micalef, Jim Hynes, Anna Kerrigan, Maria Valgamilli, Judy Miller, Alan Smith, Sarah Mitchell,  Mary Regan, Mary McGlade,  Christine Jackson.  

Please inform the Parish Office if anyone needs to be taken off this list.

 

Lately Dead: Rachael Leavy, Gerald Devine, Andrew Dinan, Michelle Humphrey. Anniversary: Joseph & Martha Quinn, Martin Coughlan, George Shawcross, John Donovan, Noreen O’Leary. In Memory: Eddie Bell, Martin Bell

Birthday Remembrance: Thomas Colleran, Sean Deay

Special Intention: Anna & Tony Rolston, Madeleine Taylor, Philomena Johnson.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION IN OUR PARISH: Next Thursday 26th May we celebrate the First Holy Communion Mass for our children in St. Richard’s School who will receive the sacrament for the first time. Please pray for all our children as they begin their journey of faith as full partakers in the Eucharist.

 

MISSIONIONARY SISTERS APPEAL:  Thank you to everyone who donated last weekend towards the appeal made by Sister Brenda Makokha on behalf of the Missionary Sisters. Your contribution amounted to £592.15.  Thank you for your wonderful generosity.

 

RETURNING TO MASS AT PENTECOST

An invitation from the Bishops of England & Wales

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/spring-plenary-2022-resolution-returning-to-mass-at-pentecost/

We are thanked for our continued faithful service during the pandemic, and invited now to look forward with renewed faith and confidence. In summary:

The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply. We understand there will be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill-health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation.”

 

SACRED HEART CHURCH (GORTON) MISSION WEEK

A Personal & Parish Renewal Week at Sacred Heart & St. Francis Parish, Levenshulme Rd, Gorton, M18 7WJ..

From Monday 23rd – Friday 27th May from 7-9pm each evening.

The week will include quest speakers, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Mass. See poster on the notice board for full details. This is a free event.

 

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY! Fr. Dever will celebrate his Golden Jubilee at St. Mary’s on Friday 8th July at 7pm, followed by a get together in the parish hall afterwards.  Further details will follow at a later date.

 

MESSAGE FROM SISTER EDITH: Items of clothing are NO longer being collected for the refugees, But Sister Edith would be very grateful to receive toiletries which will be sent to the Ukrainian Polish border for forwarding into Ukraine. Donations can also be left at the parish office.

 

HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME: Following the end of “lockdown”, Eucharistic Ministers are once more able to visit people in their own home in order to give Holy Communion to anyone who is unable to come to church. All our ministers have been DBS checked and will have taken precautions to ensure they do not carry the Covid virus. If you know of anyone who would like to receive Holy Communion, please ask the person’s permission and then give their name, address and phone number to Fr. Dever or the parish office. We will then make contact by phone to arrange when we can visit.

 

SAINT AMBROSE COLLEGE, Hale Barns. A State-funded Catholic Boys’ 11.18 Grammar School– OPEN MORNING

Saturday 25th June 9.30am to 12.30pm. Tel. 0161 980 2711

 

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: Please take a copy of the newsletter home to remind you of the times of services and events during Holy Week. Please give a copy to anyone you know who is sick or housebound.

 

.SELF CONTAINED FURNISHED FLATLET FOR RENT IN LEVENSHULME – Only suitable for one person).

Newly decorated, own shower and toilet, own kitchen. Suit respectable gentleman.  References required. Tel. 0161 224 2339, after 6.30pm.

 

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


 

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES

Returning to Mass at Pentecost

An invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales

This is the bread come down from heaven (John 6:58)

A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist. We do so with deep gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives the Church her identity – “The Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.” It enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. This hallmark is supported and strengthened by the precept that our fundamental Christian duty is to worship God by participating in the celebration of Mass. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as “the Sunday Obligation.”

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgment that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.

We understand there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation.

Our Catholic people and parishes have benefitted during these difficult times from the online streaming of Mass and other services. “Virtual viewing” of Mass online does not fulfil the Sunday Obligation. It may, however, be a source of continual spiritual comfort to those who cannot attend Mass in person, for example those who are elderly and sick, for whom the obligation does not apply. In this context, we recognise gratefully the ministry of those who administer Holy Communion to the elderly, sick and housebound.

We are grateful to our clergy, religious and lay faithful who have served our parishes, schools and communities with dedication and distinction throughout this pandemic. Now we look forward with renewed faith and confidence.

In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord Jesus entrusted to us the precious gift of Himself. With humility, we glory in being a Eucharistic people for whom attendance at Mass is essential. Looking forward to the forthcoming feast of Pentecost, we now invite all Catholics who have not yet done so to return to attending Mass in person.

As the Church needs the witness of the presence of each person, so too each believer needs to journey in faith and worship with their fellow disciples. Nourished by our encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus, fed with His Word and His Body and Blood in Holy Communion, and supported by the presence of each other, we receive strength week by week, to serve the Lord and glorify Him with our lives.

Approved by the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference
Friday 6 May 2022