Sunday 23rd August 2020

SAINT ROBERT OF NEWMINSTER PARISH
Parish Priest: Fr. Michael Dever – Tel. 0161 224 1498
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


TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”

Times of Masses commencing 24th to 30th August 2020

Monday 24th : 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
Tuesday 25th : 9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s
Wednesday 26th 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
Thursday 27th : 9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s
Friday 28th : 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
Saturday 29th : 10am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Mary’s followed by 11am Mass.
5pm Vigil Mass at St. Richard’s
6.30pm Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s
Sunday 30th : 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
10.30am & 12noon Mass at St. Mary’s

Feasts of the Week:
Monday 24th Aug. Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
Tuesday 25th Aug. Saint Louis
Wed. 26th Aug. Blessed Dominic of the Mother of God, Priest
Thursday 27th Aug. Saint Monica
Friday 28th Aug. Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor
Saturday 29th Aug. The Passion of Saint John the Baptist

Pray for the Sick and Housebound and all those who are suffering from the coronavirus and others who are sick at this time, including Patrick Cahill, Mia O’Connor, Pat Campbell, Fr. Kearny, Maria Daly, Ashley Lansell, Steve Kerrigan, Andy McDermott, Colette Robinson, Alan Mullany, Tony Manock, Eamonn Walls, Ryan Berry, Colin Billinge, Maura Pappados, Lena Griffin, Kathleen Hayes, John O’Hara, Margaret Grimes, Karen Joyce, Anne O’Brien, John Coyne, Bridie Coyne, Janet Carroll, Pauline Brown, Bill Henderson, , Barbara Williams, Kathleen Grimes, Noreen Varley, Maureen Kennedy, Carl McGlynn, Sadie McMenamin, John Harte, Paddy McNallion, Margaret Coyle, Patricia Maguire, Simon & Gillian Bryant, Kathleen McGuigan, Hannah Walsh, Finn Collins, Mary McGlade, Gary Jameson, Julie Mulrennan, Ken Ward, John Collins, Veronica Curran, Mary Dunne, Irene McCarroll, Kathleen Cartwright, 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
Sean Connor, Alberto Lavorini, Pat O’Dwyer.

Let your face shine upon those whose anniversaries are at this time. John Cahill

SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS!
From next Saturday 29th August we will be resuming Saturday evening Mass and Sunday morning Mass at both St. Richard’s and St. Mary’s. Please check above for the new times for Sunday Mass at both churches.

GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDING MASS:
• Please use provided hand sanitiser as you enter and leave the church. The church will be cleaned between Masses.
• There will be no Servers, Sacristans, Extraordinary Ministers or Offertory Procession required at Mass until further notice, to limit the numbers touching chalices etc.
• Please arrive by the main doors and leave by the side entrance
• There will be NO singing or NO bidding prayers at Mass
• The precious blood will NOT be distributed at this time.
• Please avoid all physical contact with fellow parishioners. The Sign of Peace will NOT take place.
• There will be NO Offertory collection, but suffice to say, in these recent months, even with nobody coming in through the doors, money has still been going out! There will be collection baskets near the exit doors, so please do make an offering if you can.
• Face coverings became mandatory in places of worship on Saturday 8th August. All those who attend church must wear a face covering. (Those that are exempt for medical reasons or children under 11 remain exempt in these settings).

OFFERTORY COLLECTIONS: From next weekend 29th/30th August Sunday Mass will resume with only a limited number of people allowed into church. St. Mary’s has a limit of 46 people, while St. Richard’s can only hold 26 people. For that reason you are being asked to go to Mass on a weekday if possible. There is no Sunday obligation to attend Mass at present.

Since we are not allowed to pass the collection bags around during Mass you will see a basket at the exit door for your offerings for the church. For the last five months the parish has had no income, since the parish is totally dependent on the weekly collections. I know that many people have been affected financially, so if you are able to renew your weekly offerings to our parish I would be very grateful. A simple way to make a regular offering to the parish is to make a Standing Order through your bank. Standing Order Forms are available from the office at St. Mary’s or from Fr. Dever. For those who pay Income Tax a Gift Aid Form is also available. This allows the tax you have already paid on your weekly offering to be repaid to our parish. So if you give a £1 the parish will receive £1.20p. I would encourage anyone who can to consider signing a standing order for the parish. With thanks for all your help and understanding in these very difficult times.

NEW GUIDELINES FOR BAPTISMS: We will only baptise one child at a time unless there is a sibling. Attendance is restricted to candidate, parents and Godparents plus close friends. The Baptism party in total can be no more than thirty people and strict social distancing rules must be followed.

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!