Sunday 27th 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 27th December

   9.30am Mass at St. Richard’s

11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s


MONDAY 28th December

10.00am Mass at St. Richard’s


TUESDAY 29th December

10.00am Mass at St. Mary’s


WEDNESDAY 30th December

10.00am Mass at St. Richard’s


THURSDAY 31st December

10.00am Mass at St. Mary’s


FRIDAY 1st January – New Year’s Day

10.00am Mass at St, Mary’s

12noon Mass at St. Richard’s


SATURDAY 2nd January

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 to 12noon at St. Mary’s

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



Feasts of the Week

Monday 28th Dec. The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

Tuesday 29th Dec. Saint Thomas Becket, Bishop & Martyr,

Patron of Pastoral Clergy in England and Wales.

Thursday 31st Dec. Saint Sylvester I, Pope

Friday 1st January: MARY, THE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD

Saturday 2nd Jan. St Basil the Great & St Gregory Nazianzen,

Bishops and Doctors.


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 Murphy, Mary Allen, Thomas O’Connor.


Let your face shine upon those whose anniversaries are at this time. John McLoughlin, William O’Connor, Michael Skeffington.


Christmas Mass: Marie & Phelim Clerkin, Eric & Winifred Travis.



As an example for us to follow, the Holy Family can seem a little too perfect: when we consider the more dramatic events of the Christmas and Easter story, it can seem so far removed from us. And yet, as todays Gospel reminds us there were also the so-called hidden years – the many years of family life in Nazareth, spent in ordinary things. During that time, we hear how Jesus grew and matured, and in the glimpse of that family life we see our example. Our celebration of this feast announces that there is a lasting value in the ideals of family life, and the relationship between husband, wife, parents and children. Whatever the changing details of each age, honour, understanding and love always remain the recipe for the perfect, and holy, human family. It is love that we put on over all the other clothes of changing cultures and places, to guarantee the life of the family in imitation of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.



We think of those who died over the course of the year. May the empty space left by them at the Christmas table be filled with the ‘assurance of Faith’, that your loved one is with God.



We continue to celebrate the traditional 12 days of Christmas. Next Friday is New Year’s Day; there will be Mass at 10 o’clock at St. Mary’s and 12noon at St. Richard’s – gives everyone a chance to sleep off the effects of New Year’s Eve Celebration! There is no better way to start the New Year than by attending Mass. New Year’s Day is the feast of Mary, Mother of God, we will pray for one another that God will give us the strength to face the challenges that 2016 may bring. May it be a good year for all of us.



CAFOD Salford invites all supporters and volunteers to the Annual Supporters’ Day taking place at the Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford St, Salford M3 6DP, on Saturday 6th February (10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.) Coffee and registration from 9.30 a.m. The theme of the day is “Laudato Si’: Care for Our Common Home”. During the day, we will reflect on some of the themes of Pope Francis’s powerful encyclical, and explore ways of taking action, using CAFOD’s study guide. Please bring some food for a shared lunch. Tea & coffee provided. Traidcraft stall. Car parking available. Further details from 0161-705 0605.



Please note the parish centre will NOT be open today (Sunday, 27th December). Sunday breakfast will be available as usual on Sunday, 3rd January, 2016 after the 11 o’clock Mass.


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