Sunday 28th December 2014

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             Assistant Priest: Fr. David Egan




Sunday 28th December
9.30am Mass at St. Richards
11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s

Monday 29th December
9.00am Mass at St. Mary’s
10.00am Mass at St. Richard’s

Tuesday 30th December
9.00am Mass at St. Mary’s
10.00am Mass at St. Richard’s

Wednesday 31st December
9.00am Mass at St. Mary’s
10.00am Mass at St. Richard’s

Thursday 1st January – New Year’s Day
10.00am Mass at St. Mary’s
12noon Mass at St. Richard’s

Friday 2nd January
9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

Saturday 3rd January
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

Saturday 11.30am to 12noon at St. Mary’s
Saturday 4.30pm to 4.50pm at St. Richard’s


Feasts of the Week
Monday 29th December: St Thomas Becket, Bishop & Martyr.
Patron of the Pastoral Clergy in England and Wales.
Wednesday 31st December: Saint Sylvester I, Pope
Thursday 1st January: MARY, HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
Friday 2nd January: St. Basil the Treat & St. Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors.
Saturday 3rd January: The Most Holy Name of Jesus.


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. Mary Thornley
Let your face shine upon those whose anniversaries are at this time. Michael Skeffington, William O’Connor, John McLaughlin.
Special Intention: Nora McGrath


Christmas Remembrance: Margaret, Owen & Martin Skeffington, Christine Skeffington-Parsons, Mary & John McKenna, Bernadette Donnelly, 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 today’s Gospel reminds us (especially in the shorter version), 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. The family is a basic unit of our Christian society, despite coming under threat nowadays. Our celebration of this feast, and the Word of God we proclaim, 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.

Sincere gratitude goes to all who worked behind the scenes to make our Christmas celebrations so prayerful and enjoyable. The Church looks a picture, the result of hours of thought and hard work – sincere thanks to those responsible. To Fr. Michael Cupit who conducted our Advent Talks, we owe a big thank you, the contents of his reflections set the tone. Now we pray that the gifts of Peace, Joy, Hope and Love brought by the Christ Child will live in us.

We continue to celebrate the traditional 12 days of Christmas. Next Thursday is New Year’s Day; we will have Mass at 10 o’clock at St. Mary’s. There is no better way to start the New Year than by attending Mass. New Year’s Day is the feast of Mary, Other of God, we will pray for one another that god will give us the strength to face the challenges that 2015 may bring. May it be a good year for all of us?

Our sincere gratitude goes to Jimmy, Debbie, Marie and Sebastien for the production of our final edition of the Emissary. We the parishioners thank the team for their brilliant work over the past 14 years in producing our yearly magazine. The team have come to the decision that it is time to hand over the production to someone else. If anyone would like to take over the role Jimmy and Debbie Crean would be willing to assist them in getting started.

On behalf of Fr. Egan and myself may I thank everyone for all their cards, gifts and good wishes for this feast of Our Lord’s birth. I wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.