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, Assistant Priest & Hospital Chaplain and Fr. Martin Dowd, Chaplain to the Central M/c Hospitals.
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”
COVID-19: Church Guidance: Parish Masses – Lockdown ends next Wednesday and we can resume our Masses starting on Thursday 3rd December. Please sanitise hands on entering and follow safe distancing and instructions from the stewards. Sanitise hands again on exiting church by the side doors. All those who attend church must wear a face covering. Those that are exempt for medical reasons or children under 11 remain exempt. Please note for safety reasons toilets are closed.
Church Opening Times – 29th November to 5th December
Sunday 10.30am to 11.30am for Private Prayers Only St. Mary’s
9.00am to 10.00am for Private Prayers Only St. Richard’s
Monday 9am to 10am for Private Prayers Only St. Richard’s
Tuesday: 9.30am to 10.30am for Private Prayers Only St. Mary’s
11am Funeral Mass for John McLaughlin at St. Mary’s
Wednesday: 9am to 10am for Private Prayers Only St. Richard’s
11am Funeral Mass for Mary Rowland at St. Mary’s
Thursday: 9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s
Friday: 9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s
Saturday: 10am Exposition followed by 11am Mass at St. Mary’s
5.00pm Vigil Mass at St. Richard’s
6.30pm Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s
Feasts of the Week
Monday 30th Nov. St Andrew, Apostle, Patron of Scotland
Thursday 3rd Dec. St Francis Xavier, Patron of Missions
Friday 4th Dec. St John Damascene
Saturday 5th Dec. St. Birinus
Pray for the Sick and Housebound and all those who are suffering from the coronavirus and others who are sick at this time, including Eamonn Walls, Mary McGlade, Maureen Woods, Benny Woods, Christine Jackson, Mark Graham, Mary Dunne, Jackie Clare. May the Good Lord strengthen and comfort them. Pray also for all who care for the sick.
Under the data protection law (GDPR) we need ‘explicit consent’ to print in the newsletter the names of those sick parishioners for whom we are praying. If you would like your name or that of a relative added to the Sick List please be aware that if it is for a relative he or she MUST give their consent for their name to be published in the weekly newsletter.
Lately Dead: Mary Rowland, John McLaughlin, Patrick (Pat) Dinan, Catherine Dunleavy, Jane Booth, Maureen Drimsley
Anniversary: Michael & Bridget Roan
WHAT HAPPENS IF I GO INTO HOSPITAL?
If you are admitted as a patient, please ensure the Chaplains’ Office is informed that you would like to be visited by a Catholic Minister. This has to be done by you or a relative. Tel. 0161 276 4247 (Central Manchester Hospitals).
PLEASE WRAP UP WARM: Presently we must have the Church doors open to provide ventilation against COVID. As you will have noticed the temperature is beginning to fall and it is unlikely that we will put the heating on whilst having doors open. Please put on some layers and stay warm!!
ADVENT: Today is the first Sunday of Advent, and the beginning of a new Church year. Advent urges us to keep hope alive, very important in these difficult days… Hope for a Saviour and Hope for better times. There are Advent Prayers and resources available on the Diocesan website.
CHRISTMAS RAFFLES: Do you fancy winning a Luxury Christmas hamper full of festive goodies, or one of our other raffle prizes? Raffle tickets are available to buy from the stewards at church opening times, and also available from St. Mary’s office from 8.30am – 1pm Monday to Friday (except Wednesday). All raffle tickets are £1 per strip. The draw will take place on Saturday 19th December at St. Mary’s. All winners will be notified by telephone.
PARISH FINANCE: I am most grateful to those parishioners who have been making their contributions regularly during this time. Since we are not allowed to pass the collection bags around in church you will see a basket at the exit doors for your offerings and gift aid envelopes for the church.
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 £1.25p. 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.
Please take a free copy of the Walk with Me booklet which are available on the table near the exit doors.
NEWSLETTER: Please pass on a newsletter to a neighbour or anyone who you think might appreciate it.
ST. MARY’S APF/MILLHILL – RED BOX HOLDERS
Due to the Coronavirus collectors are unable to visit your homes, therefore, Red Box holders may drop off their red box at the parish office weekdays (except Wednesday) from 8.30am to 1pm or bring it along to the church at Mass time and hand it in at the Sacristy. If you are unable to come to church please telephone the office on 0161 248 8836.
Items for the newsletter including Mass Intentions can be left at the Parish Office Tel. 0161 248 8836 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday midday. The weekend newsletter is published on Friday mornings!