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 Manchester Hospital
Sunday 2nd May 2021
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”
COVID-19: Church Guidance: 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.
Please do not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while attending Mass.
CHURCH MASS TIMES – 2nd to 8th May
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended
Sunday 2nd May Wednesday 5th May
9.15am at St. Richard’s 9.15am at St. Richard’s
10.30am & 12 noon at St. Mary’s
Monday 3rd May Thursday 6th May
9.15am at St. Richard’s 9.30am at St. Mary’s
Tuesday 4th May Friday 7th May
9.30am at St. Mary’s 9.15am at St. Richard’s
Saturday 8th May
10am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Mary’s
followed by 11am Mass at St. Mary’s
5pm Vigil Mass at St. Richard’s
6.30pm Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s
Feasts of the Week
Monday 3rd May: SS Philip and James, Apostles
Tuesday 4th May: The English Martyrs
Pray for the Sick and Housebound and all those who are suffering from the coronavirus and others who are sick at this time, including Sarah Mitchell, Miller, Steve Kerrigan, George O’Connor, Mia O’Connor, Eileen Regan, Margaret McAteer, Mary McGlade, Benny Woods, Christine Jackson, Mary Dunne, Jackie Clare. May the Good Lord strengthen and comfort them. Pray also for all who care for the sick.
Lately Dead: John Ulett, Maureen Woods, Paddy Carpenter, Ann Bowens, John McGonagle, Liam Doran, Ellie Syron, Eamon Walls (Months Mind). Anniversaries: John & Hannah Reidy, Joan Dunne, Eileen Mannion, Eileen Glenney, Bridie Coyne.
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 4247/8 (Central Manchester Hospitals).
Christies Hospital: Tel. 0161 446 3097
WEEKLY NEWSLETTER: Please pass on a copy of the weekly newsletter to a neighbour or anyone who you know who is sick or housebound.
SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME 2021
Due to the present restrictions regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic we are unable to begin our preparation for First Reconciliation and First Communion. The earliest date this may be able to take place could be the end of June. Realistically, it looks like being the Christmas term with the First Communions in late October/November. However, there is no way in which we can decide dates at this time. We hope and pray that the steps to end lockdown will be successful and return us to some sort of normality.
I am sorry I cannot be more definite at this stage but that is the situation we find ourselves in. I feel sure parents will understand, especially if they are assured their children’s First Communions for both schools will take place as soon as we can arrange it. (Fr. Dever)
DAY OF PRAYER FOR VICTIMS & SURVIVORS OF ABUSE
The Bishops of England and Wales have asked that a Day of Prayer for the Survivors of Abuse be celebrated each year on the Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter. Bishop John asks all parishes to offer Mass for this intention on Tuesday 4th May and to remember this intention with special prayers or a time of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
On Thursday 6th May at 7pm Bishop John will celebrate at the Cathedral, remembering all victims of abuse, particularly those in our parishes and families. The Mass is open to everyone and all are welcome, subject to the current social distancing restrictions etc. Survivors of abuse have been involved in the planning of the Bishops’ Conference liturgy resources which will be used at the Mass. You can also take part in the Mass livestreamed by the following link: https://www.churchservices.tv/salfordcathedral
THE “ROAD MAP” for relaxing Coronavirus restrictions in Church.
Government regulations dictate that the limit of 30 people present in church for a funeral will remain in place until no earlier than 21st June. Baptisms can take place currently with only members of a single household present. Visiting people in their homes to bring Holy Communion may only start again after 21st June, though even then only one visit can be made at a time to avoid possible transmission from house to house. From 21st June all restrictions are due to be removed but we have not had any specific advice about when it will be possible for all benches to be used again, singing, Holy Communion under both kinds etc. We will pass on any further information as we receive it.
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!