Sunday 31st December 2017

SAINT ROBERT OF NEWMINSTER PARISH
Parish Priest: Fr. Michael Dever – Tel. 0161 224 1498
Resident at St. Richard’s Presbytery, Sutcliffe Avenue, Longsight, M12 5TN
Churches: St. Mary of the Angels & St. Clare, Elbow St, Levenshulme, M19 3PY and St. Richard, Sutcliffe Avenue, Longsight, M12 5TN Resident at St. Mary’s Presbytery: Assistant Priest & Hospital Chaplain: Fr. Laurence Gambella Tel. 0161 224 1895 and Canon David Ryder – Tel. 0161 225 9840 Chaplain Central M/c General Hospitals

THE HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY AND JOSEPH
Sunday 31st December 2017
Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”

MASS TIMES DURING THE WEEK

SUNDAY 31st DECEMBER
9.30am Mass at St. Richard’s.
11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s

MONDAY 1st JANUARY – NEW YEAR’S DAY
10.00am Mass at St. Mary’s
12noon Mass at St. Richard’s

TUESDAY 2nd JANUARY
9.30am Mass at St. Mary’s

WEDNESDAY 3rd JANUARY
9.15am Mass at St. Richard’s

THURSDAY 4th JANUARY
9.30am Funeral Mass at St. Richard’s for Noel Kavanagh

FRIDAY 5th JANUARY
10.00am Funeral Mass at St. Mary’s
for Margaret Shaughnessy.

SATURDAY 6th JANUARY
11.00am Mass at St. Mary’s
5.00pm Vigil Mass at St. Richard’s
6.30pm Vigil Mass at St. Mary’s

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

Feasts of the Week
Monday 1st Jan. Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
Tuesday 2nd Jan. Saints Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen,
Bishop and Doctors.
Wednesday 3rd Jan. The Most Holy Name of Jesus

Pray for the Sick and Housebound and those who are known to you especially Niall Henderson, Margaret Timoney, Pauline Thomas, James Prendergast, Catherine & Colin Hennessey, Carl McGlynn & Jeanette Orbison. 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.
Fr. James Creaton, Noel Kavanagh, Margaret Shaughnessy, Maureen Heagney, Patrick Keane

Let your face shine upon those whose anniversaries are at this time. Oliver Byrne, William O’Connor, Catherine Leith, Martin Kane, Michael Lanigan, Nancy Byrne, Michael Skeffington, Alec Sweeney, Margaret & Eddie Kennedy, Mary Kennedy, Kathleen Noone

Special Intention: Mary Dinan, Eric & Winifred Travis, Peter Noone

Birthday Remembrance: Nora McGrath (30th Dec.)

The Word this Week: 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.

BACK TO SCHOOL: St. Richard’s new Spring Term begins on Thursday 4th January at 8.58am and St. Mary’s on Monday 8th January at 8.45am. We hope all staff and pupils had a restful holiday and are ready for the challenges ahead.

CAFOD/CORNERSTONE CHURCH WALL BOXES
During the year 2017 the total money donated by parishioners at St. Mary’s Church amounted to £398.34 for Cornerstone Day Centre, Manchester and £685.33 for CAFOD.

ST. MARY’S WEEKLY ACTIVITIES
All activities in St. Mary’s Community Centre will resume again after the Christmas break as follows:
Dementia Support Group: Wednesday 3rd January
Little Angels Pre School Group: Wednesday 3rd January
Sunday Breakfast: Sunday 7th January
Sunday Night Bingo Sunday 7th January
Line Dancing Monday 8th January
I.C.C. Social Group Tuesday 9th January
Tom Cliff School of Dancing Tuesday 9th January
Set Dancing Wednesday 10th January
Over 50s Social Group Thursday 11th January
NO SUNDAY BREAKFAST available today.

YOUR HOLY NAME PHOTOS: Do you have photos of events which happened at the Holy Name Church when it was a parish? The church are looking for baptisms, weddings, first communions and social events! Please share them with us! Email Father William at pearsall@jesuits,netAIN

LEGION OF MARY GROUP meet every Thursday morning in St. Mary’s Meeting Room at 10.00am. New members most welcome to come along.

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!