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, Tel. 0161 224 1895 Assistant Priest & Hospital Chaplain & Fr. Martin Dowd, Tel. 0161 225 9840 Chaplain to the Central M/c Hospitals
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
No Masses until further notice:
The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is removed. Masses will be celebrated without congregation for you and your intentions.
Confessions, Baptisms, First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion are postponed until a time that allows for families and friends to gather safely within our churches.
REOPENING OF ST. MARY’S FOR PRIVATE PRAYER
Church Opening Times: St. Mary’s Church will open for Private Prayer from 9.30am to 11am on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Saturdays during this period there will be Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
If you are visiting the church, please enter Church through the main double doors. Please sanitise hands on entering and follow safe distancing and instructions from the stewards. Sanitise hands again on exiting Church by the side door (near St. Francis Statue). Please note for safety reasons Toilets are closed.
We are looking for more stewards to oversee things for the duration of each session and to clean the church in readiness for the next session. If you feel you would like to volunteer please telephone Fr. Dever on 0161 224 1498. However, please be aware that you have to rule yourself out if you are classified as extremely vulnerable i.e. shielding or clinically vulnerable.
Feasts of the Week:
Mon.6th July: Saint Maria Goretti, Virgin and Martyr
Thurs. 9th July: St Augustine Zhao-Rong, Priest
Sat. 11th July: St Benedict, Abbot, Patron of Europe
Lately Dead: All who have died of the coronavirus and others who have died recently, Sheila Dowd (Fr. Martins Mother), Paul Boyd, Ursula Cramsie.
Pray for the Sick and Housebound and all those who are suffering from the coronavirus and others who are sick at this time, including Colin Billinge, Maura Pappados, Lena Griffin, Kathleen Hayes, John O’Hara, Margaret Grimes, Karen Joyce, Anne O’Brien, John Coyne, Bridie Coyne, Janet Carroll, Pauline Brown, Bill Henderson, Nellie Ferris, Barbara Williams, Kathleen Grimes, Noreen Varley, Maureen Kennedy, Carl McGlynn, Sadie McMenamin, John Harte, Paddy McNallion, Willie John Kerrigan, Margaret Coyle, Patricia Maguire, Margaret Regan, Simon & Gillian Bryant, Kathleen McGuigan, Hannah Walsh, Finn Collins, Mary McGlade, Gary Jameson, Julie Mulrennan, Ken Ward, John Collins, Veronica Curran, Mary Dunne, Irene McCarroll, Kathleen Cartwright, May the Good Lord strengthen and comfort them. Pray also for all who care for the sick.
Copies of the Newsletter: If you know of anyone who does not have internet access and would like to receive a copy of the Newsletter, please let us know via the email address above.
Parish Donations: We are receiving enquiries from parishioners who have asked us how you can continue giving to your parish during the pandemic. Parishes still greatly need your support, even more so without their weekly congregations and visitors. Offertory contributions, Gift Aid Envelopes and Mass intentions can be posted through the letterbox of both St. Mary’s and St. Richard’s Presbytery. We do recognise that many parishioners may be in a different financial position than they were previously or struggling financially, and there is no expectation to give where you are unable to do so.
Bishop John reminded us that there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass at this time. That obligation will return in the future when we can gather freely in our churches again.
He gave 3 further recommendations:
• When more churches begin to open for the public celebration of Mass, maybe we might think about attending a weekday Mass to help ease Sunday capacity.
• That any elderly person, anyone with any frailty or underlying medical condition, shouldn’t consider trying to attend Mass at this time.
• That if your own parish church is not opening for the public celebration of Mass you wait until it does so without looking for other churches which will have their own restricted capacity for their parishioners.
Cornerstone Big Sleep In: Friday 10th July: To take part, all you have to do is stay put and sleep in your own home for the night, but somewhere other than in your comfortable bed! This could be on the floor, sofa or somewhere else indoors. This is an awareness-raising and fundraising event. Any money raised from the ‘Big Sleep In’ will contribute towards projects to help the homeless and most vulnerable. For further information and to register, go to http://cornerstonecds.org.uk/big-sleep-in.
Items for the newsletter including Mass Intentions can be left at the Parish Office Tel. 0161 248 8836 or emailed to email@example.com by Thursday midday. The weekend newsletter is published on Friday mornings!