Sunday 8th November 2020

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 & Fr. Martin Dowd, Chaplain to the Central M/c Hospitals.

Sunday 8th November 2020

             “Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”


COVID-19: Church Guidance: The government has announced a four-week national lockdown for England from Thursday, 5th November. As it stands, Churches will only be permitted to allow people to enter for private individual prayer and funerals. This will last for a period of four weeks until Wednesday, 2nd December. Therefore, No Masses until further notice. The obligation to attend Sunday Mass is removed. Masses will be celebrated without congregation for you and your intentions.
Please sanitise hands on entering and follow safe distancing and instructions from the stewards. Sanitise hands again on exiting church by the side doors. Please note for safety reasons toilets are closed.

Church Opening Times for Private Prayers only, including Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Mary’s: Sunday 10.30am to 11.30am
Saturday 10am to 11.30am – Tuesday & Thursday 9.30am – 11am
St. Richard’s: Sunday 9am to 10am
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9.15am to 10.30am

Feasts of the Week
Monday 9th Nov. The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
Tuesday 10th Nov. Saint Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor
Wednesday 11th Nov. Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop
Thursday 12th Nov. Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

Pray for the Sick and Housebound and all those who are suffering from the coronavirus and others who are sick at this time, including 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: Tom McDonnell, Adeline Wheelan, Tony Brennan, Mary McVarnock (Ireland).
Anniversary: John & Laura McGlew, Frances Maher, James & Bridget Quinn, Joe & Marth Quinn, Sarah Kennedy, Michael Phelan, Louise Noone, Marion Nevin, Anne Maloney, Mary Hough, Frances Kirrane.
Special Intention: Teresa Ashcroft

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!!

As a consequence of the new restrictions which have come into force, we have postponed the next three First Holy Communion Masses which had been scheduled to take place on 5th November, 12th November and 19th November. When this national lockdown is over and the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted to allow for church services to resume again, we will reschedule new dates for these three First Holy Communion Masses. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support during this year’s rather unusual Sacramental Programme.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLES: Do you fancy winning a Luxury Christmas hamper full of festive goodies, or one of our other raffle prizes? Raffle tickets will be available to buy from St. Mary’s stewards at church opening times, and also available from St. Mary’s office from 8.30am – 1pm Monday to Friday (except Wednesday) from Saturday 14th November. 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. We kindly ask for any donations towards our Christmas raffles. If you wish to donate any prizes, please see Winnie in the office.

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 £1.20p. 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.

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 from 9am 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 by Thursday midday. The weekend newsletter is published on Friday mornings!