To contact Parish Secretary, Julia Hathaway at the Parish Office please use the email email@example.com
Telephone - 0161 973 1694 or 0771 1428 970
Week commencing 18th April 2021
The apostles felt deeply troubled after the death of Jesus, given that they had denied ever knowing Him. When he appears to them after his resurrection, his first words were “peace be with you”. Shalom (peace) is about a fullness of life that brings both joy and hope to every aspect of life. The pandemic has been a time of isolation and loneliness for many people, we have become disheartened, discouraged and even disbelieving. Jesus is also inviting us, not only to come to Him, but to witness to His risen presence.
We witnessed something of this in our church on Diving Mercy Sunday. It was wonderful to welcome people in great numbers for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Divine Mercy devotions. Many took the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation; Fr. Tomasz and I were happily kept going for over an hour! Easter tells us that the Risen Lord “draws near to us” in our fragility, fear and hurt. As we continue to walk our Easter journey let us heed of the opportunities to tell our own story of faith.”
FR TOMASZ WRITES: “Holy Week and Easter are always both a beautiful and a difficult time for us priests. The beauty is hidden in the liturgy of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, which each year reveals to us anew a deeper sense of our faith and shows how God loves us through his Son. The hard side of this time appears in our inability to reach out to each of you individually with our help and even for a simple chat.
Today, as we are still in the Easter season, I would like to thank you all - my dear friends - for the wonderful Triduum Sacrum, Easter and Divine Mercy Feast that we experienced together. I found out last year how Easter is without you. But this year, I have come to know how special it is with you and because of you, and I am so grateful to God for such an experience. I will remember these feelings and this atmosphere for ever.
THANK YOU to all who made this Easter work – those dedicated people who work for the benefit of all. Special thanks go to Julia in the office, all our stewards for handling all the Holy Week and Easter bookings, and the Flower Team for the beautiful Easter decorations that they prepared. Fr. Pat, Deacon Peter, Angie (in the sacristy), the very well-known "Mr Andy" and many other people chipped in with time and effort and as a result we were able to have the best Easter celebrations we could manage given the circumstances.
Also, I would like to say a big THANK YOU VERY MUCH - for all the Easter cards and gifts I've received through your GENEROSITY and LOVE. It is impossible to thank each of you personally because there are so many of you, but be certain that I keep each of you and your families in my prayers of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
God Bless - Fr. Tomasz
LENT FOOD COLLECTION: Thank you for all your donations to this collection. All the gifts were taken to Cornerstone and they send their thanks for your generosity.
RECENT DEATHS: Our long-standing parishioner Joe Travers died peacefully at home on Thursday 1st April, surrounded by his family, after a stay in hospital. His funeral is at 12.15pm on Friday 23rd April. Angela Welby also died at home on 6th April. Her funeral will be on Tuesday 27th April at noon. Please remember them and their families in your prayers. The funerals will be livestreamed and you are most welcome to join us in that way.
EXPOSITION: Silent Exposition will take place on Fridays at 11.15am starting next week unless there is a requiem Mass or funeral at that time. We hope this time will suit you as it seemed to be very popular for Stations of the Cross during Lent. Booking for this is not required, but please add your name to the list in the porch when you arrive.
CHURCH SERVICES TV. If you are struggling to access the service, John, one of our stewards, is offering to help. Please email or ask Julia in the office to email on your behalf, to Tvsuppport.Church@gmail.com This is not a typing error, there are 3 p's in the email address.
BOOKING FOR MASSES: Please remember to book your place online for Sunday Mass online. Masses are getting busier now, so the earlier you can do it, the better. If you can’t do it yourself, perhaps someone in your family could do it for you?
MAY ROSARY: As the month of May is dedicated to Our Lady, Fr Pat and Fr Tomasz encourage you to join them saying the rosary daily around the statue in the church carpark at 7.30pm. For those who cannot join us or who would like a little help, there will be some guidance on the website about praying the rosary.
OFFERINGS: Thank you for your generous offerings over Easter which came to £1154.00 not including standing orders, and for the gifts and offerings for Fr Pat and Fr Tomasz.
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