Please pray for Gavin Landers and Mark Paver who were ordained to the priesthood today. Let us pray too for vocations to the priesthood and religious life from our parish too.
Sunday 6 August 10.30 – 11.30am at Manchester Museum, Manchester University - this is a joint commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic weapon attacks, which killed over 200,000 people.
From the beginning of July and for the next 12 months Cafod are running a campaign to help ensure the supply of affordable and reliable energy to third world countries. It will be in the form of a postal campaign to MPs and government in order: to be certain of their commitment to the Paris agreement re carbon Reduction, to try to persuade World Bank to increase the amount of money spent on cheap, renewable energy. Post cards will be available next week
Monday 28th August 11am - Annual Requiem Mass at Wardley Cemetery. In case of rain, Mass will be held in the Cemetery Chapel
St John's Deanery is beginning a Lay Leadership Course in September. This is to respond to Bishop John's desire to have a leadership team in every parish/worshipping community. This team will collaborate with the Parish Priest and others who minister within these communities. They will play an important role in the development and growth of our parishes, particularly as we face amalgamations. Fr John will therefore look for three people to take part in the course who will help to look after the three areas of Pastoral Care, Stewardship and Formation. Please feel welcome to make suggestions of suitable individuals. Details are at the back of church.
Are YOU ready to put your faith into action? Just Youth is a youth ministry project based in Salford run by the Spiritan Fathers, who work with thousands of children and young people across the north west of England every year. They are looking for volunteers between the ages of 18—26 to join their diverse team in Salford this summer. They want young people who are enthusiastic, creative, and willing to make a difference in the world. If you’re fresh out of college or Uni, why not rise up to the challenge and take a gap year with them? Make your year really count. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.justyouth.co.uk
Registration is now open for September 2017. The CCRS is for those wishing to deepen their understanding of the Catholic Faith and Catholic Education. It is for serving teachers in our Diocesan Catholic Schools, those who work in chaplaincy or are involved in parish ministry and for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the teachings of the Church. CCRS helps practically in the classroom on the delivery of RE and is a necessity for teachers who would like to progress into leadership. The course seeks to enable all participants to make an informed contribution to their chosen field of work in the Church. Further information on the notice board. Registration closes Friday 16 June 2017
The three churches of Walkden and Little Hulton will try to collaborate on a number of initiatives from support of the food bank, a regular get together for senior citizens, visiting the housebound, reaching out to refugees in our community and missionary prayer disciples. There are forms at the back of church for you to indicate which project you would like to be part of.
The group will offer a telephone listening service to any bereaved persons in the parish. The phone number is at the back of church.
The bishop is obviously keen to foster ministry for and with young people in the diocese. To this end he wants to recruit a parish youth representative in every parish – including ours. We need a young adult (18 – 25) who is a member of our community and ready to enable and encourage young people to share in the life of the parish, deanery and diocese – maybe we have more than one. There is a poster at the back of church – please see Fr John for more details.
Some members of the parish attended a dementia awareness day organised by the Diocese. If anyone would like to help make the parish and church more 'dementia friendly' please see Fr John. There is a also a workshop at Salford University on the afternoon of Wednesday 17 May. Full details are at the back of church
This will take place at Liverpool Hope University from 9 – 11 June 2017. Details on the notice board.
We have started the year with a great group of folks for the Pathways to Prayer Course. This will be repeated in May; this will be in the evening for you workers and night owls. Wednesdays: May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, June 7th 2017 | 7pm – 9pm. Last year this was fully booked so book up early to make sure of a place. For more details, see www.katherinehousefcj.org/pathways
Our main event for Feb is the Introduction to Christian Meditation course. Please book in for this if you plan on coming so we can prepare for you.
Booking has already started for the pilgrimage which is from 28 July – 3 August. Travel has been arranged by coach and plane: details of travel and accommodation from Joe Walsh Tours on 0161 820 8790. For all other aspects, including sick pilgrims, please contact the diocesan office on 0161 817 2209.
For details on Leisure Time Travel who specialise in pilgrimage travel. Click here.
Caritas are hoping to support local communities through our catholic churches extensive social network and our rich tradition of volunteering in support of the needy. If you feel you can help in any way, please contact Meriel Woodward at Caritas on 0161 817 2250.
Meriel has also asked the parish to provide a contact person through whom all the various items for our information can be provided. If anyone would like to volunteer please see Fr John after Mass or contact Meriel directly.
The SVP is one of the greatest treasures of the Catholic Church; it's quiet, confidential work among the housebound and lonely is unique and desperately needed now more than ever. If anyone has any ideas about re-establishing a conference in the parish please see Fr John.
A number of people have inquired about the possibility of having a children's Liturgy of the Word during the Sunday morning Mass. The parish meeting room would seem like a good venue and so - if you would like to help (and this would require a DBS check) please see Fr John or Mrs Benson, the parish Safeguarding Representative.
Canon 537 of the Code of Canon Law states: in each parish there is to be a finance committee to help the parish priest in the administration of the goods of the parish ... It is ruled by the universal law and by the norms laid down by the diocesan Bishop, and is comprised of members of the faithful selected according to these norms.
Over the next couple of weeks such a committee will be established on an interim basis to assist in the future planning for the parish and to help ensure transparency.
After a long period of consultation and reflection, the Bishop has now announced the final proposals for the future structure of parishes in the Diocese. Pastoral Letters have been sent to all parishes to be read this Sunday 15th January 2017. Copies of the full report have been made available in all our Churches. You can also download the full text of the final document here.
The Over ‘60s’ Club is looking for new members. They meet each Wednesday afternoon 12.15 – 3.15 pm. A meal, priced at £4, is available from 12.15 until 1.45 pm; Bingo from 1.45 – 3.15 pm. The weekly sub is £1. As well as these activities there are regular trips out and a Christmas Party.
On the 3rd Sunday of each month there is a special celebration at the Cathedral for young adult Catholics, called “ReIgnite”. It takes the form of Mass in the Cathedral at 5.30 p.m., at which young Catholics will read and provide music, followed by a social in a nearby pub with a guest speaker. Please spread the word and make sure our young Catholics know that the invitation is for everyone!