Sunday 12th November There are currently some 60 retired priests of the Diocese of Salford. They have generously given their lives in ministry and service in the pastoral care of our people. Now we must be sure to provide for their comfort and well-being in retirement. Please be as generous as you are able in your contribution to their care. Thank you.
During the month of November, it is customary to pray for all the Holy Souls, especially our own family, We will have a Novena of Masses beginning this Thursday and concluding with an evening Mass on the last Friday of November when we will recall by name all those who have died in the last year. Envelopes are at the back of church for you to write the names of your loved ones. These can be posted in the box provided and will be placed before the altar during the Novena.
May the cross of San Damiano, which inspired St Francis to rebuild the Church not in terms of bricks and mortar but in the hearts and minds of people, continue to inspire us on our journey of missionary discipleship with St Edmund's and Lancashire Martyrs. Hope in the Future will be launched in all parishes on the First Sunday in Advent. This will be an opportunity to celebrate all that is happening in our parish and to pray for God's blessing on our desire to serve Him in all parts of our lives.
Caritas has received requests for 2,300 Christmas presents this year. We have a great tradition of collecting presents; it seems that year-on-year there has been an increase in needy families. This is one way we can answer the call of Pope Francis to reach out to the poor. Presents will be collected over the coming weeks until the first Sunday in Advent. We ask the presents to be unwrapped and suitable for boys or girls especially in the age groups from 5 to 13 years.
Sunday 19th November Pope Francis has asked that all parishes show their solidarity with the poor across the world – to show we can be 'a poor Church for the Poor'
In the church porch are some CAFOD Christmas Catalogues with ideas for non-commercial giving to help people in the developing world through eg health, farming, education & water projects. Please take one if you would like to support CAFOD's work this Christmas – and have a change from the usual commercial gifts
Wednesday 22 November A campaign to stand up for faith and freedom in solidarity with Christians and others who are persecuted for their faith. UK Christians are invited to wear an item of red clothing to shed light on the nature and scale of persecution especially of Christians, who feel that the world is indifferent to their suffering.
The theme this year is CALLED based on the Gospel of the day, Matthew 25:34, ‘Come you whom my Father has blessed’. Embrace, now in it’s third year, is an exciting one-day conference for young Catholics in the heart of Liverpool with Praise & Worship, Mass, Adoration, great talks and fantastic workshops. This years conference will take place on Saturday 25th November 2017 at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral between 9:30am – 6pm. A coach has been arranged to take a group of young people from Salford Cathedral. The coach and a Diocese of Salford Youth hooded sweatshirt will cost £15. If you are interested in joining the youth team on this trip email Tracey on email@example.com. Visit www.embrace-liverpool.org.uk for more info.
Sr Joan Kerly of the FMSJ Sisters is leading a series of reflections starting Friday 1st December 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at Wardley Hall. Details at the back of church
Saturday 16 December 9.30am – 12.30am Morning of Advent Reflection at Lancashire Martyrs' church led by Fr Eamonn Mulcahy – a chance to pause and pray before the great Feast. This is for all members of the three churches of Christ the King, St Edmund's and Lancashire Martyrs.
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