THE PARISH OF OUR LADY AND ST. PATRICK’S
THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

NOVEMBER 22ND - 28TH 2020

Due to the new Lockdown restrictions, all Masses will be livestreamed at 12 noon Mondays to Saturdays and at 10.00am on Sundays, until further notice.

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The church will open to the public after Mass at 12.30 pm for personal prayer and reflection,
Monday to Saturday, until 1.30pm

Please note that people attending places of worship are required to wear face coverings.

Apart from the above times
the church will be closed.

Confessions
Temporarily suspended (by appointment if deemed necessary).
Baptisms & Weddings: suspended until after 2 December and, then,
by arrangement when restrictions permit.

FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING (YEAR A)
THE LAST WEEK OF ORDINARY TIME
WEEK: NOVEMBER 22ND  - NOVEMBER 28TH  2020

Feast of Christ the King

He will take his seat on his throne of glory.

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK : Sr. Catherine; Vivien Higgins; Breda Barret; Margaret Lawless; Lesley Hayes; Emma Golden; Michael Guilfoyle, Dominic Boardman. Kath Green: Cyril Clarke, Terry Lees, Brian Firth, Lina Feniuk
LATELY DEAD: Vincent Hall, Bernard Winterbottom, Wayne Turnbull, Andrew Maguire, Katherine Gee, Kay Steward
ANNIVERSARIES: Arthur Haines, Marie Polis, Elizabeth Regan, Patrick Regan, Michael Regan, Mary Kennedy, Jack Millet, Rev. Ken Livesey, Emmie Jennings

COLLECTION: Total: £265
Monthly payments directly to the bank:
Standing Order: £534 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD: £50; Food Bank: £30.00 
Many thanks for your kind generosity.

THE JERUSALEM MASS SHEET
CHRIST THE KING (A)  22nd November 2020

THE INTRODUCTORY RITES
Entrance hymn
Meekness and majesty manhood and deity
In perfect harmony the Man who is God
Lord of eternity dwells in humanity
Kneels in humility and washes our feet
O what a mystery meekness and majesty
Bow down and worship for this is your God
This is your God

Father's pure radiance perfect in innocence
Yet learns obedience to death on a cross
Suff’ring to give us life
Conqu’ring through sacrifice
And as they crucify prays ‘Father forgive’
Wisdom unsearchable God the invisible
Love indestructible in frailty appears
Lord of infinity stooping so tenderly
Lifts our humanity to the heights of His throne
O what a mystery meekness and majesty
Bow down and worship for this is your God
This is your God

This is your God

Rv 5:12;1:6
How worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and divinity,
and wisdom and strength and honour.
To him belong glory and power for ever and ever.
All make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest says:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Priest greets everyone present.
The people respond: And with your spirit.
The Mass of the day may be introduced.

Penitential Act
The Priest invites the people to repentance using
one of the Penitential Acts.
Lord Jesus, you came to gather the nations into the
peace of God's Kingdom:
Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.
Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.
You come in word and in sacrament to strengthen us
and make us holy:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Or: Christ, eleison.
Or: Christ, eleison.
You will come again in glory with salvation for your people:
Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.
Lord, have mercy. Or: Kyrie, eleison.
The absolution by the Priest follows:
May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life.
The people reply: Amen.

Kyrie
Panginoon maawa Ka,
Panginoon maawa Ka 
Kristo maawa Ka,
Kristo maawa Ka sa amin 
Panginoon maawa Ka,
Panginoon maawa Ka

 

The Gloria
Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

The Collect
Almighty ever-living God,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of the universe,
grant, we pray,
that the whole creation, set free from slavery,
may render your majesty service
and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of
the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen. Sit

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD
First Reading
A reading from the prophet Ezekiel
34:11-12.15-17
The Lord says this: I am going to look after my flock
myself and keep it all in view. As a shepherd keeps all
his flock in view when he stands up in the middle of his
scattered sheep, so shall I keep my sheep in view. I
shall rescue them from wherever they have been
scattered during the mist and darkness. I myself will
pasture my sheep, I myself will show them where to
rest - it is the Lord who speaks. I shall look for the lost
one, bring back the stray, bandage the wounded and
make the weak strong. I shall watch over the fat and
healthy. I shall be a true shepherd to them.
As for you, my sheep, the Lord says this: I will judge
between sheep and sheep, between rams and he-goats.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm
The Lord’s my shepherd I’ll not want
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green he leadeth me
The quiet waters by 

My soul He doth restore again, 
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E’en for His own name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, 
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod
And staff me comfort still.

My table Thou hast furnished
In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me.
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling-place shall be.

Second Reading
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the
Corinthians 15:20-26.28
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of
all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one
man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead
has come through one man. Just as all men die in
Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all
of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and
then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to
him. After that will come the end, when he hands over
the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with
every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be
king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and
the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death. And
when everything is subjected to him, then the Son
himself will be subject in his turn to the One who has
subjected all things to him, so that God may be all in
all.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation Stand
Alleluia, alleluia! Mk 11 :10
Blessings on him who comes in the name of
the Lord!
Blessings on the coming kingdom of our father
David!
Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation (African)
Alleluya, alleluya, alleluya, alleluya (x2)

1) Mimi nasikiya ee                                       
Sauti ya Bwana ee ndani mwangu. (x2)    

2) Mafundisho ya Bwana                              
Inaleta uzima ee ndani mwangu. (x2)

 

Gospel Matthew 25:31 -46
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to
Matthew.
Glory to you, O Lord.
Jesus said to his disciples: 'When the Son of man
comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he
will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations
will be assembled before him and he will separate men
one from another as the shepherd separates sheep
from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand
and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to
those on his right hand, "Come, you whom my Father
has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom
prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For
I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and
you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me
welcome ; naked and you clothed me, sick and you
visited me, in prison and you came to see me." !hen
the virtuous will say to him in reply, "Lord, when did we
see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you
drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you
welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and
go to see you?" And the King will answer, "I tell you
solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of
these brothers of mine, you did it to me." Next he will
say to those on his left hand, "Go away from me, with
your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for
the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you
never gave me food; I was thirsty and you never gave
me any1hing to drink; I was a stranger and you never
made me welcome, naked and you never clothed me,
sick and in prison and you never visited me." Then it
will be their turn to ask, "Lord, when did we see you
hungry or thirsty, a stranger or naked, sick or in prison,
and did not come to your help?" Then he will answer,
"I tell you solemnly, in so far as you neglected to do this
to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to
me." And they will go away to eternal punishment, and
the virtuous to eternal life.'
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily Sit

The Nicene Creed Stand
I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit All bow
was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come a~ain in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored
and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayer of the Faithful
Response example: Lord, in your mercy.
Hear our prayer.
After the concluding prayer all say: Amen. Sit

THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST
The offerings are brought to the altar.

Offertory
Majesty, worship his majesty;
Unto Jesus be glory, honour, and praise.
Majesty, kingdom authority,
Flow from His throne unto His own, His anthem raise.
So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus.
Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus, the King.
Majesty, worship His majesty,
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings.
So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus.
Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus, the King.
Majesty, worship His majesty,
Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings.

If the Priest says the two
prayers of offering aloud, the response both times is:
Blessed be God for ever.
The Priest completes additional personal preparatory
rites, and the people rise as he says:
Pray, brethren (brothers and sisters),
that my sacrifice and yours
may be acceptable to God,
the almighty Father.
The people reply:
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands
for the praise and glory of his name,
for our good
and the good of all his holy Church.

Prayer over the Offerings
As we offer you, O Lord, the sacrifice
by which the human race is reconciled to you,
we humbly pray
that your Son himself may bestow on all nations
the gifts of unity and peace.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Eucharistic Prayer
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right and just.

Preface: Christ, King of the Universe
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For you anointed your Only Begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ, with the oil of gladness
as eternal Priest and King of all creation,
so that, by offering himself on the altar of the Cross
as a spotless sacrifice to bring us peace,
he might accomplish the mysteries of human redemption
and, making all created things subject to his rule,
he might present to the immensity of your majesty
an eternal and universal kingdom,
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love and peace.
And so, with Angels and Archangels,
with Thrones and Dominions,
and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven,
we sing the hymn of your glory,
as without end we acclaim:
Sanctus (Indian)
Oshana, Eshanu sathatham
Oshana, oshana, oshana ( 2 )
 
Parishudhan, parishudhan,
Paramashakthan
Nirandharam muzhagunnu
Vanilevam
Ehaparakailavum makhileswara
Mahimayal nirayunnu  nirupamame
 
Oshana, Eshanu sathatham
Oshana, oshana, oshana
Kneel

Eucharistic Prayer I
(The Priest may use a different Eucharistic Prayer.)
To you, therefore, most merciful Father,
we make humble prayer and petition
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord:
that you accept
and bless these gilts, these offerings,
these holy and unblemished sacrifices,
which we offer you firstly
for your holy catholic Church.
Be pleased to grant her peace,
to guard, unite and govern her
throughout the whole world,
together with your servant N. our Pope
and N. our Bishop,
and all those who, holding to the truth,
hand on the catholic and apostolic faith.
Remember, Lord, your servants N. and N.
and all gathered here,
whose faith and devotion are known to you.
For them, we offer you this sacrifice of praise
or they offer it for themselves
and all who are dear to them:
for the redemption of their souls,
in hope of health and well-being,
and paying their homage to you,
the eternal God, living and true.
In communion with those whose memory we venerate,
especially the glorious ever-Virgin Mary,
Mother of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ,
and blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
your blessed Apostles and Martyrs,
Peter and Paul, Andrew, [ ... ]
and all your Saints;
we ask that through their merits and prayers,
in all things we may be defended
by your protecting help.
Therefore, Lord, we pray:
graciously accept this oblation of our service,
that of your whole family;
order our days in your peace,
and command that we be delivered from
eternal damnation
and counted among the flock of those you have chosen.
Be pleased, O God, we pray,
to bless, acknowledge,
and approve this offering in every respect;
make it spiritual and acceptable,
so that it may become for us
the Body and Blood of your most beloved Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
On the day before he was to suffer,
he took bread in his holy and venerable hands,
and with eyes raised to heaven
to you, O God, his almighty Father,
giving you thanks, he said the blessing,
broke the bread
and gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT,
FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the precious chalice
in his holy and venerable hands,
and once more giving you thanks, he said the blessing
and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT,
FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD,
THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT,
WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY
FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
Do THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.
The mystery of faith.
The people continue, acclaiming:
We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.
Therefore, O Lord,
as we celebrate the memorial of the blessed Passion,
the Resurrection from the dead,
and the glorious Ascension into heaven
of Christ, your Son, our Lord,
we, your servants and your holy people,
offer to your glorious majesty
from the gilts that you have given us,
this pure victim,
this holy victim,
this spotless victim,
the holy Bread of eternal life
and the Chalice of everlasting salvation.
Be pleased to look upon these offerings
with a serene and kindly countenance,
and to accept them,
as once you were pleased to accept
the gifts of your servant Abel the just,
the sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith,
and the offering of your high priest Melchizedek,
a holy sacrifice, a spotless victim.
In humble prayer we ask you, almighty God:
command that these gifts be borne
by the hands of your holy Angel
to your altar on high
in the sight of your divine majesty,
so that all of us, who through this participation
at the altar
receive the most holy Body and Blood of your Son,
may be filled with every grace and heavenly blessing.
Remember also, Lord, your servants N. and N.,
who have gone before us with the sign of faith
and rest in the sleep of peace.
Grant them, O Lord, we pray,
and all who sleep in Christ,
a place of refreshment, light and peace.
To us, also, your servants, who, though sinners,
hope in your abundant mercies,
graciously grant some share
and fellowship with your holy Apostles and Martyrs:
with John the Baptist, Stephen,
Matthias, Barnabas, [ ... ]
and all your Saints;
admit us, we beseech you,
into their company,
not weighing our merits,
but granting us your pardon,
through Christ our Lord.
Through whom
you continue to make all these good things, O Lord;
you sanctify them, fill them with life,
bless them, and bestow them upon us.
Through him, and with him, and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honour is yours,
for ever and ever.
The people acclaim: Amen.

The Communion Rite Stand
The Priest invites all to join in the Lord's Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come,
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

The Priest continues alone:
Deliver us, Lord, we pray, ...
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The Priest says:
Lord Jesus Christ. .. Amen.
The peace of the Lord be with you always.
And with your spirit.
The Deacon, or the Priest, adds:
Let us offer each other the sign of peace.
The Priest takes the host and breaks it.
Meanwhile the people say or sing:
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
grant us peace. Kneel

The Priest shows the host to the people and says:
Behold the Lamb of God,
behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
Lord, I am not worthy
that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word
and my soul shall be healed.
The Priest or other minister says to each
communicant: The Body [Blood] of Christ.
Each communicant answers: Amen.

Communion Antiphon Ps 28:10-11
The Lord sits as King for ever.
The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Prayer after Communion Stand
Having received the food of immortality,
we ask, O Lord,
that, glorying in obedience
to the commands of Christ, the King of the universe,
we may live with him eternally in his heavenly Kingdom.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

THE CONCLUDING RITES
Announcements may be made. Then:
Priest: The Lord be with you.
All: And with your spirit.
May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Then the Deacon, or the Priest, says:
Go forth, the Mass is ended. Or:
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord. Or:
Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life. Or:
Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

Recessional hymn
From heaven You came helpless babe
Entered our world, Your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
And give Your life that we might live

This is our God, The Servant King
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to The Servant King

There in the garden of tears
My heavy load He chose to bear
His heart with sorrow was torn
'Yet not My will but Yours, ' He said

Come see His hands and His feet
The scars that speak of sacrifice
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered 

 


imageDIOCESE OF SALFORD

Pastoral Letter of the
Right Reverend John Arnold Bishop of Salford


FOR THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING 2020

Jesus has been born into the brokenness of our world.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Because there have been such impressive initiatives in the parishes to build up communication during this time of pandemic and lockdown, I am confident that this letter will reach recipients throughout the Diocese. I have been aware of regular, even daily, messages from priests to their parish communities, weekly newsletters and live streaming of Masses and services and of personal connection with isolated and housebound members of our parishes. Sincere thanks to all those who have done so much to ensure that there have been such good levels of communication. I am writing now as we approach the close of the Church’s year and as we look forward to the beginning of the Season of Advent and our preparations for Christmas.

I certainly do not want to dismiss the difficulties that so many people have had to face in these recent months, and the continuing challenges as this pandemic rolls on. And people have been so generous, in many and diverse ways, in caring for their neighbours. My thanks, also, for the great generosity and thoughtfulness shown to our priests during this time of two lockdowns, understanding the difficulties they have faced in adapting their ministry. Those thanks extend to the many volunteers who have ensured that our churches have been the safest places for indoor gatherings and allowed them to open once that initial lockdown was over. After this second lockdown, I am sure we will open our churches safely again, when allowed to do so. While recognising all the difficulties, we have to ask what possibilities and opportunities are uniquely presented to us in our current situation? We must emerge from this pandemic with a sense of vision and with renewed priorities. Our
Christmas celebrations will have to be different, but they can, and must, be important to us.

I think it is true to say that Christmas has become increasingly secularised in recent years. The accent has been on presents, decorations, parties and family gatherings – all perfectly reasonable and good in themselves, but there has been almost no public and media mention of the Christmas Story which is the foundational reason for all this celebration. The crib is rarely seen in public places and we are not reminded of the gift of Christ’s birth and presence among us. 

This year we must celebrate Christmas in a different way. Assuming that our churches will be open but still having a limited capacity, we will return to the ancient tradition of observing the Christmas Octave and I invite everyone, able to do so, to attend a Christmas Mass on at least one of the days during the Octave, from Christmas Eve through to New Year’s Day. Each parish will have its own arrangements for managing its capacity. During those days there are important Feasts which can be celebrated specifically in the light of Christmas. We will also provide some resources for the family at home, and resources for children. Can we connect more closely with the simplicity of Christmas and the importance of what God is saying to us in the birth of His Son? 

That First Christmas was the story of a family without home or security. God’s Son is born in a stable. A few shepherds, among the humblest of people of the day, are given the great privilege of being called to witness what is happening. I enjoy contemplating the simple crib setting with Mary and Joseph, shepherds and the ox and ass. There is a silent adoration of the new-born baby. There is no need for words. We have the wonder of silently gazing on the presence of God among us. There is surely a wonderful sense of hope and reassurance in that scene.

This family then must become refugees and flee from the wrath of King Herod, into Egypt. God is uniting His new-born Son with the homeless, the rejected, the poor and the insecurity that surrounds so many people in our own generation. We need to remember the real Christmas Story if we are to truly celebrate its importance. And this year, when families cannot meet in large numbers, and Christmas must be very different – the invitation is there to remind ourselves of what this feast is really all about. Jesus has been born into the brokenness of our world. He comes to share our reality and to lead us in truth. As we celebrate Christmas this year, we have every reason to be confident that, out of the many difficulties and problems that face our world today, progress can be made in seeking justice and peace and care for our brothers and sisters and our common home. 

It is also a time to recognise, with thanks, all that we have and the good things that surround us; those qualities of life which everyone should enjoy.

Looking beyond Christmas, into 2021, there will need to be a lot of careful consideration given to our ministry and programmes in the Diocese.  We need to consider how best to provide the sacramental preparation for our young people, the ways of preparing people for reception into the Church, for those preparing for marriage. There is a need for more resources to help us in strengthening a spirituality of “Church at home”. It can be a time for all of us to reinforce and develop our personal faith. I have begun discussions about how we might most effectively provide for our present circumstances and I will hope to explain the arrangements early in the New Year. And our planning cannot just be about a catching up on things delayed and postponed in 2020. We must also be thinking and planning for our continuing journey as a Diocese – a “Journey to 2030” and beyond.

Pope Francis is leading the Church – and speaking to the whole world – through these most difficult and challenging times. He is not afraid to warn us of the reality of Climate Change, to speak of our care for our brothers and sisters and our common home. He identifies the need for change from our localised thinking, to a sense of global encounter and dialogue. We face serious challenges, but Pope Francis always speaks with Hope. There is still time for us to change, to repair and to renew - and our prayer must be the foundation of all our actions, decisions and choices.

In the sadness of these days, we remember especially those suffering from the virus, those who have died and those who have lost family members and friends in the pandemic. We also remember those whose own suffering or loss has been overshadowed by a focus on the pandemic. We give thanks for the commitment of so many in the Health Service and those who provide other essential services at this time. We pray for that resilience by which we will build a better world for all our brothers and sisters. We pray for one another and our journey together.

May God bless you and keep you safe and well – assured always of His love

“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”
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X John Arnold
Bishop of Salford

There are some changes because of the lockdown. Churches remain open and in use for activities other than communal worship. However, people can come to church for private prayer. Strangely, Funeral Masses and funeral services may be held. We cannot have Baptisms or weddings except in an emergency.

Caritas Diocese of Salford – Advent Appeal 2020.
At this time of year, Caritas Salford traditionally begins a winter appeal for donations of food, sleeping bags and other materials.  The restrictions affecting the public celebration of Mass means we are unable to accept physical donations this year or tell parishioners about the positive impact of their donations on the lives of those in need.  Please visit the Caritas Salford website / use this link https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/service-view/advent-appeal-2020/ to watch a short film about how Caritas helped Rochelle, Quinton and Nikki and to make a small donation by debit or credit card if you are able.  Please continue to remember in your prayers all the staff, volunteers and beneficiaries of Caritas services this winter.  Thank you.

NOTICES:
All Masses will be live streamed
.
A link is provided on the Parish website:www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Periscope App.
The Obligation to attend Mass on Sunday is suspended. 
Face coverings in church are now mandatory, even during private prayer; however, some people are exempt for medical or other reasons.  Social distancing must always be observed where possible.

Please respect the requirement to socially distance while in the church.

Online financial contributions to the Parish: Some people have asked about making one-off donations to the Parish through ‘on-line’ banking:
Our Bank Details are:
Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: SRCDTR St Mary’s with St Patrick;
Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.  

Online Interfaith Discussion Group : Tuesday 24th November. Topic: “Equality in the different faiths.” This begins at 6.30pm. If you wish to attend, please contact Fazal Rahim on http://oldhaminterfaith.org.uk/booking-for-equality-in-our-faiths-nov-2020/

THIS WEEK'S SAINTS
Monday 23rd November – St. Columban. He was born in Ireland in the middle of the sixth century. He embraced the monastic life and went to France where he founded a number of monasteries. He considerably revitalised the faith in France which had been set in such chaos by the ‘barbarian hordes’. His stubborn orthodoxy brought him into conflict with the French King, who ordered his deportation. He ended up in Italy where he warned the Pope of the potential abuse of the Papacy.
Tuesday 24th November – Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and companions (Martyrs). This is the remembrance of the 117 Vietnamese people martyred between 1820 and 1862 in the vicious persecutions taking place there. Andrew was a parish priest, but the group includes other priest, bishops and lay people.
Wednesday 25th November – St. Catherine of Alexandria.
Catherine was an Egyptian Queen, who preferred the study of philosophy to the prospect of marriage to the Roman Emperor Maxentius. Angry at being refused, the Emperor finally ordered that she be stretched out on a spiked wheel (the infamous ‘Catherine wheel’). The wheel was strangely shattered, but the Emperor then gave the order for her to be beheaded. Her body was taken to the monastery below Mount Sinai.

Today’s Readings:
Like all holy scripture, the parable of the end times is a judgment on the world. In human mayhem, we dismember, or even crucify again, the body of Christ. “You have done it to me.” The starving, the unwanted old and unborn, the criminal, the enemy—“the least”—are him.
We are called to care for his sheep in His name. The standard is extremely clear. Have you cared for the hungry? Have you given water to the thirsty? What about welcoming the stranger, and giving clothes to those who have none and what about visiting people in prison? This is what God promises in the First Reading. It is what Jesus did in his life on earth. It is the loving duty he has entrusted to us who are his body, his band of shepherds. If you have joined this group, then you are one of the sheep who have received Christ's love and who should be very grateful.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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