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

JANUARY 17TH - 23RD 2021

Masses will continue to be live streamed during and after lockdown

On Tuesday 19th January there will be a Requiem Mass for James Patrick McKenna
(Please avoid coming to Mass today to make room for the family and friends of the deceased)

Masses will be livestreamed at 12 noon Mondays to Saturdays and at 10.00am on Sundays, until further notice. There will also be Mass at 6.00pm on Sunday evenings.

Click here for Mass Livestream

The church will be open on Mondays to Saturdays for
12 noon Mass and remain open for personal prayer and reflection until 1.00pm.

PLEASE NOTE THE UPDATED GUIDELINES

Attending places of worship in Tier 4 (according to Govt. guidelines):
“In all Tiers, you can leave home to attend a place of worship for communal worship. Whilst engaging in an activity in the place of worship or surrounding grounds, all parties should adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times. In Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 areas, people must not mingle indoors with anyone they do not live with or have formed a support bubble with.”

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. 

2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (Year B)
WEEK: JANUARY 17TH  - JANUARY 23RD  2021

2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

“Rabbi, Where do you live?” “Come and see.”

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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, Brian Firth, Elaine Egerton, John-Paul Ruffle, Christopher Armstrong, Ruth Tyler, Mary Nash
LATELY DEAD: David Monaghan, Judy Heald, James Patrick McKenna, Stuart Lees, Antonio Viggiano, David Robert Humphry
ANNIVERSARIES: Joe Beswick, Robert McFall

Congratulations to Veronica Sobieralski who is 93 tomorrow (18th January 2021).

COLLECTION: Total: £410.45
Monthly payments directly to the bank:
Standing Order: £534 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD: £15.00;   Food Bank: £30.00  
Many thanks for your kind generosity.

THE JERUSALEM MASS SHEET
2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (8) 17th January 2021

THE INTRODUCTORY RITES
Stand

Entrance:
We hold a treasure
Not made of gold
In earthen vessels, wealth untold
One treasure only, the Lord, the Christ
In earthen vessels.

Light has shown in our darkness
God has shown in our hearts
With the light of the glory
Of Jesus the Lord.

He has chosen the lowly
Who are small in this world
In his weakness His Glory
In Jesus the Lord

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.
I confess to almighty God
and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done and in what I have
failed to do,
And, striking their breast, they say:
through my fault, through my fault,
through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.
The Priest says the absolution. All reply:
Amen.

Kyrie: Quem Pastores
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy
Christ have mercy, Christ have mercy
Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy
Lord have mercy on us all
.
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,
who govern all things,
both in heaven and on earth,
mercifully hear the pleading of your people
and bestow your peace on our times.
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 first book of Samuel
3:3-10. 19
Samuel was lying in the sanctuary of the Lord
where the ark of God was, when the Lord
called, 'Samuel! Samuel!' He answered, 'Here I
am.' Then he ran to Eli and said, 'Here I am,
since you called me.' Eli said, 'I did not call. Go
back and lie down.' So he went and lay down.
Once again the Lord called, 'Samuel! Samuel!'
Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, 'Here
I am, since you called me.' He replied, 'I did not
call you, my son; go back and lie down.'
Samuel had as yet no knowledge of the Lord
and the word of the Lord had not yet been
revealed to him. Once again the Lord called,
the third time. He got up and went to Eli and
said, 'Here I am, since you called me.' Eli then
understood that it was the Lord who was calling
the boy, and he said to Samuel, 'Go and lie
down, and if someone calls say, "Speak, Lord,
your servant is listening."' So Samuel went and
lay down in his place.
The Lord then came and stood by, calling as
he had done before, 'Samuel! Samuel!'
Samuel answered, 'Speak, Lord, your servant
is listening.'
Samuel grew up and the Lord was with him
and let no word of his fall to the ground.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm Ps 39:2.4.7-10.R.wS.9
R) Here I am, Lord!
I come to do your will.
I waited, I waited for the Lord
and he stooped down to me;
he heard my cry.
He put a new song into my mouth,
praise of our God. (R)
You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,
but an open ear.
You do not ask for holocaust and victim.
Instead, here am I. (R)
In the scroll of the book it stands written
that I should do your will.
My God, I delight in your law
in the depth of my heart. (R)
Your justice I have proclaimed
in the great assembly.
My lips I have not sealed;
you know it, O Lord. (R)
R) Here I am, Lord!
I come to do your will.

Second Reading
A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the
Corinthians 6:13-15. 17-20
The body is not meant for fornication; it is for
the Lord, and the Lord for the body. God who
raised the Lord from the dead, will by his power
raise us up too.
You know, surely, that your bodies are
members making up the body of Christ; anyone
who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
Keep away from fornication. All the other sins
are committed outside the body; but to
fornicate is to sin against your own body. Your
body, you know, is the temple of the Holy Spirit,
who is in you since you received him from God.
You are not your own property; you have been
bought and paid for. That is why you should
use your body for the glory of God.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation Stand
Alleluia, alleluia! Jn 1 :41 .17
We have found the Messiah - which means
the Christ
grace and truth have come through him.
Alleluia!

Gospel Acclamation:
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia
Give the glory and the honour to the Lord
Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia
Give the glory and the honour to the Lord

Gospel John 1 :35-42
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.
As John stood with two of his disciples, Jesus
passed, and John stared hard at him and said,
'Look, there is the lamb of God.' Hearing this,
the two disciples followed Jesus. Jesus turned
round, saw them following and said, 'What do
you want?' They answered, 'Rabbi,' - which
means Teacher - 'where do you live?' 'Come
and see' he replied; so they went and saw
where he lived, and stayed with him the rest of
that day. It was about the tenth hour.
One of these two who became followers of
Jesus after hearing what John had said was
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. Early next
morning, Andrew met his brother and said to
him, 'We have found the Messiah' - which
means the Christ - and he took Simon to Jesus.
Jesus looked hard at him and said, 'You are
Simon son of John; you are to be called
Cephas' - meaning Rock.
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 again 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.
A hymn may be sung.
If the Priest says the two prayers of offering
aloud the response both times is:
Blessed be God for ever.

Offertory:
I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard my people cry.
All who dwell in deepest sin
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear my light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord. Is it I Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if you lead me.
I will hold your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have borne my people's pain.
I have wept for love of them.
They turn away.
I will break their hearts of stone,
Give them hearts for love alone.
I will speak my word to them,
Whom shall I send?

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them.
My hand will save.
Finest bread I will provide
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give my life to them.
Whom shall I send?

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
Grant us, O Lord, we pray,
that we may participate worthily in these
mysteries,
for whenever the memorial of this sacrifice is
celebrated
the work of our redemption is accomplished.
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 for Eucharistic Prayer IV
It is truly right to give you thanks,
truly just to give you glory, Father most holy,
for you are the one God living and true,
existing before all ages and abiding for all eternity,
dwelling in unapproachable light;
yet you, who alone are good, the source of life,
have made all that is,
so that you might fill your creatures with blessings
and bring joy to many of them by the glory of
your light.
And so, in your presence are countless hosts
of Angels,
who serve you day and night
and, gazing upon the glory of your face,
glorify you without ceasing.
With them we, too, confess your name in
exultation,
giving voice to every creature under heaven,
as we acclaim:

Sanctus

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord
God of power and might
Heaven and Earth are full of Your glory
Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest
Bless-ed is He who comes
In the name of the Lord
Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest

Kneel

Eucharistic Prayer IV
(The priest may use a different Preface and
Eucharistic Prayer).
We give you praise, Father most holy,
for you are great
and you have fashioned all your works
in wisdom and in love.
You formed man in your own image
and entrusted the whole world to his care,
so that in serving you alone, the Creator,
he might have dominion over all creatures.
And when through disobedience he had lost
your friendship,
you did not abandon him to the domain of death.
For you came in mercy to the aid of all,
so that those who seek might find you.
Time and again you offered them covenants
and through the prophets
taught them to look forward to salvation.
And you so loved the world, Father most holy,
that in the fullness of time
you sent your Only Begotten Son to be our Saviour.
Made incarnate by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary,
he shared our human nature
in all things but sin.
To the poor he proclaimed the good news of
salvation,
to prisoners, freedom,
and to the sorrowful of heart, joy.
To accomplish your plan,
he gave himself up to death,
and, rising from the dead,
he destroyed death and restored life.
And that we might live no longer for ourselves
but for him who died and rose again for us,
he sent the Holy Spirit from you, Father,
as the first fruits for those who believe,
so that, bringing to perfection his work in the world,
he might sanctify creation to the full.
Therefore, O Lord, we pray:
may this same Holy Spirit
graciously sanctify these offerings,
that they may become
the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
for the celebration of this great mystery,
which he himself left us
as an eternal covenant.
For when the hour had come
for him to be glorified by you, Father most holy,
having loved his own who were in the world,
he loved them to the end:
and while they were at supper,
he took bread, blessed and broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:
T AKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT,
FDR THIS JS MY B ODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
In a similar way,
taking the chalice filled with the fruit of the vine,
he gave thanks,
and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying:
T AKE THI S, 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 JN MEMORY OF ME.
The mystery of faith.
And the people continue, acclaiming:
Save us, Saviour of the world ,
for by your Cross and Resurrection
you have set us free.
Therefore, O Lord,
as we now celebrate the memorial of our
redemption,
we remember Christ's Death
and his descent to the realm of the dead,
we proclaim his Resurrection
and his Ascension to your right hand,
and, as we await his coming in glory,
we offer you his Body and Blood,
the sacrifice acceptable to you which brings salvation to the whole world.
Look, O Lord, upon the Sacrifice
which you yourself have provided for your Church,
and grant in your loving kindness
to all who partake of this one Bread and one
Chalice
that, gathered into one body by the Holy Spirit,
they may truly become a living sacrifice in Christ
to the praise of your glory.
Therefore, Lord, remember now
all for whom we offer this sacrifice:
especially your servant N. our Pope,
N. our Bishop, and the whole Order of Bishops,
all the clergy,
those who take part in this offering,
those gathered here before you,
your entire people,
and all who seek you with a sincere heart.
Remember also
those who have died in the peace of your Christ
and all the dead,
whose faith you alone have known.
To all of us, your children,
grant, O merciful Father,
that we may enter into a heavenly inheritance
with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
and with your Apostles and Saints in your
kingdom.
There, with the whole of creation,
freed from the corruption of sin and death,
may we glorify you through Christ our Lord,
through whom you bestow on the world all
that is good.
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 (repeat each line)
Lamb of God
You take our sins
Lamb of God have mercy on us
Grant us all your 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 1:
One bread, one body, one Lord of all
One cup of blessing which we bless
And we, though many, throughout the earth
We are one body in this one Lord

Gentile or Jew
Servant or free
Woman or man
No more

Many the gifts, many the works
One in the Lord
Of all

Communion 2:
My hands, were made, to worship you
My heart, my King, it beats, for you
Oh lamb so true, I surrender to you

My life (I give you) My love ( I give you) My all

Your love, Your peace, Your grace, to me
Is deeper than my soul can see
My purpose it changed when you called me by name

My sins... have been erased ... with just one thought from you My clouds, my rain, my pain has changed
Your blood has made me new
Oh lamb so true, I surrender to you

And when this world has come to end And paradise with you begins
Well done You'll say, when I see, your face

My sins... have been erased ... with just one thought from you My clouds, my rain, my pain has changed
Your blood has made me new
Oh lamb so true, I surrender to you (x2)

Jesus you are

Jesus you are

After the distribution of Holy Communion a
sacred silence may be observed or a psalm,
hymn or canticle of praise may be sung.

Prayer after Communion Stand
Pour on us, O Lord, the Spirit of your love,
and in your kindness
make those you have nourished
by this one heavenly Bread
one in mind and heart.
Through Christ our Lord. 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:
You shall cross the barren desert
But you shall not die of thirst
You shall wander far in safety
Though you do not know the way
You shall speak your words to foreign men
And they will understand
You shall see the face of God and live

Be not afraid,
I go before you always
Come, follow me and I will give you rest

If you pass through raging waters in the sea
You shall not drown
If you walk amid the burning flames
You shall not be harmed
If you stand before the power of hell
And death is at your side
Know that I am with you through it all

Blessed are the poor
For the kingdom shall be theirs
Blest are you that weep and mourn
For one day you shall laugh
And if wicked men insult and hate you
All because of me
Blessed, blessed are you
.

PASTORAL LETTER - 16th/17th January

DIOCESE OF SALFORD

Pastoral Letter of the
Right Reverend John Arnold
Bishop of Salford

 

To be read and circulated on the weekend of 16th/17th January 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In the first place, I would like to wish you all a Hope-filled, happier and healthier New Year; one in which we may rise to the challenges and opportunities of our response to the pandemic, renewing those Gospel values which will make us more attentive to the needs of our brothers and sisters, our global family, and care for our common home. I do believe that there are important choices to be considered, in which we will all have our part to play. Today, I am writing to you about two important, and connected, matters.

The final Sunday of this month, January 31st, is dedicated, in this Diocese, to the work of Caritas Diocese of Salford. You may well be familiar with at least some of the wide range of work and projects that are undertaken by Caritas. Its whole focus of activity is the commitment of putting Faith into action by responding to emergencies, helping people to transform their lives and emerge from poverty in all its forms, and advocating change in our society so that everyone may live with dignity, in a sustainable way.

There is much work to be done. While we live in the sixth wealthiest nation, the statistics indicate that all too many people are not included in this prosperity. For example, there are 70-80 people sleeping on the streets in central Manchester every night, while many families are in inadequate and temporary housing, vulnerable to eviction. A recent government survey estimated that over one million people in this country are isolated and alone, even before the pandemic arrived. Isolation and loneliness lead to depression and mental illness. Even the increasing adoption of the real living wage still means that many families, even where the adults are employed, do not have adequate resources to provide healthy food for their children. All too many people are marginalised as if, as Pope Francis says, they have been “thrown away”

Our Faith has a very practical priority. We are asked to love our neighbours as ourselves and that love must include a constant care for the well-being of others. There should be no need for foodbanks and night shelters but, while ever there is the need, we as Christians must strive to provide them.

The Covid pandemic has caused so much more poverty, unemployment, and distress but I believe that we have every good reason to be proud of the work of Caritas and its diverse engagement in the social problems of our times. Caritas has been able, because of your generosity, to continue its services throughout this difficult time. Thank you for all that you have done, by generous giving and volunteering, to make Caritas all that it is today. I can only ask that this good work is enabled to continue so that no-one is beyond reach and no-one is marginalised or left behind. Your gift in the retiring collection on Caritas Sunday is even more important in these difficult times.

I have asked Fr Paul Daly, the Episcopal Vicar for Formation, to extend his role, both in planning for our immediate needs in sacramental provision and for developing our various adult formation programmes which will be essential in our “Journey to 2030” when our parishes will need to function in a very different way. Parishes will need to be increasingly reliant on the contribution of their parishioners in many and diverse ways. Fr Paul has agreed to relinquish his role as parish priest so as to be more available to assist others in developing parish formation. I am very grateful to him for his readiness to undertake this extended role which is initially intended for one year but may be extended according to need. Fr Paul will be working from Cathedral Centre and visiting parishes.

Despite the advent of vaccines, this time of pandemic will be with us for some time to come. Even with the gloom, anxiety, and frustration of living through these days, I am optimistic that we can set ourselves a new road, with better priorities for our Church and our nation and our world. I believe that much good can be achieved and we must remain adamant in our prayer, as we ask: “Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”.

With my best wishes for all that lies ahead in this New Year and my thanks for all that is being achieved through your goodness and generosity.


+John Arnold
Bishop of Salford

Tel: 0161 794 2825
bishop@dioceseof salford.org.uk (bishop)
marie.sartini@dioceseof salford.org.uk (secretary)
Salford Roman Catholic Diocesan Trustees Registered Charity

A voice recording of the letter can be found by clicking on the picture of the Bishop:

The Bishop

NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed during and after lockdown. 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 until further notice.  Next week, we will be opening the church for Mass from Wednesday onwards.
If you want to attend Mass on Sunday, numbers are limited, therefore, it is essential that you book a place.  To do this, phone, text or e-mail Fr. Phil, who will make the arrangements.  This is done on a first come, first served basis.
Face coverings in church are now mandatory; however some people are exempt for medical or other reasons.  Social distancing must always be observed where possible.

THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY IN 2021 (18th-25th January)
From 18th January to the 25th January 2021 is Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  The theme this year is  " Abiding in Christ" and it is taken from the Gospel of John chapter 15: 1-7.
On the CTE website there are listed materials and information that may well prove helpful to Parishes. You can find them here: https://www.cte.org.uk/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=591118
There is a county wide celebration in Lancashire, which has been adapted due to COVID. A poster with details of this Zoom event here.

THIS WEEK’S SAINTS:
Tuesday, 19th January. St. Wulstan. Born in Warwickshire around 1008. He became a Benedictine monk at the priory of Worcester. In 1062 he was appointed Bishop. He was renowned for his care of the poor and sick and the high standards he asked of his clergy.
Wednesday 20th January – St Sebastian:  he was said to have been born in Gaul and brought up in Milan. Despite being a Christian, he entered the Roman army while Diocletian was emperor and was even promoted to the Praetorian Guard. All this time he was secretively converting others to Christianity. He was eventually betrayed to the authorities and sentenced to death by bow and arrow. There are the famous Renaissance paintings of this event by Boticelli, Bernini and El Greco. But legend has it that he amazingly survived this attempted martyrdom and he returned to the emperor’s palace to castigate Diocletian for his pagan policies. He was then beaten to death.
Thursday 21st January – St. Agnes: She was martyred around the year 300 aged just 12 or 13 according to St. Ambrose. Little else is known about her, though, again, there are various legends about the reason for her martyrdom.
Friday 22nd January – St. Vincent: He was still a boy when he was ordained a deacon. He was arrested in Spain and tortured most cruelly (reported by St. Augustine in some detail).

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. 
 

DECARBONISATION PROJECT
The Diocese of Salford has started work with academic partners on a ‘decarbonisation strategy.’ This will involve understanding our carbon footprint and ways to reduce it, over the next two years. The team would welcome anyone with expertise in this area in our parish communities to get in touch at decarbonisation@dioceseofsalford.org.uk, so that we are more aware of those that might want to get involved. Thank you.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2021 (18th-25th January) has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.
Today the community has fifty sisters, all women from different generations, Church traditions, countries and continents. In their diversity the sisters are a living parable of communion. They remain faithful to a life of prayer, life in community and the welcoming of guests. The sisters share the grace of their monastic life with visitors and volunteers who go to Grandchamp for a time of retreat, silence, healing or in search of meaning.

CONFIRMATION AND COMMUNION PROGRAMMES:
The Deanery confirmation programme was put on hold because of Covid-19. Our intention, now, is to restart the programme in May 2021. Fr. Callum Brown, from St. Edward’s is going to be responsible for the preparation sessions prior to confirmation later in the year. It had been thought that the Bishop would be doing these confirmations himself but, because of the numbers involved, he has now delegated the Parish Priests in each Parish to confirm. Any child, who has been baptised and is currently in Year 8 at school, is eligible to sign up for the sessions. Confirmation itself will probably be in September 2021.
First Communion: The children who were almost prepared for the first communion before Covid struck will hopefully make their communion in June 2021. We will need one refresher session before they make their communion. We’ll then try to start the sessions for the next group from June 2021.

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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