Masses will continue to be live streamed during and after lockdown

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.


On Tuesday, Mass at 12 noon is a Requiem Mass for Margaret Crowley so all places will be reserved , that day, for the mourners.
We ask that Parishioners, if possible, watch the Mass online that day, or, at least, leave the places in the church for the mourners.

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


As we consider how we will be able to celebrate Easter this year during a possible period of further lockdown, allow yourself just fifteen minutes or so from all the distractions of daily toil and join with us as we follow Jesus on his journey of the ‘stations’ through to His Passion and listen in to our weekly meditation podcast. 

Click here for the podcast

We ask you to help us and stay with us Lord on our journey.


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. 

Temporarily suspended (by appointment if deemed necessary).
Baptisms & Weddings:
by arrangement when restrictions permit. 


2nd Sunday in Lent (Year B)

“This is my Son, the beloved. Listen to him.”


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; Michael Guilfoyle; Dominic Boardman. Kath Green: Cyril Clarke; Elizabeth Flanagan, Elaine Egerton, John Diveney, Lee John Carter, Patricia Haines
LATELY DEAD: Veronica Fieldhouse, Susan Chorlton, Doris Kenway, Antony Korecki, Florence Murray, Florence Shaw, Lawrence Mooney, Lawrence Murray
ANNIVERSARIES: Bernard Kearns, Hermie Korolczuk, Catherine and Thomas Finnegan, Bernard Doran, Norman Hussey, Austin Hussey, Judith Warburton, Mary Heaton, Patrick Cosgrave, Eric Emsis, Dr. David Atherton

COLLECTION: Total: £646.55
Monthly payments directly to the bank:
Standing Order: £534 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS: CAFOD: £15.00;   Food Bank: £45.00
Many thanks for your kind generosity.

Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT St Mary and St Patrick Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.

2ND SUNDAY OF LENT (B) 28th February 2021

These are the days of Elijah
Declaring the word of the Lord
And these are the days of your servant, Moses
Righteousness being restored
And though these were days of great trial
Of famine and darkness and sword
Still we are the voice in the desert crying Prepare Yea the way to the Lord

Behold he comes..riding on the clouds...
Shining like the sun... Is my beloved One Hear his voice, it’s the year of Jubilee And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes

These are the days of Ezekiel
The dry bones becoming as flesh
And these are the days of your servant David
Rebuilding a temple of praise
These are the days of the harvest
The fields are as white in your world
And we are the labourers in your vineyard Declaring the word of the Lord

Pre....paring the way to the Lord
Pre....paring the way to the Lord

Behold he comes..riding on the clouds...
Shining like the sun... Is my beloved One Hear his voice, it’s the year of Jubilee And out of Zion’s hill salvation comes (x2)

Pre....paring the way to the Lord
Pre....paring the way to the Lord

All make the Sign of the Cross as the Priest
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.

Nzambe yokela biso mawa
Yokela biso mawa
Yokela biso mawa a a tozalikolela.

Christo yokela biso mawa
Yokela biso mawa
Yokela biso mawa a a tozalikolela.

The Collect
O God, who have commanded us
to listen to your beloved Son,
be pleased, we pray,
to nourish us inwardly by your word,
that, with spiritual sight made pure,
we may rejoice to behold your glory.
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

First Reading
A reading from the book of Genesis
22:1-2. 9-13. 15-18
God put Abraham to the test. 'Abraham,
Abraham ' he called. 'Here I am' he replied.
'Take your son,' God said 'your only child Isaac,
whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah.
·There you shall offer him as a burnt offering, on
a mountain I will point out to you.'
When they arrived at the place God had
pointed out to him, Abraham built an altar there
and arranged the wood. Then he stretched out
his hand and seized the knife to kill his son.
But the angel of the Lord called to him from
heaven. 'Abraham, Abraham' he said. 'I am
here' he replied. 'Do not raise your hand
against the boy' the angel said. 'Do not harm
him, for now I know you fear God. You have
not refused me your son, your only son.' Then
looking up, Abraham saw a ram caught by its
horns in a bush. Abraham took the ram and
offered it as a burnt-offering in place of his son.
The angel of the Lord ·called Abraham a
second time from heaven. 'I swear by my own
self - it is the Lord who speaks - because you
have done this, because you have not refused
me your son, your only son, I will shower
blessings on you, I will make your descendants
as many as the stars of heaven and the grains
of sand on the seashore. Your descendants
shall gain possession of the gates of their
enemies. All the nations of the earth shall bless
themselves by your descendants, as a reward
for your obedience.'
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm Ps 115:10. 15-19 R. Ps 114:9
R) I will walk in the presence of the Lord
in the land of the living.
I trusted, even when I said:
'I am sorely afflicted. '
O precious in the eyes of the Lord
is the death of his faithful. (R)
Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;
you have loosened my bonds.
A thanksgiving sacrifice I make:
I will call on the Lord's name. (R)
My vows to the Lord I will fufil
before all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem. (R)

Second Reading
A reading from the letter of St Paul to the
Romans 8:31-34
With God on our side who can be against us?
Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave
him up to benefit us all, we may be certain,
after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything
he can give. Could anyone accuse those that
God has chosen? When God acquits, could
anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No!
He not only died for us - he rose from the dead,
and there at God's right hand he stands and
pleads for us.
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation
Glory and praise to you, O Christ!
From the bright cloud the
Father's voice was heard:
Mt 17:5
'This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him!'
Glory and praise to you, O Christ!

Gospel Mark 9:2-10
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to
Glory to you, O Lord.
Jesus took with him Peter and James and John
and led them up a high mountain where they
could be alone by themselves. There in their
presence he was transfigured: his clothes
became dazzlingly white, whiter than any
earthly bleacher could make them . Elijah
appeared to them with Moses; and they were
talking with Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus.
'Rabbi', he said 'it is wonderful for us to be
here; so let us make three tents, one for you,
one for Moses and one for Elijah.' He did not
know what to say; they were so frightened. And
a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and
there came a voice from the cloud, 'This is
my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him.' Then
suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no
one with them any more but only Jesus.
As they came down the mountain he warned
them to tell no one what they had seen, until
after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
They observed the warning faithfully, though
among themselves they discussed what 'rising
from the dead' could mean.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Homily

The Nicene Creed
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 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.

Intro: Eh bata ta bwetukala kilumbu mundza We are all sinners
Beno bayaya a bwetukala kudiku zulue
But how will it be one day?
Eh mfumu ame mfumu ame nhidi ka
How can we gain Heaven?
Eh mfumu ame mfumu ame nkidi aka a.
My God, My God, what more can we do.

1) Eh e mfumu yamba makabu. (Repeat)
O God accept these offerings
Yamba makabu yange pesa na beto. (Repeat) that we present to you.
Tala maboko ya muno yokele pamba (Repeat) Accept this bread.
Tala muni kibeni suka tiyanene. (Repeat) Accept this wine.
Kikima munukalenda pesa nange e. (Repeat)
Accept the fruits of our work            
Accept this choir.

Ref: Mfumu e mfumu, mfumu e mfumu
What we present is so little
Mfumu e mfumu, mfumu e mfumu e e e.
But these offerings find value before you.

2) Eh e mfumu yamba mapa. (Repeat)
What more can we give you?
Yamba mapa yange pesa na beto. (Repeat)

The Priest completes additional personal
preparatory rites, and the people rise as he
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
May this sacrifice, O Lord, we pray,
cleanse us of our faults
and sanctify your faithful in body and mind
for the celebration of the paschal festivities.
Through Christ our Lord.

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: The Transfiguration of the Lord.
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,
through Christ our Lord.
For after he had told the disciples of his
coming Death,
on the holy mountain he manifested to them
his glory,
to show, even by the testimony of the law and
the prophets,
that the Passion leads to the glory of the
And so, with the Powers of heaven,
we worship you constantly on earth,
and before your majesty
without end we acclaim :

Nso Nso Nso Nso Nso
Oseburuwa chineke nki’igwe ndi agha a a,
Ebube gi juputara n’eligwe n’ala a

Hosanna (x4) n’elu kasi elu

Odi Ngozi bu o-nye biara a
N’aha Onyenweanyi – Onyenweanyi

Eucharistic Prayer Ill
(The Priest may use a different Eucharistic Prayer.)
You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
and all you have created
rightly gives you praise,
for through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
by the power and working of the Holy Spirit,
you give life to all things and make them holy,
and you never cease to gather a people
to yourself,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name.
Therefore, O Lord, we humbly implore you:
by the same Spirit graciously make holy
these gifts we have brought to you for
that they may become the Body and .,. Blood
of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
at whose command we celebrate these mysteries.
For on the night he was betrayed
he himself took bread,
and giving you thanks, he said the blessing,
broke the bread and gave it to his disciples,
In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the chalice,
and, giving you thanks, he said the blessing,
and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying:
The mystery of faith.
The people continue, acclaiming:
We proclaim you Death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.
Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial
of the saving Passion of your Son,
his wondrous Resurrection
and Ascension into heaven,
and as we look forward to his second coming,
we offer you in thanksgiving
this holy and living sacrifice.
Look, we pray, upon the oblation of your Church
and, recognizing the sacrificial Victim
by whose death
you willed to reconcile us to yourself,
grant that we, who are nourished
by the Body and Blood of your Son
and filled with his Holy Spirit,
may become one body, one spirit in Christ.
May he make of us
an eternal offering to you,
so that we may obtain an inheritance with your elect,
especially with the most Blessed Virgin Mary,
Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs
and with all the Saints,
on whose constant intercession in your presence
we rely for unfailing help.
May this Sacrifice of our reconciliation,
we pray, O Lord,
advance the peace and salvation of all the world.
Be pleased to confirm in faith and charity
your pilgrim Church on earth,
with your servant N. our Pope and N. our Bishop,
the Order of Bishops, all the clergy,
and the entire people you have gained for
your own.
Listen graciously to the prayers of this family,
whom you have summoned before you :
in your compassion, O merciful Father,
gather to yourself all your children
scattered throughout the world.
To our departed brothers and sisters
and to all who were pleasing to you
at their passing from this life,
give kind admittance to your kingdom.
There we hope to enjoy for ever the fullness
of your glory
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, from every evil,
graciously grant peace in our days,
that, by the help of your mercy,
we may be always free from sin
and safe from all distress,
as we await the blessed hope
and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The Priest says:
Lord Jesus Christ,
who said to your Apostles:
Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,
look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church,
and graciously grant her peace and unity
in accordance with your will.
Who live and reign for ever and ever.
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:

Agnus Dei:
1st voice: Meme masumu ma nsti (x2)
Eh kimeme ya kekatula masumu ma nsti (x2)

Tenor: Tina beto
Everyone: Nkenda a a a a a
Nkenda o o o o o

Base: 1) Kimem’a ndzambi fuila nkenda
2) Kimem’a ndzambi pesa ngemba
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
The Body [Blood] of Christ.
Each communicant answers: Amen.

Communion 1:
God is love: His the care,
Tending each, everywhere.
God is love, all is there!
Jesus came to show him,
That we all might know Him!

Sing aloud, loud, loud!
Sing aloud, loud, loud!
God is good! God is truth!
God is beauty! Praise Him!

None can see God above;
We can share life and love;
Thus may we Godward move,
Seek him in creation,
Holding every nation.

Jesus lived on the earth,
Hope and life brought to birth
And affirmed human worth,
For He came to save us
By the truth He gave us.

To our Lord praise we sing,
Light and life, friend and King,
Coming down, love to bring,
Pattern for our duty,
Showing God in beauty.

Communion Antiphon Mt 17: 5
This is my beloved Son, with whom I am
well pleased;
listen to him.
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
As we receive these glorious mysteries,
we make thanksgiving to you, O Lord,
for allowing us while still on earth
to be partakers even now of the things of heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.

Announcements may be made.
Priest: The Lord be with you .
All: And with your spirit.

Prayer over the People
The Deacon, or the Priest, says:
Bow down for the Blessing.
Then the Priest continues:
Bless your faithful, we pray, O Lord,
with a blessing that endures for ever,
and keep them faithful
to the Gospel of your Only Begotten Son,
so that they may always desire and at last attain
that glory whose beauty he showed in his own Body,
to the amazement of his Apostles.
Through Christ our Lord.
And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
come down upon you and remain with you for ever.
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.

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

To all life Thou givest, to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish, but nought changeth Thee.

Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render, O help us to see:
'Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee.

All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: or via the Periscope App.
The Obligation to attend Mass on Sunday is suspended until further notice. 
If you want to attend Mass on Sunday morning, 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.

Allow yourself just ten minutes or so from all the distractions of daily toil and join with us as we follow Jesus on his journey of the ‘stations’ through to His Passion and listen in to our weekly meditation podcast based on services previously prepared by Sister Eileen. We ask you to help us and stay with us Lord on our journey. This Podcast is accessed through the Parish website

The Gospel of the Second Sunday of Lent is always one of the accounts of the Transfiguration. Jesus is revealed in glory as the Beloved Son of God, fulfilment of the Law and the Prophets, on the mountain top. Throughout the Scriptures the mountain top has been one of the chief places of encounter with God. Why do you think that may be so? Our own Diocese is placed under the protection of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. As we recognise the Lord in the Eucharist, let us recognise him too in the beauty of creation, of which he has made us guardians.

You are warmly invited to our next evening event on Wednesday 10th March at 7pm. Our speakers, one from each of four faiths, will speak on: 'The significance, practice and place of prayer in my life'. Email for Zoom details

Monday, 1st March. St. David, the Patron of Wales. He was born in Cardigan, Wales around the year 520. He travelled to the Isle of Wight to study under a Welsh ascetic, Paulinurus, but then returned to Wales and established many monasteries. It is claimed that he and his monks had a very severe diet, basically, bread, salt, water and leeks, hence the now national symbol of Wales – the leek. He died in about 588.
Thursday, 4th March. St. Casimir. He was the son of the King of Poland and was born in 1458. He was known for his love of the poor and for his devotion to the Eucharist and Our Lady. He died when he was just 26 years old of a lung disease

Thursday 11th March 2021.
Due to the Diocesan Lenten Course, 'Let us dream', taking place on Wednesdays in Lent, we have decided to move the Catechists' Zoom Gathering to Thursday 11th March 2021 at 7:00pm for those who wish to attend both events.
We have a wonderful evening planned with input from the Wisdom Group on 'Divine Interruptions', case studies of ways forward during this time, group discussion and practical resources to help you in your ministry now and when restrictions are lifted. Register by emailing you will receive the link the day before.

At the start of the pandemic the Government decided to give an extra £20 a week to those receiving Universal Credit, helping those on the lowest incomes to continue paying their bills and feed their families. 
At the end of March, the £20 benefit uplift is expected to end, pulling half a million people into poverty. (Joseph Rowntree Foundation).
Caritas Salford, is calling MPs to urge the Chancellor to Keep The Lifeline by making permanent the £20 uplift and extending it to those on legacy benefits too. You can support the campaign by emailing your MP.  A template letter is available by emailing
Further information is available from

LET US DREAM -- Our Lenten Journey with Pope Francis, guided by Austen Ivereigh. 
Over the Wednesdays of Lent the sessions will explore Pope Francis’ book, Let us Dream, with the assistance of Austen Ivereigh, who worked closely with Pope Francis on the book. 
Let Us Dream is the first book by a pope in response to a specific crisis, and offers us Pope Francis’s spiritual guidance for humanity in the throes of the Covid crisis, helping us to seize the opportunity for conversion and change — as individuals and as a society. The course will begin with an Introductory presentation by Austen on Wednesday  24th February at 7pm.
Every Wednesday from 2nd March until 31st March we will meet 7pm-8.30pm, again with an opening reflection from Austen, to explore the book in five sections, share our thoughts, ask questions and deepen our understanding of the Lord’s call to us, to our Church and world through the teaching of Pope Francis. This is a wonderful opportunity and the Bishop and Diocese are very grateful to Austen Ivereigh for making this possible.
To sign up, please email

More information at

“Stay With  Us  Lord  On  Our  Journey”

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