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Live-streaming Interrupted

Sadly it appears that our Parish YouTube account has been hacked.  Therefore no Mass was live-streamed today (Wednesday).  We will do everything possible to resume this service in time for the Easter Liturgies.

Sunday Mass Sheet (Easter Sunday)

(Click here): Easter Sunday Mass Sheet

Parishioners can now access the Sunday Mass sheet by clicking on the above link.  Please feel to print it and share with a neighbour, especially if they do not have access to the internet.

Palm Sunday 5th April 2020

St Mary's Parish Horwich

Weekly Newsletter

Sunday 4th April (Palm Sunday)

 Message from Fr Richard

Hopefully we are getting used to the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment.  Not being able to come to church for Mass however is a particular challenge that all our parishes are facing at the moment.  Fortunately, we are now able to offer the live-streaming of Mass from our church.  Please see below for further details.  After a few technical hiccups, this seems to be working now and plans are in place for the Holy Week liturgy, especially the Triduum. Fr Richard is still accepting Mass Intentions; simply put them in an envelope in the normal way and post them through the Presbytery door. 

Holy Week Liturgy

Today is Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of Holy Week.  Although we won’t be able to collect palms as we would do ordinarily, palms will be blessed and available to collect when church eventually re-opens and public Mass resumes.

Fr Richard will be celebrating the Holy Week Masses and the other liturgies privately in church. The timetable for the week is as follows:

Tuesday of Holy Week – 10am Mass

Wednesday of Holy Week – 10am Mass

Maundy Thursday (Mass of the Lord’s Supper) – 7pm

Good Friday – 11am Stations of the Cross; 

                         3pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) – 8:30pm

Easter Sunday – 10:30am Mass

 

As noted above, we are now able to live-stream all these liturgies.  This is available on YouTube where we have our own Parish channel: ‘St Marys RC Horwich’.  Click on the following link to access this: St Marys YouTube channel 

New Facebook page!

We have also recently set up a new Parish Facebook page to help people remain in contact with the parish community and to keep up to date with the latest news. The Facebook page is called: ‘St Mary’s RC Church Horwich’. 

Parish Secretary

Due to the current social distancing restrictions the office is not open for people to visit and our Parish Secretary Ruth is on annual leave for the next two weeks and therefore will not be responding to emails or ‘phone messages. She will return to the Parish Office on Tuesday April 21st.  In the meantime, for all communications and queries, please call the Parish telephone number: (01204) 468209 and select Option 2 to speak with Fr Richard. There is also a recorded 'phone message updated weekly in place of the normal list of Mass times.

Fr Richard's email address is: richard.howard@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

Communication 

In the days and weeks ahead, our ability to communicate Parish news is greatly reduced because we will not be gathering for those all-important Sunday Masses when notices are read out!  It is very important to consult the parish website: www.stmaryshorwich.com.  There will still be a weekly Newsletter published which can be accessed as usual on the website: on the Home Page, click on 'Blog' and then click on 'Parish Newsletters'. There will also be a link each week to download the Mass sheet for the forthcoming Sunday. This can be printed off and used at home.  Where parishioners do not have access to the internet, it would be very helpful if friends and neighbours could print off the Newsletter and/or Mass sheet and post it to them. Please be proactive in finding out if someone would like this.  We must also remember however the current requirement to avoid all unnecessary travel and to maintain social distancing, so please don’t take a five-mile car journey to post someone a Newsletter! 

Baptism Preparation Programme

Ordinarily there would be a Baptism Preparation Programme today (first Sunday of the month).  However, this has also been suspended until further notice.  Fr Richard has already contacted those families who had arranged a Baptism for their child during the next few months, to re-arrange the date.  However, if any families have questions about getting their child baptised, please contact Fr Richard using to contact details already given.  The Baptism Preparation course will re-start on the first Sunday of the month, when the church is able to open again. 

Sunday Collection

Because the Parish survives on the generosity of our parishioners, we would invite you to set aside the amount you would normally give each week (using offertory envelopes if you have them) and save them up until Sunday Mass resumes.  Alternatively, you may put your offertory through the Presbytery door, in your normal offertory envelopes, or in any kind of envelope if you don't use offertory envelopes.  This can of course be done anonymously; simply write 'Sunday Collection' on the front.  Thanks again to those who have posted their weekly offering in this way. This is much appreciated. 

Offertory Envelopes

All the envelopes have now been distributed to the people who use them.  If you would like to switch to paying by Standing Order, then this is still possible.  Please email or ‘phone Fr Richard. 

Mass sheets for the forthcoming Sunday

The Mass sheet for the forthcoming Sunday will be available on the Parish website from Tuesday as a PDF document under ‘Parish Newsletters’. This can be printed off to use at home.  Unfortunately it is not practical to offer copies of all the Holy Week liturgies because that would run to many pages!  However, a copy of the Salford Diocesan ‘Ordo’ for Holy Week will also be available on the Parish Website (accessible in the same way as the Mass sheet). This lists all the readings for the various Holy Week liturgies and includes page references in the Roman Missal.  If you would like to prepare for next Sunday (Easter Sunday) by meditating on the Scripture readings, but cannot get a Mass sheet, the texts are:

First Reading: Acts 10:34, 37-43

Psalm 117:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6-8

Gospel: John 20:1-9

To view the daily and Sunday Mass Readings for up to a week in advance, go to: www.universalis.com 

Helping in the Community

Many people are wondering if they can help the people around them at the moment, when the elderly and vulnerable are the most affected by the present period of enforced isolation.  ‘Urban Outreach’ has started a new food programme which will try to support different groups of people across Bolton. For further information contact Sam Bagley at samuel.bagley@urbanoutreach.co.uk

Prayer List

Please remember in your prayers this week:

Our sick and housebound: Sheila Rudd, Stephen Tootill, Evelyn Smith, Vivienne Dickinson and Frank Gordon

Lately Dead: Alice Halton, Margaret Mary Denny, Pexie Mooney and Keith Robinson

Anniversaries: Damian & Evan McManus 

Please also pray for all NHS staff and those working to care for the sick and all those affected by the coronavirus.  Pray also for those who have recently lost loved ones and have been unable to have a Requiem Mass in because of the restrictions on church liturgy.

Live-Streaming of Mass at St Mary's

We are pleased to announce that parishioners can now watch Mass live-streamed on YouTube.  Fr Richard is celebrating Mass at the times announced on the Parish Newsletter:

Tuesday to Friday 10am

Saturday 12noon

Sunday 10:30am

Please click on the link below:

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2F

Sunday Mass Sheet (Palm Sunday)

(Click here): Palm Sunday Mass Sheet

Parishioners can now access the Sunday Mass sheet by clicking on the above link.  Please feel to print it and share with a neighbour, especially if they do not have access to the internet.

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday which marks the beginning of Holy Week. If you would like to prepare for next Sunday (Palm Sunday) by meditating on the Scripture readings, but cannot get a Mass sheet, the full texts are:

Processional Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11

 

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-4

 

Psalm 21(22): 8-9, 17-20, 23-24

 

Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11

 

Passion Narrative: Matthew 26:14-27:66

 

5th Sunday of Lent 29th March 2020

 

St Mary's Parish Horwich 

Weekly Newsletter 

Sunday 29th March (5th in Lent)

 

 

Message from Fr Richard 

We continue this week with the restrictions on our parish life; the main one being the suspension of any public liturgy in the church.  Last Monday we were also told that the church could not be open at all (even for private prayer). However, daily Mass will continue to be offered in the church by Fr Richard.  Just because we can't be there in person, the great prayer of the Mass will still be offered for our Parish!  Fr Richard is still accepting Mass Intentions; simply put them in an envelope in the normal way and post them through the Presbytery door. 

This week, beginning Sunday 29th March (5th in Lent) 

Fr Richard will be celebrating Mass privately in church at the following times: 

Tuesday to Friday - 10am 

Saturday - 12noon 

Sunday - 10:30am  

Bishop John’s Prayer for the Diocese

Our Bishop is celebrating Mass for the priests, religious and people of the Diocese each morning at 7.30am and spending an hour before the Blessed Sacrament from 5pm-6pm for people’s intentions. Join with him in prayer if you are able at these times. 

Resources for 'live-streaming' of Mass 

A number of parishioners have asked whether they can watch Mass being celebrated in church from their own homes.  We have plans to do this at St Mary’s but in the meantime the live-streaming of Masses can be accessed on the following websites: 

www.stcuthberts.org.uk (this is our neighbouring parish)

www.stgregoryschorley.org.uk 

www.walsingham.org.uk (this has a full schedule of live Masses and other liturgies)  

www.ewtn.com (this American Catholic network features live daily Mass) 

 

Celebration of the Sacraments 

The Bishops have suspended all celebrations of Baptism and Marriage in our parishes until further notice. Most families and couples have already been contacted about this, but if you have any doubts or questions about this, please ‘phone Fr Richard on: (01204) 468209. 

 

Parish Secretary

Our Secretary Ruth is now working from home for the time being.  The office will therefore not be open for people to visit.  However, Ruth can still be contacted by ‘phone or by email during the normal office hours: Tues & Weds 10-1pm, Thurs 10-12pm and Friday 10-2pm. Tel. (01204) 468209. Email: secretary.stmaryshorwich@gmail.com 

There will be a recorded 'phone message updated weekly in place of the normal list of Mass times. 

Fr Richard's email address is: richard.howard@dioceseofsalford.org.uk 

 

Communication 

In the days and weeks ahead, our ability to communicate Parish news is greatly reduced because we will not be gathering for those all-important Sunday Masses when notices are read out!  It is very important to consult the parish website: www.stmaryshorwich.com.  There will still be a weekly Newsletter published which can be accessed as usual on the website: on the Home Page, click on 'Blog' and then click on 'Parish Newsletters'. There will also be a link each week to download the Mass sheet for the forthcoming Sunday. This can be printed off and used at home. 

 

New Facebook page! 

We have just started a new Parish Facebook page to help people remain in contact with the parish community and to keep up to date with the latest news. Please go to: ‘St Mary’s RC Church Horwich’.  

 

Sunday Collection 

Because the Parish survives on the generosity of our parishioners, we would invite you to set aside the amount you would normally give each week (using offertory envelopes if you have them) and save them up until Sunday Mass resumes.  Alternatively, you may put your offertory through the Presbytery door, in your normal offertory envelopes, or in any kind of envelope if you don't use offertory envelopes.  This can of course be done anonymously; simply write 'Sunday Collection' on the front.  Thanks to all who have done this so far. 

 

Offertory Envelopes 

All the envelopes have now been distributed to the people who use them.  If you would like to switch to paying by Standing Order, then this is still possible.  Please email or ‘phone the Secretary.

 

Mass sheets for the forthcoming Sunday 

The Mass sheet for the forthcoming Sunday will be available on the website from Tuesday as a PDF document under ‘Parish Newsletters’. This can be printed off to use at home.  We would encourage you to do this for parishioners who may not have access to the internet.  Why not ‘phone an elderly or housebound neighbour to ask if they would like a copy? This could be posted to them or put through their letter box if you don’t have to travel far (observing hygiene and social distancing).  

If you would like to prepare for next Sunday (Palm Sunday) by meditating on the Scripture readings, but cannot get a Mass sheet, the texts are: 

Processional Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11

First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-4 

Psalm 21(22): 8-9, 17-20, 23-24 

Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11 

Passion Narrative: Matthew 26:14-27:66 

To view the daily and Sunday Mass Readings for up to a week in advance, go to: www.universalis.com

  

Re-dedication of England as Our Lady's Dowry 

Today is the day of this special Marian re-dedication of our country to Mary.  Let us offer a particular prayer today for Our Lady’s protection. May she join her prayers with ours as we pray for the health and well-being of our country at this time.

  

Helping in the Community 

Many people are wondering if they can help the people around them at the moment, when the elderly and vulnerable are the most affected by the present period of enforced isolation.  

‘Urban Outreach’ has started a new food programme which will try to support different groups of people across Bolton. They are asking for donations of the following items: 

Pasta (500g); Tinned foods; Biscuits; Tinned fish; Jars of pasta sauce; Tinned Pulses; Cereal (up to 500g); UHT Milk; Tea.  If possible, the food needs to be taken to Unit 4, Trinity Retail Park, Bradford Street, Springfield, Haulgh, Bolton, BL2 1HY (where ‘Toys R Us’ used to be and in the unit at the bottom on the far right). Open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 4pm. 

For further information contact Sam Bagley at samuel.bagley@urbanoutreach.co.uk 

 

Prayer List 

Please remember in your prayers this week:  

Our sick and housebound: Sheila Rudd, Stephen Tootill, Evelyn Smith, Vivienne Dickinson. 

Lately Dead: Alice Halton. 

Anniversaries: Michael Joseph McHugh and George Howarth.

We also remember with compassion all those who have lost loved ones recently and have been unable to have a Requiem Mass in church because of the restrictions.

Sunday Mass Sheet (5th Sunday in Lent)

(Click here): 5th Sunday in Lent Mass Sheet

Parishioners can now access the Sunday Mass sheet by clicking on the above link.  Please feel to print it and share with a neighbour, especially if they do not have access to the internet.

Message from the Holy Father

 

Pope Francis has called on the world’s Christians and people of goodwill to join together to pray the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday, 25 March at 11am UK time (midday in Rome). On Friday 27 March at 5pm UK time (6pm Rome), the Pope will pray on the steps of St Peter’s basilica. Although the square will be empty, there will be a period of Adoration and readings from Scripture. At the end of the service, the Holy Father will impart his Urbi et Orbi blessing and will offer a Plenary indulgence for the COVID-19 pandemic.

  

You can watch on the Vatican Youtube channel: 

https: //www.youtube.com/channel/UCxIsefyl9g9A5SGWA4FvGIA 

From Fr Richard: Latest Update on COVID 19

Please note, the church will not be open at all until further notice.  Unfortunately even private prayer in church will not be possible following Bishop John's latest message:

In line with The Prime Minister's statement no churches in the diocese should open again until these restrictions are lifted. This means further restrictions on weddings and baptisms, none of which should now take place.

 

Please encourage your parishioners to live our Faith in a different way. They can create somewhere in their homes that they and their family can go to pray during these days and remind them that although the Church building may be closed, the Church continues in each of us.

 

Private mass can still be offered and I am thankful to all those who have been able to make this available via streaming.

 

These are unprecedented times and it vital that we all do our part to protect the most vulnerable. 

 

 

Special Newsletter 4th Sunday of Lent 22nd March 2020

Special Extended Weekly Newsletter

Message from Fr Richard

Last week the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales announced that the public celebration of Mass has to be suspended due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.  Consequently there will be no Masses at St Mary's, either during the week or on Sundays and no Eucharistic services either.  This suspension will last until further notice.   It will be a big disappointment and a sadness for everyone in the parish for whom coming to Mass is part of their life.  On the other hand, as the Bishops have reminded us, the church can still remain open for private prayer and we can pray in our homes (as we do already), and in a particular way, try to spiritually unite ourselves to the Eucharistic Sacrifice.  We can also look out for the needs of those around us, especially the housebound and the isolated. 

Mass will continue to be offered in the church by Fr Richard.  Just because we can't be there in person, the great prayer of the Mass will still be offered for our Parish!  Fr Richard will still accept Mass Intentions; simply put them in an envelope in the normal way and post them through the Presbytery door.

 

This week, beginning Sunday 22nd March (4th in Lent)

Fr Richard will be celebrating Mass privately in church at the following times:

Tuesday to Friday - 10am

Saturday - 12noon

Sunday - 10:30am

 

Church opening times

The church will be open for private prayer at the following times this week:

Tuesday -  from 10:30am until 12noon

Thursday - from 10:30am until 12noon

Saturday - from 12:30pm until 2pm

Sunday - from 11am until 2pm

 

Correction (added 23-3-20): Unfortunately the church will not be open at all until further notice even for times of private prayer (please see above announcement).

Parish Secretary The office will be open Tues & Weds 10-1pm, Thurs 10-12pm and Friday 10-2pm.  To contact the Presbytery email: secretary.stmaryshorwich@gmail.com  Tel. 01204 468209. 

Communication

In the days and weeks ahead, our ability to communicate Parish news is greatly reduced because we will not be gathering for those all-important Sunday Masses when notices are read out!  It is very important to consult the parish website: www.stmaryshorwich.com.  There will still be a weekly Newsletter published which can be accessed as usual on the website.  On the Home page, click on 'Blog' and then click on 'Parish Newsletters'. A printed copy of the Newsletter will be pinned on the notice board just inside the church porch, on the right hand side. You can also 'phone to speak to either Ruth the Parish Secretary or Fr Richard on: 01204 468209.  There will be a recorded 'phone message updated weekly in place of the normal list of Mass times.

Also please note: 

Ruth's email address is: secretary.stmaryshorwich@gmail.com

Fr Richard's email address is: richard.howard@dioceseofsalford.org.uk

 

Sunday Collection

As there will be no Sunday Masses for a while, there will also be no opportunity to take a Sunday collection!  Because the Parish survives on the generosity of our parishioners we would invite you to set aside the amount you would normally give each week (using offertory envelopes if you have them) and save them up until Sunday Mass resumes.  Alternatively you may put your offertory through the Presbytery door, in your normal offertory envelopes, or in any kind of envelope if you don't use offertory envelopes.  This can of course be done anonymously; simply write 'Sunday Collection' on the front.

Offertory Envelopes

Because the church is closed for the time being, parishioners will not be able to collect their new Offertory Envelopes.  The remaining boxes of envelopes will be delivered through the letter boxes of those parishioners who won't be able to collect them from church.  This will de done as soon as possible.

Resources for 'live-streaming' of Mass

A number of parishioners have asked whether they can watch Mass being celebrated in church from their own homes.  This can be done by going on the internet and visiting the following websites:

www.stcuthberts.org.uk (this is our neighbouring parish)

www.stgregoryschorley.org.uk

www.walsingham.org.uk (this has a full schedule of live Masses and other liturgies)

www.ewtn.com (this American Catholic network features live daily Mass)

Mass sheets for the forthcoming Sunday

These will be available to collect at the back of church when it is open during the week.  They will allow parishioners to read the Scriptures if they do not have their own Missal.  On the reverse side will be a simple liturgy to allow people to 'pray' the Mass at home.  We would ask that parishioners take no more than two of these away with them, so that we do not run out!

If you would like to prepare for next Sunday (5th in Lent) by meditating on the Scripture readings, but cannot get a Mass sheet, the texts are:

Ezekiel 37:12-14

Psalm 129 (130)

Romans 8:8-11

John 11:1-45

To view the daily and Sunday Mass Readings for up to a week in advance, go to: www.universalis.com

Re-dedication of England as Our Lady's Dowry

Next Sunday is also the day of this special Marian re-dedication of our country Mary.  

Prayer and Spirituality Resources

If you took the 'Walk with Me' booklet home at the start of Lent, this is an excellent way to keep praying and reading Scripture each day as we approach Easter.  You can also find more information on the pathway of prayer and sacramental life we are now being asked to follow on the Bishops' Conference website: www.cbcew.org.uk  You should also visit our own Diocesan website: www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk

Information for Lent

Unfortunately, most of the events that we publicised at the beginning of Lent have had to be cancelled. This includes the remaining Bolton Deanery Station Masses, the Churches Together in Horwich and Rivington Ecumenical services and the Parish Passover meal.

Prayer List

Please remember in your prayers this week:

Our sick and housebound: Sheila Rudd, Stephen Tootill, Evelyn Smith, Vivienne Dickinson

Lately Dead: Kathleen MacKay

Anniversaries: Ellen Egan

Please also remember in your prayers, all those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus, both here and abroad.  Likewise pray for all our health and care workers at this time.  Finally let us pray for charity among all people in these days and a return to faith in God and a love of Him before all things.

CAFOD Family Fast Day

Many thanks for the £789.98 that we raised for those most in need.  Your generosity is much appreciated.