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In addition to the general news below, each parish has it's own weekly updated news page: St Saviour & St Mary's . Our Lady & St.Bernard's

last updated :19/06/2018


Mary Ann (Molly) Munsey – Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady’s at 9.15am on Monday, 25th June

Heidi Avis – Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady’s at 12.noon on Thursday, 28th June

Message from Pope Francis for the ‘Day for Life’:

As the Catholic Church in England and Wales keeps the Day for Life this Sunday 17 June, Pope Francis has sent a special message to Catholics in England and Wales asking them to break the chains of captivity of those who have been trafficked and to “bring comfort to those who have survived such inhumanity.” Day for Life is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. This year’s Day for Life aims to raise awareness of the vile crime of human trafficking. In his latest Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis calls on all Catholics to see the holiness in others by recognising their dignity. He asks us all to “respond with faith and charity, and see in this person a human being with dignity” (Gaudete et Exsultate 98). “Our defence of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred… Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection” (Gaudete et Exsultate 101). Papal Blessing: Invoking the intercession of the Patron Saint of victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, St Josephine Bakhita, Pope Francis has sent his Apostolic Blessing to those marking Day for Life. The Holy Father prays “that God might free all those who have been threatened, wounded or mistreated by the trade and trafficking of human beings and bring comfort to those who have survived such inhumanity.” Santa Marta Group: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has responded to the rise in these inhumane crimes by developing the Santa Marta Group – a global alliance of international police chiefs, bishops and religious communities working in partnership with civil society to eliminate human trafficking and modern slavery. It is named after the house where Pope Francis lives and where the founder members stayed in 2014 prior to signing, in the presence of the Holy Father, an historic declaration of commitment. The Group now has members in over 30 countries.

Day for Life:

Day for Life is the day in the Church’s year dedicated to raising awareness about the meaning and value of human life at every stage and in every condition. On 17 June, in England and Wales, there will be a mandatory second collection in parishes to support Day for Life. Proceeds of the collection will go to a full range of work that supports life in all its forms. This includes the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and other Church supported life activities. In the UK alone, it is estimated that every year there are over 13,000 victims of trafficking. Day for Life asks for your prayers and donations in supporting those that work to restore their lives to the full.
Find out more at
In our LPA we have leaflets available, and whilst not holding a collection, we will send a donation. Anyone who wishes to add to this donation may place their offering in an envelope marked ‘Day for Life’.

CAFOD News, and ‘giving through your will’:

CAFOD have been in touch to update us about the Lent Family fast donations. The Catholic Community of England & Wales raised an incredible £4 million this Lent. With ‘UK Aid’ matched funding that figure will be raised to £8 million! This will make a huge difference to some of the world’s poorest people; so thank you for your generous support. CAFOD have also asked us to raise awareness of the difference people leaving a gift to CAFOD in their will can make. This can be a very important help to CAFOD, and last year they received £9 million through gifts in people’s wills! If you would like to find out more we have copies of a CAFOD booklet entitled ‘what remains?’ available. There are copies on our noticeboards, and if you would like to take one, please see the Clergy who have copies available.

Are You a Catholic Teacher But Not Teaching in a Catholic School? Your Diocese Needs You!!!:

The Department for Education wants to recruit as many Catholic teachers to its schools as possible, and is aware that across the Diocese there are a number of Catholic teachers who are not currently or have never worked in a Catholic school.  Sometimes making the transition back to Catholic education can be perceived as being difficult and therefore we would like to offer support to those teachers who are considering returning to the Catholic sector or would like more information on the appointment process in our schools. We are holding an informal session on Saturday 30th June at St Hugh’s Parish Hall, 314 Manchester Road, West Timperley, Altrincham, WA14 5NB from 10 am – 12 pm, with Mass available at 12.15 pm.
If you would like to attend or want further information about returning to Catholic education please e-mail Sue Jenkinson on

The Northern Catholic Conference:

this year’s conference will take place on 22nd, 23rd, and 24th June 2018 at Liverpool Hope University.  The theme this year is ‘I am with you always, Yes to the end of time.’ (Matthew 28:20) Father Pat Deegan is the Spiritual Director. For further information, please see notices in Our Lady’s Church.  To register or for more information, contact Denise on 07543800812 or email or visit

Eucharistic Congress – Adoremus, Liverpool 7-9 September:

The Diocesan website has a new link to Adoremus materials and booking forms on the home page, Tickets are available for Saturday’s Congress Day and limited tickets remain for Friday’s Symposium Day. You may join online communities on Facebook: Adoremus Eucharistic Congress; twitter: @adoremus2018 and #adoremus ; and Instagram: @eucharisticcongress  . Please book through the parish as soon as possible if you wish to participate.
Also this weekend in our Churches we have ‘Adoremus’ Prayer cards available; do please take one and keep the Congress in your prayers.

‘Our Mission Together’ Newsletter: 

This weekend we still have available copies of the latest ‘Our Mission Together’ (OMT) Newsletters in all our Churches. You will see the difference OMT is making in the Mission of our Diocese. You will also see how projects in our Parishes are being supported through people’s generosity to OMT. The refurbishment of the Our Lady’s Sacristy and Confessionals has been funded by OMT.


Father Philip Atkinson:

Silver Jubilee of Priesthood: Our Congratulations & Prayers are extended to Father Philip, former Parish Priest of St Saviour’s Parish as on the 26th June he celebrates the Silver Jubilee of his priestly ordination. If anyone wishes to send a card to Father Philip these can be handed in to Father Louis or Deacon Tony who will ensure that he receives them. These can also be passed through the LPA Office for anyone from our Lady & St Bernard’s Parish who might wish to send a card.  

A Night at the Proms – A Date for Your Diary:

‘Flat Pack Music’ will be presenting ‘A Night at the Proms’ this coming Friday 22nd June at 7.30pm at Our Lady’s Church. Tickets will cost £10 and will be on sale after Mass at Our Lady’s and St Bernard’s over the coming weekends.  Part of the tickets sales will go to the SVP.

First Saturday; 7th July 2018: All Saints Franciscan Friary, Manchester:

On this day the Bishop of Salford will celebrate Holy Mass at All Saints Franciscan Church in Manchester. This is the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the consecration of the church. We have been invited to join the bishop and the friars for this celebration and refreshments will be available after Mass. The friars have asked us to provide them with approximate numbers of those wishing to attend. If you wish to join us please contact the office at St Saviour & St Mary of the Angels on 327 6158 ASAP.

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018:

Departure Mass & Garden Party: Our Lourdes departure Mass will take place at St Saviour’s, 11.00am Mass on Sunday, 22nd July followed by a LPA BBQ & Garden Party. All are welcome.


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