Do something’s special
for the 40 days.
We have been living Lent for the past 12 months.
Please keep indoors as much as possible over the next few weeks and only go out if it is absolutely essential.
UPDATE – Both our churches are open for mass but because of the increase in the death rate and infection rate. Please be extra careful. There is no Sunday obligation.
Masses for February are as follows unless more restrictions are imposed.
Fridays Feb 10am St. Dunstan’s 11.30am St John Vianney’s
Saturdays Feb 10am St. Dunstan’s 11.30am St John Vianney’s
Sundays Feb 10am St. Dunstan’s 11.30am St John Vianney’s
Mondays Feb 10am St. Dunstan’s 11.30am St John Vianney’s
There is no obligation to come to mass during the lockdown.
Churches in Scotland churches in Northern Ireland and churches in the Irish Republic have all been closed.
The present situation is far more dangerous than any other time during the pandemic. Our own bishops have made no decision for England. We will make our own decisions locally. Look after yourselves.
Keep safe and keep indoors.
There is especially no obligation to attend a Sunday Mass
so just come along on the day you prefer.
Subject to regulations and Subject also to having enough volunteers to help at each Mass.
Please do your best to attend a weekday Mass instead of Sunday.
Wear a mask unless exempt.
Please Only sit during mass. Do not kneel or stand.
And please follow any instructions given.
If you are receiving Holy Communion, receive on the outstretched hand and please leave the church immediately after receiving and do not congregate outside.
The less we move about in church the safer we are.
Not adhering to these instructions may cause the church to be closed on us.
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Please pray for Pope Francis our spiritual leader inspired by the Holy Spirit, as he faithfully leads the church. He invites us all in this difficult time to “welcome the gift of hope that comes from Christ”. Pray for him as he prays for us.
Parish centre. Following the latest instructions from the government all our shows and functions have been cancelled for the next six months. The hall will remain closed to individuals and groups to adhere to the national restrictions.
Two or three volunteers are still needed each day to quickly sanitise for ten minutes after each Mass and others to act as stewards. Can you spare one day a week to help?
The stewards simply welcome people, show them where to sanitise their hands and help them to find seats and supervise Communion. It is then important that parishioners leave the church immediately after Mass to allow the cleaning to take place.
During the Virus.
The church is simply open for Mass. There are no other services except funerals.
We live in a changing situation. As the situation changes then obviously our response as a parish will change. Our first duty is to safeguard and protect those using the churches as we gather together for Mass.
Caring as a parish.
The virus is affecting people in many different ways. The young and not so young can and do feel isolated and frightened. As we pray for each other, please keep in regular contact with each other, friends, neighbours and parishioners. Even a quick and regular telephone call can make the world of a difference to people both making and receiving the call. Perhaps even someone on your own street that you dont normally have a chat with could benefit from your contact..
The basic Christian command is that we love God by loving our neighbour.
Donations to St Dunstan and John Vianney Parish
making a bank payment
If you would like to donate through your bank or by phone app, occasionally or on a regular basis. we have a Salford diocese business account please ask for details.
Several people already use this quick and efficient method to support our parish.
Envelopes If you use envelopes let us know your name and envelope number (if you already have one) and we will have them ready for you. Alternatively pick up a box as you come to church. At the moment cheques or notes, not coins can be easily banked.
Thank you to everyone especially for your donations and cheques for past weeks
The Serenity Prayer – Reinhold Niebuhr
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time,
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardship as a pathway to peace.
St John Vianney’s
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.
My second reason for writing to you concerns our preparation for the future. Since my arrival in Salford, in 2014, we have carried out a re-structuring of parishes which has been mainly due to the reduction in the number of priests, and the diminishing of large Catholic communities. Now we must look carefully at the way we must expect our parishes to flourish in the increasing secularisation of the times in which we live. Given the disruption to parish life over the last year, we have also to consider carefully how best we organise our sacramental programmes and the preparation and celebration of Baptisms, First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation during these days of pandemic.
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.
Bishop of Salford
Look after each other in the parish by prayer and action as you always have done.
May God Bless and protect us all.