MAY and JUNE 2021
Please remember in your prayers parishioners whose Funerals are taking place in our parish in the months of May and June.
Sheila Cox RIP 13th May at St. Dunstan’s
Marie Pandolfo RIP 25th May at St. Dunstan’s
Harold Hudson RIP 2nd June
David Williamson RIP 3rd June
Liam Tracey RIP 8th June
Mary Crook RIP 10th June
Christine Hughes RIP 15th June
May they rest in peace.
The bishop’s May 2021 pastoral letter is at the bottom of this page.
UPDATE – Both our churches are open for mass.
Because of the infection rate Please be extra careful
Masses for May and June are as follows unless more restrictions are imposed.
Some Mass times may be revised around June 20th so please keep an eye on this page and on our facebook page for updates.
Friday 10am St. Dunstan’s 11.30am St John Vianney’s
Saturdays 10am St. Dunstan’s 11.30am St John Vianney’s
Sundays 10am St. Dunstan’s 11.30am St John Vianney’s
Mondays 10am St. Dunstan’s 11.30am St John Vianney’s
There is no obligation to attend a Sunday Mass.
Masses are subject to regulations and 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.
Please adhere to these instructions, thank you.
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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 until later in 2021 The hall will remain closed to individuals and groups to adhere to the national restrictions.
Two or three volunteers are still needed at each Mass to welcome parishioners as stewards and others to quickly sanitise for ten minutes after Mass. Can you spare time to help?
During the Virus. The church is simply open for Mass and 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 everyone as we gather together for Mass.
The basic Christian command is that we love God by loving our neighbour.
Donations to St Dunstan and John Vianney Parish
Thank you to everyone especially for your donations and cheques for the past year.
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.
The original 1980’s St Matthew’s School staff at their 40th reunion
St John Vianney’s
Pastoral Letter for Pentecost 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Solemnity of Pentecost reminds us that everything which exists, every person and the whole of creation, is a gift of “God the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.” God our loving Father creates and continues to give life to the world through His Word, Jesus Christ, in the power of His Holy Spirit. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church, which we celebrate at Pentecost, is not something separate from Creation. God’s revelation of himself in Creation is inseparable from the revelation of his love for us in Christ and in his desire to live in us through his Holy Spirit.
God’s revelation of himself in Creation
‘God’s Spirit is always and everywhere “the Lord, the Giver of Life”, and the voice of Pentecost is echoed in the voice of creation being transformed into the glorious liberty of God’s children.’ In this liberty, as God’s children, we call on the Spirit to ‘renew the face of the Earth’, and as his children, we are called, in turn, to use this liberty for the good of creation and for the good of all that brings life. Our world, God’s creation, is a precious gift to us. It is our common home entrusted to each generation. But how have we used that glorious liberty? How do we honour this precious gift? Are we really demonstrating love, care and respect for our common home?
Interconnected and interdependent
As we celebrate Pentecost this year, we are acutely aware of the damage that continues to be inflicted on the Earth, and the repercussions for the well-being of our brothers and sisters, both here in our own countries and, more especially, in the poorest countries of our world. Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have both taught us that everything is interconnected and interdependent. The way we live our everyday lives has an impact on everyone and on the earth.
The urgency of the situation, and the enormity of the challenges we face, have spurred us to speak out together this Pentecost Sunday, as bishops of England, Wales and Scotland, about the role that the Catholic Church and our faith must play in our shared care for God’s gift to us.
For all too long we have either been ignorant of, or ignored, the systematic exploitation of our planet and the unsustainable consumption of its resources. While accepting the crucial need and demand for energy for the benefit of the poorest of our brothers and sisters, the provision of our energy must, nonetheless, be by means which radically reduce the use of carbon-based fuels.
In our political thinking, there must be a new global understanding of our world, where nations recognise our common responsibility for the dignity of all people and their rights to sustainable livelihoods, in authentic freedom. Pope Francis speaks of a global politics that looks beyond our own needs to the needs of all, most especially the poor and the marginalised.
Restoring our common home
But we cannot leave the healing of our common home and the wellbeing and care of our brothers and sisters merely to a response from industry and governments. Our own local concern and action is necessary and has far-reaching consequences. We all have a part to play, each and every one of us, in the routines, choices and decisions of our everyday lives and our aspirations for the future. The actions of parishes, families, schools, and individuals will have a significant impact on our efforts to restore our common home. There are now many resources, freely available, to advise us on our choice of food, saving of water and electricity, suggestions about travel, waste, and re-use. These are measures that everyone can employ, in some degree, with minimal inconvenience and change. They are effective ways in which we can each reaffirm our personal vocation to be stewards of creation.
G7 and COP26
This Pentecost comes at a time of remarkable challenge and opportunity. We are gradually emerging from the tragedies and restrictions of the pandemic. We have the ability to make changes. Our countries are also hosting two most important meetings this year, the G7 in June and COP26 in November. These meetings will gather together men and women who have the power to make defining choices and policies which will help us build back better, provide for our brothers and sisters, and take care of our common home.
In all our human endeavours, we need the presence of the Holy Spirit, “the Lord, the Giver of Life”, whose gift to the Church and the world we celebrate again at Pentecost. Let us keep this Feast with that enduring hope that we can begin to repair the damage we have done and provide a healthy home for future generations. Our hope will be strengthened by our prayer. May our constant request be that the Holy Spirit guide us, strengthen our resolve and ‘renew the face of the earth
Bishop John Arnold +
Parish Priest Martin Saunders.