St Dunstan and John Vianney Parish

Sunday 18th October 2020

Hopefully until the end of October this is the schedule for our Masses.

MASSES AT

ST. DUNSTAN’S 10am

FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY

ST JOHN VIANNEY’S 11.30AM

FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY

Towards the end of the month we will then look to see what changes may need to be made. Comments and suggestions will be welcome. There is no obligation to attend a Sunday Mass so just come along on the day you prefer.

This is the October timetable for both churches subject to changing Coronavirus 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.

St John Vianney.

If you would like to donate shrubs or plants for St John Vianney’s front garden, perhaps in memory of someone, please have a word with Angela or Ryan at the back of the church. Thank you for the gardening tools we now have plenty.

St Dunstan’s

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 including First Holy Communions and Baptisms. 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 church 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 Dunstan’s

St John Vianney’s

St John Vianney’s Church

 

Work underway

the church  kitchen 

The meeting room 

 

 

 

we pray for Pope Francis and the Church: that together we may proclaim by word and deed God’s saving love for all creation.

We remind ourselves that the Church is not and was never meant to be a collection of physical buildings but we the people of God, together are the Church.

We pray for those suffering from depression, anxiety and fear around the world at this terrible time and especially for those suffering discrimination and persecution in the USA.

We pray for our communities may they grow into communities of love, transforming society and transforming lives, reflecting Gods loving care for all people, during the virus and afterwards in our new reality, as God’s children in God’s world.

 

 

 Look after each other in the parish by prayer and action as you always have done.

May God Bless and protect us all.

Martin Saunders.

Parish Priest