God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh. Make us a people of this light. Make us faithful to your Word, that we may bring your life to the waiting world. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Parish Priest : Martin Saunders
Vatican news web: http://www.vaticannews.va
Diocese of Salford web: http://www.salforddiocese.org.uk
Week starting Monday 12th February 2018
Monday 10.00 a.m. Mass
Tuesday 10.00 a.m. Mass
10.00 a.m. Mass with Ashes.
12 noon St John Vianney Mass with Ashes.
5pm Simple service of distribution of Ashes.
Thursday 10.00 a.m. Mass
Friday 10.00 a.m. Mass with Stations of the Cross
Saturday 10.00 a.m. Mass
5.00 p.m. Saturday Vigil Mass St. Dunstan’s
9.30 a.m.St. Dunstan’s
11.30 a.m. St. John Vianney’s
Repent and believe the Good News.
On Ash Wednesday Mass with the distribution of ashes, will take place in St. Dunstan’s at 10.00 a.m., and in St. John Vianney’s at 12 noon. Also an evening simple service of distribution of ashes at 5.00 p.m. in St. Dunstan’s.
The Francis House Appeal
Thanks to the Carol Service and the crib offerings, a cheque for £810 from both churches is now winging its way (second class to save money) to Francis House Children’s Hospice. An excellent Christmas response to a good cause.
A Social Evening to Celebrate our New Parish
was held on Saturday 3rd February
With Singer Peter Sarsfield 50s, 60s, 80s music
In the Parish Centre, and enjoyed by all.
Cream Teas Event on Saturday 3rd March
We had a successful Meeting in preparation for the Cream Tea and Bazaar which takes place on Saturday 3rd March. As a result of the Meeting several new stalls were suggested. You can help by donating any of the following items: any odd balls of knitting wool – gift bags of any size – candles or perfume diffusers – any costume jewellery Tombola goods as usual. Also, if you are able to use a sewing machine to make shopping bags, please let us know.
We have managed to get some tickets for the world famous musical Miss Saigon. We plan to go on Monday 7th May. The total cost including transport is £40. All seats are now fully booked. A £10 deposit in an envelope with your name and telephone number on it will secure your seat. It’s just less than three months away so that should help to spread the payments. Treat yourself you deserve it.
Ballroom dancing on Wednesday afternoons
in the parish centre.
St.Matthew’s Staff celebrating the school’s 40th Birthday
The retired Headteacher of 1977 John Goggins and his staff at their reunion.
Their celebration Mass held at St. John Vianney Church.
The welcome given by the current headteacher Kevin Hogan
With the publication of the Bishop’s decree opening the new parish several meetings will now take place to proceed with the Hope in the Future programme for the new parish.
The Sacramental Programme
The registration for the children will now take place after half term. Please keep an eye on the newsletter for updates. Thank you for your patience.
St. Dunstan’s A.O.D.S.
The society are busy rehearsing for their next production in May ANYTHING GOES
An excellent production of Berlin’s ‘White Christmas’
took place in December and it was enjoyed by all. Well done.
Our Catholic Schools.
It is the duty of parents to always choose the best school possible for their child’s education. They only get one chance and to do otherwise would be to fail your children. Our two associated primary schools have recently been praised by OFSTED and received excellent Section 48 reports. Information about schools is freely available to read on the internet.
It is our shared priority to make sure that those who are sick and housebound are still valued and not forgotten. The Eucharistic ministers do a wonderful job in keeping the sick and housebound enrolled as valued members of the community.
Praying in Church
St. Dunstan’s Church is open Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. until 1.30 p.m. So please pop in to say a prayer and spend some time with the Lord. Please make use of the facility. Very few churches are open in this day and age.
From the Bishop
Our pastoral project “Hope in the Future” has begun well, parishes will follow at the right time for them and this project will also make an impact in our schools. Many communities have reported that they were not aware of all that is already being achieved and how much is going on in our parishes. We are right to celebrate this good work and the generosity of so many people who dedicate their time and their skills. “Hope in the Future” will help us to see how we may strengthen our faith and how we can engage in our society particularly in reaching out to the marginalised, the poor and the isolated.
During 2018 we will be close to two important events and I hope that many from our diocesan family will be able to participate. In August, Dublin will host “The Gospel of the family – Joy for the World” at which it is believed Pope Francis will be present. The family remains a sure foundation within our Church and beyond, and the alternatives are not providing security for adults or children, often with tragic consequences. We need to give time to understanding how we strengthen family and encourage its essential place in our lives. In September, Liverpool will host the celebration “Adoremus” which will focus on the importance of the Eucharist. I would hope that our parish communities may come to value times of Eucharistic Adoration which really does have a positive impact in so many ways in our parish life.
The next Fair trade stall is during the month of March.
On Thursday mornings after Mass why not join us for tea or coffee and a chat and some gossip, what else could you wish for.
Calling all Catholic Singles
Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages to meet, either one to one or through social events. Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website or speak to my good friend Daniel, an expert in these matters who is always very available for advice and information. Any weddings arranged through Daniel will get a 50% discount. www.catholicsingles.org.uk or email email@example.com
A reminder that at least six months notice is required and residence in the parish.
The Welcomers meet on Tuesdays in the Parish Hall, Kenyon Lane, at 12.30-3.00 p.m. All reasonably normal people are welcome !
Parking at St. John Vianney’s
Please do not block the access road at the side of St. John Vianney’s car park or the access to the houses with your vehicle. St. Matthews’ car park can be used as an overflow. In fact please park at both churches with care and respect for the neighbours.
Parish Laity Group
At the meetings parishioners are working well together. A summary of the parish accounts was also given. The group will meet again in the New Year.
Several people have asked about becoming Catholics and attend Mass on a regular basis. Now is the time to come along and discuss the matter in the months ahead. The next meeting will be in February.
The School Class Masses
Please check the bulletins for variations
St Dunstan’s in church most Wednesdays 9.30am
Initial forms are now available to request a baptism for your child. You need to live within the new parishes and be prepared to help your child to grow in the practice of the faith. All baptisms and marriages are by appointment only.
Parish Centre Committee.
The team oversees the use of the parish centre. Phil Nicholls chairs the meetings. It is important for all of us that the hall is looked after and used in a responsible way for the benefit of everyone in the parish and community. The team appreciate the cooperation and active support given by all the new team members. Let’s look forward rather than backwards. The disabled toilet has been opened and we are now enjoying the new lighting systems. The fire door has now been upgraded.
The Vatican news web: http://www.news.va
Salford Diocese web: http://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk