UPDATE – repair and building work will start at St John Vianney Church on Thursday 9th July and at St Dunstan Church on Tuesday 21st July subject to the contractors being able to access materials from the builders’ yards after the lockdown.
Weekday Mass will hopefully first start at St John Vianney Church at the start of August if the corona virus situation continues to improve and we have enough volunteers to look after the parishioners during the Mass and to clean the benches after the Mass. The bishops remind us that there is no obligation to attend Mass at this present time but we all have an obligation to keep safe and to keep each other safe.
Also a word of thanks to all those who have used the link below to kindly donate to the parish. I have not yet received a list of donors from the diocese but will be sent one in the near future. thank you.
For those who have paid for the visit to the theatre the money has now been returned to the parish and you will be reimbursed over the next few weeks.
Any further updates will be posted here.
Bishop John Arnold
Homily extract from Sunday 28th June 2020
The full homily is on the Salford diocesan website
In this diocese very few churches will open for Mass next Sunday. That is because there are numerous rules and regulations and conditions that need to be in place to do with social distancing, cleansing, the stewarding of people and indeed the Church must be deep cleaned after every service. That is going to rely on any number of volunteers and not all churches will be able to meet those conditions by next weekend. And let us be clear about this too, even those few churches, and others will follow on as quickly as possible, even those few churches will have a much reduced capacity.”
In addition there is no obligation to attend Sunday Mass at this time. That obligation will return in the future when we can gather freely in our churches again.
3 further recommendations:
When more churches begin to open for the public celebration of Mass, maybe we might think about attending a weekday Mass to help ease Sunday capacity
That any elderly person, anyone with any frailty or underlying medical condition, shouldn’t consider trying to attend Mass at this time
That if your own parish church is not opening for the public celebration of Mass you wait until it does so without looking for other churches which will have their own restricted capacity for their parishioners.
Even some of the biggest churches in the diocese will only be able to have 60 or 70 people present for Mass. That is far less than the numbers they would normally expect
But I would ask this, please do not place any pressure upon your priest to open a Church more quickly than he feels comfortable in doing so. There may be lots of reasons of which we are not aware why a particular Church is slower in opening for private prayer and for the public celebration of Mass than we may know.
God bless you for all that we are, let us continue to build up that sense of personal spirituality, lets renew it and strengthen it in our prayers. In knowing that wherever I am, I am Church, that the spirit is in me and I am called to be an ambassador for Christ and a missionary disciple.
Stay with us Lord on this rather difficult Journey.
Bishop of Salford.
Our two Churches are for the moment Closed
St Dunstan and St John Vianney churches sadly remain closed.
There will be an update early in July.
Churches and Times They are Open
From Bishop Arnold.
Friday 26th June 2020
It has been quite a week! We began with the cautious re-opening of some churches for private prayer and have moved to the rush of concerns to think about public celebration of Mass in just a week from now. I must admit to being surprised by the sudden decision to allow public Mass and weddings, so soon after the first re-opening of churches. As you will have read, my own thinking is that we actually discourage people from trying to attend just at the moment (Strange even to see those words written down!). It may be good to suggest that people try to attend Mass on one day during the week, or remain with live-streaming. I would personally feel appalled to think that churches become hotspots for renewed contagion and that we encouraged people to put themselves at risk. Certainly the elderly and those with medical conditions would do well to stay away for now. Safety first!
+John. Bishop of Salford
Will all churches open?
No, it may not be possible to open all our churches several named churches, spread around the Diocese will be open. Other churches will follow if they can fulfil the conditions for Full time security, cleanliness, social distancing and several other restrictions.
For some churches it may not be possible for them to open at all, but we will ensure that churches that can open are available across the diocese.
St. Anne Crumpsall
Monday – Friday 10.30am -2.30pm
St Chad Cheetham
Monday – Saturday 12 noon – 2pm
St Joseph’s, Longsight
Monday 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Wednesday 11am – 12 Noon & 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Friday 4.30pm – 6.30pm
St Mary’s, Burnley
Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 12.30pm
St Peter’s, Middleton
Monday – 1pm-3pm
Tuesday – 10am-12noon
Wednesday – 1pm-3pm
Thursday – 10am-12noon
Friday – 1pm-3pm
St Osmund, Bolton
Monday – 9.30am – 11.30am
Tuesday – 5pm – 7pm
Wednesay – Saturday – 2pm – 4pm
Monday – Saturday – 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Holy Cross, Eccles
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 3pm – 6pm
During this time when our churches are closed 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.
At this time all churches are closed under government lock down orders. Both our Moston parish churches, St Dunstan and St John Vianney are closed. There should be an update during the first week in July regarding the situation in our diocese. Look after each other in the parish by prayer and action as you always have done. May God Bless and protect us all.
BISHOP OF SALFORD
To be distributed in June 2020
My dear brothers and sisters,
I want to write to you and assure you that my thoughts and
prayers are with you all, at this time.
There are many resources available on the Diocesan website and
being circulated among parish communities, by Catholic
organisations and among small groups. It has been very
encouraging to see so many positive and practical initiatives
during these difficult times – not least in the live-streaming of
Masses, liturgies, and devotions. My thanks and sincere
appreciation to all who have been so imaginative in minimising
the impact of physical isolation and allowing people to feel
included and a part of community in so many different ways.
This includes the contact by phone and other initiatives for
those who do not have access to the internet and live streaming.
All churches were closed in March by government directive out
of concern for the safety and well-being of people. Public
gatherings were banned as an attempt to limit the danger of
contagion. And safety must continue to be our priority as we
move towards the re-opening of churches. Even when churches
are allowed to re-open on Monday 15th June, not all churches
will be able to re-open at once. It is intended that several named
churches, spread around the Diocese, will be ready to open for
private prayer, and are currently being prepared. Other
churches will follow as quickly as it can be assured that they are
able to fulfil the conditions for cleanliness, and social
distancing. All parishes will be assisted in these preparations. It
is likely to be several more weeks before we will be able to
celebrate Mass publicly and, even when that is possible, social
distancing will limit the numbers of people able to attend – even
in our largest church buildings. We must all be patient. We are
under no obligation to attend Mass during this time, and
making spiritual communion is a powerful way to welcome
Christ into our lives at home.
During this time, we have every reason to be grateful to all who
have been working on the frontline, in hospitals, care homes, in
the community and emergency services and all those ensuring
vital supplies. Many of them are our own parishioners. It is real
faith in action.
It is important that we continue to remember those who have
died and those who have lost loved ones during this time. It
must be particularly difficult to have the funeral of a loved one
under present circumstances. In addition to any individual
Requiem Mass or Memorial Service for those who have died
during this period, it will be important that each parish has
some form of special Memorial Services to which all the
bereaved are invited as an opportunity to support each other in
The limitations on our personal freedom should not restrict, in
any way, our lived practice of our Faith. On the contrary, we are
being called to re-visit and develop our private prayer, our
understanding that – wherever we are – we are the Church,
members of the Body of Christ. We are invited to build that
sense of “Church at home”, renewing the reality stated in St
John’s Gospel “Remain in me as I in you” (Jn 15:7), and “He is
with you, He is in you” (Jn 14:17). Christ lives in us wherever we
may be. I am so impressed by the many creative ways that
people have found to encourage each other in prayer. Hopefully,
this will continue in our journey ahead, centred on Christ and
guided in prayer.
Pope Francis is adamant that we are best able to express
ourselves as Church when we can come together for the
celebration of the Sacraments, to pray together and then to go
out as missionary disciples, especially to the poor and the
marginalised. But Pope Francis also recognises that this is not
always possible but that does not restrict us from being Church
and “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor 5:20). And during this
difficult time of not having access to our churches and while we
are unable to participate fully in Mass and other liturgies we
can be in solidarity with those many Catholics throughout the
world who, because of persecution or military conflict, are
unable to receive sacraments for years on end. There are many
people, in the squalor of refugee camps, who have no access to a
place of prayer or sacrament. But they are very clearly Catholics
to be admired for their strength of Faith.
We must now be absolutely sure to think globally and
understand the impact that we have on one another throughout
the world, and how we depend on others as they depend on us.
We can no longer simply look inwards to our own needs and
welfare. In these last three months many of us have been living
our lives quite differently with our walking and cycling, reduced
shopping. Is this a sign of a “new normal”? The pandemic has
taught us that we are all so closely connected, across all
nations, which is a lesson that Pope Francis has been teaching,
particularly in his encyclical letter “Laudato Si”, where he
appeals to us all to recognise our duties to all our brothers and
sisters and our care for our common home. It is said that we are
the first generation that has learned about the damage that we
are doing to our environment and we may be the last generation
to be able to avoid irreversible damage for future generations.
The recent violence in the United States is a further reminder of
our need to think globally and to recognise the dignity of every
person of whatever colour, creed, or gender. We are privileged to
be entrusted with the challenge which, with the grace and power
of God, working in us and through us, we can achieve for our
children’s future. Let us make the pandemic a steppingstone to
a brighter and safer world for all.
Governments will need to collaborate, globally. Industry and
technology must develop in more environmentally sustainable
ways. Every one of us must be determined to promote that
global thinking and care in our homes and parishes and
“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”
We ask the intercession of Mary, Our Mother, in a prayer of St
Pope John Paul II
‘Mary, woman clothed with the sun, help us to fix our gaze on
Christ amid the inevitable sufferings and problems of everyday
life. Help us not to be afraid of following him to the very end,
even when the cross seems unbearably heavy. Make us
understand that this alone is the way which leads to the heights
of salvation. And from heaven, where you shine forth as Queen
and Mother of Mercy. Watch over each one of your children.’