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
Diocese of Salford web: http://www.salforddiocese.org.uk
Week starting Monday 12th March 2018
Monday 10.00 a.m. Mass
Tuesday 10.00 a.m. Mass
Tuesday 11.am Funeral Service for Cecilia Jones at St. John Vianney Church.
Wednesday 10.00 a.m. Mass
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
Initial forms are now available to request a baptism for your child. Parents living within the new parish wishing to have their children baptised need to show some sort of commitment to the parish and to their faith. Baptism is the reception of a child into the faith of their parents. Baptism is not a dubious first class ticket into a school. However it might be a first class ticket to sainthood. We live in hope. Catechists Thank you to the Catechists working with the parents and the children. It makes the whole process much easier to manage. Your work is appreciated.
Deanery Lenten Station Masses
14th March St. Patrick, Collyhurst
21st March St. Dunstan, Moston
All Masses will be celebrated at 7.30 p.m.
This week part three of the programme will take place and the children will receive the Sacrament of Penance or as it is sometimes called their First Confession. Please remember them and their families in your prayers this week, as they receive the second of the seven sacraments.
APF Mission Boxes
These are now due to be brought to the Piety Stall at St. Dunstan’s before or after Sunday Mass. Thank you.
2018 Annual Reunion
Reunion Mass for St. Joseph’s RC Technical High School The Annual Reunion Mass offered for living and deceased Staff, Alumni and families of St. Joseph’s RC Technical High School which closed in 1985, will take place on the Feast of St. Joseph, 19th March 2018 at 12 noon in St. Bernard’s RC Church, Burnage Lane, Manchester.
The Salford Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place between 27th July and 2nd August. If you would like further information, please contact the Lourdes pilgrimage office by email: lourdes.pilgrimage@diocese ofsalford.org.uk, or by telephone on 0161 817 2209.
Monday 7 May th All tickets have now been booked including those on the waiting list. Please hand in your £10 deposit in an envelope with your name and telephone number as soon as possible. Thank you. The total cost including transport is £40. Anyone who has the misfortune to sit next to me can have their money back!
Thursday mornings after 10.00 a.m. Mass. Why not join us for morning coffee in the Sacristy. Tea or coffee and a chat and some gossip, what else could you wish for.
Hot off the Press. These are now on sale at £3 a copy. Please ask at the Piety Stall.
Once Lent is over, ballroom dancing lessons will start in the Parish Centre, Kenyon Lane. This is part of our Hope in the Future programme to get spiritually and physically fit. Be prepared!!
Christians can make a silent prayer during Mass or donate money to offer a Mass for a loved one who is in need or passed away, but should never feel obliged to make a payment. You do not pay for the Mass! The Mass is Christ’s sacrifice, which is free. Redemption is free. If you want to make an offering, that’s fine. But you do not pay for it! This is important to understand! The anniversary of someone’s death should be clearly marked as such if a request is handed in. Thank you.
Bereavement Support Drop-In This Wednesday 14 March th after 10.00 a.m. Mass in St. Dunstan’s. All welcome.
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.
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.
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 April.
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 after Easter.
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 May.
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