The Heating project work 2018

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 Parish Priest  : Martin Saunders

A community of communities
Let us refuse to be robbed of hope, or to allow our hope to be dimmed by facile answers and solutions which block our progress, “fragmenting” time and changing it into space. Time is always much greater than space. Space hardens processes, whereas time propels towards the future and encourages us to go forward in hope.

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A Prayer for Advent


Week starting Monday 3rd December 2018

Monday 10.00 am Mass

Tuesday 10.00 am Mass

Wednesday 10.00 am Mass

Thursday 10.00 am Mass

Friday 10.00 am Mass

Saturday 10.00 am 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


Sacrament of Penance

At Christ the King, Newton Heath, and St. Mary’s, Failsworth, every Saturday 11.00 a.m. to 12 noon; and on request every morning immediately after Mass at St. Dunstan’s.

The Rosary

The Rosary Will be prayed at 9.40 a.m. prompt, and finish before the 10 a.m. Mass.
Heating Installation

The work is difficult but progressing well. We hope that the work will finish for mid December. The church will continue to be open for Mass but closed immediately afterwards to enable the contractors to work without distraction.

Morning Coffee

During the heating installation there will be no coffee mornings on Thursdays so that the contractors will not be distracted by the lively conversations, gossip and the smell of freshly ground coffee.


Pope Francis

To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We frequently think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.


Christmas Draw

The Draw tickets are now available. There are some  fantastic hampers together with other wonderful prizes. Do your best to support our winter fund-raiser and take a book of tickets as you leave church.

Please fill in the counterfoils so that prizes are with you before Christmas. Thank you for your generosity and support at this time.


St.Matthew’s Staff celebrating the school’s 40th Birthday

The retired Headteacher of 1977 John Goggins and his staff at their reunion.


matthews staff


The MacMillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 28 September

in St. Dunstan’s Parish Hall

raised £1,300 for the Coffee Morning Appeal.

Well done everyone.


Parish Life

A quick reminder that the church is not the building nor the hierarchy but the community of believers. Our buildings exist as sacred places where we gather to pray and celebrate Mass as a community. That’s why we take care of them. We are a pilgrim people passing through this life on our journey to God. We proclaim that ‘ we are church ‘. We are called to become more involved in parish life. Called to exercise our membership of the community and called to live out our faith. We are called to proclaim that “we are church’.


The Scout Movement

The Scouts have now set up camp at St. Dunstan’s. New recruits are more than welcome to join the St. Dunstan’s Scouts, Cubs and Brownies. Please ask in person for information.



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.


Morning Coffee

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.


Mass Donations

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.


St.Matthew’s Staff celebrating the school’s 40th Birthday

Their celebration Mass held at St. John Vianney Church.

The welcome given by the retired headteacher Kevin Hogan

St. Dunstan’s A.O.D.S.

‘Lest We Forget’

A Concert to commemorate the two World Wars and celebrate some of the most iconic music of the time. An excellent production enjoyed by all.


Parish Leadership Team

The team oversees all aspects of parish life. Phil Nicholls chairs the meetings. It is important for all of us that the parish, the church and the hall are cared for in a responsible way for the benefit of everyone in the parish and community. The team appreciate the cooperation and active support given by parishioners. Let’s look forward together rather than backwards separately.

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.

Mrs Murden has now been appointed as the Head of St. Matthews High School by the IEB on behalf of the Education Department in London.

Eucharistic Ministers

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 after each morning Mass

is unfortunately closed whilst the contractors are at work but hopefully it will be reopened in December 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.

Fair Trade

The next Fair trade stall is during the month of February.

Wedding Bells

A reminder that at least six months notice is required and residence in the parish.


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.


Instruction Classes

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 meetings will be in December. Details on request.


The School Class Masses

Please check the bulletins for variations

St Dunstan’s school  in church subject to the building work.



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