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We have once again commenced the celebration of mass in church – this includes Wednesday mid-week mass as well as the weekend masses. If you wish to come, please do sign in for track and trace purposes.
Please remember, the existing procedures will still apply in church – hand gel, face masks, social distancing and following the directions of the Welcomers. To register for mass please follow this link.
Fr Gordon Abbs.
Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. The initiative will involve all the Shrines of the world in a special way, so that they might encourage the faithful, families, and communities to recite the Rosary to pray for an end to the pandemic. Each day will see Vatican News broadcast the recitation of the Rosary at 7pm from the Shines taking part in the initiative. The Pope will also close the initiative on 31st May with another specially-broadcast Rosary. To view live or later go to: https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html
The River does not Divide Us
The God Who Speaks team has prepared Novena Prayers which offer readings and prayers drawn from the Bible and recent Papal teaching.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but, in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen
I mentioned to you last week the Diocese’s concern that Parishes at present have no weekly income, but we still have bills to pay. They have come up with three different ways in which you can safely and digitally give to your Parish, should you so wish.
- By standing order. You will be able to download and print a standing order form instructing your bank to pay weekly/monthly the amount you wish to give to the Parish. Just fill in the form, post it to me (at All Saints) and after I’ve copied it for our records I’ll send it off to your bank. Just follow this link.
- Online: By following this link you can give on a weekly basis whatever you wish. Those of you who have given to Cafod on line will be familiar with this type of giving.
- You can give by text: Just as you would for, say Children in Need or Comic Relief.
Text STCATHERINENOINFO to 70085 to donate £2. Texts cost £2 plus one standard rate message.
Text STCATHERINENOINFO to 70450 to donate £3. Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message.
Text STCATHERINENOINFO to 70460 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.
Text STCATHERINENOINFO to 70470 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message.
By sending it to STCATHERINENOINFO I am presuming that you will not want to receive the marketing information that automatically comes with all this. If you’d rather receive the info then text: STCATHERINE to the relevant number and you will receive all the bumf!
- Finally, you could simply pop your offertory envelope through the letter box at the presbytery when you are passing, or wait until we can all go back to mass. If you didn’t manage to pick up the envelopes before the lock-down and you want them, simply ring me and I’ll drop them through your letter box!
Even if you haven’t come to any of our online “Together on the Road” sessions, working through the Synod book and recommendations you’ll vote on in June, you’re still very welcome. Each session stands alone, and if it’s helpful to have a chance to discuss with other synod members on Zoom, you are most welcome to join us. They continue to run each Wednesday evening from 7 – 8.30pm for the next four weeks.
The Zoom link that takes you to each session is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89365634367?pwd=NFJLaE1KMXJlQW42bWRUU0J4Qjl5UT09
I have asked a number of people if they would find it useful having a prayerboard on the front page. Whilst we are all in need at the moment, there are some with particular needs whom we can pray for. I have asked their permission and invited them to not just post names but also where possible details of people’s illness so that our prayers can be focussed. So many of us feel helpless at the moment, but as Christians we know we can do one thing: pray that God’s healing hand can touch our lives and those in most need. Do please send me names and, where appropriate details of people we can pray for.
Celia Redmond who is in hospital awaiting an operation
Edie Richardson, who has suffered a stroke and is in Wigan Hospital.
Sophie Tinley (daughter-in-law of Bill Tinley) has Myeloma bone marrow cancer. Sophie’s double transplant has been a success and she is eligible for a new treatment which will give her an increased chance of remission.
Marie Garside who has been diagnosed with cancer.
Pemberlina Smith who is suffering from breast cancer and is undergoing treatment.
Margaret Kirkham whose who has had her radiotherapy treatment – her tumour is greatly reduced.
Karl and Joy Ward – Karl has non Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Joy has ovarian cancer.
Lily Kennedy (daughter of Shaun Kennedy and Katie Gaskell) suffering from 22 Chromosome Duplication.
Ken Morris (Linda’s husband) receiving treatment for prostate cancer and lymphoma.