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We now  form part of the Leigh Pastoral Area of which five Churches are held in the Parish of St. Margaret Clitherow and four are held in the Parish of St. Edmund Arrowsmith

THE PARISH OF ST. MARGARET CLITHEROW:  is     St. Richard’s, Atherton St. Gabriels, Higher Folds, St. Ambrose Barlow, Astley, Holy Family, Boothstown Sacred Heart, Hindsford

THE PARISH OF  ST. EDMUND ARROWSMITH:  is     St. Joseph, Leigh Sacred Heart, Leigh Our Lady of the Rosary, Leigh Twelve Apostles, Leigh


This Week

Solemnity of the Assumption of the

Blessed Virgin Mary

Tuesday, 15th August: Holy Day of Obligation

On Tuesday, 15th August the Masses will be as follows:

               9.15 am    St. Ambrose Barlow

               12 noon    St. Richard’s

               7.00 pm    Holy Family.

As on a Sunday we come to Mass to celebrate together the mysteries of our faith.

Masses in the Deanery are:

7.00 pm (Monday Night Vigil)   

Our Lady of the Rosary

            9.00am    St. Joseph’s

            12noon    Sacred Heart

           7.00 pm    XII Apostles.

Sunday Mass Times - Summer Schedule

Please remember that during the month of August we will be continuing our Summer Mass schedule. So we are having a trial run with the following Sunday morning Mass times:-

The usual Mass times, including the 6.30pm Sunday evening Mass, will resume once again on the first weekend of September, 2nd & 3rd.

Midweek Mass Times

Please check the Newsletter each week for the times of Masses during the week in each Church. If one of the priests is away then the other will cover and say Masses in the other churches too. So the usual weekday Mass time schedule would be as follows:-

 (during term time)

Please note that this ONLY applies when there is only ONE priest in the Parish. These times can change if a Funeral comes in. So please check the Newsletter for up to date details.

Relay for Life Sponsorship - Thank You

Many thanks to all those who sponsored me for the Relay For Life 24 hour walk. I managed to complete it and, thanks to your generous donations, raised nearly £200. Thank you very much once again for all your support. Mary Higginbottom

Living Fully

“Living Fully” is a new initiative introduced by the Nugent Care Society to enable every child and adult with a disability to encounter Jesus in the life of the Church today. A day of study, worship and workshops will take place soon exploring how all life is a gift from God and how every person has a valuable and dignified place within the Body of Christ, the Church. The day will take place at LACE Conference Centre, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool, on Saturday 23rd September from 10.00am-4.00pm. Cost is £10 which includes lunch.


I am always struck by the words of today's reading 'After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray'. Jesus clearly found it was important to take time out from the day to day events of his life to speak to the Father; to refocus himself on the journey he was travelling to his eventual death on the cross.

Likewise, praying regularly keeps us in touch with the Lord and makes us aware of what is truly important in this life. It gives us the courage to place ourselves in God's hands, to let him lead us on our own journey of faith. For being out of touch with God leads to us doubting, stumbling and sinking in the waves of our fear.


Psalm 8 extract

O Lord, our Lord,

how awesome is your name through all the earth!

I will sing of your majesty above the heavens

with the mouths of babes and infants.....

When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers,

the moon and stars that you set in place—

What is man that you are mindful of him,

and a son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god,

crowned him with glory and honour.

You have given him rule over the works of your hands,

put all things at his feet:

All sheep and oxen,

even the beasts of the field,

The birds of the air, the fish of the sea,

and whatever swims the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord,

how awesome is your name through all the earth!


Summer holidays offer the ideal time to reconfigure one's relationship with God. To reassess how we see and seek God in our lives. Let us take time to pray wherever we find ourselves, be it sitting on the beach, walking in the hills, travelling on a plane or boat, exploring a new environment, or sitting looking out of the window watching the rain.


When we are visiting new places and meeting new people let us always show respect for their way of life and the environment they live in.


“Fatima At Home” Day

As mentioned previously in the Newsletter, a number of people have asked why we didn’t have a “Lourdes At Home” Day this year. The reason is simply that we couldn’t get a date when all four priests were available to help – don’t forget that we would need all the priests for the Mass of Anointing. However, after our recent Pilgrimage to Fatima, we have decided to have a similar day in October, around the date of the centenary of the last Apparition of Our Lady to the children.

So an early warning, a note for your diaries, that we will have a “Fatima At Home” event during October on the following dates:-

   Holy Hour in St. Richard’s Church at 7.00pm.

   Mass of Anointing, St. Richard’s Church at 12noon.

In September we will start having planning meetings to prepare for the occasion so please watch this space for further details.

Mass Intentions

Recently a number of people have made requests for Masses to be said on specific dates but allowed very little time for the requests to be met. If you wish to have a Mass said on a specific date then you must give at least one month’s notice. Even then we cannot guarantee that the Mass will be said on the date requested. This depends on whether the date has gone already, whether there is actually a Mass on that date (don’t forget that all four priests are involved in other groups on an Archdiocesan level now and could be called away to meetings which can affect the Mass schedule) and of course a funeral may be arranged for the date you had requested. Obviously the funeral must have priority. Also there are fewer Masses at the moment so it takes a while to get round to saying all the Masses that have been requested. So, in short, if you wish to have a Mass intention said on a particular date please write it down and hand it in to Church at least one month before the date itself to give us the optimum chance of saying the Mass on the date requested. And thank you for your patience.

Sacred Heart Parish Club

Sacred Heart Parish Club is due to reopen on 1st September. Further details of the weekly programme of events will follow as more emphasis will be on organised functions especially over the weekend.

Parish Forum

The next meeting of the Parish Forum takes place on Tuesday 5th September at 7.30 pm in the Parish Hall at St Ambrose Barlow. All welcome.

Annual Feastday Mass

The annual Feastday to celebrate the lives of our patron saints, Edmund Arrowsmith & Margaret Clitherow, will take place on Wednesday September 6th at 7.00 pm in Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Leigh.

Creation Time: 1st September – 4th October 2017

Pope Francis has asked us to mark this period with prayer, reflection and action in relation to the Earth and our place upon it and so the Liverpool Archdiocesan Justice and Peace Commission and CAFOD Liverpool have produced a resource for parishes called Reflections During Creation Time: Praying with the Gospels, stories from our time and Laudato Si’.

Like the resource we used last year, this one can be used as a course or as a series of one-off sessions following each of the five Sundays and comprises the Sunday’s Gospel, case studies, quotations from Laudato Si’ as well as opportunities for reflection, prayers and an invitation to action.

Details of the times and venues of local sessions will be in the Newsletter over the coming weeks.

“Come & See” Conference

The next Archdiocesan “Come & See” Conference will take place at Christ The King High School, Stamford Road, Southport, over the weekend of October 14/15th. The keynote speaker this year will be Fr.Timothy Radcliffe. There are many other workshops and prayer sessions taking place over the weekend. For more information please contact Jenny at Irenaeus on 01519491199 or by email jenny@irenaeus.co.uk or www.irenaeus.co.uk.