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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


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.

This year there will be sessions running at:

Please come along to whichever of the above is most convenient for you. You will be most welcome.

Memory Walk for the Alzheimer's Society

Anna Davidson will be taking part in the Memory Walk for the Alzheimer's Society at Heaton Park on Saturday, 30th September. She  would welcome your support and has a Just Giving page

at www.justgiving.com/anna-davidson6 or you can sign the sponsorship form at the back of Holy Family church.


The CAFOD Café will be open in Holy Family Hall after the 9.00am and 11.00am Masses TODAY Sunday, September 24th  On sale there will be delicious home made cakes as well as tea, coffee, soft drinks, toast, tea cakes – and bacon butties!!

Proceeds will go to our CAFOD Connect2Ethiopia project

The Traidcraft stall, with an array of fair trade produce, will also be available.

Please come along if you can. You will be very welcome.

Twelve Apostles School Foundation Governor

Twelve Apostles RCPS are looking for a Foundation Governor to start in September. This is a voluntary role and you don’t need any qualifications or expertise, just a commitment to making a difference to our young children’s future. If anyone is interested or would like to find out more about the role please contact Father Kieran or Mrs Newton the Head teacher on 01942 674312 for an informal chat.

With You Always

For any children in Year 4 who wish to make their First Holy Communion this school year from the communities of Holy Family or St Gabriel's, application forms have been collated.  Dates of meetings will be passed on to those who have applied in the next few days.  If there is anyone who has missed the deadline, please contact Fr Paul G to enrol any children who have not yet applied.


The immediate reaction to today's Gospel is that it doesn't seem very fair to the labourers who have been working all day. If the same situation arose the following day, might the labourers only turn up for work at the end of the day? The point we are missing though is that the whole community is interdependent on one another to ensure the success of the vineyard. It keeps all of them alive and it is the responsibility of all of them to care for it.


For our earth....

All-powerful God,

you are present in the whole universe

and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live

as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned

and forgotten of this earth,

so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,

that we may protect the world and not prey on it,

that we may sow beauty,

not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts

of those who look only for gain

at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognize that we are profoundly united

with every creature

as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace

(Laudato Si)


The labourer is worth his hire (Lk 10:7) – are we prepared to pay more for better working conditions for producers?


Take efforts this week to use your power as a consumer for the good of all.

“Fatima At Home” Day

Sadly we have decided to postpone the planned “Fatima At Home” Day in October. Fr.Paul was taking the lead on planning this event and so, because he is on leave at the moment, we will have to postpone. We will try to have a similar event during Lent, when the weather starts to get a bit warmer. We will however still hold a Holy Hour to mark the centenary of the apparitions in Fatima. This will take place on October 10th at 7.00pm in St. Richard’s Church, Atherton. Sorry for any inconvenience caused. But please come along and join us for the Holy Hour, especially if you went on the Deanery Pilgrimage to Fatima earlier this year.

St Margaret Clitherow

St Vincent de Paul Society

Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 27th September at 7.45 p.m. (after the 7.00 p.m. Mass) in Holy Family Conference Room.  This is for all members so please come along if you can.

Parish Forum

The next Parish Forum meeting will take place on November 7th at 7.30pm in Holy Family Church. All welcome.

Joseph Grady

Last Sunday afternoon Fr Paul G learned of the sad passing of his uncle and Godfather.  Fr Paul had visited him several times in Blackburn hospital, and is now preparing with his family for the funeral which, at the time of printing, a day and time had not been confirmed.  As there are several funerals already in the diary, this funeral may affect the Masses listed as Fr Paul G will be alongside his family.  

Many thanks for your prayers at this time.  Fr Paul G.

Macmillan Coffee Mornings

Dates for your Diary

St Richards Parish Centre - Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thursday September 28th,

10.00am to 12.00 noon

Various Stalls, Raffle etc. Admission £2 including unlimited Coffee & Tea and a delicious cake.

Helpers would be very much appreciated. To volunteer, please phone Eileen on 874928 or Margaret on 884893.

Macmillan Bring & Buy Coffee Morning

 in St Ambrose Barlow Church Hall

Saturday 30th September,

9.00am to 12.00 noon

For further details or donations

please contact Mary Barton.

Journey of Faith - RCIA.

As there are several people who have spoken to Fr Paul G about exploring the Catholic Faith and considering becoming Catholics this next year, the first meeting of the group Journey in Faith will be at Holy Family Presbytery on Wednesday 11th October at 7.45pm after the evening Mass.  Open to all adults thinking about becoming Catholic or just want to come along and learn more about their faith.

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:-

Tuesday       9.15 am    St. Ambrose Barlow

Wednesday  7.00 pm    Holy Family

Thursday      9.15 am    St. Richard’s

Friday          9.15 am    St. Richard’s

Or                10.00 am   St. Gabriel’s School

       (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

Ladies Group

The next Ladies Group Meeting will be on Tuesday, 3rd October at 2.00 pm in St. Ambrose Parish Hall.

Raffle Joan Rigby and Margaret Rushton.

“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