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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

Please note that there will be no evening Mass at St Richard’s today, Sunday, 23rd April. We will continue as usual from next week.

Divine Mercy Sunday - Today

The Hour of Grace devotions will take place in Holy Family today, Sunday, 23rd April beginning at 3.00pm with Exposition and the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Reconciliation will be available during the hour which will conclude with Sung Benediction at 4.00pm.

Thank You

Thanks to all who have helped in any way make the Easter liturgies such a prayerful encounter with the Lord present among us here in our communities. Thanks also for greetings and cards received by Frs Paul and Deacon Bob.

Lost Money!

Last weekend a sum of money was found in the car park at St.Richard’s. If you think it may be yours then please contact Fr.Paul as soon as possible otherwise it will be donated to charity – Fr.Paul’s Beerfund!

Mass Intentions at Holy Family

With the exception of Mass Intentions that have been given for specific dates, there is an urgent need for intentions for Masses at Holy Family. If not enough are in the book then we will accept intentions from other parts of the diocese who have too many to offer in a reasonable time. Many thanks, Fr Paul G.

St Ambrose Barlow 200 Club

April winners:

£100 winner - number 22, Adrienne Yarwood

£50 winner - number 194, Maureen Marshall

Note: The newsletter went to print before the £1000 draw on Friday, 21st April.


The CAFOD Café will be open in Holy Family Hall after the 9.00am and 11.00am Masses next Sunday, April 30th. 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.

MacMillan Bike Ride

Daniel Seddon, one of the Fr.Paul’s nephews, is doing a bike ride from Liverpool to Buckingham Palace to raise funds for MacMillan along with a few friends. This is in memory of one of the boy’s fathers, Keith, who sadly passed away a few weeks ago. If you would like to donate anything to MacMillan in Keith’s memory then you can give the donation to Fr.Paul at St.Richard’s or online at www.justgiving.com/keithclowes.

Cathedral Celebrations

This year marks the Golden Anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. There will be a number of special events to mark this great occasion.

For more details please see the notice.         at the back of Church or visit           www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk

Children’s Liturgy Catechists

If anyone would like to help with the Children’s Liturgy during Sunday morning Mass why not come along and speak to one of the catechists after Mass to find out what it is all about. It is a wonderful way of sharing God’s Word with the children of the Parish. We always need more helpers. Thanks to so many of you who have been running the Children’s Liturgy for so many years. If you think you can help then please speak to one of the priests or/and one of the catechists whenever you can.

With you Always Preparation Sessions

A reminder to the Year 4 children from St. Richard’s, Sacred Heart (Hindsford) & St. Ambrose Barlow that we will be having a break over Easter. Therefore the next “With You Always” preparation sessions will take place on the following dates:-

Tuesday May 2nd in St. Richard’s Parish Centre at 5.30pm,

Thursday May 4th in St. Ambrose Barlow Hall

at 6.00pm.

Please note that you can go to either of the sessions. It doesn’t matter which school the children go to. During each of the seven preparation sessions the children and their parents will work together exploring the different themes each week as the children prepare to receive their First Holy Communion in May and June.


“HMS Pinafore”

The Three Towns Operatic Society are presenting a production of “HMS Pinafore” and “Trial By Jury” in St.Joseph’s Hall, Chapel Street, Leigh, from Tuesday May 16th to Saturday May 20th.

Tickets are £11 & £13 (concessions available). Contact 01942-605369 or 01942-676594.

HCPT Charity Golf Day

Once again HCPT are holding a Charity Golf Day. This takes place on Thursday May 25th with a shotgun start at 1.00pm at Westhoughton Golf Club. If you would like to play please contact Richard (07900385494) or Joe (07402332955). Alternatively you can contact Fr. Paul the Elder.

Please note that Fr. Paul cannot play this year since he has to attend a Dean’s Meeting on the same day, so you might have a better chance of winning!!! (N.B. This doesn’t mean Fr.Paul is any good. It means that you have more chance of winning if you’re not on his team!!!) Good luck!

Cineworld – Live Screenings

If anyone would like to join us for the Live Screenings at Cineworld in Leigh, then please come along and join us. We usually try to meet up in the foyer about 6.45pm so we can buy tickets and a drink and enjoy the performance together. The next live screening is this week.

RSC’s “Julius Caesar” – Wednesday April 26th.

RSC’s “Anthony & Cleopatra” – Wednesday May 24th

             RSC’s “Titus Andronicus” –

            Wednesday August 9th

God, our Father, is continually drawing each of us to Himself in and through Christ. We experience his action in our feelings, moods, impulses and desires.’ Father George Aschenbrenner.

This week we take time to consider the ways in which we respond to our place in creation by asking ourselves a series of questions and meditating on our response to them.

Ecological Examen by: Joseph Carver, SJ

All creation reflects the beauty and blessing of God’s image. Where was I most aware of this today?

Can I identify and pin-point how I made a conscious effort to care for God’s creation during this day?

What challenges or joys do I experience as I recall my care for creation?

How can I repair breaks in my relationship with creation, in my unspoken sense of superiority?

As I imagine tomorrow, I ask for the grace to see the Incarnate Christ in the dynamic interconnections of all Creation.

Conclude with the Prayer of Jesus

The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Holy Communion

At the recent training session for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion the issue was raised of receiving Communion by Intinction - in other words people taking the Consecrated Host to the chalice and dipping it in before receiving it. By direction of the Bishop's Council of England and Wales this is not allowed.  It is never permitted for people to do this. Please may all parishioners follow the practice of receiving the Body of Christ in front of the distributing minister, then, if they wish to, receive separately the Blood of Christ from the chalice. Whether the communicant receives the Body only, or Communion under both kinds is by their own choice. as we receive the fullness of Communion even under one kind.  Thank you from both Fr Pauls.

Saturday, April 29th - Fete du Vin

St Ambrose Barlow Church Hall,

7.30pm £10.00 pp

Come along to an evening of wine tasting. Bread and cheese included to help soak it up. Spare bottles of wine will be auctioned.

Sponsored by the Catenian Association.

Please contact Des (07973 114365) or Eamonn 01942 892967 for tickets.

Fatima, 19th - 23rd June 2017

We have a good sized group travelling but still have places available on this Pilgrimage. The price is £377.00 PLUS the airfare (approx £100). If you want to book please contact Des or Cath during the week on 01942 888844 or complete a booking form (at the back of church) and send it with your deposit to the address shown on the booking form.