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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


Remembrance Sunday

Today is Remembrance Sunday. There will be a short period of silence before the 11.00 am Mass at Holy Family.

Remembrance Sunday is held in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth of Nations as a day "to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts". It is held on the second Sunday in November, the Sunday nearest to 11 November, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11.00 am in 1918.

White Poppy  

The wearing of a white poppy is a way of remembering all people, soldiers and civilians, who have died in war and conflict around the world. It is a flower used as a symbol of peace and can be worn to complement, or as an alternative to, the red poppy for Remembrance Day. White poppies are available at the back of church for 60p each.

Pious Lists

Please hand in lists of those who have died into church in the usual way, so that they can be placed near the altar during the month of November. These names will be remembered generally during each Mass. If you want a Mass said specifically for loved ones please hand in a Mass Intention as usual. Due to the higher number of intentions during November we will try to celebrate these intentions as soon as possible.

Parish Administrator

We welcome Helen Fitton to our parish as the new administrator based at Holy Family following Bernie McDonald’s retirement. Helen started last week after due process, advertisement, interview, and appointment by the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Helen is new to both the parish and to Fr Paul G as well, but already is fitting into the team well. We wish Helen all the best in her new job, and also we thank Bernie for many years work and generous support of the parish and the priests of the area, especially at Holy Family.

First Holy Communion Celebrations

Please note that the Holy Communion preparation for Year 4 children from Sacred Heart, Hindsford, St. Richard’s, Atherton and St. Ambrose Barlow, Astley, will take place in the New Year. Letters will be sent through school soon to explain what the preparation course involves. A good way of preparing now is to bring the children to Mass each week so that they become more familiar with the Church and get to know everyone in the Parish.

St. Richard’s Parish Centre

500 Club Draw for November

£100.00 173  J. Gerrard

£50.00   33  S. Longworth

£25.00  385  M. Fairclough

£15.00  28  M. Bailey

£15.00  445  J. Rose

Thank you for your continued support.

Parish Forum

Many thanks to all those who came along to the Parish Forum meeting last Tuesday. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 11th January at Sacred Heart Parish Centre. All welcome!

‘Christmas Fair’

The traditional Christmas Fair at St Ambrose Barlow has been in decline over recent years and it has been decided to try something different this year. The Grand Draw will take place as usual and tickets will be on sale in the church communities of St Margaret Clitherow for the next three weeks.


In the daily activities of family life, we can easily find excuses for not attending to our spiritual lives. If not given top priority, prayer and reading Scripture risk becoming occasional activities rather than daily practices. In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that if we fail to give our spiritual life priority, we will find ourselves unprepared to receive Jesus. Daily prayer and spiritual practice keeps us ready to receive Jesus. We are also told of the importance of seeking wisdom. This is very different from seeking knowledge and requires us to be in touch with our deepest thoughts and feelings, awake to the urges of God within us who opens our eyes to his truth.



May your words be like a lamp that lights my way.

May your love be like a compass that gives me direction.

May your truth be like a signpost bringing clarity.

May your peace be like a measure that guides my decisions.

May your hope be like a flag that declares I walk with you.

May your words be in my mind,

Your love guide my feet,

Your truth be a sign,

Your peace be a measure,

And your hope be a flag,

As I walk close to you at this time.



Winter is upon us. What will you do to ensure that you stay warm and safe AND protect the environment at the same time? A few suggestions: Set your central heating thermostat 1 degree lower than you usually do. Switch off lights in rooms not in use. Wear an extra jumper. Close the curtains as soon as it is getting dark to conserve heat.


The deanery is collecting warm winter clothing for those who find themselves living on the streets. Most of us will have at least one item of clothing that we no longer use. Place these in a bag for the Barnabus Project collection in the church porches.

Holy Family Catholic Primary School

Open Day for 2018 Intake

Wednesday 15th November 2017

9:30am / 2pm / 6pm

Please telephone or email to book a slot

0161 790 2123

enquiries@admin.boothstownholyfamily.wigan.sc h.uk

Sacred Heart Club

Charity Night in aid of the Royal British Legion  

7.00pm, Friday 17th November

Cabaret Singer: Mike Faulkner

Raffle & Bingo

Tickets are £1.50 or pay on the door

Sacred Heart Club

Quiz Night - Every Thursday

Doors open 8.00 pm for 8.30 start.        

Cash Prizes       

On Friday 1st December from 7.30pm there will be a Christmas Cabaret Night in the Parish Hall at St Ambrose Barlow. There will be a pasty supper and the entertainment will be provided by Steve Green. Tickets cost £5 and proceeds of the evening will be added to income from the raffle and other income from the Sunday (see below). The Grand Draw will take place at this event.

On Sunday 3rd December, immediately following the 11.00am Mass at St Ambrose Barlow, Father Christmas is visiting the Parish Hall and the children will be able to come and see him. There will be refreshments on sale and a Christmas Stall - selling only NEW Christmas items (boxed cards, decorations, wrappings etc.) plus a raffle for a luxury Christmas Hamper.

St Richard’s Parish Centre

New Year’s Eve

Rock & Roll Band: REUNION

plus DJ CARL

Tickets £10, including Buffet. Phone 882125

Barnabus Project, Manchester

As you know, each year we have a collection of winter clothing for men and women living on the streets e.g. hats, scarves, gloves, jeans, jumpers, shoes and socks. Also, they are grateful for new underwear.

This year we are bringing the collection forward so the clothes can be distributed as the weather is getting colder, rather than waiting for Christmas time. This will also free up space in the church porches to accommodate our other Advent collections.

If you have any donations please put them in a bag labelled "BARNABUS PROJECT" and leave them at any of the churches any time between now and Sunday, 26th November. Thank you for your kindness.

Christmas Draw Raffle Tickets

These are now available to purchase after Mass in the porch at the back of our churches. £1 a book - please bring extra change!!! In previous years we have received tremendous support with good quality bottles of spirits and wine, premium items such as large boxes of sweets and chocolates and gift boxes of all sorts. Please support the Grand Draw again. Donations can be left at any of our Churches over the next few weeks. Alternatively, please contact Des (07973 114365).

Christmas Donations

Your kind donations are requested for:

Items can be handed in at church each week and will be collected weekly. Finally, thank you in advance for your   continuing generosity in support of St Margaret Clitherow parish.

Advent Hamper

There will be a hamper in St Ambrose Barlow church into which you are asked to place items throughout Advent. On Christmas Eve these items will be taken to a local food bank for distribution amongst those in the community whose needs are greater than our own.

Greetings Card Campaign

It is that time of year again when we remember some of those imprisoned unjustly, especially those gaoled and/or in danger of torture for their beliefs, and send them a greetings card to let them know that they are not forgotten. Due to their situation, we are advised, in most cases, to send non-religious cards and in previous years it has been difficult to find meaningful cards to send. This year we are very fortunate that a young, local student and artist, Liz Atherton, has designed some cards especially for this campaign. These, together with the details of the prisoners and a stamped envelope, will be on sale at the back of church after all Masses next weekend, November 18th/19th , for a suggested donation of £1.50 to cover the cost of the card and postage.

Please support this if you can and send a message of hope at Christmas. Thank you.

Carols by Candlelight

7.00pm, Tuesday 12th December

To be held in the grounds of

Sacred Heart Church Hindsford

Music by Tyldesley Brass Band

This will be followed by a Raffle and mince pies in the Parish Club where the fully stocked bar will be open.