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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


Summer Mass Schedule -

This year we will operate the reduced Mass times for the whole of July and August. This allows us to once more try this out for when we have fewer priests. The Mass times will be 8.45am     Holy Family,

10.00am  St Richards,

11.15am  St Ambrose Barlow.

Bag2school Clothing Collection

St Ambrose Barlow Guides are holding their annual clothing collection on Monday 9th July. Please start collecting your old clothes/shoes/bags/belts/bedding (not quilts), towels and soft toys. Bags are available in the back of church, however any bin bags are accepted.

Please drop off your bags at St Ambrose Barlow church on or before Sunday 8th July.

Craft Group Move

Due to building demolition work the Craft Group that was based at Holy Family has moved to St Ambrose Barlow. Same time, 1.00pm to 3.00pm Wednesday afternoon. We will finish for the summer when the schools finish.

Parish Forum - Deanery Forum

Many thanks to all those who came along to the Deanery Forum last week. Just to let everyone know that it has changed from the “Parish Forum” to the “Deanery” or “Pastoral Area” Forum to include the Parish of St. Edmund Arrowsmith. It is still a Forum, in that there is always an open invitation for people to simply come along and join in.

The next Forum Meeting will take place sometime in September. More details nearer the time.

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who supported St Ambrose Barlow Summer Fair. A wonderful day was had by all and, though the final total is yet to be confirmed, valuable funds were raised which will now go directly back to supporting our children.

A list of raffle prizes and winners is displayed at the back of St Ambrose Barlow Church. Any winners who have not yet claimed their prize can do so by contacting the school office

Catholic School Governor Training

Governors from  Catholic schools in the area are warmly invited to attend a training session  'Governance in a Catholic School’. This will be held at St. Joseph's Primary School, Mather Lane, Leigh, WN7 2PR on the evening of Monday 9th July from 6.00-8.00pm.

The session covers material which is specific to the governance of a Catholic school and will not deal with matters common to governors of all schools. It is therefore particularly important that governors who may not be Catholic and have never before attended any ‘Catholic’ governor training are particularly encouraged to attend. There is no charge.

Bookings please to i.beck@rcaol.co.uk

or to f.coldicutt@rcaol.co.uk

or telephone 0151 522 1071.

St. Richard’s 500 club

July Draw


W.Connor         £  100.00   016

P.Wilson           £  50.00    150

T.Thompson      £  25.00   029

L.Sandelands    £  15.00

K.Walsh             £  15.00

Thank you for your continued support


This week’s Gospel shows us that even Jesus was not always accepted by those he met, but he did not give up preaching his good news. How often do we become disheartened when we meet opposition from others when trying to express our faith?


Lord, may I never forget that you are always with me, even to the end of time


Be aware of those around you who are downhearted. Find words of encouragement for them.


Make a change for the better in your world, just something simple can have a profound effect.

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” -Mother Teresa

Prayer in preparation for the

Eucharistic Congress 2018 and for Synod 2020

We thank you Father

For the love you have shown us

In the gift of Jesus, your Son.

Keep us grateful each day

For the blessings that surround us.

As we are fed by you,

So now send us out

To share what we have received

With our hungry brothers and sisters.

We humbly ask your help to become the Church

That you are calling us to be:

A community that listens, that trusts,

That lives with courage

And that puts out its nets into new waters.

May the gentle presence of Christ in our hearts

Be a source of healing, of new life

And a deeper trust in you.

We ask this in faith

Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.


Appointment of new Chief Operating Officer

for Archdiocese of Liverpool

The Archdiocese has announced the appointment of Martin Miller to the newly created post of Chief Operating Officer for the Archdiocese of Liverpool. Martin, a Catholic now living in Manchester but originally from Glasgow, has seventeen years' experience of working in the Anglican Diocese of Manchester.

The Archbishop, who led the selection panel, said, “… This newly created post is a key part of the trustees' response to the review of the Archdiocesan offices last year … Martin's appointment will ensure there is greater coordination between the departments and that parishes, schools and other diocesan agencies receive a service which is even more responsive to their particular needs.”

See www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk for more information.

Sacred Heart Club

Quiz Night - Cash Prizes

Every Thursday

Doors open 8.00 pm for 8.30 start.

Liverpool Synod 2020 - Holy Hour

Please try your very best to come along to the third of the Holy Hours in the Deanery. The Holy Hours are part of the preparations for the Archdiocesan General Synod in 2020. The last of the Holy Hours in our Deanery for the time being will take place on:      Wednesday July 18th at 7.30pm

in Sacred Heart Church, Leigh.

Building Work at St. Richard’s

Those who attend Mass at St. Richard’s will notice that all the scaffolding is now in place. Work begins on the roof very soon. It should take approximately four weeks to complete. There may be some alterations to the times of the services, for example, we won’t have Exposition on Wednesday morning until after the work is finished. Most importantly, please take care when you are near the scaffolding, especially when the men are working on the roof. Take extra care and keep safe. If there needs to be any changes to services we will let you know asap.

MERU Women’s Garden Project

A message from Josie Carter….

“On behalf of Soroptimist International Leigh & District Club, we would like to thank everyone who gave their old, broken and unwanted jewelry to the collection over the past few weeks. Special thanks to Mary Blears for her extremely generous donation. Your generosity will go a long way towards providing a future for the women in Meru and their families”

Congratulations to Philip Carr, Anthony Kelly and Carl Mughan on their Ordination to the Priesthood this weekend.  Please continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood, deaconate and religious life.


Eucharistic Assembly Liverpool

We have been informed that there are now some extra places available for the National Eucharistic Assembly, also known as “Adoremus” (7-9th September). Tickets are available for the Saturday of the Congress but you will need to book them directly from the Archdiocese. The contact person is Eleanor Lalley on 0151-522-1047 and she will send you a booking form which you will need to return immediately. Or you can download the booking form from e.lalley@rcaol.co.uk or formation@rcaol.co.uk.

NOTE: We have just been informed that there are now some extra places available for the National Eucharistic Assembly, also known as “Adoremus”. Tickets are available for the Saturday of the Congress but you will need to book them directly from the Archdiocese. The contact person is Eleanor Lalley on 0151-52201047 and she will send you a booking form which you will need to return immediately. Or you can download the booking form from e.lalley@rcaol.co.uk or formation@rcaol.co.uk

Parish Trip to York - FULL!

Please note that the Parish trip to York in December is now completely full. If you are still interested in going then please leave your name(s) and contact number with Fr.Paul (the Big One!) and you will be put on a reserve list. If any places become available you will then be invited on the trip asap. The cost should be approximately £10 per person. We will give you further details regarding pick-up points and times of departure and return much nearer the time.

A Blooming Great Tea Party





Thursday 19th July 2018

Between 10.00am and 12noon

at St. Richards Jubilee Hall,

Crab Tree Lane,


To Raise Funds in aid of Marie Curie