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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


Quarant Ore

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

This will take place at Holy Family Church from Friday 20th October to Sunday 22nd October.

Lists will be available at the back of Holy Family to sign up for time slots to be with the Lord in prayer. Please come along to pray for our area and communities.

Friday 20th October

10.00am Morning Prayer and Mass (Opening of Exposition)

6.00pm   Evening Prayer

7.00pm   Praying with Pope Francis (Prayer and Reflection)

8.45pm   Night Prayer and Benediction (and close of Exposition)

Saturday 21st October

10.00am Morning Prayer and Mass (start of Exposition)

10.30am Confessions (until 11.00am)

5.00pm   Evening Prayer

8.00pm   Taize Prayer (Prayerful Music)

8.45pm   Night Prayer and Benediction (and close of Exposition)

Sunday 22nd October

8.00am   Morning Prayer (start of Exposition)

9.00am   Mass

11.00am Mass

3.00pm   Evening Prayer and Solemn Benediction (to conclude


Holy Family Craft Group

This is being started in the Parish Hall at Holy Family on Wednesday afternoons between 1.00 pm and 3.00pm. We hope to cover most popular crafts such as knitting, crochet, card making and sewing amongst others.

The first gathering will be on Wednesday 18th October and will concentrate on Christmas crafts. Admission £3.50 including all materials.

Readers’ Ministry at Holy Family Church

Have you ever thought about reading the word of the Lord in church? Are you someone who used to read but gave up and would like to come back to it? We are looking for people to join our team of readers at Holy Family for Sunday and/or weekday Masses. If you'd like to try it, please contact Wyn Goggins on 0161 790 1854 or by email at wyngoggins@yahoo.com, or at 9.00am Mass on Sundays. No obligation! Please think and pray about it and see whether the Lord is calling you to this wonderful ministry.

Padre Pio Prayer Group

Every Saturday the Padre Pio Prayer Group meet to pray together on Saturday morning in St. Ambrose Barlow Church at 10.00am. This weekend, on Saturday 14th October, to mark the centenary of the apparitions in Fatima, they had a special time of prayer which included the Rosary and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Next weekend, on Saturday 21st October, the Group will revert to the usual prayer group meeting.


Did you ever plan a party and nobody came? Or people came and stayed just a short time and you know they have something better to be doing? Or you plan a party for your child and you see his or her disappointment when people don't come. It's something like that in the gospel story today. What does God do? God really goes out to make sure each of us is welcomed to his feast. God wants us all there and wants a full table. The table of God is for everyone. He goes right into the middle of each person’s life to call them to his feast - not just one type of person, but all sorts of people.

If we respond to God’s call and say yes, then we take on a Christ-like way of life. That's the garment. There are people who say yes but the way they live their lives says no. If we go to God's banquet, to the Eucharist, it means a change in our lives. There's the call to live like Jesus. God's call is loving and also demanding. It seems less of a burden when we remember that it's the call of a loving God who always gives another chance.


Lord, open our hearts and minds to your call.

Guide us along your way.

May we be sensitive to the needs of those we meet on our path through life

Sharing your abundant love with all we meet.


The Church calls for a more equitable distribution of wealth and natural resources between people, and between rich and poor nations. What steps can you personally take to facilitate this target?


God calls us all with his love. His chosen are those of us who freely say "yes" to his call of love.

Have you ever stopped to realize you were God's beloved?

Have you ever reflected on the dignity of others as God's beloved?

How does that fact change your outlook on the world?  (word-sunday.com)


The Three Towns Operatic Society


Broadway, West End, Songs from the Shows, Popular & Classical music

in a relaxed cabaret setting.

Saturday, 4th November, 7.30pm

St Richard’s Parish Centre

Tickets £5.00

Licensed Bar, Tea/Coffee available.

Tickets available after all Masses from 8th October &

from St Richard’s Parish Centre,

Tel: 01942 882 125.

Charity Night in Aid of Cancer Research

A charity evening is being held at St Ambrose Barlow Church Hall on Saturday 4th November, 7.30pm till 12 midnight.

Cost is £20 a ticket which includes a hot pot supper, a raffle ticket for some great prizes and entertainment by the fabulous Steven Green.

First two drinks included in the price of your ticket - bottled beer, wine or soft drinks. Over 18's only.

To reserve tickets, please contact Delia Fletcher on 07753 929476 or e-mail on kdfletch@btinternet.com.

Also Delia will be selling tickets after 11.00am Mass on Sundays at St Ambrose Barlow.

Please come along to support this worthy cause and have a great night - tickets are limited.

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 just after Half-Term 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. If your child does not go to any of the three schools then please contact Fr. Paul at St. Richard’s AFTER half-term.

Journey of Faith - RCIA

The next meeting of the group ‘Journey in Faith’ will be at Holy Family Presbytery on Wednesday, 1st November at 7.45pm after the evening Mass. Open to all adults thinking about becoming Catholic or who just want to come along and learn more about their faith.

Sixth Form Open Evening

St.Mary’s High School in Astley are holding a Sixth Form Open Evening on Thursday, November 9th between 5.30-8.00pm. Subject staff will be available to discuss and promote the courses. For further information please call 01942-884144 or email sixthformenquiries@smchs.org.uk

Family Quiz Night

St Stephen's Church, Astley

Friday 20th October at 7.30pm.

Tickets £4 (includes supper) or £10 for a family.

Bring your own booze.

Ring Jenny on 01942 876310 (or see Steve).

October - Month of the Holy Rosary

The Holy Rosary helps us to keep in memory certain principal events or mysteries in the history of our salvation, and to thank and praise God for them. There are twenty mysteries reflected upon in the Rosary, and these are divided into:


The Annunciation

The Visitation

The Nativity

The Presentation

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple


(instituted by St John Paul II, Pope)

The Baptism of the Lord

The Wedding of Cana

The Proclamation of the Kingdom

The Transfiguration

The Institution of the Eucharist


The Agony in the Garden

The Scourging at the Pillar

The Crowning with Thorns

The Carrying of the Cross

The Crucifixion


The Resurrection

The Ascension

The Descent of the Holy Spirit

The Assumption

The Coronation of Our Lady in Heaven & the Glory of all the Saints

Parish Forum

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