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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

Planned Giving Envelopes

New GIFT AID and NON GIFT AID ENVELOPES for weekly contributions are now available for collection from the Narthex at St Richard’s and from the back of church at Holy Family and St Ambrose Barlow.

CAFOD Lenten Café

The CAFOD Lenten Café will be open in Holy Family Hall after the 9.00am and 11.00am Masses today and every Sunday during Lent. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, a wonderful array of home-made cakes and delicious snacks - including bacon butties  - will be available. Proceeds from these will go to CAFOD.

The Traidcraft Stall containing a selection of fairtrade products will also be available. You will be very welcome.

A big ‘thank you’ to all the sponsors of the CAFOD Lenten Café.

Easter Cards to the Holy Land

This Lent we will again have the opportunity to show our love and solidarity for our fellow Christians living in the Holy Land by sending Easter cards. A list of the names and addresses of the churches, together with a selection of Easter cards, will be available over the next few weeks. As in previous years, you are asked to sign the cards and address the envelope – but not to put a stamp on. Instead, place the card in the box at the back of church, and we will send all the cards off together, at the beginning of April, to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem for distribution to the churches in time for Easter.

Holy Family / St Gabriel’s Mass Switch this week

Due to the funeral at Holy Family on Friday, the Mass at 10.00am on Thursday morning will be in St Gabriel's school instead of Friday. As always parishioners are welcome to come into school for Mass.

Lenten Services

Please come along to one of our Lenten services as we prepare for the great celebration of Easter.

Early morning Masses will take place in:-

Stations of the Cross will take place in:-

Holy Hour with reflective music & Reconciliation (Confession) available at Holy Family each Friday of Lent, 3.00-4.00pm.

Why not do something extra during Lent this year?

All Eucharistic Ministers

Part of being a minister is gathering together to pray and reflect on what we do, and as such all ministers from our three churches are asked to come to a training and prayer morning at Holy Family on Saturday 1st April. This will begin with Mass at 10.00am, with opportunity for prayer during Exposition before the session begins after tea and coffee in the hall at 11.00am and conclude by 1.00pm. All new ministers are invited too as this will include training for you as you begin your ministry.

Holy Week Liturgies

Sign up sheets are at the back of Holy Family and St Ambrose Barlow for the ministries of reader and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion during these great days. As always, we are looking for a balance showing the unity of our communities in our celebrations by working together and sharing ministries where possible. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Lenten Reflections

Throughout Lent there will be a number of Lenten Reflections focusing on the Sunday Gospel and the writings of Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si”. The reflections have been prepared by CAFOD and include case studies from home and overseas, questions to guide discussion, and opportunities to ‘See – Judge – Act’. Sessions will take place every Wednesday morning after Exposition in the Parish House at St.Richard’s beginning at approximately 10.00am. The fourth Lenten Reflection session will take place this Wednesday, 29th March.

Sessions will also take place on Friday lunch times, 12.30 - 1.30pm, following the midday Mass, at St Joseph’s Presbytery (Green Room). All are welcome.

Easter Flowers at St. Richard’s

Team JCB, the Flower Ladies at St. Richard’s, invite you to help once again with the Easter Flowers this year. If you would like to make a donation and have the names of your loved ones displayed in Church during Easter then please give the names into Church before Palm Sunday, the weekend of 8th/9th April. Please write their names on an envelope and pass it into the Parish House as soon as possible.

Successful Social Events

Over 60 people braved the wet and windy weather to enjoy the St Patrick’s night singalong in Sacred Heart Parish Centre.

The Parish visit to Oscott College Seminary was a wonderful and uplifting experience for all the 20-strong group who went last Sunday, not least seeing the photograph on the wall of Fr Paul the Younger with Pope Benedict.

Eyes Down - Look In

St Ambrose Barlow PTA are holding a Family Chocolate Bingo night in the parish hall from 7.00pm on Friday 31st March. All are welcome.

Ladies Group Easter Hamper Draw

Tickets will be on sale on 1st and 2nd April after each Mass and will be drawn on Sunday 9th April after the 11:00am Mass at St Ambrose Barlow Church. All monies raised will be going to the British Lung Foundation.


Churches Together Lenten Talks

The Churches Together In Atherton series of talks during Lent  take place on Sunday evenings at 6.30pm in the Salvation Army Chapel on the following dates - March 26th & April 2nd. The talks will be followed by a Palm Sunday United Service on Sunday April  9th at 6.30pm in Atherton Salvation Army Chapel.

Ladies Group

The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 4th April at 2.00pm in St Ambrose Church Hall. Raffle: Jo Hampson and Betty Copping.

Cineworld – Live Screenings

It has been great to meet up with other parishioners at the Live Screenings at Cineworld in Leigh to watch a live performance and enjoy each other’s company. There are three more good looking performances coming up. We could meet up in the foyer about 6.45pm so we can buy tickets and a drink and enjoy the performance together.

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.

“With You Always” Preparation Sessions

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

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.

For St Gabriel’s and Holy Family the next sessions are also this week:

St Ambrose Barlow 200 Club March Winners     

The March winners are:

£100, number 30, Angela Stevenson.

£  50, number 192, James Pickering.

Justice and Peace and St Vincent de Paul Groups

The second of our joint meetings will take place on Wednesday, 29th March at Holy Family after the 7.00pm Mass (aim to begin at 7.45pm). The purpose of the meeting is to share a Lenten Reflection based on the Gospel from 26th March and the writings of Pope Francis. The reflections have been prepared by CAFOD. There is overlap of the work carried out by the two groups, hence the coming together in this meeting, so please come along if you can.


When we ask God for light, we are asking to know as God knows: good, bad, up, down, all of it. A good prayer is to ask the Father to let us know ourselves the way the Holy Spirit knows us, “for the Spirit searches the depths of everything, even the depths of God”. (1 Corinthians 2:10).

God does everything to bring us light. In our turn, each of us must get ready to accept God’s illumination. (Joseph Tetlow SJ)


Lord of Light, let us not be blind to those we would rather not see - the destitute; the homeless; the hungry; the starving. Instead open our eyes to the needs of your people. Help us to recognise and cherish the uniqueness of each person, to see Christ in all people. We ask this through Jesus, Our Lord. Amen.


The same Jesus who passed by Bartimaeus is alive. The Good News is that no matter what has happened in our past, Jesus walks into the dusty streets of our lives this day. We simply need the eyes of living faith to see Him and a renewed heart to follow Him on the way. Prayer is the fuel which keeps living faith alive and keeps our eyes open to see.

Make extra time this week to open our hearts to Jesus revealing himself to us in our prayer and through our encounters with others. Where is Jesus passing through our own lives? He always shows up for those who have their spiritual eyes opened to see Him. Is He in our workplace? How about in our relationships? What about in our families?


Take time each day to pause and consider how God reveals himself to us in the beauty that surrounds us: in the song of birds; in the new growth bursting forth from our abundant earth; in the gentle breeze which refreshes us; in the stunning vastness of the night sky; in the face of those we meet as our paths converge on our journey through life.