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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

This Week

First Holy Communion

Over the next few weeks we will be celebrating the First Holy Communions of our Year Four children. This will mean that there will be more people attending than normal and is a wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate a Christian welcome to those visiting our parish. Please pray for all our children that they may come to know the Lord's love in their lives as they receive the Eucharist for the first time.


First Holy Communion Celebrations

Very soon many of the children from the Parish will be making their First Holy Communion. Please keep them in your prayers. They will be celebrating on the following days:-

       Holy Family & St. Ambrose Barlow        at 11.00am.

      St. Ambrose Barlow at 11.00am.

The First Communion children from St. Gabriel’s will join the parish at the 6.00pm Mass at St. Ambrose Barlow on 20th May in thanksgiving for their receiving the Lord for the first time.


Response to the Archbishop’s Letter

Following on from the Archbishop’s letter, as mentioned at all the Masses last weekend, we will be having a Deanery Open Meeting in St. Joseph’s Parish Hall, Leigh this coming Wednesday, May 24th at 7.45pm. This is in response to the Archbishop’s letter concerning the shortage of priests and the numbers of people attending Mass – if you did not get a letter then there should still be some available at the back of Church. The initial meeting on the 24th is to reflect on the Archbishop’s letter and reflect together, sharing thoughts and ideas, on the way ahead. All welcome.


Parish ‘Spring Sing’ Social Night

The next Parish Singalong social night will be at

Sacred Heart (Hindsford) Parish Centre

Next Friday, 26th May

8.00pm till late.

Come along and enjoy a drink or two from the bar whilst listening to and joining in with Folk, Country, Traditional, Comedy and Classic Pop songs from the 50’s to the present day, led by local musicians and singers - some of whom have contributed to previous Parish Singalong nights and some who are coming for the first time. Hot pasties will be on sale at the interval.

Support our Parish Centre and have a good night out.

Admission free!


CAFOD Café

The CAFOD Café will be open in Holy Family Hall after the 9.00am and 11.00am Masses next Sunday, May 28th. 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.


Atherton Pentecost Service

Churches Together In Atherton are organizing a Pentecost Service outside Atherton Parish Church on Sunday 4th June in the afternoon. At the service Tyldesley Brass Band will provide the music and will play for us afterwards as we have refreshments in Atherton Baptist Church. More details soon.







Reflect:

Today's Gospel message can be summed up in the sentence, "If you love me you will keep my commandments". What does this mean to me?

'Mostly we find Jesus alive in the love of others. There is an energy of love which is connected to the energy of God, for God is love. There are times we find God close to us in prayer; but where we sense him alive mostly is in the ordinary and extraordinary loves of every day, in marriage, family, friendship and care for others.

Many of us do not realise that in this way we have been Christ-bearers. In listening to another, in care of all sorts, in putting ourselves out for the other, in working for justice and for peace the Spirit of God is alive and people are touched by God’s love through the co-operation of ordinary men and women.

Lord, make our love cheerful and kind. Let us know always that human love reflects your love.'

Donal Neary SJ


St Teresa’s prayer

Christ has no body now but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours.

Yours are the eyes through which he looks, with compassion on this world.

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good.

Yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, you are his eyes, you are his body.

Christ has no body now but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours,

Yours are the eyes through which he looks, with compassion on this world.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.


Act:

Acknowledge the presence of the people in your life. Show them you care by taking time to be with them, talk with them, listen to them; perform an act of kindness for them. Thank them for the things they do to make your life special that show you how much you are loved.


Challenge:

It's easy to show our love for those who surround us every day, our families, our friends and acquaintances. But what about those whom we do not know - those who are struggling to make ends meet; the sick and housebound; the mentally impaired; the friendless; those on the margins of society; the homeless person in the street; refugees seeking to escape the terrors of their own country?

What practical thing can I do this week to express my solidarity with those less fortunate than myself?


St Stephen’s presents its Summer Concert:

Spanish Connection

Salva Contreras Gila (Clarinet)

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Javier Navascues (Cello)


10th June 2017

7.00 for 7.30pm

Admission £10.00

Wine Bar + Raffle

St Stephen’s, Manchester Road, Astley


Atherton Carnival

The Atherton Carnival takes place on Sunday 25th June. At the Carnival we want to have a real Christian presence by having a Churches Together stall. We will need volunteers from all of our churches to put up a gazebo, to look after the stall by talking to people and giving out leaflets. If you can help in any way then please sign up at the back of St. Richard’s Church as soon as possible.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS


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 screenings are:

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

(Please note that the Deanery Open Meeting in response to the Archbishop’s letter will take place the same evening, when all the priests of the Deanery can attend.)

RSC’s “Titus Andronicus” – Wednesday August 9th


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 1.00 pm at Westhoughton Golf Club. If you would like to play please contact Richard (07900385494) or Joe (07402332955).


Justice & Peace Meeting

The next meeting of the Deanery Justice & Peace Group will take place on Wednesday May 31st at 7.30pm in St. Richard’s, Atherton. Please come along if you can. New members always welcome.


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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 or priests 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.


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 for full details.


Events during the next two weeks are:

Monday  May 29th: Jubilee Organ Recital by James Luxton

Friday to Monday, 2nd - 5th June: Cathedral Flower Festival: Cathedral Life - A Floral Tribute, 10.00am to 4.00pm

Saturday 3rd June: Golden Jubilee Dinner

Sunday 4th June: Solemn Jubilee Mass, 11.00am - 12.00pm


Atherton Carnival

The Atherton Carnival takes place on Sunday 25th June. At the Carnival we want to have a real Christian presence by having a Churches Together stall. We will need volunteers from all of our churches to put up a gazebo, to look after the stall by talking to people and giving out leaflets. If you can help in any way then please sign up at the back of St. Richard’s Church as soon as possible.


FORTHCOMING ECUMENICAL EVENTS


Ecumenical Walk

All are welcome to take part in a walk of witness on Thursday 1st June led by two Anglican Bishops. This will begin at St Stephen's, Astley at 8.00am with a short service before walking to St Mary's, Leigh to arrive around 10.15am. This is part of a prayer initiative called 'Thy Kingdom Come'.