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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

Archdiocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Fr Paul the Younger will be travelling this week to Lourdes with the Archdiocesan Pilgrimage. He will be leading the Lourdes Music Group assisted by people from our parish and from other parts of the diocese. All parishioners intentions will be remembered during the Masses and prayer of the pilgrimage. Please pray for all those who are travelling to Lourdes either as assisted pilgrims, hospitalite, youth, chaplains and musicians.

‘Lourdes At Home’ Day

A number of people have asked why we are not having a “Lourdes At Home” Day this year. The simple reason is that we have not been able to get a day when all the priests have been available at the same time, at least not during the Lourdes Pilgrimage itself. We will try our best to make sure we can have one next year, God willing.

However, one of the highpoints of the day is the Mass of Anointing. Since we are celebrating the centenary of the apparitions of Fatima this year, it would be good to have a similar gathering of the whole Deanery near the date of the final apparition in October. So, at the next Clergy Meeting, which is in August, we will try to come up with a few dates and hopefully have a similar celebration to “Lourdes At Home” at this time of the year. Watch this space for more details.

" A Blooming Great Tea Party"

To raise funds in aid of Marie Curie.

Tuesday 18th July 2017

between 10.00am and 12 noon

in St Richard’s Jubilee Hall, Crab Tree Lane, Atherton.

Please come along and enjoy some tea, coffee and cakes with the Leigh and Atherton fundraising group.

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Trial Summer Sunday Mass Schedule



Once again we will be trying out a different Mass schedule for the Summer months. At the recent Open Meeting it was suggested that we need to cut down on Mass times with the prospect of losing a priest very much a probability in the next year or two. So the Summer Mass schedule gives us an opportunity to look at what possibilities we have and have a trial run, as it were. The Summer Mass Schedule will not, at present, effect the Saturday evening Masses, but we are going to have a trial run, during the month of August, of the following times for Sunday morning Mass:-

The usual Mass times, including the 6.30pm Sunday evening Mass, will resume once again on the first weekend of September, 2nd & 3rd.


In today's Gospel we consider how we receive the Word of God in our lives. Do we try to take in and live the Word of God? Do we act on what we hear at Sunday Mass so that our actions throughout the week are lived in the light of the Gospel or do we forget about it once we have left church? How can we ensure that the Word of God is planted deeply in our hearts and is with us on a daily basis, becoming our way of living and a real part of who we are?


By Mana, Ethiopia from ‘LiveSimply’ Cafod

ed. Annabel Shilson-Thomas


It's not too late to grow some of your own vegetables and enjoy chemical & package free, fresh crops. The only distance they will travel is from your garden to your door, so you'll be saving on food miles too!

Five of the easiest and most rewarding veg to grow are salad leaves, courgettes, beans, tomatoes and potatoes.


How can you nurture and grow the Kingdom of God in your daily life?

Take time out with God to pray; to listen to him, to integrate His word into our daily life.

Take time to act - for others in the world, the poor, the homeless, the needy, the sick.


Parish Forum

The next meeting of the Parish Forum will be on Tuesday 5th September at 7.30 pm at St Ambrose Barlow.

Living Fully

“Living Fully” is a new initiative introduced by the Nugent Care Society to enable every child and adult with a disability to encounter Jesus in the life of the Church today. A day of study, worship and workshops will take place soon exploring how all life is a gift from God and how every person has a valuable and dignified place within the Body of Christ, the Church. The day will take place at LACE Conference Centre, Croxteth Drive, Liverpool, on Saturday 23rd September from 10.00am-4.00pm. Cost is £10 which includes lunch.

“Come & See” Conference

The next Archdiocesan “Come & See” Conference will take place at Christ The King High School, Stamford Road, Southport, over the weekend of October 14/15th. The keynote speaker this year will be Fr.Timothy Radcliffe. There are many other workshops and prayer sessions taking place over the weekend. For more information please contact Jenny at Irenaeus on 01519491199 or by email jenny@irenaeus.co.uk or www.irenaeus.co.uk.

  Fatima Pilgrimage

It is a few weeks since we went on Pilgrimage to Fatima. It was a wonderful week. Everyone on the Pilgrimage seemed to really enjoy it.

After arriving in Fatima – via a flight to Lisbon – on the Monday evening, it was a little too late to do any pilgrimage sights on arrival. However some of us did venture out to watch the end of the Rosary Procession, which was very moving since there were 1000’s of people there. Fatima does not get the same number of pilgrims as Lourdes, apart from around the dates of the apparitions and, of course, when Pope Francis is there! However, the Rosary Square is huge and the numbers of pilgrims who do arrive each day are dwarfed by the size of the place.

On one side stands the older basilica, where Lucia, Francesco & Jacinta, the three children who saw Our Lady, are buried. Francesco and Jacinta were recently canonized and enormous pictures of them are displayed on the outside walls of the old basilica.

Just near the old basilica is the Apparition Chapel, erected very close to the site of the place where Our Lady appeared to the children 100 years ago. In the Apparition Chapel can be seen the statue of Our Lady of Fatima; the crown which she wears is adorned with many jewels and also with the bullet with which Pope John Paul II was shot in St. Peter’s Square in 1981.

On the opposite end of the square is a new basilica, which is adorned with a massive set of rosary beads which light up at night. Next to the basilica is a beautiful 80 foot depiction of the Crucifixion. It can be seen from miles around. It is truly an amazing place, very beautiful and very peaceful.

As our first day ended we joined with the Rosary Procession at night and felt the peace of being close to Our Lady in Fatima.



Twelve Apostles RCPS are looking for a Foundation Governor to start in September. This is a voluntary role and you don’t need any qualifications or expertise, just a commitment to making a difference to our young children’s future. If anyone is interested or would like to find out more about the role please contact Father Kieran or Mrs Newton the Head teacher on 01942 674312 for an informal chat.

Padre Pio Prayer Group - Minister Wanted

The Padre Pio Prayer Group meets at 10.00am every Saturday morning at St Ambrose Barlow. The group has Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament every other week. A minister is needed to help with this. If you can help, please contact Fr Paul Grady or Albert Nuttall at St Ambrose Barlow.

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 screening is RSC’s “Titus Andronicus” on Wednesday 9th August.