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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

Atherton Carnival

The Atherton Carnival takes place on Sunday 25th of 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


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 coming weeks are:-

       Cathedral Concerts Society presents:

        Cathedral Anniversary Concert


CAFOD Café. The CAFOD Café will be open in Holy Family Hall after the 9am and 11am Masses next Sunday, June 25th . 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.


Liverpool Archdiocesan J&P Annual Assembly:

Saturday June 24th 9:30am – 4:30pm at LACE

The assembly, ‘The Signs of the Times’, will focus on making sense of our current political situation and asking how we respond as active followers of Jesus.

There will be inputs from Fr Tom Cullinan, Fr Nicholas Postlethwaite and Jenny Sinclair as well as witness reports from people who are involved in practical actions from across the diocese. There is no fixed charge for the day (donations accepted). Lunch is included.

Please come along if you can. You will be very welcome.


Liverpool Archdiocesan J&P and CAFOD Liverpool Event

On Saturday July 8 at 9.30am – 2.15pm (with shared lunch)

At St Joseph’s Parish Centre, Wrightington near Wigan, we are holding a joint event to focus on the international impacts of climate change and what we can do about it as part of the Climate Coalition’s Speak up Week of Action. The event is entitled: 

Listening to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor: the response of the Church in Latin America to Pope Francis’ call 


The programme includes: 

Fr Peter Hughes, Irish Columban priest who has lived in South America for over 30 years and is a CAFOD Partner.  He is a very impressive speaker and recently went with indigenous south American leaders to USA to give presentations to the UN, the US Congress and the US Bishops   He is also a significant liberation theologian. 


CAFOD’s Campaign Manager Sarah Croft will brief us on CAFOD’s new Power to Be Campaign and how electrical power can make a difference to the one in six people around the world who don’t have it so cannot become what they want to be, and how with the other Climate Coalition we can really make a difference!


Do let CAFOD Liverpool know please if you’d like to come at liverpool@cafod.org.uk or ring Ged or Colette on 0151 228 4028 and bring something to share for lunch.







Reflect:

This week we celebrate the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. For us, this has a two-fold meaning – we celebrate God’s gift of Himself, His body and blood, in the Eucharist and, as we share in His life, we become the Body of Christ, His Church.


In the First Reading Moses asks us to remember how, in the midst of great hardship, God kept His people alive in the desert by giving them manna from heaven and water from bare rock, so that they might learn that life is more than material things. Everything we have is gift; our lives depend on the goodness and faithfulness of God. In response, we sing a psalm of praise and gratitude to God for all His gifts.

As we come to receive the bread and wine that are the Body and Blood of Christ, we do not do this only as individuals, but as the one body of God’s people, sharing one loaf (Second Reading).


Jesus tells us that He gives Himself for our life and for the life of the world, so that everyone who eats the bread that is Himself will draw life from Him. Christ will live in us and we will live in Him for ever (Gospel).

(Taken from http://www.pathwaystogod.org/my-prayer-life )


Pray:

Bread for the world: a world of hunger.

Wine for all peoples: people who thirst.

May we who eat be bread for others.

May we who drink pour out our love.

(Bread for the World by Bernadette Farrell)


Act:

When you eat bread or drink wine this week, pause for a minute and bring to mind those people throughout the world who struggle on a daily basis to find enough to eat or drink.


Challenges:

Find ways this week to actively help those who hunger and thirst, both in spirit and in body – for example: write to your MP, make a donation of food or money or time, pray to end hunger, fast to end hunger.


Safeguarding Conference

Liverpool Archdiocesan Safeguarding Department will be hosting a conference on 8th July at LACE, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool, L17 1AA between 9.00 and 13.00.

The event is open to all who volunteer in the Parish and will focus on the role played within the Archdiocese by the Safeguarding Commission and its partner agencies.

There will be several workshops, which will focus on various aspects of Safeguarding and will be facilitated by the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Commission.


The workshops are:


To book a place on this event please ring the Safeguarding Department on:-

0151 522 1043 or Email: safeguarding@rcaol.co.uk

Please indicate in order of preference three workshops of your choice that you would like to participate in. Workshops are scheduled to last 30 minutes.


Thank You

The recent Bingo, Bring and Buy held by the Ladies Group raised £155 for the Juvenile Diabetes Resource Foundation. Many thanks to all who supported this event.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS  



Mass Times - Summer 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. We haven’t decided definitely on what we are doing this year but, just like last year, we won’t have the 6.30 pm Mass now until after the Summer. So this weekend will be the last 6.30 pm until further notice.  


A Summer Afternoon Cream Tea

Members of Bereavement Groups, Funeral Ministers and Dementia Champions are invited to the above event on Wednesday 12th July from 2.00 to 4.00 pm at LACE. The theme of this year’s event is “Sharing Precious Moments”. If you would like to attend please contact Maureen Knight on 0151 522 1046 or Email m.knight@rcaol.co.uk


Come Celebrate The Child

The annual Family Celebration Mass, “Come Celebrate The Child”, takes place at St. Anne’s Church, Prescot Road, Ormskirk, on Sunday 2nd July at 3.00pm. The main Celebrant will be Archbishop Malcolm. The theme of the Mass is “Welcome The Cross”. Activities to prepare for the Mass will being at 1.00pm. Please bring a picnic to enjoy in the Church grounds after Mass. For more information please

contact the Safeguarding Office on 0151-5221043 or safeguarding@rcaol.co.uk


Parish Forum

The next meeting of the Parish Forum will take place at St. Richard’s on Thursday July 6th at 7.30 pm. Please come along and join us.


“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



7th Tyldesley (St Ambrose Barlow) Brownies

Do you enjoy working with children? Do you like trying new things and having fun? 7th Tyldesley (St Ambrose Barlow) Brownies in are desperately seeking a new Assistant Leader to help to run their unit. Volunteers must be female, over 18, and willing to complete the Girlguiding Leadership training scheme. If you are interested and would like to find out what is involved please contact Rachel on 07968433831 or email girlguidingtyldesley@gmail.com


Pilgrimage to Fatima

A number of people from the Deanery are travelling to Fatima on Pilgrimage this week. We hope that they have a wonderful week away. The pilgrims will pray for everyone at the Shrine in Fatima, exactly 100 years since the appearances of Our Lady first took place.


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.