To seek Our Lady’s increased protection on the Fraternity of St Peter and all those entrusted to our care, there will be a wordwide Marian consecration on 11 February, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Every day after Mass, 2-10 of February, we will pray a novena for the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in preparation for this consecration. All members of the Confraternity of St Peter, and any faithful in our apostolates are invited to join in this novena, as follows:
Decade of the Rosary Memorare:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
Act of Consecration on Friday 11 February:
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Help of Christians, behold this day before thy feet, the priests and seminarians of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, together with all those who, united with us as a spiritual family, place their hope and trust in thee. O Queen and Mother of all priests, it was by thee that Jesus, the High Priest and Victim, was given unto the world, and He in turn has given thee as Mother to us. Intercede, therefore, we implore thee, for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the Cross. Look with favor upon the work we seek to do for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Obtain for us by thy prayers the graces we need as members of the one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, to be instructed and enlightened by her Magisterium, to be devoutly zealous for the graces of her Sacraments, and to be unfailingly loyal in our unity with the Vicar of thy Son.
The rest of the text is recited only by priests and seminarians of the Fraternity:
Conscious of our own frailty, and of the hatred of the world for the works of light, we offer this day to thy Immaculate Heart our Priestly Fraternity and beg thee to take it under thy patronage. We chose thee, this day and evermore, as our advocate and Queen, and devote ourselves and all those souls who seek our priestly care, together with all our works and all we have and are, to thy loving protection. To thee and to thy Immaculate Heart, we entrust and consecrate ourselves. Assist us in our endeavours to spread the Kingdom of thy Son, so that those who have strayed from the truth may once more attend to the teaching of the Church; those separated from her unity may return to the one true fold; those in sin may be restored to a state of grace; and those who have abandoned the Sacraments may return with fervor to receive them. O Virgin Most Pure, do thou, together with Saint Peter, and all the angels and saints, pray for us all in these times of trial. May thy love and protection be ever upon our Fraternity, so that we may faithfully proclaim the Holy Gospel and bring the Sacraments to ever more souls. Obtain for us by thy prayers that we may persevere in grace until death, when we may be united with thee, our loving Mother, in the house of the Father. Amen.
11:40am-12:05pm; Holy Mass 12:10pm)
Adoration 10:00am-12noon, with ongoing Confessions; Holy Mass 12:10pm)
Daily Holy Mass
online with homily: on LiveMass.net > Warrington: Sun
11:00am; Mon-Sat 12:10pm, and the same on demand 24hrs after 3pm upload
for weekday Masses, and over 7days for Sunday Mass.
you have concerns about children or vulnerable adults, please
contact the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Department on 0151 522 1043
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s
Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.
us for a Gift Aid form to increase your donation by 20% at no extra cost to
you. Gift Aid envelopes can be obtained from our
Secretariat. Standing orders are easier and quicker
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observe social distancing, sanitizing and one-way system as signed, and kindly
cover your face with a mantilla, scarf or mask unless exempt.
We thank our
stewards who generously give their time to secure a safe environment for
all visitors to St Mary’s. Please make sure to follow their instructions and
abide by the regulations (unless exempt from some), including social distancing
and one-way system.
Court Car Park through automated
gates. Do ask the clergy for the access code on your next visit. Please park on
any spaces to the FRONT & RIGHT of the pedestrian gate into the Presbytery
garden and church, as the spaces on the LEFT of that gate are for office users.
Holy Mass booklets, rosaries for
sale. Ask us after Holy
Mass. Cash only.
WELCOME TO OUR VISITORS THIS CHRISTMAS!
Frs de Malleray, Verrier, Stewart and Jolly wish
you a blessed feast of the Nativity of the Lord and assure you of their
prayer at the altar. They thank you for your dedication and support to the
liturgical, devotional and material life at St Mary’s Shrine.
EXTRA CONFESSIONS: 24 Dec: 11pm-11:50pm; 25 Dec: 10:30am-10:55amThree reminders:
☞While the Nativity of the Lord is not a holiday
of obligation this year due Covid, every able Catholic should attend
Holy Mass that day: either Midnight Mass (even before midnight), or the
Dawn Mass, or the Mass of the Day (Holy Communion can be received at the Midnight
Mass and also at one of the two others if one wishes).
receive Holy Communion: one must be a Catholic, in state
of grace, one-hour fasting at least. In the EF liturgy, Holy Communion is
received kneeling (unless unable to) and always on the tongue. Thank you in advance.
clergy do not retain Christmas and Easter collections for personal
use. All Christmas collections will be used for the day-to-day running of
St Mary’s Shrine (which includes the food, lodgings, pension allowance and
salary of your priests).
Heartfelt congratulations to and prayers for: Martin and Georgie
Turner on the birth of their first child Tamara last 13th November;
Matthew and Gemma Stankiewicz on the Holy Baptism of their first child Theresa
Agnes last 12th December; Lewis & Arran Hartley, Nicholas Tang
on their Holy Baptism last 11th December; and lastly John Sunderland
on his Reception into the Church and Confirmation on 18th December
last. We include in our prayer a further three young adults under instruction
to become Catholics, and any converts received at St Mary’s over the past few
Well done St Mary’s children who sang carols at nearby elderly home,
with all Covid protections in place.
St Mary’s logo freshly printed on mugs and coasters: £10 for 1 mug + 1 coaster altogether (or £7/mug and £3/coaster). Buy yours before Christmas after Sunday 11am Mass in the Narthex (cash only).
Thank you to the families at St Mary’s
Wednesday Educational Meeting for their very generous support to our Advent Charity Fund raising
‘soup kitchen’ amounting to £111.71 for the upkeep of Priory Court.
To date, Covid-19 vaccination is optional civilly and morally. No one should be forced to take it. Furthermore, even though the production of one such vaccine be proven to have no connection with the “abominable crime of abortion” (Vatican Council II, Gaudium et Spes, 51), the UK death rate so far doesn’t justify more stringent precautions against Covid than against flu. In addition, the Government and vaccine producers have warned against negative side-effects including serious risks to pregnant women and persons with severe disabilities. Classical moral theology teaches that remote material cooperation in evil (in this case, for vaccination with abortion-connected vaccines) could be justified if: 1) There must be no realistic alternative; 2) One must make known the moral objections; 3) There must be a sufficiently grave, proportionate reason.
Since the UK death rate has not exploded so far compared with past years, and since a vaccine totally free from connection with abortion is to be hoped for, conditions 1) and 3) are not met in the present UK situation. Currently, one might choose to take a vaccine free from any connection with abortion if the threat of Covid contamination were felt greater than the known and unknown side-effects of Covid vaccines.
Homilies for Sundays and major feasts will be uploaded regularly. Thank you to our LiveMass/YouTube operators.
Annual Vocation Weekend: Fri 29 Jan 2021 at 17:00 – Sun 31 Jan 2021
at 14:00. For single Catholic men 18+. St Mary’s Priory, Smith Street,
Warrington WA1 2NS, England. Contact email@example.com.
[Obviously subject to Covid regulations in late January: check our website for
Prayer intentions for our sick: Frances Fawcett, John Marechal, Hilda Creagan, John
Sunderland, Steve Humphrey.
HOLY MASS INTENTIONS
No bookings for our Masses, including Christmas. However, if you travel from a distance, we recommend that you arrive by 11:30pm on Christmas Eve for our carols service and confessions. This way you will be absolutely sure to have a seat. Late comers who could not have fitted in at Midnight will have the option to attend right after Midnight Mass a Low Mass (starting at about 1:30am, ending around 2:00am). Midnight Mass will start at midnight. Further Christmas Masses are 9:00am Low Mass and 11:00am High Mass.
IV Sunday of Advent, I Class
Thomas, Apostle, II Class
II Class (No Men’s Group)
of the Nativity, Carols 11:30pm
Mary’s penitents of the week
Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
for St. Marys’ Priests
St. Stephen, Protomartyr, II Class
& Confessions 10:00am-12noon
Sunday in the Octave of the Nativity, II Class
Peter O’Neil (R.I.P)
Innocents, II Class
Day in Oct. of Nativity, (St. Thomas,
B. Martyr, I Cl)
6th Day in the Octave of the Nativity,
Day in the Octave of the Nativity, II Class
of the Nativity of the Lord, I Class
Mary’s penitents of the week
Saturday of Our Lady, IV Class
& Confessions 10:00am-12noon
[More Masses are offered daily using the intentions booked on your behalf. Ask Fr Whisenant for further information if needded.]
Feast of the Most Holy Trinity Vespers & Benediction
Ethan and Riley Jones
St William of York
Votive Mass for a
Dorothy Newell RIP
St Margaret Men’s Group Talk & Sung Compline
Lucy & Adrian Porter
St John of San Facondo
Anna Theresa Joyce RIP
St Anthony of Padua
Our Lady of Mercy Group
II Sunday after PentecostVespers & Benediction
Votive Mass Against
Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament
Our Lady’s Holy Souls
St Gregory Barbarigo Men’s Group Talk & Sung Compline
Lucy & Adrian Porter
St Ephrem the Syrian
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Most Pure Heart of Mary Baronius missals p. 1755 (canonical title of St Mary’s Presbytery)
Our Lady’s Holy Souls
III Sunday after Pentecost Vespers & Benediction
Updating Mass times
While during lockdown LiveMass allows us to reach out to many souls far away from Warrington, the following enquiry is meant for those actually present in the pews under normal circumstances.
It will have been over three months without our congregation in the pews when Holy Masses resume, please God next month. Now is a good time to assess the needs and expectations of those among you who normally attend our Holy Masses.
While we kept the pre-existing 12:10pm weekday Mass since we took over St Mary’s in November 2015, we must recognise that this midday slot failed to attract those working in the town centre, who could have attended during their lunch break. On the other hand, nearly all of those who attend regularly could come at a more convenient time. Changing long-established Mass times must only occur if real improvement is expected. Thus, please email us your preferred Mass times, if applicable:
Monday-Saturday: 8am, or 9am, or 10am, or 11am.
Sundays: 8am and 11am; or (current schedule) 11am and 6pm.
Would you attend Sunday Vespers & Benediction at 5pm if continued after lockdown?
Any other suggestions regarding our regular activities?
Thank you for your support to St Mary’s Shrine during this lockdonw and after. You can send your donation here, mentioning ‘Warrington’ is relevant: https://fssp.co.uk/donate/
friends, supporters and benefactors, thank you wholeheartedly for your
continued interest for our Priory Campaign. While we already own
Units Two & Three (bought last October for £480k, i.e. £240k each),
we need to raise the remaining £125,000.00 (out
of £240k) before 16th October 2020
to complete the purchase of Unit One, currently leased to us.
you are aware, our aspiration is to buy the remaining part of Priory Court
(Unit 1) as part of the Campaign, but should we not have sufficient funds to
convert and reconfigure the whole Priory Court building to better suit the
needs of St Mary’s Shrine, then Unit One will be handed back to its owner in
October 2020 and Campaign funds would then be used for the purposes of
conversion and reconfiguration of the parts of Priory Court that we do own
(namely, Units 2 and 3).
Each unit is 2,561 Sq ft on three floors. We will thus own
5,122 Sq ft, plus 18 parking spaces.
get in touch with us if you would like further clarification or wish to discuss
a donation that you have made. Kindly email any inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
the lockdown, we haven’t been idle:
the entire country, our Priory Campaign has suffered from the Covid-19
lockdown. Work, social activities and fundraising were de facto
suspended. But we were able to transfer all the music archives on new shelves
into Unit One where our new Music Room is now located. This allowed us to move
our liturgical items into the original church Sacristy, until then used as
Music Room. With frequent solemn high Masses, Lauds, Vespers and Compline
prayed daily, and many altar servers, the need for a dedicated sacristy was
becoming critical. Playing musical chairs – no pun intended – our lay servers
moved into the former Sacristy, originally the Servers’ Vesting Room. This in
turn freed up the side Confessional they were using to hang their cassocks and
cottas, now available again as a Confessional when the church re-opens. The last
stage will be to move the free-standing confessional out of the Memorial Chapel
where confessions have been heard for five years, and to have the chapel used
for smaller groups, devotions etc. In addition, our only Meeting Room so far
was in the Presbytery. Moving it out into Unit 1 allowed us to turn that room
into a much needed sitting-room for our resident clergy and occasional guests
(until then we only had the dining-room and kitchen as common rooms at the
Presbytery). Last but not least, assessment has taken place to move all our
administration into Unit Three. We need to create offices for the four priests,
since so far all but one have only their bedroom for work. Our Secretariat,
Archives and storage will also move there.
of this would have been possible without the purchase of Units Two and Three
last October. If God grants us to complete the purchase of Unit One, it will
allow us to plan more activities beyond the immediate needs of Warrington, with
intercessoress: the Servant of God Elizabeth Prout (1820-1864) founded the
female branch of the Passionists with Bl. Dominic Barberi. Her congregation
served deserving families in the North West. The Sisters of the Cross and
Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ arrived in Warrington on 3 January 1899.
Their convent, 80 Buttermarket Street, was beside St Mary’s Benedictine Priory.
They came to teach, to visit sick and needy parishioners, to instruct
converts and to help the poor. The Sisters taught in St Mary’s girls’ and
infants’ schools from 9 January 1899 to 1967. Her congregation now ask to
be informed of any favour granted specifically through her intercession. This
could lead to her beatification. With the 200th anniversary of her
birth occurring this September, less than a month before the fundraising
deadline for our Campaign, I now request you confidently to make daily
if you can the following prayer: “Servant of God Elizabeth Prout, to further
your work of Catholic education and assistance to Catholic families in our country
so much in need of it, please obtain from God’s Providence the successful
completion of the Priory Campaign in Warrington, on the very location
where your Sisters served for decades.”
A monk of my acquaintance once drily remarked, as he looked
across at the banks of gloomy faces in the choir stalls opposite, that he
sometimes doubted the Resurrection had really happened.
The point is well made. It can be easier in a way, for us
Catholics, to identify with Lent and Passiontide than with Easter. Even if we
haven’t kept our Lenten resolutions as well as we would have liked, we still
relate more readily to the themes of penance and punishment, sacrifice,
suffering, and death, than we do to joy and peace and new life.
And there is good reason for this. Suffering and anguish is
ever present in our world – no one is spared it, to one degree or another, just
as all will certainly undergo the sentence of death. But joy, when it comes,
tends to be more fleeting, rapidly overshadowed by some difficulty. There is a
risk that Easter, for us, becomes little more than a natural consolation, a merely
temporary respite from gloom, when we are allowed to break the fast, put out
flowers, and eat chocolate – with little sense of something life-transforming.
Perhaps this seems all the more the case now of all times,
when the present pandemic continues to overwhelm just about the whole globe;
and does not appear to be ceasing for the commemoration of Our Lord’s
Resurrection. Indeed, we are denied even the consolation of celebrating Easter
by attending the sacred rites.
And yet Our Lord has truly risen – and we must, we must,
allow this glorious truth somehow to penetrate our lives.
There can be little doubt that the coronavirus pandemic is a
divine chastisement. This really ought to be an uncontroversial statement, but
it seems there is no shortage of people, even senior churchmen, to deny it. No
doubt this ultimately springs from a loss of the sense of the supernatural, the
recognition that God is the cause of all things whatsoever; but perhaps in part
it is motivated by a false understanding of God’s love and mercy (“a loving God
would never do that…”). And perhaps even more there is the anxiety that if we
say God is punishing for sin, then we must ask, ‘which sin?’; and then it
amounts to saying that those who die from the virus are the most guilty of that
sin, that they apparently ‘deserved it’.
But that’s not really the case. Firstly, to us Catholics, it should come as no surprise if chastisement is visited upon a whole people collectively, or if the innocent are asked to suffer on behalf of the guilty. After all, both these aspects are precisely the themes of Holy Week. Your clergy have been reciting, in the Divine Office, the prophecies of Jeremiah, warning of the wrath upon Israel, the exile into Babylon, and the destruction of the temple – culminating in his haunting lamentations that are sung in the Office of Tenebrae during the Triduum. And then on Good Friday, we looked at Our Saviour upon the cross, He who was without sin accepting the terrible price for the redemption of sinners.
As to which sin God is chastising us for – well, there will always be the temptation to name our ‘favourite’, whichever of the innumerable manifold vices and perversions of fallen human nature pique our interest. There is more than enough to choose from in the secular society: abortion, euthanasia, same-sex “marriage”, gender ideology, human trafficking… the list goes on and on. Or there is the spread of false religions or militant atheistic ideologies. And then within the Church we can make another catalogue: clerical sexual abuse, rampant heresy, disobedience, and schism, disregard of Sundays and holy days, liturgical abuses, widespread impurity, indifference and faithlessness, sacrilegious Communions, badly made confessions (if made at all), and so on. It seems foolish to try and identify just one that is the cause of all our ills. But all of these things eventually boil down to one – the rejection of and failure to worship the One True God. And for this, our collective punishment is long overdue.
And in reality, all of these faults put together pale into insignificance
next to but a single act of sacrilege or idolatry. We do not tend to feel it is
so – but God’s view is not our view. God tends to punish precisely by
abandoning the people to what they have craved. So in a world that elevates
individualism over communal responsibility, perhaps it is fitting that there
should be enforced ‘social distancing’; and if,
as I suggest, everything is ultimately about our failure to give God
right worship, then we should not be surprised if we Catholics have to bear our
brunt of the chastisement in our very particular way – the cessation of public
Masses (and even, in some places – horribile dictu – of all the sacraments).
In fact, in a sense, this is the worst of the curses. To say
this may seem to be incredibly cold and indifferent given the very real pain,
suffering, and loss that many are going through at this time because of the
virus, not to mention the horrific economic fallout. I do not mean in any way
to diminish this. But we should recognise that man’s purpose and fulfilment lies
precisely in the worship of God. We are more than the body only, and there is
more than this life only.
This is felt all the more keenly precisely by those who are
the most devout, who we would think least ‘deserve’ it, since they want to
offer God fitting worship and are struck by its loss the most acutely. But it
was ever thus. The prophets warned Jerusalem of what was coming and wept for
it, while the hierarchy repeated complacent, empty mantras: “peace, peace, but there
is no peace” (Jer. 6:14; cf Ez. 13:10), or “we have the temple” – then even
this consolation was taken away from them (Jer. 7:4).
Israel had gone after false gods; and then the True God withdrew from them.
Probably this Easter many will feel much like Psalm 136: “by
the waters of Babylon, there we sat and wept when we remembered Sion…how shall
we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?”
And yet, the Babylonian exile was not forever. Israel was
restored – at least in part – and the temple was rebuilt. And all this was for
a sign of the death and Resurrection of Our Blessed Lord. Ecce, omnia nova
facio (Rev. 21:5). Death is not the final word; Christ has claimed victory,
and it is decisive.
Thus there can be joy, even in the midst of distress and
bewilderment. It is not a transient sentiment, but a deep conviction that stems
from faith of the love that God has for us, a love proved dramatically on
Calvary. This joy does not simply happen on its own: it can and must be
cultivated, through acts of faith and above all charity.
This present moment too shall pass. But will our lessons have been learned? Divine chastisement is never a matter of an angry God fulfilling a lust for vengeance. It is a correction; and as a correction, it is a loving act of mercy, a means by which God draws us back to Him. For our part, we should not be longing for things to ‘return to normal’, but rather seeing where we need a true conversion of heart.
Is this not the message of St Paul? “For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin may be destroyed, to the end that we may serve sin no longer” (Rom. 6:5-6); and: “Therefore if you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Mind the things that are above, not the things that are upon the earth. For you are dead: and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ shall appear, who is your life, then you also shall appear with him in glory” (Col.3:1-3).
May we never again take the Holy Mass for granted! May we come to treasure anew the beautiful gift of the Sacraments. Let us prepare well to make good, humble confessions, and approach the Holy Eucharist with awe. Let us resolve above all to pray always, with thanks in our hearts, and to take every opportunity to give to Almighty God the adoration that is owed to Him.
And if we do this, the mystery of Easter will have truly
penetrated our lives, and the joy of the Risen Christ will be in us – and no
one can take this away.
BULLETIN of ST
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Priestly Fraternity of St Peter
of the RC Archdiocese of Liverpool
Rector: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP:
Assistant: Fr Ian Verrier, FSSP: email@example.com
Assistant: Fr Henry
Deacon Roger Gilbride, FSSP: firstname.lastname@example.org
(on pastoral placement until Easter)
In residence: Fr Alex
Stewart, FSSP: astewart@olg-
Holy Masses: Sunday 11am & 6pm; Mon-Sat
Confessions 30mins before every
Mass every day –
including from 5:30pm before 6pm Sunday Mass, and on Saturdays
10am-11:45amEucharistic Adoration: Sat 10:00am-12 noon; 1st Fri
7:40pm-8:40pm; most Wed. afternoon after school
Daily Rosary 11:30am Mon-Fri, 11am Sat. +
Sung Compline: Sunday 7:15pm, Wednesday 9:15pm
Stations of the Cross: Mon, Fri 1:00pm
Men’s group: Every Wed 7:00pm Mass + Talk
Mothers’ Prayer group: Wed 1:00pm
Adults Catechesis: most Sunday mornings withFr Whisenant
Home Education Group: MostWednesdays 1pm-3:30pm. Contact Alison Kahn 01925 727759.
Choir: Every Thur & Sun.Contact Fr Verrier for an audition if you would like to join our
choir – including Junior choir.
Young Adults & Professionals 18-35: Monthly Sat walk and/or talk:
Divine Mercy group: every second Tuesday 1:00pm
Pro-life group: Last Sat 10:15am
SUPPORT—Bank details: Account name: FSSP
Warrington. Account number: 30993368. Sort Code 30-80-27; Lloyds
Bank, Palmerston Road Branch. Ask us for Gift Aid forms and envelopes:
email@example.com. Registered Charity number 1129964
Safeguarding: Children, teenagers and vulnerable adults must be accompanied or
supervised at all times within the Shrine. If you have concerns, please
contact the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Department on 0151 522 1043 or
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s Safeguarding
Officer. Thank you for your awareness.
Church cleaning: please given an hour of your
time each week to keep St Mary’s fit for divine worship.
Addicts to drugs, alcohol: help available
with high success rate. Free. Confidential phone contact: 07916578902.
☞To receive Holy Communion: one must be a Catholic, in state of grace, one-hour fasting at
least. In the EF liturgy, Holy Communion is received kneeling (unless
unable to) and always on the tongue.
If no server, please hold the Communion plate against your throat. Thank you in advance.
☞ Printed Mass sheets: please don’t bin them, as we will use them next
year. Leave them in church Porch.
☞ Modesty in church: please cover your bodies at least down to
elbows and below knees; no tight or see-through garments.
☞Did you know? St Mary’s
Shrine costs £1,444/week to run and maintain. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Archbishop McMahon O.P. will come to St Mary’s Shrine to confer the sacrament
on Saturday 18th July 2020 at 3:00pm, followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Candidates from within and from
without the Liverpool Archdiocese are invited to contact Fr Whisenant as soon
as possible: email@example.com.
you to the ladies and clergy who worked hard to prepare
accommodation for our Annual FSSP Clergy
Gathering at St Mary’s last 3-5 Feb. It was a great joy to see all altars
and most choir stalls used for holy Mass and prayer daily.
By Sunday 23rd Feb, bring from your homes last
year’s blessed palms to burn to provide the ashes for Ash Wednesday.
Ash Wednesday 26th February. Day of FAST and
ABSTINENCE for every able Catholic. Come to holy Mass and receive the
blessed ashes: a powerful sacramental to begin our preparation to the
redemptive Passion of Our Lord.
re-dedication of England by our bishops as Our Lady’s dowry will
take place at 12noon on Sunday, 29th March, 2020. St Mary’s will
host special events on that day.
Mass for converts on Sat 21st March,
12:10pm. We invite all adults received into the Church or baptised at St Mary’s
over the past 4 years to join us with their families and friends on this
occasion. Refreshments will follow.
Congratulations to our parishioner Martin Turner
and his fiancée Georgie Burrows, who will be united in Holy Matrimony by
Archbishop Malcolm McMahon in Liverpool Cathedral on 28th February
at 12:30. We assure them of our prayer.
vacancies at Charles Forbes Court on Mersey Street,
over the fence from St Mary’s. Contact Donna Cowell 07799438993
Initiative Regina Caeli Academy
– coming soon to the North of England!
Our new Priory buildings give hope for increased educational
opportunities at St Mary’s. A meeting here will be announced soon for all those
interested (please suggest dates.)
Youth conference, Friday 28th Feb – Sun 1st March 2020. Willows
Training Centre, Great North Road, Wyboston Bedfordshire MK44 3AL. £115 by 31/12
or £135, with one of the FSSP UK priests offering holy Mass each day. Contact us urgently for sponsorship.
monthly Young Adults Group trek in the Delamere Forest last
Saturday. Further event: 14th March; 18th April; 16th
May. Also, Juventutem Summer Weekend
near London 3-5 July 2020.
Pilgrimage: 30th May-1st June 2020.
Days for Life, MANCHESTER: Help save lives this Lent by
praying for an end to abortion in our community. 40 Days for Life – 40 Days of
prayer, fasting and public outreach for an end to abortion runs from 26th February
– 5th April in Manchester. Launch meeting will be held on Sunday 23rd
February at 7.30pm at St. Kentigern’s Social Club, Hart Road, Fallowfield, Manchester,
M14 7BB. Please come along to learn more. Web www.40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/manchester-2/ Tel
(Other intentions were applied over
the past 2 weeks at private Masses. Please ask Fr
Whisenant for details.)
Lawrence Fraser RIP
Mass for Vocations • Stations for Priests 1pm
Winnie Davies RIP
Votive Mass for the
Votive Mass of St Joseph • Mothers’
Prayer Group 1pmMen’s group: Mass,
Talk, Q’s & A’s, Compline
Dec. Friends & Family of W. Moss
Ruth & Tony’s unborn baby
Votive Mass of the
Theresa & Charlie’s unborn baby
Votive Mass of the Holy
for Priests 1pm
Thanksgiving for favours granted
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Chair of St Peter. Plenary
Indulgence for Confrat. members
of St Peter
Votive Mass of the Holy Trinity
for Priests 1pm
Thomas & Christina Kennedy RIP
St Matthias, Apostle
Robert & Iris Strutford RIP
Ash Wednesday: Fast and Abstinence for all able Catholics. Imposition of ashes at all Masses.
Mothers’ Prayer Group 1pm • Men’s group: Mass (open to
anyone on this Ash Wednesday), Talk, Q’s & A’s, Compline
Josephine & Brian Swift
Feria • Stations for Priests 1pm
Christopher & Craig Cunninhgam
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
1st Sunday of Lent
Thanksgiving to the Bl. Virgin Mary
Dr Gordon Brydon RIP