United Kingdom and Ireland
December 19, 2020

Sunday Bulletin 20 Dec 2020


Smith Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 2NS, England

Served by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter by appointment from the RC Archdiocese of Liverpool. 01925 635664 – warrington@fssp.org

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  • Rector: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP
  • Assistant: Fr Ian Verrier, FSSP (also Choir & Organ)
  • Assistant: Fr Alex Stewart, FSSP
  • Visiting Priest: Fr Andrew Jolly
  • Shrine Secretary: Mrs Jane Wright

Opening Times:

Sundays: 10:00am-1:00pm & 5:00pm-7:00pm (Holy Masses 11:00am & 6:00pm; Sung Vespers 5:00pm; Confessions 10:30am-11:00am & 5:30pm-6:00pm)

Weekdays: 11:00am-1:30pm (Confessions 11:40am-12:05pm; Holy Mass 12:10pm)

Saturdays: 10:00am-1:30pm (Eucharistic 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.

Safeguarding: If you have concerns about children or vulnerable adults, please contact the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Department on 0151 522 1043 or e-mail safeguarding@rcaol.co.uk, or speak with Clare Fraser, St Mary’s Safeguarding Officer. Thank you for your awareness.

Support St Mary’s Shrine: send your donation via our Donate page: https://fssp.co.uk/donate/.

Ask 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 for us to process than cash: Lloyds Bank ; Sort Code: 30-80-27 ; Account number: 30993368 ; Account name: FSSP Warrington

COVID: Please 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.

 Use Priory 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-10:55am   Three 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). ☞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. Thank you in advance. ☞FSSP 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 years.

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.

UK Death Rate (Source www.indexmundi.com/g/g.aspx?c=uk&v=26)

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
9.36 9.38 9.41 9.43 9.47

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. 

Launching St Mary’s YouTube channel to make LiveMass recordings available permanently. Visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_NVY7jpDIhANiwjng1gN0w.

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 malleray@fssp.org. [Obviously subject to Covid regulations in late January: check our website for updates.]

Prayer intentions for our sick: Frances Fawcett, John Marechal, Hilda Creagan, John Sunderland, Steve Humphrey.


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.

Sun 20 IV Sunday of Advent, I Class 5pm Vespers 11:00am 6:00pm All St Mary’s Faithful Holy Osman recovery
Mon 21 St. Thomas, Apostle, II Class 12:10pm Fr Donnelly
Tue 22 Feria, II Class 12:10pm Peter Mulihern
Wed 23 Feria, II Class (No Men’s Group) 12:10pm Teresa Jeffs
Thu 24 Vigil of the Nativity,                         Carols 11:30pm 12:10pm All St. Mary’s penitents of the week
Fri 25 Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ 00:00am 9:00am 11:00am All St Mary’s Faithful Thanksgiving St. Joseph Thanksgiving for St. Marys’ Priests
Sat 26 St. Stephen, Protomartyr, II Class Adoration & Confessions 10:00am-12noon  12:10pm Ethan Jones
Sun 27 Sunday in the Octave of the Nativity, II Class 11:00am 6:00pm All St Mary’s Faithful Rev Fr Peter O’Neil (R.I.P)
Mon 28 Holy Innocents, II Class 12:10pm Fr Gilbride FSSP
Tue 29 5th Day in Oct. of Nativity, (St. Thomas, B. Martyr, I Cl) 12:10pm Ronald Hannah
Wed 30 6th Day in the Octave of the Nativity, II Class 12:10pm Fr Joseph Bibby
Thu 31 7th Day in the Octave of the Nativity, II Class 12:10pm Kevin King
Fri 1 Octave of the Nativity of the Lord, I Class 12:10pm All St. Mary’s penitents of the week
Sat 2 Saturday of Our Lady, IV Class Adoration & Confessions 10:00am-12noon  12:10pm Catholic Creationism
Sun 3 Most Holy Name of Jesus, II Class 5pm Vespers 11:00am 6:00pm All St Mary’s Faithful Rocco Robinson

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