St John's RC Church, Chorlton



Father McMahon       St. John’s & St. Teresa’s       Tel: 0161 881 3558

Reflection:                      

As we continue our preparations to celebrate the birth of Jesus, John the Baptist begs us to be ready, open your eyes and listen to his message. John is telling us, stay awake, and make a way for the Lord through all the shopping, the Santa’s, the parties and festivities, in what is still a very dark world for many. Thankfully someone always steps up to speak like John; parents, grandparents, children, a friend, teachers. But do we listen?

Let’s just reflect — there are many lonely voices. Somewhere at this moment a child is crying — crying for love, or maybe for bread.  Somewhere a young person is crying — crying for a listening ear or an understanding heart. Somewhere an old person is crying — crying for a visit or a word from his/her children. There are a thousand unheard cries in our world, coming from the victims of injustice and neglect. Maybe we are listening too much to the wrong voices.

Lord help us to listen to these voices. Above all, help us to listen to your voice telling us that we are loved by you and that we are to love one another.

 

Many parents give their children everything except themselves”.

 

“Wisdom is the art of knowing exactly when to speak your mind, and when to mind your speech“.

 

 People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do”.

 

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick:

Nancy Watt, Robert Cahill, Mary Kearns, Tom Williams, Nancy Kirrane, Jim      Prendergast, Kitty Farren, Nigel Mottram, Madeline Patten, Michael Moore, Claire  Facchinni, Una Furlong, Linda Pelusi, May Murphy, Mary Canny, Cath & Julie Stockton, Joe Kinsella, Nancy Jones, Mary Lally, Jim Flynn, Joe Kelly, Martin Noone, Chris Cuffe, Mick Connors, Betty Redmond, Eddie & Mazie   Farrell, Anne Calvey, Tony Murray, Tony Howley, Baby Hale-Seale, Maureen Dalingwater, John Regan, Debbie Mahon, Bill Lisgo, Charlie Cregg, Patsy McGrath, Liam  Rowney, Ann Creedon,  Janet Stevens, Gerry Finn, Mary Sands 

Lately Dead:

Tommie & Margaret Casserley (Rec. Sun 7.00pm Req. Mon 11.0am)

Patricia Pereira (Req. Tues 12.00pm)

Eddie Flynn (Req. Wed 20th 10.00am)

Rose Faulkner (Crem. Thur 28th 11.00am) 

Rose Walsh (Req. Fri 29th  10.00am)

Michael Dillon (St Alphonsus), Fr Eugene Dolan,

Jim Muldowney, Teresa Maher, Edith Baker, Norah Doherty, Phil Hopkins,

Joseph Bailey, Bernie Brosnan, George Robinson, Gerard O’Boyle,

 

Months Mind:

Essie Loonan, Michael Murray, Norah Doherty

 

Anniversaries around this time:

Tom Moran, Séan McCormick, Tim & Katie Coffey, Michael McCool, Michael Logan, John Oglesby, James Boyce, Moira & Gerald McCoy, Leo Hornby, Helen Maher, Maureen Leonard, Anne O’Grady, Bernard McCarthy, Sheila Cassidy, Séan McLaughlin, Chris & Mary Kieran, Nichola Angelides, Katie Child, Joseph Nowicki, Tony McKeown, Gerard Gallagher, Damian Callaghan, Patrick Moran, Annie Ginty, Bridie Kelly, Ellie Hotham, Bernie Chinton, Evelyn Poland, Kevin Byrne,Terry Hopkins, Danny Christian, Peter Mahon, Paddy McDevitt, Gerty Coyne, Michael O’Dwyer, Annie Moran, Roy Bamber, Kevin Galvin, John Dowling.

 

“Friendship consists in forgetting what one gives, and remembering what one receives”.

Congratulations to John & Mary McGagh on their 50th Wedding Anniv.- 27th December.

“Bless us Lord, this Christmas with Quietness of mind, teach us to be  patient and always to be kind ”.

 Christmas Programme:

Mass as usual on Sun- Christmas Eve 9.00am & 12.00pm

Family Mass 4.00pm & 6.00pm,

Midnight Mass (with carols at 11.30pm)

Mon- Christmas Day: Mass at 9.00am and 12 noon.

Tues - St Stephens Day: Mass at 12 noon

New Years Day: Mass as usual

 

“If you buy what you don’t want, you might have to sell what you need ”.

 

Glór Family Christmas Concert : Saturday. 16th  7.00pm in Church

St John’s School perform Carols by Candlelight: Tuesday 19th 2.00pm & 7.00pm in Church

 

Monthly Draw & Christmas Raffle: Friday 22nd Parish Centre

 

Bingo: Every Tues 8.45pm— Next spot 9th January.

 

New Year’s Eve: Family Party Night in Parish Centre 8.00pm.  Why not get all the family together, young and old and make it special. Say goodbye to this year and welcome in the new one.     

 

“It is nice to be important, but it is important to be nice”.

 

Christmas Fair: Once again thanks to all who worked and supported this effort. There was a lovely atmosphere and Fr. Christmas got all the messages. On the day you raised £2250.00 towards parish expenses.

Thanks to all the local shops and business for all their support.

 

Thanks

Once again a big thank you to one and all for making this year special. To Veronica for the sacristy work, Lesley for the beautiful floral arrangements, the Altar servers, Marta, Mary and Helen for the music, all the church cleaners for keeping God’s House tidy, the readers, lay servers and

Eucharistic Ministers for their commitment, and all who look after the Piety Stall, Margaret and Siobhan for running the Parish Centre, Mary for looking after the house. Likewise to Lily for making sure downstairs is clean and fresh, all the Catechists and helpers, to the school teachers and all the staff for their great part in Parish Life, also Greta, Tina and Phil for the

Parish Newsletters, but lastly to all of you for your dedication and support

every time.

 

God Bless

 

Bulletin for Sunday 10th December

2nd Sunday of Advent


Penance Service

A Penance service will be held on Tuesday 12th, 12noon, at St Anthony’s School. Several priests will be available to hear Confessions. Please give it your support.

Glór! Christmas Carol Concert

The choir, Kerry and the band will be holding their Christmas Concert here, next Saturday 16th, at 7pm.

It will be a lovely evening of Carols and Christmas Music to get you into the Christmas spirit! Admission free.


Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently including-
Michael Dillon & Phil Hopkins
Theresa Maher, whose Requiem Mass will be said here this Wednesday 13th at 10am
Tommy and Margaret Casserly, who will be received into church, next Sunday 17th at 7pm, prior to their Requiem Mass at 11am on Monday 18th



Bulletin for Sunday 2nd December

First Sunday of Advent


Christmas Fair

After 12 o’clock Mass, we will have our Christmas Fair in the Parish Centre. Great fun, for all the family, please come along and feel some festive cheer!

Mass at St Teresa’s

There will be a Mass to mark the beginning of Advent, at St Teresa’s school, this Wednesday 6th, at 2.15.

Schools Carol Service

Also on Wednesday, at 7pm in church, the local schools will hold their annual Carol Concert.


Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently, including

Mary O’Connor, whose Funeral Service will take place this Monday 4th December at 10.30.
Jim Muldowney, whose Requiem Mass will be said on Monday 11th at 11am



Bulletin for Sunday 26th November 2017

Christ The King

Christmas Fair Next Sunday 3rd December

Our Christmas Fair will take place after 12 o’clock Mass, in the Parish Centre. Loads of great stalls and activities. Any budding Bake-Off Champions are encouraged to bring any contributions for the Cake Stall!

Baptisms

As it is the Christmas Fair next Sunday 3rd, please remember that there will be no Baptisms after 12 o'clock Mass. The Enrollment Session will also be postponed until Sunday 10th.

Beech Road Christmas Lights

The annual Lantern Parade and Christmas lights switch on, takes place this Thursday 30th November. The parade will leave Beech Road Park at 5.30 for the Green, where Father Christmas will switch on the lights at 6pm. Glór! and Loreto High School Choir, will be singing carols round the tree.


Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently including Nora Doherty, whose funeral arrangements have yet to be announced


!Hold the front page!

There will be a Parish Meeting this Wednesday 22nd 7.30pm in the Parish Centre.

On the agenda will be the Christmas Fair – Sunday 3rd December and future developments in the Parish. Everyone is very welcome to come along.

Carol Services at the Hidden Gem

Every weekday, from 4th December to Friday 16th (then also on 18th, 19th & 21st), after 12.30 Mass, local schools and colleges will present a short Carol Service in the church.  St John’s Primary school, will take their turn on Thursday 14th. These are a lovely occasion and can provide a peaceful interlude to a busy day, if you are in town. Please take the opportunity to go in and listen.

A day of Fellowship for Men

The latest of these very successful events will be held on Saturday 2nd December 8.30 – 5.00pm, at Our Lady’s Parish Centre, Raby Street, Moss Side. £12/£6concs (includes breakfast and dinner). For more info or to reserve a place call Fr Pat Deegan – 0161 226 1730 pat.deegan@btinternet.com

Glor! Christmas Carol Concert

On Saturday 16th December, at 7pm, the choir will hold their annual Carol Concert. There will be the usual range of carols and Christmas music, from Once in Royal David's city, through to Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer and all points between. We will have the string and trumpet ensemble, soloists including Kerry Firth, a bit of Messiah and plenty of traditional carols to join in. The programme will last for around an hour. Admission is free. We hope to see you all there!



Buletin for Sunday 12th November 2017


Sacramental Programme

The first group of our Year 3 children will be taking their Sacrament of Reconciliation next Saturday 18th. Please spare a thought and your prayers for them and their families, as they take this important step on their journey if faith.

Frostys

Do you want to help St Teresa's . Well we have a solution! For a limited period of time (throughout Nov and Dec 17), you can help children & the school by voting at Tesco for us!
 It’s really easy to help us. All you have to do is go to any of the Tesco stores listed below and buy something. There is no minimum value, there is no need to buy a bag. You just have to go through the checkout and ask for a token when you’ve paid for your shopping.  The token should be placed in the display in-store, but be sure to place it in our slot: Friends of St Teresa's Primary; Project Title - Community Nature Trail. This is to develop the nature area adjacent to the Reception class. 
The fundraiser will only be available up until New Years Eve,
 Participating Stores:
ASHTON ON MERSEY EXP    M33 5PP
CHORLTON-CUM-HARDY EXP    M21 8AY
CHORLTON EXP    M21 9PT
MANOR AVE SALE EXP    M33 4XA
Sale    M33 7XN
SALE MOOR NORRIS EXP    M33 2UN
Stretford    M32 9BD 

Stretford    M32 0ZS


Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently including
Bridget McDonagh, whose Requiem Mass will be said at 12noon on Wednesday 15th November
Isobel Emmerich, whose Requiem Mass will be said on Thursday 16th at 10am
Seamus Mitchell, whose Requiem will also take place on Thursday at 6.30pm, prior to his return to Co Galway for burial
Michael Murray, who will be received into church at 7pm on Monday 20th, prior to his Requiem on Tuesday 21st, at noon.
Mary Frances Oates, whose Funeral Service will take place at 2pm on Wednesday 29th, at the crematorium

                                                                            


 Father McMahon               St. John’s & St. Teresa’s            Tel: 0161 881 3558

Mass times: Saturday 6.00pm. Sunday 9.00am, and 12.00 St. John’s

            Weekdays: 10.00am St. John’s

            Baptisms & Marriages by arrangement.

            Confessions Sat 10.30am and 5.30pm St. John’s              

 Reflection                                                                            31st Sunday - 5th November 2017

Today as we start Remembrance Month, and life is slowly slipping away, the Church presents Jesus criticising the so called religious people. Why? The Church is reminding us, take a look at yourself. He is now speaking to each of us, his followers, asking us to do a little self-evaluation. Am I really a follower of His? Is God part of my life? Do I allow Him influence what I say and do? Or has my faith become just a name tag? We promised to live and show Him to the children and to one another. But do I practice what I preach?

Over the last few weeks we heard how we must show love by witnessing for Him. Many do this, like Mother Teresa. Oscar Romero, Fr. Damian and others. But do we? Jesus calls those who fail to live up to be what they promised ‘Hypocrites’. Surely we would never like to be thought of like that. Yet if we fail to practice what we preach (We are for Christ), if we fail to give leadership and example at home or anywhere, are we any different to those criticised?

During this month we remember all our loved ones and ask God to give them Eternal Happiness, let us not just remember them, but imitate and then they will always be close to us.          

“A good example has twice the value of good advice.” 

Sick:Eddie Flynn, Robert Cahill, Mary Kearns, Tom Williams, Nancy Kirrane, Jim Prendergast, Kitty Farren, Nigel Mottram, Madeline Patten, Michael Moore, Claire Facchinni, Una Furlong, Linda Pelusi, May Murphy, Mary Canny, Cath & Julie Stockton, Joe Kinsella, Nancy Jones, Mary Lally, Jim Flynn, Joe Kelly, Martin Noone, Chris Cuffe, Margaret & Tommy Casserley, Mick Connors, Betty Redmond, Eddie & Mazie Farrell, Anne Calvey, Tommy Murray, Tony Howley, Baby Hale-Seale, Maureen Dalingwater, John Regan, Debbie Mahon, 

“Every Saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”

Lately Dead: PJ (peter James) Newell (Req Mon 13/11 10.00am), Tony Bailey (Req. Fri 10/11 10.30am),

Andy Reed, Bridie McGowan, Ivy Moores, Isobell Emmerich, James Devaney (Galway), Maria Gabrickes, Eileen Prendergast, Patrica Gibbons, Kathleen Bougrouge,.

Months Mind:

Kath Kettlewell, Meliteo Dufficey 

Anniversaries about this time:

Desmond Curley, Andrew Milnes, Bernard Mulvey, Barbara Nolan, Daniel Grogan, Tony McGowan, Mary Kennedy, Paul Creedon, Patrick O’Keeffe, Patrick O’Reilly, Mary Howley, Seamus Ward, Patricia Brierley, Josephine McPhillips, Gerard Gallagher, William Wilson,Sean & Eileen Loughrey, Jim Kileen, Michael Sheedy, Grace Pulz, Mary Jane Griffin,       Paddy Brogan, Anne Barry, Sally Fields, Byna Lowry, Elaine Curley, Peter McKinley, Paul Swanick, Kathleen Diamond, Joseph Hughes, Fr Joe Carter, Padraic Higgins, Anthony Chebrika, Antoinetta Farugia, Patrick Moran, Winnie Groarke, Tom Porter, Maureen & Mike Finn, Mary Heffernane, Frank Hornby, Philomena Finn, Seamus Prendergast, Peter Shires, Seamus Mulkeen, Anna White, Johnie Scott, Eileen Philips, Patrick Walls, Bridie Seery, Delia Conroy, Ellie Candon, Luke Morgan, Jack Sides, Tony Deasy, Katheen Howley, Harry & Bernard Kierman, Mary Kyriacou, Mary & Kath Neary, Tommie Cantillon, Norman McIlwaine , Paddy Tierney, Celia Logan, Tom Moran, Kilroy Family, Henry Moran, Paul Barry, John Bannim, Sadie Moore, Mary Killeen, Bernadette Holland, Jimmy & June Kenny, Mary McNulty, Mary McWalters, Tony Healey, Gerry O’Meara, Mary Hyland, Fr Derek Holmes, Mary McEvey, William Hunt, Evelyn Cox, Bridget Lavin, Tony Galvin. 

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.”

Monday 6th Nov. – Mass for all deceased Members in Irish Club - 8pm.   

Sunday 12th Nov. – Mass Southern Cemetery - 2pm.

Novena of Masses – Sunday 19th to Monday 27th Nov. – For all your deceased relatives & friends. Do send in a list of names for inclusion 

“As a child, my family’s menu consisted of two choices, Take it or leave it.”

2nd Meeting for First Confession & Holy Communion – Sunday 12th Nov. 10.30am

Hope in the Future – Can you put forward ideas for our Parish to support the faith of others? 

Congratulations – Chris & Michelle we wish them every blessing through Marriage.

Christmas Fayre – Sunday 3rd Dec. – After 12pm Mass

Loreto HS & Local Primary Schools Carol Service – Wednesday 6th Dec. – 7pm

St John’s School KS2 Children Present - Carols by Candlelight – Tues. 19th Dec. – 7pm

Christmas Programme will be as last year:

Christmas Eve - Mass - 4pm, 6pm & Midnight.

Christmas Day - Mass - 9am & 12pm

Great selection of Christmas Cards, cribs etc in the Piety Stall Now

Bingo: Tuesday 8.45pm – Great prizes.  Monthly Draw: Results at the back of Church.

“Smile, you don’t own all the problems in the world.”

God Bless

                                                                    


Bulletin for Sunday 29th October 2017

CAFOD Fast Day
Another £105 was donated last weekend. Thank you! If you would still like to contribute, perhaps sacrifice a meal or a comfort during this coming week and put any money you saved, in one of the envelopes in church, next weekend.
Christmas Fair
This year’s Christmas Fair will be held in the Parish Centre, after the Family Mass on Sunday 3rd December. Lots of stalls, activities, refreshments and an opportunity to stock up on some cards and gifts for Christmas.
All Saints and All Souls
All Saints Day, this Wednesday 1st, is a Holy Day of Obligation. There will be Masses at 10am, (11am in St John’s School) and 7.30pm. 
A Mass for all the faithful departed will be said at 6pm on Thursday 2nd, in conjunction with the Reception into Church of Bridie McGowan, prior to her Requiem Mass, on Friday at 10am. Please remember Bridie and all those who have died recently, in your prayers.
Acts of remembrance.
A Novena of Masses will be said in November, for all our loved ones who have passed away. Please submit the names of anyone who you would like to be included, using the envelopes at the back of church.
At 2pm on Sunday 12th November, a Mass will be said at Southern Cemetery, in memory of those who have been laid to rest there and in the local area.
A Mass will also be said on Monday 6th at 8pm, in the Irish Association Club, for all deceased members
Catenian Mass

There will be a Mass for the Catenians, this Friday 3rd at 7.30, in the Parish Centre

All Souls Requiem - at 6.30pm, Sunday 5th November, St Clement's will hold their annual, All Souls service. This is a lovely occasion, where people are invited to submit names and bring forward a candle, in memory of their loved ones. The choir sing Faure's beautiful Requiem to accompany the Mass. All are very welcome.


                                                                         


Bulletin for Sunday 8th October 2017


Sacramental Programme

Our Year 3 children and their families will be welcomed to the Parish Centre next Sunday (15th) at 10.30, for the first Sacramental Meeting. They will then be presented at 12 o’clock Mass. Please remember them all in your prayers as they take these important steps in their journey of faith. If your child does not attend one of our schools, but you would like them to be included in the programme, please speak to Fr Mac, who will make sure that they are included.


Paint Chorlton Pink!

As part of a series of events over the weekend of 20th-22nd October, to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the charity Prevent Breast Cancer are organising a Fun Day here in the car park, from 12-4pm on Saturday 21st October. There will be a Fun Fair, rides, activities and refreshments. This promises to be a super event for all the family, promoting a very important cause, so please give you support.


House!

Bingo in the Parish Centre, every Tuesday from 8.45. Cash prizes and plenty of fun to be had. All very welcome

                                                                    


Bulletin for Sunday 1st October 2017


Launch of Hope in the Future

Bishop John Arnold has announced the launch of Hope in the Future. An initiative designed to help grow the Church for future generations; and answer the call of Pope Francis for us all to be Missionary Disciples. Some of the details are explained in a Pastoral Letter, which can be read or listened to here

Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently, including
Philip Loftus, whose Funeral Service will be held at 1pm, on Thursday 5th at the crematorium.
John (Pat) McNulty, whose Requiem Mass will be said here, on Friday 16th at 10am

                                                                       


Bulletin for Sunday 24th September 2017


Mass at Loreto High

Fr McMahon will be saying a Mass of Welcome at Loreto High, for the New pupils of Year 7, This Thursday at 2.30pm

Feast day of St Teresa

Next Sunday, 1st of October, the 12 noon Family Mass will be said in celebration of the Feast of St Teresa. Children from St Teresa’s School will help to lead the service.


Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently, including
Brian Porter, whose Reception into church will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 27th, prior to his Requiem Mass at 10am on Thursday 28th
Iris Lennon, whose Requiem Mass will also be said on Thursday 28th at 12noon
Rita Maher, who will be received into church at 7.30 on Thursday. Her Requiem will be said on Friday at 10 am
Philip Loftus, whose Funeral Service will take place on Thursday 5th October, 1pm at the Crematorium

                                                                  

Bulletin for Sunday 17th September 2017


Sacramental Programme for Year 3 children

The Sacramental Programme will soon be underway for our Year 3 children and their families. If your child does not attend one of our schools, but you would like them to be enrolled into the programme for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, please speak to Fr Mac, who will be very happy to help.

St John’s PTA Autumn Fair

The Autumn Fair takes place, at the school, next Sunday (24th) after Mass. The event is open to all and promises to be a great afternoon, with stall and events for all the family. Raffle tickets are still on sale and some smashing prizes are on offer. If you would like to enter the St John’s Bake Off, please make sure that you deliver your entry to the school, between 11 & 11.30 on Sunday.


Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently, including
Nancy Murphy, whose Requiem Mass will be said here this Monday 18th, at 10am
Hilda Johanneson, whose funeral service will held at Southern Cemetery, on Tuesday 19th at 1.15pm
Mary Hall, whose funeral service will also be held at Southern Cemetery, on Wednesday 20th at 1pm
Kathleen Hughes, whose Requiem Mass will be said on Wednesday 20th at 2pm
Chris Regan, whose Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday 21st at 12noon
Amy Lennon, whose Requiem Mass will take place on Thursday 28th at 12noon
Rita Maher, whose funeral details have still to be confirmed

                                                                                                               


Bulletin for Sunday 10th September 2017

Our children returned to school this week after what was hopefully, a refreshing break. Please remember in your prayers and give thanks for the hard work and dedication of the staff, who provide such wonderful opportunities to the children. There will be a Mass at St Teresa’s School, this Tuesday, 12th at 2.15, to celebrate the start of the new academic year.


St John’s School Autumn Fair

The PTA will be holding the fair, at school on Sunday 24th, after Mass (1-3pm). Amongst the wide range of events and stalls, will be a raffle, with lots of great prizes. Tickets will be on sale after 12 o’clock Mass today. Only 50p a go!


Glór!

Our choir will start back tomorrow (Monday) after their summer break, from 7.30-9pm, in church. It is a mixed choir, which performs a very wide range of music, from Elgar to Elbow. New members are always welcome. Absolutely no auditions! 

Come along for a listen/join in or contact Richard, the Choir Secretary for more info glor-chorlton@outlook.com 


Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently, including-
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, who passed away on Friday
Lee Pether, whose Requiem Mass will be said here, this Thursday 14th at 12 noon
Siobhan Keely, whose Requiem will be said on Friday 15th at 10am
Mary Hall, whose funeral service will take place on Wednesday 20th , 1pm, at the Crematorium.

                                                                   

Bulletin for Sunday 2nd July 2017

Parish Census

Following on from ideas discussed at the Parish Meeting. We are trying to update our parish register, to give us a clearer picture of who is in the parish. It will also allow us to communicate news and events a little more effectively, particularly with those families who are unable to attend Mass regularly.

There are cards at the back of church, which can be completed and dropped in the box or alternatively, you can send details via the message box, on the Contact us page.

We are also looking for some volunteers, to act as Parish Reps for their road or immediate area. Nothing too onerous, but these people can help to deliver newsletters and keep in touch with people who may not be able to attend church, or do not use the internet. They can also help fill in blanks in the Parish Register.

If you can help either let us know by email, or tick the box on the card.

 


Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently including –

Rose Treacey, whose Requiem Mass will be said here, this Tuesday 4th at 12.30pm.

Catherine Parker whose Requiem Mass will be said on Tuesday 11th at 10am.

Christine Gallighan, whose Requiem Mass will be said here on Thursday 13th at 1pm

                                                                       


Bulletin for Sunday 18th June 2017

St Teresa's fair is almost upon us!

St Teresa's Summer fair will be held straight after school on Friday 30th June - more details on the Events page. Today Mickey Mouse will be outside after 12 o'clock Mass, posing for pictures and selling raffle tickets, also in support of a project to transform School Natural Area, into interactive area for growing vegetables, science and learning about the natural world plus a reflection corner. So children can think about God and what the world provides. - Dig deep!

St John's ABC 10th Anniversary Open Day

Next Sunday 25th June from 12-5 in the Parish Centre, there will be an open day to celebrate 10 successful years of our Boxing Club. There will be Charity stalls, activities, displays, climbing wall, bouncy castle, face painting, Total Wipeout - the list goes on! - something for all the family, so please go along and show your support.

Parish Meeting

You are all warmly invited to a Parish Meeting, to be chaired by Fr Mac. This Wednesday 21st, at 8pm, in the Parish Centre. The meeting will focus on further detail regarding the reorganisation of parishes, following the Bishop's consultation.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Grace & Kieran O'Shea, who tied the knot here this Friday. We wish them all the very best for their life together.

Fight the good fight

There is a lovely article on the CCR website, by Gary Stephens, on the role that boxing can play in bringing, teaching and developing faith in young people (featuring our own Fr Mac!) - http://www.ccr.org.uk/articles/fight-the-good-fight/

Blooming Great Tea Party

Chorlton Methodist Church are holding a Blooming Great Tea Party, in aid of Marie Curie, next Saturday 24th between 10.30 and 1.30. You will be very welcome to go along and show your support!

Please remember in your prayers all those who have died recently including-

Winifred Sellars, whose Requiem Mass will be said here on Tuesday 20th at 1pm.
Patricia Churchill, who will be received into church at 6.30pm this Wednesday 21st prior to her Requiem at 10.45 on Thursday 22nd.
Bertha Charnock, whose Funeral service will be held this Friday 23rd at 11.15 in Southern Cemetery.
Caroline Adesanya, whose Funeral Service will also be held on Friday, at 12noon, at the crematorium.
Robert Duffy, whose Requiem Mass will be said here, also on Friday at 12.30.
Please also pray for the victims of the terrible recent tragedies, in particular for the souls of those who died in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.


Bulletin for Sunday 28th May 2017

Statement from Bishop Arnold, on the tragedy in Manchester last week
The citizens of Manchester and the members of the Catholic community are united in condemning the attack on the crowds at the Manchester Arena. Such an attack that can have no justification.
I thank the emergency services for their prompt and speedy response which saved lives.
We join in prayer for all those who have died and for the injured and their families and all affected by this tragedy.
We must all commit ourselves to working together, in every way, to help the victims and their families and to build and strengthen our community solidarity.
Bishop John Arnold

Bishop of Salford

“We Are One” Walk 2017

On Saturday 10th June the Maranatha Community is organising a 'We are One Walk' From Salford Cathedral via St Ann’s Square to Manchester Cathedral.

This follows the two very successful walks of witness to Christian Unity from Salford Cathedral to Manchester Cathedral in previous years. (2000 and 2009). The day will start with a gather to worship at Salford Cathedral at 10.00 a.m. All are welcome to attend.

Half term

Our Schools are now on a well-earned break after another busy half-term.
Please remember all our children, teachers and staff, who have worked so hard over this academic year.


Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently including-

Nicola and her baby Lacey Mae Moores, whose Requiem will be said here on Tuesday 30th at 2pm
Bridget Lynch, whose Requiem will be said here this Wednesday at 10am
Debra Grech, whose Funeral Service will be held here this Thursday 1st, at 12 noon.
Freda Crawford, whose Requiem will be said here on Monday 5th at 11 am
Danny Toland, whose Requiem will be said on Tuesday 6th.
Frances Burns, whose Requiem will be said on Wednesday 7th
In particular, please pray for those who died in the terrible events of last Monday.
Requiem aeternam, dona eis Domine et lux perpetua luceat eis 

                                                               

Bulletin for Sunday 14th May 2017


First Holy Communion

The final group of our Year 3 children, from St Teresa’s will receive their First Holy Communion on Sunday afternoon. We wish them all our best as they reach this wonderful stage in their journey.


Crowning of Our Lady

This year’s ceremony, will be held after 12 o’clock Mass, next Sunday 21st. Everyone is very welcome to come along and enjoy the celebration.


Glór! & Chorlton Festival Orchestra Concert

Tickets for the concert on Sunday 21st, have sold out and there are no tickets remaining. 

If you have missed out and are looking for a good alternative, Urmston Choral Society, have their concert the night before, at St Werburgh's Church. The programme includes Insanae et vanae curae, which Glor performed at last year's concert and is great fun and Petite Messe Solennelle, which is a wonderful and very popular work. Tickets on the door or from 0161 748 0903.


Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently including-

Helen O’Driscoll, whose Requiem will be said here this Wednesday 17th at 10am
Elizabeth Maguire, whose Funeral will take place this Friday 19th at 10.45

Joy Robson, whose Requiem Mass will be said on Monday 22nd at 12 noon

John Daly, whose Funeral Service, will be held here on Friday 26th at 11.00
Nicola Moores and Baby Lacey May Moores, whose Requiem will be held here on Tuesday 30th at 2pm


                                                                     

Bulletin for Sunday 7th May 2017

Crowning of Our Lady

This year’s ceremony will take place on Sunday 21st May after 12 o’clock Mass. We will welcome Judith Lloyd, the Mayor of Trafford who will join to help to celebrate this lovely occasion.

Glór! & the Chorlton Festival Orchestra

Will be performing at 7.30pm, that same evening. Tickets will be on sale after Masses this weekend and next, or are available through Eventbrite.

Congratulations!

All our best wishes to Katie Fleming and Kevin Reilly, who were married here on Saturday.

Chorlton Arts Festival

Our local Arts Festival will take place between 20th & 29th May. Details of all this year’s events can be found here, including a wonderful looking concert by Urmston Choral Society, on Saturday 20th, at St Werburgh’s and of course, Glór! on the 21st. Please give it your support.

Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently including –
Reginald Graham, whose Requiem Mass will be said here on Friday 12th at 12.30
Helen O’Driscoll, whose Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday 17th at 10am
Beatrice Elizabeth Maguire whose Requiem Mass will be said on Friday 19th at 10.45

                                                                  

Bulletin for Sunday 30th April

National Youth Poll

If you are aged between 13-29 The Catholic Church wants to hear what you have to say about your life and faith. This Mega Youth Poll should take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete. The poll anonymised to give you the freedom to be frank. The church would love to hear your opinions, so you can give it a try here.

Holy Communion.

The first group of children, mostly from St John’s School, will be taking their First Holy Communion today, followed by a second group next Sunday and the children from St Teresa’s on the 14th. Please remember them in your prayers on these occasions of joy and celebration.

Glór! & Chorlton Festival Orchestra

Our choir and orchestra, along with some wonderful soloists, including our own Kerry Firth, are giving their Arts Festival Concert on Sunday 21st May at 7.30. Nearly one-hundred singers and musicians will perform Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem. Tickets are £8 full, £6 concs, £3 under 16s via www.glor.org.uk Tickets will also be on sale at the back of church after next weekend’s Masses.

Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently including-

Hilda Smith, whose Requiem Mass will be said here this Friday 5th May at 12 noon.
Thomas Reginald Graham, whose Funeral Service will take place on Tuesday 9th.

                                                      

Bulletin for Sunday 23rd April

Sacramental Programme

The first group of our Year 3 children will take their First Holy Communion, next Sunday 30th April at 2pm. Please pray for the children and their families, as they take this wonderful step on their journey of faith.

Parish Youth Reps

The Diocese are trying to find Youth Reps, for every Parish, to help engage younger Catholics, promote events and share learning and experiences. If you think you might fit the bill, please speak to Fr Mac or visit the Salford Diocese website for more information.

Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently including-

Steven Hogan, whose funeral will take place, this Wednesday 26th, 10.30 at the crematorium.
John Kiely, whose Requiem Mass will also be said on Wednesday at 5pm, in church, before returning to Ireland for burial.
Robert Delaney, who will be received into church this Thursday 27th at 6pm, prior to his Requiem at 12 noon on Friday.
Anthony Johnson, whose funeral will be held on Wednesday 3rd, 11.30 at the crematorium.
Donna Heggarty, whose funeral will also take place at the crematorium, on Wednesday 3rd, at 2pm
Tony Blackburn, whose Requiem Mass will be said here on Thursday 4th May, at 12 noon

                                                                 

Bulletin for Easter Sunday 16th April


Thank you to all of our parishioners who have worked so hard to make our Lenten preparations and Easter celebrations, such a great success. We are so very lucky to have had the help of Musicians, flower arrangers, cleaners, readers, servers, Eucharistic Ministers, to name but a few and special thanks to Veronica for making sure that everything has been ready for action, every day.

Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently including-
Franco Martinelli, whose Requiem will be said here this Tuesday 18th at 12noon
Pat Connor, whose Requiem Mass will take place this Thursday 20th at 10am
Cecilia Leech, whose funeral will take place this Friday 21st 3pm at the crematorium
Robert Delany and Caroline Adesanya, who have also died recently

                                                                     


Father McMahon               St. John’s & St. Teresa’s           Tel: 0161 881 3558

High Lane
Chorlton


                                                                                                              
Palm Sunday                                                                           Sunday 9th April 2017
Today Palm Sunday, we begin Holy Week, bringing together the coming of Christ in triumph into his own city and the proclamation of his Passion. The Passion is a drama with a large cast, and hearing it, we must ask “Where do I stand?” Because we are all in that, a story of betrayal, trial, suffering and death.         
Jesus of course is the central figure, fulfilling the role spoken of in today’s First Reading, “The suffering servant”. He puts up with all punishment and insult, because of his great confidence in God’s love.
We should all draw strength from his example of courage. Let us remember today all who stand for justice, those who speak against oppressive systems. Make sure and reflect during the week on what Christ endured, there are many opportunities to act and live like Him.       

“The greatest fault is to think you have none.”

Please remember in your prayers: 
Sick: 
Joe Kinsella, Nancy Jones, Josephine Robson, Denis O’Connor, Kath Kettlewell, Roena O’Mahoney, Bridie Henry, Mary Lally, Barry Regan, Christine Millar, Jim Flynn, Robert Delaney, Sandra Deckor, Joe Kelly, Mona Byrne, Martin Noone, Eva Sweeney, Eamonn Fahy, Noli McDonagh, Joe Moore,Mary Kearns, Tom Williams, Ita Conway, Chris Cuffe, Margaret & Tommy Casserley, Mick Connors, Betty Redmond,Eddie & Mazie Farrell, Anne Calvey, Grace Boyce, Mary Clarke, Michael Cunningham, Philip Peers, Rose Murray, Melitto Dufficey, Tommy Murray, Tony Howley, Robert Duffy, Mark Chebrika, Ann Meyer, Baby Hale-Seale, Maureen Dalingwater, Peter Dowling, Isaiah Carney, Tom Landers, Pauline Earley, Joseph Davidson, Tommie McKenna, John Regan, Ena Meehan, Lizie McKiernan, Helen Colling, Bridie Lane, Joyce Morgan, Louise Grace, Debbie Mahon, Hugo Boyce. Liam Rowney, Bill Lisgo, 

Lately Dead:
Kevin Murtagh (Rec. Tues. 6.00pm Req. Wed 12.00pm)
Franko Martinelli (Req. Tues 18th April 12.00pm)
Pat Byrne, Susan Sutcliffe, James O’Shea (Hackney), Celia Leach, Ned Comfort, Jimmy Walsh

Months Mind: Ted Gomes

Anniversaries about this time:
Joe Murtagh, Paddy Lyons, Joe Borowiak, Nora Dyer, John Gilligan, Tony Boland, Pat & Kath O’Brien, Eileen Ring, Bridie Keegan, Evelyn Doyle, Daisy Nasuna, Peter Burns, Kathleen Ennis, Jimmy Ellis, Pat Kelly, Teresa Bennett, Nora Mescki, John McKenna, Bernadette Reilly, Tony Lee, Barry Smart, Anne Keane, James Brennan, Des O’Hora, Paddy Healey, John Morgan, Sean Warnock, Johnnie Loughrey, Victor Hammond, Molly Mellarkey, Betty Stuart, Patricia Dillon, Tom Lavin, Alice Taylor, Bill Etchells, Richard, Andrew & Maureen Byrne, Mark Ruane, Nancy Hennessy, Charles & Teresa Donnegan, Helena Grundy, Delia Wright, Cecilia Murphy, Fr. Pat Keane, Edward Charlton, Mary Doyle, Tom Lowry, Bernadette Keane, Jimmy Moran, Eugene McLaughlin, Peggy & Jimmy Gleeson, Patsy Mooney, Frank Rogers, Maurice Clancy, Nula Casey, Jimmy Keaveney.  

 “No one gives more than he who gives hope.”

New Envelopes available, start 9th April – Have you signed a Gift Aid? 

Red Boxes – Tony Walsh is taking over from Marie as coordinator – Tel. 07792198295 

FROSTYS Meeting – Friends of St Teresa’s, will be holding their next meeting 7.30, this Tuesday 11th at The Quadrant pub.

Parking – We received several complaints last Sunday, from residents of the flats on Whitelow Road, as it seems some of our congregation filled the residents parking spaces. Please could you ensure that you show consideration to our neighbours and avoid parking on their land, causing inconvenience to them and embarrassment to us.

Refugee Aid Chorlton Thank you for your recent contributions. They are currently appealing for food, toiletries etc. for a container leaving in the next couple of weeks. A full list of the items they need and details of when the collection centre is open for donations, is on the noticeboard.


“Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.”
HOLY WEEK

“God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.”

Mon – Wed Mass 6.55am, 10.00am (Holy Week)        Tues - Holy Hour 7.00 - 8.00pm 
                     
Thursday 8.00pm:  Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  In this Mass we remember in a special way Jesus’ last supper with his apostles when he gave himself to them and to us in the Eucharist.  At this Mass there will be the ceremonies of the washing of feet and the presentation of the Holy Oils—which remind us to love, heal and sanctify.  After Mass the Blessed Sacrament will be removed from the Tabernacle and reserved on the altar of repose.  Here we watch and pray until midnight.

Good Friday 3.00pm: The Liturgy of the Passion.  Today is a day of fasting and abstinence.

“This is the wood of the Cross …”

Today we remember Our Lord’s Passion and Death on the cross and pray for all our needs.  
There is an opportunity to receive Holy Communion and to venerate the cross.

Good Friday 7.30pm:  The Stations of the Cross.

“If you wouldn’t write it & sign it, don’t say it.”

Holy Saturday:  (no Morning Mass)   Easter Vigil 8.00pm

“This is the night when you saved our fathers….”
The Blessing of the Paschal Fire, the lighting of the Easter Candle and the readings remind us of God’s love and concern.  This is all in a manner of a family reunion around the fire with someone saying, “do you remember the time when….” then the renewal of the Baptismal promises.

Can I encourage as many as possible to join us in St. John’s Church for the Easter Liturgy.  

Easter Sunday Masses:  9.00am, 10.30am (Extra Mass), 12.00 noon 

“Aim high in your career, but stay humble in your heart.”

Congratulations: It was so uplifting to see such great support throughout Lent for the different spiritual exercises - for the Holy Hour, the Stations of the Cross and the morning Masses.  I am sure many blessing were granted to you and your families. 

First Holy Communion Dates: – 30th April 2.00pm, 7th May 2.00pm & 14th May 2.00pm     

Crowning of Our Lady: – 21st May at 12.00 noon Mass – The Mayor of Trafford will be our special guest on this day.

Vivaldi Gloria & Mozart Requiem Glór! and the orchestra, will be giving their annual concert, in church, 7.30pm Sunday 21st May. Tickets – 07738 161352


“They who only think of Number One, should remember it’s next to 0.”

Happy Easter                               God Bless You All     

                                                             

Bulletin for Sunday 2nd April 2017


Mass Times for Holy Week

Palm Sunday Vigil (Saturday) 6pm, then 9am & 12noon
Holy Thursday No morning Mass – Mass of the Lord’s Supper 8pm
Good Friday No morning Mass – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3pm
Holy Saturday Lighting of the Easter Candle at the grotto, followed by the Easter Vigil from 8pm

Easter Sunday – 9am, 10.30am (extra Mass) & 12noon.

Refugee Aid Chorlton

The organisers at Refugee Aid send their sincere thanks for the donations received from St John’s this week. 
They are hoping to ship a container, part funded by Unicorn, to Athens in the next couple of weeks, due to a developing situation in Greece. Many refugees, including families and unaccompanied children, have found themselves in real hardship, with many living in squats, or out on the streets. More details can be found at https://www.facebook.com/soulfoodforrefugees/ 
I realise that, we are expected to support many very worthy causes at this time of year, however, if you are able to help they would particularly appreciate any of the following – 
Food pack for families – Spaghetti, UHT milk, washing powder, plain flour, sugar, 3 x tins tomatoes, lentils rice & pasta, 2 x sardines, biscuits, tea, coffee, olive oil (no glass jars)
Single person pack – Pasta, rice & lentils, 500ml cooking oil, 2 x tins tomatoes, chick peas, tea, coffee, sugar.
Baby – Pushchairs, moses baskets, nappies, travel cots, baby milk (liquid if poss)
Miscellaneous – (including) Toiletries, sanitary products, new underwear.

There is a full list of the items they need, on leaflets at the back of church, or on their facebook page. Donations of food, toiletries & small items, can be left in the box under the newspaper table, at the back of church, or (preferably!) taken straight to them – via the back entrance at Chorlton Central Church (Zetland Road entrance). Open 10-12 & 6-8 on Wednesdays & 10-12 on the 1st Saturday of the month.

Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently including-

Pat Byrne, whose Requiem Mass will be held at 11.30, this Wednesday 5th.
Susan Sutcliffe, whose funeral will take place this Thursday 6th 1pm, at the crematorium.
Kevin Murtagh, whose Requiem Mass will be said here on Wednesday 12th.
Franco Martinelli, whose Requiem will be said here on Tuesday 18th.

                                                     


Bulletin for Sunday 26th March 2017

Refugee Aid Chorlton

There is a box at the back of church for any donations. It will remain there for the coming weeks, so please have a look at the list of required goods & bring them along next week.

Taize Service

This evening at 7.30. St Clement’s are holding their monthly Taize Service. This is a lovely opportunity for prayer and contemplation during Lent. All are very welcome.


Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently, including-

Hilda Bond, whose funeral will take place this Tuesday 28th, 3.30pm, at the crematorium.
Robert Burrows, whose funeral will take place on Thursday 30th, 3.30pm, at the crematorium. 

                                                          

Bulletin for Sunday 19th March 2017


St John’s PTA Quiz Night

Please book your babysitters –  the annual PTA Quiz night will return on Friday 31st March in the Parish Centre. Looking for teams of approximately 8 - £5 per head This night raises vital funds for the Year Six Leavers Books.

Date for your diaries

Glór! and the Chorlton Festival Orchestra, will hold their annual concert at 7.30pm on Sunday 21st May, in church. They will be performing Vivaldi’s Gloria and Mozart’s Requiem. This will be another great night, given by musicians from the Parish and the local area. Programme and ticket details will be available in the next couple of weeks.

Refugee Aid Chorlton

Are a local group, collecting goods to ship to refugees in Greece and Syria and have asked for our help. There is a poster at the back of church, which outlines what they need and how a small contribution can make a big difference – from toiletries, clothes, food, toys through to money. There will also be a box left at the back of church for donations. Have a look at the poster or perhaps bring along any toiletries, personal hygiene or baby care products, that you may be able to spare, next weekend?


Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently, including-
Vincent Birrane, whose Requiem Mass will be said here, this Wednesday 22nd at 10am
Marion Carville, whose Requiem will be held here on Thursday 23rd at 12.30pm
Michael Nee, whose Requiem Mass will be said on Friday 24thth at 12noon.
Fr Edmund Maguire, who passed away recently, in Ireland

                                                                        

Bulletin for Sunday 12th March 2017


St Patrick’s Day Events Friday 17th March

There will be Masses held in Church at 6.55am, 10am & 7pm
There will also be a Mass in St John’s School at 9.15am, followed by some St Patrick’s Day Festivities and entertainment.

In the evening, there will be a Social in the Parish Centre, with music, dancing and fun for all the family, straight after the evening Mass

World Youth Day 2017

In the years when there is no single global celebration, World Youth Day is celebrated in the Dioceses, normally on or around Palm Sunday. Here in Salford we have a celebratory gathering for our young people at the Salford Cathedral Centre on Saturday 8th April 2017, from 13.00 – 17.00 with Mass at 4.00 p.m. There will be music, praise, workshops, adoration, and a chance to meet Bishop John who will be presiding at the Mass. Everyone is very welcome. For more information please contact Lorraine Leonard (Lorraine.Leonard@dioceseofsalford.org.uk)

“Celebrate” Northwest 2017

“CELEBRATE” is a Roman Catholic Charismatic weekend for familes, a faith-filled fun event for all ages, combining good Christian teaching, inspirational speakers and celebration of the Liturgy, all in the power of the Holy Spirit. The North West weekend takes place at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield, on 22nd – 23rd April 2017. Speakers include Fr Eamonn Mulcahy, David Payne and Maria Heath. For more information check the website or contact Christ or Martina on 01706 640359

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including-

John Cartwright, whose Requiem Mass will be said here, on Monday 20th at 10am
Agnes O’Leary, who will be received into the church at 6pm on Wednesday 22nd, prior to her Requiem on Thursday 23rd at 10am.
Michael Nee, whose funeral details are still to be confirmed
Claire Marie Kendrick, whose funeral took place here, last Wednesday 8th
Fr Geoffrey Hilton, who died suddenly, last week.

                                                                                                       

Father McMahon     St. John’s & St. Teresa’s    Tel: 0161 881 3558

 Newsletter for Lent 2017

                                                                                     Sunday 26th February 2017

Reflection:

Nowadays the papers and the media are full of advice, indeed everyone we meet wants to advise us on physical health, it’s become a fulltime preoccupation. Lent in contrast, invites us to focus on our spiritual lives. It gives us a chance to look into ourselves. There we will see that we are no Angels. We can all do better, but we know we need God’s grace and support to do this.

So Lent, which begins on Wednesday- Ash Wednesday provides us with a window of opportunity to look at ourselves, and see how we can become better follows of Christ, real Children of God.

 

Lent Is a kind of spiritual pruning time.

There is much that is useless and perhaps harmful in our lives,

which saps our energy, and diminishes our spiritual fruitfulness.

Of what shall we prune ourselves this Lent,

so that we may become more fruitful branches of Christ the true Vine?

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel.”

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick:

Denis O’Connor, Kath Kettlewell, Roena O’Mahoney, Bridie Henry, Mary Lally, Barry Regan, Christine Millar, Jim Flynn, Robert Delaney, Sandra Deckor, Joe Kelly, Mona Byrne, Martin Noone, Eva Sweeney, Eamonn Fahy, Noli McDonagh, Joe Moore,Mary Kearns, Tom Williams, Ita Conway, Chris Cuffe, Margaret & Tommy Casserley, Mick Connors, Betty Redmond,

Eddie & Mazie Farrell, Anne Calvey, Grace Boyce, Mary Clarke, Michael Cunningham, Philip Peers, Rose Murray, Melitto Dufficey, Tommy Murray, Tony Howley, Robert Duffy, Mark Chebrika, Ann Meyer, Baby Hale-Seale, Maureen Dalingwater, Peter Dowling, Isaiah Carney, Tom Landers, Pauline Earley, Joseph Davidson, Tommie McKenna, John Regan, Ena Meehan, Lizie McKiernan, Helen Colling, Bridie Lane, Joyce Morgan, Louise Grace, Debbie Mahon, Hugo Boyce. Liam Rowney, Bill Lisgo, Terry O’Brien, Maureen Martin.

Lately Dead:

Michael Keogh (Req. Thur 12.00pm), Sarah Williams (Req. Fri 12.00pm)

Alison Hodkinson (Req. Sat 11.00am)

Michael Murphy, Padraig Cullinane, Pat Gailey, Joseph Francis Purcell, Selina Nash.

Geoff Parker, Mary Doherty, Jimmy Walsh, Seamus Farrell, Danilo Bistacchi,

Michael Conneally (USA).

“A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.”

Anniversaries about this time:

Frank Muldoon & Declan (Grandson), Phylis & Kevin Leamy, Peter Drumm, Martin Tarpey,

Winifred Shires, Mary & Elsie Neary, Ken Burke, Madge Gillespie, Patsy Hand, Jamie Burke,

Jerry Flanagan, Billy Reilly, Kate & Charlie Conlon, Ted Connor, John Watson, John Gavin,

Edwina Hughes, Kathleen Furey, Tony & Trudy Galvin, Elsie Kedian, Sean Wheelehan,

Pat Byrne, Pat & Mary Moran, Paddy Geoghegan, Tom Lardner, George Lally, Hugh Cronnley,

Peggy & Tommy McDermott, Patrick Folan, Alf Sherriffe, Gerard Griffith, Helen Lavelle,

Lorraine Lee, Bill Regan, Anne & Austin Henry, Senan Hough, Kath King, Pat O’Brien, 

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

 

Lenten Programme

 

Ash Wednesday Mass times: 6.55am, 10.00am and 7.00pm

 

During Lent there will be Mass at 6.55am and 10.00am Monday - Friday.

 

Holy Hour with Novena & Benediction Tuesday 7.00 - 8.00pm

 

The Stations of the Cross Thursday 7.00pm

 

 Exposition after Saturday Morning Mass till 12.00pm

 















“Anyone who isn’t pulling his weight is probably pushing his luck.”

Bingo: Tuesday 8.45pm – Great prizes

Needed: Musicians to support Choir and Orchestra – Performance Sunday 21th May (a 2nd Bassoon in particular!)

Friday 17th March: School Mass 9.15am followed by a celebration

St Patrick’s Night Social: Parish Centre – After 7.00pm Mass 

“Enjoy what you can and endure what you must.”             

Monthly Draw:  Why not join, £4.00 per month – let me know. Next draw Tues 28th February

Photos: Have you any old memories that could be of interest? Let’s have them to be displayed

“Good work isn’t cheap, cheap work isn’t good.”

Weddings: If you have booked a Wedding for later in the year and haven’t yet filled in the Form 1, please get your Baptismal Certificate and come and see me as soon as possible

“There is no greater fraud than a promise unfulfilled.”

                                                                

Bulletin for Sunday 26th February 2017

 

Women's World Day of Prayer

This annual event will be held at St Ninian's on Wilbraham Road, this Friday 3rd March at 7pm. All are very welcome to come along. This years theme has been prepared by the Christian Women of the Philippines.

Lenten Programme

All the times for the services and Masses during Lent are displayed on the Mass Times page. There will once again, be an additional daily Mass at 6.55 each morning, to give an extra opportunity to those who have work or school run commitments, the chance to attend Mass.

St Patrick’s Night Social

There will be a celebration of St Patrick’s day in the Parish Centre after Mass at 7pm

Help required for the 6.55 Mass

We could still do with more Eucharistic Ministers and Readers for the early Mass, during Lent. If you can help, please put you name on the list on the noticeboard.

Day of Fellowship for Men

Saturday 18th March 8.30-5pm at Our Lady’s, Raby St, Moss Side. The cost is £10 (£5 concs), including breakfast and lunch. The theme this time is Finding Jesus in the heritage of the church. If you want to go along, or would like more information call Fr Pat Deegan 0161 226 1730


Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including-

Roger Platt, whose Requiem will be said here, this Thursday 2nd March at 10.30am
Michael Keogh, whose Requiem will also be said on Thursday, at 12pm
Veera Williamson, whose Requiem will take place this Friday at 12pm
Alison Hodkinson, whose Requiem will be said this Saturday at 11am

                                                                  

Bulletin for Sunday 19th February 2017


Marie Curie are asking for your help!

Marie Curie are organising a Manchester Street Collection, for the Great Daffodil Appeal on 3rd & 4th March. They need some more volunteers to work as collectors. Collection shifts are 2 hours long and they'll be there all day on both days, so there are plenty of shift times available. People are more than welcome to bring along family and friends- the more collectors the better! If anyone wants to get involved they can email Emily, on Emily.sharman@mariecurie.org.uk or call 0161 255 2809. 

Your prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including-
Michael Murphy, whose Requiem Mass will be said here, this Tuesday 21st at 10am
Fr Joe Waring SJ who died peacefully at the Jesuit House in Preston.
Canon Harry Jones who passed away on Monday 13th February.
Father Willie Fallon, who died peacefully on Thursday 26th January at Salford Royal Hospital.


                                                              

Bulletin for Sunday 5th February 2017

Family Disco

St John’s PTA are holding a Family Disco, at the Parish Centre this Friday 10th, from 7pm. Lucky Dip, Sweet Stall, Raffle, Tattoos. Chance for the kids (and the parents!) to let their hair down. Free Entry.

Sacramental Programme

The next meeting, in preparation for Holy Communion, for the Year 3 children, and their parents will take place this coming Sunday, 12th February, 10.45 in the Parish Centre. Please remember them all in your prayers as they make the next step on their important journey.


Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including-
Victor Briffa, whose Requiem Mass will be said here this Wednesday 8th at 10am.
Jeff Parker, whose Requiem will take place next Tuesday 14th at 12noon.
James Walsh, whose Requiem will be said on Friday 17th, also at 12noon.

                                                                      

Bulletin for Sunday 29th January 2017

Monthly Draw

This months’ draw will take place this Tuesday 31st at Bingo, in the Parish Centre. If you would like to take part, the cost is £4 a month and you can join at any time. Ask Fr Mac to put your name down or approach one of the agents, who will be happy to sign you up!

The Blessing of St Blaise

The daily Mass, this Friday 3rd, will celebrate the Feast day of St Blaise, during which the Blessing of the Throats will be given, to cure and protect against all afflictions of the throat.

Family Disco

St John’s PTA have organised a Family Disco on Friday 10th February, at 7pm, in the Parish Centre. There will be lots of activities for the children and entry is free of charge.

Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently, including-

Peter Holliday, whose funeral service will take place, at the crematorium, this Monday 30th, at 11.30am.
Margaret McGlynn, whose funeral will take place, at the crematorium, this Friday 3rd at 1.30pm. 

                                                                 

Bulletin for Sunday 15th January 2017

 

Monthly Draw

The next monthly draw will be held on Tuesday 31st January during the weekly Bingo Night. All are very welcome to come along – see if you can win back some of your Christmas expenditure!

Strengthening our presence as a Church: A journey in hope

This weekend the Diocese of Salford published its plan for the future organisation of its parishes and churches. This release followed a very successful consultation process during the latter half of 2016. The consultation saw over 2000 responses to the proposed plans. The overwhelming majority of these responses were positive, as parishioners across the diocese embraced the message of the diocese moving forward to enable its local mission. The document released by our Bishop outlines the changes to the parishes that will be implemented over the coming months and years: it illustrates how the diocese can be better organised to reflect the number of people regularly attending church and the number of priests in the diocese.  Just over 100 parishes will be involved in amalgamations. More details and a copy of the full plan are available here.

Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently, including-
Nellie Finnigan, whose Requiem Mass will be said here this Friday 20th at 12.00


                                                                    

Bulletin for Sunday 8th January 2017

The Epiphany

Happy New Year to you all, as we celebrate the Feast of The Epiphany

Please say a little prayer for the pupils and teachers of our schools who begin another exciting term, this week.

Glór! our choir, also start back this Monday 9th at 7.30. You are very welcome to go along & give it a try.

Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently, including-
Tom Moran, whose Reception into church takes place on Monday 9th at 6pm, followed by his Requiem, on Tuesday at 10am.
John Tynan, whose Requiem will be said this Wednesday 11th at 10am.
Jack Casey, whose Requiem will be held on Thursday 12th at 7pm, before his remains are returned to Co Mayo.

                                                                


New Year’s Eve: 

Family Party Night in Parish Centre 8.00pm.  Why not get all the family together, young and old and make it special. Say goodbye to this year and welcome in the new one.      

 Newsletter 3rd Sunday of Advent– 11th December 2016

Reflection:                       
Today we celebrate ’Gaudete’ or Rejoicing Sunday, because as John the Baptist told, Jesus, the Light, the Redeemer, is coming into our world.  He just wants us to welcome Him, Will we?
It’s been said that Mary had a dream about birthday celebration for her son. The people were preparing for weeks, they had decorated the house, gone shopping, bought many elaborate gifts. It was very peculiar though, the presents weren’t for her son. They wrapped them up in beautiful paper and placed them under a tree inside the house. They even decorated the tree with colourful ornaments, and put an angel on the top of it. Everyone was so happy. They gave the gifts to each other, but not to my son. I don’t think they even knew him, they never mentioned his name, you know I’m convinced if He had come to this celebration, he would have been an intruder.
How sad for someone not to be wanted at his own birthday party. I’m glad it was only a dream, imagine how awful, if it had been real! 
Just stop and think!          


“It’s not what you have that counts, it’s what you do with what you have“.

            

Please remember in your prayers:


Sick:
Sandra Deckor, Leo Hornby, Joe Kelly, Mona Byrne, Jim Flynn,  Martin Noone, Margaret Glynn, Eva Sweeney, Eamonn Fahy, Noli McDonagh, Joe Moore, Mary Kearns, Tom Williams, Ita Conway, Chris Cuffe, Margaret Casserley, Mick Connors, Betty Redmond, Eddie &  Mazie Farrell, Anne Calvey, Grace Boyce, Michael Cunningham, Philip Peers, Rose Murray, Mary Clarke, Melitto Dufficey. Tommie Murray, Tony Howley, Russel Rainkin, Martin Doherty, Robert Duffy, Mark Chebrika, Ann Meyer, Baby Hale-Seaole, Maureen Dalingwater, Peter Dowling, Izaiah Carney, Tom Landers, Pauline Earley, Joseph Davidson, Sharon Hollins, Marie Hoey, Tommie McKenna, John Regan, Ena Meehan, Lizie McKiernan, Josie Morley, Anthony Stone, Paul Pearson, Helen Colling, Bridie Lane, Joyce Morgan, Robert Delaney, Louise Grace, Debbie Mahon, Hugo Boyce, Liam Rowney, Bill Lisgo, Maureen Martin.


Lately Dead:
Thomas Ward (Req. Tues 11.30am)
James Peters (Crem. Wed 11.30am)
Margaret McLoughlin (Req.Thur 10.00am) 
Claire Winterburn (Crem. Mon 19th 12.30pm)
Tony McKeown, Paul Carroll, Craig Gill, Anne Marie Teswell, Christine Sherratt


Anniversaries around this time:
Philomena Burke, Bridie Kelly, Bernadette Clinton, Annie Murray, John Dowling, Sean Warnock, Sheila Cassidy, Pauline Davis, Mary & Sean May, John Connors, Michael Logan, Mary Moss, Patrick Moran, Michael Groarke, Rebecca Sheedy, John Oglesby, Michael McCool, Pat Collins, Pat Cosgrove, Mary Robson, Odette Heslin, Joe & Elizabeth McDonagh, Andrew Galvin, George Lally, Bernadette Quinn, Kitty Carew, Richard Barrett, Elizabeth  Desmond, Frances Edwards, Annie Murray, Gerty Coyne, Eileen Gomez-Felicianno, Lena Kelly, Maureen Fitzgerald, Nick Angelides,  Teresa Duffy,
Norman Taylor, Patrick Moran, Joan Kenlay, Mary & Caroline Gill, Agnes Campbell, Kevin Byrne, Peter Mahon, Oliver McLaughlin, Paul Burns, Cassie Curley, Martin Campbell, Eileen Quinn, Mary Haughney, Sean McCormack, Gerard Gallagher, Joseph Nowicki, Evelyn Poland, Bernard McCarthy.  


“Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something”.
 

“Christmas is the season for kindling, the fire of hospitality in the hall, and the genial flame of charity in the heart.”


Thanks!
Once again a big thank you to one and all for making this year special. To Veronica for the sacristy work, Lesley for the beautiful floral arrangements, the Altar servers, Marta, Mary and Helen for the music, all the church cleaners for keeping God’s House tidy, the readers, lay servers and 
Eucharistic Ministers for their commitment, and all who look after the Piety Stall, Margaret and Siobhan for running the Parish Centre, Mary for looking after the house. Likewise to Lily for making sure downstairs is clean and fresh, all the Catechists and helpers, to the school teachers and all the staff for their great part in Parish Life, also Greta, Tina and Phil for the 
Parish Newsletters, but lastly to all of you for your dedication and support 
every time.
 

“Christianity helps us to face the music, even when we don’t like the tune”.

Christmas Programme:
Morning Mass as usual on Sat- Christmas Eve 10.00am
Wedding 11.30am
Family Mass 4.00pm & 6.00pm, 
Midnight Mass (with carols at 11.30pm)

Sun- Christmas Day: Mass at 9.00am and 12 noon.

Mon- St Stephens Day: Mass at 12 noon

Sun- New Years Day: Mass as usual

“You only live once, but if you live it right, once is enough”.

Glór Family Christmas Concert : Saturday 17th  7.15pm in Church

Monthly Draw & Christmas Raffle: Friday 16th Parish Centre 

Bingo: Every Tues 8.45pm—Great cash prizes

New Year’s Eve: Family  Party Night in Parish Centre 8.00pm.  Why not get all the family together, young and old and make it special. Say goodbye to this year and welcome in the new one.      

“A wise old owl sat on an oak. The more he saw the less he spoke. The less he spoke the more he heard. Why aren’t we like that old owl”. 

Christmas Fair: Once again thanks to all who worked and supported this effort. There was a lovely atmosphere and Fr. Christmas got all the messages. On the day you raised £2600.00 towards  parish expenses.

Thanks to all the local shops and business for all their support.


                                          

Bulletin for Sunday 4th December 2016
The Second Sunday of Advent


Sacrament of Reconciliation 

Another group of our Year 3 children have taken this important step in their journey of faith this weekend. Please remember them and their families in your prayers.

Christmas Fair

Come on down to the Parish Centre after 12 o’clock Mass, to enjoy some festive fun. Gifts, prizes and refreshments a-plenty are on offer. We’d love to see you there!

Loreto Carol Concert

The annual Loreto Carol Concert takes place, in church, this Tuesday 6th at 7pm. As ever, this will be a highlight of the season and very popular event. 

Glór! Christmas Carol Concert.

The choir, supported by soloists Kerry Firth and Jordan Harding-Pointon, will be holding their annual Christmas concert on Saturday 17th, at 7.15. Lots of traditional favourites for everyone to join in and some lovely pieces from the choir and soloists, to bring you some Christmas cheer!


Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including –

Tony McKeown, whose Requiem will be said here this Thursday 8th, at 10am
Paul Carroll, whose funeral will be held, at the crematorium, this Friday 9th at 3pm
James Peters, whose funeral will take place at the crematorium on Wednesday 14th at 11.30am.

                                                                         

Bulletin for Sunday 27th November 2016

The First Sunday of Advent

Christmas is coming!

Please remember that a lovely selection of Christmas cards and gifts are available from the Piety stall.

Christmas draw

Tickets are available at the back of church. This is a great way of raising valuable funds and who knows, you might win a treat for Christmas! 

Christmas Fair

Don’t forget that our annual Christmas Fair will be held in the Parish Centre next Sunday, after 12 o’clock mass. There will be gifts, cards, cakes, food & refreshments, games, prizes and maybe a visit from the big man!

Glór! Christmas Concert Saturday 17th December

Our choir will hold their annual concert of carols and Christmas music, from Hark! the herald angels to Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, with solos from Kerry Firth and Jordan Harding-Pointon. The concert will begin at 7.15 and finish shortly after 8pm, so is a lovely opportunity to sing in the Christmas season. Everyone is very welcome and admission is free.

Baptism

Just a reminder, that there will be no Baptism ceremony after Mass next Sunday 4th December.

The Baptism Enrolment Sessions in both December and January, will be held a week later, at 10.45 on the second Sunday of the month (11th December & 8th January).


Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently, including-

Tony McKeown, whose funeral details are yet to be announced

                                                                          

Bulletin for Sunday 20th November 2016
Christ the King

Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday 4th December, after 12 o’clock Mass, in the Parish Centre. Do come along and join in the festivities, buy some early presents, win a prize on the tombola and give your Christmas List to you know who….

A Christmas carol or two

With the first Sunday of Advent upon us next weekend, Glór! our choir, are already working hard for their Christmas programme. You will be able to hear them first this Thursday 24th on the Green. There will be a lantern parade from 5.45, then Carols on the Green from 6pm and the big switch on of the Christmas tree lights at 6.30.

The Annual Christmas Concert will be held after 6pm Mass on Saturday 17th December, featuring a host of your favourite carols and Christmas music, so make sure to put it in your diaries now!

Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently, including-
Josephine McPhilips, whose Requiem will be held here this Tuesday, 22nd at 10am
Francis McGreil, whose Requiem will be said on Wednesday at 1pm
Anthony Fernando, whose Funeral Service, will take place on Wednesday at 2.15pm at Southern Cemetery
Sarah Jane Best, whose Funeral Service will take place this Friday 25th at 11am at Southern Cemetery




                                                                            

Bulletin for Sunday 13th November 2016

Frostys Comedy, Bingo & Quiz Night

Friends of St Teresa’s are holding an event, at the school, this Friday 18th November. Money raised will go towards projects in the library and outdoor area. Tickets (£5) are available from St Teresa’s School, and hopefully a small number on the door.

Quarant’Ore at the Hidden Gem

Once again, the Hidden Gem will be marking the end of the liturgical year with a Forty Hours devotion from Wednesday 16th – Saturday 19th November. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for adoration in Church through these four days: there will also be opportunities for Confession and the recitation of the Rosary. Everyone is very welcome to call in for prayer at any time during these four days – if you are in Manchester for work, or shopping or any other reason, please pop in!

Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently including-

Bill Wilson, whose Requiem Mass will be said this Tuesday 15th at 10am.
Henryk Gwizdek, whose Requiem will also be said on Tuesday at 2pm.
A Mass of the Angels will be said for Daniel James Grogan this Wednesday 16th at 1.30
Patrick O’Keeffe, whose Requiem will be held here this Thursday 17th at 10am
Mary Delaney, whose Requiem will also be said on Thursday at 1.45 

                                                                              

The next meeting of the Sacramental Programme will take place this Sunday 13th at 10.30, in the Parish Centre


Father McMahon                 St. John’s & St. Teresa’s           Tel: 0161 881 3558
High Lane
Chorlton


Mass times: Saturday 6.00pm. Sunday 9.00am, and 12.00 St. John’s
Weekdays: 10.00am St. John’s
Baptisms & Marriages by arrangement.
Confessions Sat 10.30am and 5.30pm St. John’s
                                                                                                               

Reflection                                                                            32nd Sunday - 6th November 2016
We live in an age when everything has to be explained, people question everything. But that’s nothing new, even in today’s Gospel, the Sadducees, questioned and challenged Jesus about the Resurrection and next life. In these dark and dreary days of November, even nature itself reminds us of the end time. And the Church today through the story in the Gospel, tells us, as if we didn’t know, this life will end, and the new promised life will bring us face to face with God. We will then all be reunited with our loved ones. 
In the Gospel story today, Jesus brushes aside, “Who will be with who? What will we look like? etc”, sidesteps their attempts to trap him by affirming that this new life to come, will be so different , we will all be in God’s company. This new life isn’t a cushy earthy life, as St John says “What we are to be, has not yet been revealed, all we know is that that when it is revealed, we shall see him as he really is”.
So coming to the end of our Church Year we are reminded again, don’t be concerned or frightened by all that’s going on around us in this life, but appreciate God’s love. Be faithful and look forward to the new life promised to us, God’s children. Live, knowing our Spring is an Eternal New Life in Heaven.  

“There will be a better world when the power of love replaces the love of power”.

Sick:
Sandra Deckor, Patricia Brierley, Joe Kelly, Mona Byrne, Jim Flynn, Martin Noone, 
Margaret Glynn, Eva Sweeney, Eamonn Fahy, Noli McDonagh, Joe Moore, Mary Kearns,
Tom Williams, Ita Conway, Chris Cuffe, Margaret Casserley, Mick Connors, Betty Redmond, Eddie &  Mazie Farrell, Anne Calvey, Grace Boyce, Michael Cunningham, Philip Peers, Rose Murray, Mary Clarke, Melitto Dufficey. Tommie Murray, Valerie Simpson, Billy McWalters, Tony Howley, Russel Rainkin, Martin Doherty, Robert Duffy, Mark Chebrika, Ann Meyer, Baby Hale-Seaole, Maureen Dalingwater, Peter Dowling, Izaiah Carney, Tom Landers, Pauline Earley, Joseph Davidson, Sharon Hollins, Marie Hoey, Margaret McLoughlin, Tommie McKenna, John Regan, Ena Meehan, Lizie McKiernan, Josie Morley, Anthony Stone, Paul Pearson, Helen Colling, Bridie Lane, Joyce Morgan, Robert Delaney, Louise Grace, Debbie Mahon, Hugo Boyce, Bill Wilson, Liam Rowney.

Lately Dead:
Patrick O’Reilly (Mullagh), Req. Wed 9th 12pm-Back to Cavan, 
Mary Howley-Walsh, Req Wed 9th 1.15pm
Ellen Cummins, Req Fri 11th 12pm
Paul Bowles, Denis Gilmore, Regina Hunt (Mayo), Una Haines(Australia), Mary Brennan, Joe Baker, Seamus Ward (Florida), Breda Buckley, Mary O’Brien, Frank Slattery (NY), Maura McNamara, Tony Murray, Paul Toman (Down)

Months Mind: Nora Brennan  


“Every Saint has a past and every sinner has a future”.

Anniversaries about this time:
Sean & Eileen Loughrey, Jim Kileen, Michael Sheedy, Grace Pulz, Mary Jane Griffin, Paddy Brogan, Anne Barry, Sally Fields, Byna Lowry, Elaine Curley, Peter McKinley, Paul Swanick, Kathleen Diamond, Joseph Hughes, Fr Joe Carter, Padraic Higgins, Anthony Chebrika, Antoinetta Farugia, Patrick Moran, Winnie Groarke, Tom Porter, Maureen & Mike Finn, Mary Heffernane, Frank Hornby, Philomena Finn, Seamus Prendergast, Peter Shires, Seamus Mulkeen, Anna White, Johnie Scott, Eileen Philips, Patrick Walls, Bridie Seery, Delia Conroy, Ellie Candon, Luke Morgan, Jack Sides, Tony Deasy, Katheen Howley, Harry & Bernard Kierman, Mary Kyriacou, Mary & Kath Neary, Tommie Cantillon, Norman McIlwaine , Paddy Tierney, Celia Logan, Tom Moran, Kilroy Family, Henry Moran, Paul Barry Sadie Moore, Mary Killeen, Bernadette Holland, Jimmy & June Kenny, Mary McNulty, Mary McWalters, Tony Healey, Gerry O’Meara, Mary Hyland, Fr Derek Holmes, Mary McMevey, William Hunt, Evelyn Cox, Bridget Lavin, Tony Galvin. 


“No one gives more, than he who gives hope”.

Monday 7th Nov. – Mass for all deceased Members in Irish Club 8pm.   

Sunday 13th Nov. – Mass Southern Cemetery 2pm.

Novena of Masses – Sunday 20th to Monday 28th Nov. – For all your deceased relatives & friends. Do send in a list of names for inclusion 

2nd Meeting for First Confession & Holy Communion – Sunday 13th Nov. 10.30am 


‘There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.’


Christmas Fayre – Sunday 4th Dec. – After 12pm Mass

Christmas Programme will be as last year: 
Christmas Eve - Mass -  4pm, 6pm & Midnight.
Christmas Day - Mass -  9am & 12pm

Great selection of Christmas Cards, cribs etc in the Piety Stall Now 

Bingo: Tuesday 8.45pm – Great prizes

“One kind word can warm three winter months”.


God Bless


                                                                           

Bulletin for Sunday 6th November

A newsletter is available in church today. I will put it up on this page on Monday.

Parish Meeting

A meeting was held on Wednesday, attended by Fr Mac and around 30 or so parishioners. We heard and discussed, the latest situation regarding the Diocesan restructuring programme. In essence, it is still very early days in a process which will take many years to evolve. The most dramatic effects will inevitably be felt in some of the smaller, less well attended parishes, from which St John’s will be sheltered. 

However, significant changes will still come to our parish and we should be prepared to help, inform and embrace these new developments wherever we can. In the short-term, we will continue to work closely with St Ambrose and await further instructions from Bishop Brian!

Bishop Brian speaks of “Mission Parishes”, where a major church in a Pastoral Area or in a wider parish of several churches, may have several priests based centrally and have responsibility for bringing the faith to everyone in the area. These churches are also to provide a welcoming and friendly environment, where people who are new to the faith, returning Catholics or Catholics who have been displaced by any of the forthcoming changes, will feel at home and at ease. The Mission Parish will lead by example and provide a refuge in unsettled times. Fr Mac was very keen that we should be proud that we have such a vibrant and welcoming parish and we should now make every effort to develop our own Parish Mission.

Christmas Fair

Also on the agenda was the Christmas Fair, after the noon Mass on Sunday 4th December. If anyone would like to hold a stall, or can help in any way, please speak to Fr Mac.

Christmas Cards

In the meantime, don’t forget that the piety stall has a great range of Christmas cards and gifts, on sale before and after Masses.

Masses of remembrance

Monday 7th 8pm in the Irish Association Club, in memory of all departed members.
Sunday 13th 2pm, at Southern Cemetery, in remembrance of parishioners who have died in the last year.

Sunday 20th-Monday 28th, Novena for all deceased friends and relatives (please pass their names to Fr Mac) 

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently including-

Patrick O’Reilly, whose Requiem Mass will be held here this Wednesday 9th at 12 noon.
Mary Howley (Walsh), whose Requiem will also be said this Wednesday 9th at 1.15pm
Nellie Cummins, whose Requiem will be said here on Friday 11th at 12 noon.
John Tierney, whose service will take place at the Crematorium on Friday 11th at 2.30
Henryk Gwizdek, whose  Requiem will be held here on Tuesday 15th at 2pm.

                                                                        

Bulletin for Sunday 30th October 2016

Annual Parish Meeting

There will be a meeting this Wednesday 2nd November, at 7.30 in the Parish Centre. Topics will include the Diocesan restructuring and its effect on St John’s and preparations for the Christmas Fair (4th December). If you can help, have any ideas, or just want to hear what is going on, you will be very welcome.

All Saints Day Masses

In addition to the 10am Mass this Tuesday, there will be a Mass at 11am in St John's Primary School, then an evening Mass, in church at 7.30pm

November Holy Souls

There will be a Novena from Sunday 20th to Monday 28th November. Please let Fr Mac have the names of any loved ones you wish to have remembered during the month.

Salford Diocese Lourdes Pilgrimage 2017

Volunteers Required! The 85th Salford Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage will take place between 28th July & 3rd August 2017. We are seeking volunteers, both medical and non-medical, to assist our sick pilgrims so that they may fully partake in our pilgrimage programme. We welcome volunteers of all ages and abilities and there are many areas in which you can get involved. We invite you to attend one of our Volunteer Information Meetings to find out more about joining our pilgrimage family.

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently including-
Albert ‘Paul’ Bowles, whose Requiem Mass will be said here this Wednesday 2nd November at 10am.
Dennis Gilmour, whose Requiem Mass will also be said on Wednesday 2nd, at 1pm

                                                                          

Bulletin for Sunday 23rd October 2016

Chorlton’s Got Talent Family Night

This Friday (28th), from 8pm in the Parish Centre. There will be a social evening, featuring music and local acts. The monthly draw will also be made and a great night will be had by all. If you feel brave enough to do a turn, let Fr Mac know!

Catenian Mass

A Mass and celebration of the work of the Catenians will take place in the Parish Centre on Friday 4th November, at 7.30

Sacramental Programme

The next meeting of the Sacramental Programme will be held in the Parish Centre on Sunday 13th November at 10.30. This will be the last stage of the preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which the children will take in the following weeks.

Masses of remembrance

A Mass for deceased loved ones will be said at the Irish Association, on High Lane Monday 7th November at 8pm

The annual Mass of remembrance for deceased members of the parish, will be held at Southern Cemetery on Sunday 13th November at 2pm.

Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently, including-

Cath Carey, whose Requiem Mass will be said here on Wednesday 26th at 10am.
Paul Bowles, whose Requiem will be said on Wednesday 2nd November at 10am.


                                                                         

Bulletin for Sunday 16th October

Sacramental Programme. 

Our Year 3 children and their families begin their journey towards First Reconciliation and Holy Communion today. Please pray for them as they begin their preparations.

House!

A very popular bingo night runs in the Parish Centre every Tuesday night from 8.45. Come along and win yourself a prize.

Advance warning.

There will be no Baptisms on Sunday 4th December (The day of the Christmas Fair).

Mass of Remembrance

Will be held this year at 2pm, on Sunday 13th November, in Southern Cemetery.

Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently, including-

Charles Steadman, whose Requiem will be held here, this Tuesday 18th at 12 noon.
Norman Bails, whose Requiem will be here, this Friday 21st at noon.

                                                                           

Bulletin for Sunday 2nd October

Thank you

Well done to all of those who helped organise or indeed bought some cake at the various Macmillan Coffee Mornings on Friday. These events were a great success and made a valuable contribution to their work.

St John's PTA Autumn Fair

Will take place after Noon Mass today. Please go along, enjoy the day & spend some money, to support the development of the outdoor play areas at the school.

Loreto Open Evening

Loreto High School are holding an open event for children in year 4, 5 & 6 and their families. 6-8 pm on Thursday 6th October.

Day of Fellowship for Men

Saturday 8th October, Our Lady’s Church, Raby St.,
Moss Side, M16 7JQ. 8.30am-5.00pm, Cost £10.00, Concessions: Students/Unemployed £5.00
(Includes breakfast and lunch). Advanced booking preferred.

Speaker: Gary Stephens. Theme: Dare to be a Disciple.

St John’s Talent Night

Friday 28th October, in the Parish Centre will see a social event featuring local acts. All are very welcome to come along & speak to Fr Mac if you can contribute to the entertainment!


                                                                           

Bulletin for Sunday 25th September 2016

St John’s PTA Autumn Fare

The Autumn Fare, will be held at St John’s Primary, next Sunday 2nd October, 1-3pm. There will be, games, live music, St John’s Bake Off, family portraits, cakes and toys. The money raised will go towards new playground equipment for Key Stage 1.

Sacramental Programme

The first meeting for our Sacramental Programme, for our year 3 children and their parents or carers, will take place at 10.30 on Sunday 16th October, in the Parish Centre. If your child does not attend one of our primary schools, but you wish for them to take their Sacraments in year 3, please speak to Fr Mac, so he can put you on the list.

Please remember our Year 3 children and their families, as they take the first steps on this important journey.

Masses in the schools

Masses will be held on Wednesday in Loreto and in the afternoon at St Teresa’s. On Thursday Mass will be held at Loreto High for the Year 7s.

Can you help??

Our Sacramental Programme Leaders have asked for a few more volunteers, to act as extra Catechists for the meetings. This will involve helping to lead the discussions in the groups of parents at three or four meetings. If you can help, please mention it to Fr Mac.



                                                                             


Bulletin for Sunday 11th September 2016

…Breaking News…Church Doesn’t Fall Down Shocker…

After barely more than a year and at a cost of a mere squillion pounds, you will see that the re-pointing of the church buildings has been completed!... But then again, you might not have noticed it happening at all! A massive vote of thanks must go to Fr Mac, for undertaking what is a rather unglamorous and indeed barely noticeable programme of work. It is the most important piece of maintenance carried out at St John's for decades and will hopefully arrest some of the deterioration of both the exterior and interior of the church, for many years to come.

Glór! our choir, return to rehearsals this Monday 12th at 7.30 in church. Anyone is very welcome to come along and give it a try.

St Teresa’a

There will be a Mass celebrating the new school year at St Teresa’s, this Tuesday at 1.45.

                                                                          


Bulletin for Sunday 4th September 2016

Back to school!

Our schools return this week for another exciting new year. Please remember in your prayers, all our pupils and their families, starting their new journeys and to the teachers and staff, who we hope, have enjoyed a well-earned break. A Mass will be held at St John’s primary, for all the pupils and staff on Tuesday at 11am.

Glór!

Our choir return to rehearsals, from their summer break, next Monday 12th, at 7.30, in church. Any new members will be very welcome to come along to give it a try (no auditions! just have a listen & join in when you like). For further info call Richard on 07738-161352.

Manchester Marian Procession

This year’s procession will take place on Saturday, October 1st, 10:30am-12:30pm from St Edward’s Church, 13 Thurloe Street, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5SG

Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently including-
Sam Thomas, whose funeral service will take place this Wednesday 7th, at 1pm at Southern Cemetery.
Hugh Lafferty, whose Requiem will be held here on Friday 10th at 10am.
Jim Longshaw, whose funeral service will take place at the Crematorium this Friday.
Carol Flannagan, whose reception into church will take place on Monday 12th, at 6pm, followed by her Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 12noon.

                                                                                

        

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 10th July 2016


St John’s Y6 Leaver’s events

This weekend, we welcomed our year 6 children and their families, at 12 o’clock Mass, where they lead the celebration, with memories of the school and their hopes for the future. Please remember them in your prayers as they take the next steps in their transition to their new schools.


On Monday the children continued the celebrations with a fancy dress disco, which reminded Fr Mac of a photo from his own primary school days……

Fr McMahon Y6


Congratulations to Agnes Begley who was 100 years young this week!

Proposals for restructuring the diocese

Following the consultation, Bishop John Arnold has published his proposals for the future of the diocese. There are copies available in church, or you can read them on the Salford Diocese Website.


Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently including-
Stuart Donoghue, whose funeral will take place at 12.40 on Tuesday 12th, at the crematorium
John Coyn, whose Requiem will be held here on Wednesday at 10am.
Marie Horwich, whose funeral arrangements are still to be arranged.
Deborah Serridge, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Tuesday 19th.


                                                                          


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Mission Appeal

John Zampese will be speaking on behalf of the Xaverian Missionaries at the Masses next weekend (18/19th). There will be a retiring collection in support of their important work.

Parish Centre

Our Parish Centre is available for parties, meetings and events. We are lucky to have such a great facility and we need to make the best use of it. If you would like to book the centre, please contact Margaret - 0161 861 0676/07880 974959.

Football Success!

Congratulations to our football teams who have had an outstanding season.
Three of the teams, coached by Joe Keaveny, Andy Hughes and Kev Savage all won their leagues. The U15s and U17s under Matt Conley & Rob Knight both won their respective cups. Well done to all the coaches, players and supporters for continuing to make St John’s JFC such a fantastic success. 
If you would like to get involved or find out more, have a look at their Facebook page.

Please remember in your prayers, those who have died recently including -

Jack Murphy, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Tuesday 14th at 12 noon.
Margaret Roddy, whose Requiem will take place on Thursday 16th at 10am
Connie Finn, whose Requiem will also be held on Thursday at 1.30pm
Audley Clarke, whose Requiem Mass will be said on Friday 21st at 11am

                                                                           

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Congratulations to Nicholas Barron and Clare Broadhead, who were married here this weekend.

As many of our children break up for the half-term holidays. Spare a thought for their parents and carers, that they might be given strength to keep the children occupied, until they are safely back at school!


Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including-
Jim Flemming, whose Requiem Mass will be held here this Wednesday 25th, at 10am.
Amelia Dilworth, whose Requiem will also take place on Wednesday, at 12noon.
Anne Thorn, whose Requiem will be said on Thursday 26th, at 12noon.
Jimmy Campbell, whose Requiem will be held here on Friday 27th, at 10am.
Derek Handley, whose Requiem will also be held on Friday, at 1.30.

                                                                         


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Pentecost Sunday.

Today, we will welcome back our Year 3 children, who this year took their First Holy Communion. They will be taking part in the Crowning of Our Lady, in church, then at the grotto. Please remember them and their families in your prayers.

St John’s PTA Quiz Night

7.30, Friday 20th May, at the Irish Club. £5 per ticket – to raise money towards the Year 6 Leavers Book.

Chorlton Arts Festival Concert

7.30, Sunday 22nd May, in church. Featuring our choir, orchestra and some fantastic soloists. Tickets on sale at the back of church after Mass or from glor-chorlton@outlook.com

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including-

Michael Conerney, whose Requiem Mass will be held here this Thursday 19th, at 12 noon.
Patricia Holland, whose funeral service will take place at 2.55, this Friday 20th, at the Crematorium.

                                                                           

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Next Sunday we will see the last group of children taking their First Holy Communion at 2pm. Please pray for them on their special day.

On Sunday 15th, we will hold the Crowning of Our Lady after 12 o’clock Mass. All the children who have received their First Communion this year, are invited to join in the ceremony.

Congratulations! to Siobhan Livesey and Richard Nelligan, who were married here on Saturday.

Members of our choir, Glor!, will be selling tickets after Mass next week, for their Chorlton Arts Festival Concert, with the orchestra on Sunday 22nd May.


Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including-
Pat Frainey (Sale) and Mick Molloy (Ireland)
Bridie Coyne, whose Requiem Mass will be held here at 10am, this Wednesday 4th.
Cath Taylor, whose funeral service will take place at the crematorium, on Wednesday at 3.20.
Mary Ulrich, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Thursday 5th, at 10am.
Nora Kent, whose Requiem will take place this Friday 6th, at 10am.
Daniel Walsh, whose Requiem will be held on Monday 9th at 10am.


                                                                            


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Today we welcome our second group of children receiving their First Holy Communion. Please remember them and their families in your prayers on this special day.

An Evening of Fine Dining

At Loreto High School, Friday 13th May. £15 for a fabulous 3 course dining experience. Organised by Friends of Loreto. For more details or to reserve a place email – fol@loretochorlton.manchester.sch.uk 

Chorlton Arts Festival Concert

Glór!, our choir and the Chorlton Festival Orchestra, will be holding their annual concert, here on Sunday 22nd May at 7.30pm. They will be performing John Rutter’s Requiem and other famous choral works by Mozart, Haydn and Handel, including Zadok the Priest. Kerry Firth will again be Soprano Soloist, so worth the ticket money on her own!

Tickets (including a glass of wine at half-time) are £8/£7 or £3 for under 16s. Available from glor-chorlton@outlook.com.


Please remember in your prayers those who have died recently, including-

Bridget Smith, whose Reception into church will take place on Monday 25th at 6pm, before her Requiem Mass at 10am on Tuesday 26th.
Deidre O’Dwyer (formerly the manager at Adastral House), whose funeral will take place at 2pm on Wednesday 27th at the crematorium.
Mick Sweeney, whose Requiem will take place at 12.15, on Thursday 28th, at St Vincent’s, Altrincham.
Peter Burns, whose Requiem will be held here on Friday 29th at 1.30pm.
Bridie Coyne, who will be Received into church on Tuesday 3rd, prior to her Requiem at 10am on Wednesday 4th May.
Nora Kent, whose Requiem Mass will be held here, at 10am on Friday 6th May.


                                                                          

Father McMahon                St. John’s & St. Teresa’s           Tel: 0161 881 3558

Newsletter for Holy Week 2016

 

Palm Sunday                                                           Sunday 20th March 2016

Today we begin Holy Week, so called as it’s the week in which we celebrate Jesus’ dying for us all.

His Passion and death was no play acting, it was freely chosen. He suffered the pain of being let down by his friends. He suffered fear and anguish in the garden, no one supported hm. He endured insults, taunts, received a crown of thorns, and then condemned to death as a common criminal. Jesus the Good Shepherd, died for love of his flock.

In all this he showed us the way to really follow him, “Greater love than this no man has, than to lay down his life for his sheep”.

It’s easy to witness to Christ here in Church, join in the prayers and worship, when we are surrounded by our own. But it’s not easy to witness to him out there in an indifferent and sometimes hostile world. The Passion of Jesus, which we celebrate this week, gives us courage, strength and hope to face life as he did and witness for him here, by our life.

 

I love you Jesus my love above all things I repent with my whole heart for having offended you.

                             “Falling down doesn’t make you a failure, but staying down does.”

 

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick:

Margaret Glynn, Kathleen Cronley, Norman McCloud, Eamon Fahy, Helen Cregg, Noli McDonagh, David Page, Pauline Donohue, Mary Kearns, Tom Williams, Ita Conway, Alex Bones, Chris Cuffe, Margaret Casserley, Mick Connors, Anne Thorne, Maureen Welsh, Betty Redmond, Eddie &  Mazie Farrell, Anne Calvey, Grace Boyce, Jim Flemming, Michael Cunningham, Philip Peers, Charlie Steadman, Rose Murray, Mary Clarke, Terry O’Brien, Melitto Dufficey, Nancy Kirrane, Pat O’Neill, Marie Gibbon, John McNulty(Ir.), Tony Howley, Russell Rankin, Martin Doherty, Vicky Redmond.

Lately Dead:

John Poland (Req. Monday 10.00am), Mary Carr, Brendan Comiskey, Lorraine Lee, Edna O’Donnell, Tony Armiston, Gerry Griffith, Martin Tarpey

Anniversaries about this time:

Senan Haugh, Joe Hargaden, Anna McLaughlin, John & Theresa Finn, Michael Bones, Anne Fitzgerald, John Prenton, Angela Cain, Liam Toolan, Maureen Lewis, Stephen Cox, Francis Leo Sands, PJ & Mary Murphy, John Mohan, Gerry Shiel, Lawrence O’Donnell, Pakie Farnan, Mamie Walsh, John & Maria Mulligan, Michael Butler, Michael Chemney, Pauline Roberts, Fr Sean O’Donoghoe, Tommy & Peggy McDermott, Rose McIlvinney, Breeda Flaherty, Margaret Monford, Agnes Carr, Paddy Healy, Albert Owens, Bridie & Sean Barnes, Viktoras Matuza, Pat McCoy, Joe Cahill, Kevin Leamey, Hilda Humphries, Phil Bryant, James & Teresa Doherty, Sean Savage, Margaret Flynn, Aroon Mehta, Joe Leonard, Michael Joyce, Larry & Michael Heaney, Patrick Glenn, Agnes Carr, Peggy Gleason, John Chaney, Patrick Morley, Michael Fahey, Mark Grannaghan, Peter Horner, Barbara Burd, Evelyn Hunt, Brendan Cosgrove,  Martin Flynn, Andrew & Richard Byrne, Maurice Doherty, Paddy Crystal, Evelyn Doyle, Eileen King, Joe Murtagh, Mary Kelly, Margaret Comiskey, Kath O’Brien, Martin Forkin, Jim McClarron, Catherine Moakler, Paddy Durkin, Donal & Eileen McKay, Rita Cahill

 

New Envelopes available, start 10th April – Have you signed a Gift Aid?

 

 

“You don’t ever plan to fail, you often fail to plan.”

HOLY WEEK

God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.”

 

Mon – Wed Mass 6.55am, 10.00am (Holy Week)                             Tues - Holy Hour 7.00 - 8.00pm

                     

Thursday 8.00pm:  Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  In this Mass we remember in a special way Jesus’ last supper with his apostles when he gave himself to them and to us in the Eucharist.  At this Mass there will be the ceremonies of the washing of feet and the presentation of the Holy Oils—which remind us to love, heal and sanctify.  After Mass the Blessed Sacrament will be removed from the Tabernacle and reserved on the altar of repose.  Here we watch and pray until midnight.

 

Good Friday 3.00pm: The Liturgy of the Passion.                

Today is a day of fasting and abstinence.

“This is the wood of the Cross …”

Today we remember Our Lord’s Passion and Death on the cross and pray for all our needs.  

There is an opportunity to receive Holy Communion and to venerate the cross.

Good Friday 7.30pm:  The Stations of the Cross.

“Jesus is a friend who knows all your faults and still loves you.”

Holy Saturday:  (no morning Mass)       Easter Vigil Service Mass 8.00pm

“This is the night when you saved our fathers….”

The Blessing of the Paschal Fire, the lighting of the Easter Candle and the readings remind us of God’s love and concern.  This is all in a manner of a family reunion around the fire with someone saying, “do you remember the time when….” then the renewal of the Baptismal promises.

Can I encourage as many as possible to join us in St. John’s Church for the Easter Liturgy.  

 

Easter Sunday Masses:  9.00am, 10.30am (Extra Mass), 12.00 noon

 

“Aim high in your career, but stay humble in your heart.”

Congratulations: It was so uplifting to see such great support throughout Lent for the different spiritual exercises - for the Holy Hour, the Stations of the Cross and the morning Masses.  I am sure many blessing were granted to you and your families. 

First Holy Communion Dates: – 3rd April 2.00pm, 24th April & 8th May 2.30pm     

Crowning of Our Lady: – 15th May at 12.00 noon Mass

Needed Musicians: For orchestra for the Performance on Sunday 22nd May

Happy Easter  Buona Pasqua         Wesolego Alleluja                 Joyeuses Paques

Felices Pascual De Resurrecion

Frohliche Ostern                                                           Casc fe shone dhuit 

God Bless You All     

                                                                          

Sunday 20th March 2016

Passion Sunday

There is a newsletter for Holy Week, available today. Please pick one up, it contains the details of all the Easter services. I will put a copy up here, on Monday.

A little reminder….
Today is Simon’s Stroll. It will be starting from opposite the Bowling Green, from 12.30 onwards. This is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours, so please go along if you can.

                                                                             

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 13th March 2016

St Patrick’s Day

We will be holding our St Patrick’s Family night in the Parish Centre, this Friday 18th March from 8pm. Music & dancing and a great time to be had by all.

The Hollies FCJ Convent Grammar School 40th Anniversary leavers' reunion 

Saturday 16th April 2016. Please visit Facebook page Hollies Class of 69-76 Reunion for details.

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently including-
Gerry Griffith of Old Trafford, whose Requiem was held here on Friday.
Phillip Lord, whose funeral service will take place at 2.15, this Tuesday 15th, at the crematorium.

                                                                         

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 28th February

Women’s World Day of Prayer Service

Is being held at 7pm, this Friday 4th March, at Manchester Road Methodist Church, Chorlton. With Revd. Sue Rowe presenting the service on this year’s theme, Receive Children, Receive Me (prepared by the Christian women of Cuba). This will be a lovely opportunity to pray and reflect with other local Christians and you are all very welcome (including the boys!)

A day of Fellowship for Men

Saturday 5th March, 8.30-5.00 at Our Lady’s, Moss Side. Speaker: Gerry Markland. The cost is £10 (£5 concs). Includes breakfast and dinner! Advance booking required – call Fr Pat Deegan 0161 226 1730.

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including-
Martin Tarpey and Edwina Hughes, whose funeral arrangements are still to be announced.
John Watson, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Wednesday 2nd at 12 noon.
Ted Connor, whose Reception into church will take place at 6pm on Wednesday, prior to his Requiem Mass at 1.30 on Thursday 3rd.

                                                                           

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Quiz Night

This Friday 26th, 8pm in the Parish Centre. Raising funds to send disadvantaged children to Lourdes. This promises to be great fun and all in a very good cause.

Fundraiser for Francis House

Trish Kelly has tickets for Daniel O'Donell’s concert on the 12/9/16 at the Liverpool Philharmonic. £42.50 each. All the money goes to Francis House please contact Trish at - mpandkelspurd@ntlworld.com 

A day of Fellowship for Men

Saturday 5th March, 8.30-5.00 at Our Lady’s, Moss Side. Speaker: Gerry Markland. The cost is £10 (£5 concs). Includes breakfast and dinner! Advance booking required – call Fr Pat Deegan 0161 226 1730.

Sacramental Meeting

For all the Year 3 children preparing for Holy Communion and their parents. 10.45, Sunday 28th February, in the Parish Centre.


Memorial Mass for Anne Gaffney, this Saturday 27th at 10am. An opportunity for those who were unable to attend her funeral in Ireland, to pay their respects and offer their prayers.

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including –

Reg Harrison, who will be received into church, this Wednesday at 6pm, prior to his Requiem Mass on Thursday at 1.30.
Elizabeth Dursley, whose Requiem Mass will also be held on Thursday, at 10am.
Tommy and Annie Kelly, who will be received into church this Thursday at 6pm, prior to their Requiem Mass, which will be held on Friday at 10am.
John Watson, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Wednesday 2nd March.

                                                                         

 

Lent Newsletter week commencing Sunday 7th February 

 

Father McMahon                     St. John’s & St. Teresa’s                 Tel: 0161 881 3558

High Lane, Chorlton

                                                                                                       Sunday 7th February 2016

Reflection:

Next Wednesday, the Church invites us all to set out on a journey, the journey of Lent. Lent calls us to a change of heart, a full living of the Gospels.

 

We can all be so blind to certain facts about ourselves, which are so clear to the people around us. We give out about the state of the world, and what is going on in it, and how people behave. Just take an honest look at oneself, are we much different? Lent is a time to take a look at ourselves and try to put my house in order, and come closer to God. We are special, God’s children, but it’s so easy to just drift along and become easy prey to what others do, or to what we see on television or read in the papers.

 I hope our Lenten Programme will help us all to welcome Christ back into our lives this Lent.

“Humility is not thinking less of oneself, it is thinking of oneself less!”

Sick:

Lily Murray, Margaret Glynn, Kathleen Cronley, Norman McCloud, Eamon Fahy, Helen Cregg, Mike Cowlishair, Martin Tarpey, Noli McDonagh, David Page, Pauline Donohue, Mary Kearns, Tom Williams, Ita Conway, Alex Bones, Chris Cuffe, Margaret Casserley, Anna Kelly, Mick Connors, Anne Thorne, Maureen Welsh, Betty Redmond, Eddie &  Mazie Farrell, Anne Calvey, Grace Boyce, Jim Flemming, Michael Cunningham, Philip Peers, Charlie Steadman, Rose Murray, Mary Clarke, Terry O’Brien, Melitto Dufficey.

Lately Dead:

(Baby) Grace Mary Finnigan, Mary Forbes, Debbie Griffin, Keith Holland, Michael McSherry, Angela Prendergast, Ann Gaffney (Ireland), Una Mannion, Ann Crawford, Norah Gorman, Kevin Mullholland,  John Daly, Christine Eskine.

Months Mind: Des Curley

Anniversaries about this time:

Andy Glynn, Michael Healey, Teresa and James Doherty, Walter Tyrer, Paddy McDermott, Tim Whyte, Martin Banim, Margaret & John Barry, Frank Morgan, John Rochford, Jim Worth, Rita Carroll, John Gallagher, Joe Grundy, Hilda Mulvey, Rose McNamara, Sean O’Dell, John O’Dwyer, Catherine Connolly, Hugh McAlinden, Norah Molloy, Angela Flynn, Maura McGirl, Bill White, Mick Dunne, John Shannon, Joseph Greatrex, Mary Turner, Barbara O’Hanrahan, Emma Gillis, Tim Kilroe, Frank Muldoon & Declan (Grandson), 

“Wisdom is knowing what to do next, Skill is knowing how to do it, virtue is doing it”.

 

Lenten  Programme

 

Ash Wednesday Mass times: 6.55am, 10.00am and 7.00pm

 

During Lent there will be Mass at 6.55am and 10.00am Monday - Friday.

 

Holy Hour with Novena & Benediction Tuesday 7.00  - 8.00pm

 

The Way of the Cross Thursday 7.00pm before the Blessed Sacrament  

 

 

 

 

“He who throws dirt loses ground”.

School: As part of their Easter preparations the children will be participating in Easter Assemblies, and leading us in some of the Family Masses. All parents are warmly invited and encouraged to give good example to their children.

Family Night Valentine’s Disco: Friday 12th February from 7pm Parish Centre

St Patrick’s Day: Thursday 17th March Mass after the Stations of the Cross followed by Parish Social Night 8pm, Parish Centre.

Friday 18th March: The school will be presenting a St Patrick’s Day celebration. Mass at 9.15am followed by singing, music and dancing and refreshments. All welcome.      

“Be bold in what you stand for, but be careful what you fall for”.

Bingo: Tuesday 8.45pm – Great prizes

Needed: Musicians to support Choir and Orchestra – Performance Sunday 22th May. 

“Who errs, and mends, to God himself commends”.

Photos: Have you any old memories that could be of interest? Let’s have them to be displayed.            

Monthly Draw:  Why not join, £4.00 per month – let me know. Next draw Friday 26th February with Quiz Night. 

Another thought for Lent! 

“People who are always full of themselves ought to diet”.

                                                                        


Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 31st January 2016

Parish Census

Following the Parish Meeting last Wednesday, there will be a fresh census of the parish taken over the coming weeks. Please fill in and return one of the cards at the back of church. If you wish to receive the Parish Newsletter and occasional updates by email, please include your email address, and we will update the mailing list.

Pastoral Letter

There is a pastoral letter from Bishop Brian, which will be read at the Masses this weekend. I will put a link to it on the website, as soon as it becomes available.


Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including-

Lily Healy, whose Requiem Mass was held here last Monday 25th.
Heather Blower, whose Funeral took place here on Tuesday 26th.
Keith Holland, whose Requiem was held here last Thursday 28th
Irene Dowd, whose Requiem was held here last Friday 29th.
Our Months Mind is Sheila Cassidy 
Please pray for Mary Forbes. Whose Requiem Mass will take place here this Wednesday 3rd at 10am.
Debbie Griffin, whose Funeral Service will also take place on Wednesday, at 12.30.

 

                                                                        


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Monthly Draw

We have a few numbers which have become free in our draw. If you would like to take part, the cost is £48 for the year (£4 per month), to be in line for some great cash prizes – not quite as big as last night’s Lotto, but slightly better odds!

We could also do with more agents – if you think you could help by selling 1-4 numbers each month, then please speak to Father Mac.

Glór! our choir, blow the dust off their singing voices tomorrow, after their Christmas break. New members always welcome. 7.30-9pm, in church.


There will be no Baptisms at St John's next Sunday 17th January. 

 

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including-
Betty Zielinsky, whose Requiem Mass will take place here, on Tuesday 19th.

                                                                        

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 3rd January 2016

Epiphany of The Lord

Our schools start back this week – St Teresa’s on Monday, then St John’s and Loreto High on Tuesday. Please remember all the staff and pupils in your prayers, as they embark on another busy term.


A couple of reminders…

Glór! our choir will start back, a week on Monday 11th, at 7.30pm, in church. New members are always welcome.

There will be no baptisms on Sunday 17th January.

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including-
Betty Zielinsky, whose funeral details are still to be announced.
Ronald Ross, whose Requiem Mass will take place here at 12.30, this Tuesday 5th.
Sean McLoughlin, whose Requiem Mass will be held at 12.00, this Wednesday 6th.
Yng Lee Wong, whose Funeral Service will take place at the Coop chapel at 10.30, on Thursday 7th.
Didimo Vazquez, whose Requiem Mass will be held here, on Thursday 7th at 12.00.
Christine Glazier, whose Requiem Mass will be held, at St Peter’s, Hazel Grove, on Thursday 14th at 12 noon.


                                                                        

A little reminder....

There will be no Baptisms on Sunday 17th January

Bulletin for week commencing 13th December – 3rd Sunday of Advent

Monthly Draw and Grand Christmas Draw


Will both be held at a Social Evening this Friday 18th, in the Parish Centre.



New Years Eve Family Party Night

From 8pm in the Parish Centre. Come along and enjoy a very special celebration.

A couple of reminders!

There will be a Mass held at St Teresa’s, in thanks for the work of Anne Heard, on Tuesday 15th at 2.30.

Glór!, the church choir will hold their annual Christmas Carol Concert next Saturday 19th, at 7.15. Some lovely pieces from the choir and soloists and plenty of old favourites for everyone to join in. Free admission and is expected to last just under an hour.

Grand Christmas Draw - Books of tickets are still available, please make sure you have returned the stubs and money before the draw this Friday!

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Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently including –

Sheila Cassidy, formerly of this parish.
Pauline Davis, whose Requiem Mass will be said here on Wednesday 16th at 12 noon.

                                                                        

St John's Parish Newsletter

2nd Sunday of Advent 6th December 2015

Reflection:                       
This season of Advent reminds all of us to prepare to meet Jesus, and we do so best by showing him to others through the way we live our lives. We are called to be like John The Baptist.

As Christmas approaches, and during Advent, there is an air of 
excitement everywhere. Memories good and bad will come to our minds. Yet in the midst of all this, deep within us, we celebrate, that a child, who loves us and knows us, God Himself, is with us.
He knows us so well, knows our pain, knows our weakness, walks the road with us now as we struggle on. He is the one who can truly comfort us.
As we prepare to celebrate this great event, make a place for Him, in your heart and in your home this year, let Christ in.

Prophetic! -  (Seen on a Tombstone 1440)
             When pictures look alive with movement free,  
             When men outstripping birds shall scan the skies,
             When ships like fish swim beneath the sea,
             Then half the world deep drowned in blood shall be.
       
“Stop focussing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are “.
 
“Always keep your words soft and sweet 
in case you have to eat them”.

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick:
Mary Kearns, Tom Williams, Ita Conway, Alex Bones, Rajeshwan Desai, Chris Cuffe, Angela Prendergast, Margaret Casserley, Anna Kelly, 
Mick Connors, Anne Thorne, Maureen Welsh, Betty Redmond, Eddie & Mazie Farrell, Anne Calvey, Grace Boyce, Jim Flemming, Michael Cunningham, Phillip Peers, Charlie Steadman, Rose Murray, Mary Clarke, 
Terry O’Brien, Melitto Dufficey, Mary Grobichi, Michael McSherry.

Lately Dead:
Joe Rudden (Crem. Wednesday 2.40pm),
Jim McElholme (Req. Friday. 12.00pm),
Paul McGlynn, Marie Finan, Sr. Monica Dwyer, Alison Stock, 
Hannah Doherty. 

Anniversaries around this time:
Tom Finnigan, Rose Donohoe, Mary Robson, Joe & Elizabeth McDonagh, Fr. Lionel Murray,  Andrew Galvin, Frank McGurdy, Maureen Kirwan, 
Jim Nally, George Lally, Bernadette Quinn, Kitty Carew, Richard Barrett
Elizabeth Desmond, Frances Edwards, Annie Murray, Tony Gaughan,   Bridie Kelly, Eileen Gomez-Felicianno, Lena Kelly, Maureen Fitzgerald,  
Aidan & Ethan Wood, Michael McCool, Teresa Duffy, Norman Taylor, 
Pat Cosgrove, Patrick Moran, Rose Moakler, Dorothy Record, Nancy Yates
Pat Collins, Maria Mindurski, Joan Kenlay, Mary & Caroline Gill,  
Margaret Joyce, Richard Hennelly, Peter Mahon, Oliver McLaughlin, 
Frank Kirrane, Paul Burns, Cassie Curley, Martin Campbell, Eileen Quinn, 
Teresa Garvey, Mary Haughney, Mary & Sean May, Michael Logan, 
Philomena Burke, Bernie Clinton, Sean McCormack, Gerard Gallagher, Gerty Coyne, Nicolas Angelides, Joseph Nowicki, Evelyn Poland, 
Alex Chester

Congratulations! Breda & Tony Renshaw Celebrating their 40th 
Wedding  Anniversary on 20th December.   
 
“Education is what survives when what has been learned 
has been forgotten 

Christmas Programme:

During the week Mass at 10.00am each morning.

Thursday Christmas Eve:  Family Mass 4.00pm & 6.00pm, 
Midnight Mass (with carols at 11.30pm)

Friday Christmas Day: Mass at 9.00am and 12 noon.

Saturday St Stephens Day: Mass at 12 noon

Friday New Years Day: Mass at 12 noon

“Life is like riding a bicycle, you don’t fall off 
unless you stop pedalling”.

Bingo:  Tuesdays at 8.45pm Great cash prizes


Christmas Fair : Today after 12 noon Mass  Special guests, 
Father Christmas and Anthony Crolla  (recently crowned World 
Boxing Champion) will be joining us.  Refreshments, Gifts, tombola and much more. 


“Veni, Vidi, Visa.

I came, I saw, I did a little shopping!”

Monthly Draw & Christmas Raffle: Friday 18th 8.00pm
(Books of Raffle Tickets still available)

Glór! Family Christmas Concert : Saturday 19th  7.15pm in Church
All welcome  - Free Event

New Year’s Eve: Family  Party Night in Parish Centre 8.00pm.  Why not get all the family together , young and old and make it      special.  Say goodbye to last year and welcome in the new one.      

Thanks
Once again a big thank you to one and all for making this year special. To Veronica for the sacristy work, Lesley for the beautiful floral arrangements, the Altar servers, Marta, Mary and Helen for the music, all the church cleaners for keeping God’s House tidy, the readers, lay servers and 
Eucharistic Ministers for their commitment, and all who look after the Piety Stall, Margaret and Siobhan for running the Parish Centre, Mary for looking after the house. Likewise to Lily for making sure downstairs is clean and fresh, all the Catechists and helpers, to the school teachers and all the staff for their great part in Parish Life, also Greta, Tina and Phil for the 
Parish Newsletters, but lastly to all of you for your dedication and support 
every time.
 

                                                                          

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 6th December. 
2nd Sunday of Advent.

There will be a Newsletter this weekend, which I will put up here next week, so just a short bulletin!



Parish Christmas Fair Today (Sunday 6th)

The Christmas Fair will take place in the Parish Centre after 12 o’clock Mass. A lovely family event, so we hope to see you there!

The choir are holding their annual concert on the Saturday before Christmas. The programme will last just under an hour and features everything from In the bleak midwinter to Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, so there should be something for everyone!

Mass of thanksgiving for Mrs Anne Heard
Many of you will be aware that Anne Heard, who is well known, loved and respected by so many in our parish, for her work and dedication to St Teresa’s Primary and before that at St John’s, is approaching retirement! A Mass is being held at St Teresa’s, to mark this event on Tuesday 15th at 2.30.



St John's Primary School Choir, performing at the Loreto Primary Partnership Carol Service on Tuesday.

                                                                         

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 29th November  1st Sunday of Advent

Christmas Fair 6th December

Our Christmas Fair will be held next Sunday, after Mass, in the Parish Centre. This is always a lovely family event. A chance to pick up some Christmas gifts, win a prize or two, try some cake and see Father Christmas! Please come along to support this great Parish event.

 


Loreto High School Carol Concert for Primary Partnership

Will be held in church, on Tuesday 1st at 7pm. The concert will feature pupils of Loreto and its partner Primary Schools. All are very welcome!

Grand Christmas Draw

Tickets are available in Church. Please make sure that you return any stubs and money before 18th December.

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently including –
Paul McGlynn, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Monday 30th at 10am.
Marie Finan, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Tuesday 1st at 12 noon.
Mary Williams, whose funeral will take place here on Thursday 3rd at 2pm.
Barbara Henry, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Friday 4th at 11.30.
Joe Rudden, whose funeral will take place at the crematorium on Wednesday 9th at 2.40.
Jim McElholme, whose Requiem Mass will be held on Friday 11th at 12 noon.



                                                                       


Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 22nd November - Christ the King

Hard to believe that another year has passed as we reach the last Sunday on the Liturgical Calendar. Next week we start afresh with the First Sunday of Advent. Perhaps today is all the more fitting for the message from Bishop Brian concerning the plans for the Diocese.

Diocesan Consultation Final Report

A letter from Bishop Brian will be read at the Masses this weekend outlining some of the conclusions from the consultation process. This heralds some very significant changes to the Diocese in the coming years, which will affect us all, but will lead to a more inclusive and sustainable future for our church. You can read or listen to the Pastoral letter and the report itself on the Salford Diocese website.

Sacramental Programme

On Saturday, 41 of our Year 3 children received their first Sacrament of Reconciliation. Over the next two weeks, the remaining children will pass through this important stage of their life in the church. Please remember them and their families in your prayers.

Holy Souls Novena

A Novena of Masses will be said this week for all those who have died and we have asked to be remembered. Why not pop in to one of the Masses this week, to add your own prayers and thoughts of remembrance. 

A couple of reminders!

Our Christmas Fair will be held after Midday Mass on Sunday 6th December, in the Parish Centre. If you are able to donate to the cake stall, raffle or tombola, provide some other help or hold your own stall, please speak to Fr Mac. 

Draw tickets are now available for the Grand Christmas Draw, please support this fundraiser as best you can & return any stubbs/money as soon as you can. 

Glór!, our choir, will be singing carols on the Green at 6pm this Thursday, for the switch on of the Beech Road Christmas lights. All are very welcome. The choir are still recruiting new members (particularly men!) for their Christmas engagements. Rehearsals on Mondays 7.30-9pm.


                                                                          


Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 15th November 2015

Christmas Fair 6th December

Only three weeks to go until the Christmas Fair at the Parish Centre. We will be very grateful of any contributions for the cake stall and tombolas. Now is your chance to try out that Mary Berry recipe, or at least hunt out all of your nearly out of date bottles of whiskey, to win back again at the fair!

Sacramental Programme

Please pray for our Year 3 children and their families on Sunday, as they take part in their preparation session for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Mass at the Irish Club.

A Mass is being said at the Irish Association Club on High Lane, in memory of deceased members, at 8pm this Tuesday 16th.

Respite from the Christmas rush….

On the days leading up to the Feast of Christ the King, Wednesday 18th November – Saturday 21st November, the Hidden Gem is holding a Quarant’Ore devotion. This extended time of exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is an ideal opportunity to “pop in and pray” for a while in central Manchester, for people working, or visiting the Christmas Markets. Last year this was well received by many people who were visiting Manchester during these days.

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently including-

All those who were killed in the terrible attacks in Paris.
Norman Maclwaine, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Friday 20th at 10am.
Fr Denis Sheahan who died, on Thursday, 5th in his eighty third year and the fifty ninth year of his Sacred Priesthood. 

                                                                                    


Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 8th November 2015

Today we welcome the Year 6 pupils from St John’s Primary and their families, who will be helping to lead the Family Mass at 12 o’clock.

Parish Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair, will be held at the Parish Centre, from 1pm on Sunday 6th December. There will be stalls, tombolas, food and refreshments, craft activities for the children and of course, Father Christmas!

Grand Christmas Draw

Books of tickets are now available at the back of church for the Christmas Draw. Please try your luck, take a book and be sure to return your money and stubbs to Fr Mac before the draw on 18th December.

A little reminder

As our thoughts turn to the coming Christmas season, please remember to visit the piety stall, where we have a large selection of lovely cards and gifts, which might just save you a frazzled trip to the Trafford Centre!

Sacramental Programme

The next meeting – the Sacrament of Reconciliation – for our Year 3 children and their parents and carers, will take place at the Parish Centre, next Sunday 15th November, at 10.45.

Holy Souls Novena

A Novena of Masses will be offered at the end of November for all our loved ones. You are very welcome to place the name of any deceased family or friends for whom you wish prayers to be offered, in one of the envelopes at the back of church and give it to Fr McMahon.

Our prayers are requested for all those who have died recently, including –
Jean Wheeldon, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Tuesday 10th at 12 noon.
Joan Wood, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Wednesday 11th at 10am.
Norman Maclwaine, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Friday 20th at 10am


                                                                        

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 1st November 2015 – All Saints Day

Congratulations to Sean Monaghan & Louise Brennan who were married here on Friday.

Thank you to all who joined us for the Family Night on Friday, a great night was had by all and of course the Monthly Draw results will be up on the board this weekend.

A reminder that a Mass of Remembrance will be held at Southern Cemetery, next Sunday 8th at 2pm. This is an opportunity to remember all of our loved ones who have died recently.

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently including-
John Bannam, whose Requiem Mass will be held here this Monday 2nd November at 10am.
Eileen Mitchell, whose funeral service will take place on Tuesday 3rd, at 12.40 at the Southern Cemetery Crematorium.
Ellen Collett, whose funeral service will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 4th, at the crematorium.
Joseph Bracchi, whose funeral service will be held at Southern Cemetery on Thursday 5th at 11am.
Pat Caulfield, whose Requiem Mass will also be held on Thursday 5th at 6pm, in church, before Pat’s remains are returned to Ireland for burial.

                                                                     


Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 25th October 2015

Our schools have now broken up for half term. We pray that the children and their families have a great break and the staff enjoy a well-earned rest!

Family Fright Night!

Next Friday, 30th October from 8pm, there will be a Family Night at the parish centre, with a Halloween disco, fancy dress and the monthly draw. Come along and let your hair down at what promises to be a fun-packed night.

A Reminder

If you would like to arrange for your child to be Baptised at St John’s, there is an Enrolment meeting next Sunday, 1st November at 11am in the parish centre. Further details on the Sacraments page.

Mass of Remembrance

Our annual service to remember all those who have died, particularly during the last year, will take place at 2pm, Sunday 8th November, at Southern Cemetery.

Our prayers are requested for all those who have died recently including-
Michael O’Connor, whose Reception into church will take place at 6pm this Tuesday 27th, to be followed by his Requiem Mass at 10am on Wednesday.
George Coombes, whose Requiem Mass will be held here on Thursday 29th at 10am.
Jean Wheeldon, whose funeral arrangements are still to be announced.

                                                                 

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 18th October

Today is World Mission Sunday

This special day is an opportunity for Catholics worldwide to join together to pray for the missionary work of our Church and to give what we can to missionaries and churches overseas that need our help. Follow this link for more information.

Sacramental Programme

On Sunday, around 112 of our Year 3 children will be beginning their journey on the Sacramental Programme. Please remember them and their families in your prayers.

Can you sing?!

Our choir, Glór! will be starting to rehearse for their various Christmas engagements from next week. They are always on the lookout for new members (particularly men!). If you can make it along on a Monday between 7.30 & 9pm, you will be made very welcome. For more info – www.glor.org.uk 

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently including-
James Barrett, whose Reception into church will be at 6.30pm on Sunday, before his Requiem Mass at 11.30 on Monday 19th.
Stella Graham, whose Requiem Mass will be held here at 12.00 on Tuesday 20th.
Basim Shakouri, whose Requiem Mass will be held here at 12.30 on Wednesday 21st
Phil Kelly, whose Requiem Mass will be held here at 10.00 on Thursday 22nd.

                                                                          

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 11th October  2015

First of all, thank you to Fr Tom Connolly, Fr David Egan & Fr John Hitchens, who will be celebrating Masses with us this weekend, I am sure we will make them very welcome.

Sacramental Programme.

Dates for your diaries. The first meeting for this year’s programme is next Sunday 18th, 10.45 at the Parish Centre. The Reconciliation meeting will be on Sunday 15th November, then the meeting for Holy Communion will be on Sunday 28th Feb. 

Today is Prisoners’ Sunday. 

We are asked to pray for all those affected by imprisonment. Tonight, there will be 98009 children with a parent in jail. At the back of church, there are leaflets with details on how you can help, or you can follow this link – www.prisonadvice.org.uk


Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently, including -
Father Patrick Earley, who passed away on Thursday morning at Nazareth House. His Requiem Mass will be take place at St Ambrose, at 1pm this Friday 16th.
James Kenny, whose Requiem Mass will be here at 10am on Wednesday 14th.
Tendai Smith, whose Funeral Service will be held at Southern Cemetery Crematorium, at 2pm on Wednesday.
Tom Hackett, whose Funeral Service will be held here on Friday at 1pm

                                                               

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 4th October 2015

Congratulations to John Martin & Eleanor Ennis, who were married here on Friday.

Thank you to the staff and children of St Teresa’s, where on Thursday, Mass was celebrated for the Feast Day of St Teresa.

Bishop John’s Pastoral Letter. 

If you would like to hear the Bishop’s message concerning the future of the Diocese, click on the link here.

A couple of reminders -

Year 4,5&6 pupils and parents or carers are invited to the Open Evening at Loreto High is this Thursday 8th, 6.30-8.30.

The Sacramental Programme enrolment meeting for Year 3 children and parents or carers will take place in the Parish Centre at 10.45 on Sunday 18th October. 

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently including –
Helen Gilman, whose funeral was held here on Friday.
Josie Corrigan, whose Funeral Service will be held here this Monday 5th at 11.30.
Father Michael Fasnacht, formerly of St. Augustine’s and Chaplain at North Manchester General. Bishop John will celebrate the Requiem Mass in Holy Infants this Wednesday 7th.

                                                                                            

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 27th September 2015


Congratulations to Stuart Hassall & Maria Williams and to Stefano Bozzi & Victoria Goring, who were married here this weekend.

Pastoral letter from Bishop John Arnold
A Pastoral letter on the future direction of the diocese, will be read at all the Masses this weekend. I will put a link to it as soon as it is available.

Loreto Open Evening
Loreto High school are holding an open evening for Year 4, 5 & 6 pupils and parents. Thursday 8th October 6.30-8.30. A great opportunity to have a look at the outstanding facilities, meet the staff and pupils and see what goes on at our superb high school.

St John’s PTA Autumn Fair today (Sunday 27th) 1-3. Cakes, Games, Face Painting and plenty of sunshine!

Our prayers are requested for those who have died recently including –
Merville Gatter, whose Requiem will be held here at 11.30, this Monday 28th.
Kirsty Rafferty, whose Requiem Mass is here 1.30pm on Tuesday 29th.
Mark Wilde, whose Funeral Service will be here at 10.30 on Wednesday 30th.


                                                                             

Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 20th September 2015


Congratulations to James Donohue & Rachel Aitchison and Thomas Ashworth & Sarah Edwards, who were married here this weekend.

A reminder that St John's Primary PTA are holding their Autumn Fair at the school, next Sunday 27th 1-3pm. Lots of stalls and fun activities for the children. Please give it your support.


Pastoral Letter: Home Mission Sunday 2015
Cardinal Vincent Nicholas and Archbishop Peter Smith have issued a pastoral letter on behalf of the bishops for Home Mission Sunday 2015 focussing on the importance of proclaiming God’s Mercy. The letter will be read out at the Masses this weekend and a copy can be found here.

Our prayers are requested for those who have died this recently including –
Denis Corbett, whose Requiem Mass will be held here this Tuesday 22nd at 10am.
Roger Watson, whose funeral service will be held on Thursday at 11am.
Mark Wilde, whose funeral will be held here at 10.30 on Wednesday 30th.


                                                                     


Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 13th September 2015


Mass was celebrated at our Primary schools last week, to welcome in the new school term. Please remember all the pupils and staff in your prayers as they embark on what promises to be another busy year.

Congratulations to Michael Hawthorn & Helen McHugh, who were married here on Saturday.

Glor! - our choir, start back after their summer break at 7.30 on Monday. New members always welcome (strictly no auditions!).

Sacramental Programme  

The Enrolment meeting for Year 3 children and parents or carers will take place in the Parish Centre at 10.45 on Sunday 18th October. The children will then be presented before the parish at 12 o’clock Mass. If you have a child in Year 3, who does not attend St Teresa’s or St John’s schools and you wish for them to enrol for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion, please let Fr. Mac know. 

Date for your diaries - St John's Primary School PTA are holding their Autumn Fair, Sunday 27th September 1-3pm. Donations of cake, books and toys greatly appreciated!

Your prayers are requested for those from the parish who have died recently including – 
Theresa Hanley whose funeral will be held here at 10am on Tuesday 15th. 
Michael Kenny whose funeral will be held here at 10am on Wednesday 16th. 


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Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 6th September 2015

We have had a busy weekend here for weddings, with our congratulations going to –
Adam Turnbull & Natashia Angelides and Michael Spencer & Nicola Watson who were married here on Friday.
Seosamh O’Halloran & Áine Burke and Patrick Oke & Trywin Nthambi who were married here on Saturday.

Day of Fellowship for Men
Being held this Saturday 12th September 8.30am – 5pm, at Our Lady’s in Moss Side. Speakers will include Fr Chris Thomas. The cost is £10 for the day (£5 concessions). 
Further details from Fr Pat Deegan 0161-226-1730.

Our Prayers are requested for those who have died recently including –
Charles Taylor, whose funeral service will be held here this Tuesday 8th at 12.30.
Mary Kieran whose Requiem Mass is at 12.00 this Thursday.


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Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 30th August

Our schools all start back this coming week. We hope that all the pupils and staff (& parents!) have enjoyed a relaxing break and are ready and fully recharged for another school year.

Congratulations to Joe Mossford and Nicola Hayward who were married here on Saturday.

Rosary in the Park – Saturday 5th September at 3pm in Platt Fields Park (Contact Sarah Mitchell from St Cuthbert’s for more details – 0161-434-0410).

Our prayers are requested for those from the parish who have died recently including –
Eileen Toland, whose Requiem Mass is this Wednesday 2nd September at 10am.
Kevin Keaveney (Sale), whose funeral is still to be arranged.

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Bulletin for week commencing Sunday 23rd August:


Our prayers are requested for those from our parish who have died recently including –
Chris Curran, whose funeral will be held in St John’s at 9am, this Monday 24th August.
Daniel Farry, whose funeral will take place at 12.15 on Monday at the Crematorium.
Chris Loftus Snr, whose Requiem Mass will be held in St John’s at 12 noon, Thursday 27th August.

A reminder that our schools start back in the first week of September –
St John’s on Weds 2nd
St Teresa’s on Thursday 3rd
Loreto High School on Thursday 3rd

Congratulations to Antoni Borowick and Carol Hooper, who were married here on Saturday.


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Father McMahon                      St. John’s & St. Teresa’s           Tel: 0161 881 3558

High Lane

Chorlton

 

Mass times:  Saturday 6.00pm. Sunday 9.00am, and 12.00 St. John’s

Weekdays: 10.00am St. John’s

Baptisms & Marriages by arrangement

Confessions Sat 10.30am and 5.30pm St. John’s

                                                                                                              

Palm Sunday                                                                                                  Sunday 29th March 2015

Today Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week, we remember both the Lord’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem and His terrible journey from there to the hill of Calvary.

This week all over the world, Christians will be celebrating Christ’s love for all of us. ‘Greater love no man has, than he who lays down his life for his friends’. This is the week Christ lived out the truth of these words, he took our sins on himself.  

The journey of the Passion and death isn’t an easy one for Jesus, but it’s one he endured for us. It

opens our eyes, and makes us ask, where do I stand in this Passion story? We can remember those

today who stand for justice, who fight for human rights. Those who stand against oppressive systems.

Jesus didn’t die to save us from suffering, he died to teach us how to suffer, to give and not to count

the cost.

The Passion story is a story of love and forgiveness, and encourages each of us on our journey of life, especially when we are going through hard times.

      

“Sometimes we are so busy adding up our troubles, that we forget to count our blessings.”

 

Please remember in your prayers:

Sick:

Meletto Dufficey, Kathleen Leonard, Jim Ryan, Nancy Earl, Mark Colbert, Paul Joy, Chris Loftus, Michael Connors, Brian McIlhenney, Paul Mitchell, Gerry McDonagh, Kelsie Smith, Joe Borowiak, Betty Coleman, Maureen Garratt, Ellen McCormack, Peggy Mulligan, Ann Thorne, Joe Freeman, Mary McLoughlin, Baby Imogen Stokes, Margaret McLaughlin, Teresa O’Donoghue, Mary Stiles, Marie Moran,  Michael Dillon, Jerry Finn, Jim Kenny, Anne Houlihan, Helen Durcan, Margaret Gilligan, John Poland, Norah Doherty, Dan McLoughlin, Kirsty Rafferty, Mateo Ballestor-Melody, Eddie Farrell, Leo Hornby, Brian Ashley, Anne Calvey, Grace Boyce, Joan Fryers, Joe & Eileen Kelly, Karen Sweeney, Noreen Molloy, Rita Brabazon, Leo Callaghan, Fr John O’Keeffe, Niamh Williams, Jim Flemming.   


Lately Dead:

Vincent Burgess (Req Tues 10.00), Dennis Humphries, Benjamin Smith (Age 27 – sudden), Senan Hough, Babs Welsh, Margaret Harrison, Mae Staunton.

Anniversaries about this time:

Joe Hargaden, Jean McNeil, Paddy Healy, Albert Owens, Bridie & Sean Barnes, Viktoras Matuza, Hilda Mulvey, Peter, Tom & Agnes Curley, Pat McCoy, Joe Cahill, Kevin Leamey, Hilda Humphries, Phil Bryant, James & Teresa Doherty, Sean Savage, Margaret Flynn, Aroon Mehta, Joe Leonard, Michael Joyce, Larry Heaney, Patrick Glenn, Agnes Carr, Peggy Gleason, John Chaney, Patrick Morley, Cath Blackledge, Michael Fahey, Mark Grannaghan, Peter Horner, Barbara Burd, Evelyn Hunt, Brendan Cosgrove,  Martin Flynn, Andrew & Richard Byrne, Maurice Doherty, Paddy Crystal, Margaret Lee, Paul Naughton, Evelyn Doyle, Eileen King, Joe Murtagh, Mary Kelly, Margaret Comiskey, Kath O’Brien, Martin Forkin, Jim McClarron, Catherine Moakler, Paddy Durkin, Donal & Eileen McKay, Rita Cahill

 

Red Box (A.P.F.) Can you take one? Contact Marie 861 9417. Prayer Group: 2nd Sat 11-12

St John’s – Returning King

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HOLY WEEK

 

“God has not called us to see through each other, but to see each other through.”

 

Mon – Wed Mass 6.55am, 10.00am (Holy Week)                             Tues - Holy Hour 7.00 - 8.00pm

                     

Thursday 8.00pm:  Mass of the Lord’s Supper.  In this Mass we remember in a special way Jesus’ last supper with his apostles when he gave himself to them and to us in the Eucharist.  At this Mass there will be the ceremonies of the washing of feet and the presentation of the Holy Oils—which remind us to love, heal and sanctify.  After Mass the Blessed Sacrament will be removed from the Tabernacle and reserved on the altar of repose.  Here we watch and pray until midnight.

 

Good Friday 3.00pm: The Liturgy of the Passion.                Today is a day of fasting and abstinence.

“This is the wood of the Cross …”

Today we remember Our Lord’s Passion and Death on the cross and pray for all our needs.  

There is an opportunity to receive Holy Communion and to venerate the cross.

 

Good Friday 7.30pm:  The Stations of the Cross.

 

“Falling down doesn’t make you a failure, but staying down does.”