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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The next UK general election

is set for Thursday 4th July.

It is a privilege to vote, and I encourage each one of us to actively participate in the process. Not just on polling day but in engaging with the key issues that matter to us as individuals and as Catholics, focussing on how we want our society to operate.

The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council reminded us of the importance and purpose of voting. They went so far as to call it a duty, and not just for Catholics. “All citizens, therefore, should be mindful of the right and also the duty to use their free vote to further the common good” (Gaudium et Spes, 75).”

We should be looking beyond the superficial soundbite and to the heart of matters. As Catholics we can use this as an opportunity to put our faith into action, prioritising issues, policies, and politicians that reflect and share our values. We must avoid the politics of polarisation and division and seek to find a narrative that is for the common good.

There are many issues that will speak to you, but the Bishops’ Conference have chosen to highlight a number:

·         Respect for The Dignity of Every Human Being

·         Education

·         Promotion of Peace and Reconciliation

·         Upholding The Sanctity of Life

·         Eradication of Poverty (through promoting a just economic system and promoting the dignity of work)

·         Criminal Justice

·         Care For Our Common Home - this Planet.

·         International relations and Human Rights

·         Migration and Refugees

With the right to vote comes the responsibility and I encourage everyone to get to know the individual candidates standing in their constituency - and to learn what they stand for.

Along with my fellow faith leaders in Greater Manchester and Lancashire I also urge you to vote for people who will promote positive relationships and cohesion between all our communities, and who oppose anything that causes racial or religious hatred or prejudice on grounds of race, nationality, disability, gender, sexual orientation, age or religion – especially Antisemitism or Islamophobia in the current international climate.

We must never take this democratic freedom for granted. I urge everyone who can vote to do so. Please remember that Photo ID is now necessary in order to be permitted to vote.

You may also, individually and in your parishes, wish to pray for the General Election. A suggested prayer is provided by the Columban Missionaries:

A Prayer for Elections

 

Eternal God, Lord of creation,

As we look towards the upcoming election

We ask that your Spirit of Truth be upon us.

Let us, your people, be guided by Gospel values,

Of Love of neighbour, truth, justice

And compassion towards all.

Particularly the ‘least’ of our sisters and brothers.

Help us to choose political parties and candidates willing

To place the needs of the many before the profits of the few.

To put the wellbeing of the majority above the wellbeing of the markets,

And the conserving of our common home ahead of the

cosseting of corporations that harm creation.

Amen

Stay with us Lord, on our journey.

+John

 

Further Resources

If you are interested in learning more, there are several resources for Catholic voters including:

·         Caritas, Diocese of Salford https://www.caritassalford.org.uk/general-election-action/

·         The Bishops Conference of England and Wales General Election Resource - https://www.cbcew.org.uk/election24/

·         Centre for Catholic Social Though and Practice General Election Resources – https://ccstp.org.uk/articles/general-election-resources

·         CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network) General Election Guidance - https://www.csan.org.uk/guidance/general-election-resources/

·         CAFOD – A Guide for Catholic Voters - https://cafod.org.uk/campaign/uk-general-election-2024-a-guide-for-catholic-voters

Click the link in green.

Stations of the cross voice over and in sign language.

(36) Marys syations of the cross - YouTube
Preparing for my funeral
One thing in life is certain - one day we shall all die. As Christians, we believe that death is not the end but, because of Christ’s victory over death and his Resurrection, we may hope for eternal life. As Catholics, our funeral should be a time which reflects our hope and our Faith.

Practically speaking, the planning of a funeral can be a difficult challenge for our next of kin when they are already dealing with the grief and loss they will experience at our death. They may be especially hard-pressed to prepare the funeral if they do not share our Faith.

It can, therefore, be a real help to others when we give thought to our own funeral arrangements ahead of time, and let them know what our preferences are so that, when the time comes, they can be taken in to account to the fullest degree practicable. Making such preparations can also give us peace of mind and be an occasion for finding reassurance in our Faith by reflecting on, in particular, the various passages from scripture and the hymns which the Church provides for funerals. These offer comfort and encouragement at anytime, but they are perhaps especially important for us as we enter old(er) age.

This information has been prepared to assist you with a consideration of your preferences with regard to your own funeral liturgy.  It outlines several options that you might like to consider. Many of the decisions may seem straightforward but it may be helpful to meet with your parish priest to discuss various aspects of the liturgy. Together, you can ensure that everything is within the tradition of the Church, appropriate for you and those who will gather to pray for you.

John Arnold

Bishop of Salford


My Funeral Service

The purpose of the Funeral Liturgy to offer worship and thanksgiving to God, the author of all life; to pray for the deceased, and to offer support to the bereaved.

 

The Church encourages us to celebrate a funeral 

 The Funeral Service, which may be a Mass or a Service outside Mass.

 The Committal at the cemetery or crematorium.

 

The Funeral Service

This is the Church’s main time of prayer for the deceased person.  The Funeral Service usually takes the form of the celebration of Mass, the highest form of prayer n which the Sacrifice of Christ himself is made present.  In offering this Sacrifice, we commend to God the soul of the deceased in union with Christ himself. Alternatively the Funeral Service may take place outside Mass, with most of the same prayers, rites and Scriptures, but without the Eucharistic Prayer and Holy Communion.

The Funeral Service normally takes place in a parish church but it may sometimes be appropriate to hold it in the chapel of a cemetery or crematorium.

1.        I would like my funeral liturgy to take place at

..............................................................................

I would like my funeral service to be:

              A requiem Mass

or        

A  Service outside Mass

   (i.e. a service of readings and prayers only)

2.        Scripture passages would like at my funeral:

The full selection of scripture readings approved for use at funerals can be found at www.rcdow.org.uk/liturgy

FirstReading  …......................................................

Psalm   ...............................................................

Gospel   ...............................................................

NB Sometimes the readings used at a funeral are specific to a liturgical season. In such a case the priest will give the fullest respect to your wishes that he can.

 

3.        Hymns I would like at my funeral are:

Please note that music in the Funeral Service should be religious: secular songs and music should be used at the committal or reception. You will find a list of suitable hymns in your parish hymn book.

..............................................................................

..............................................................................

..............................................................................

..............................................................................

 

4.        Words of Remembrance and Farewell:

You may wish someone to speak at the Funeral Service, though this is not obligatory.

Yes       No               Pleasetick

 

5.        Flowers:

My preferences for flowers are:

..............................................................................

.............................................................................. 

6.        Donations/collection

I would like a collection to be taken for:

..............................................................................

..............................................................................

or       

I would not like a collection to be taken.


C: The Committal

The final act of saying farewell takes place in a brief service at the graveside or at the crematorium. When a body is cremated it is encouraged that there also be a further brief service, sometime later, for the burial of the ashes. 

    I wish to be buried.

If so, I wish to be buried at:

..............................................................................

(If you already own a grave, please attach the necessary paperwork to this document)

or        oI wish to be cremated.

If so, I wish my ashes to be interred at:

..............................................................................

Other Considerations

 

7.        Reception after the funeral

I would like the reception to take place at:

.............................................................................. 

8.        Funeral Directors

I have a pre-paid funeral plan with:

..............................................................................

Address              ………………………...……………………

Telephone    ……………………………………...………

or     

 I would like

..............................................................................

Address              ………………………...……………………

Telephone    ……………………………………...………

to be used as my undertakers.

or     

  I leave the choice of undertakers

to my next-of-kin.

 

9.    My Will

My will is lodged with my solicitor:

Name            …………...…………………………………

Address              ………………………...……………………

Telephone    ……………………………………...………

 

10.    My next of kin is

Name            …………...…………………………………

Address              ………………………...……………………

Telephone    ……………………………………...………

 

12.      Power of attorney (if applicable)

Power of attorney has been granted to

Name            …………...…………………………………

Address              ………………………...……………………

Telephone    ……………………………………...………

  

Signed by me................................................................

Please print name _________________________

 

Signature     ……………………………………………...

Date                          ..…………………………………………….. 

 

Please keep this form with your papers at home, and a copy with:

(1) your will at your solicitors,

(2) your parish priest,

(3) your next of kin and

(4) (if you have

a prepaid funeral plan) with your nominated funeral director.

Fancy an afternoon out?

My home parish of St John's Rochdale is really worth a visit.

Based on St Haggi Sophia in Istanbul

It is a large church with the most magnificent mosaic, it's well worth a visit, only 5 minutes from the town centre.

 I have worried for years about what we as adults, are dong to our children....Then I came across this video, which I think is one of the most sensible adults i have ever seen, when it comes to children. She prety much says everything that needs to be said.

You are invited to AN EVENT


Love in Action – Reducing Hate Crime (Disability)

Where:

Sacred Heart Parish Centre, Levensulme Road, Gorton, M18 7WJ

When:

12 noon to 2.30pm on 11 February

Research shows that:

  • More than one in five of us will be affected by disability at some point in our lives.

  • Half (50%) of all people in poverty live in a family that includes a disabled person.

  • 1 in 5 disabled people avoid going out to ‘social’ gatherings because of negative attitudes and behaviour.

  • In 2021-2022 there were 14,242 disability hate crimes recorded – an increase of 46% on the previous year.

  • Approximately 45% of pension age adults (UK) are disabled.

  • More than 260 million children in the world still do not go to school. An estimated one-third of all out-of-school children at primary level have a disability.

  • 1 in 5 (19%) employers say they would be less likely to hire someone with a disability.

A priest needs a break.

I am sitting in Alicante airport waiting to fly back to Manchester.  It is 23 degrees here at the moment, and 3 degrees in Manchester with lying snow on the ground.  If I said I was delighted to be going back to that, I would be lying.

I have spent the past seven days with some friends in Delores, south of Alicante.  They have been wonderful with me, spoiling me rotten. They have shown me a part of Spain I never knew existed, and I have enjoyed the experience very much.  This is truly a beautiful area with much going for it, lovely countryside, lovely food, amazing cities and very warm and friendly people.

The weather has been very kind, with at least 20 degrees everyday, and two of those days were very hot with perfect blue skies and not a cloud to be seen. I almost caught the sun (I never catch the sun). The photo to the right was taken yesterday morning, while I was reading my book by the pool.

So here I am in the airport ready for home, well not quite ready, but doing my best the get back to the idea of parish work !

I hope that at least a few might have missed me, but with the wonderful reports I have had about Fr Gavin, I am not so sure.  I would like to thank Fr Gavin because without him I would not have been able to get away.



Bohemian Rhapsody 

Played on the worlds biggest pipe organ

LOURDES WITH A TWIST

Young people from Chile on their way to World Youth Day via Lourdes...and having a ball.

Animals do the funniest things


LOURDES 2024

If you would like to go to Lourdes next year, 2024, the 100th anniversary of our diocesan pilgrimages, you need to get in touch with me this week.  I already have over 60 names and I need to sort out the room allocation with the hotel in Lourdes.  Thanks


Our new DONA machines

Thanks so much to those people who have taken to using the new machines at the back of church.  Form what has come in, it looks like people are liking the ease of use.

If you have not yet had a look, why not give it a try?

Also please remember, the Church too is suffering with the cost-of-living increase, how long is it since you increased your gift to the church? - Just a thought.


For those who may ask........

But Father what do you do all day?

Written by a parish priest who has since - perhaps understandably! – retired

Leader of people, wisest of guides; diplomat, elder, who never takes sides. Inspirer, Confessor, forgiver of sins; caretaker, cleaner and emptier of bins. Welcome baptizer of infants in arms; counter of candles and filler of forms,

Father and teacher, chaplain to schools; chairman of governors, maker of rules.

Guide of the juniors, infants and staff with time to be serious, time for a laugh.

Counselor, preacher, entertainer at times; ever available till midnight chimes,

Parish accountant and administrator; typist and banker, and news duplicator.

Signer of mass cards, reference composer, certificate writer and passport endorser.

Digger of gardens, inspector of drains, checker of roofs every time that it rains.

Re designer of churches, to fill empty pews, re-glazier of windows, repairer of loos.

Visitor, caller, knocker on doors, target of gossips and cadgers and bores.

Chaplain to hospital, long or short stay, ‘please don’t forget, my Mum’s in for the day’. the doctors and’ nurses all merit a call, smile kindly at everyone - keep on the ball,

Sayer of masses and liturgy leader, celebrant, sacristan, cantor and reader.

Marshal of servers, collectors and choir; of hymn books and papers  - both seller and buyer.

President of Eucharist, calm as you like - “but did I remember to switch on the mic!

Celebrant of masses, devotions and prayers, patient receiver of everyone’s cares. Marriage encounter and parish renewal; Journeys of Faith and liturgical jewels.

Shepherd to prayer groups, prophet and pastor; spiritual director and guru and master. Front line evangelist, missioner, catalyst; guardian of faith and converter and catechist,

Supporter of cafod and Christian Aid, with boxes and envelopes of all shapes and shades, Friend of the Anglicans, Methodists, Jews, Muslems and Buddhists - and everyone’s views.

Joint schemes and services, unity prayers, civic occasions and parties and fayers.

Blesser of Rosaries, of houses and homes, the power and the glory still stretching from Rome.

Help of the sick and anoint-er and healer; support for the dying and final appealer,

Conductor of funerals, comfort of mourners, called to give solace to even the scorners.

By bingo enthusiasts and drinkers, he’s seen, as the beginning and end of the social life scene.

Drawer of Raffles, Jumble Sales, Stalls - now rushing to Court to re-license the Hall.

Minister of marriage, the guide of young love, adviser of couples who need help from above.

Provider of insight into all life connubial; collector of forms for the marriage tribunal.

Man of prayer and reflection, of study and thought, but still finding time for the news and the

 sport. Looker after of the parish next door, when their priest is sick and down on all fours, worries about wedding preparation and whether he has the right information.

Something for everyone you might exclaim, but when things go wrong who is it they blame?

Why isn’t Father available – 

he’s never there when I want him!

We are now live streaming! 

Go to the Live Streaming button at the top of the page and simply follow the instructions.

If you are not able to join us for Mass, you may now watch via the live streaming, or if you cannot attend a funeral, wedding or baptism, it's now there for you to watch, via the web site live stream.

Offertory ENVELOPES

The gift aid list for the parish is very out of date, and I am trying to get things in order. Could I ask..

1 If you gift aid to the parish, would you please take a gift aid form and return it as soon as possible.

If you gift aid, and would like to do so via standing order, please fill in the appropriate form (both available today) and take it to your bank. (This can also be done on your smart phone, using your bank’s online “App”.

2 If you are not a gift aider, but do pay tax, please think about gift aiding your contributions to the parish, its worth a great deal of extra income for us.

If you usually use an envelope, and are not a gift aider, please take an envelope with no number on it.

THANK YOU.

What is the Catholic Church doing regarding the Environment?

Please look at the link below to see what we are up to!

Environment - Catholic Bishops' Conference (cbcew.org.uk)


Live streaming

ITS HAPPENED

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