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Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 16th August 2020


Saturday, 15th August : Vigil Mass of Sunday, 6.15 p.m.

Sunday, 16th August : 10.30 a.m. (Sacred Heart); 12.30 p.m. (St Anne’s)

Monday, 17th August : 11.00 a.m.

Wednesday, 19th August : 7.30 p.m.

Friday, 21st August : Exposition from 11.30, Mass at 12 noon

Saturday, 22nd August : 6.15 p.m. Vigil Mass

Sunday, 23rd August : 10.30 a.m. (Sacred Heart); 12.30 p.m. (St Anne’s)

NB: Please be aware that in addition to the usual covid rules face coverings must now also be worn in Church

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION : Today’s holyday is in some ways the paramount feast of Our Lady, since it commemorates her passing, body and soul, into the glory of Heaven, where she stands beside her Son ‘in garments of gold’. Although the dogma of the Assumption was defined only in 1950, it had long been widely accepted and believed by the early Christians. In view of Mary’s Immaculate Conception and her singular vocation as the mother of Jesus, the grave was no place for her body to be consigned.

St John Eudes (Wednesday) : A priest and missionary born in France in 1601, he travelled widely in his native country promoting devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. He founded a congregation to further the formation of priests and also established the Congregation of Our Lady of the Refuge to rescue and support women and girls trying to escape from a life of prostitution.

St Bernard (Thursday) : Born in France near Citeaux in 1090, Bernard joined the monastery there in the year 1111. His presence revitalised the Cistercian house and he became abbot at the nearby monastery of Clairvaux. He was much in demand for his wise counsel and worked strenuously to overcome divisions in the Church.

St Pius X (Friday) : He was born into a poor family in Riese (Italy) in 1835 and after ordination served as parish priest for 17 years before being appointed spiritual director at the seminary. Further appointments saw him become Bishop of Mantua, patriarch of Venice and finally Pope in 1903. He sought to renew the Christian life by emphasising charity and the Eucharist. Pope Pius worked hard to try to avoid war in 1914 but died shortly after its outbreak.

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Saturday) : This feast was instituted in 1954 by Pope Pius XII at the conclusion of the octave of the Assumption. It reminds us that the Blessed Virgin reigns in Heaven together with her son; she reigns not because she is equal to God but because she is the mother of Christ the King. All her privileges come from her motherhood of the Son of God and the unique role she played in our redemption.

ANNIVERSARIES : Please remember in your prayers all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including : Joe Jepson, Robert Carr, Jennie Barker, Joseph Whewell, Wilfred Dodd, Veronica Whipp, Katharina Maria Ferris, Jean Halstead, Gladys Wood, Kevin Preston, Julie Marie Lang, Julie Ann Gilder, Lawrence Park, Pat Browne, Marianne Burt. May they rest in peace.

Those wishing to continue to make regular offerings to the parish may do so by direct bank-transfer using the following details :

Sort code : 20-55-34;
Account number : 10168300.
Account name (if requested) : The Salford Diocesan Trust.
If you are asked to specify, it is a ‘business account’.

Those who do not use online banking may send in a cheque made out to ‘Sacred Heart Church, Blackburn’.
Many thanks to everyone for ongoing support.