Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, 13th June


Dear Family of Sacred Heart & St Anne

I am pleased that we have now worked out a plan for First Communions with St Anne’s School. We have 33 children for First Communions, combining last year and the current year.

Due to the COVID pandemic and the high rates of the Delta Variant in Blackburn, children will receive First Holy Communion in small groups of 3 utilising both churches, commencing 26 June to 18 July. Because of social distancing guidelines and the limited capacity in each church, only immediate families will be able to attend (parents/carers and siblings).

Children will celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in two groups, this Thursday 17 June at 6.30 pm and the following Wednesday, 24 June at 6.30 pm at St Anne’s

I ask that we keep the children and their families in our prayers.

God Bless

Father Jim


Monday, 14th June : The Dedication of the Salford Cathedral NO MASS

Tuesday, 15th June : 12 noon

Wednesday, 16th June : St Richard of Chichester 12.30 p.m.

Thursday, 17th June : 12 noon

Friday, 18th June : (Exposition from 11.30 a.m.) 12 noon

Saturday, 19th June : St Romuald Vigil Mass of Sunday 6.15 p.m.

Sunday, 20th June : 10.30 a.m. (SH) & 12.30 p.m. (St Anne’s)


St Richard of Chichester (Wednesday) : Born in the Midlands at Droitwich in 1197, he had an influential life(he was legal adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury) before being ordained priest at the age of 45 and two years later was appointed Bishop of Chichester. However, because of opposition by the king, he was unable to assume office until 1247. St Richard is remembered for his generosity to the poor, for the mercy shown to sinners and for the reform of the liturgical life of his diocese. He died in Dover in 1253 while preaching the crusade.

St Romuald (Saturday) : He was born c.950 into a noble family in Italy in Ravenna but went on to live a simple life. After becoming a monk, he proceeded to found monasteries in several locations, including one in Camaldoli which became the mother-house of an order of hermit monks who followed the Rule of St Benedict. Romuald died aged 75 in 1027 after a life of prayer and penance.

ANNIVERSARIES : Please remember in your prayers all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including : Mark Dickinson (2020), Margaret Mary Brennan, Jack Threlfall, Leo Whiteside, Gerard Mellody, Stephen Rusyn, Helen Hills, Winifred Osbaldiston, Alice O’Malley, John Hulme, Pauline McKee, Joseph Regan, Martha Jane Donnelly, Mary Cafferty, Cardinal Basil Hume OSB, Ann Dineen, John Brian Craven, John Holliday, Frederick Rothwell, Mary Hartley, Bill Le Petit. May they rest in peace.

OBITUARY : The nuns of the Franciscan Convent on East Park Road have sadly lost another sister this week with the death of Sister Moira on Tuesday, the day of the funeral of Sister Isabel. We hold the Franciscan community in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad and difficult time and pray now that Sister Moira may rest in the peace of the risen Lord, together with the other four sisters, Maura, Cecilia, Beatrice and Isabel, who have recently gone before her. Please pray also for the repose of the soul of Max Romer, brother-in-law of Shelagh, who died on Friday, and also for Josie Kay and Teresa Connor who have died recently. Lord, grant them eternal rest.

CONGRATULATIONS to Fr Joe O’Carroll who celebrates his Golden Jubilee of Ordination today with a special anniversary mass at St Alban’s. We thank God for his ministry and thank Fr Joe for his long and dedicated service, in particular to the people of Blackburn.

CORPUS CHRISTI : Congratulations to sisters Fiona Jade and Ana Sophia Robinson who made their First Holy Communion at last Sunday’s 10.30 Mass at Sacred Heart. We thank Fiona Arrowsmith, one of our flower-arranging team, for her imaginative, much-admired floral arrangement in front of the altar which beautifully conveyed in red and white the essence of the feast, the Body and Blood of Christ.

COLLECTIONS : Sacred Heart £488.60; St Anne’s £70.85. Total offertory : £559.45. Thank you very much for your ongoing generous support of the parish which is greatly appreciated.

Donations to the parish may always be made online using the following bank details : Sort Code : 20-55-58. Account Number 90628042. The account name if requested is The Salford Diocesan Trust. If you are asked to specify, it is a business account.

DEANERY NEWS : The Diocese of Salford website contains a striking pictorial record of a lovely ceremony in May at St Mary’s Church, Brownedge, where our dean, Fr Mark Harold, is parish priest. The occasion was the blessing by Bishop John Arnold of a beautiful new Italian-marble statue of Our Blessed Lady which now stands on a plinth in the church grounds and is floodlit at night. A garden-shrine has been created where people can sit and pray in front of the statue dedicated to ‘Our Lady of Brownedge’. Further details of the statue and the ceremony can also be found on the St Mary’s parish website.