Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24th January 2021

CARITAS SUNDAY : Next Sunday we focus, as we do each year at this time, on the vital work of Caritas Salford in ministering to the needs of the underprivileged in our diocese. Caritas means ‘charity’ or ‘kindness’ or ‘caring’ and the work currently undertaken is an extension of that of the former Catholic Rescue Society which did invaluable work to protect and provide care for children in need for whatever reason.

Now the remit of Caritas is much wider: front-line services are provided to the elderly and the homeless, to those experiencing isolation and loneliness. The motto is ‘no-one is beyond reach and no-one is marginalised or left behind’. Bishop John expanded on the work of Caritas in his recent pastoral letter and concluded by saying: ‘Your gift…is even more important in these difficult times.’

Normally, the opportunity to donate would be provided by the second collection at Sunday mass but since our churches are currently closed you could still make a contribution on-line (and even gift-aid it). Full details appear under Caritas Diocese of Salford. Alternatively you could pay by cheque addressed to: Caritas Diocese of Salford, Cathedral Centre, 3 Ford Street, Salford, M3 6AP.

CHURCH OPENINGS : Once again Sacred Heart Church will be open for private prayer this week at the following times :

Sunday & Wednesday 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Friday 11 a.m. to 12 noon.

Zoom MASS:  Sunday at 10.30am (to register click here if first time)


Monday, 25th January : The Conversion of St Paul

Tuesday, 26th January : Ss. Timothy & Titus

Wednesday, 27th January : St Angela Merici

Thursday, 28th January : St Thomas Aquinas

Ss. Timothy and Titus : They were companions of St Paul on his missionary journeys and he entrusted them with the care of the Christian communities in Ephesus and Crete respectively. Extracts from Paul’s pastoral letters to them are used on occasion in the readings of the Mass.

St Angela Merici was born near Brescia in northern Italy in the 1470s and devoted herself to the education of underprivileged girls and to the care of the sick. She entered the Third Order of St Francis and in 1516 founded the Ursulines, named after St Ursula, the first teaching order for women approved by the Church. Ursuline convent schools have been prominent establishments in our own country for many years.

St Thomas Aquinas : Born in Aquino c.1224, he became a Dominican friar and gained a reputation as an outstanding philosopher and theologian. He combined an astonishing mastery of scholastic theology with a profound holiness of life. His greatest work, the Summa Theologica, is still widely consulted. Pope Leo XIII declared St Thomas patron of Catholic schools.

ANNIVERSARIES : Please remember in your prayers all those whose anniversaries occur about this time including : Evelyn Mary Bowden, John Etherington, Mary Wilding, Nigel Jones, Bill Jones, David Craig, Mary Fenning, Margaret Teresa Walkden, Ellen Bell, Raymond Smith, Peter Moloney, Alan Isherwood, Kathleen Regan, Leshia Farrelly, John Regan, Padraig Dineen, Teresa Catherine Owen, Fr John Cribbin, Orla Landers, Rev. Edmund Dougan. May they rest in peace. Please pray also for the repose of the soul of Joan Robson, a former head of modern languages at St Mary’s College, who died last weekend. May the Lord grant her eternal rest.

ON-LINE DONATIONS TO THE PARISH : Those who wish to maintain their regular contributions to the parish may do so 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’.
Please be assured that all such donations go specifically to our parish and will attract gift-aid where applicable. Thank you to for most important ongoing support in these difficult times.

300 CLUB JANUARY DRAW : £80, No. 293 Jack Neild; £25, No.154, Irene Jenkinson; £20, No. 259, Denis Townsley. Many thanks to Shelagh Romer and Pat Yates who attended to make and verify the draw on Friday.