• Bulletin 20th December 2015

    Mass Times:   As on the notice board except Christmas Eve 6.00pm & 9.00pm. Christmas Day 9.15am & 11.00am.  Boxing Day St. Stephen 12.00 noon.

    Masses received:  The endless list will appear on a separate Christmas Mass Sheet!

    Carol Service:  This evening at 6.00pm accompanied by the Eccles Brass Band.

    Senior Parishioners Party:  The party was held on Sunday the 13th and was much enjoyed, therefore, I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to all those who made this event such a happy one and a great success.  Chefs, waitresses, table movers, coffee makers, washer-uppers,  indeed, so many people were involved in making the party  a success. These events cannot  be done without a large team of people and we are, indeed, fortunate to have such a group in our parish!

    Readers Rota 2016: The new Rota for 2016 can now be collected from the Narthex.

    Thanks:   For a delightful Christmas Tree and Beautiful Crib!!

    Diocesan Almanacs:  Available today.

    Universe & Catholic Times:  Both bumper editions!

    Second Collection on Christmas Day:  for our usual 5 charities – The Children’s Hospice, The Street Children of Brazil, The Loaves & Fishes Centre, The Poor Clares and our SVP.  THANK YOU!

    Bulletin:  Please contact Terry on 0161 794 2497   or Fr. John to pass on your suggestions and news items.

     

    “OF ALL WOMEN YOU ARE THE MOST BLESSED,

    AND BLESSED IS THE FRUIT OF YOUR WOMB”

     

    “Lo, within a manger lies He who built the starry skies”– If it’s true it is earth shattering and mind blowing! BUT IT IS TRUE?

    God’s Christmas present is a TINY, HELPLESS AND DEFENCELESS BABY!  How could anyone be afraid of a baby?  St Theresa spells it out – “I COULD NEVER BE AFRAID OF GOD WHO MADE HIMSELF SO SMALL FOR LOVE OF ME

    What does he have to do to convince us of HIS LOVE?  “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”  “Even if a mother forgets the child of her womb, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.”

     

    “Sacred infant all Divine

    What a tender love was thine

    He leaves all his glory behind

    To be born and die for mankind

    THANKLESS MAN HIS LOVE REFUSES

    Lord have pity and mercy on me.

    Lo, the lamb so long expected

    COMES WITH PARDON DOWN FROM HEAVEN”

     

    Both unborn babies in today’s Gospel will Suffer Violent Deaths – John beheaded – Jesus crucified.

    Divine Love - is it foolish Love?

     

    And finally...

    INDIFFERENCE – HOW IT MUST HURT.

    YES, OUR GOD IS A GOD OF LOVE, MERCY and PITY

     

    Thanks for ALL your kindness, generosity and support over the last twelve months.

     

    May I wish you all the blessings of this SEASON of WONDER

     

    MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY!!!