Coronavirus Pandemic Update

The public celebration of Holy Mass has now resumed at both of our churches.

For details of Mass times please see the panel below.

Pope’s Call to Prayer

Pope Francis has called on the world’s Christians and people of goodwill to join together to pray the Lord’s Prayer on Wednesday, 25 March at 11am UK time (midday in Rome). On Friday 27 March at 5pm UK time (6pm in Rome), the Pope will pray on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica. Although the square will be empty, there will be a period of Adoration and readings from Scripture. At the end of the service, the Holy Father will impart his Urbi et Orbi blessing and will offer a Plenary indulgence for the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can watch on the Vatican YouTube channel.

· Welcome · Witamy · Bienvenue · Прошу · Benvenuto · Willkommen ·

· Welcome · Witamy · Bienvenue · Прошу ·
· Benvenuto · Willkommen ·

Welcome to our parish website. Here you will find a snapshot of parish life—what we do and who we are. Mass times, info on arranging baptisms, weddings and funerals is all here. The site is still in the early stages of development and more pages and information will be added over the coming weeks and months. Oh, and while it’s great to see virtual visitors on our website, please feel welcome to pop in and join us to pray, serve and strengthen the bonds of real community!

Welcome to our parish website. Here you will find a snapshot of parish life—what we do and who we are. Mass times, info on arranging baptisms, weddings and funerals is all here. The site is still in development and more pages and information will be added over the coming weeks and months. Oh, and while it’s great to see virtual visitors on our website, please feel welcome to pop in and join us to pray, serve and strengthen the bonds of real community!

Fr. Francis, Parish Priest

· Welcome · Witamy ·
· Bienvenue · Прошу ·
· Benvenuto · Willkommen ·

Welcome to our parish website. Here you will find a snapshot of parish life—what we do and who we are. Mass times, info on arranging baptisms, weddings and funerals is all here. The site is still in development and more pages and information will be added over the coming weeks and months. Oh, and while it’s great to see virtual visitors on our website, please feel welcome to pop in and join us to pray, serve and strengthen the bonds of real community!

Fr. Francis, Parish Priest

· Welcome · Witamy ·
· Bienvenue · Прошу ·
· Benvenuto · Willkommen ·

Welcome to our parish website. Here you will find a snapshot of parish life—what we do and who we are. Mass times, info on arranging baptisms, weddings and funerals is all here. The site is still in the early stages of development and more pages and information will be added over the coming weeks and months. Oh, and while it’s great to see virtual visitors on our website, please feel welcome to pop in and join us to pray, serve and strengthen the bonds of real community!

Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary

The Rededication and COVID-19

Is the Rededication affected by the coronavirus pandemic? In short, no. The beauty of this dedication is its personal nature, meaning that we can make the Rededication wherever we may be, with others or on our own. Even though circumstances mean that we cannot make the Rededication together at Mass on 29th March, we will still be united in our prayer. The COVID-19 pandemic is an example of why the Rededication is so important at this moment. In this time of fear and uncertainty, it is of the greatest importance for us to place ourselves under the protection and guidance of Christ through Mary, Our Mother.

The Rededication Events

All who have followed the 33 days retreat will make their consecration on the 25th March. This will be followed by a triduum of prayer leading up to the Rededication itself. In this time, we will ponder and treasure the words of Mary, asking for Her intercession for England and the world. On 29th March at 12 noon, those taking part will be praying the Rededication prayers wherever they are. A copy of the prayers can be downloaded from www.behold2020.com.

Re-dedication of England
as the Dowry of Mary

The Rededication and COVID-19

Is the Rededication affected by the coronavirus pandemic? In short, no. The beauty of this dedication is its personal nature, meaning that we can make the Rededication wherever we may be, with others or on our own. Even though circumstances mean that we cannot make the Rededication together at Mass on 29th March, we will still be united in our prayer. The COVID-19 pandemic is an example of why the Rededication is so important at this moment. In this time of fear and uncertainty, it is of the greatest importance for us to place ourselves under the protection and guidance of Christ through Mary, Our Mother.

The Rededication Events

All who have followed the 33 days retreat will make their consecration on the 25th March. This will be followed by a triduum of prayer leading up to the Rededication itself. In this time, we will ponder and treasure the words of Mary, asking for Her intercession for England and the world. On 29th March at 12 noon, those taking part will be praying the Rededication prayers wherever they are. A copy of the prayers can be downloaded from www.behold2020.com.

Times of Masses

Regular Services

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended.

Saturday

18th September

10.00am Holy Mass at St Marie's
10.30am - 11am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St Marie’s
5.00pm Vigil Mass for Sunday at St Joseph’s

Sunday

19th September · 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

5.00pm (Sat) Vigil Mass for Sunday at St Joseph’s
9.15am Holy Mass at St Joseph’s
11.30am Holy Mass at St Marie’s

Monday

20th September · Ss Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang & Companions

9.30am Holy Mass at St Joseph’s
10.30am Funeral Service at St Joseph’s

Tuesday

21st September · St Matthew, Apostle

9.30am Holy Mass at St Joseph’s

Wednesday

22nd September

No Mass

Thursday

23rd September · St Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

9.30am Holy Mass at St Marie’s
9.30am Holy Mass at St Marie’s
No Mass usually the 3rd Thursday of the month but check newsletter.

Friday

24th September · Our Lady of Walsingham

12.15pm Holy Mass at St Marie’s
11.45am-12.10pm Confessions at St Marie's
12.15pm Holy Mass at St Marie’s

Saturday

25th September

10.00am Holy Mass at St Marie's
10.30am - 11am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St Marie’s
5.00pm Vigil Mass for Sunday at St Joseph’s

Sunday

26th September · 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

5.00pm (Sat) Vigil Mass for Sunday at St Joseph’s
9.15am Holy Mass at St Joseph’s
11.30am Holy Mass at St Marie’s
10.00am Holy Mass at St Marie's
10.30am-12.00pm Confessions at St Marie's
4.30pm-4.50pm Confessions at St Joseph’s
5.00pm Holy Mass (Sunday Vigil) at St Joseph’s

Holy Days of Obligation

7.15pm (day before) Holy Mass (Vigil) at St Joseph’s
12.15pm Holy Mass at St Marie’s

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

First Fri 8.00am-12.15pm at St Marie’s
Sat 10.30am-12.00pm at St Marie’s

Please check the parish newsletter for any occasional changes.

Parish Newsletter

Newsletters

The latest newsletter available is for 19th September 2021, 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find Us

There are two churches in our parish, St Marie’s and St Joseph’s. The parish priest resides in the presbytery at St Marie’s.

St Marie’s Church is in the heart of the town centre on Manchester Road, Bury BL9 0DR

St Joseph’s Church is on Peter Street, Bury BL9 6AB.

Padre Pio Prayer Group

Meetings suspended until further notice.

The group meets on the last Tuesday of each month from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at the Parish Centre at St Marie’s Church.

All Welcome!

Tower Restoration

Following the award of £214,500 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund towards restoring St Marie’s tower and lantern, work began in June 2019.

The tower was dismantled stone by stone and rebuilt. The sloping pediment was repointed and clad in lead to prevent rainwater penetration.

Inside the church rotted lengths of the main roof purlins were replaced. Major cracks to the masonry in the west wall were found and had to be repaired and the wall made more rigid. This additional work, heavy rain in early 2020 and the pandemic added many weeks to the project.

A digital carillon that chimes the hour and plays part of the Lourdes Hymn at noon and 6 p.m. was also installed.

The completion of the work in October 2020 is a terrific achievement for all. Our new challenge is to meet the second part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s requirements: promotion of the heritage—so watch this space!

We would like to thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund and players of the National Lottery for the financial support received.

Following the award of £214,500 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund towards restoring St Marie’s tower and lantern, work began in June 2019.

The tower was dismantled stone by stone and rebuilt. The sloping pediment was repointed and clad in lead to prevent rainwater penetration.

Inside the church rotted lengths of the main roof purlins were replaced. Major cracks to the masonry in the west wall were found and had to be repaired and the wall made more rigid. This additional work, heavy rain in early 2020 and the pandemic added many weeks to the project.

A digital carillon that chimes the hour and plays part of the Lourdes Hymn at noon and 6 p.m. was also installed.

The completion of the work in October 2020 is a terrific achievement for all. Our new challenge is to meet the second part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund’s requirements: promotion of the heritage—so watch this space!

We would like to thank the National Lottery Heritage Fund and players of the National Lottery for the financial support received.

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