Welcome to our September Family Mass on Sunday 11th September at 3.30pm. The words of Pope Benedict to the young people in Madrid WYD give us encouragement for our task to build God’s Kingdom in our families. “The joy you are seeking has a name, a face; that of Jesus of Nazareth, who waits for you in the Eucharist.” Announcing the next WYD in Rio de Janeiro the Holy Father said: “It is not possible to find Christ and not tell others about Him. So, do not keep Christ for yourselves. Communicate the joy of your Faith to others. The World needs the testimony of your faith.” Benedict XVI Download Poster Click here
On Sunday, Solemnity of the Assumption, our dear Flo Rowen was called home (RIP). Our hearts go out to Joe and all the members of his family especially Tony, Ann and Gerard. Also to the members of the St Michael’s Group to which Joe and Flo belong, we express our condolences. Joe has just let me know that Requiem for Flo will be celebrated in Our Lady of Grace Church, 11 Fairfax Road Prestwich, Manchester M25 1AS, on Wednesday 24th August at 12.00 noon.
I’ve heard it. I’ve read it. As long as I have been running, it’s always been the same message: “drink plenty of water.” All along most race courses are water stations, and most runners slow down to drink a cup of cool water. Keeping your water level up is critical when you run. If you get slightly dehydrated, you will not run well. If you get moderately dehydrated, you will become disoriented. If you get seriously dehydrated, you can die. It’s serious business. The first year I ran was 1991, and I was inexperienced (also younger, slimmer, stupider, etc.) I passed water stop after water stop, occasionally drinking a swallow or two. I felt good, and I wasn’t going to waste precious seconds drinking water, even though it was a hot, humid day. Big mistake. (more…)
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven, celebrated today, is one of the oldest in Church history. This wonderful summer feast, honouring Our Lady, was first celebrated in Palestine in the year 529 AD. It was such a strong tradition in the Church, needing no confirmation, that it wasn’t until November 1, 1950 that Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of the faith. An ancient and beautiful legend about the Assumption of Mary tells the story this way: (more…)
There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things “in order”, she contacted her Parish Priest and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.
She told him which songs she wanted sung at the Mass, what Readings she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. The woman also requested to be buried with her favourite prayer book and her rosary. Everything was in order and the priest was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. “There’s one more thing,” she said excitedly. “What’s that?” came the priest’s reply. “This is very important,” the woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.” (more…)