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Welcome to our March E-Newsletter

There is lots to update you on in our latest E-Newsletter. As we move through Lent there are many opportunities for reflection across the diocese, we share our latest environmental resources, how you can take part in the Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary and further details on the latest Hope in the Future events being arranged as part of Stage 3. 
About one year ago I wrote to you, in a pastoral letter to parishes and schools, about the rapidly growing crisis of Climate Change. I was very encouraged by the response from many people. During the year I have visited many of our schools and been very pleased, and often surprised, by the seriousness of the response being made. I am particularly pleased that, in the schools, the emphasis has not been on any sense of fear about the future but always on an attitude of a growing understanding of our care for creation and the awareness of our responsibility towards all our brothers and sisters on this planet.

Pope Francis has reminded us of our common responsibility for our planet and care for our brothers and sisters in his recent Exhortation “Beloved Amazon”. He reminds us again that we really do have a responsibility for each other and every gesture of care for our environment, however small, is of significance. And our prayers for our world and its health are important, too. Perhaps the Season of Lent is the right time to consider again our practical and personal response to this urgent situation.

With my blessing and good wishes

“Stay with us, Lord, on our Journey”




Read Bishop John's Pastoral Letter in full
Around our diocese this Lent
The season of Lent provides us with an opportunity to take a step back and reflect. To refocus on what we believe, and why. We remind ourselves about the faith and trust that we have in our God and we take a moment to regain the sense of putting our faith into action in all that we do.

There are events around the diocese and across the deaneries which offer an opportunity to take time out of our busy lives for prayer.  As well as this, each Sunday we will be sharing a reflection from Fr Paul Daly, Episcopal Vicar for Formation, based on the Pope's Lenten message. You can find the first reflection here.

Rosary, Sermon & Benediction ‘The last seven words of Jesus’ at Salford Cathedral 
Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5LE

This event is led by the men of St Joseph and will be followed by Bible study and fellowship for men. It will take place every Tuesday evening throughout Lent starting on 25th February at 7.00pm, concluding 31st March

Lectio Divina at Salford Cathedral
Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5LE
Lectio Divina will take place throughout Lent in the Cloisters of Salford Cathedral at 12.45pm each Wednesday.

Serene Silence: The Seven Sorrows of Mary at Hidden Gem, Manchester
Mulberry Street, Manchester, M2 6LN
A series of meditations given by Fr Ian Kelly based on the Seven Sorrows of Mary.  Beginning on Wednesday 26th February (Ash Wednesday) at 6pm continuing each Wednesday 6pm, concluding Wednesday 8th April (Holy Week).

Lectio Divina at Assembly Rooms
Ford Street, Salford, M3 6DP
Lectio Divina will take place each Thursday throughout Lent at 7.30pm in the Assembly Room.

View more Lenten events
Envirolent: Caring for Our Common Home

The effect of climate change is not a problem that we can just leave to governments to remedy. They must play their part but Pope Francis tells us that we are all required, every one of us, to make changes to our lives and begin to repair the damage before matters become irreversible.

Each week during Envirolent, we will be placing a focus on practical suggestions based on 5 Rs - reduce, reuse, recycle, rewild and reclaim - that we can implement in our parish and school communities. Resources on each of the themes, which we hope will help you to start those conversations about how we can act with friends and family, have been produced.

Envirolent will close with a call to prayer using a Prayer for our Common Home which has been adapted by the diocese. You are welcome and encouraged to use this prayer beyond the Lenten season as we wish for it to become our diocese’s environmental prayer going forward.

Download our Envirolent Resources
Soup Lunches Save Lives in Zimbabwe
Wardley Honey is the Bees Knees!
Many parishes around the diocese will be supporting CAFOD's Family Fast Day on 6th March.  The money raised here in our diocese will help local experts like Sr Consilia in Zimbabwe to save lives in her community.
The Laudato Si Centre's bees have been creating a buzz around town at the AGM of the Manchester & District Bee Keepers, scooping five prizes for quality and substance. There are now 20,000 bees living across two hives at Wardley.
Sing a New Song to the Lord! 

On Saturday 8th February music ministers from across the diocese gathered at St Cuthbert’s parish in Bolton for a Music and Liturgy Workshop Day with Jo Boyce as part of Hope in the Future Stage 3.

The programme looked at the shape of the liturgy, the role of music within it, as well as sharing new music, ideas and resources for the development and renewal of parish music ministry, finishing with a vigil Mass with music led by Jo and the attendees from the day.

Jo is a talented composer of a number of well-known Catholic hymns including Bread of Life Truth Eternal, Taste and See and her setting of the Magnificat.

She shared Mass settings, free responsorial psalms along with some new music.

She also introduced the L!FT programme for renewal and development of parish music, song and liturgy looking at the importance of leadership and discipleship.

Find out more about upcoming Hope in the Future events
The God Who Speaks: World Book Day

This is the 23rd year there’s been a World Book Day, and this year, children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

On this World Book Day, Cardinal Vincent Nichols wants to inspire us all and encourage a love of Scriptures and Bible storytelling out loud. Listen to our podcast to find out what is the favourite Bible story of the Cardinal.

Read more about the God Who Speaks in our diocese
#Behold2020: Rededication of England as Dowry of Mary

The Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary is both a personal promise of the people of the country, and a renewal of the entrustment vows made by King Richard II in 1381.

On Sunday 29 March 2020, a rededication will take place throughout the country and preparations are already underway for this huge event.

The Rededication at Salford Cathedral will take place at 11am on 29 March with Bishop Terence Brain saying Mass. Details of further events which will take place over the weekend of the Rededication – both in the Cathedral and across our diocese – will be shared on our website closer to the time.

Find a #Behold2020 event near you
Beloved Amazonia Document Released
Salford Lourdes to walk in St Patrick's Day parade
Pope Francis has published his Apostolic Exhortation, Querida Amazonia.
“The beloved Amazon region stands before the world in all its splendour, its drama and its mystery.” You can read more about this
by clicking here.
Salford Lourdes Pilgrimage will be joining the St Patrick's Day parade in Manchester City Centre on Sunday 15th March. The route begins at 11.00am at the Irish World Heritage Centre. All are welcome to walk the route with them.
 
Upcoming Events in the Diocese

Nightfever
Holy Name Church, 339 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PG

Friday 6th March 2020, 7.30pm

The concept behind Nightfever is very simple, the church remains open from 7:30pm – 10:00pm, bathed in just candlelight. On the altar is the exposed Blessed Sacrament. Live music is softly played in the background. The atmosphere is one of beauty and of peace.


Mass for LGBT+ Catholics and their families
Holy Name Church, 339 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PG
Saturday 7th March 2020, 3pm

The second diocesan Mass for LGBT+ Catholics, their families and friends, will be celebrated on Saturday 7th March. The celebrant and preacher will be Fr. Brendan Callaghan SJ. There will be refreshments after Mass and an opportunity to discuss the next steps


Greygarth Hall: The Church and Conscience
Citywise Centre, 6 Oxford Place, M14 5RZ

Thursday 12th March, 6.30pm

Seminars on faith and life for young professionals in their 20s and early 30s.  This seminar, run by Greygarth Hall, will focus on the Church and Conscience.


Catholic Hub 
Cathedral of St John, Chapel Street, Salford, M3 5LE

Saturday 14th March 2020, 7.30pm

The Catholic Hub is an event for Young Adults (18+) which takes place on the Second Saturday of every month, 7:30pm at Salford Cathedral.

We would love to see you there for prayer, music and fellowship.


The God Who Speaks: Hannah
Katherine House, 26 Singleton Road, Salford, M7 4WL
Wednesday 18th March 2020, 2pm

During 2020 we will be looking at The God who Speaks… We will explore how God spoke to people in the scriptures and speaks to you today.

This event will focus on Hannah. Please email khousefcj@hotmail.com if you are planning to attend.


Three Days of Easter talk
St John Henry Newman Parish Centre, Urmston, M41 7DS

Thursday 26th March 2020, 6.30pm

Fr David Quiligotti will be doing a talk on the 3 Days of Easter. The talk will run from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

This striking window at Our Lady & St Patrick’s church, Oldham, was donated by the Polish community in 2008. Over the year we will be highlighting some of the craftsmanship on display in our parishes on our Instagram account
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