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St. Vincent de Paul
RC Church
Norden,
Rochdale
OL12 7QL

Parish Priest :
Father James Manock.
nordencatholic@outlook.com

01706 645361

NEWSLETTER , LINKS and DOWNLOADS
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Download a copy of the Lords Day at Home

Pastoral Letter from Bishop John - Advent

Could you be a Volunteer for CAFOD?
See our CAFOD Page

Fair Trade is operating each weekend!
Volunteers needed

Latest Traidcraft Bulletin here

Rosary Leaflet including Pope Francis’s Prayers
Diocese of Salford Website.

Lancashire dialect poem about Alice Ingham written by Sr Maureen Maguire FMSJ read by John Welsh

TODAY’S MASS
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Readings and the Order of Mass

SAFEGUARDING
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HARD OF HEARING
If you wear a hearing aid, set it to T for the Induction Loop System

GOING ON HOLIDAYS?
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Does any of the following apply to you?
Are you New to the Parish?
Do you know someone, who is sick or in Hospital?
Would you like a visit?
Do you think the Parish may be able to help you?
Do you think you may be able to help the Parish?
If so, please speak to Fr. James

Alternatively, try our Parish Groups page for information.

Stay with us Lord JPG
NEWS & EVENTS

    23rd January - 3nd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year C

Music and Liturgy
We have restarted live music at our weekend Masses.
We need new musicians and singers to help our parish celebrate so if you have any ability please contact Graham on 07875842218 or graham@nordendesign.co.uk letting us know your interest.

There are many things going on throughout the country to help us understand how we can work during lockdown and beyond. The National Network of Pastoral Musicians and the Society of St Gregory are there to help.

The Society of St Gregory (dedicated to the development of Music and Liturgy in the Catholic Church) is about to launch a year long course on Liturgy entitled "Taking Liturgy Seriously" It will have 6 modules of 3 one hour sessions and more details can be found in the attached leaflet. It is hoped to run a second year more in depth if this is successful. The course leaders include Composer Paul Inwood and Monsignor Kevin McGinnell, Fr Adrian Porter SJ and Fr Allen Morris.

Just before Lockdown the Diocese was organising meetings for musicians and singers across the Diocese and hopefully these will restart so that we can share music and problems with colleagues in other Parishes.

THE SYNOD

Pope Francis has called on the whole Church throughout the world to enter into a very special journey—a global Synod. “Synod” is a Greek word, meaning “on the road together”, and the Holy Father wants all Catholics to consider what the Holy Spirit might be saying to the Church in our age about how we should be fulfilling the Divine Mission entrusted to us all. The Synodal journey will culminate in the 2023 Synod of Bishops in Rome, but in order to involve the whole Church (and, indeed, the lapsed, the distant, those from other churches or communities or religions) the process begins now. In October Pope Francis launched the “Diocesan Synodal Journey” in Rome, and this weekend, as Bishop John announces in his Pastoral Letter, we are formally launching the process in our Diocese. The first period of Synod is consultation—everyone can take part in this, whether Catholic or not, church-goer or not. It is not, however, an “opinion survey”: we are being asked to pray, so that the Spirit of God may guide our thinking and our responses. We will contribute not simply by offering our opinion, but what we think the Holy Spirit is asking of us all. This part of the process will last until at least March 2022, so there is no hurry! There will be a variety of ways for people to contribute to the Diocesan Synodal Journey, which will be made available to you over the next few weeks. For now, please begin with prayer: Pope Francis has asked that we all frequently use the “Adsumus” Prayer, which began all the sessions of the Second Vatican Council:

“We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.”

  HELP FOR THE HOMELESS

 Please contact Jackie Heatley or Jennie Curran on 01706 517202 for enquiries

  OUT OF AFRICA JEWELLERY

Looking for Christmas gifts that make a difference to the most needy in our world? Check out “Out of Africa Jewellery.” There is a wide selection of fairly-traded, ethically sourced jewellery, handmade by twelve small scale producers in Nairobi, Kenya and from Congo at www.facebook.com/outofafricajewellery. Ideal for gifts, Christmas presents and stocking-fillers, or as a treat for yourself. Your purchases help to support these producers, and this year 20% of all sales will be donated to CAFOD. If you have any difficulties purchasing items through Facebook, or have any queries, please contact Bernie Slater at bernie-slater@live.co.uk Hope you enjoy looking and shopping—and making a difference!

 EPIPHANY BLESSING OF HOMES

There is an ancient tradition of blessing homes on Epiphany, using the following service. Chalks will be blessed at the end of Mass today, for you to take home and use with these prayers, as you mark above your doorway the Blessing of the Magi (Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar) to show that Christ is at home with us!

 All make the Sign of the Cross.

Head of Household: "Peace be to this house and to all who dwell here, in the name of the Lord.

All: Blessed be God forever.

Reader: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-3.14)

Using the chalk, then write on the outside of your house, above or next to a doorway:  

+20+C+M+B+22+

 Each letter could be written by a different member of the household. Then say:

All: Lord God of heaven and earth, you revealed your only begotten Son to every nation by the guidance of a star. Bless this house and all who inhabit it. May we be blessed with health, goodness of heart, gentleness and the keeping of your law. Fill us with the light of Christ, that our love for each other may go out to all. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

SO JUST WHEN DOES CHRISTMAS END?

Some people will be sticking to the tradition of removing Christmas decorations before Twelfth Night—6th January: we will be following this by removing our Christmas Trees and outside lights by the evening of Thursday the 6th. If anyone can help with dismantling the trees in Church, this will be happening straight after 9.30 a.m. Mass on Thursday: plus, if anyone can lend us a big tarpaulin or groundsheet to aid in the needle-free removal of trees, please let me know! The Liturgical Season continues until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord next Sunday. An old tradition (still observed in Eastern Europe) keeps the Christmas season until February 2nd, the Presentation of the Lord: we will be remembering this by keeping the crib in Church, and using the Marian Anthem “Alma Redemptoris Mater” at weekday Masses until 2nd February. But as to when Christmas ends, the answer is NEVER! Jesus is always the baby born for us, as well as the crucified and risen Lord: so to quote an overused Christmas song, it can indeed be “Christmas every day”!

CRIB OFFERINGS THIS CHRISTMAS

Christmas time brings to mind the needs of our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. “Friends of the Holy Land” (FHL) help the most deprived Christian families, especially those living around Bethlehem, in Gaza, Israel and Jordan, and this year our crib offerings will go to help them. There is a box by the crib in Church for your donations.

Hope in the Future Though interrupted, as so many things, by the pandemic, the Diocesan Hope in the Future programme continues: this Sunday in a special Holy Hour Bishop John is launching Stage Four: “Proclaiming the Good News.” Our schools and the celebrations of baptism, weddings, funerals, Christmas and Easter liturgies bring a significant number of people into contact with our parish. These times provide us with opportunities to engage people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. The Fourth Stage will place an emphasis on providing formation to deepen this engagement. You can join Bishop John at the Cathedral at 3.00 p.m. this Sunday, and the Holy Hour will be live streamed at churchservices.tv/salfordcathedral

 The Assisted Dying Bill Bishop John Sherrington, Lead Bishop for Life Issues for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, has written an open letter inviting Catholics to pray for the defeat of the Assisted Dying Bill, due to be debated in the House of Lords in October. It encourages them to write to peers at the House of Lords stating the reasons why they oppose this legislation and particularly explain from personal experience the reasons why this change in the law should be opposed. Discussion and communication about this important matter is vital for the defeat of the Bill and in our diocese, Bishop John is asking all parishioners to act now by praying, writing and sharing. You can find out more details about how to help oppose the bill in Bishop Sherrington’s letter on the Diocese of Salford's website at https://www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/action-on-the-assisted-dying-bill/

The “Forget-Me-Not Café” If you are interested in volunteering to help out in any way, and are available once a month on a weekday morning please contact Annmarie Thetford on 0743 200 4256, or leave your name and contact number with Father James and Annmarie will get back to you (please get in touch even if you already volunteered last year). Please also think if there are families that might benefit from this venture, and begin to extend invitations to them! Thank you.

The Saint Joseph Project Our St Joseph Statue has been received and installed at the back right hand side of our Church. Thank you to all those who contributed. There is a book of remembrance at the base of the statue to remember all those who died during the pandemic.

Requests for Masses & Prayers
Recently Deceased: Barbara Boone, Mary Rose, Ronald Parkinson, Ivan Booley.
Anniversaries: Sheridan Farrell, Ernie Kirkby, Vivienne Holt, Irene Karpluch
.

PRACTICALITIES

REFRESHMENTS AFTER MASS Everyone is very welcome to stay behind after Sunday morning Masses and share a cuppa! Tea and Coffee are served in the Parish Centre after 9.00 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. Masses. The Fair Trade stall is operating each week at these times.

TOILETS The toilet is located near the side entrance: children should not go out of Church unaccompanied. Please use the disinfectant wipes to clean all surfaces after every use—dispose of them in the bin but do not flush them down the toilet. Thank you.

PARISH CENTRE The Parish Centre is now open again for parish use and outside bookings. Please contact Robert Allen on 0758 320 7810 for all enquiries.

VOLUNTEERING ABROAD : FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE CATENIAN ASSOCIATION 
Are you (or is your child or grandchild) between 16 and 24? Are you thinking about helping at Lourdes or going abroad to help with a Charity? Did you know that each year the Catenian Association, through the Catenian Bursary Fund gives cash grants (nothing to repay) totalling over £100,000 to young Catholics to help with their expenses?
If you would like more information please pick up a leaflet at the back of church. To see the few simple criteria and the wide range of projects we support and/or download an application form from www.thecatenians.com/bursary . There are leaflets at the back of church giving information about the Catenian Association. 

Local contact is Graham Sivills  01706 868697

Now that you are here, please have a look around and why not visit the outstanding daily prayer website produced by the Society of Jesus at SACRED SPACE.

PRAYER REQUESTS
Just a little reminder that we have a board in the narthex on which you are able to place requests for prayer. It is good for us to pray with and for each other, so please always feel free to ask for prayers by placing any needs on the prayer board.

PARISH GROUP LIST
On our Groups page we have a list of groups together with their contact details. We did think it was quite comprehensive until the Hope in the Future group examined it in detail. We need to update the list on that page and we should be grateful if all group organisers could confirm to Graham Sivills (01706 868697 graham@nordendesign.co.uk) their permission for their phone numbers (as printed in the list issued on the First Sunday of Advent) to be shown on the Parish Website and if willing provide an email address to be shown as well. Thank you all.

FOODBANK
A HUGE THANK YOU for your amazing generosity and please do continue as the need remains .
The Foodbank is a Christian based organisation, which works from premises in Rochdale town centre. Their website www.rochdale.foodbank.org.uk is now updated regularly with lists of food products which are in short supply and those of which there is a surplus. To find this, from the home page, click on Give Help and then Donate Food. The collection box is at the back of church near the Notice board.
Please continue to help!

HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY
If you are (or a relative) is in hospital, you will need to ask the ward staff to ask a priest to visit: and if you move from one ward to another, you will have to ask again! There is always a Chaplain attached to hospitals, who will visit if requested, and there is always a priest on call.

CATHOLIC SINGLES
Is an organisation which helps single adult Catholics of all ages meet, either one to one or through social events.
Please tel. 0161 941 3498, visit the website http://www.catholicsingles.org.uk or
email info@catholicsingles.org.uk

OUR WEBSITE
We owe a great debt of gratitude to our friend Brian Lillis RIP. who singlehandedly has looked after this website and developed it for the last 17 years. Having helped Brian set it up in the first place, I have picked it up and will keep it up to date as best I can until we as a Parish decide where it is going.  I think I have ironed out most of the issues in transferring it from Brian to me but I would ask you to bear with me. Please let me know of any errors or changes in contact information and I will get them sorted.

Our principal need at the present time is for input for a youth page. If we had the suggestions, then we will do our best to implement them.
We do need suggestions for improvements to the site. We would be very grateful for help and assistance from IT professionals with internet expertise; we will do what we can but guidance is what we need.
If you come across any ideas on other Parish websites please let us know and we will see what we can do. If you spot any errors, don’t leave us in blissful ignorance.
Please help!
Contact us at graham@nordendesign.co.uk