Many years ago, when the two former deaneries of Ashton-in-Makerfield and Newton-le-Willows were amalgamated, the linking of the thirteen parishes within them into one new and much larger Pastoral Area made very little sense, either geographically or pastorally, and we have been struggling with this tension ever since. With the recent move of Father Ron Johnson, the position of Dean became vacant and, after consultation with the deanery clergy, with the local deans, and with the members of the Archbishop's Council, Archbishop Malcolm has decided not to appoint a new dean but to suppress the Ashton-in-Makerfield Pastoral Area and to allocate the parishes within it to the care of the neighbouring Pastoral Areas.
If you want to arrange a baptism don't phone or email - just come along to the church for Mass any Saturday evening (if Sacred Heart) or Sunday morning (both churches) and ask the priest or deacon at the end of Mass for a Baptism Application Form. At least one parent of the child must be a Catholic.
More detailed information can be found here
In October of 2020 the Archdiocese of Liverpool will hold a gathering called a "Synod" to reflect on what the Lord may be asking of us today and to help us make decisions about the future of the Church here in our part of the world. "Synod Sundays" are moments when the Church throughout the Archdiocese will pray for God's blessing on this venture and reflect to prepare for it.
Those who have gone before us through death are never far from our thoughts and prayers but, during the month of November, we remember them in special ways. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered frequently throughout the month for those whose names are included on our November Dead List.
Saturday Vigil Mass
5.00pm Saint Cuthbert, Pemberton
5.30pm Saint Jude, Poolstock
5.30pm Saint Mary, Wigan
6.00pm Saint Wilfrid, Ashton
6.30pm Sacred Heart, Wigan
7.00pm Saint Benedict, Hindley
Sunday Morning Mass
The Brick is a crisis intervention service based in central Wigan and whose aim is to help rebuild the lives of those in need. They help in many ways with Life Skills classes and assisting people to get into work. But one vital and much needed part of their mission is to help families in crisis by providing a food bank.
Lectio Divina (which is Latin for "Divine Reading") is a new way of praying. Actually, it's not new at all, but as old as the hills, going right back to the early Church and even further back into Old Testament times; but it has recently become very fashionable, if one can use that word with regard to prayer.
(Check out Lectio Divina on YouTube: Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto is a good one to follow.)
The following was seen on a Parish Website:
There you are sitting in worship. Your child or toddler is restless. Perhaps they're even a little rowdy. You try to silence them - and nothing! You try to pacify them with food or toys - and nothing! Eventually, you resort to the last thing you wanted to do: You pick them up and, before a watching audience, you make the march out of the church. And all the while, you're feeling a little embarrassed. Maybe you're a little frustrated too. You might even think to yourself, "There's no point in coming to church. I get nothing out of it because I have to constantly care for my child."
Catholics pray the rosary because it's a powerful prayer to God, through His mother, Mary.
Praying the rosary has been a tradition in the Church for a long time. It's a bit fuzzy who made it more formal; some say it was Saint Dominic. What matters is that this prayer is super-powerful!
Throughout history, many saints have highly recommended that we pray the rosary.