Any couples wishing to get married at Holy Family Church during 2019 should contact Father Tony as soon as possible to book a date and allow time for the necessary preparation and required paperwork to be completed.
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
There is a new and very welcome mood in Rome. It seemed that every one of the cardinals and archbishops we met, during the recent Ad Limina visit of the Bishops of England and Wales to Rome, shared something of themselves which we had never seen before.
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.)