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Parish Newsletters

26th Sunday of the Year (C)

24 September 2022


Today’s First Reading by the prophet Amos.

The gap between rich and poor is uncomfortably large. If you can read you already have advantages over many other people in the world. If you worship in a church building and have printed copies of bulletins or a bulletin available on line you have resources that are far beyond those of many others.

Most people are unaware of their privileges. They do not live in the squalor of poverty. They forget about it, except in photographs and letters of appeal. They see the gap between themselves and those who are richer but they ignore the gap between themselves and the poor.

25th Sunday of the Year (C)

17 September 2022


In this weekend’s First Reading the prophet Amos complains about the unjust practices of the rich who cheat the poor. Together these passages cry out for justice and affirm God’s love for those who have less. A theme continued by the Psalm.

The Second Reading offers suggestions for prayer, especially for those in authority; when they are blessed, all society lives a tranquil life.

24th Sunday of the Year (C)

10 September 2022


This weekend we hear a message of pardon and reconciliation expressed in several parables - the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son (last heard on the Fourth Sunday of Lent this year).
We call the story in the third parable the story of the Prodigal Son. Perhaps it should be rather thought of as - the Tale of the Prodigal Father because the real hero of the story is the father who loves his son beyond all reason. He indulges the son’s selfish wishes, mourns his departure and, when he sees the crestfallen boy returning, doesn’t wait, but runs out to meet him.

23rd Sunday of the Year (C)

4 September 2022


In the Gospel for today Luke refers briefly to the crowds travelling with Jesus reminding us that he is on his way to Jerusalem. He tells them about the cost of discipleship, the Cross: they should include it in their plans as a builder includes materials in plans for construction.
In the First Reading from the Book of Wisdom we are reminded that wisdom is something we lack. It is hard to know what God is thinking or why things unfold the way they do. Still we trust in God’s benevolent intentions for us, and the Psalm for today asks God to help us to gain this wisdom of heart.

The Parish of Haigh, Aspull & Blackrod

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was founded in the mid 1850's and is part of the R.C. Diocese of Salford. The Church was blessed and opened in 1858, the year of the apparitions of Our Lady at Lourdes. The Church was re-ordered in the 1990's and several new stained-glass windows were installed, some made in Blackrod, and are an interesting feature of the Church.

Holy Family Parish, New Springs, was funded from Our Lady's in 1898 and in 2009 clebrated the Golden Jubilee of its Church. The community of Blackrod, Bolton, had a chapel-of-ease from 1960 to 2009 when St. Andrews Church Hall was closed.

All three areas - Haigh & Aspull, Blackrod and New Springs are now served from Our Lady's.

Rev Kevin Foulkes

48 Haigh Road
Wigan WN2 1YA

TEL: 01942 516732

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A Parish History    ~   1858-2018

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Mr Livesey & Mr West have worked with local parishioners to produce a book about the history of our parish and school, they have kindly allowed us to reproduce an electronic version of their book, available on the Parish Page, CLICK HERE to read it.

If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the book CLICK HERE



It is a privilege and honour to write the forward to the Parish History of Our Lady’s Parish, on its 160th Anniversary.


It has also been a privilege and honour, and a pleasure, to serve as Our Lady’s Parish Priest since 1997 – following in the footsteps of my twenty-six predecessors.


Saint Peter writes ‘He is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house.’ (Peter 2:3-5)


We are the living stones of this Christian community – commissioned as ‘missionary disciples’ to be Christ’s ‘ambassadors’ (St. Paul Cor. 5:20) in loving witness, worship and service to our community.


There have been many changes over these 160 years – in the Church, Society, Education and the design of Our Lady’s Church. The priests and people of Our Lady’s Parish have experienced many joyful family and Parish celebrations but also wars, peace, poverty and economic depressions, through twelve Pontificates and six Reigns – and we too are facing a challenging time for the Catholic Church. Blessed John Henry, Cardinal Newman wrote that ‘To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often’.


And so, building on and celebrating our heritage – the stones of Our Lady’s Church, and the ‘living stones’ of our dedicated, faithful and often courageous priests, parishioners and teachers in our Parish School we can face the future with confidence. We do so knowing that Jesus, Our Risen Lord, has promised to be with his Church forever. (Matthew 28:20)


I commend this publication to be read and enjoyed by everyone.


Many thanks to Phil Livesey and Neil West for their initiative to begin and to bring this book to completion and to all who have collaborated with them, with their own very interesting and often amusing memories! God bless you all.


Fr Kevin C. Foulkes