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3rd Sunday of Year (A)

22 January 2023


Taken from “The Music and Liturgy of the SSG (Society of St Gregory).

First Reading: Isaiah 8:23 – 9:3.

When this was written both the Jewish homelands, Judah and Israel, were menaced by the great powers of the day, but Isaiah looks forward to a time when the misery of the conquered lands will be lifted from them. He uses war-like imagery to picture their triumphant joy on that day, dividing the spoils of war. The yoke and rod, symbols of Assyrian power, will be broken just as the power of the tribes of Midian was broken in battle when the Israelites were travelling to the Promised Land. Today’s Reading stops short at that point but the chapter continues to foretell the birth of a king who will restore the fortunes of all the land.

2nd Sunday of the Year (A)

15 January 2023


Taken from the Music and Liturgy of the SSG (Society of St Gregory)

“It may be a new Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time but the Liturgy today continues the theme of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord commemorated last weekend, with a consideration on the Incarnation of Jesus. The Readings we will hear this weekend tell us that Christ was the perfect servant of the Father and that we too become servants of the Father’s will, strengthened by the Blood of the Lamb of God. But Jesus was the only servant ever to fulfil completely the prayer, ‘Your will be done’, for he freely accepted and gave himself up to death that others might share life through his sacrifice on the Cross.

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Year A)

8 January 2023


The Baptism of the Lord Jesus celebrated this weekend is another epiphany, a manifestation of Jesus’ identity to the public. On January 6th we celebrated the Gentile Magi’s recognition of Jesus. This weekend God proclaims him to be his Beloved son before the witnesses to the baptism in the River Jordan.

This Feast concludes the Christmas Season. Early writers and commentators on the Scriptures in the generation after the Apostles indicate something of the relation of the Nativity to the Baptism of the Lord, “If you rejoice to see Jesus in the lap of his mother Mary, rejoice today to see Jesus embraced by his Father”.

Feast of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

1 January 2023


The Octave Day of Christmas has had a number of themes and titles over the centuries but first and foremost it was a Marian Feast in Rome commemorating Mary as Mother of God; in fact, it was the only Marian festival native to Rome hence the alternative titles over the years, the Celebration of the Lord’s Circumcision, the Octave of Christmas and the Feast of Mary now are all brought together in this under the oldest of Mary’s many titles and attributes as Mother of God. This title was defined and proclaimed at the Council of Ephesus 431AD proclaiming Mary as the “God Bearer”, mother of both Jesus who is true God and true man.

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


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