Please see below for the Mass times at Our Lady's - Haigh and Holy Family - New Springs
NEW COVID ARRANGEMENTS FOR MASS
From the First Sunday of Advent (Sunday 28/11/2021) at Our Lady’s we shall remove the separators from the benches on the sacristy side of church and the two central sets of seats but keep the separators on the far side. This will allow anyone who feels uncomfortable about being closer to another person to separate as before.
At Holy Family all separators will be removed. Social distancing spaces will be available. Speak to the stewards about this.
The ventilation measures remain, i.e. the doors remain open.
People will still be expected to sanitise their hands on arrival.
Communion returns to its normal place within the Mass, as the protocol was a social distancing measure, so is no longer needed. Stewards continue to guide people to communion as at present.
If you would like to make a donation to Our Lady's Haigh please follow the link below. Thank you for your support.
If you would like to make a donation to Holy Family, New Springs please follow the link below. Thank you for your support.
Church opening times
RETURN OF WEEKEND MASSES AT OUR LADY’S AND HOLY FAMILY
Please refer to the mass times below.
Parishioners are reminded that, at present, there is still no obligation to attend Mass. We will let you know when this changes.
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
Sacrament of Reconciliation
11:30 - 12 noon
A Parish History ~ 1858-2018
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
6th Sunday of Easter Year (C)
21 May 2022
THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND
There were two main issues that threw the early Church into its first crisis: legislation and authority.
When preaching to non-Jews, Paul and Barnabas had been preaching that it was not necessary to become Jews in order to become Christians, but not all Christians agreed however. The questions were simple. Did Paul and Barnabas know the legislation correctly? Did they have any authority to preach it? After all, neither of them was one of the Twelve and Paul had persecuted Christians before becoming a Christian himself.
The Apostles and Elders met in Jerusalem to consider the questions. It was the first time that leaders of the Church gathered together to resolve an important issue. Today, some people call this the ’Council of Jerusalem’. This is very much the model of the Church and her future in the mind and heart of Pope Francis, a Synodal Church - one that listens and encourages everyone to participate in its decision making.
5th Sunday of Easter Year (C)
14 May 2022
THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND
As we move into the second half of the Easter Season we hear on Sundays from the farewell discourse of Jesus in John’s Gospel.
From our vantage point, at this time in the season, we are given an opportunity to reflect on the words of Jesus.
For us then, hearing Jesus’ words at the Last Supper in the light of all that we have experienced thus far in the Easter Season, provides a wonderful opportunity for us to further explore the faith we have in the Son of God who came so that the world would have life. Hearing his words from the vantage point of celebrating the Resurrection gives insights and the opportunities for making connections that we might not have had before.
4th Sunday of Easter Year (C)
8 May 2022
THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND
This is commonly known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel for today in all three years is taken from the tenth chapter of St John in which Jesus speaks of himself as a shepherd. The selection in Year C from this tenth chapter is the shortest of all the Gospels prescribed for the three year cycle. It contains only four verses. Yet these verses are enough for Jesus to speak of his flock, those who know his voice and follow and who, as a result, have eternal life. The Gospel passage ends with Jesus once again affirming the unity shared between him and his Father.
3rd Sunday of Easter Year (C)
30 April 2022
THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND
The celebration of Christ’s Resurrection continues with festivity and joy. Each year on the Third Sunday of Easter the Gospels proclaim a post-Resurrection appearance of Jesus in which he shares a meal with his disciples. The Eucharistic theme is obvious and we celebrate the fact that through the Paschal Mystery Christ found a way to remain with us through this mystery of our faith.
John’s Gospel recounts the breakfast that Jesus shared with his disciples at the sea shore. The longer form of this weekend’s Gospel recounts Peter’s redemption from his denial of Jesus. Jesus asks three times if Peter loves him. Of course, we know Peter’s answer , given three times; once for each time he denied Jesus the night he was arrested.