Please see below for the Mass times at Our Lady's - Haigh and Holy Family - New Springs
Whilst we do not yet offer online live streaming of our Mass celebrations there are other churches that do.
At present Live Streaming of masses is available from different churches the nearest one we are aware of is at St Vincent’s, Over Hulton. They already live stream. please follow the link to live stream services. Their website is http://stvincentsbolton.org/
Sunday mass at St Vincent’s is at 10.00am.
Walsingham is also live streaming all its services – their website www.walsingham.org.uk
Further options can be found here: https://www.churchservices.tv/
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
Vigil Mass - Saturday at 6.00pm and the Sunday Mass at 9.30am, both at Our Lady’s.
Sunday Mass - Holy Family at 11.15am.
Parishioners are reminded that, at present, there is still no obligation to attend Mass. We will let you know when this changes.
There are no mid-week Masses planned for the near future.
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
17th Sunday of the Year (B)
24 July 2021
THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND
This weekend we begin five extracts from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of St John. “I am the bread of life”.
Many are surprised that, unlike Matthew, Mark and Luke’s Gospels, there is no description in the Gospel of St John of the events of the Last Supper commemorated today in the celebration of the Eucharist, the Mass, in obedience to the words of Jesus “Do this in memory of me”.
Indeed, the first written description of what has become, for Catholics, “The source and summit of our lives as Catholic Christians” (Vatican II 1962-65), is not in any of the Gospels, but in the First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians, who described there what had become the well established pattern of worship for those early Christians, and we ought to remember Paul himself was not present at the Last supper.
16th Sunday of the Year (B)
18 July 2021
THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND
When a Bishop is vested after his Ordination, when he has spent time in prayer, prostrate before the altar during the singing of the Litany of the Saints, while an open book of the Gospels is held above him and the laying on of hands takes place by Bishops present in the Cathedral, he then receives a Mitre to wear on his head, illustrating the New and Old Testaments of the Bible and a ring to show his commitment to the people of his Diocese, and crozier, his pastoral staff, encouraged to be the Good Shepherd of his people after the example of Jesus. Caring for his priests and people are paramount to his office.
In today’s First Reading from the prophet Jeremiah we hear that the shepherds appointed to rule God’s people are not fulfilling their role. These shepherds are the kings of the northern kingdom of Israel, with its capital Samaria, and the southern kingdom of Judea, with its capital at Jerusalem. These so called shepherds have not lived up to their tasks.
15th Sunday of the Year (B)
10 July 2021
THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND
From this Sunday’s Reading from the prophet Amos, chapter 7, verses 12 - 15.
“Off with you, visionary!”
Get out of here! No-one likes to hear those harsh words. Wherever we go we like the assurance that the place where we have arrived is hospitable. Sometimes we trespass; sometimes we say offensive words; sometimes we perform an action that separates us from the community. If we upset the host, we may hear those awful words, “Get out of here!”
That was the command that Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, levelled against the prophet Amos. Amos came from Tekoa in Judah, in the southern part of the kingdom. At God’s command he travelled to Bethel in the north to prophesy. He warned the people of God’s judgement against them. The local priest did not like hearing the message Amos brought so Amaziah gave Amos a blunt and derisive retort, “Go home; get out of Bethel; go back to Judah; prophesy there; leave us alone”. There was one problem, prophesying in Bethel was not Amos’ idea in the first place; it was God’s idea. God sent Amos from Judah, in the south, to Bethel, in the north, to bring divine judgement on the people.
14th Sunday of the Year (B)
3 July 2021
THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND
The City of Gladness
First Reading from Isaiah chapter 66
“Behold I will spread prosperity over Jerusalem.”
Today there is little comfort for those living in Jerusalem. Our generation has witnessed great tragedies in the Holy Land. People still live in terror. Holy sites have been damaged. Suicide bombers have killed innocent people.
Efforts for peace rise and fall as the nations of the world seek a way for Jerusalem to find its peace. We know that the city is important to many of the world’s believers, Jewish, Christian and Muslim. It deserves to be a place of peace, an example of righteousness, a beacon of justice for anyone who longs for these virtues (Psalm 122 ‘Pray for the peace of Jerusalem’).