Corona Virus

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.

Sacramental Programme

Y4 First Holy Communion

Last year, your child was in the process of completing their Sacramental programme before the Covid pandemic stopped all elements. Fortunately, the opportunity for your child to continue this journey is now available.

Following the guidance of Salford Diocese, families are being invited on a weekly basis in small numbers of only 2 children per mass, on either a Saturday or Sunday, to complete their Holy Communion. Please CLICK HERE to access the online booking system where you can reserve one of the following dates:

  • 7th/8th November

  • 14th/15th November

  • 21st/22nd November

  • 28th/29th November

 

PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR BOOKING IS THE 31ST OCTOBER 2020

Thank you for your understanding regarding the safety measures that must be in place in order to protect the children, families and members of the parish. On the day your child’s Holy Communion, 5 family members may attend the Mass with your child who is making this special sacrament. Please note, the church have strict guidance in order to remain safe to open and once the church has reached full capacity, people will be unable to attend. Therefore, it is vital that your child and family members arrive promptly to avoid this disappointment.

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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
Aspull
Wigan WN2 1YA

TEL: 01942 516732

Mass Times

Saturday

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

6.00pm

9.30am

11.15am 

9.00am

9.15am 

9.00am

9.15am 

9.00am

11.00am

Haigh

Haigh

Holy Family

Haigh

Holy Family

Haigh

Holy Family

Haigh

Haigh

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday

11:30 - 12 noon

As announced

Haigh

Holy Family

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

Forward... 

 

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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30th Sunday of the Year (A)

THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND

Thoughts for the 30th Sunday of the Year.
This week’s thoughts are from Nicholas Hutchinson’s book, Praying Each Day of The Year, Volume 3.
Nicholas was an outstanding teacher and mentor of young people. He taught in several De La Salle High Schools but also served the Lord for many years while incapacitated by ill health, residing as a member of the De La Salle, St John’s Community in St Helens where I met him. He always asked about others and showed tremendous interest in the events in our parish. He wrote many books to assist teachers in their Christian vocation and also composed the beautiful Prayer of Commendation that I use at the end of Funeral Masses. His dates are 1954 to 2016.

29th Sunday of the Year (A)

THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND

Thoughts for the 29th Sunday of the Year.
‘W.W.J.D.’
Four letters that often appear on posters, wrist bands and screen savers of those who wish to be both challenged and reminded in their everyday lives and decision making of ‘What Would Jesus Do?’
We know from His teaching in both scripture and Church tradition that Jesus has great expectations of His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Luke chapter 9 verse 23). It is certainly quite a daunting task that, honestly, we can only achieve with his help.
One of Jesus’ hopes for us is that we will all be one. This is part of what is known as the High Priestly Prayer recorded in John’s Gospel account of the Last Supper. If we are not one then Jesus feared that the world won’t believe in Him, nor His heavenly Father, nor the hope of Salvation that he came to bring; in other words, our unity was of vital importance to Jesus.

28th Sunday of the Year (A)

THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND

Thoughts for the 28th Sunday of the Year.
Years ago many of us were taught in the Catechism that prayer is ‘the raising up of the mind and heart to God’. It takes many forms, personal, liturgical, thanksgiving, petition, praise, etc. It is something very personal to each of us and it can grow and develop over time if nourished. On Wednesday this past week we kept the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary. A legend of the fifteenth century attributes the Rosary to St. Dominic, the founder of the Order of Preachers, but the Rosary, as we now know, goes back as far as just the sixteenth century and yet from earliest times many have used the counting of beads, usually 150, to imitate prayer by religious communities of the 150 Psalms of the Jewish Psalter.

27th Sunday of the Year (A)

THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND

Thoughts for the 27th Sunday of the Year.
Over the years I have been invited to speak at schools and colleges, and on one occasion, to a charity function for ‘Ladies who Lunch’, to talk about being a priest. We know sadly that the Catholic Priesthood has become a tarnished brand in recent years, but people are still interested, with all sorts of questions about the preparation and the life of a priest. I have been asked about my vocation, “Did God speak to you?”, “Did you see angels or hear celestial music?”. The answer to those, of course, was no.

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