Monday, 21 November 2011


Of your charity pray for the happy repose of the soul of Bishop John Jukes.  Bishop Jukes was a member of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual and one time auxillary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Soouthwark with responsibility for the the area of Kent.

Bishop Jukes ordained me to the Diaconate on 12th December 1997
and to the Sacred Priesthood on 13th June 1998.

May he rest in peace.

Saturday, 19 November 2011


Some time ago in the Catholic Herald it was reported that Bishop Mark Davies of the diocese of Shrewsbury hd given permission for the Institute of the Christ the King Sovereign Priest to take charge of a church within his diocese.

The Instisute has now taken up residence in the presbytery belonging to the church of St Peter and St Paul, New Brighton and I went to pay them a fraternal visit last Thursday.  Caon Olivier Meney is the first priest to be assigned there. (Picture left)  Others will be coming to join him in the near future. 

The Institue is committed to the celebration of the Mass and Sacraments according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Further information about the Institue can be found here: (American Website) and here: (General Website, in French).

Bishop Davies has asked that the church of St Peter and Paul become a Centre for Eucharistic Adoration in his diocese.  Please pray for the success of this venture and for Canon Meney in particular.


Congratulations to
Stuart Broomhead
and Wendy Berry
who were married at
St Marie's this afternoon. 
We wish them every blessing
in their married life.

Saturday, 5 November 2011


Weekend of Eucharistic Adoration
at Guardian Angels, Bury

Friday 18th November
Mass 12.00 noon - Adoration begins at 12.30 pm
Adoration ends at 8.00 pm (with Night Prayer of the Church)

Saturday 19th November
10.00 am - Adoration begins
6.30 pm - Adoration Ends (before Vigil Mass at 7.00 pm)

Sunday 20th November
2.00 pm - Adoration begins
6.00 pm - Adoration ends with Evening Prayer
of the Solemnity of Christ the King and Benediction.


Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury (and our former Vicar General in Salford)  has given a very heart warming and encouraging message to priests of the recently formed Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

In his address he said 'In parishes I visit week after week I always try to ask that we open our hearts again to the gift of the priesthood and speak of the need to love an recognise wh at the priesthood truly is.'

Unfortunately I was not able to attend this Conference given by Bishop Davies, but there have been many good reports given by others in the blog sphere.  Father Tim Finniagan has one at  and Father Ray Blake from St Mary Magdalene in Brighton has another at

Thank God for the witness of Bishop Davies both to the CAtholic Priesthood and the Catholic Faith.  As part of a renewal programme for the priesthood in his diocese the relic of the heart of St John Vianney is brought for veneration in July 2012.  A full programme of events will be made available nearer the time.


On Friday 4th November we had a Missa Cantata (Sung Mass) for the Feast of St Charles Borromeo. 

The picture shows the celebrant at the offertory of the Mass.

Thursday, 3 November 2011


Holy Souls Shrine at St Marie's

Holy Souls Shrine at St Joseph's

During the Month of November we remember all those who have died and pray for them that they may be released from their sins and be admitted to the company of heaven.

We pray for our relatives, benefactors and friends and for all who wished us good in life.  In charity we also pray for those who were perhaps not as good as they could have been towards us asking the Lord to grant them eternal rest. 

The picture shows the Holy Souls Shrines in each of our churches - our focus of prayer during this month.