Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmastide Masses

St Osmund’s, Long Lane,  Breightmet, BoltonBL2  6EB

Christmas Eve, 24th December, Mass at Midnight.

The Epiphany, Monday 6th January 2014, Mass at 7.30 p.m.

Thanks to Fr. G. Hilton for these Masses.

Reminder that there is Mass each Sunday at 4.45 p.m at St. Chad's, Cheetham Hill, Manchester and on Saturdays at 10.00 a.m. at English Martyrs, Alexandra Road South, Whalley Range - also in Manchester. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Of your c harity

Please pray for the repose of the soul of my mother, Carole Christine who died at lunchtime today (Tuesday)  following 72 hours of the most utterly appalling suffering I have ever had to witness and experience. 
I think I am in a state of shock because everybody is telling me it hasn't yet properly "hit me": it cannot have, because after over 4 months of making sure all of my routine has fit in with appointments, trips to consultants, clinics, pharmacies, day centres, radiotherapy recovery sessions, Marie Curie, and more importantly with arranging 24 hour support without a day off myself, I'm now becoming anxious that I shall be unable to think of what to worry about next apart from reporting forthcoming events and serving Mass at a good number of our venues which I have been unable to attend. The last sixteen weeks have been exhausting and I am sorry to have been unable to keep things up to date. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Please note the following changes

Firstly there will be no Mass at St. Osmund's at Bolton this first Thursday of the month - instead the Mass will be next Thursday - 10th October at the usual time of 7.30 p.m. for the feast of St. Francis Borgia.
Next month the Mass at St. Osmund's will be on the first Friday i.e. All Saints Day again at 7.30 p.m.
In December the Mass will be the first Wednesday - i.e. 4th. December. This is the Parish patronal feast and will be a Missa cantata.
Many thanks to Fr. Hilton for these Masses.

Finally the Mass this Saturday (5th October) at English Martyrs will be at the earlier time of 9.00 a.m. Thanks again to Fr. Marlor for this.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Important announcement

Please note that there will be no Mass at English Martyrs on Saturday 21st September.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Assumption of Our Blessed Lady

On Thursday we have the holy day Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady which is one of our unmoved to the nearest Sunday Feasts.

Mass at St. Osmund's, Long Lane, Breightmet, Bolton at 7.30 p.m. and also in the Leeds Diocese at Broughton Hall's Sacred Heart Chapel near Skipton at 11.00 a.m.

Thanks to Fathers G. Hilton and Parfitt respectively for these Masses.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Masses at St. Osmund's, Bolton

Thanks to Father G. Hilton there will be Mass tomorrow - 4th July at St. Osmund's and again on the 1st. August at the usual time.of 7.30 p.m.
Father will also be offering Mass on August 15th. for the Feast of the Assumption. (Reminder nearer the time)

I have received a request for training to serve the Mass and before going ahead with this I wonder if any men or boys reading this would be interested in undertaking some training during the summer holidays in the Salford Diocese.
Please let me know by sending me an e-mail at lmssalford AT gmailDOTcom.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

In honour of the Holy and undivided Trinity


In union with Our Holy Father Pope Francis
for the Sanctification of the Clergy and Vocations


Sunday 2nd June 2013

2:00pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
and renewal of priestly promises
3:00pm Divine Mercy Chaplet
and reflection on the Sacrament of Confession

Perhaps you might then consider following off the day hearing Mass at the new home of the Oratorians at St. Chad's, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester at 4.45 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam!

We have a Pope.

Let us pray for Pope Francis I, the first non-European in over a thousand years and the first Jesuit.
May the Lord guide and protect him.

God bless the Pope!

Monday, February 11, 2013


I must confess to having been extremely shocked today when I checked the blogs in my coffee break this morning. I even thought that perhaps I'd not realized it was April 1st and not February 11th. I had to leave the school premises and have a cigarette or two to get my head round what I'd read.
Whilst listening to the BBC news on Radio 4 at 5 o'clock on my way home and I heard the pope's address in Latin I had to choke back a tear or two. One of my daughters had already rung home from University to say that she had been similarly moved. We had both had front row seats at Birmingham when his Holiness visited our country.
This said I do have to admire the Holy Father's courage in breaking with a tradition which is centuries old. I saw on the internet that he had left his pallium at the tomb of Pope Celestine V at Aquila in 2009 after the devastating earthquake there. Pope Saint Celestine resigned the papacy in 1294 aged 79. No doubt Pope Benedict saw first hand the effects of the ill-health suffered by his predecessor, Blessed John Paul,  and moreover the effects it had on the Church in that suffering Pontiff's final years on earth.
Benedict has taken a courageous step forward - in humility and more importantly in Faith - faith that it is the Holy Spirit who guides the Church. There can be little doubt that the Pope's physical frailty is something he does not wish to hinder the progress of the Church especially in these dreadful times in which we live. He is to all extents and purposes still a man with a mission but is wise enough to know that there are others who can take forward his reforms whilst he starts to live a life more accustomed to someone in their mid-eighties and out of the spotlight and flash of cameras everywhere he goes. A natural teacher and not the Rottweiler he had been dubbed at his election, it is strange that this crass tag soon fell into the oblivion it deserved.
How things will develop with a Pope emeritus and who will now lead the Church remain to be seen. The Pope has obviously given this matter no little thought and prayer.

God Bless Pope Benedict XVI and may Joseph Ratzinger have a long and happy retirement.

Saturday, February 9, 2013


I regret to inform you of the recent death of Fr. Fred Watson of Salmesbury, whose beautiful church was home to the traditional Mass for many years. I remember Fr. Watson when he was PP at St. Patrick's in Walton le Dale and his early days as PP at St. John Southworth's when he first offered his regular Masses under the old indult. May he rest in peace.

On a cheerful note Fr. Henry is offering Mass on Shrove Tuesday at noon for the feast of the Holy Face of Jesus. This will be at his parish of St. Catherine's, Stanifield Lane, Farington, Leyland.

Friday, February 1, 2013


Holy Masses for the beautiful feast of the Purification tomorrow are to be offered here and just over the border in Liverpool.

Mass at 10.00 a.m. at English Martyrs, Alexandra Road South, Whalley Range, Manchester at 10.00 a.m.

Missa Cantata at noon at:
St Catherine’s
Stanifield Lane,
PR25 4QG

Many thanks to our friends, Fathers Marlor and Henry for these Masses. Please make an effort to attend either Mass.

First Thursday Masses at St. Osmund's, Breightmet, Bolton continue at 7.30 p.m. and are scheduled for February, March and April. Thanks to Fr. G. Hilton for this.