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The Hidden Gem is open this week

The doors of St Mary’s will be open once again this week for quiet prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The public celebration of Holy Mass will begin again from Monday onwards.

Sunday 5th July
Monday 6th July
Tuesday 7th July
Wednesday 8th July
Thursday 9th July
Friday 10th July
Saturday 11th July
Sunday 12th July

10.00am – 2.00pm
11.00am – 2.30pm
11.00am – 2.30pm
11.00am – 2.30pm
11.00am – 2.30pm
11.00am – 2.30pm
10.30am – 6.00pm
9.00am – 1.00pm

The week following, and going forward, we hope to be able to open for longer periods of time, but this will depend on having sufficient volunteers to welcome visitors to the church.

Appeal for parishioners to act as volunteer stewards

To enable St Mary’s church to safely be open more hours each day for quiet prayer, and for the celebration of Holy Mass in the very near future, we will be dependent on parishioners volunteering to assist us in implementing the necessary guidelines and safety measure. If you are willing and able to volunteer, please clink the link. Thank you in advance for your support of our parish

Supporting St Mary’s at this time

The Hidden Gem has always been supported so well by so many people, and for this generous support, we are so grateful. Your financial contribution to the parish enables us to carry out the Mission of the Church here in the city centre of Manchester.

In the current situation, not being able to get to St Mary’s, many parishioners, friends, and visitors, are not able to contribute to the parish in the way that they would normally wish to, and many have asked how they can continue to do so during this time. To find out how you can contribute financially to the parish at this time please click on the donate button.

Thank you for your continued generosity in supporting our mission here at St Mary’s, particularly at this difficult time for us all.

Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic

As a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Catholic dioceses throughout the United Kingdom have suspended public Masses for time being.

We know this is heartbreaking. The Catechism affirms that “the Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life”—making this a particularly difficult day in an already difficult time.

Whether you live alone or with family, you can still gather with Catholics around the world to worship God, keep his day holy, and receive the grace of an act of spiritual communion.

At this time of national crisis, why not join in the celebration of Holy Mass and devotions from the Catholic National Shrine of Lady, Walsingham – England’s Nazareth. Follow the link here to go directly to the live-streaming from Walsingham.

The Bishops have made clear that in these emergency circumstances, and for as long as they last, the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is removed. This pandemic is the “serious reason” why this obligation does not apply at this time (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2181).

Fr Anthony, the Parish Priest, will continue to offer Holy Mass your intentions each day, but this must take place without a congregation for the time being. Do join the Sacrifice of Christ daily in your prayers and especially in Spiritual Communion. In Spiritual Communion, we express our fervent desire to receive our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and to be united with Him. The Church teaches that if you are in a State of Grace and make a Spiritual Communion, you will receive the fruits of the Sacrament.

If you are self-isolating and would like to speak to a priest on the phone, please contact the Presbytery on 0161 834 3547

In such a time of crisis, we need to be particularly attentive to the needs of our neighbour, especially the elderly and vulnerable. So please look out for ways to help those in need around you, by contributing to local food banks, volunteering for charitable initiatives and organisations, or simply by keeping in touch by all the means open to us.