Welcome To Our Parish Website
Our Parish Church is St Mary's, Middlewich.
The Mass centre of St Margaret Ward in Holmes Chapel is also part of our Parish.
Our Parish Priest is Fr Peter Dutton and our Deacons are Rev Tony Ford & Rev Chris Wells.
The Parish covers Middlewich, Holmes Chapel, Goostrey, Byley and Cranage, and lies on both sides of Junction 18 of the M6.
5th January 2021
It is very pleasing that churches are to remain open during the new period of lockdown, but with that comes a great responsibility on each of us to gather as safely as possible.
As of Monday 11th January the Church will only be open for the regular weekend Masses and for Mass on Monday and Thursday at 9.00am. Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday will be celebrated privately by Fr Peter and streamed on our Facebook page. The Rosary and Scripture Groups will meet by Zoom and there will be no periods of Exposition. We believe this is a good balance between safety and access to the church.
Please note that there will be no Universal Prayer (intercessions) or sign of peace and that homilies will be shorter than usual to reduce the amount of time within the building.
It is also worth remembering that we have a responsibility towards each other so please follow the guidance of stewards and all the safety measures we have in place. Please don’t congregate outside the church to talk after Mass, we know that you would all like to socialise but we must follow Government guidance. After the dismissal please leave church row by row and go straight home.
We will be looking at other online activities in the coming week or so; if you have any ideas we would be happy to hear them.
Keep safe and God bless you all,
Fr Peter, Deacon Tony, Deacon Chris
RETIRED PRIESTS’ FUND - SPECIAL COLLECTION
The annual Collection for the Retired Priests’ Fund will be held on Sunday 17th January. With your help, we can build up the Fund to help meet the future needs of our sick and retired priests. An electronic version of a leaflet about the Fund is available from this link,
and the leaflet also explains how you can donate to the Fund by Standing Order or Cheque and how to Gift Aid donations made using these methods.
If you wish to Gift Aid your donation, please make your donation Online. To donate Online please go to www.dioceseofshrewsbury.org/retired-priests-fund
The second Luminous Mystery - Christ’s Self Revelation at the Wedding Feast of Cana
At the wedding feast in Cana, Mary asks Jesus to help the hosts who are distressed as the wine runs out. We ask for many things and wait for God to act. There is always the temptation to see acceptance or rejection.
Mary teaches us as she says 'do whatever He tells you'. We must listen and work with the Lord in all that he lays before us. The miracle of water into wine speaks of transformation and the abundance of God's love.
Let us journey in hope towards God's ultimate desire for us in the perfection of the life of Heaven.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
The week from Jan 18th-25th is the week of prayer for Christian unity. Please see the prayer resources on the Faith Resources page.
We have updated the Foodbank page to advise drop off points as during Covid restrictions we are unable to collect at the Church. For anyone wishing to help financially a new direct debit form is available from the Foodbank link. Foodbank page.
Follow this link for parish activities and events.
Thanks to all who have sent donations for the parish.
There are various ways available to contribute to St Mary’s Parish:
1) Regular Standing Order from your bank account; contact presbytery for details.
2) Payments via Internet. Donations to St. Mary's Parish funds can be made online using this link:
St Mary's Parish Online Giving. Thank you.
3) Envelopes posted through presbytery door (if needed add offertory envelope number/name).
Please note: all cheques (for both Mass Offerings and Offertory Collection) must be made to
“St Mary’s Middlewich” or the bank will not accept them.
For more details click here to go to Parish Donations page, or contact presbytery at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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