Dear Parishioners

Recently, I was with a group of priests and the subject of the opening prayer at Mass came up. I thought it might be helpful to share with you some comments about what we are praying about in this first prayer of the Mass.

The opening prayer used to be call 'The Collect'. The priest begins by inviting the congregation to pray; he collects the prayers of everyone; and a few moments of silence should follow. This gives us all an opportunity to bring to mind why we have come to Mass. What is our purpose in coming? What are the things of concern to us at this time? How can our celebrating Mass affect us? Then the priest gathers the prayers of everyone in the formal prayer. This Sunday, the 33rd of the year, the prayer begins by acknowledging that we are privileged to be invited into God's presence; we recognize the goodness of God to us; and we ask the Lord to help us to be faithful and joyful in God's service. The prayers always end with the familiar phrase, 'through Jesus Christ, our Lord' because it is through Jesus that we have access to God the Father. The whole congregation accepts this as the prayer of every individual, by replying, 'Amen'. Unfortunately, the present English translations of the Latin texts are not always readily understood!

The prayer after Communion follows a common theme: we thank God for being able to participate in the Sacrifice of the Mass and ask for God's help in enabling us to celebrate God's love with all whom we encounter during the coming week. The final words from the altar are: in Latin, 'Ite missa est', translated in several ways, one of which is 'Go in peace, glorifying the Lord with your lives'.

Godric OSB


For a number of years, it has been our custom to offer a small white garment to children and infants at their baptism. They are simple, white stoles, mini versions of the stoles which priests and deacons wear when officiating. We need more people to help make these stoles so if you can offer your services please contact St Anne's parish office. Many thanks. BGT

Holy Land Pilgrimage 21-28 November 2019

I now have details of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. 5 nights in Bethlehem; 2 nights in Tiberias; Half Board, 4* hotels; return flights Manchester-Tel Aviv, Full pilgrimage programme. Cost 990. Extra: Single room 225; Tips 50; Travel insurance 55 no age limit; travel to Manchester airport. For further details contact St Anne's parish office or sign the form at the back of both churches.

Live Simply - Grow a Garden

The Scouts have begun to turn a plot of derelict land at the side of the Parish Centre into a garden. The plot is all enclosed - a walled garden that can be seen from the windows of the lounge - and full of sun. Click here for further information.


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