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There have been some questions on the celebration of Mass of the impact of the renewed restrictions in northern England (e.g. see https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53602362.
The current Government restrictions banning the meeting of different households within their homes does not apply to pubs, restaurants and, by extension churches, all of which practice social distancing. The ban was brought in precisely because households were not practising social distancing. I look forward to seeing you at Mass over the weekend.
That said, we remind you that the Sunday obligation remains suspended, and if you consider yourself vulnerable you should continue to stay at home. There are a number of options for following mass online. If you do wish to attend one of the masses, please provide your details in advance, for the purposes of controlling numbers and contact tracing.
Masses will resume in our churches starting from the weekend of Saturday 11th July.
Numbers however will be strictly limited, and we ask that you register to attend mass, to control numbers, and to assist in contact tracing, should it be necessary.
Please click here to read the detailed guidance and how to register to attend.
Fr Bernard Joseph Eager
14th October 1934- 29th June 2020
Parish Priest St Catherine of Siena Church, Lowton 1985-2009
Parish Priest of St Lewis Church, Croft 2006-2009
Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him;
may He rest in peace, and rise to eternal glory,
The official obituary from the Chancellor of the Archdiocese:
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Bernard Eager, who died on Monday 29th June at St John’s House (De La Salle Brothers), St Helens, aged 85 years. He was in the 61st year of his priesthood.
Funeral: Wednesday 8th July at 1.30 p.m. at Corpus Christi, Rainford.
Archbishop Malcolm will preside at the funeral.
The committal will follow at Widnes Cemetery at 3.00 p.m.
Due to the continued Covid-19 restrictions only a limited number of people can be present in the church. Canon Stephen Maloney will co-ordinate numbers with Fr Eager’s family. If any priests wish to be present, would they please contact Steve Maloney, who will advise them whether it is possible.
Bernard Joseph Eager was born on 14th October 1934 in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, the son of Roland and Ellen Eager. He received his early education at St Michael’s, Dun Laoghaire, and St Bede’s, Widnes, before entering the seminary at St Joseph’s, Upholland. He was ordained to the priesthood in the college chapel by Archbishop John Carmel Heenan on 11th June 1960.
Following ordination, he was appointed as assistant to Fr Winder at St Alphonsus, Liverpool. He served here until the early part of 1965, when he was forced through ill-health to relinquish his parish duties. In November of that year he returned to parish ministry as assistant to Canon Robert Meagher, and subsequently Canon Francis Ripley, at St Oswald’s, Ashton-in-Makerfield. His fairly lengthy curacy at Ashton was brought to an abrupt end by another bout of ill-health in the early part of 1978. Following his recovery, he became chaplain to the Sisters of Notre Dame at Lancaster House, Parbold, in June 1978 and served the community faithfully until March 1985.
He was then asked to succeed Fr John Connolly as parish priest of St Catherine’s, Lowton. This was to be his one-and-only appointment as parish priest. His long tenure in the parish was marked by his devotion to his parishioners. He took on the additional responsibility of St Lewis’s, Croft, in January 2006. He retired from active ministry to Rainford in September 2009, but continued to celebrate Mass for the sisters at Parbold on many occasions.
In Paradisum deducant eum angeli.
The daily mass published on the website on Wednesday 8th July will be a requiem for Father Bernard.
The church is benefitting from a new credence table, thanks to an anonymous donation:
The Priests’ plaque has arrived and is in its place next to the Lady Altar in St Lewis’:
I mentioned to you last week the Diocese’s concern that Parishes at present have no weekly income, but we still have bills to pay. They have come up with three different ways in which you can safely and digitally give to your Parish, should you so wish.
- By standing order. You will be able to download and print a standing order form instructing your bank to pay weekly/monthly the amount you wish to give to the Parish. Just fill in the form, post it to me (at All Saints) and after I’ve copied it for our records I’ll send it off to your bank. Just follow this link.
- Online: By following this link you can give on a weekly basis whatever you wish. Those of you who have given to Cafod on line will be familiar with this type of giving.
- You can give by text: Just as you would for, say Children in Need or Comic Relief.
Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70085 to donate £2. Texts cost £2 plus one standard rate message.
Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70450 to donate £3. Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message.
Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70460 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.
Text STLEWISNOINFO to 70470 to donate £10. Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message.
By sending it to STLEWISNOINFO I am presuming that you will not want to receive the marketing information that automatically comes with all this. If you’d rather receive the info then text: STLEWIS to the relevant number and you will receive all the bumf!
- Finally, you could simply pop your offertory envelope through the letter box at the presbytery when you are passing, or wait until we can all go back to mass. If you didn’t manage to pick up the envelopes before the lock-down and you want them, simply ring me and I’ll drop them through YOUR letter box!
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
A number of people have asked if I could display The prayer for Spiritual Communion, since we are all so very much aware that the sacrament we celebrate on line is one that is currently denied to us.
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
I have asked a number of people if they would find it useful having a prayerboard on the front page. Whilst we are all in need at the moment, there are some with particular needs whom we can pray for. I have asked their permission and invited them to not just post names but also where possible details of people’s illness so that our prayers can be focussed. So many of us feel helpless at the moment, but as Christians we know we can do one thing: pray that God’s healing hand can touch our lives and those in most need. Do please send me names and, where appropriate details of people we can pray for.
Please Pray for:
Loretta Walker who is in hospital with cancer.
Sophie Tinley (daughter-in-law of Bill Tinley) has Myeloma bone marrow cancer and is receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment and is awaiting a stem cell transplant.
Nurse Paula (Salford Royal) who is sorely in need of our prayers and comfort at this time.
Margaret Whelan who has moved to Ashton Heath Nursing home.
Margaret Kirkham whose who has had her radiotherapy treatment and is awating the results.
Eileen Heaton who has now gone into Ashton Heath nursing home to continue her recovery.
Karl and Joy Ward – Karl has non Hodgkin’s lymphoma and Joy has ovarian cancer.
Celia Redmond (sister of Pat Marsh) slowly recovering from Covid 19.
Brian Cannon who is suffering from coronavirus.
Sheila Pugh who is in hospital with coronavirus.
Shelagh Preston who has incurable pancreatic cancer (mother of Fr James Preston)
Freda Barter (aged 91) who is due to have a gall bladder op on Monday.
Lily Kennedy (daughter of Shaun Kennedy and Katie Gaskell) suffering from 22 Chromosome Duplication.
Ken Morris (Linda’s husband) receiving treatment for prostate cancer and lymphoma.
Lately dead: Joyce Davies, Margaret Wiszowaty, Fr Bernard Eager