Sacrament of Holy Orders
"Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to his apostles continues to be exercised in the Church until the end of time; thus it is the Sacrament of Apostolic Ministry. It includes three degrees, Bishop, Priest and Deacon.
Integration into one of these bodies in the Church was accomplished by a rite called Ordination, a religious and liturgical act which is a consecration, blessing and a sacrament" (Catechism 1538)
We are reminded that within the People of God, there are those who are called to serve the Body of Christ as Bishops, Priests and Deacons. At the heart of this ministry of service is the call to seek and promote the gift of harmony, so that our main calling to be Ambassadors for Christ, is realised each and every day.
If you feel called by God to the ministerial priesthood, please contact the Vocation Director
on 0161 794 2825
Please pray for vocations, especially for those training in the Seminary.
Please check the newsletter to find when the Vocations Prayer Group meets.
Sacrament of Matrimony/Marriage
"The intimate community of life and love which constitutes the married state has been established by the creator and endowed by him with it's own proper laws. God himself is the author of marriage. The vocation of marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman as they came from the hand of the creator.
Marriage is not a purely human institution despite the many variations it may have undergone through the centuries in different cultures, social structures and spiritual attitudes. These differences should not cause us to forget it's common and permanent characteristics. Although the dignity of this institution is not transparent everywhere with the same clarity, some sense of the greatness of the matrimonial union exists in all cultures.
"The well-being of the individual person and of both human and Christian Society is closely bound up with the healthy state of conjugal and family life." (Catechism 1603)
The celebration of marriage is a special moment when a couple wish to declare before God and their friends their love and their wish to seek God's blessing on them and those who will be encouraged by their witness. By this wonderful sacrament, God gives the husband and wife His grace and help, so that they might face life's journey with great zeal.
If it is part of the Lord's plan this love will be further proclaimed by the gift of children.
How to arrange a wedding in one of our three churches?
For weddings in either St Mary's or Christ the KIng chuches, please contact either Fr David or Fr Kevin. For weddings at St John's, please contact either Fr Emmanuel or Fr Lawrence. The priest will arrange to meet you and then agree the provisional date and time for your marriage. He will also give you information and details about the necessary Marriage Preparation Course. Please note that in the Diocese of Salford, you are required to give at least 6 months notice before the date of your wedding.
Sacrament of the Sick/Healing
"Heal the sick." The Church has received this charge from the Lord and strives to carry it out by taking care of the sick as well as by accompanying them with her prayer of intercession. She believes in the life giving presence of Christ, the Physician of Souls and Bodies. This presence is particularly active through the Sacraments and in an altogether special way through the Eucharist, and St Paul suggests, is connected to bodily health. (Catechism 1509)
"Is any among you sick? Let them send for the priests of the Church and let them pray over them, annointing them in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save them and the Lord will raise him up and if they have committed sin they will be forgiven."
If you would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick, then contact one of the priests on 01282 422007 (St Mary's & Christ the King) or 01282 423 824 (St John's) and a visit will be organised.