St Mary Newhouse
St Mary Newhouse

St Mary’s Newhouse, Station Lane, Barton, Preston PR3 5DY

Priests:  Fr. Augustine Obiagwu and Fr. Francisco Ulogu

Parish Sisters: Sr. Shienrose La Torre, Sr. Monique, SPC


Tel: 01772 862437 or 07934 222978

or 01772 862231 (Fernyhalgh Presbytery)





Primary School: St. Mary and St. Andrew’s

Tel: 862335;


Newhouse News

Second Sunday of Advent                                10th December 2023



Mass Times and Intentions


Saturday – 9th Dec

2nd Sunday of Advent- Eve P.1




Campbell Family


Sunday – 10th Dec

2nd Sunday of Advent







Dr. Dunni


Vera Kenyon



Lately Dead

Monday – 11th Dec

St Damasus I





Pauline Counsell


Tuesday – 12th Dec

Our Lady of Guadalupe





Marion Swayne


Wed – 13th Dec

St Lucy




Family and Friend

Successful operation

Friday – 15th Dec








Sat – 16th Dec

3rd Sunday of Advent- Eve P.1






Sunday – 17th Dec

3rd Sunday of Advent







McGuill, Kay & Ward Families




OLSE - Our Lady & St. Edward's, Fulwood.

SMF - St. Mary's, Fernyhalgh.

SMN - St Mary's, Newhouse.



NO MASSES on Mondays & Fridays;  

Tuesdays @ 9.00am, Wednesdays @ 10.00am, Thursdays @ 9:00am;

Saturdays @ 12 noon Ladyewell Shrine.

Sundays @ 10:00am & 3:00pm  


CONFESSION available at SMN and OLSE after every Holy Mass.


If anyone coming to Holy Communion requires a gluten-free host, please let Pauline know in advance as we now  have access to some.


Please, would parishioners who would like a mass intention hand their request directly to Sr Shienrose or Pauline.


Find Sunday and daily readings on


Sunday Readings  

Isaiah 40:1-5,9-11

Psalm 84:9-14

2 Peter 3:8-14

Mark 1:1-8



Mass book page 449










Advent Reflection


When Jesus was born, The Holy Family were migrants because of a census ordered by an occupying power. Two years later they were refugees in Egypt because of a king terrified of threats to his authority. Today, occupation, fear, violence and injustice still mar the land of his birth. May we continually pray and to speak out for justice in the Holy Land so that peace may prevail and the sons of Abraham live in harmony and have the opportunity to flourish.


Peace: The second week of Advent commonly centres on peace. People reflect on the peace brought by the coming of Jesus Christ, both in terms of inner spiritual peace and the hope for a peaceful world. Joy and Love: The third and fourth weeks of Advent often emphasize joy and love.


The Pope’s Prayer Intention for the month of December


For persons with disabilities
We pray that people living with disabilities may be at the centre of attention in society, and that institutions may offer inclusive programs which value their active participation.


Please pray for the sick and housebound of our parish:

Carmen Roca, Kevin Weardan, Victoria Leighton, Ellie Rose, Joe McIntyre, John Riley, Joe Kemp, David Cochrane, Geoffrey Clinning, Theresa Wilkinson, Jessica, Amanda, Christine, Patricia Sweeney, Rachael Mason, Joe Fox.


To have the name of a seriously sick person on the newsletter, please submit their name and yours with your phone number



PARISH COLLECTION (including via banks) -  £531.95

Diocesan Poor Mission- £43.00

Diocesan Youth Service - £15.40

Sheila’s Quiz - £138.50


Mass Attendance: 74


Information about Special Collections

There is always a basket (labelled) at the back of Church for those who don’t have the envelopes for cash contributions.  Envelopes can go in the normal collection baskets at the offertory but any cash in the offertory baskets will always go to the normal Sunday collection (it would be impossible to work out which cash was intended for which collection).

You can have a set of envelopes if you wish, even if you are not able to ‘Gift Aid’ your donations.



Advent Reconciliation

Our priest is available for confession every after mass until the 24th of December except the 8:45am masses.


Blessing of the Bambini

At the beginning or end of Sunday Masses, Father will bless the Bambini so please bring your Baby Jesus from your cribs to be blessed.  They can go on the Sanctuary before mass.



MASS INTENTIONS: We have plenty of space in the Mass diary. If you would like Holy Mass to be offered for an intention, please place the intention and offering in an envelope and post through the Presbytery/Convent door or hand to one of the priests or Sisters. Envelopes are available in the church porch. Thank you.





VIGIL MASS -24th December

SMN – 5:00 pm

SMF – 5:30 pm

OLSE – 6:45 pm


CHRISTMAS DAY – 25th December

OLSE – 8:45 am

SMF- 10:00 am (No mass @ 3:00 pm)

SMN – 10:30 am



Decoration of Church. As this is the occasional year in which the Fourth Sunday of Advent is also Christmas Eve, we have relatively little time after the last Advent Mass at 10.30 and the Christmas Vigil Mass at 5pm, so we will need to do most of the decorating of church on December 17th. We would appreciate if sprays for the windows could be brought in on the 17th ready to hang in place at the end of Mass. We will also need some tree decorators and strong people to bring in the crib from the garage.

There was also a suggestion that to have something a bit different, we would ask for small simple sprays 6-8” (18-20cm) to fasten to the ends of some of the pews - not all of them - 2/3 pieces of appropriate greenery tied together (a rubber band/ string would do) and there will be lengths of ribbon to attach them to the end of some benches.

Thank you. 



17th Century Nun’s Prayer


Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point.  Seal my lips on my aches and pains.  They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.  I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of other’s pains, but help me to endure them with patience.


Bloopers and Blessings


CAFOD this Advent

Our online Advent calendar of daily prayer and reflection offers an opportunity to pause, reflect, pray and take action as we prepare for Christmas:

Consider our World Gifts range for Christmas: or pick up a catalogue from the church porch.



Pope Francis urges religious leaders to work together for peace and climate



Food bank


Thank you for all your support.


Your generosity is only matched by the real need of the families we serve.

With your help, children are fed who would otherwise go hungry.


We need:

  • Long life milk and breakfast cereals.                                                                            
  • Tins of meat and soups, toiletries, and all usual items.
  • Any Christmas food (within date) would be acceptabl.
  • Any toiletries for babies.


All donations for the Food bank and St Wilfrid’s can be dropped off at the back of the church or at 3 Marlborough Drive. Collection can be arranged by

calling 0777 943 627 



Youth Sunday


Thank you to everyone involved in our Youth Sunday activities a couple of weeks ago. We celebrated the enrolment of a number of altar servers at OLSE into the Guild of St Stephen and presented their medals. We welcomed extra children and families to take part in the Mass (especially at SMN!) and on the Sunday afternoon enjoyed time with over 20 of our altar servers and young readers getting to know each other, reflect on their ministry in the role - and eat pizza & play pool! It was especially encouraging to welcome altar servers from all three of our parishes - OLSE, SMF and SMN.




YOUTH MINISTRY INTERN SCHEME (FORMERLY GAP YEARS) // We are currently looking for interns to join our ministry team. New interns start at the beginning of each term and undertake a one or two year programme. Working at Castlerigg is a great way to gain experience, get some brilliant training and be part of a vibrant organisation based in a beautiful part of the country. Anyone interested should contact


ALTAR SERVERS RETREAT // JAN 12-13 // Our annual Altar Servers Retreat is coming up this January. It's just £35 and it's open to anyone in Year 6+. A chance to make some friends and reflect on your awesome ministry in the Church.


More Info/ Book:




Will you accept this Advent challenge?

If you do, you will be helping a family have a better Christmas.

At the entrance of the church, there are leaflets that explain what you are being asked to do. Please take one.

In short, you are asked to donate 25 items.

There is a list of suggested items.

The list is for guidance only.

Last year, 51 families and individuals accepted the Challenge.

Our target this year is 65.


We need you to accept the challenge and help a family have a better Christmas.

May God bless your kindness.

Visit:- to view all the different diocesan newspapers, including the Catholic Voice of Lancaster (


Christmas panto, Aladdin will be put on at the OLSE Parish Centre on Sunday 17th December. There will be two performances, one at 1pm and the other at 3.30pm. The church choir have got together to put on this panto, written by Jane Tudor, to raise funds for the installation and upkeep of a defibrillator for the OLSE Church/Parish Centre. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for children. They will be on sale after the masses at weekends and from the school office each week day. Refreshments will be available – donations welcome - wine, juice, mince pies, a tuck shop plus a raffle, so bring cash! It promises to be full of fun for everybody!!




St Clare’s Church Hall, Saturday 16th December 1.30-3.00 PM

Come and enjoy an afternoon of activities, games and Bible Stories

All ages and denominations welcome.



A Blessed Messiah is Born – Monday 18th December 2023 at 7pm

You are invited to a performance of sacred music in preparation for Christmas at St Joseph’s Church, Skeffington Road, Preston, PR1 5UQ. The concert is performed by Occento choir conducted by Nathan Smith, with the repertoire including pieces such as: Away in a Manger, The Crown of Roses, In Dulci Jubilo and Gabriel’s Message.

The concert is free of charge with donations welcome.





A club for retired and semi-retired men and women.

Meetings are every other Thursday morning, September to April, at OLSE Parish Centre, Marlborough Drive.

We have an exciting programme of talks, lunches and visits.

Join us - your first three meetings are free!

Next meeting 14th december, 10am to 12pm.


Contact 01995 238648 or 01772 861340 or



"Care for our Common Home.” At the moment the blister packs that are used for many tablets/pills cannot be recycled in the general recycling.  However, Superdrug stores are offering to recycle them.  All their stores and pharmacies are participating.  Please bring your empty blister packs and leave them in the box at the back of church and Pat Loughran will take them to Superdrug.  It can be one way of our parish working towards making the world a better place for our children and grandchildren.


Thank you for your continued support in bringing empty pill blister packs to Church. It is our small effort in saving the planet. Also Boots stores will recycle empty beauty, healthcare and wellness containers that cannot be put in council recycling bins. This also includes travel mini containers, mascaras, makeup palettes, lipsticks, toothpaste tubes and lotion pumps. At the Boots on Deepdale Retail Park the recycling box is by the tills near the front door. 



Looking for a gift for Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation; Lent/Easter, Advent/Christmas (at appropriate times)? Call into Covenant Books on Whitby Avenue, Ingol PR2 3YP - next to Holy Family Church and opposite Holy Family primary school. We have cards, gifts e.g. statues, crucifixes, rosary beads, liturgical cloths for ‘focus’ tables, books and other items for most occasions.

OPENING TIMES: - Thursday: 10 am - 4pm, Friday 10 am - 2 pm, Saturday 10 am - 12 noon.




If we are not open and you need something urgently, please email us and we will do our best to help you.



The Haydock Memorial

Informative videos can be found on St. Andrews, Cottam website (, including one which includes reference to the Haydock memorial at St. Mary's. See



See Bishop Paul's blog for recent Diocesan news.

The Word of Mercy

Parish Clergy:

Fr. Augustine Obiagwu (Priest in Charge) and

Fr. Francisco Ulogu 

at St Mary's, Fernyhalgh

Telephone: mostly via the Sisters on 07934 222978 or 01772 862437

but also via Fernyhalgh parish on 01772 862231


Parish Sisters: 

Sister Sheinrose La Torre and Sister Monique

belonging to congregation St. Paul of Chartres.

at The Convent (formerly OLSE presbytery).

Tel: 07934 222978 or 01772 862437 



Universalis (3-day)

Fri 8 December (Sat, 09 Dec 2023)
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Sat 9 December (Sat, 09 Dec 2023)
Saturday of the 1st week of Advent, or Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin
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Sun 10 December (Sat, 09 Dec 2023)
2nd Sunday of Advent
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ZENIT – English

Pontifical Academy of Theology renewed: 8 new members, 2 of them women (Fri, 08 Dec 2023)
The new statutes, approved by the Pope on November 1, provide for up to fifty-five Academicians, allowing for the participation of new personalities in the near future. The intention is to "internationalize" the academic body and also provide space for theologians from other Christian denominations to strengthen the ecumenical The post Pontifical Academy of Theology renewed: 8 new members, 2 of them women appeared first on ZENIT - English.
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[PHOTO GALLERY] These were the golden roses that the Pope gave to the Virgin Mary (Fri, 08 Dec 2023)
Before heading to the Spanish Steps for the tribute to the Immaculate Conception, the Pope greeted some of those present, especially the sick. The post [PHOTO GALLERY] These were the golden roses that the Pope gave to the Virgin Mary appeared first on ZENIT - English.
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Pope Francis announces first World Children’s Day at the Vatican for 2024 (Fri, 08 Dec 2023)
The initiative, sponsored by the Dicastery for Culture and Education, answers the question: what kind of world do we want to pass on to children growing up? The post Pope Francis announces first World Children’s Day at the Vatican for 2024 appeared first on ZENIT - English.
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See the new website launched by the Catholic Church in England and Wales by following this link

It is designed to help all grappling with issues around the meaning of dying and death. Based on the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about dealing with the journey through death to eternal life.