FRANCISCAN MASS ASSOCIATION
THE CRUSADE OF MARY IMMACULATE
All Saints Church in Urmston is not a parish, and the ministry of this friary is locally very limited. Yet, the All Saints complex has developed to become the centre of the Franciscan Mass Association for the Conventual Franciscan Custody of Great Britain and Ireland and the National Crusade Centre of Mary Immaculate because of which the Church is considered to be a Marian Sanctuary.
Franciscan Mass Association: Living and deceased persons are eligible to be enrolled in this Association and all those enrolled are remembered daily specifically during Mass and prayers of the friars at the friary.
Often used as a gift of deep spiritual significance to mark special occasions, the enrolment can also be made out to the specific intensions of the person interested or in thanksgiving for favours and blessings granted through prayer.
To enrol yourself or someone else please fill out the membership form in the link below.
Furthermore, the Friars have other Masses and Prayers such as different Novenas and the Month of the Holy Souls. One can download the proper forms from the links below.
The Crusade of Mary Immaculate: It was founded in 1917 by St Maximillian M. Kolbe OFM.Conv., a Friar Minor Conventual who gave his life to save a fellow prisoner in Auschwitz during World War II. The mission of the Crusade is to spread the good news of the Gospel through the consecration to the Heart of Mary Immaculate. In other words, a continual conversion following the Franciscan spirituality of living our baptismal promises to Jesus through His and our mother Mary. Those who consecrate themselves to The Virgin Mary therefore are to
- Deepen their baptismal consecration by offering themselves daily to Mary Immaculate and help others to bring them to Jesus through the Virgin Mary;
- In the Franciscan spirit, do penance for their own sins and for the sins of the world;
- Pray for their own conversion and the conversion of all sinners;
- As an external reminder and a sign to themselves, wear the Miraculous Medal.
If you wish to dedicate and consecrate yourself to Mary Immaculate through the example St Maximilian M. Kolbe OFM.Conv. or enquire about the Crusade’s activities, you can download the link below and send it to the friars at the friary.
Although open to all and everyone is always welcome, the consecrated members of the Crusade of Mary Immaculate are invited every First Saturday of the month at 14.00 to spend some time together in adoration of the Holy Eucharist, say the Blessed Rosary and celebrate the Holy Mass in our magnificent Pugin’s All Saints Church. Throughout the year, there are other meetings which include talks, days of formation, days of recollection, retreats, pilgrimages, and other similar activities which help us to continue to grow in our Marian spirituality.
Restoration Fund: All Saints Grade 1 listed Church was built between 1865 and 1868, through the generosity of Sir Humphry Trafford and designed by the highly renowned Victorian architect Augustus Pugin. All Saints is an outstanding example of the Gothic Revival period, and as such it is of paramount importance that it be restored and preserved as an invaluable part of our shared religious and cultural heritage as well as to be able to expand and build on its role as a spiritual centre of profound significance well into the future. Because of its Grade 1 listing and because All Saints is not a Parish Church, the income for its maintenance and upkeeping is practically non-existent. For this reason, it needs a lot of funds to keep up with its ongoing. If you want more information about the maintenance projects or would like to offer any financial support to help with the restoration of this historic church, you may download the form from the link below or contact us at the friary address. God, in his infinite providence, with His Mother’s support, will reward and provide for all the good deeds done. As for the other activities at All Saints, in addition to the assurance of daily remembrance in prayers, the benefactors, those enrolled in the Franciscan Mass Association and those consecrated to Mary Immaculate are specifically offered the Holy daily Mass for their intentions.
If you one cannot financially help for the maintenance of the Material Church, Prayers are always welcome. In obedience to what the Lord to his disciples “The harvest is rich but the labourers are few, so ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers to his harvest” (Mt.9:37), please for the friars and for more vocations to our Order. We need a lot of prayers to persevere in the work of the Lord and to continue to do His will through our ministry. And the Lord who sees beyond what is visible, will reward those who pray with a sincere hearth.
All these activities provide an excellent way to form a closer relationship with the Franciscan Greyfriars by supporting our apostolic good works throughout the Custody of Great Britain and Ireland with your faith-filled offerings especially in the Trafford area.