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THE PARISH OF OUR LADY AND ST. PATRICK’S
THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

MARCH 3RD - 9TH
2024


WEEKLY SERVICES
SUNDAY: 10.00am.  12.30pm (Polish Mass)
6.00pm
MONDAY:

12 noon Mass

TUESDAY: 12 noon Mass
WEDNESDAY:
12 noon Mass
THURSDAY: 12 noon Mass
FRIDAY: 12 noon Mass
SATURDAY
12 noon Mass

LIVESTREAMING THIS WEEK

From now on we will be using Twitter to provide online Masses. Either download the Twitter App and search for @PhilipSumner13 or click the pic below

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Then either just watch from there. You can also click Follow if you have a Twitter account.

Weekday Masses and Saturday's 12 noon Mass will continue to be Livestreamed, as will Sunday's 10.00am Mass

Click here for Mass Livestream

The church will normally be open on Mondays to Saturdays from 10.00am for private prayer

Confessions
There will be Confessions on Saturday

Baptisms & Weddings
by arrangement

THE THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
(YEAR B)
WEEK: MARCH 3RD - 9TH 2024 

3rd Sunday of Lent

Take all of this out of here, and stop turning my Father’s house into a market.”

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK: Vivien Higgins; John and Kath Green, Angela Marshall, Joseph McConnon, Joan Killeen, Eileen Killeen, Therese Passenger, Cyril and Christine Clarke, Nell Eaton, Linda Taylor, Marie Gill, Pat McQuillan, Mary Malone, Kathleen Kelly, Irene Cooper, Denis O’Grady. Deana Dobson, Tony Kenny, Luke Burke, Nora Hickey, Alison Buckley, Ryan Boyer, Noel Parker, Sister Angela Linane. Sean Denvor, Denis Guilfoyle, Amy Howard, Rita Goodier, Connie Marrone, Dominic Boardman, Joan Healy, Veronica Lees, Debbie Osborne Walker, Alex Standring and Janice Kopacz Standring, Barry Reid, Peter Barlow, Janet Anderson, Michael O’Brien, Hugh O’Brien, Elizabeth Flanagan, Betti Granelli
LATELY DEAD: Maureen De Melchior, Corazón Torres, Elaine Taylor, Irene Ungurean
ANNIVERSARIES: Mary and Thomas Wadsworth, Joan Ebden, Neliford Moniza, Dr John Duddy, Helen McCaffrey, Sidolyne Chiappi, May Morrisey, Philip Miley, Ronnie Melia, Kenneth Cooper, Jim McCardle, Michael McCardle

LAST WEEK'S COLLECTION: £932.05p

Standing Order: £674.00 a month

CHURCH BOXES / DONATIONS
Caritas £20.00; CAFOD £486.31; Missions £142.92; Parish from the Chinese Community £388.63 (for use of the church).
Many thanks for your kind generosity.

Our Bank: Barclays Bank - Account Name: TSDT, Our Lady and St. Patrick’s, Oldham;   Sort Code 20 55 34;   Account Number 50949825;  Reference: Contr.


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THIS SUNDAY'S MISSALETTE

Sunday 18th February 2024 - Missalette

Sunday 18th February 2024 - Hymns


NOTICES:
All Masses will continue to be live streamed. A link is provided on the Parish website: www.smwsp.org.uk or via the Twitter App (@PhilipSumner13). 

DATE OF LENTEN PARISH RECONCILIATION SERVICE Sunday 24th March at 2.30pm. This is also Palm Sunday!

DATE OF NEXT SACRAMENTAL PROGRAMME
The next dates for the Sacramental Programme for the young people who will be making their First Communion in May of next year, is Saturday 9th March and Sunday 10th March (both at 10am in church).

CONFIRMATIONS 2024
Fr Callum invites children of Confirmation age (Year 8 at school) to this year’s preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
This is a short course of formation, on behalf of the Deanery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, over seven sessions which leads to receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on 17th/18th May 2024. (Pentecost).

Important meetings dates and times: -

  • Parents meeting Wednesday 28th February 2024 7pm – 8pm (Please note students are not required to attend the parents meeting)
  • Session 1 ~Wednesday 6th March   (6-8pm)
  • Session 2 ~Wednesday 13th March (6-8pm)
  • Session 3 ~Wednesday 20th March (6-8pm)
  • Session 4 ~Wednesday 17th April    (6-8pm)
  • Session 5 ~ Wednesday 24th April   (6-8pm)
  • Session 6 ~ Wednesday 1st May      (6-8pm)
  • Session 7 ~ Wednesday 8th May      (6-8pm)

All meetings will take place at St. Edward’s RC Church, Lees.

Please note. Having kept the number of meetings to a minimum, your attendance at each of the seven sessions will be expected.

DEANERY LENTEN STATION MASSES
5th March: St Patrick’s
12th March: St. Mary’s, Failsworth
19th March: St Joseph’s, Mossley
I would ask the leaders of the different choirs to let me know if their choirs could participate on 5th March, here at St. Patrick’s. All the Masses will start at 7.00pm. Of course, I understand that this is a weekday, and many people will be working on that evening.

SPECIAL DAYS THIS WEEK
Monday 4th March – St. Casimir – He was the son of the king of Poland. He was born in 1458. He was known, in particular, for his work with the poor. He died at the young age of 26 of a lung disease.
Thursday 7th March -Ss Perpetua and Felicity. These two martyrs died in Carthage in 203.
Friday 8th March – St John of God. He gave up a career as a soldier to serve God and the poor. He founded a hospital in Seville where he was outstanding in his care for the sick. He died in 1550.
Saturday 9th March – St Frances of Rome. She was born in 1384, married and had three children. She was exemplary in her care for the victims of the frequent epidemics of that time, founding a congregation to continue her work.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
“You shall have no gods except me.” This is the first of the commandments issued to Moses, about which we heard in our first reading today. Perhaps it doesn’t seem very relevant for us in 2024. The fact that we come here to church on a Sunday suggests that it’s hardly likely that we’re going to erect idols and worship them. But our Gospel perhaps invites us to interpret idolatry in a different way.
A major event in Jewish history took place 167 years before the birth of Christ. This was when Antiochus Epiphanes was ruler of an empire which stretched from modern day Israel right across to the Western border of India. He demanded that a statue of Zeus be erected in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. This was devastating for the Jews of the time. There was a rebellion and eventually the Jews re-took control of the temple and cleared out the abomination left there.
In a sense, there are reflections of this story in Jesus clearing out the temple in his day. The abomination then was not a statue of Zeus but rather the market, and all that it symbolises, which had been brought into the temple. If we were to apply our modern understanding of the market to the story, we know that one commandment of this market is “the consumer is king”. It’s all about my choice. But remember that the prayer that should be issuing from every temple or church, if we accept Jesus’ teaching, is “Thy will be done” not “My will be done”. The influences of the consumer world can affect us so much and without us even realising it. So, we can bring some of the attitudes of the market right into our prayer.
Our prayers of intercession, for example, can simply be me providing my shopping list of wants to God. When this happens, in a sense, we erect a false god right in the church itself. It’s this approach of bringing an idol into the house of God that perhaps so angered Jesus. Our prayers of intercession should focus rather on asking God for the help needed to carry out his will, or on praying for other people to whom life has been or is being hard.

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES IN OUR CENTENARY YEAR
Bookings are now being taken for this year's diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, marking our centenary year. The pilgrimage, led by Bishop John Arnold, will take place between 26th July and 1st August. Find out more and book online at https://www.salfordlourdes.co.uk/travel-accommodation

DIOCESAN SYNOD
“Thank you to everyone for your responses to the Big Listen events across the Diocese. We have had responses from over 70 parishes, 1,072 individuals, 4 Focus Groups and 8 other groups including some of our foreign language chaplaincies, Young Adults and Retired Clergy. This is very encouraging and is a testament to the commitment of our Parish Synod Members in facilitating The Big Listen. We also held Listening Exercises at 27 of our High Schools, 3 Sixth Form Colleges and 2 Independent Schools. This was in the form of Focus Groups led by the office for Youth Ministry and the information has been fed into the Portal. Please be advised that access to the Portal will close very soon. After this date, no more responses from the Big Listen will be accepted. If you feel that you require more time to submit your Big Listen responses, please contact us as soon as possible at synod@dioceseofsalford.org.uk or on 0161 817 2214. Our Research Assistant from Liverpool Hope University will then start work on analysing the data, and identify ‘Emerging Themes’. Following this, the ‘Themes’ will be shared with Synod Members and Observers at our: Synod Gathering 1 event on Saturday 18th May 2024.”