THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

JANUARY 14TH - 20TH 2018

ST.  PATRICK’S SERVICES

GEMThis “gem church” will be open each day for private prayer and meditation from 9.30am. until 3.30pm.

SUNDAY:
10.00am;  12.30pm (Polish  Mass) and 6.00pm. 

MONDAY:      
12  noon   Eucharistic  Service

TUESDAY: 
12  noon   Mass

WEDNESDAY:
12  noon   Eucharistic  Service

THURSDAY:
12  noon   Mass 

FRIDAY:
12  noon   Mass 
(St. Wulstan bishop)

SATURDAY
12  noon   Mass
(St. Fabian, pope & martyr and St. Sebastian)

CONFESSION: 
Saturday:  11.00  -  11.50am  and  12.30  -  12.45pm.

BAPTISM:           
By  appointment

MARRIAGE:       
6 months notice must be given (Diocesan requirement)

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ST.  MARY’S SERVICES
ST MARY

SUNDAY:     
11.30am Mass

MONDAY:
10.00am Mass

WEDNESDAY:
12  noon   Mass
(St. Anthony, abbot)

CONFESSION: 
By  appointment

BAPTISMS and MARRIAGES:   as  for  St.  Patrick’s

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READERS for Sunday 14th January
10.00am
L. Nicholls & K. Rajnauth
11.30am
C. O’Donnell
9.00pm
K. McCarthy
Sunday 20th January
10.00am C. Riley & J. Williams
11.30am M. Smith
6.00pm R. McGlade
   
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
AT 10.00AM MASS
Sunday 14th January
1
B.  Auxtero
2
C.  Riley
3
J.  Finch
Sunday 20th January
1
P.  Crosby
2
R.  Estrellona
3
D.  Daka
   
CHURCH  CLEANING  ROTA
Sunday 14th January
Week 2 Indian  Community
Sunday 20th January
Week 3 Joyce  &  David  Daka and friends (African)

FIRST  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR  B)
        WEEK: DECEMBER  3RD - DECEMBER  9TH 2017

FIRST  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT

“So  stay  awake,  because  you  do  not  know  when  the  master  of  the  house  is  coming,  evening,  midnight,  cockcrow,  dawn;  if  he  comes  unexpectedly,  he  must  not  find  you  asleep"

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YOUR  CHARITABLE  PRAYERS are requested for our parishioners and friends, especially those whose names appear below.
SICK or HOUSEBOUND:  Joanna;  Shirley;  Cecilia;  Jude Michael Harrison;  Sheila  McNicholas;   Orrell Plummer;   Dominic Boardman;   Michael Francis Douglas;   John  Ownsworth;  Gina  Templo;    John  Walker;   Dorothy  Fogg;   Samantha  Deakin;   Michael  O’Rourke;   Doreen  Lesyk;    Paul & Peter Gartside;      Maureen  Ross;   Sr. Catherine;   Tony  Sunderland;   Jeanette  Green;   Patricia  Thompson;   Barbara  Booth;   Philip  Hynes;    Susan  McHugh;    Bernadette  Foyet;   Peter  Egan;   Edwige  Fomo;   Veronica  Sobieralski;   John & Winifred  Dwyer.   
LATELY  DEAD:   Philip  Melia;   Alexandra  Moreira;   Tony  Bennitt;   Edna  Bagaporo.
ANNIVERSARIES: Rev.  Ken  Livesey;   Margaret & Edgar  Lees;   Brian  Short;  Marie  Francoise  Boyi;   Elizabeth  Lucas;   Christopher  Alan  Whitehead;   Patricia  Heslin;   Denis  Guilfoyle;   Maggie  Moores;    Paddy  Glenfield;   Michaelo  & Peter  Hordynski;   Alfonso  Ferrara;   Jan  Dabrowski;   Nathan  McLean (32nd birthday). May They Rest in Peace.

SUNDAY COLLECTION:  Envelopes:  £480.69;  Loose:  £285.46;  Total:  £766.15
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Restoration Fund:  Loose:  £39.90  and  £8.07 Gift-Aided:  £0.00  
Also:  £50.00; £30.00; £20.00; £16.10 for CAFOD;  £45.00 and £20.00 for the Oldham Food Bank.

PARISH  NEWS   -    CHRISTMAS  FAYRE
RAFFLE       FATHER CHRISTMAS SELFIES     TOMBOLA
COMPETITIONS     IRISH COFFEE    HOME-MADE CAKES
BOTTLE STALL    FACE PAINTING   ETHNIC FOOD
BRIC-A-BRAC    RELIGIOUS CARDS & CALENDARS
HOT DOGS & BEEFBURGERS   MEET OLD AND NEW FRIENDS
(PLEASE NOTE: no alcoholic drinks as we have no licence – bring your own)

  • Please collect a copy of the Advent and Christmas Services from the back of church.
  • The Charismatic Prayer Group meets every Friday for Praise and Worship in St Patricks Church from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Contact: 07970188673. Everybody is most welcome.
  • You are invited to St. Herbert’s Parish Centre, Broadway, for a New Year’s Eve Buffet Dance. Tickets £16.00 (available from Elsie on 0161 652 3930)

A  SAFEGUARDING ISSUE:  If any parents don't want their child's face to be visible on any of the photographs taken, then please speak with Fr Phil as soon as possible so that this can be arranged before the pictures go on the parish website.

FORTHCOMING  EVENTS
Please see the church notice board for further details of the following:

  • Draw for the Christmas Raffle after the 10.00am Mass on Sunday 17th December.
  • Parish Reconciliation Service on Sunday 17th December at 3.00pm in St. Patrick’s church.
  • St. Patrick’s Parish Team meeting on Thursday 18th January at 7.30pm.

AROUND  THE  DIOCESE
ACT IN SUPPORT OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION. Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard. The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents new Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. The Prime Minister has acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and had promised previously to abandon it. Now the Government may decide to keep this discriminatory policy in place instead of removing it. We need you to tell the Government not to discriminate against Catholics and to remove the admissions cap on new faith-based schools. Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap  or write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

ITEMS  FROM  ST.  PATRICK’S  PARISH  MEETING  IN  NOVEMBER

  • The damaged ‘safety tape’ on the step in the Church Entrance Porch has been removed.  
  • International Music Festival:  Preparations for the International Music Festival  and Christmas Fayre are in hand. The need for volunteers to put up the hall ready for the Fayre was emphasized.  A ‘volunteer sheet’ will be set up at the back of the church.  It was agreed to ask Christine Wilson to arrange with Julie, the school kitchen manager, for use of part of the kitchen.  No school equipment is to be used.
  •  It was reported that the problem of begging in church, during the 10.00am Mass in particular, is still continuing.  It was agreed that Fr. Phil would stress the need not to give money to these people as it makes the problem worse.
  • Organ Repairs: Basic repairs have been carried out on the organ at St. Mary’s.  It was noted that a parishioner had complained that the work was an extravagance as the church is scheduled for closure.  It was thought that this was not the case as no actual date for closure has been set and the use of the organ enhanced the worship at St Mary’s.
  • The Barnabas Society has sent a note of thanks for our donation of £200.
    Sports Fest’:  Tina informed the team that Pure Fernando was now investigating suitable locations. (to be continued next week)

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