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)

THIRD  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT   (YEAR  B)
        WEEK: DECEMBER  17TH - DECEMBER  23RD 2017

THIRD  SUNDAY  OF  ADVENT

“I  baptise  with  water;  but  there  stands  among  you – unknown  to  you – the  one  who  is  coming  after  me;  and  I  am  not  fit  to  undo  his  sandal-strap.”

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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;  Sr. Catherine;   Tony  Sunderland;  Jeanette  Green;   Patricia  Thompson;  Philip  Hynes;  Clifford  Taylor;   John  Keane;  Ava  Faye  Rigby;  Barbara  Booth;  Eileen  Filcek;  David  Shaw;  Sarah  Bell.
LATELY  DEAD: Canon Eugene Dolan;   Maureen  Ross;   David  Henry  Laryea;   Selina  Jose;   Praksydia  Lejawka.
ANNIVERSARIES:  Bertha  Doran;   Stephen  Cosby;   Mary  Dillamore;   Christopher  Ryan;   Vincent & Ethel  Concannon;   Thomas & Christina  Ryan.            
May They Rest in Peace.                                    
COLLECTION:  Envelopes:  £407.64;  Loose:  £362.09;  Total:  £769.73
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        
DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose:  £8.17 and £2.17  Gift-Aided:  £0.00  
Also:  £40.00;  £30.00 and £9.10 for CAFOD;  £20.00 for the Oldham Food Bank;  £12.00 for the Christmas Fayre.

PARISH  NEWS

  • 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.
  • Parishioners are invited to a New Year’s Eve Buffet Dance at St. Herbert’s Parish Centre, Broadway Tickets are £16.00 and are available from Elsie on 0161 652 3930.
  • Safeguarding the future of Catholic Education: There is an article in the Diocesan Newsletter on this subject with a link that makes it possible for you to add your name to a petition to the Secretary of State for Education requesting a lifting of the ban restricting entry to Catholic children in our schools. PLEASE check it out and join the petition.
  • HELP WANTED to decorate and prepare St Patrick’s Church for Christmas: Wednesday Evening 20th December from 6.30pm until 9.00pm. Everyone welcome!   Help also welcome Saturday 23rd 9.30am until 11.30am with flower arranging.
  • DONATIONS of Holly (with berries or not) and other suitable greenery for decorating the church can be left at the back of church anytime the church is open (usually 8am – 3.30pm).  
  • DONATIONS towards the cost of flowers should be put in an envelope and handed in to the sacristy or piety shop or put in collection plate.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
TODAY:  the draw for the Christmas Raffle takes place after the 10.00am Mass.
ALSO, Parish Reconciliation Service at 3.00pm in St. Patrick’s church.
MONDAY:  a diocesan memorial Mass for Canon Eugene Dolan, celebrated by Bishop John and priests of the diocese at 7.00pm at St Edward’s, Lees. Everyone is welcome to attend the memorial Mass.
NEXT SUNDAY (Christmas Eve): Masses at St. Patrick’s 10.00am (no 6.00pm Mass), Carol Service at 8.30pm, First Mass of Christmas at 9.00pm. St Mary’s at 11.45am & First Mass of Christmas at 7.00pm.

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

  • St. Patrick’s Parish Team meeting on Thursday 18th January at 7.30pm.

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
Peter Canisius: a Dutch Jesuit, active in Germany during the Counter-Reformation, when he wrote a catechism. He died in 1597 and is called the “second apostle of Germany”.
St. John of Kanty: born near Krakow in Poland in 1390, after ordination he taught in the university there. He is remembered for his learning and erudition, charity and holiness.

EQUALITIES COMMISION / HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDANCE ON “FESTIVE SONGS
THE  ROCKING  SONG
Little Jesus sweetly sleep, do not stir; We will lend a coat of fur,
We will rock you, rock you, rock you, We will rock you, rock you, rock you.
Fur is no longer appropriate wear for small infants, both due to risk of allergy to animal fur, and for ethical reasons. Therefore faux fur, a nice cellular blanket or perhaps micro-fleece material should be considered a suitable alternative. Please note, only persons who have been subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check and have enhanced clearance will be permitted to rock baby Jesus. Persons must carry their CRB disclosure with them at all times and be prepared to provide three forms of identification before rocking commences.
WHILE  SHEPHERDS  WATCHED
While shepherds watched their flocks by night, all seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around.
The Union of Shepherds has complained that it breaches health and safety regulations to insist that shepherds watch their flocks without appropriate seating arrangements being provided, therefore benches, stools and orthopaedic chairs are now available. Shepherds have also requested that due to the inclement weather conditions at this time of year that they should watch their flocks via CCTV cameras from centrally heated shepherd observation huts. Please note, the angel of the Lord is reminded that before shining his / her glory all around she / he must ascertain that all shepherds have been issued with glasses capable of filtering out the harmful effects of UVA, UVB and Glory.

“BITS  &  PIECES”

A vicar trained his horse to go when he said, "Praise the Lord," and to stop when he said, "Amen." The vicar mounted the horse, said, "Praise the Lord" and went for a ride. When he wanted to stop for lunch, he said, "Amen." He took off again, saying, "Praise the Lord." The horse started going toward the edge of a cliff. The vicar got excited and said, "Whoa!" Then he remembered and said, "Amen," and the horse stopped at the edge of the cliff. The vicar was so relieved and grateful that he looked up to heaven and said, "Praise the Lord!"

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