THIS WEEK'S SERVICES

MAY 20TH - MAY 26TH 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
(St. Rita of Cascia)

WEDNESDAY:
12  noon Eucharistic  Service

THURSDAY:
12  noon Mass

FRIDAY:
12  noon Mass
(St. Bede the Venerable, priest)

SATURDAY
12  noon Mass
(St. Philip Neri, priest)

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
( St. Christopher Magallanes, priest)

WEDNESDAY:
NO MASS
(Fr. Phil is at Mayor-making ceremony)

CONFESSION: 
By  appointment

BAPTISMS and MARRIAGES:   as  for  St.  Patrick’s

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READERS for Sunday 20th May
10.00am
Grace & R. Henri
11.30am
C. O’Donnell
9.00pm
M. Ruffle
Sunday 27th May
10.00am A. Auxtero & P. Bagapuro
11.30am M. Smith
6.00pm K. McCarthy
   
EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS
AT 10.00AM MASS
Sunday 20th May
1
J.  Clements
2
R.  Napa
3
M.  Almeida
Sunday 27th May
1
M.  Higson
2
F.  Wisniewski
3
Alexis
   
CHURCH  CLEANING  ROTA
Sunday 20th May
Week 3 Joyce  &  David  Daka  and friends (African)
Sunday 27th May
Week 4

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THE  EPIPHANY  OF  THE  LORD   (YEAR  B)
WEEK: JANUARY  7TH - JANUARY  13TH 2018

THE  EPIPHANY  OF  THE  LORD

“...they  offered  him  gifts  of  gold,  and  frankincense  and  myrrh...”

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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;   Philip  Hynes;   Clifford  Taylor;     Barbara  Booth.
LATELY  DEAD:   Joe  Hollins;   Mary  Jo  Birkenhead;   Maureen  Ross;   Jeanette  Green;   Carole  Sweeney;   Joseph  Inengo  Mabolia;   Magddana  Nolnor.         
ANNIVERSARIES:  Margaret  Grudzien;   Judith  Dwyer;  Rose  Rimmer;   Wilfred & Raymond  Brooks;   Robbie & Ena  Sweeney;   Ron  Kain;   Myron  Patra.May They Rest in Peace.

COLLECTION:   Envelopes:  £603.54;    Loose:  £341.16;    Total:  £944.70
Thank you all for your continued generosity.                                        

DONATIONS/COLLECTIONS:  many thanks for the following donations:
Redecoration Fund:  Loose:  £6.18;  £5.80;  £5.00  Gift-Aided:  £0.00  
Also:  £60.00;  £20.00 and £10.00 for CAFOD;  £40.00 for the Oldham Food Bank.

PARISH  NEWS

  • The Charismatic Prayer Group meets every Friday for Praise and Worship in St. Patrick’s church from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Contact: 07970188673. Everybody is most welcome.
  • The Oldham Food Bank thanks the parishioners for the latest donation of £445.00, in addition to the large amount of food parcels.
  • CAFOD also thanks parishioners for the latest donation of £1,809.00 – the letter is pinned to the church notice board.
  • Recent Clergy Appointments:   Fr Michael Job will become Parochial Administrator of Holy Family and Holy Rosary, Oldham, in addition to his responsibility as Parochial Administrator of St Mary’s, Failsworth.  Fr Gasper Oladasu will become Parochial Administrator of Corpus Christi, Hollinwood, and will be resident at Holy Family presbytery, Limeside.  Canon Michael Buckley will become Parish Priest of Holy Family, Kirkholt, Rochdale, in addition to his responsibility as Parish Priest of Sacred Heart, Rochdale.

THE  EPIPHANY
Epiphany, or Three Kings' Day, is the 12th day of Christmas, with January 6 marking the official end to the festive season for many Christians. These days, Brits tend to associate Twelfth Night with removing Christmas decorations because according to tradition, anyone who forgets to take them down by the night before Epiphany must leave them in place all year to avoid misfortune. In the West, Christians began celebrating the Epiphany in the 4th century, associating it with the visit of the Magi (the three kings) to Bethlehem. According to the Gospel of Matthew, the three wise men - named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar - followed the star of Bethlehem across the desert to meet the baby Jesus, offering gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The gifts were symbolic of the importance of Jesus' birth, the gold representing his royal standing; frankincense his divine birth; and myrrh his mortality.

“WHAT’S  ON”  THIS  WEEK”
SATURDAY:  Sacramental programme  -  parents’ meeting and children’s lesson at 10.00am in the Parish House.
SUNDAY:  Sacramental Programme: we welcome the children and their parents for the celebration “We are People who Celebrate God’s Word” at the 10.00am Mass in St. Patrick’s church.

“TWEETS”  FROM  POPE  FRANCIS”
“Today we pray for all the children who are not allowed to be born, who cry with hunger, who hold weapons in their hands instead of toys.”
“During these days let us give space to attitudes and gestures that favour peace.”

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.
  • Day of Prayer for Vocations: St. Mary’s – Wednesday 4th April.
  • Day of Prayer for Vocations: St. Patrick’s – Tuesday 12th July

THIS  WEEK’S  FEASTS
St. Aelred of Rievaulx: born in 1110 and died at Rievaulx (Yorkshire) in 1167. The son of a priest, he was educated at Durham and in the household of King David of Scotland. He visited the newly founded Cistercian abbey of Rievaulx and was so attracted to it that he chose to become a monk there, and was eventually elected abbot. He is remembered for his gift of friendship, for his sensitive and gentle rule, and for his enduringly popular spiritual writings, especially that on friendship.
St. Hilary: born of pagan parents in Poitiers in France in 315, he and his family were baptised, and shortly afterwards Hilary was chosen as Bishop of Poitiers. He fought strenuously against Arianism, being exiled to Phrygia for this. He died in 367, after publishing works outstanding in their doctrine.

“SMILE – A – WHILE”

  • Two ninety-year-old men, Fred and John,  have been friends for most of their lives. When it's clear that John is dying, Fred says, "John, we both loved rugby all our lives. So when you get to heaven, please let me know if there's rugby there." John agrees to try. Shortly afterwards he dies. A few nights later, Fred wakes up and hears John calling his name. "John! Where are you?" "In heaven, "says John. " I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that there's rugby in heaven. All our friends are here. We are young again. It's always spring and we can play rugby as often as we want." "That's fantastic!" says Fred. "So what's the bad news?" "You are in the team for Tuesday."
  • Q: What did the Virgin Mary say when she saw the Three Wise Men?
    A: Typical, just like London buses, you wait ages and then three come at once!
  • A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read her a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?” “Yes, sweetheart,” he answered, “God made me a long time ago.” “Oh,” she paused, “grandpa, did God make me too?” “Yes, indeed, honey,” he said, “God made you just a little while ago.” Feeling their respective faces again, she observed, “God’s getting better at it, isn’t he?”
  • One fine day, a priest, a rabbi, and an imam decide to all go fishing. They manage to get to the water, and off they go. One hour later, the imam says, "I think I forgot the food!" He steps off the boat, walks across the water, gets the picnic basket, and walks back! As they are eating, the priest thinks, "What a display. Where does he get off walkin' on the water?" Right then, the rabbi says, "Oye! I forgot the drinks." He steps right off the boat, and walks across the water to get the drinks. By this time, the priest is very frustrated! He excuses himself, and as the priest steps out of the boat, he falls in the water. The imam turns to the rabbi and says, "You think we should have told him about the rocks?"

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