OUR LADY & THE APOSTLES
Stockport SK3 8BQ
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is
a Registered Charity 234025
Time for Mission (2nd-9th May) - Thanks for the warmth of your welcome to Fr. Jim McManus last Sunday and positive response to his coming back for a Mission week in May. The Healing Service that he led on Friday (23rd) was very well attended, not just by people from the parishes, but also by parishes in the LPA and beyond. My initial reticence gave way to one of enthusiasm that we host a week long mission to which people within and beyond our parish would be welcome. It is a great privilege to have someone of the calibre of Fr. Jim, a priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, internationally known with a gentle and spiritual presence. He will be accompanied by a member of his Lay team.
Parish Meeting - Wednesday, 4th February - everyone is welcome to the Presbytery after 7 p.m. Mass. The main item on the Agenda will be to begin planning for the Mission. With Lent beginning later in the month, ideas new and old to make it a truly special are to be welcomed. The meeting provides a forum for all to exchange ideas that will bear positive fruit for the wellbeing of the Parish.
Local Pastoral Area- there is a Meeting of LPA representatives at Our Lady's Tuesday (3rd) at 7.00pm.
St. Bernadette's Brinnington - Fr. Pat will be celebrating Mass today at 10 a.m., and having a 6 monthly review meeting with the parishioners afterwards. Members of the School community have received a specific invitation to pray in remembrance of Mary Teresa Flannery, previous Deputy Headteacher of St. Bernadette's School for many years, who died recently.
Memorial Mass - for Sr. Philomena Gavin at the Evron Centre, Wednesday 4th (February) at 2.00 p.m; parishioners are particularly invited to come.
RCIA - next session will be Thursday, 5th February 7.30 p.m. at the Evron Centre. The topic will be
Day for Readers -will take place at St. Vincent's Church, Handley Road, Bramhall, Saturday, 21st February 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Everyone is welcome especially readers.
Mass for Marriage - 14th February -the annual Diocesan Mass for Marriage takes place Saturday, 14th February, 12 Noon at St. Columba's Church,, Chester CH2 1SA. Couples who are celebrating special anniversaries this year (25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th) are particularly welcome to this celebratory Mass. Please let Janine have your name and address at the Parish Office so that you can receive a written invitation from Bishop Mark. We have had a few requests. Everyone is welcome!
OASIS FOR CARERS - is a support group for carers based at the Evron Centre on Tuesdays from 10.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. "We offer a warm and friendly atmosphere where people can meet, chat and share experiences with other carers and talk to someone in confidence who understands. It is a place to let go of tension and the pressures of caring for others and relax for a few hours to rediscover you. We offer complementary therapies such as, Hand and foot massage, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Yoga, Tai Chi, various craft sessions and Meditations. We hold informative talks, coping with stress, dealing with difficult behaviour and can assist with information about welfare rights and other issues. We have a dedicated team of volunteers waiting to welcome you and pamper you. Our facilities are free to carers. Donations are gratefully received". If you would like more information. Contact Janine, Tel: 292 7270 on Tuesday's.
Offertory Envelopes - Boxes of Envelopes for the Year commencing 12th April are now available on the table at the back of Church. If you are new to the Parish and would like a Box please add your name to the list on the Table. There are information leaflets near the boxes. If you would like further details, including information on Gift Aid or Standing Orders, please telephone Tom Horan on: 0161 487 1717.
Bonanza - We need new members to make it worthwhile. It would help for forms to come in now so that Janine can process them before taking time out for surgery this week. Please join up!
SPUC (Society for the protection for the Unborn Child) - the annual white flower appeal is next weekend (7th/ 8th). Your generous response is both appreciated and needed for its ongoing work.