OUR LADY & THE APOSTLES
Stockport SK3 8BQ
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is
a Registered Charity 234025
The Rosary will be prayed each day during the month of May, fifteen minutes before the beginning of Mass.
Your prayers are requested for:
Feast of the Ascension of the Lord - today we have Mark's account in which we are commissioned like the Apostles to go out and proclaim the Good News of Jesus. We are not to be afraid because we are empowered by Jesus to do so. How can we bring Christ's love and assurance to all we meet? This reflection might help?
‘God has given us power to create beauty, to make another smile, to be a healing presence in someone's sorrow, to bring justice to the oppressed, to console those in difficulty, to bring peace and joy to others, to help those in need, to laugh and enjoy life, to do good and turn from evil, to forgive those who have hurt us, and most of all to love.'
World Communications Day - this Sunday we are asked to pray for those who work in the media and to support the work of the Catholic Communication Network (CCN) the media office of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The theme chosen by Pope Francis is 'Communicating the Family: A Privileged place of Encounter with the Gift of Love'. You can find out more from one of the information leaflets or by going to http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/ .
Prayer Candle is placed on the altar and lit during every Mass for our young people taking exams: Make this prayer with them: " Help me to remember well and to think clearly. Help me to do myself justice and keep me calm and clear headed. Amen.
First Holy Communion - today we rejoice with Filip Kozlowski and his sister Dominika Kozlowska and we welcome their family, especially those from Poland.
Preparing for Baptism - we renew our welcome for the six families who started on a short programme of three sessions last Sunday. They will meet after Mass in the Presbytery and again next week. We are doing this as a Local Pastoral Area.
Parish Mission -there is a continuation today in the Guild Room after 10.00 a.m. Mass of the Review Meeting we had last Saturday (9th) at the end of the Mission Week. It is now the right time to begin implementing some of the very good suggestions that have come from the Mission. Dave Fitton has very kindly agreed to facilitate the Meeting. Many positive comments have come from the Parish Mission; it is very affirming for all of us; a time to look forward. One of the highlight of the Mission was the early morning Mass at 7 am, so we will have this weekly, beginning this week - don't forget to come. In response to more devotion to Our Lady we will have the Novena Prayers to Our Lady of Perpetual Help during 9.30 a.m. Mass on Saturday, beginning this week.
Marian Hymns of Praise - this takes place at 3 p.m. today at St. Ambrose Church in Adswood. It is a gathering for the Local Pastoral Area of Churches, so do please come along; there will be refreshments.
Novena to the Holy Spirit (15-23rd May) - Each evening at St. Ambrose Church, Adswood and each morning at 10.15 am at St. Vincent's Church in Bramhall in preparation for the Feast of Pentecost.
Readers and Eucharistic Ministers Training Days - for parishes in Stockport and Tameside will take place at Our Lady's on Wednesday, 3rd and Saturday 6th June from 9.30 am - 1.00 p.m. , during which there be a commissioning on behalf of the Bishop. Please put your name on the appropriate list, as they have to be submitted to the Diocese beforehand, to enable the commissioned to undertake the ministry. The Parish would welcome some new Readers and Eucharistic Ministers,- Let us have your names.
Pentecost Sunday - Sunday, 24th May: With the Feast coming at the start of half term, and people being away, the tradition of celebrating in a manner that gives a greater prominence to the many nationalities and cultures in our parish will not happen this year. Good News is that there will be a Jubilee celebration to look forward to in a fortnight, and there is always next year!
Ruby Jubilee - there is an invitation attached to this letter inviting you to Fr. Pat's 40th Anniversary of being a Priest on Sunday, 7th June. Please reply by no later than Monday, 25th May, if you wish to come to the Buffet lunch in the Parish Centre after the Mass. Since there will people coming from parishes in which Fr. Pat has served during his 40 years in the Diocese and members of his family, you will appreciate that the Caterer needs to know how many to cater for. With Sunday, 7th being the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, and the actual anniversary date, it is Fr. Pat's wish to celebrate on this day.
Parish Finance - Offertory; £1015.26, Cafod; £75.17, Building Fund; £23.75. Thank you.