OUR LADY & THE APOSTLES
Stockport SK3 8BQ
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is
a Registered Charity 234025
Your prayers are requested for:
The Feast of All Saints commemorates those who belong to God, those who are holy. The saints are an example for each of us, for we are all called to belong to God, to be his saints. These saints, by their actions, were examples of Christ-shaped lives. Our lives are also called to imitate a life transformed by the example of Christ, remembering that we are all saints-in-making. The Beatitudes are the focus of today's Gospel reading, in them we find the ingredients for living a life that is centred on Christ.
Feast of All Souls is being transferred this year to Monday, 3rd. There will be Masses at 12 Noon and 7 p.m. It is not a holyday of obligation; however you are strongly encouraged to come to Mass on the Day.
Remembrance Service at the Cemetery - the annual Service will be held at the Cypress Chapel today at 3.00 p.m. Those with family graves in Stockport Borough Cemetery are encouraged to come.
November Envelopes - these are available for you in which to put in the names of your deceased relatives and friends. It is sufficient to write: ‘Family of friends of (family name). Please print or type names so that we can accurately record names for the November Book of Remembrance which will be placed near the Altar throughout the month, and updated weekly. This is not to be confused with the Book of Remembrance which is open each day throughout the year.
Mass of Remembrance - this Saturday, 8th November at 9.30 a.m. for all those whose funerals have been arranged through Our Lady's since November 2013. Invitations have been sent to next of kin, if for any reason you know of someone who did not receive one, let us know. Everyone is welcome to Mass.
Aid to the Church in need - we welcome Terry Gorman at our Masses today. He will speak about the work of this Papal Charity which supports Christians who are persecuted, oppressed or in pastoral need throughout the world. We keep Appeals to an acceptable minimum, so as not to overburden you with requests for financial support. For this reason we did not take a Collection on World Mission Sunday, so that on this occasion we can support a particular area where the Church is in urgent need of our support.
Baptism Preparation Course - We are looking for 5/6 people from each parish in the LPA to prepare together over four sessions, the first of which will be on Tuesday, 25th November at Aquinas College at 7.30 p.m.. Please speak with Fr. Pat if you would like to take part or know more about what is involved.
Christmas Fair - A flyer was published last week with the newsletter requesting gifts each week to help ensure that we have a variety of goods for the Fair. Today we are asking for bottles of wines, spirits, and Soft drinks etc. Next week the appeal is small toys for Santa's treasure trail (wrapped if possible). Please leave your gifts at the back of Church or bring to the Presbytery. It is important that we all work together so that the Fair is a success. The date of the Fair is Sunday, 7th December after 10 a.m. Mass.
Christmas Raffle Tickets are available from the Church; please take some books and ask others also.
CAFOD - "Syria, Delivering Aid in a Conflict Zone" is the title for an evening arranged with CAFOD on Thursday, 6th November at the Evron Centre 7.30 - 9.00 p.m. The speaker will be Alan Thomlinson,
CAFOD Emergency Programme Manager-Syria. All are welcome; please pick up a leaflet in Church.
Family Groups - thanks to those who came along to the Presbytery on Friday 24th October to share with Gwen our Australian visitor the many success stories of what has been happening this past year, and to enjoy good company. Members of the senior group are preparing the Liturgy for the Vigil Mass as we remember the deceased of the Parish at this time; light refreshments in the Presbytery after Mass.
Church in Nigeria - In response to parishioners seeking to learn something of the life and work of the Church in Nigeria Fr Francis is happy to oblige on Monday, 10th November after 7 p.m. Mass in the Presbytery. Please do come to meet with Fr. Francis and accord him a renewed sense of welcome.
Our Lady's School - Kevin Quigley, Director of Education in the Salford Diocese, will lead an In-Service Day tomorrow (Monday) on the Catholic Mission of the School. We look forward to a good day.
CAFOD Shrewsbury Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady's, Saturday 22nd November at 10.30 a.m.
Recent Wedding - Congratulations to Gemma Alexandra Kerby and Daniel Stevenson who were married at Our Lady's, Saturday 25th October. We wish them a long and happy marriage.
Recent Christenings - We welcome into the family of the Church: Oliver James Matthew Pryce Mason,
Molly Elisabeth Womack, Kaitlyn Marie Harnett who were baptised last weekend.
Normandy Veterans Remembrance Service - Next Sunday 9th November at 2.30pm. All are welcome.
Parish Finance- Offertory £1008.02 Building Fund £12.70 Cafod: £77.72 Thank You.