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Shaw Heath

Stockport SK3 8BQ                                           
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The Diocese of Shrewsbury is a Registered Charity 234025

Fr Pat Munroe and Deacon Peter Lafferty.


Date: Sunday 14th September 2014



First Mass Saturday 7pm - Philomena Dillon


Darren Kiely


Our Lady of Sorrows

15th September


St. Bernadette's Brinnington


A Holy Hour


Hamilton Family


Ss Corneluis, P.M & Cyprian B.M.

16th September


James Kenny Anniversary


Ferial          Please note: Mass Time

17th September


Honner Squires


Mass at Aquinas College


A Holy Hour at Evron



18th September


Morning Mass at Evron


Harry Baker


The Prayer Group meets. All are welcome.



19th September


Fr Francis McManus


Ss Andrew Kim Taegon, P. Paul Chong Hasang and Companions, Mm.

20th September


Intentions of Our Lady's Parishioners


From 10am-10.45am; from 6.15pm - 6.45pm and on request.


First Mass of Sunday - Jean Herron


Twenty Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

21st September


Intentions of Our Lady's Parishioners

Your prayers are requested for:

The Sick:

Esther McGarrity, Fr. Martin Riley, Kevin Fleming, Nick Cook, Hilary Ashcroft, Francesca Ryan, Tom Burns, Bernard Stafford, Tim Mapp, Baby Joseph Philip Platt, Tom Connell, Mary Devlin, Thomas Summers, Sylvia Piggott, Peter Callaghan, John Redman, Kath Murray, Hilary (Kane) Rustage, Charles Woods, Veronica Lane, Gertrude Ashton, Brian Cox, Fr John Cairns, Sandra Bannatyne, Sr. Philomena, Rufus Henry, Tricia Woolstencroft, Sofia Cahill, Dorothy Waugh, Aine Carrilline, Irene Houndslow, Gillian Singleton, John Harrison, David Williams, Robert Lo Porto, David Whittaker, Bill Thomas, Margaret Burnell, Frank Pritchard, Jo Bacchas, Miriam Henry. May God bless them with healing and peace. Amen.

Lately Dead:

Joan Margaret Curley (Nee Sexton.) May she rest in peace, Amen.


Darren Kiely, Brenda Conlon-Hope, Henry Heaney, Francis (Frank) Lafferty, Lily Traynor, James Kenny, Mark Prescott, Harry Baker, Bridget Henahan, Joseph Kozlowski, Patrick Mullen, James Turner, Fr Francis McManus.  May they all rest in peace. Amen.

Today's Feast - The Exhalation of the Holy Cross - has a long history and is greatly revered in the Eastern Church.  The discovery of the True Cross is dated to 14th September 320.  On 13th September 335 the Churches on Calvary were dedicated and the cross that Helena (mother of Emperor Constantine) discovered was venerated there the next day. The annual commemoration of that event has been celebrated since in praise of the redemption won for us by Christ.  The Feast takes precedence over the Sunday; the readings speak of God's amazing love.  

Racial Justice Sunday - today the Catholic Church in England and Wales calls on all Christians to pray

earnestly for an end to racism and social inequality. The theme for 2014 is ‘Combating Human Trafficking'.  The Church is committed to supporting vulnerable and marginalised people.  The Catholic Bishops' office for Migration Policy takes the lead in our work to address the horrors of this modern day form of slavery.

Pope Francis has made the fight against Human Trafficking a priority in his papacy.

Welcome to Fr. Francis Uchenna Nnadi on his first Sunday with us. He comes from the Diocese of Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria.  He was ordained a priest on the 18th August 2007. He has held a variety of pastoral posts within parishes in his own Diocese.  This is his first visit to England, and so everything will be ever so new to him.  Since his arrival on Monday afternoon he has had his first taste of pastoral work with visits to Our Lady's Primary School, Stepping Hill Hospital, home communion visits and the daily celebration of Mass.  Please afford him your customary welcome and hospitality. His friend, Fr. Isidore, priest of the same Diocese, will be joining St. Joseph's Parish Birkenhead during the coming week.

St. Bernadette's in Brinnington: Fr. Pat will be celebrating Mass at 10 a.m. today and will have a meeting with the parishioners afterwards.  It is anticipated that there will be Mass at St. Bernadette's Church on a Monday morning, this week it will be at 9.15 a.m. with a class from the School coming also. Fr. Francis will celebrate the Sunday Mass at St. Bernadette's next week.

Aquinas College - Mass this week will be on Wednesday at 1.15 p.m. in the Chapel - all are welcome.

There is a Diocesan Schools Mass for all staff and Governors in our Catholic Schools and colleges to mark the begging of the new school/college year on Monday (15th) at 4.30 p.m. in the Lecture Theatre, all are welcome. 

St. Vincent de Paul Society -next meeting is on Monday, 15th September at 7.30 p.m. after Mass.

CaFÉ (Catholic Faith exploration) - the next meeting is on Tuesday (16th) at 7.30 p.m. in the Presbytery Lounge.  It is a good opportunity to meet together to explore our Catholic faith and enjoy good company.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) - On Thursday we had our first meeting at Evron Centre. We next meet on Thursday, 25th in Our Lady's Church at 7.30 p.m. when we will have a guided tour of the Church.  It may be a good opportunity for those of you who are thinking about learning / exploring the Catholic faith to come along.  The time duration is about 1 hour.

Mass with Anointing of the Sick - will take place Sunday, 28th September 2.30p.m.; with refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre. There are already some names on the list, so now is the time to add your own or the name of someone who has expressed an interest.  We particularly welcome those who are unable to get to Mass regularly.  If you are ready to volunteer with transport / refreshments please put your name on a separate list. 

Family Groups - Group 2 (Mary's Group) meet on Thursday (18th) at 7 p.m. in the Presbytery for Poet's corner.  Group 1 (Ian and Catherine's Group) Friday (26th) Presbytery for Bible Fun.  There is an open invitation to join existing groups and/or form new groups.  Why not visit the Family Groups Notice Board?

Recent Christenings - We welcome our newly baptised Brieanne Wilson and Beau Coghlan.

Catholic Voice - the Autumn Edition is available on the Paper Stall free of charge.

CAFOD'S Novena for Peace - There are regular Masses throughout the Diocese to pray for troubled parts of the world. Next one is on Wednesday (17th) 7.30 p.m. St. Paul's Church Hyde, SK14 2JU.

Bonanza Winners - £50 No. 90 Catherine Gould. £20 No. 81 Robin Chilton. £10 No. 124 M Donohue.

Parish Finance - Offertory Collection: £1100.23 Cafod; £55.95 Building Fund; £14.95 Thank you.

A Call for Assistance! At present there are 8 people, four teams of two, who clean our church. One is over 80 years of age; several others are in their middle seventies. They would appreciate some support. Can you spare 2 hrs  once a month to help keep our church clean and tidy?  If you can please ring Bill Walker, on Tel; 0161 483 3889.

St. Vincent's Charity Golf Day - Friday, 19th September at Bramhall Golf Club - from 1.30 p.m. Individual Stableford 18 hole - alternative 9 hole.  There are lots of prizes.  Entrance fee including meal is £37. 

Entrance fee for members of Bramhall Golf Club is £20.  Non golfers meal only is £16; meal: 8 pm.

Eucharistic Ministers and Readers - A day has been arranged for both by the LPA at St. Vincent's Church, Bramhall.  Eucharistic Ministers: Saturday, 6th December:  Readers:  Saturday, 21st February 2014.

Mass for Grandparents - The third Diocesan Mass for grandparents will take place in Our Lady's, Saturday 18th October at 2.00 p.m.  It would be wonderful to see as many grandparents and families as possible gathering to celebrate either their own vocation as grandparents or praying for their grandparents.  Canon Michael Gannon VG will officiate at the Mass.  All are welcome.

Diocesan History Day - Saturday 4th October at St. Mary of the Angels, Hooton, (near Ellesmere Port) CH66 1QJ from 10.30am. There is a poster with an outline programme on the Church Notice Board. 



Tuesday, 8th July 2014

Present:          Fr Pat, Peter Lafferty, Michael Heath, Hazel Dove, Mary Heaney, Bill Walker, Mary Varley, Ian Donegani and Jo Jalecz.

Fr Pat opened the meeting with a reflection on the Gospel for the 15th Sunday which is all about the sower and where the seed falls.

Fr Pat was assured of the Forum's support when he takes on the additional duties of St Bernadette's.

1. Stress should be on being a "welcoming" parish. Suggested that we invite other ethnicities to act as welcomers at the beginning of the Masses. How is this to be done? A personal approach to people seems to work the best. ACTION -can all attendees try to action this particularly for the 10am Mass..

2. The setting up of a Parish Forum to progress matters within the parish is a good way forward. ACTION - all parishioners should be told about the Forum and invited to join. Via the newsletter?

3. A date of 19th October has been set aside for a Parish "Mission" or Day of Recollection hopefully led by Sr. Catherine. Fr Pat has already been in touch with Sr Catherine. To follow the 10am Sunday Mass. What is the format? What are the possible gains? ACTION - the hall needs booking. Refreshments need to be decided upon. Eventually to be advertised via the newsletter.

(A point not covered at this meeting was Ian's suggestion of using Pin Point as a tool. This needs to be discussed).

4. The date of Saturday, 26th July at the 7pm Mass was confirmed for a Mass for the people who attend the Coffee Mornings, former choristers from Our Lady's and surrounding parishes. ACTION - an organist needs to be booked. Tea/coffee in the presbytery after Mass needs organising. Former members need to be contacted. Advertising via the newsletter.

5. The date of Sunday, 27th July after the 10am Mass was confirmed as a joint family groups function but, this time, with a shared table. Fr Pat has already booked the hall. There will be activities for the children. ACTION - needs advertising via the newsletter to invite whole parish.

6. It was decided that a new approach to Baptism preparation lies further down the line.

7. A further parish visit to Pantasaph was discussed and a date in August was thought to be best. ACTION - Peter to progress this.

8. Parish Handbook. A draft copy was circulated which prompted further suggestions for inclusion: the altar servers / the piety stall + papers / the Prayer Group / Sunday Bingo / Mary Walsh as church Sacristan / Parish Forum / the word "welcome" in different languages. A date of the beginning of Advent for its issue was agreed. ACTION - Mary Heaney + Mary Varley handling. If any further ideas spring to mind, contact them.

Date of next meeting - Tuesday, 9th September at 7.30pm in the presbytery.

Note: items not discussed which need to be brought forward: the setting of short/medium/long term goals;  using Pin Point at the Mission;  Baptism preparation;  a possible Alpha course;  bereavement support.

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