OUR LADY & THE APOSTLES
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The Diocese of Shrewsbury is
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Today, Mission Sunday, is a day for widening or horizons beyond the confines of our own small parish, diocese or country. It is a day for thinking about the faith that we share and the people with whom we share it worldwide. Pope Francis has challenged us to ‘be missionaries of God’s love.’
‘Missio’ is the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, and has the responsibility of raising funds for mission Churches all over the world. That’s the 40% of our Church which is too young or too poor to support it itself. Many of you are doing this through the Red Mission boxes you have in your home. If they have not been opened for some time, please bring them back to the Parish Office for emptying and ensuring that your name and address is on it for returning to you. For those who do not have a mission box, you can make a donation by using one of the special ‘World Mission Sunday envelopes in Church, or donate online at www.missio.org.uk or by calling 020 7821 9755.
We welcome Sr. Catherine Darby who will speak to us at 10.00 a.m. and help us to think about how we can fulfil Pope Francis’ dream to be a missionary Church and what this could mean for us in our own parish. There will be the usual teas and coffee after Mass in the Parish Centre (main hall is available on this occasion) and then for those who wish to stay for one hour, to continue the conversation, and be open to where God might be calling us. Sr. Catherine has wide pastoral experience from working in schools and parishes in our Diocese and helped facilitate the recent LPA ministry course.
Mass of Enrolment - we welcome the children and their families preparing for the sacraments of First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion at 10.00 a.m. Mass today. We also welcome the new Reception children who started at Our Lady’s in September together with their families.
Baptism Preparation Course - This new initiative on the part of our LPA will train catechists for working in their own parish. Ideally we are looking for 5/6 people from each parish who will prepare together over four sessions, the first of which will be on Tuesday, 25th November at Aquinas College at 7.30 p.m. Baptism preparation is a wonderful ministry of service to the Parish. Please speak with Fr. Pat if you would like to take part or know more about it.
Christmas Fair - thanks to those who came along to the meeting last Sunday. Over the next few weeks there will be a flyer with the newsletter requesting you to donate a variety of gifts for the stalls. It is important that we all work together to ensure that the Fair is both a financial and social success. It is our major fund raising event of the year, and with such large properties to maintain and upkeep there are increasing demands on our limited resources. The Fair is Sunday, 7th December after 10 am Mass
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) -next meeting is Thursday 23rd October tin Evron Centre at 7.30 pm; the topic will be on ‘The Liturgy of the Word’ at Mass. Everyone is welcome.
Family Groups - This time last year Fr. Peter McGrath and Gwen Winterscheidt from Australia came to speak to us about the Parish Family Group Movement as one way of creating a network of welcome, friendship and support within parishes. Gwen is presently in England visiting parishes where the movement is happening; she will come to see us on Friday (24th). There will be a meeting with shared table from 7.30 p.m. We have four groups, and it would be good to have a representation from each group to share the good news of the many wonderful happenings. Indeed anyone is welcome to come.
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 is Alan Thomlinson
Recent Marriage - Congratulations to William Douglas McDonald and Samantha Joyce Johnson who were married at Our Lady’s, Saturday 11th October. We wish them a long and happy marriage.
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.
Diocesan Symposium - on the ‘Human Person and Reconciliation’ will take place Saturday, 1st November, 10a.m - 4.00 p.m. at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School. See the poster on Notice Board.
November Remembrance - Mass of Remembrance for those who have died in the past year is on Saturday, 8th November 9.30 a.m. November envelopes in which to place the names of your deceased are now available. They will be remembered in Mass each day during November. Annual Service for the deceased in the Cemetery takes place, Sunday, 2nd November at 3 p.m. in the Cypress Chapel.
Parish Finance – Offertory £991.50 Building Fund £12.18 Cafod £31.73. Thank You.