OUR LADY & THE APOSTLES
Stockport SK3 8BQ
The Diocese of Shrewsbury is
a Registered Charity 234025
Your prayers are requested for:
Sundays of Advent, there will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Evening Prayer and Benediction this afternoon from 4 - 5 p.m. Please do come along for all or part of the time.
Morning Prayer -Tuesday to Friday at 11.50 a.m. before Mass at 12.15 p.m. Mass.
Advent Service of Reconciliation (LPA) with opportunity for confession has been arranged for St. Joseph's Church, Tatton Street, Monday 15th December at 7.30 p.m. On Monday 22nd, in place of Mass at 7 p.m. there will be a Holy Hour with opportunity for personal Confession. Mass will be in the morning.
Mass at Night - this is tradition from Nigeria which Fr. Francis has introduced for Advent. This third one will take place on Thursday night at 8 p.m. There will be a period of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament following the Mass, and concludes for 9.30 p.m. with Benediction. The Church will be warm!
St. Nicholas School Choir - will sing at the Vigil Mass on Saturday, 20th at 7 p.m. They have a long established tradition for choral music and have been recognised with many awards. We are delighted to accept their request to visit Our Lady's, and we too look forward to their coming.
Parish Christmas Card - with details of the special Liturgies and Services that are taking place towards the end of Advent and over Christmas. Please take one for someone who does not come regularly to Our Lady's. It can be very simple and effective way of sharing the joy of our faith with people we know.
Christmas Masses: Christmas Eve: carols at 7.30 p.m. with Mass at 8 p.m. 12 Midnight (carols from 11.30 p.m.) Christmas Day: 8.00 and 10.00 a.m.
Readers and Ministers for Holy Communion - You will find ‘sign up' sheets in the Church for the four Masses at Christmas. It would greatly help if you could attend to this as soon as possible, it saves time!
Fr. Tomasz - will not be joining us at Christmas due to having to meet academic deadlines to complete his Doctorate in Philosophy. He is disappointed as we are, and we will miss his invaluable help with preparing the Church for Christmas. The suggested time to prepare the Church is after Mass (10 am, or 12.15 p.m. Tuesday, 22nd December: which time suits best? We will confirm on next week's newsletter.
Christmas Fayre - it was a great success in every way, well supported and with a wonderful spirit throughout in the Parish Centre. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making it very well worthwhile and in also helping to boost our parish funds by just over £2,000. You will find details of the breakdown from the various stalls on the Church Notice Board. A positive outcome the Fayre is the sense of achievement in encouraging people to work for the wellbeing of their Parish. Well done!
Christmas Raffle - there are still books of tickets available for you to buy and also to encourage others to do likewise. The Christmas Draw will take place on Wednesday, 17th December.
Parish Christmas Party - everyone is invited to come along this morning after 10 a.m. Mass. It will start at 11.30 a.m. and is being organised by the Family Groups and Coffee Morning Teams. Your presence will help to ensure that it is a memorable and joyous occasion. It is also FREE!
Stepping Hill Hospital - Fr. Francis visits the Hospital on Wednesday afternoons with Holy Communion, and is always happy as is Fr. Pat; to visit parishioners and anyone would welcome a visit.
Carol singing around the Hospital Christmas Eve -, please to meet in the Hospital Chapel for 7 p.m. It ends at 8 p.m. with coffee and mince pies. Musicians are welcome as well; please let us know you are coming. Details from the Chaplaincy 419 589; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Collections - Offertory £1072.25 Cafod, £33.00 Building fund £11.00. Thank you.
Flowers for Christmas in Church: there is a retiring collection today. Thanks in anticipation.