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Shaw Heath

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The Diocese of Shrewsbury is a Registered Charity 234025

Fr Pat Munroe and Deacon Peter Lafferty.


Date: Sunday 27th July 2014

Rev Pat Munroe, Fr Tomasz Mamelka

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deacon: Rev Peter Lafferty


First Mass Saturday 7pm - Intentions of the Senior Family Group


Intentions of Kevin Fleming



28th July


A Holy Hour


Special Intention of Sylvia Piggot


St. Martha  (Please note change of Mass time)

29th July


Albert Morton


Funeral Service at the Cypress Chapel Stockport for Florence Mary Hoy.


Ferial          (Please note change of Mass time)

30th July


Frances Connor


St. Ignatius of Loyola  (Please note change of Mass time)

31st  July

There will be no Mass at the Evron Centre until 11th September 2014


John O'Callaghan


The Prayer Group meets. All are welcome.


St. Alphonsus Liguori  (Please note change of Mass time)

1st August


Reginald Woods



2nd August


John Crooke


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


First Mass of Sunday - Denis Welch and Bernard Tracey


Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

3rd August


Daniel Goulden

Your prayers are requested for:

The Sick:

Kevin Fleming, Nick Cook, Hilary Ashcroft, Francesca Ryan, Fr Peter Robertson, 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, 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:

Daniel Patrick Goulden, Florence Mary Hoy, May they all rest in peace. Amen.


John Crooks, Henry White, Ken Morris, Colin O'Connor, Stewart Carruthers, Reginald Woods, John O'Callaghan, Denis Welch, William J. Kitchin.  May they all rest in peace. Amen.

Today's Gospel continues the theme of the Kingdom.  Jesus is at pains to explain to his own disciples and to all his listeners the nature of the Kingdom he is setting out to establish.  It is like a hidden treasure and must be searched for single-mindedly.   Those who find it are the poor in spirit, the meek, and the gentle. It is something like a pearl of great price. It is precious and nothing else is of value to the possessor.

Welcome - Fr. Krzysztof Jaworski a priest friend of Fr.Tomasz, has come to Our Lady's for a few days.  He will be breaking open the Word of God today, so be extra kind to him!

Day for Life (27th July) - the day in the Church's year dedicated to celebrating the dignity of life - will this year call upon young people in particular to protect and cherish life from conception to natural death.  Please take away the delightful leaflet with a message from Pope Francis and the ‘Day for life' prayer composed for this year. Visit http://www.dayforlife.org/ 

Family Groups - the senior group will be gathering for the Vigil Mass today, and will hopefully be joined by former parishioners, especially past members of he choir.  Please join in with the hymns that have been chosen for the Mass and thanks to Andrew for coming to play the organ.  There will be some social time afterwards in the Presbytery to which everyone is welcome. There is a summer gathering for all groups after 10 a.m. Mass today.  There will be refreshments afterwards in the Parish Centre; and the courtyard area between Church and Parish Centre is also in use. Everyone is welcome, and thanks to everyone for helping to foster a great spirit. 

Holywell and Pantasaph - 6th August.  So far 30 people have put names on the list in Church for the Parish Away day, Wednesday, 6 August.  Departure is by coach from Our Lady's at 9 a.m. We will spend the morning in Holywell, the Lourdes of Wales; with a three course lunch at St. Winefride's Guest House We will then have the afternoon at Pantasaph, with time for prayer, and relaxation.  Departure from Pantasaph is at 5p.m. to arrive back in Our Lady's for 6p.m. The list will be taken down after Mass today.  Now is the time to decide.  Don't miss out on a Good Day!

Payment can be handed into the presbytery in a clearly marked envelope.

St. Bernadette's Brinnington - Fr. Pat celebrated the Mass last Sunday and had opportunity to meet with the people afterwards.  They were very welcoming.   Bishop Mark has appointed Fr. Pat to take on responsibility for pastoral care for Bernadette's in addition to being Parish Priest at Our Lady's.  Today is Sr. Gertrude's last Sunday.  We wish Sr. Gertrude a very happy and well deserved retirement, and thank her and the Sisters of Evron for their pastoral care for the people of the parish these last seventeen years.  Fr. Pat and Fr. Jim Matthews, St. Joseph's will be sharing responsibility for the provision of Sunday and weekday Masses.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes - Some 900 pilgrims from all over the diocese and of ages from less than 1 year old to 95 years old, are in Lourdes (23rd-30th July) for the annual diocesan pilgrimage led by the Bishop.  Julia Higgins is one of the VIP's on the Pilgrimage this time.  Fr. Pat, Chaplain to the Sick, will celebrate Mass for all your intentions today, and remember you throughout the Pilgrimage.   All are invited to join in praying for the intentions of the pilgrimage which are:-

  • Ø That all who come as pilgrims to Lourdes may share in the "joy of conversion," each accepting the call of Pope Francis to "a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ" (Evangelii Gaudium n.3).

  • Ø For peace in our world and reconciliation in our lives as we mark the centenary of the Great War with a "Year for Reconciliation" in the Shrewsbury Diocese.

  • Ø For the strengthening of families in time of crisis and for couples preparing for the great vocation of marriage.

  • Ø For the elderly and most vulnerable in our society that their rights and dignity may be upheld.

For vocations to the Priesthood and the Consecrated Life.  We entrust especially the new initiative at Shrewsbury for the discernment of vocations to the Priesthood to the prayers of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Our Lady's Theatre Group needs more adults (16+) to take part in, Accrington Pals, Casting meeting 7pm to 9pm Wednesday 30th July at Flint Street, Edgeley.  Ring Sheila Paice for more information on Tel: 0161 480-2661.

St. Vincent de Paul Society -next meeting is on Monday, 4th August at 7.30 p.m. after Mass. Please let us know of people who would welcome a visit.

CaFÉ (Catholic Faith exploration) - the next gathering is Tuesday 12th August at 7.30 p.m. in the Presbytery.

Recent Christenings -We welcome into the family of God, James Patrick Gannon, Mason Vincent Carratt and Alain Mafute Mutenga who were baptised last Sunday. We rejoice with all the families at this special time.

Parish Finance - Offertory £1021.12, Cafod £29.93, Building Fund £13.61 Thank you.

Church Cleaning - Please if anyone could spare an hour or two (monthly) to join our dedicated team of cleaners, we would be very grateful. Please contact Bill Walker who arranges the rota on Tel:  0161 483 3889. Thank you.



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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