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OUR LADY & THE APOSTLES

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 10th August 2014

Rev Pat Munroe, Rev Tomasz Mamelka

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Deacon: Rev Peter Lafferty


SUNDAY

First Mass Saturday 7pm - Michael Brennan


10.00am

Brenda Glynn




MONDAY

St. Clare

11th August

5.45pm

A Holy Hour


7.00pm

Intentions of Esther McGarrity




TUESDAY

Ferial

12th August

10.00am

James Walsh


1.00pm

Funeral Service for Mary Margaret Gibbons

WEDNESDAY

Ferial

13th August

10.00am

In Thanksgiving, Brian Cox




THURSDAY

St. Maximilian Kolbe

14th August

10.00am

John O'Shea


8.00pm

Prayer Group Meets.




FRIDAY

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holyday of Obligation)

15th August

10.00am

Thomas Brett


12.30pm

Wedding Service for James Stephenson and Simone Jacques.


7.00pm

Intentions of the Parishioners




SATURDAY

Ferial

16th August

9.30am

Irene Garnett




Confessions

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





7.00pm

First Mass of Sunday - Noel Corrigan




SUNDAY

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

17th August

10.00am

Ellen Smallwood





Your prayers are requested for:


The Sick:

William Davies (Father of Bishop Mark) 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:

Mary Margaret Gibbons, Dorothy Whitworth (St Ambrose).   May they rest in peace, Amen.


Anniversaries:

Brenda Glynn, Noel Corrigan, Terence (Terry) James Rowles, Agnes Monks, James Walsh, Michael Francis Reade, Eleanor Oldham, May Gibson, Sandra Thonycroft, Thomas Brett, Edward Scott.  May they all rest in peace. Amen.


Today's Scripture - in times of distress, God is always with us, whether we experience God in a gentle breeze, like Elijah in the First Reading, or calming of the storm as Jesus does in the Gospel.  Some of the most powerful and consoling words of Jesus are contained in this Gospel passage: ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.' When we re afraid, Jesus is there to lift us out of fear.  When we lose faith, doubt ourselves, and feel as though we are sinking, Jesus stretches out his hand to us.  Next time you are panicking, stressful or fearful, spend some time in prayer.  If you struggle to find the words, why not echo Peter's cry, ‘Lord! Save me!'

Thank you for responding so generously to the invitation to come along to the Holy Hour and the Mass to honour the memory of those who sacrificed their lives in the Great War, Monday (4th) and for your expressions of appreciation.


Holywell and Pantasaph - as this newsletter was being prepared we were looking forward to the Parish Away Day.  There will be a brief report on the event next week.


Solemnity of the Assumption - Friday, 15th August.  There are two Masses: 10 a.m. and 7.00 p.m.  Please note that there will not be a Mass at 12.15 p.m. as there is a Wedding Service at 12.30 p.m.  Mass on Monday is at 7 p.m.: Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is at 10.00 a.m.


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

Music Ministry - The next two dates for organ accompaniment with traditional hymns are Sunday, 7th September and Sunday, 5th October.  The custom of a monthly Mass with an organist at 10 am, which we have cultivated over the last 12 months, will continue into the future.  If you would like to hear a particular hymn please speak with one the clergy or someone in the music ministry.  The Vigil Mass with organist accompaniment, organised by the Family Group for senior parishioners in July was much appreciated. It has bee requested that we do this on occasion.  We are well blessed in having a good and rich variety of Liturgical music in our Parish.


Sick and Housebound - If you or a member of your family are going into hospital please make sure that you inform Fr. Pat or the hospital chaplaincy (419 5889) so that arrangements can be made for the Reception of Holy Communion or for the Sacrament of the Sick whilst in hospital.  Likewise, please make contact if you wish for someone in the Parish to receive Holy Communion in their home. There will be Mass for the Sick and Housebound with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick Sunday, 28th September 2.30p.m.;  refreshments afterwards.


St. Vincent de Paul Society - The next meeting is on Monday, 18th August at 7.30 p.m. after Mass.


Recent Wedding - Congratulations and best wished to Leanne Marie Howard and John Robert Millar who were married with Nuptial Mass on Monday, 4th August.  The officiating Priest was Fr. Terence Carr, cousin of the Bride.  We wish Leanne and John a long and happy marriage.


 

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 for tea /coffee and cake afterwards.


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 7.30 for 8 p.m.


Catholic Children's Society - we are holding a fundraising Charity Golf Tournament on 22nd September at Wirral Ladies Golf Club.  Each team of 4 can be made up of Ladies, Men's and mixed groups - golf and buffet - costs £160.  This year we are being sponsored by Finsa Home Kitchens and Flooring (http://www.finsahome.co.uk/). Your support would be very much appreciated to make this a wonderful day. Further details visit webpage http://www.cahchildsoc.org.uk/ or contact Trish on 0151 652 1281.


Diocesan Catechists Days - Fr. Chris Matthews has asked to send advance notice of forthcoming Catechists Days.  All the events below will take place at St.Columba's in Chester. 

Further details and booking forms will be available over the summer.    

Saturday, 27th September: - for new and existing catechists.

Saturday, 15th November: - day two for new and existing catechists.

Saturday, 6th December: - day three for new and existing catechists.

Saturday, 11th October: - annual day for RCIA catechists.


Candles - please be careful when placing candles on the candelabra, leave sufficient space, to help avoid a fire risk.


Holidays- Fr. Tomasz is back from his short trip to Ireland to allow Fr. Pat to be with his family for the next two weeks.  We pray that everyone will find some time for rest and renewal over the summer weeks.


Parish Finance - Offertory £1167.48 / Cafod £78.75 / Building Fund £9.86. Thank You


Date: Sunday 3rd August 2014

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



SUNDAY


First Mass Saturday
7pm - Denis Welch and Bernard Tracey


10.00am

Daniel Patrick Goulden




MONDAY

St John Vianney

4th August

12 Noon

Requiem Mass at St Ambrose (Adswood) for Irene Moors


12 Noon

Nuptual Mass for Leanne Howard and John Miller.


6.00pm

Holy Hour


7.00pm

World War 1 Commemorative Mass




TUESDAY

Ferial

5th August

10.00am

Requiem Mass for Anthony Brian Manning followed by Cremation at Stockport.




WEDNESDAY

The Transfiguration of the Lord (No Mass here today)

6th August

11.00am

Mass at St Wineifred's Church Holywell.

THURSDAY

Ferial

7th August

10.30am

Requiem Mass for Daniel Goulden followed by Cremation at Stockport.


2.00pm

Requiem Mass for Leonard Michael Smith followed by Cremation at Stockport.




FRIDAY

St Dominic

8th August

12.15pm

Thank you to all Parishioners' for your prayers for the safe return of Flight Lt. Peter Rickards on his completed tour of Afghanistan. (Now back safe and well).




SATURDAY

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

9th August

9.30am

Leo Kelly




Confessions

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





7.00pm

First Mass of Sunday - Michael Brennan




SUNDAY

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10th August

10.00am

Brenda Glynn





Your prayers are requested for:

The Sick:


William Davies (Father of Bishop Mark) 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:


Anthony Brian Manning, Irene Moors, Daniel Goulden, Leonard Michael Smith. 

May they all rest in peace. Amen


Anniversaries:

Willim J Kitchen, Sandra Platt, Samuel Rowland, Paul Carruthers, Gerard Francis Wright, James Mullen, John O'Shea, Cecilia Allman, Joan Rowland, Bridget Spain.

May they all rest in peace. Amen.



Today's Scripture Readings
remind us that Christ always walks with his people.  He is the unfailing companion, who seeks to satisfy hunger and quench thirst.  With the smallest piece of food, people are strengthened for the journey, as limbs grow stronger, minds become clear and hearts are enlivened.  With the compassionate touch of Christ, through words and actions, the people are reminded that God is faithful and his love lasts forever.  The miracle of the feeding of the loaves and fish is a reminder of compassion.  It happens because Jesus had pity on these people who have walked for miles, searching for him; and in finding him bring their lives to him.


Welcome - Fr. Marcin Ferdynus a priest friend of Fr.Tomasz is visiting Our Lady's for the weekend, and joins us for the Sunday Eucharist.  They are leaving for Ireland later today, taking in visits to Our Lady's Shrine at Knock, climbing Croagh Patrick and exploring places of interest.  Meanwhile Fr. Krzysztof Jaworski returns to Poland today, having enjoyed his visit to our Parish and country.


St.Bernadette's - Fr. Pat will be celebrating Mass at St. Bernadette's today.  Sr. Gertrude and the sisters of Our Lady of Evron have been looking after the pastoral needs of the Parish over the past seventeen years. They will continue to live in the Presbytery without having responsibility for the parish.  Fr. Pat, together with the priests at St. Josephs, will be celebrating Sunday Mass, with Fr. Pat having overall responsibility for the Parish.  Please pray for the parish during this time of transition.


Commemorating the Great War- Since Monday, 4th August is such a significant date in the calendar of events marking the Great War, the Mass on Monday at 7.00 p.m is for all who have died in the conflict of battle, with special prayers for peace and reconciliation.  There will be a Holy Hour from 6.00-7.00 p.m. with some special readings, reflections and prayers. Please do come along to our own Church on an evening when there are many commemorative Liturgies and Services taking place throughout the country.


Holywell and Pantasaph - Wednesday, 6th 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 5 p.m. to arrive back in Our Lady's for 6 p.m.  There are a few places available on the coach; let us know today if you would like to come, so as that we can give final numbers in advance for the lunch.


Masses this week - Please make notice of the times for Mass during the coming week.  There are three Funeral Masses, all at different times, to accommodate the time assigned by the Crematorium.  Fr. Pat is also celebrating a Funeral Mass for Irene Morris at St. Ambrose on Monday at 12 Noon.  There is Nuptial Mass at Our Lady's on Monday at 12.30 p.m.  There is no Mass on Wednesday here as we will be having Mass at St. Winefride's Well, Holywell at 11.00 a.m.


Pilgrimage to Lourdes - it was a wonderful experience for the 900 pilgrims from across the whole Diocese; all returned tired but happy from our week long stay in Lourdes.  A lovely moment at the end of the final Mass was the young volunteer helpers forming a guard of honour as the VIP pilgrims left the Basilica of St. Bernadette for the journey back home.  There were over 400 young volunteer helpers - many from Stockport- and as always their contribution was immense.  There is something about Lourdes that grows on people!  Fr. Pat's privileged role is that of Chaplain to the sick, and after 25 years the joy does not diminish.  The theme of Lourdes this year is ‘the joy of conversion'- which we all glimpsed.  Mass was offered for the intentions of all parishioners last Sunday.


Family Groups - thanks to everyone who contributed to the Vigil Mass, and the gathering afterwards in the Presbytery last Saturday.  The idea for the Mass with some well known and loved traditional hymns with organ accompaniment was especially requested by some of our older parishioners.  Many people have since expressed their appreciation in the hope that there will be other opportunities in the future.  We are one of the few Catholic Churches in the Diocese with such a fine organ and accomplished organist to oblige us. The gathering on Sunday morning was also a great social occasion, and was only possible through the kindness and goodwill of people willing to help; the necessary ingredients for building community.


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


CaFÉ (Catholic Faith exploration) - the next gathering is on Tuesday 12th August at 7.30 p.m. in the Presbytery lounge, to which everyone is welcome.


Recent Christenings -We welcome Arthur Louis Mancini, Emily Lyn-Marie Lahan and Olivia Grace Jackson who were baptised last Sunday. We rejoice with all the families at this special time.


Parish Finance - Offertory collection £904.49 Building Fund £7.84 Cafod £21.11.  Thank you.


Bonanza Winners - £50 No.100  Margaret Hales./ £20 No.24  Mary Watson. / £10 No. 142  Denise Wragg.

 

OUR LADY'S PARISH FORUM

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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